Get groomed (locally) this Movember


You will find no pink at Rescue Spa (1601 Walnut St.), a 7,500-square-foot urban oasis in the heart of Center City. All amenities are featured in a sleek, grayscale setting that screams GQ masculinity. When asked about the importance of men’s grooming, Rescue Spa owner Danuta Mieloch responded, “Men’s grooming is essential. It’s quite simple to have your nails shaped, eyebrows trimmed, and any excess ear & nose hair groomed. Pedicures are an easy way to take care of tired feet, get rid of calluses, and maintain healthy feet.”

The spa offers specially adapted “man”icures and pedicures for the male in mind. $25 for a “man”icure or $40 for a pedicure. 215.772.2766

It has become much more acceptable to see men in the salon, a destination once only for women. Many area businesses have started to offer specific services targeted towards male clientele.

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Vogue Magazine’s The Sunday Spill : Rescue Spa Philadelphia


Vogue‘s Guide to Your Weekend Manicure

Sunday mornings are made for lazy brunches, languishing in bed with a book—and, of course, your standing manicure appointment. We’ll give you our recommendations for the best hands-and-feet pairing for the week ahead, and where to go for a flawless polish job.

Photo: Tim Hout

How to nail the all-important New Year’s Eve mani-pedi? With a karma-cleansing bright white minimalist pedicure—and a more-is-more platinum manicure that twinkles like a paillette.

Essie nail polish in Hors d’Oeuvres (bottom left) on hands and Blanc (top right) on feet, $9 each;

“Rescue Spa, located near Rittenhouse Square, is my favorite place for any service when I’m visiting my family in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is extremely soothing and peaceful—which is the point of a 30-minute respite during the day! Manicures are performed in the pretty white-tiled space, and all the nail stations are stocked with products you actually want to buy.”  —Grace Fuller, Vogue Fashion Assistant, New York City

Rescue Spa
1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor


Staff Pick: Nice is Nice by Essie

“It is essential to celebrate Spring with a fresh coat of paint… on your toes that is and we have the color for you at Rescue. Nice is Nice by Essie is the perfect purple for those looking to revive their piggies, just in time for sandal season. The lilac color complements this season’s trendy pastel palette and is sure to give the breath of fresh air you’ve been craving all Winter.”

Spa Concierge, Emily Coursen

Just One Thing: Chanel’s chic gray “vernis”

“Vernis” is French for polish, with a silent “s.”

“So. I admit: I’m totes late to the party when it comes to nail polish. My excuses are myriad. First is, I nearly never get my nails done. Second is, well, I nearly never get my nails done. Still, when I kept seeing these great grays cropping up on the shiny finger tops of fashion types, I felt compelled to join the smoky digit movement. So, on a recent sad, rainy day, when generous and lovely Rescue Rittenhouse Spa just happened to invite me over for a mani, I figured it must be a sign from god. Or at least a good omen from beauty goddess Kim and Dana et al at Rescue. Anyway. I went, gave over my withered hands (not pictured here, because even with their nails polished, the veiny, dishpan endpoints of my upper appendages are not fit for human eyes) to nail guru Jean — whose real name is Kelly and whom I forgot to compliment on her lovely makeup — and ,after several blissful minutes of buffing and smoothing and eventual polishing with Chanel’s subtly glittery Paradoxal, I found my plain Jane hands transformed into something vastly chicer. Industrial yet lustrous. Dark yet bright. Gray like a winter day, but also totally upbeat, modern, mood-lifting. Paradoxical. You get the picture.

Anyway. Gray nails may no longer be 100% new to market, but they remain totally pretty and completely available at Rescue for a mere $25 manicure (plus tip for Jean/Kelly). I say, so what if you’re a little late to the party? At least you’ll be fashionably late.”

Posted by Lauren McCutcheon on 1/19/2011 @

The culprits that give away your age!

With all the innovations for your face your hands are the culprits that will give away your age. Just like your face, your hands need care and protection. No worries, there are a couple of simple steps you can take to help maintain the youthful appearance of those over worked phalanges.

Exfoliating at least 2-3 times a week is a great way to remove dead skin and let a new radiant layer shine through. One of my favorite exfoliators is the One Minute Manicure. It has over 7 different oils combined with dead sea salt which makes for one effective yet gentle & hydrating exfoliant.

The care starts with exfoliation then continues with moisturizing. Carrying a portable bottle of hand cream with you is essential. Since you’re always using your hands they dry out relatively quickly. Also, being good about hydrating them will aid with dry cuticles and brittle nails. If you don’t have a favorite hand cream already, I’d suggest Deborah Lippmann’s Rich Girl Anti-Aging Hand & Cuticle Cream with SPF 25. Its always nice to have a moisturizer with SPF because not only does it hydrate it also protects you from skin damaging sun rays.

And last of all, you should always wear gloves when you step outside. Even if its for just a minute, because frigid air really takes a toll on your hands.

Pretty simple, right? Exfoliate, moisturize & protect three painless routines to keep your hands as ageless as your face.

Nail Technician,
Sally Man