Opened: November 2016 as Barn It, rebranded to New Church House in December 2018.
Brands: Artistic, Bio Sculpture, Footlogix, Salt of the Earth Design vibe: “We are based in a beautiful, heritage building and our design is sympathetic to the look of the architecture with a luxury yet cool vibe. We have five floors with a different look on each.
“Our nail bar floor, with pink walls and a copper bar is very ‘instagramable’; the lighting is perfect for our techs and, as our nail bar is also a cocktail bar, we provide a quirky element to beauty treatments.”
USP: “We focus on offering a five-star customer experience. We encourage customers to soak up the atmosphere before and after their treatments; they often stay for cocktails after having their nails done. We also cater for groups and parties who want to socialise with their friends or colleagues while having their treatments.”
Bookings: “Clients can download our app, book on our website or call the salon.”
Typical client: “We have a lot of loyal customers, but our central location in Manchester means we also get a lot of group bookings too. Most of our custom comes from word of mouth.”
Most popular service: “Gel overlay with Artistic Colour Gloss or Bio Sculpture Gel.”
Most popular colour: “A deep plum is a classic favourite with our clients year-round – Fab in Artistic or Pinotage in Bio Sculpture.”
Future plans: “To expand our beauty and nail offering. We still have a floor in our building that’s not yet in use so have started working on a new design which will create more space for us to expand.”
Lynsey Smith is owner of New Church House, Manchester