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Parisian nail salon to replace Fresh Market

New nail emporium takes organic trend to 'chic new heights,' proprietor says

Editor's note: Happy April Fools' Day!

A chain of organic nail salons that has taken Paris by storm will be moving into the space recently vacated by Fresh Market in Palo Alto's Edgewood Plaza, property manager John Tse announced Tuesday.

The Salon OOF! (Salon d'Ongle Organique du France!) has been looking to open on the West Coast and selected Palo Alto due to its high per-capita income and environmentalist roots, said Philippe du Monde, vice president of marketing for Northern America.

"We pride ourselves in being the first and the best salon with products entirely organique, from the nail polish to the polish remover. We think the personal beauty of the women and the sustainability of the earth must absolument go hand in hand," du Monde told the Weekly.

The products, developed by Salon OOF! scientists, shun the so-called "toxic trio" that are used in traditional nail products: toulene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde. Instead, the polishes have been artisanally engineered using hydrolyzed sea kelp, silk from Catalan silkworms and keratin from the hair of Andalusian mountain goats.

"We have villagers who for years have made their livelihood collecting these materials for native crafts. We've repurposed those ingredients so that the village people now earn three times as much. Our products are not only certified organic, they are fair trade," du Monde touted.

The former market's high ceiling will accommodate a signature feature of all Salon OOF! spas: the "butterfly canopy," in which 1,000 winged creatures will roam freely overhead, du Monde said. He described the atmosphere of the salon as "tranquil, like a walk in the meadow on a sunlit day."

Palo Alto residents reacted quickly to the news, with many embracing the 20,000-square-foot beauty emporium.

"There just aren't enough nail salons in the city," said Debbie Utante, who lives in the adjacent Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood. "I can't get a decent mani-pedi. So I'm all for it. I'm sure the French know how to do nails."

But controversy has already erupted, with some local environmentalists saying the salon isn't sustainable enough.

"Paris to Palo Alto is far -- it's like 5,500 miles. And all those products are being transported here. That's a lot of carbon being emitted in transportation," said Dirk Petermeier. "Couldn't they figure out a way to make their nail polishes out of local materials, like compost?"

Neighbors who wanted a grocery store to replace Fresh Market pledged this week to circulate a petition to block the lease.

"We don't need some fancypants French nail place; we need a store nearby to get bread and steak," resident Jack Terrier said, rolling his eyes. "My wife's nails look just fine the way they are!"

But interior renovations for the salon are already proceeding, and du Monde said this week that Salon OOF!'s grand opening is scheduled for April 22 -- Earth Day.

HAFD!

Comments

17 people like this
Posted by Savethegoats
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

Shearing those rare Andalusian mountain goats just to create the perfect pedi brush is an obscene misuse of “organic” materials. Why not stick to recycled rubber tires?


6 people like this
Posted by Getalife
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

Finally, a place to get a mani/pedi without stressing about finding a parking spot -- or having to walk 10 blocks with still-wet nails, and in flip flops. Thank you, powers that be, for making a sound decision. Who needed another market, anyway?


22 people like this
Posted by Right
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2015 at 9:05 am

April Fool's Day!


9 people like this
Posted by Lucy
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:10 am

This is an April fools day joke...right?


10 people like this
Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

Yeah, it had BETTER be an April Fools joke! <looking for my pitchfork>


2 people like this
Posted by PolicySage
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:50 am

Disgusting!


9 people like this
Posted by Kristina
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

Wow! you had me going there for a minute! Nearly had an apoplectic stroke! The trouble is, it sounded feasible! HAFD, indeed!


9 people like this
Posted by PolicySage
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

Oh, darn, you aprilfooled me completely! Heh, heh!


2 people like this
Posted by TimH
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

Nice try. Fool me once...but not this time. Happy April 1st. :)


14 people like this
Posted by Dave S
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:58 am

Salon OOF! is the best! I go there on all my Parisian trips, even though I no longer have any fingernails because of the accident.


1 person likes this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

Please tell me this is an April Fool's joke.


8 people like this
Posted by Chewey
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

April Fool or not April Fool? It's a nail-biter.


11 people like this
Posted by Raymond
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

I refuse to have my nails done on religious grounds. Did Jesus go to a nail salon?


2 people like this
Posted by Carol
a resident of University South
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

Glad you guys are having so much fun!!!


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Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

April Fools for sure.


4 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

Very clever....knowing that this wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination in Palo Alto, you had me hook, line and sinker!!!


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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

So we have really lost our anchor for that neighborhood!


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Posted by muttiallen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

muttiallen is a registered user.

Thanks for the chuckle. :o) HAFD for sure.


2 people like this
Posted by Jeanie Smith
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

Very funny!


14 people like this
Posted by butterfly poop
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

I was wondering where all of the butterly poop would be going when those free range butterflys would be cavorting in the canopy above the nail client.

Cute and a good chuckle. Funny thingi is I thought for a moment that this could have been for real and it would have added another reason to my list of why I don't care much for Palo Alto.


6 people like this
Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:55 am

OMG. Totally got me. Went to such a dark place momentarily....


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on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:59 am


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4 people like this
Posted by Sally
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Thank you to the Weekly for a great article. I can't stop laughing long enough to explain to my family why I am laughing so hard!


2 people like this
Posted by catmomleonorilda
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

If you hadn't made those awful grammar mistakes in French—Salon d'Ongle Organique du France???!!! That should be:

Salon d'ongles organiques de France...

You might have gotten away with this.

And all those awful butterflies up there.


7 people like this
Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Palo Alto is pretentious enough that I thought this might be true.
For the record, though, just in case, I do NOT want a nail salon there - fake nails, yuck.
Hey, please, can't we get a nice, high quality grocery store there....


6 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Palo Alto Online, just keep that in mind that you would be responsible for medical bills should I have had a heart attack before I realized the date! ;-) What a relief!


6 people like this
Posted by Theresa
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Excellent. And Happy Birthday to Jocelyn!


8 people like this
Posted by Susan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Maybe the organic "Butcher to Table" concept restaurant that couldn't find space on University last year could move into Edgewood Shopping Center. There's plenty of room for the cows to graze in the "public benefit" park that the developer provided next to the coffee shop. HAFD!


8 people like this
Posted by Rose A
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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I can hardly wait to go! I will enjoy getting my nails done while blissfully staring at the butterfly ceiling.

Zoe, I'm so glad that you survived your accident at the DC metro--maybe we can get a pedicure together and catch up on old times?


4 people like this
Posted by Poisson d'Avril
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

C'est formidable les produits bio a Palo Alto!


8 people like this
Posted by Dirk Petermeier
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm

At Last!! Nail polish made from compost!! We have found a viable economic solution for the anaerobic digest-er!!



Aprils Fools! You Gotta Laugh!


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Posted by Denise
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

I have'nt laughed so hard for so long in decades! Zoe Barnes this is priceless specially with all the tounge in cheek comments. I was almost going to go for one time after it opened just to see the fluttering butterflies! I was got and now a little disappointed. So so good and could not be a more perfect story for our area especially the Andalusian goats! Ha Ha ha...........


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

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Don't worry 3 or 4 new nail salons will open in PA this year anyway


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Posted by Zoe Barnes
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm

@Dirk Petermeier, I always knew you had a good sense of humor!


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