T2 TAKES A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE NEWEST PAMPER POINT ON THE BLOCK
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The nail bar, bright and beautiful, houses every colour on the spectrum. Three pedicure-manicure stations sit proud, propped up by luxe silk cushions. The mood is Zen (there’s a Buddha), the feel organic (lots of wicker) but the accents all around are vintage and quirky. The English rose-print baskets and the bunch of roses hanging or placed on a watering can reveal delightful detailing. You’re transported to a happy, snug cocoon even before the beauty treatment begins. Pictures by Pabitra Das.
The awning is carnival-like. Canary yellow and white-striped. The signpost is wrought iron, very art nouveau. Inside, there’s chessboard flooring and a chandelier-dotted high ceiling with ample arches. On the ground floor of Jubilee Court at 11/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani (opposite Jyoti Vihar) there’s a whole new story unfolding — in all 1,550sq ft of it. Welcome to the newest Juice Salon & Spa, which throws its doors open later this week. This is the chain’s second address in the city. The older one on Burdwan Road has already taken the Alipore chic-erati (both male and female) by storm. About three-and-a-half years ago Reshma Sambtani, now Daing, became the first franchise-owner of the Mumbai-based brand Juice. Her sister Anjali joined her soon. Reshma has been in the hair and beauty biz for nearly a decade, having first come under the spotlight for taming Shahid Afridi’s tresses. Things are very different now, she says — the attitudes have changed, both towards money and towards yourself. “Especially men; earlier they would come in for haircuts and the occasional pedicure. But today they are as inclined towards grooming as women.”
The ground level is where the main activities are — reception, waiting, five hair stations, three for manicure-pedicure, nail bar and one beauty room. The antique-finished walls house larger-than-life mirrors. There’s liberal use of the damask motif — on doors and on walls. Interior designer Pooja Bihani clearly has a soft spot for the beautiful design. “We wanted to give it a neo-classic look and feel,” says Reshma. The new Juice might look and feel different, but its product base is still wide, with labels like Schwarzkopf, TIGI, Seah, Forest Essentials and Remy Laure in the basket. But Alipore loyalists need not worry. Your favourite staff are not being poached by the new one. Jubilee Court has a whole new team, trained Juice-style, of course. Shradha Agarwal