Working too hard for a manicure? Manicube brings manicure services—from high-end polishes to relaxing hand massages—to your office.
Manicube conveniently brings manicure services to your workplace.
With fast-luxury services like blow-dry bars sweeping the country, it was only a matter of time before other grooming services got on board. Enter Manicube, which one-ups the convenience of its blow-out counterparts by offerings its full-service manicures in just 15 minutes or less—while you’re at work.
It all started when Harvard Business School alums Katina Mountanos and Liz Whitman noticed the lack of grooming services available to working women. Corporate offices offered shoe shines and barber appointments for their male colleagues, but Mountanos and Whitman were left rushing to the nail salon on lunch breaks, or during their much-needed downtime. Thus, Manicube was launched in New York to bring manicures into the workplace. The company has since expanded to Chicago and Boston with San Francisco coming this September.
With Manicube, customers can make appointments and pay online.
Aside from the fact that these manicures take place in a conference room or other in-office space, a few other factors make Manicube quicker and more convenient than your usual neighborhood salon. The 15-minute Everyday Mani is finished off with a quick-dry topcoat and quick-dry drops so customers can get back to their desks as soon as possible. An online booking system sets up appointment times and payment—no more chipping your polish while digging in your purse for credit cards or cash.
All Manicube supplies are hygienic and customers can choose from 50-60 premium polishes from brands like Essie, OPI, Deborah Lippmann, and CND Vinylux. Some clients even bring their laptops to the service for the ultimate in convenience. Appointments are set up through a company's human resources so that Manicube technicians can take multiple customers within one office, and some companies choose to subsidize the service. In addition to their signature Everyday Mani, other treatments include the Long Weekend Mani with CND Vinylux polish; the High Maintenance Mani, which features a more intense hand massage; the Men’s Clip and Clean; and two types of pedicures—which just launched in Chicago.
Manicube offers upscale nail polish brands like Essie.
As for what’s next, Mountanos tells us a collaboration with other grooming services like Drybar isn’t out of the question. “When you’re sitting idle in the hair salon chair, don’t you wish you could be checking another chore off your list at the same time?” she says. “As long as it helps make working women’s lives easier, it’s definitely something we would consider.” E-mail [email protected] to bring Manicube to your office.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SETH OLENICK