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Top Rated Nail Salons in Rochester Mn


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There are so many nail salons in Rochester Mn but it’s hard to know who’s the best.  Whether you regularly get manicures and pedicures or you’re just treating yourself for a special occasion, I’ve got the list for you.

This list has only the highest rated nail salons in Rochester Mn.  So you can find exactly what you’re looking for.  I’m a bit biased here, as I roll into Tips and Toes South to see Jessica about every 2 weeks.  So if you’re hoping for the best service and the sweetest soul to pamper you then Jessica’s your girl!

Most of these small, family owned shops do not have websites and hours may change so please double check before rolling up for a last minute mani pedi.  I should also note that even with the abundance of nail salons in Rochester Mn, the good ones (the ones on this list) are usually busy.  So give them a call to set up an appointment.

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How to Find the Perfect Nail Salon in Rochester Mn

License & Location

Choose a licensed nail salon that’s in a location that works for you.  Luckily, this list contains nail salons in Rochester Mn in all parts of the city.  Pay attention to parking and proximity to your workplace as you may need to schedule an appointment over your lunch hour.


When you enter, look around.  Are the work stations sanitary?  Are things lying around or is the space tidy?  How your technician keeps their workspace is a good indication of how they’ll treat your manicure.

References & Reviews

Look for references and reviews.  Find out what their past clients think.  All of these nail salons in Rochester Mn have received many rave reviews on yelp and google but it doesn’t hurt to ask a friend who they’ve used in the past.

The Greeting

How do they greet you when you walk in?  If you’re greeted with eye contact, a smile, and someone actually gets up from their chair then you’re in the right spot.  If you walk in and no one greets you consider that an indication of how much they appreciate your business.

Other Products & Services

What other services do they offer?  Take a look at their services list and if they are selling other products that compliment their services.  If they’ve got a comprehensive product line that helps you take care of your manicure after you leave, they’ve thought of the customer first and plan to take care of you long after your manicure.

Old Products

Are their products expired?  This is something that not many people pay attention to, but beauty products expire just like food does and they can be dangerous if they’ve gone past their expiration date.  When you choose a color be sure to look and ask if it’s an “old” color.  Some of the seasonal colors that don’t sell well aren’t disposed of right away.

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Tips & Toes South

  • 90 14th St SW
  • 507-281-1412 – ask for Jessica
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-5:30pm; Sun Closed

Apache Nails

  • Apache Mall | 1201 12th St SW #327
  • 507-258-6318
  • Hours: Mon – Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 11am-7pm

Lucky Nails

  • 102 20th St SE
  • 507-280-5843
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun Closed

Spa & Nails

  • 2816 41st St NW
  • 507-252-5100
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Herbal Spa & Nail

  • 2711 Commerce Dr NW
  • 507-206-6598
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-8pm; Sat 9:30am-6pm; Sun Closed

T Nails

  • 4662 Maine Ave SE #305
  • 507-252-6963
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Tips & Toes North

  • 2950 41st St NW
  • 507-529-9999
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm

Diamond Nails

  • 3928 Hwy 52 N
  • 507-226-8799
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Blu H20 Salon

This is one of the nicest nail salons in Rochester Mn.  But it’s actually a full salon that offers manicures, pedicures, hair coloring, cutting, and styling.  It’s a really relaxing and modern spot located in downtown, accessible by the skyways.

  • 150 S Broadway #201 (Skyway Level)
  • 507-292-7888
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun Closed

Kari’s Nails

  • 3160 Wellner Dr NE
  • 507-285-0600
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun Closed

Glo Nails

  • 1217 Marion Rd SE #300
  • 507-322-8239
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

U C Nails

  • 119016th St SW
  • 507-289-0646
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 9am-4pm

Allure Nails of Rochester

This salon has some of the most raving reviews I’ve ever seen.  They also offer facials and natural products.

How To Pet Llamas in Rochester


When your morning walks look like this… you spring out of bed, pour a cup of coffee (to go), and head out with the dogs. Truth be told the morning hours are when I feel my best. My soul is louder than my mind at that point and I usually try to get a walk in with the dogs before I start checking emails and that mental situation flips.

Today was special.  I can’t explain it, but even the llamas were extra friendly today. Yeah, llamas. They’re half the fun of our morning walks since we’ve moved. Our route now takes us through rolling hills, falling leaves, and curious llamas. And we love it.

If I hadn’t been juggling two leashes, a (filled) poop bag, a cup of coffee, and my iPhone I could have gotten much closer shots.  You know what, screw it.  I’m going to do a post all about these wierdos.  You just wait.  Oh, and I’m proposing a new town mascot.  The gloriously awkward and wonky llama.

There are actually quite a few properties where you can find them in Rochester.  The farm near us is High Meadow Llamas and you can find their detailed diary of happenings, births, and hilarious names here.  And here’s a list of farms registered with the Midwest Lama Association.

Did Rochester Run Santa Out of Town?


Sometimes Mall Santas get a bad rap.  But it’s safe to say we are very fond of our Santa in Rochester, Minnesota.  Rochester residents have enjoyed photos with Santa at Apache Mall for many years.  The same Santa.  Every year.  Works 80+ hours per week during the holiday season.  But our very own Santa, (aka Jerry Julian) is getting tired.    And he’s hoping to cut back on his hours.

It’s been reported that Apache Mall is considering replacing him.  And Rochester Residents are not happy.   A Facebook Page has been created to help “Save Santa at Apache Mall”.

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If you’d like to see our beloved Santa (Jerry Julian) back for more next year, you’re going to have to head on over to the Facebook Page and voice your concerns.