Best of Boston

BEST Manicure

2000 BEST Manicure, City

Dolores Sanborn, Austen’s


Our nails were ugly. So when we got the tip to see Dolores at Austen’s, we were only too happy to test her out. Could our yucky stubs be transformed into beautiful digits? Miraculously, yes. In fact, we can’t decide… read more»

2000 BEST Manicure, Suburban

Faina Fedosik, Trillium


Be warned: Faina has a devoted following, so prepare to book at least a week ahead for an appointment. The wait is worth it for the extra-long hand massage and meticulous nail polish application. Some fans swear it’s possible to… read more»

1999 BEST Manicure

Claudia Grimaud, Salon Mario Russo


She spends so much time on your nails you’ll think you’re her only client for the day. Grimaud pampers you with a soothing hand massage and expertly takes the rough edges off your talons. Most important, her multicoated polishing will… read more»

1998 BEST Manicure

City Salon


What good is having a face that holds up against time and gravity if you neglect your hands? They’re the surest sign of a person’s true age. A manicure by Victoria will help console even the most abused paws. And… read more»

1997 BEST Manicure

Ingenue Nail Salon


Ingenue specializes only in nails, and it shows. Situated in a townhouse off Newbury, its decor is welcoming and its facilities are extensive. The staff is well trained and helpful, offering knowledgeable opinions on everything from nail-tip maintenance to polish… read more»

1995 BEST Manicure

Lilly at L’Elegance


Whether your nails are as long as a soap-opera villainess’s, or chewed to the quick, Lilly will shape them to perfection. read more»

1994 BEST Manicure

Bon Visage


Give your hands to Bella, whose thorough but gentle manicures and pleasant personality have attracted a justifiably devoted clientele. read more»

1993 BEST Manicure

Mia’s Nail Salon


Mia was trained in New York, the epicenter of marvelous manicures. No wonder hers last so long. read more»

1993 BEST Manicure, In-Office

Mary Ann Benda


Have cuticle cream, will travel. This high school biology teacher who moonlights as a Newbury Street manicurist also makes office calls. read more»

1992 BEST Manicure



In the age of AIDS, attention to cleanliness is as important as attention to the customer. Galin lavishes attention on both. read more»