Hold up Voyeurs, there’s a secret champagne nail bar in the centre of Newcastle that you need on your radar…..
This one’s a little bit special, it’s a hidden gem in the city of Newcastle that’s a haven for all things beauty and you’ve probably walked past it a hundred of times already. When you find a place like this, you face the decision to either keep it to yourself and revel in your new found knowledge, or share it with the world. When it’s this good, it’s impossible not to share, these small, independent businesses that get us a little bit more excited than the big franchises that scream at us from the sidewalk.
Levoi – pronounced Le-vwah – is one such place. Right in the heart of Newcastle, it’s a basement level champagne nail bar with a colour scheme to die for. Aiming to bring a friendly feel back to nail grooming after the influx of conveyor belt nail salons to the city in recent years and with a focus on old school glamour, Levoi brings a touch of 50’s class to personal grooming. There’s not a Dremel in sight at this friendly nail salon so you know from the outset that your nails are in safe hands.
Hidden away at ankle level on St Mary’s place, close to the Haymarket, Levoi is a friendly welcoming salon that prides itself on not only its flair for creative nails, but also its service. I’m greeted on arrival by owner Ann who tells me that the name Levoi is a simple anagram of her mother’s name, Olive. Already pretty cute, right? The colour scheme is a subtle tribute too, with soft muted greens and a signature nail polish created in her honour, it’s clear that family is at the heart of this business.
With a bar stool nail bar as the focal point of the first room in the salon, I take my seat and before my butt has touched the leather, I’m handed a glass of champagne and a strawberry dipped in chocolate – the staple diet of Levoi clients. My nails are prepped and sanitised before the cuticles are trimmed back and the tips shaped. I’ve opted for a service called “One For The Road” which is the salon’s most popular treatment. It includes cured gel that lasts up to three weeks and it’s Levoi’s own bespoke gel in a range of colours mixed and selected by the staff themselves, each one named after a cocktail, natch.
Now you know me pretty well by now Voyeurs: pastel hair and glossy black nails, that’s my jam, but today I’m throwing caution to the wind and I let Kayley Ann, my Nail Technician for the afternoon, decide on the colour. I know, shocking. She seems to have the measure of me as she selects a deep navy blue shade called Kir Royale, topped with a subtle glitter fleck, the finished product is called a Royal-Tini & it’s pretty fitting that they’re blue, as it’s Autism Awareness Month. Winning. After each nail treatment, hands are massaged with an own-blend of lavender infused olive oil which leaves my hands smelling flippin’ lush.
The big difference you’ll notice with Levoi, is its laid back LA vibe; Nothing is rushed, chat isn’t forced, and it’s a relaxing environment. It doesn’t have that feeling of being turnover orientated, staff take time to chat and they’ll mix bespoke colours for clients if there’s something in particular you need to match. Ann recently created a bespoke tartan checked nail for a client to match to a dress and says she loves a challenge.
There’s a simple menu of services and it’s not just about the nails, Levoi offer a range of waxing services in a private room at the back of the salon, and even ear piercing. There’s also the option of exclusive use of the salon for birthday or bachelorette parties, or times when you and your squad just want to monopolise the place like the girl bosses that you are. Prices are competitive for a city centre salon and there’s parking close by meaning that you can ‘hit and run’ when you just need a polish for a big night out.
Wanna see the place for yourself? Course you do. You can find Levoi at 6 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle, and make sure you ask for a Bubbles Card which gets you your 6th treatment free. You’re welcome Voyeurs.
I was given an on menu nail service called One For The Road which takes 45 minutes and costs £35.
To book an appointment with Levoi call 0191 2305859