10 Questions with Painted Red Nails’ Jessica Mahler

Insanity inspired her. Passion keeps her coming back for more.

  • By Marisa Powers
10 Questions, Shoot!

Q: What did you dream of being as a kid?

Everything! I’m really interested in so many things and always thought doing nails was just a fun thing to do on the side. In fifth grade I wanted to be a primatologist, by high school I wanted to be a women’s counselor and journalist, as well as a plumber (which still interests me), I still think of being a dermatologist, podiatrist, or other medical professional, but I’m not sure I could ever give up nails.

Q: How does your personality play into your business?

I’m pretty intense, I guess, and that plays into it for sure. We’re very different than other salons. Often people inquire about our services and say something like, “I’m just looking for a regular pedicure,” and I tease back, “We don’t do anything regular.” We specialize in advanced care of the foot and our services are designed for healthy, lasting results, unlike the quick-fix mentality of the average salon on the Cape.  Plus, we strive for a great spa experience at the same time, constantly coming up with new unique ways to spoil and pamper with regularly changing service themes. Our services aren’t “normal,” because neither am I.

Q: At what moment did you decide to open a business?

After working at a couple other nail salons as a teenager, I realized that I couldn’t work for other people. I was frustrated with the standards in salons on the Cape; I cared about every detail in the salon and wanted to do it right.  It’s when my husband and I first started dating though that I realized that I would own my own salon. We’re a great team and I wouldn’t want to do this without him.

Q: What inspired you?

Insanity! I’m possessed with this intense passion for what I do. I couldn’t work for people who weren’t going to put the same passion into every aspect of the salon, and I just couldn’t give up doing nails, so it really wasn’t a choice for me.

Q: Describe the biggest challenge of owning a business in the town of Barnstable?

Probably the seasonality of the cape. It’s too slow in the winter, and then insane in the summer. It’s really hard to balance that- to really feel prepared in the summer and have enough qualified staff for our crazy summers, but then keep them all happy in our sleepy winters.

Q: Describe the best thing about owning a business in the town of Barnstable?

I love the visitors. People come from all over to vacation on Cape Cod and I really enjoy meeting so many diverse people.

Q: What is one thing you would never change about your business?

I try to never say never. I hope to always be doing nails on the table myself because I truly love it, but who knows… if ever I am no longer loving it, I hope to move on before that. I think it’s important to feel fulfilled in your work and to give it your all.

Q: What is your business’ greatest asset?

Probably my passion for my work. You can tell when someone really loves what they do, and when that is what drives them. It’s what makes me strive for perfection and give attention to each detail. It’s what keeps me up at night dreaming up my next service theme, or inventing a new treatment mask to cure chronic cuticle conditions. We’re different that other salons in a lot of ways, but I think it’s my love for my work that brings forth all of those attributes that make us stand apart.

Q: What is your favorite spot in town?

Like most small business owners, I am not sure I know what the town looks like outside my walls. I’m usually at work, but if I could pick anywhere else to be, it would be wherever my little girls are.

Q: What’s one thing the community should know about you?

I don’t know. Who likes describing themselves? I feel really blessed that I can do what I love, and I hope to positively impact the lives of those around me.

Jessica opened Painted Red Nails in May 2005.  Find them at 845 Main Street, Osterville.


Painted Red Nails Opens New Location in Mashpee , MA

Mashpee , MA –Jessica Mahler has announced the grand opening of her new spa, Painted Red Nails.

“We are now offering more than just nails,” said Mahler. “We offer skin care, waxing and massage.”

Painted Red Nails offers a world-class experience and was voted Mid Cape’s number one day spa in Cape Cod Life Magazine’s Best of 2010. The spa is committed to complete hand and foot care for clients and uses natural products to eliminate exposure to harmful toxins and carcinogenic ingredients.

The day spa offers clients an opportunity to pamper themselves with luxury services, along with natural and organic products from around the world. The spa specializes in themed services, wedding parties and children’s birthday parties.

For girls under 12, Painted Red Nails provides entertainment, party favors, gift bags and the cake for girls and their friends. Party girls can receive a pretty nails or mini nail art manicure, or soak in a tub with hot stones, exfoliation, leg and foot massage, along with special care for toenails.

Brides and wedding parties can experience a unique floral foot soak, rose petal hand facial, arm and hand exfoliation and massage, along with a traditional manicure for 90 minutes of pure bliss. Light refreshments and sparkling drinks are provided. Bachelorette parties, baby showers, office and book parties, and a girls’ night out can be accommodated.

The luxury spa offers themed services, including a full hand and arm exfoliation, cuticle mask and paraffin elbow treatment. An invigorating peppermint and lemongrass hot stone pedicure is now offered.

Painted Red Nails offers a variety of services that can be combined to accommodate a variety of needs for men and women. Clients can enjoy an organic rose petal, lemongrass luxury or hot stone pedicure, along with a classic express or pedicure refresher for those on the go.

Lovely hands don’t just happen. The day spa provides manicures with lemongrass, organic neem oil, paraffin treatments and premium polish changes. Clients can choose from a French acrylic manicure, buff and polish change, express fill or traditional nails. The salon offers the revolutionary shellac hybrid polish featuring UV3 technology. The hybrid polish has zero drying time, a mirror finish and lasts for 14 days.

Men can sit back and relax while the spa’s specialists provide a hand clean up or rough hand service, topped off with a hand and arm massage and paraffin. A quick foot fix or coconut-mint foot treatment can be selected for tired feet, accompanied by exfoliation and massage.

Several services are exclusive to the Mashpee salon, including a full line of body waxing options, from brows and feet, and basic, extended and Brazilian bikini waxes.  The salon also offers an array of refreshing facials, from the extravagant Dr. Hauschka treatment to ultrasonic resurfacing facials. Makeup lessons, special occasion applications and refreshers are offered. Clients can indulge themselves at the Mashpee salon with a therapeutic deep tissue, Swedish or stone massage.

Appointments are highly recommended and can be requested online. Visitors can register to receive the spa’s newsletter and can be followed on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PaintedRedNails.

Painted Red Nails
2A Center St , Mashpee , MA 02649
508-477-3222


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