|November 2020 |
Hello fabulous people!
I have no idea if we’ll see another lockdown in Vegas in the upcoming weeks so I wasn’t sure if I should send out a newsletter this month, but then I figured I could use the opportunity to remind you all that I’m still going above and beyond with safety and sanitation procedures at Feetish.
In addition to my strict masking rules, EPA registered disinfectant spray-a-thon, and ultra-filtered air flow, I am currently routinely tested for coronavirus on a weekly basis. I have no reason to think I’ve ever been exposed, but it’s the least I can do to keep Feetish (and you!) as safe as possible. Rest assured I’ve never tested positive, but if I ever do, I will stop working until I am 100% sure it’s safe to do so.
Wishing you health and happiness,
The Zero Stress Pedi Package – 180 minutes, $155
Includes a Two Hour Deluxe Spa Pedicure AND your choice of a 60 minute Outdoor Back Massage OR a 60 minute Stand Back Bacial.
Foot Care Lesson – 120 minutes, $250
For couples or individuals! I’ll teach you the basics including nail care, callus smoothing, and foot massage techniques. Includes a home foot care kit to get you started.
Please visit feetishspa.com for more details and to book online.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPECIALS!
Shop Posh bath, body & skin care specials online at feetish.po.sh November 27th – 30th! Plus 10% of your subtotal will be donated to SafeNest.
Feetish gift certificates are available online at feetishspa.com!
Thanks so much for supporting small business this holiday season. ❤
Happy Halloween, All!
Help yourself to FREE mini vegan oatmeal & lavender soaps when you come in for a service at Feetish this month! (And of course, chocolates are ALWAYS on the menu at Feetish!)
NEW POST-LOCKDOWN SPECIAL!
Stand Back Bacial
It’s like a relaxing facial for your back! A gentle exfoliant revives dull skin, and soothing oils and creams are massaged into your back, neck and shoulders to smooth and hydrate. Includes steamed towels, warm stones, and customized aromatherapy.
60 minutes $89
90 minutes $119
SUPPORT SAFENEST THIS QUARTER
Thanks so much for supporting Gender Justice last quarter! Through the end of 2020, 10% of online Posh sales at https://feetish.po.sh will be donated to SafeNest to assist those dealing with domestic violence.
I’ll be doing outdoor chair massages for tips during movie night on 10/17. Click for more info.
Project Ripper is coming to New Orleans Square on 10/23 & 10/24! Click for more info.
If you’ve visited me at Feetish here in Vegas, we may have discussed some self care tips you can use at home to extend the life of your pedicure (especially those super smooth soles!). My top two cheap and easy foot care tips are these:
- Moisturize your feet daily. Use a thick cream or butter (like shea or cocoa). Focus on your dry areas (like your heels). If you can put socks on over your moisturizer, that’s even better. Leave on all day, all night, or both.
- Use a 100/180 grit nail file on your soles’ rough spots to smooth them out. Most folks will respond best to the 180 (finer grit) side, but really thick or rough calluses may respond better to the 100 grit side. Always use this file on DRY soles, never wet. Do not over file. Repeat weekly or as needed.
Need some suggested products?
Questions? You know where to find me! 🙂
Feetish’s current home is in a complex called New Orleans Square (NOS). NOS is located about a mile east the Las Vegas Strip, with plenty of free parking on the side that faces Sahara. It’s toward the back of the Commercial Center parking lot (that it shares with famous Vegas landmarks Lotus Of Siam and The Green Door). Look for the two story building next to the indoor rollerskating rink — that’s New Orleans Square!
Over the past few years, NOS has been morphing from a collection of random offices and various businesses into a creative community featuring art galleries, studios, restaurants, specialty shops, and weird small businesses (like Feetish!). The property is family run, and the property owner is a Burning Man guy with a vision. For myself and many others, NOS feels like home.
