Hot in the Dot at maniQ

…Dotted by Leslie

Last week I stopped by the new maniQ, across from the Ashmont T station on Dorchester Ave., to give my digits some attention before joining friends for dinner :and ended up with not only beautiful nails but a new favorite local retreat.

The super-hip ladies who work there add a unique sense of fashion that Peabody Square has maybe never seen before. Aspiring fashion designers (mais oui! Dorchester stole Jocelyne from Paris!), performers and models; they light up when challenged by clients for a creative nail design or opinions on colors. Peter Tran, the young owner of this new location and the flagship salon on Gallivan Blvd., grew up on Ashmont Hill and intentionally sought out local talent who “reflect the diversity” of the area that he loves.

Ashmont Hill born and bred: Peter Tran, owner of Mani-Q

The Express maniQ and pediQ are a bargain at only $25. Personally, I’m addicted to the Shellac Gel nails for (if you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it!) which give you ‘I just got a manicure’ nails for up to two weeks, only $25.

Too much information alert… one of my favorite treatments at the Gallivan Blvd. location is Eyebrow Threading by Maya. Sure, it makes me sneeze uncontrollably (poor Maya) and makes my eyes water, but heck : it’s still way better than waxing. Hopefully they’ll bring the service to the new location too.

Mani-Q customers chillin' and soakin'

We asked the lovely ladies of Mani-Q {Jocelyne, Jo and Tihara pictured below}  to give us one tip to keep our nails looking pretty between visits and they gave us some great ones…

Jocelyne’s nail care tip (yes, those are her nails — told you they’re good!): To strengthen your nails, mix one crushed clove of garlic in with your clear nail polish.

Tiahara’s nail color trend : French Quarter For Your Thoughts by OPI (used below on this funky design she created)

…and finally, we asked Peter if he would consider giving our dear readers a special deal….and boy, did he come through!

{Hot in the Dot Deal}

Mention DottieHotties now through March 31, 2012 and receive 50% off ANY treatment or service at both Mani-Q locations in Dorchester.

For first time customers only!!




11 Granite Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 288-8889

1913 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 288-8887

**Note to DottieHotties readers, the new Dorchester Ave. location is only accepting cash until further notice! I found this out the hard way: wet nails, no money, delicately navigating an ATM…. Don’t be like me! Bring your cash.***

4 thoughts on “Hot in the Dot at maniQ

  1. kendratheadverb

    That is a great and generous deal!!

    I had a great experience at the Gallivan location. I liked that it was well ventilated which is one of my biggest complaints about other nail salons.

  2. BellaLulu

    I finally went today and I had a nice time. Being that it was Monday, there were only 2 more customers. I was attended by this nice guy named John and he was very comforting. I got simple short French acrylic tips. Really love my nails and I’m definetly going back in two weeks to get my Refill!!!


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