"Find your calm" is not just a catchy tagline for the eco-chic day spa, Greentoes. Walking into the beautifully renovated house-turned-beauty-studio a sense of calm comes over you. The space is clean, homey and chemical-free. The idea for Greentoes came in a dream to co-owner Christina Rossetti Thompson that was telling her to slow down. A teacher by trade, she never imagined opening a business but the idea came and she and her husband, Victor Thompson, made it happen. They created an urban getaway located near 6th St and 6th Ave, walking distance from the University of Arizona and downtown Tucson. Greentoes uses only vegan and eco-friendly polishes and nail polish remover. Protecting the health of clients and the environment are not only important to the Thompsons but has helped in their success. "What initially attracted me to them (Greentoes) is that they are, as the name suggests, 'green,' " said Judy Hollingsworth, a client. "They use all organic products."
In October of 2012, Greentoes opened in a carefully renovated house that was built in 1905. The couple had bought the building years before dreaming up the nail salon business. The surrounding neighborhood has an interesting mix of beautiful turn-of-the-century homes, churches, art galleries and studios, and industrial spaces. New businesses along 6th Avenue north of downtown have helped fill out this area as a destination for fun, food and shopping. These include coffee spot eXo Roast Co. and wine and beer bar and shop Tap & Bottle. Rumor has it a micro-brewery will be going into a renovated auto repair garage nearby.
Being native Tucsonans, the Thompsons appreciate the hidden gems of Tucson and love the unique parts of town. Having owned the building for a few years, they had watched the neighborhood grow and knew the house at 529 N 6th Ave would be the perfect spot for the calm, quite salon. Greentoes is a lovely addition to the revival of this formerly blighted corner offering a special experience of pampering in the urban core. In addition to nail services, Greentoes offers waxing and massage services. "I want it to be a place where people come in and it's comfortable and quiet," Victor states. Stop in and experience the calm for yourself. Regular hours are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays by appointment. Sunday, October 6 the studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate their one year anniversary. Come in for first come, first served half priced manicures and pedicures, giveaways and cupcakes.