Paint Shop, a popular nail salon that originated in "nail city" (that stretch of Robertson Boulevard between Wilshire and Olympic boulevards that seems to be a solid row of nail shops), has moved to a larger space on West 3rd Street and expanded its services to include hair styling and cutting.
The oversized comfy chairs and "happy hour" mani/pedis are still mainstays at the salon's new location. But now being offered are shellac manicures (a process similar to gel manis), which last two weeks without chipping or peeling.
Paint Shop uses a shellac formula by Creative Nail Design that's layered on and cured with a UV lamp for a result that looks like a regular manicure but lasts twice as long.
It's a good option for summer travels or for anyone who works with their hands a lot and can't swing a trip back to the nail salon every week.
Paint Shop's new location is at 7938 W. 3rd St.; (323) 658-1930. Shellac manicures are $50.
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos: Paint Shop offers Shellac manicures oversized comfy chairs. Credit: Melissa Magsaysay / Los Angeles Times. Bottom: Creative Nail Design's Shellac nail polishes
For the record, 11:57 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred at one point to the Polish Bar instead of the Paint Shop.
For the record, 3:56 p.m. Aug. 16, 2010: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the telephone area code as 310 instead of 323.