Here’s a short list of other places to visit while you’re exploring NOS. It’s in a state of constant change and growth, so I’ll update this post periodically. Please check each business’ hours independently to avoid disappointment. 😉
Hellbound Horror Collectibles – Mom and pop horror shop featuring local artists and some hard to find items. Open Tues – Sun. (I bought a Lego Alien here. Lots of creepy dolls!)
Cocky Punk – Your friendly neighborhood lifestyle store. Open Tues – Sat. (I bought the comfiest pride socks here. Lots of sexy leather harnesses!)
Sci Fi Center – Comic books, pins, Star Trek and Star Wars collectibles, sci fi events and more! Open most evenings and some days. (I saw Picard episode 1 here!)
Core Contemporary – Nancy Good’s art studio and impressive gallery space features different artists. Open Wed – Sat. (I’ve enjoyed every show I’ve seen here.)
Compulsion Studio & Gallery – Carrie Miller’s art studio and gallery features works of a creepy, gothic and deathy nature. Open Wed – Sun. (Lots of skulls here. You know I love skulls.)
Ruel James Gallery – Beautiful figure paintings and sculpture.
ASAP Studio & Gallery – Featuring a rotating roster of local artists.
Fort Bedlam Coffee House – Coffee and forts! COMING SOON
Cineloggia – A museum featuring sci fi and horror movie special effects props!
Photo Bang Bang – Need some photo studio time, or a photographer? Contact Feetish’s neighbors across the courtyard.
Hot 702.5 – Risky radio, streaming online! Hip hop, R&B, pop, and talk shows.
Blooming Memory Florist – Beautiful floral arrangements, fast delivery, and outstanding custom work!
Kim’s $5 Glitz & Bling – Jewelry of all kinds starting at $1, mostly priced at $5!
Lost Vegas Tea & Spice House – Ya Ya is a vegan chef who makes weird and wonderful tea and spice blends for all tastes.
Alternative Peer Group – Adolescent drop-in center offering Peer Recovery Support Services.
Gender Justice – Inclusive, intersectional support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – These naughty nuns raise money for AIDS drug assistance, and work their habits off for queer outreach and visibility.
Catcher’s Fish House – Catfish, lobster tacos, shrimp and grits and more!
Sankofa Cultural Center – Workshops and educational events celebrating African history and culture.
Melodic Minds Music Academy – Musical and vocal training for all skill levels.
Rapid Tech Repair & Recovery – Veteran-owned electronics repair shop.
This list is incomplete as new attractions are opening weekly. Come down and explore!
When I first became licensed to offer nail services at Feetish, I put manicures on my menu while remaining well aware that feet were my primary passion. The folks who came in for manicures were lovely humans, and most have remained my good friends to this day. My manicures looked nice and lasted for quite a while, yet something integral was missing and I needed to take a deep dive into what that was, exactly.
Manicures had always made up less than 10% of my total business. This was partially due to the fact that I charged more that the neighborhood nail shop (private rooms and quality products aren’t cheap), I didn’t do artificial nails (I’m allergic to acrylic chemicals), and my schedule was so busy with pedicures and facials that there wasn’t much room for manicures anyway. When I relocated from Fremont Street to New Orleans Square I had to decide what I was willing and able to accommodate in my new space: Manicure table? Manicure-specific tools? Or did I want to go all in on smoothing soles and painting toes?
With minimal hesitation I went with my original love: Feet and the pampering of feet. I absolutely adore the fact that I can spoil your footsies while you relax on a cushy massage table in a darkened room as stars dance across the ceiling. This is my meditation time too; when I can lose myself in the ritual care and grooming of your sore, tired, overworked soles. If you can list five things better than a good foot massage, I’m willing to have that conversation!
To those who wish I had the passion for caring for fingers the way I do toes, big sympathetic hugs to you. Manicures are best left to those who specialize in them, and if Feetish happens to become home to a meticulous manicurist one of these days, I’ll be shouting about it from the rooftops! 😉
The long-standing FAQs page on this site still applies, but I thought it might be useful to share some slightly less commonly asked questions.
