The 900 block of Brookline Boulevard saw Nail Nook open just weeks before the economic shutdown, but its owner, Leah Nimpfer, has not slowed down her business this year.
Leah opened the salon on February 4th 2020. She originally had the same business in Dormont before expanding and moving to what she calls “a second home” near the corner of the boulevard and Queensboro. A Brookline resident herself, she said that she chose the location because the community’s business district is “calm and quiet yet busy,” bustling with passers-by. People walk up and down the boulevard, frequenting neighboring businesses, but the street offers even more foot-traffic with families walking their dogs or simply taking a stroll from their nearby homes. Ample parking on the boulevard has also attracted clientele compared to other Pittsburgh-area business districts.
She offers manicures and pedicures, working with the natural nails. “I try to keep everything natural with no toxins,” Leah said of her services.
The nook is small and intimate, as Leah performs the services herself with the help of an intern.
During a tough Summer for most American small businesses, Nail Nook re-opened its Brookline location June 6th on the fourth anniversary of her work. She said that she was determined to stay open with a clean, sanitized and safe salon for her clients.
“The only one who is going to stop my business is me,” Leah said.
Nail Nook services are available by appointment only. She said she likes to communicate with people directly and refers to her booking process as simple and “old school.” Anyone can book an appointment by calling or messaging her on Instagram @nailnookpgh.
Written by Katie O’Toole