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Retail: Organic nail salon opens in Raleigh's High Park

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comJuly 10, 2014 

Johnny Le aims to be green while helping others feel beautiful.

Le and his wife, Thu, recently opened High Park Nail Spa and Wine Bar, a salon that uses LED lighting, a sophisticated ventilation system and organic products that include polish, remover, sugar scrubs and lotions.

“We try to stay green and healthy. That’s the goal,” said Le, who worked at LED lighting company CREE for about 10 years.

High Park offers waxing services, foot massages, manicures and pedicures, and has six manicure stations and 10 pedicure chairs that sport iPads for customers to use.

Tools are cleaned using an autoclave, Le said, and the ventilation system helps keep the spa’s air fresh and free from strong odors typically found in nail salons.

“It’s important for the people who work here,” Le said of the ventilation. “It took seven months to build it.”

Prices range from about $8 for a manicure polish change to about $60 for a deluxe shellac pedicure. A 60-minute foot massage is $65. Beverages, including wine, soda, coffee and tea, are free.

High Park takes walk-ins but encourages those in need of a little pampering to make appointments.

“We try to educate our customers and keep them healthy and pretty at the same time,” Le said.

High Park Nail Spa and Wine Bar is at 1902 Bernard St. in the High Park Village Shopping Center off E. Whitaker Mill Road in Raleigh.


Triangle Rock Club is getting higher.

The facility in Morrisville has added 17,000 square feet of climbing terrain, almost tripling its original space.

“Our customer base has grown so much here in Morrisville,” said Joel Graybeal, TRC’s managing partner. “It was so crowded that our customers had less than desirable experiences.”

The new spot, which was built behind the existing building, will have wall heights of up to 55 feet, new bathrooms and showers, a multipurpose space for meetings, group fitness and yoga, along with a gym with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals and a Jacobs Ladder, a stairclimber that resembles a ladder, Graybeal said.

The expansion aims to cater to TRC members, while the original place, which has 24-foot walls, will be used for younger and less experienced climbers.

“The new building is member-centric to better serve our growing community of climbers,” Graybeal said. “We will conduct a lot of the youth and intro classes on the shorter walls in the existing facility.”

Each building will have its own entrance, and there’s also an indoor passageway from one building to the other.

Day passes are $17 and memberships, which can be used at both TRC locations, start at $59 per month.

TRC is having a grand opening from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature an open house, climbing demonstrations, a celebrity climb for charity and a block party with food trucks, beer from Fortnight Brewing and a concert. The party begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

TRC is at 102 Pheasant Wood Court. The facility’s North Raleigh location opened in September.


The Farmery, a farm, farmers market and grocery store, is opening Saturday at Raleigh’s North Hills.

The place offers foods such as fruit, vegetables, honey, preserves, nut butters and tea, along with beauty products such as lip balms and lotions.

The spot, which started two years ago at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, sells locally grown products, including herbs, flowers and salad greens that are grown at The Farmery’s on-site farm.

The Farmery will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be at 4100 North Hills St., in front of the Renaissance Hotel’s parking lot.


At Cameron Village in Raleigh, Kristen’s Shoe Boutique, which sells designer shoes, accessories and handbags, is moving from Cary to the former White House Black Market space in early fall. ... Bailey’s Fine Jewelry plans to open its expanded shop in early September. ... Japanese fusion restaurant Ajisai opens Friday for lunch and dinner in the former Sushi Gami space.


Which Wich, a franchise that offers 47 different sandwiches and more than 60 toppings, has opened in Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.

The restaurant’s menu includes salads, shakes and cookies, along with its signature sandwich, The Wicked, which has turkey, ham, roast beef, pepperoni, bacon and three cheeses, a buffalo chicken grinder and a surf and turf sandwich made with crab salad and roast beef.

The wide range of toppings includes everything from dried cranberries, mushrooms and sliced egg to candied walnuts, Cheez Whiz and Sriracha hot sauce.

Sandwiches run from about $5.75 to about $11.

Which Wich is in the mall’s food court, next to Steak Escape.


Microsoft is opening its first North Carolina retail store Aug. 21 at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham. The 2,208-square-foot space will offer products such as Windows phones, Xbox gaming systems, Microsoft Office 365, tablets and PCs. ... Workout facility franchise Orangetheory Fitness is opening its second Triangle location in Meadowmont Village in Chapel Hill this fall.

Giglio: 919-829-4649 or jmgiglio@newsobserver.com; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando

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