Emanuel’s reviewed by a Hoboken411 reader!
This past Christmas, I had a situation where I needed my dog Oscar (the Hoboken411 mascot,) to get some much-needed vacation time from the 411 headquarters / control room / mad scientist lab / sleep-deprivation clinic.
With such short notice, my options were limited. So I called on reader “She’s Crafty” to watch my pooch for a few days. What a savior! As compensation for this gracious favor, I decided to reward her with some gift certificates to Emanuel’s Salon, who were generous enough to add them to one of my previous contest prize pools.
Her conclusions were in line with the positive reviews other readers have already left.
See the review of her massage and Mani/Pedi after the jump.
Description – Hair & nail salon for men & women
Services – Waxing, facials,& massage. A Redken & OPI salon
Website – emanuels-salon.com.
Address – 89 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-876-3171
“I was lucky enough to watch Hoboken411’s dog during the holidays, and I was given a generous gift certificate from Emanuel’s Salon here in Hoboken (I would have done it regardless – Oscar may be the best dog in Hoboken!) The gift certificate was for an hour long massage and a Manicure/Pedicure that I was quick to redeem and pleasantly surprised by my experiences there. I don’t make nearly enough time or set aside a budget for such experiences, so I was pretty excited to use my freebies and completely indulge myself in a couple hours of beauty & relaxation.
After arriving at the salon, located at 89 Washington Street and situated in a spacious setting above a real estate office on the corner of Newark Ave. I was greeted by my extremely friendly and warm massage therapist Angela. She made me feel welcome right away and I knew I would be in good hands (literally) after she let me know she has been doing massage for almost 15 years. She led me back to the secluded massage room and I started feeling more relaxed immediately. There were aromatic candles already burning in the fireplace, the calming new age music was already playing and everything was very clean and orderly. I loved that the massage quarters were in the back of the salon and when the door was shut you completely forgot that you were in a bustling hair salon because you couldn’t hear anything going on out there. This is extremely important to me as I have had other massages at other establishments in Hoboken where you were separated from the other areas in the salon by nothing more than a thin door or screen. It’s extremely difficult to get into your experience when you are constantly hearing other patrons walking in, blow dryers blowing and the smell of perm is in the air. This was far from the case at Emanuel’s. The massage hadn’t even begun and I was already feeling calmer and more light hearted.
Angela treated me to a combination of the Swedish & deep tissue massage. I couldn’t really tell you the difference between the two styles of massage, but I knew as soon as she began, my hour long massage would be over all too soon. Angela has strong hands, but I never found myself in any pain, which can sometimes happen when the massage is TOO deep tissue. She kept the perfect amount of pressure throughout the massage & I walked out of there feeling like a new person. My massage experience was beyond pleasant and I found myself walking home wondering why I don’t make more time for massages in my life. I will be back for sure! The price of massages at Emanuel’s are very reasonable for the quality service they provide.
After my massage experience, I wanted something to look forward to, so I made the appt. for my manicure and pedicure for the the following week. When I came back, I was greeted in the same warm and friendly manor. I met Sophia who would be doing my nails and she led me back to the mani/pedi area at the back of the salon. Much to my pleasant surprise there was NO ONE else getting their nails done back there. Keep in mind that I was there on a Saturday afternoon in January. Any of the other many manicure salons in Hoboken would be an absolute mob scene at this time, and here I was with the joint completely to myself. I couldn’t be happier. I think one of the reasons I stopped my more regular manicures and pedicures about a year or so ago was that I couldn’t handle fighting the crowds at the regular nail hot spots. That to me is neither relaxing nor fun. This was a whole different ball game. Sophia took her time with my manicure and was very gentle on my overgrown cuticles and neglected hands. I wish i had taken a before and after shot to show you, but she really worked her magic on my over worked hands.
The pedicure was just as pleasant an experience. It had probably been about 3-4 months since my last pedicure and she had her work cut out for her. She took her time and restored my clompers back to their original glory. It was so fabulous not being rushed out out of there. I was able to read a magazine and really relax and enjoy the entire treatment. And as with the massage, the price of the Manicure & Pedicure was completely reasonable, especially considering the extra special treatment i received. Overall my entire Emanuel’s experience was amazing and I can’t wait to treat myself again!
Highly recommended! Thanks Hoboken 411!
No, thank YOU for watching Oscar!