The Times West Virginian

April 7, 2013

Martha’s Nail Boutique open at Lion in the Sun

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Martha Wood is continuing her passion for nails at her new salon in Fairmont.

On March 18, she opened Martha’s Nail Boutique inside of Lion in the Sun’s East Side location at 201 Morgantown Ave. She offers manicures, pedicures and Shellac polish.

Wood also does express manicures and pedicures, which some people call lunch manicures and pedicures.

“It’s less expensive and doesn’t take as long,” she said.

While a regular manicure incorporates the soaking of the nails and the massaging of the hands, an express manicure just focuses on filing the nails, pushing the cuticles back, and applying lotion and polish. The express pedicure includes the same services, but the feet are soaked first, Wood said.

Wood, originally from Bellview, moved to California when she was 19 years old and went to nail school there. After working as a nail technician in Los Angeles, she came back to West Virginia in 1979 and opened up Martha’s Nail Boutique.

She originally operated her business out of her family’s home in Benton’s Ferry for a few years, and later moved to White Hall and took her nail operations with her. Wood also got her license to do nails in Colorado, where she lived for a while.

After running her nail business for about 25 years, she decided to retire from this work. Four or five years ago, she returned to Fairmont and ventured into office work, but she missed doing nails.

“My passion is this, so that’s why I decided to reopen,” Wood said.

She said she met Kim Wherley, owner of Lion in the Sun, when she did her nails years ago, and they are really good friends. Wherley recently told Wood that a room was available to rent at Lion in the Sun on Morgantown Avenue, and Martha’s Nail Boutique opened there a couple months later.

“It was just kind of meant to be,” Wood said.

She and Wherley painted and decorated the space where the nail salon is located, and it now looks like a completely different room. The walls are blue with glitter, and the furniture is black and white, which is similar to the interior of Lion in the Sun’s new Kingmont store.

Wood said business at Martha’s Nail Boutique is going great so far. Many people know her from when she previously operated her business in the area, and customers are stopping by her new shop and telling others about her services.

“I like the contact with the clients, and I just enjoy that type of work because I am a people person,” she said. “I like the one-on-one with the clients.”

Martha’s Nail Boutique is open Monday through Friday into the evenings and some Saturdays. Wood does what she can to work around her customers’ schedules.

For more information, call 304-816-2986 or visit Martha’s Nail Boutique on Facebook.

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