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In the wake of the New York Times' exposé on the exploitation of NYC nail salon workers, schlepping to the nearest $10 manicure salon just isn't an option anymore. The solution? Ethical (and yes, more expensive) salons like Tenoverten, who are committed to making their business as safe and healthy possible for its workers.
On November 1st, the cool girl-approved mini-chain will officially open its fourth and largest salon, which we visited at a recent preview. Located in the Financial District — where every buzzy brand is headed these days — the new space caters to the neighborhood, literally.
Once you make it inside (first find the correct door, then climb a flight of stairs), you'll feel as though you've entered an industrial warehouse, which is actually kind of true — the space used to house a stamp manufacturer. Light wood, copper fixtures, and exposed bulbs make the place feel monumentally fancier.
You'll find Tenoverten's signature 5-free polish (it's also cruelty-free and vegan, and each shade's named after a downtown street) alongside accoutrements designed specifically for the Fidi business lady. Each of the 14 manicure tables have drawers for iPads and phone chargers, while the 18 pedicure stations are designed to contain a product-filled purse.
But the most exciting, Financial District–y amenity is the large meeting room in the back, where companies will be able to stage client meetings, team building activities, and celebrations for up to 20 guests. Behind the casement doors, there's two stations for pedicures and six for manicures, and eventually, there'll even be a television and communications technology.
Because the space is so unusually gigantic, there's also two rooms for sugaring and waxing treatments as well as a small shop-in-shop. This is where you'll find Tenoverten founders Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky's favorite beauty brands like RGB, Soapwalla, Rahua, and of course, the salon's new shade — named after Fulton Street, it's a suitably demure sheer taupe.