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Our new weekly series Get Right for Summer has one aim: to make sure you're completely beautified before the thermostat hits 90. Whether you're in the market for a new manicurist or you want to try your luck at getting faux bronzed, we''ll tell you where to go.

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For this week's Get Right for Summer post, we're talking perfect summer mani-pedis—where to get 'em, whom to ask for, and what price to expect to pay. And we're shining the spotlight on beauty salons that specialize in one thing and one thing only: nails (and maybe an eyebrow wax here and there).

After the jump, find eight mani-pedi spots that are arguably the best in the city. If you don't already know about these not-so-hidden gems, you will now.


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1. Cozy Nails

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128 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 519-8944
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Services at this South Street nail salon are a tad pricier than average, but the free leg and shoulder massages given mid-appointment are well worth your manicure's premium price tag. [Image credit: Cozy Nails/Facebook]

2. Diamond Nails

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4507 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 397-4992
Offered at a below-average cost, perfectly applied gel manicures are the draw at this tiny West Philly nail salon. Standard manis, nail art, pedis, and eyebrow waxes are on the menu, too, all at bargain prices. Be warned, though: The secret's out about this no-so-hidden gem, so you'll likely need an appointment. [Image credit: Yelp]

3. Jc Fancy Nails & Spa

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119 South 22nd street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 687-8180
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Essie and OPI polishes add to Jc Fancy's appeal, but the Rittenhouse nail spa really earns high marks for the crazy-relaxing massages techs deliver while clients' nails dry. (Splurge for the "Spa" version of the mani-pedis.) [Image credit: Jc Fancy Nails & Spa]

4. Lacquer Lounge Nail Bar & Beautique

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2051 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 758-2385
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Now with two salon locations—Rittenhouse and Queen Village—in its line-up, Lacquer Lounge is set apart from the competition through a unrivaled dedication to hygiene and cleanliness. Shop the selection of affordable costume jewelry on your way out. [Image credit: Lacquer Lounge]

5. Luxxe Nail Spa

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2819 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-0829
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Not only is their mani-pedi game on point, the estheticians at Luxxe Nail Spa--including owner Mimi--receive rave reviews for their genuine hospitality. [Image credit: Luxxe Nail Spa/Facebook]

6. Salon Ba Si

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116 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 972-1661
Yes, the services are expensive, and yeah, it's cash-only, but Salon Ba Si keeps 'em coming back through an attention to detail that's nothing but meticulous. Expect to spend an hour or so in the chair here. [Image credit: Yelp]

7. Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa

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328 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-7980
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Consider Tierra Mia the closest thing you'll get to an island getaway in Philly. Polishes are water-based and non-toxic, while massage oils are infused with essential oils of mango and coconut. Services are by appointment only. [Image credit: Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa]

8. Top Nails

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540 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-8459
The specialty at Top Nails? Gel manicures, which are said to stay put for as long as three weeks. Ask for Linda, the owner. [Image credit: Yelp]

1. Cozy Nails

128 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Services at this South Street nail salon are a tad pricier than average, but the free leg and shoulder massages given mid-appointment are well worth your manicure's premium price tag. [Image credit: Cozy Nails/Facebook]
128 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

2. Diamond Nails

4507 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Offered at a below-average cost, perfectly applied gel manicures are the draw at this tiny West Philly nail salon. Standard manis, nail art, pedis, and eyebrow waxes are on the menu, too, all at bargain prices. Be warned, though: The secret's out about this no-so-hidden gem, so you'll likely need an appointment. [Image credit: Yelp]
4507 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143

3. Jc Fancy Nails & Spa

119 South 22nd street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Essie and OPI polishes add to Jc Fancy's appeal, but the Rittenhouse nail spa really earns high marks for the crazy-relaxing massages techs deliver while clients' nails dry. (Splurge for the "Spa" version of the mani-pedis.) [Image credit: Jc Fancy Nails & Spa]
119 South 22nd street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Lacquer Lounge Nail Bar & Beautique

2051 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Now with two salon locations—Rittenhouse and Queen Village—in its line-up, Lacquer Lounge is set apart from the competition through a unrivaled dedication to hygiene and cleanliness. Shop the selection of affordable costume jewelry on your way out. [Image credit: Lacquer Lounge]
2051 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Luxxe Nail Spa

2819 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Not only is their mani-pedi game on point, the estheticians at Luxxe Nail Spa--including owner Mimi--receive rave reviews for their genuine hospitality. [Image credit: Luxxe Nail Spa/Facebook]
2819 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Salon Ba Si

116 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Yes, the services are expensive, and yeah, it's cash-only, but Salon Ba Si keeps 'em coming back through an attention to detail that's nothing but meticulous. Expect to spend an hour or so in the chair here. [Image credit: Yelp]
116 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa

328 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Consider Tierra Mia the closest thing you'll get to an island getaway in Philly. Polishes are water-based and non-toxic, while massage oils are infused with essential oils of mango and coconut. Services are by appointment only. [Image credit: Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa]
328 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Top Nails

540 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
The specialty at Top Nails? Gel manicures, which are said to stay put for as long as three weeks. Ask for Linda, the owner. [Image credit: Yelp]
540 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125