20 Camden, suite B2, 416-203-0014. www.polishbeautybar.com Rating: NNNNN
Operating on the like-to-like principle, Polish Beauty Bar - owned by fashionista friends Meredith Oke and Matthew Onion - caters almost exclusively to the cool professional gal looking for an air-conditioned environment where she can find respite from vapid chit-chat, crowds and annoying music while getting her nails or wax done (without feeling like she's part of a human assembly line and having to compromise on hygiene).
Impeccably designed (why, yes, eagle eyes, that's imported wallpaper), the large space is divided into areas of use: boutique, dining/impromptu office area, manicure bar and a strategically placed lounge that allows you to chat with friends at the L-shaped pedicure station - especially handy during private parties/bridal bashes - or just park it on the sofa with a book (yes, they have books) or celeb rag from the available library. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.
PBB's picks: Cake Milk Made smoothing hand + cuticle buffer, $22 /145ml; Velveteen Manicure, $35; and Velveteen Pedicure, $55. Note: Cake's Velveteen line is carried exclusively at Polish until the end of the summer.
Look for: The addition of cosmetic acupuncture to the roster of services; all-natural products by Forest Girl; upcoming workshops on trendster themes like chakra therapy, knitting, etc; and pro-grade nail care with brands such as Creative Nails and Essie.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.