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Chicness downtown – downtown in the Financial District, where I reside – is hard to come by. So, when my former colleague, former neighbor and perennial friend Ruth Kallens opened Van Court Studio earlier this year, I was grateful. Grateful to have a chic and comfortable neighborhood spot for a relaxing manicure or pedicure and grateful to have a relentlessly sanitary salon disrupt the sometimes/often questionable practices of many mani/pedi chop shops in the city.

Ruth is a beauty industry vet. While she and I worked together years ago at a digital agency, she later spent years shaping the digital strategy for Deborah Lippmann, whose lacquers are stocked among the carefully curated selection of polishes at Van Court. And it’s more than lacquer selection that defines Van Court; here, you’ll find only the most sanitary practices and top nail tech talent, all concerned most with the health of your nails.

Find Van Court Studio at 90 Water Street, on the 2nd Floor. Appointments can be booked in advance at

More chic downtown salons:

Ten Over Ten, 121 Fulton Street, 2nd Fl

JinSoon TriBeCa, 37 Walker Street (opening this weekend)

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