SPEARFISH — K Nails & Beauty Bar, a full-service nail salon, opened Monday at 1420 North Ave., Suite 2, in Spearfish.
“We are 100 percent organic and herbal,” Brett Patterson, who owns the business with his wife, Loan Bui, said.
Patterson has been in the industry for 10 years and previously owned a nail salon in Wyoming before deciding to return to his hometown to open K Nails & Beauty Bar open in Spearfish, with work beginning on the space in late April to prepare for the opening.
“I like the people. … The city is very nice,” Bui said of their decision to open in Spearfish. “I love this place.”
The salon offers full set acrylic and gel manicures and eight types of pedicures, along with collagen socks, collagen/herbal gloves, herbal neck wraps, and more. Everything from the cuticle oil to the lotions is natural, and Bui said that the employees’ first thoughts are about the customers’ health and relaxation.
In addition to being a full-service nail salon, K Nails & Beauty Bar also has a wine license and currently provides free wine for customers coming in for services. In the future, Patterson said, the salon would offer mimosas, as well.
K Nails & Beauty Bar currently has five employees, with the owners continuing to hire more, to ensure that there is no wait time for customers.
“I feel very happy about it because I really like to do nails,” Bui said. “I love my job, and I love doing the service to make customers happy.”
“I want the customers to feel relaxed (and) have a good feeling when they leave every time, not to be rushed service,” Patterson said, describing that customers can expect a full massage with their pedicure. “I want to spend the time on the customer … I want to make sure the customer’s fully relaxed.”
K Nails & Beauty Bar is open seven days a week: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The owners are hosting a grand opening on Saturday, July 13, when there will be food, cake, wine, and more for customers to enjoy.
K Nails & Beauty Bar takes appointments and walk-in customers, and for more information, call the business at 559-0194.
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The anticipation grew as the flight captain signaled all to fasten seat belts for the final descent into Greece. Finally after more than 10 hours and nearly 5,000 miles in the air, we were about to get our first glimpses of the land known for ancient ruins and whitewashed buildings with blue trim.
As the airplane banked this way and that to line up with the runway we could see that this land would be a feast for the eyes. We were in for a two-week tour of the land that has been called the cradle of Western civilization. It began in the capital city known as Athens and covered the islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, each with its own special charm.
We were whisked from the airport in a motor coach to the heart of Athens. Our hotel restaurant afforded us a perfect view of the Acropolis in the distance. What a treat to sit and enjoy a postcard view of the 5th century Parthenon as we dined. It was here that we met the rest of our 23 tourists, our contribution to the 16 million tourists that descend on Greece each year along with the 11 million permanent residents of Athens. Interestingly, Greece has been populated for more than 7,000 years and is currently the home of 18 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage sites.
The next morning we set out on the grand adventure of touring Athens, replete with its impressive list of antiquities, the most outstanding of which is the Acropolis and its world renowned Parthenon. This place is not only historic, it is massive even though one only sees the remnants of thousands of years of decay. I was left in awe of just being in the midst of such a grand collection of structures.
To confer the title of cradle of Western civilization on Greece is to acknowledge that those who lived here many centuries ago are the ones who created a structure for the development of many of the systems we hold dear and which guide us through life today. Most of the ideas they put into place were the direct result of their use of systematic thought. Before systematic thought, solutions came as a result of scattered logic. In its many applications it influenced their progress in biology, mathematics, literature, science, philosophy and many other areas. They also developed the basis for equality under the law, jury trials and government by the people. In the 4th and 5th centuries, Greece developed the world’s most advanced economy. That’s quite a contribution to the many generations that have benefited from their genius.
The next day, we had a new, unexpected adventure. Thanks to Emmie, our tour guide, we completed our task of getting on and off the fast ferry to Mykonos, baggage in hand, without undue duress. When the ferry lowered the terminal ramp and commenced the process of loading, we all ran for our lives up the ramp and into the boat.
The payoff for our little adventure was a smooth, fast trek across the water in the remarkably efficient ferry to our next ocular feast. Our next destination was the island of Mykonos. Our tour director gave us a quick once-over of old Mykonos Town including the iconic windmills from the 16th century. These windmills were built to grind wheat, barley, etc. for food, but serve today as a reminder of just how ingenious the people of that time were in capturing the wind for the production of a staple food.
Mykonos is a beautiful island and a veritable mecca of tourist shopping opportunities. Each day as the sun sets, it creates a beautiful duel between the sky and the sea for dominance of this orange vista. The sea always seems to win as it swallows up the sun and leaves us hungry for the next celestial joust tomorrow.
Tomorrow meant another mad dash onto a fast ferry bound for the island of Santorini. When we arrived, it immediately became clear why many travel companies rank Santorini as the world’s top island. Much of the unique beauty of the island is due to the fact that it is a caldera and was formed by the eruption of a volcano many years ago. The volcano created a rim and allowed the waters of the Aegean Sea to fill the crater left by the explosion. The result is enormous cliffs populated by whitewashed dwellings overlooking beautiful azure waters.
Santorini is lined with black-sand beaches, mouth-watering restaurants and quaint little cabanas.
The technique of whitewashing buildings came about to keep these dwellings cooler during the hot summers. The white covering is actually not paint, rather it is a plaster mix made of limestone. Since 1974, all new houses have been required to be painted white. It has become the “trademark” of the Greek islands. Take a look at the Greek national flag; it is blue and white, too.
