The Financial District of Manhattan is one of the areas in NYC than can be described using the famous phrase; concrete jungle, and far from zen. Suits and swag are the usual views when walking down Wall Street but there's a new theme in town and it's making waves near the East River. Introducing Van Court Nail Studio; home to a toxic-free, holistic nail salon that takes pride in offering creative services without the nasties, and my new favorite escape spot!
For anyone looking for a sun-drenched sanctuary where your manicure doesn’t make you feel like you’re on a customer service conveyer belt (which 9/10 I feel like I do), Van Court is the place for you. Upon arrival, you’re greeting by a beautiful wall of toxic-free nail polish in every color imaginable, brands like Deborah Lippmann, Jin Soon, and Floss Gloss, to name but a few, and friendly staff who genuinely want to know how you are! ( I'm a lot better now that I'm here, thanks!)
Ruth Kallens, the brains, and beauty behind this hidden downtown haven has a background in cosmetics and is somewhat of a beauty veteran. Upon trying to find a place that would offer a fun manicure/pedicure in an ethical environment she hit a dead end, and that's when Van Court was born. Priding herself in building a destination that people won't feel like leaving, she achieved her goal for Van Court being a nail salon that offers a range of services as well as seasonal/monthly nail art menus using organic, beauty products and a range of 5, 7 or 9-free nail polishes.
Not only does the location on Water Street make for a peaceful beauty destination but the bright lighted interior and range of magazine and comfortable chairs makes you feel like you're in a real-life Pinterest home, you know the ones I mean. Moving away from the traditional pedicure baths with water taps, Van Court uses clean copper and metal bowls with every service, and organic oils and lotions ensuring that your treatment from start to finish is holistic and heavenly, and in turn being a true zen spot in the crazy city.