Longview’s Downtown Nails salon has moved to the former location of the Ubet casino, and its owners say the bigger space will mean new nail stations, more employees, and a full renovation of the former casino property.
Thuy Luu and her husband, Nang Le, opened Downtown Nails four years ago at 1153 Commerce Ave., offering pedicures, manicures, massages, waxing and facials. On Tuesday, they’ll officially move into their new location just down the block at 1125 Commerce Ave.
Thuy Luu’s brother Tien Huu Luu bought the property in 2017 when the owner of Ubet Casino lost possession of the property. Luu and Le rent the property, where they’ve been working for 18 months to prepare it for the grand opening. Le said they’re about “98 percent” done.
Cris Treptow, the real estate agent who represented Tien Huu Luu, said the salon is “unbelievable” and feels like something you’d find in downtown Seattle or Portland.
“They did a full renovation there,” Treptow said. “They replaced all the flooring, the carpets, they did a full paint. All the electrical has been redone.”
The couple is upgrading from six to at least 20 pedicure chairs. Luu said the business currently has about 11 employees, and “we’re going to need more,” Le added.
It even has a newly installed ventilation system that will control the “nail salon smell,” Treptow said. And the location is big enough that Le and Luu have separated it into space for three different businesses, with their salon taking the middle spot.
“They’ve created a really good reputation of some of the services that they do,” Treptow said. “The quality and the service is way above and beyond. Usually, at a nail salon,you’re in there for a half hour or so ... I’m there for at least two hours.”
Downtown Nail’s existing location will close a day or two before the new place officially opens Tuesday to give the owners time to move everything over.
Le and Luu married in 2005 and four years later moved to Portland, where they attended beauty school. Both worked at nail salons throughout Portland, but Downtown Nails is their first foray into owning one.
Renovating the property for the salon was an arduous process that included completely re-installing the electrical work and removing a fair amount of trash, Luu and Treptow said.
“It took a long time for us to do it, over a year since we decided to move in,” Luu said. “It’s a huge difference.”