New nail salon opens in NW Rochester

A polished gem recently began shining in the Maplewood Squareshopping center in northwest Rochester.

Linda Thai, a long-time figure on the local beauty scene, opened up Diamond Nailson Monday in a 2,000-square-foot space at 3428 U.S. 52 North.

Her new shop offers a full range of beauty services, such as manicures, pedicures, artificial nails as well as waxing.

"I've been in the business a long time," Thai says. "I really enjoy it. I'm expanding, because of the following I have from my loyal customers."

She has worked at her husband's Rochester salon, Lucky Nails, for many years. That business is on South Broadway, where it re-located after being displaced by a fire in the Crossroads Plazacommercial center a few years ago.


At her new salon, Thai has three on staff.

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