Why Soho Doesn’t Need Another Nail Salon.
The Red Bench was one of Soho’s diviest bars, and after having had a pretty dramatic year (the Department of Health (DOH) shut down the Red Bench several times starting in June 2012), finally closed its doors in May 2013.
While another bar would be the perfect spot to accommodate the spillover from the Blue Ribbons (Sushi and Brasserie), a bar is not being considered. What could possibly fit into the 250 sq. foot store front? Soho is known for their cast-iron facades, however, most people don’t realize that the average store front in the non-cast iron buildings are extremely small, making Soho home to numerous hair and nail salons.
As far as current nail salons in operation: there is the nail salon the majority of the locals go to (Thompson Street Nails - $11.50 manicure), the nail salon by the same owners the majority of the locals go to… but with a higher price (Sullivan Nails - $12 manicure), the nail salon that is known for its nail art creations (Marie Nails - $10 regular manicure, $20 deluxe manicure), the nail salon that is just excessively expensive (Spanail - $30 manicure), the beauty salon that also does nails (Spa Belles - $15 manicure), the nail salon that is a block north of Houston (New Model Nail – $14 manicure), and the list goes on and on.
When looking at the Red Bench, pictured below, you can see the resemblance to Sullivan Nails, pictured above. Will this once quirky, mostly unrefined establishment head to the land of nail and/or hair salons? Sohostrut hopes that Manhattan Skyline knows that Soho does not need another nail salon.