First of its kind, EXO Lounge and Nail bar to open this Fall

Stop me if you’ve heard this one, “a guy walks into a bar, has an Old Fashioned and winds up getting a mani-pedi.” You can come up with a better joke on your own, but a new, creative business idea is no joke.

The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar is coming to Edwardsville, Ill.

Billed as a sexy, vibrant and inspiring place to relax, the first-of-its kind venue unites an elegant cocktail lounge with manicure, pedicure and other restorative services in space that is carefully designed for the senses.  The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar, the vision of founder of Gina Gamblin, is taking shape in a more than 8,000-square-foot renovation at the 157 Center complex. The project is expected to be a ready for a November 7, 2019 debut.

“EXO Lounge is all about the senses and a place to escape from the stress of life with some unique pampering,” said Gamblin.  “It is also a place to meet and enjoy the company of the others in an environment built around service and fun.” 

I’ve, admittedly, have had a mani-pedi. It was during this experience that discovered I don’t like people touching my feet. But, perhaps a few shots of whiskey or a cocktail or two can be the difference-maker? I’m game to try.

The first-of-its-kind cocktail lounge and nail bar will work in harmony. The nail bar will offer manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and waxing.  From the European seating, customers will be able to enjoy a cocktail or beverage, ordering from EXO Lounge iPads at every station.  It will also feature a specialized ventilation system at every station to vent fumes from nail polish.  The lounge will offer a relaxing social setting offering seasonal organic cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and coffee.  Gamblin says seasonal aromas, fresh flowers, music and more will create a soothing experience throughout the lounge and nail bar.

“The lounge offers endless possibilities for fun and relaxation for men and women and is open to the public for special events,” noted Gamblin. “It’s a place where a woman can come for a girls night, guys can grab a drink after a long day golfing. The outdoor patio features cabanas from which to enjoy a drink and relax with friends.”

She adds that private liquor boxes will be available for rent. Liquor boxes? I’m all in.

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