Philadelphia nail salons now require a $ 20 deposit?
Since when do you have to pay a deposit to book a nail appointment? This is something that I have never heard of or even experienced until today.
My parents are in town because my dad is hosting an event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. My mom came over and uses the week as a mini vacation. While my dad is working, she plans to explore Philly, sightseeing, shopping, and trying new foods downtown. Today I met her in town to hang out with the girls. We were trying to make an appointment in the area to have our nails and toes done. The only place that had an appointment available was only at 5pm. I knew I would be able to make this time because I had to come to work, so my mom started booking for herself. The receptionist on the phone told her it would be a $ 20 deposit to secure her appointment.
Maybe it’s a Philly thing. We are from Maryland and have never been required to make a deposit for a nail appointment. When we asked why the lady told us because they have a lot of no-shows. The nail salon is located right next to the convention center and around many hotels. It is a very touristy area. Therefore, she said that there are a lot of people who come from out of town and make a reservation and never come back. She told my mom that she could Venmo the money or pay in cash.
In the end, it makes sense. Just like you have to post a deposit for a lot of hair salons, why should nail salons be any different? Especially in a big city like Philadelphia. There is a ton of business to be done and a lot of money could be wasted relying on people who turn out to be no-shows.