There’s a new place to get pampered in DeForest and it’s located right downtown.

The Nail Bar, located at 115 South Main Street, offers a variety of nail services, including manicures, pedicures, hard gel, acrylics and nail art. Owner Peggy Hanner, a DeForest resident, has been doing nails since 1988.

While customers are getting their nails done they can sip on one complimentary glass of wine, or have a beer or mimosa on the house. Hanner, who used to live in California, said she noticed there is a culture around drinking in Wisconsin. She envisioned individuals coming in to the Nail Bar for a nail service and relaxing with an alcoholic beverage.

“I don’t want you to feel like a customer, I want you to feel like a guest,” Hanner said.

Although she’s been doing nails for years, this is Hanner’s first time owning a business. While she said the process was “incredibly scary and overwhelming,” it’s worth it as she watches customers come in to the new space. The Nail Bar opened on Feb. 8 and has seen a number of clients so far.

Hanner, her family and some close friends worked to remodel the location, which used to house a smoothie shop. She said the group began work in December and wrapped up the remodel just a day before The Nail Bar’s opening. The storefront, which used to be bright orange inside, now features crisp white and pink walls, rustic décor and a private pedicure room.

With over 30 years of experience, Hanner has seen nail trends come and go. She recalled a time when everyone had white French tips. Nowadays, she sees a lot of very long nails with stiletto points, and glitter is a popular option. Although she styles nails in a variety of ways, Hanner said her specialty is nail art. Her most popular nail set features “Star Wars” characters.

“Bring me a picture and I can do it,” Hanner said. “We can go extreme and covered in diamonds or as little as just a natural pink.”

Along with offering an assortment of nail services, Hanner is also focused on customer service. She said she wants people to “feel like they’re not rushed or pushed” and that “they’re understood and heard.”

“I ask that you come in and see us one time,” Hanner said. “You will not be disappointed.”

In the future, Hanner hopes to hire three other manicurists to fill the space. She has help-wanted ads out for one currently.

Along with traditional manicures and pedicures aimed at women, the Nail Bar offers nail services specific for men and children, as well as paraffin dips. The Nail Bar is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays (by appointment only).

For more information, visit www.thenailbardeforest.com or call (608) 842-0359.

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