A fellow tourist was looking back at the caldera rim at Oia in the far distance. He asked, “what is that white coloration on the mountain top? Is it snow?” It was actually the whitewashed buildings that have been so meticulously integrated into their natural surroundings that they look like an integral part of the landscape.
Crete is the largest island among the Grecian chain. One of the first things you notice when you get to Crete is the lack of white buildings. In fact, Old Town Crete is a typical old town of the period with loads of charm and brimming with history.
We traversed a large swath of the island in our pursuit of the city called Chania. It revealed spectacular mountains and flora including pink flowers which seemed to cling to the road’s edge for most of the distance there.
Crete produces most of the food used by the other Grecian islands making it strategically important to the well-being of the remainder of the country. We saw quite a bit of it at the Agora Marketplace in Chania. Laden with a little of everything, this gathering place is quite impressive.
We were provided a sumptuous meal at the end of the historic tour. The harbor setting made the culinary treats even more special.
I could write a book about this beautiful land, but I will end with some quick facts:
Greece is surrounded by three seas: the Mediterranean, the Aegean and the Ionian. It also is bordered by two continents: Asia and Africa. With all this water it is easy to believe that there are more than 2,000 islands with about 170 of these inhabited. Eighty per cent of the land surface is mountainous which gives it character and visual diversity, but also makes it harder to cultivate. Most plants don’t flourish here since the mild, wet winters are trumped by the dry, hot summers. Some varieties of grapes grow low and close to the ground and only require the moisture of the dew to survive. This allows for a small wine industry to prosper.
Greece is easy to enjoy since it averages about 250 days of sunshine per year. If you don’t have a good attention span, don’t try to sing the Greek national anthem since it is comprised of 158 different verses. And, finally, Greece is most noted for three things: olive oil, cuisine and hospitality. We can all attest to that assessment. Thank you, Greece, for a wonderful vacation and thank you, Emmie, for keeping us on track from Athens to the islands and back again.
Jerry and Frances Woodlief live in Graham.
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Hi, friend. How’s it going today? What are you up to? I hope it involves food and fun, whatever it is. 🤗🍉🍧
I don’t know if it exactly qualifies as fun, but I’m heading out the door for an early HIIT class at the gym. After that, though, I’m taking coywolf to a playdate because, apparently, I am now an Uber driver at the beck and call of a threenager, ha ha ha!
But first, a little Saturday surfing…
Get ready to move that booty.
El Hub and I are also celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary this weekend (!). We’re heading down to Sausalito for dinner at a restaurant we haven’t been to before called Copita (gluten-free Mexican). And by “dinner,” I mean that we have 5 p.m. reservations at a (hopefully) child-friendly restaurant! 🙂
Happy Caturday to you. I hope you have a beautiful weekend.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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In the interest of full disclosure, the only place I went wearing this glittery makeup (Urban Decay, obvs!) was downstairs…and then upstairs…and then downstairs at home because I felt absolutely bonkers wearing it, so perhaps the title of this post should be “Suburban Adventures”?
But you know how it is… Sometimes, you gotta just play with glitter, even if it takes you to crazytown.
There are some [email protected] flecks of glitter in this look, and yes, they’re HUGE. I used two UD glitter gels, including Distortion, which has iridescent hexagonal glitter pieces (they look white in pics taken with a flash, but more purple and pink in real life); and Soul Love, the dark, dainty teal. Both are safe to use on eyes.
By the way, I stumbled upon a tip while I was working out this look! If you’re layering tons of glitter on your lids (because you never know when the occasion will arise), wait for each layer to completely dry before applying the next one, because if you pat more glitter on your lids while they’re still wet, you might disrupt the previous layer.
Which is just…not good.
I also stumbled upon a lovely, easy way to do a natural-looking base: full-coverage liquid matte concealer (dotted wherever you want coverage) sheered out with a face brush and dampened with a makeup setting spray.
Ideally, use a face brush with synthetic fibers because synthetic bristles won’t absorb as much liquid product as natural bristles will, which leaves more on your face.
I used Urban Decay naked Skin Concealer in Medium Dark Warm with a Real Techniques Multi-Face Brush, which I dampened with the new Urban Decay Summer Solstice All Nighter Setting Spray.
It’s an LE scented version of All Nighter… It’s supposed to smell “summery” (coconuts, pineapple, sea salt), but all I smell is a vague sunscreen scent…
Eh. I’m bummed out about the scent, but the setting spray itself is wonderful!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.P.S. What did you do for the Fourth? We went to this place called McNears Beach Park for a picnic, and it was nice. Coywolf got to build a castle in the sand, I got to do some reading, and El Hub did some fishing off the pier. He used a piece of cooked hot dog for bait…then wondered curiously why he didn’t catch anything. LOL.
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Time-saving beauty hacks that work magic
Hey busy girls, since all of us like doing our makeup and love looking fabulous I wanted to share with you some quick beauty hacks that will both improve your beauty routine and save your time.
– If you notice that you have a few bold spots on your head, you can cover them temporarily using henna. This way they will also be waterproof.
– You can also use henna to draw some freckles to your face and give yourself a nice sun-kissed younger-looking skin.
– Are you trying to determine whether you can rock a nose piercing? Then we show you how to create your own fake one.
– You can create your own cream blusher using lipstick and body lotion.
– For those of you looking to rock the cat-eye, I show you how to create your own winged liner tool using an eyeshadow applicator.
0:07 – Genius uses for henna
2:47 – Amazing gold tattoo
3:55 – The perfect winged liner tutorial for beginners
5:31 – DIY cream blusher
7:25 – Contouring for beginners
11:17 – How to add some volume to your hair
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