Moonstruck Nail Salon was created with a very specific goal in mind – owner Sheryl Keil wanted to carry on the ambience that was established by the previous owner, Kathi Holmes, when the salon was known as Moondance. That goal was to create a salon that was the exact opposite of a large, impersonal salon, and Cactus Alley Courtyard is the perfect location for an eclectic, serene business.
You might wonder why I feel this is important to my guests at Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast in Lubbock, Texas. There is not a woman out there who hasn’t had a nail “emergency” when traveling away from home – even if it’s just for a day of shopping. I feel it is important to be able to direct my guests and friends to only the finest local Lubbock businesses when they ask for my advice.
The majority of nail salons today do not inspire a sense of being pampered or an atmosphere of relaxation. Do you feel like you are a number, and even if you have an appointment, it’s just a formality that holds no particular significance? You are rushed in and out, and the next client is in the chair before you have time to gather your things.
Well, here’s the best news you’ll read all day: it doesn’t have to be that way!
I’ve said it before, but every time I make a trip to Cactus Alley Courtyard, I almost feel like I’m in Austin. Then I step inside Moonstruck, I’m reminded of the bohemian spirit of this little enclave. “I want this to be a very personal experience,” Sheryl emphasized when we talked about her salon.
Customer service is one of the chief passions at Moonstruck. Sheryl also takes sanitation seriously by using disposable liners in non-whirlpool foot baths when caring for clients’ tootsies. High volume salons use pedicure stations that are virtual petri dishes harboring germs and bacteria. The cleaning techniques can be questionable at best, and add a water system that sucks the gunk into the jets, and you’ve got a science project.
Safety also is a priority. Sheryl prefers to use safer LED curing lights for certain manicure procedures, whereas most salons use UV lights. “UV lights have been associated with skin cancer risks,” she said. “I choose not to take those risks with my clients, and we follow the recommendations of the Skin Cancer Foundation.” In addition, JAMA Dermatology indicates the wattage in UV lamps varies greatly.
That safety issue is particularly important to Sheryl, as she is a breast cancer survivor, and that battle is one of the many life changes that brought her to Texas. She was still looking for perfect career opportunity when she met a church friend for coffee at Gatsby’s Coffeehouse (located near the Cactus Alley Courtyard entrance) to discuss the friend’s interpretive dance of Sheryl’s story last year. She fell in love with the Cactus Alley Courtyard setting and soon found that Kathi need help in her salon to handle her growing customer base. Along the way, the women discovered they attended the same church.
Last spring, Kathi made the decision to move to Austin to be near family, and that opened the door for Sheryl to spread her entrepreneurial wings by taking over the salon, moving it next door & putting her own stamp on her new business. This talented nail artist offers a full line of services, including acrylic, shellac and creative nail art.
Sheryl is ready to give you a signature nail design, so give her a call at 806-632-2038. Moonstruck Nail Salon is located in at 2610 Salem Avenue, Suite 9.
If you need a little inspiration, check out the salon’s Facebook page or Sheryl’s Pinterest pages, and then the next time you book a room at our Lubbock inn, save some time to pamper yourself at Moonstruck.
Moonstruck Nail Salon
2610 Salem Avenue, Suite 9
Lubbock, Texas 79410
Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast
David & Dawn Fleming, Owners/Innkeepers
2629 19th Street
(At corner of Boston Avenue across from Texas Tech University)
Lubbock, Texas 79410
Toll Free: 800-687-5236
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