Empress Nails a hands-on experience

Kim Andrews of Carmel Valley dropped her son off in La Jolla at a church camp recently and had some time to spare, so she dropped in on Empress Nails.

“I will be coming back,” she vowed after just her first visit to the salon at 1120 Wall St. “They did an amazing neck massage on me. They usually don’t do that at a nail salon.”

Eased back in a comfortable chair getting a pedicure and manicure simultaneously while a masseuse massaged her neck, Andrews said she couldn’t have felt more pampered.

Describing what was so special about the experience, Andrews said of the salon’s staff, “They’re super attentive, very welcoming.”

Andrews also appreciated the salon’s ambience.

“It’s lovely and laid back and quiet and nice,” she said. “Most places I go to are not quite as relaxed.”

Empress Nails is a nail salon providing expert nail care for men and women. The salon offers many services including hand polishing, nail art, buffs and polishes, repairs and removals, fill-ins, waxing, paraffin dips, pedicures, massage, and general manicures and pedicures.

A Vietnamese native, soft-spoken owner Kim Saelim has been in business 22 years. She chose Empress as the salon’s name because “it’s Asian.”

Saelim said her salon services are offered in a variety of price ranges.

One specialty of Empress Nails is the combination pedicure-manicure, which generally takes 30 minutes to an hour to do.

All of Empress’s services and prices are available on the salon website at Call the salon at (858) 454-1350.