By Jennie Acklin

Alicia Pearl decided to let her creativity be her guide when she made the decision to go into business for herself.

Recently joining Jessica Gates, owner of The Edge Salon at 13 Monroe St. in Ellicottville, as an independent manicurist, Pearl is well trained in the basics of manicures, pedicures and make-up application. Well-known OPI and China Glaze products are her standard polishes.

Searching for unique products and services, Pearl knew when she first saw Jamberry Nails that they would be perfect for her salon. Jamberries are professional-looking nail art, not hand painted, and as Pearls says, “they complete your style statement.” Offered in a large variety of colors and styles, including wedding patterns of silvers and golds to fun, colorful and bright patterns, there is a look for everyone.

As an artist, Pearl wanted to do more with her skills and product offerings, and decided that total personalized service was one way to stand apart. Pearl will customize your manicure or pedicure service with custom-made scrubs and lotions, using a variety of sugars, shea butters, oils and fragrances, so that you have just want you want. Part of the VIP service includes Spa Sox and Gloves, which are a welcome part of pampering, especially after a cold day on the slopes or shopping. A seaweed/mint/eucalyptus mask for your feet or hands is applied and wrapped. Then the warmed Sox or Gloves are put on, which allows the mask to deeply condition and gently warm chilly hands or feet. Yes, total pampering!

For a full list of services offered, call Alicia Pearl at (716) 699-2226. The Edge is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesdays are by appointment only. If you have a large party or special occasion and want a special day or time, just call to make arrangements.

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