A Charmed Life…Nail Salon

A Charmed Life Nail Salon celebrates fourth anniversary

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Theme of “four” in special   pricing, sales Kristine Gault started her Rockford salon, A Charmed Life, December 1, 2007 with a staff of just two—including Gault. The salon, which first opened in a smaller location than her current roomy address at 17 S. Squires Street, featured three pedicure stations and two manicure stations. Gault, who is nothing if not enthusiastic and passionate about her business, included in her business plan a strong effort to be community-oriented and interactive. She became involved in local school, church and charity programs, offering service and gift card donations. A special apprenticeship program was implemented at A Charmed Life to help encourage others in the field. There, students can work on skills toward a career in the industry, which goes toward their manicurist license with the state of Michigan. This allows the students to receive free training and avoid the high costs of cosmetology school programs. “It has been a great way for women in this economy to be able to get into the industry that they are passionate about without adding on a burden of student loans,” Gault said. “Katie Phillips has just completed her apprenticeship program and successfully passed the state exam. Katie was a licensed manicurist in the state of Illinois for many years, unfortunately let her license lapse there and then moved to Rockford a few years ago. The state of Michigan would not let her just take the exam. We even contacted Tom Pearce to help us try to navigate the state’s system, but there wasn’t a way to get her licensed without going to school or doing the apprenticeship program. The program allowed her to get her license without the high cost of a cosmetology school.” A Charmed Life increasingly built on the products and services available, including specialty pedicures that change with the seasons. This fall they are offering the Apple Cinnamon Pedicure, which includes an apple cinnamon scrub, whipped body butter and a paraffin dip. Gault also began working with other business owners and in her shop hosts specialty parties for groups of eight and more. “It has been a great way for us to work together downtown and keeping everything local! We do about half adult parties and half children’s […]

A Taste of Rockford to be nine times bigger than last year

August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Grand finale of ArtCapsule this Saturday—all over town  For those who enjoyed generous and delicious samples of Rockford restaurants last year, prepare to multiply your experience by nine. A Taste of Rockford will now take place inside or in front of nine local eateries rather than in one location. A Taste of Rockford, live music and, of course, impressive art by nearly 30 artists will all be available on Saturday, August 6 in the grand finale of the second annual ArtCapsule by the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC). RAAC’s answer to its mission statement of promoting art in Rockford will be everywhere in downtown Rockford this week via ArtCapsule 2011. This is the second year of the event and it has grown in both entries and venues. There are 30 artists featured in 22 venues with plenty of talent showcased in the three categories of 3-D, 2-D and photography. During the week, visitors may pick up ballots at any participating venue, check out the artwork and vote for their five favorite entries. During the week, ballot boxes will be at Frame and Mat Shop, Great Northern Trading Company, and A Charmed Life… Nail Salon and more ballot boxes will appear throughout the downtown area on Saturday. Add “A Taste of Rockford”—Rockford’s eateries offering samples of their fare for $1 tickets on Saturday, and you have a wonderful exclamation point on a great week of celebrating the best Rockford has to offer. The proceeds from A Taste of Rockford will be going to RAAC this year, so the commission is grateful to the restaurants taking part in this crowd favorite. Participating restaurants are preparing samples that will cost from between one and three tickets, so visitors are assured a taste of participating restaurants’ offerings for a fantastic price. Last year restaurants gathered at one location, while this year the samples will be located at the participating restaurant’s front door. For easier access, visitors may purchase tickets at tables strategically placed throughout town on Saturday, with the main location at the Welcome Center, located on Squires Street. “We’re looking forward to a great week’s worth of art that will culminate with a tasty ArtCapsule on Saturday, August 6 with music in the park, artwork in shops and […]


June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

Many Rockford businesses open Sunday A Charmed Life Nail Salon owner Kristine Gault took exception with a letter to the editor which took downtown merchants to task for failing to maintain Sunday hours. Gault compiled the following list of shops which will be open June 12. Downtown Rockford businesses that are open Sundays are: A Charmed Life… Nail Salon 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurant 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aunt Candy’s Toy Company 12 to 5 p.m., Custard By The Dam 12 to 10 p.m., Dry Dock 12 to 5 p.m., Glik’s 12 to 4 p.m., Great Northern Trading Co. 12 to 5 p.m., Grill One Eleven 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Herman’s Boy 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kimberly’s Boutique 12 to 5 p.m., Rudy Kazoody’s 12 to 5 p.m., Open Mind 12 to 5 p.m., Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace 12 to 6 p.m., Reading Books 12 to 4 p.m., Rogue River Tavern 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sage & Roses 12 to 4 p.m., Sassy Pants Boutique 1 to 5 p.m., The Corner Bar 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and The Dam Dogs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kristine Gault A Charmed Life… Nail Salon Rockford