Jessica and Scott have lived in the Beaches for over ten years. Originally from Owen Sound, “Settling in the Beaches was just like coming home”, claims Jessica. Before setting up the Beaches Ten Spot, Jessica was a well-known foreign news reporter for the Globe and Mail newspaper. She covered events in Afghanistan, and spent 6 months in Haiti following the 2008 hurricane.
“But after the birth of our daughter,” she explains, “I was looking for a business that wasn’t overseas or in a war zone.”
Jessica told us that one of the biggest differences at Ten Spot are the company’s tough hygiene standards. Every tool used – nail and foot files, and buffers – are new or sterilized. You won’t find equipment that’s likely to collect bacteria; the sinks and footbaths are stainless steel, Corian counter tops are spotless, and there’s no “double dipping” for wax treatments.
“We also pay fair wages as well as employee health benefits”, says Jessica. “And offer high-end products, higher quality and practices.”
“Everyone here is focused on communicating well with our client, and delivering an above par experience.”
There is a full line of services for men and women including “Gent Grooming”. Apart from manicures and pedicures, Ten Spot is known for its full waxing service, offered in a cheeky manner (pardon the pun) with slogans like; “Come take your pants off and find out why we are famous for our waxing.”
Facials, another specialty, use quality skin products: SkinCeuticals and Dermologica. There are nail colours by OPI, Ten Spot’s own “Get Nailed,” and a vegan line. The store carries a full line of sunscreen protection including a dozen face-specific products. Note: The writer – an avid spa user – checked out a manicure, including hand massage with a fabulous vegan nail polish!
Ten Spot has been busy since opening in March. It offers 8 am to 8 pm hours; 9 am on Sundays. Although some “walk-in”, clients are encouraged to book ahead by phone or online, especially on weekends.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the business grow,” says Jessica.
2012 Queen St. E., across from Kew Park
416-915-1010 ex. 5