Q: Do people often fall asleep during their pedicures?
A: It happens all the time!
Q: Is it OK if I fall asleep during my pedicure?
A: Absolutely! In fact, I’ll take it as a compliment.
Q: Is it OK if I talk during my service?
A: It sure is! This is your time to relax, so I’ll follow your conversational lead.
Q: How long have you been in Vegas?
A: I’ve lived here since 2007, and Feetish has been around since 2013.
Q: What’s the best way to book an appointment with you?
A: Booking online through feetishspa.com is usually easiest for both of us, but you can also book future appointments during a current appointment (“rebooking” as we like to say), or by emailing, calling or texting me (Andrea).
Q: Do you get a lot of weird requests?
A: I actually get fewer weird requests as a self-employed spa professional than I did as a massage therapist at the two Vegas resort spas where I worked, and even fewer than I would get at the fancy day spa where I worked in Rochester, NY. I think it’s because I’m a pretty good communicator, and that’s really important to me. When receptionists who aren’t service providers are booking spa services at larger facilities, they may not pick up on a caller’s subtext and vibe.
Q: OK, but what’s the WEIRDEST request you’ve ever heard?
A: An Instagram request from a European gentleman who wanted some dead foot skin shavings. I didn’t rule out sending him some of mine (you should never give away a client’s castoffs without their consent, of course), but he didn’t want to pay for overseas postage.
Q: What do you like to do in Vegas?
A: In no particular order: Getting massages, taking photos of abandoned places and cemeteries, hiking in the desert, Trauma Recovery Yoga, eating at Vegas’ fun restaurants, working on creative projects with friends, and turning my backyard into a residential Meow Wolf-esque wonderland.
Q: Who massages you?
A: I have a few massage therapist friends who take good care of me.
Q: Do you think you’ll always live in Vegas?
A: I used to say “yes”, but now I’m not so sure. I love it here, but I also have a dream of living on land with hot springs and building a little retreat. Who knows!
Q: What does the future of Feetish look like?
A: I’d like to find some tenants to share my office who are on a similar wavelength to my own, but beyond that I’d be happy to get through the rest of 2020 without a major personal catastrophe!
Q: I have questions that you haven’t answered. How can I ask them?
A: Drop me an email here. Keep ’em coming!
OK, to be completely honest I love performing all pedicures regardless of the recipient’s gender, but it is so amazing to see dudes taking care of their feet!
If you’re a guy who has not had the pleasure of visiting Feetish for the most luxurious pedicure in Las Vegas, let me describe the experience in a manner that may convince you to try one (or at the very least may put your pedicure-considering mind at ease).
Every Feetish Spa Parlor appointment is performed by me (Andrea). I’m happy to answer any questions you may have before, during or after your appointment, and I am adamant about providing the level of service that I myself would find utterly delightful.
80% of your pedicure will be performed in a darkened room while you’re relaxing on a cushy massage table (face up, fully clothed, optional blanket and table warmer). During the other 20% you’ll be sitting up while soaking your feet.
Cleanliness and sanitation are extremely important to me! In addition to the COVID-19 policies described here, I am also on top of disinfecting all non-porous reusable implements, and promptly discarding all single-use implements immediately following each appointment. Your skin will be in contact with clean, properly sanitized surfaces during your visit, because I won’t accept anything less.
My treatment room is private. Our conversation is private. Your feet are my business and nobody else’s.
I’m a licensed nail tech, esthetician, and massage therapist. This means I have advanced training in nail care, skin care, and muscular concerns. When it comes to feet, this is a big deal! I also have foot issues of my own (Morton’s toe! Overpronation! High arches! An overlapping pinky toe!) so I’m pretty relatable and extremely non-judgmental.
Men’s pedicures can include buffing the nails to a matte finish or to a shine, regular nail polish, or gel polish. I’ve performed each one of these options on male clients more times than I can count. It’s your choice, and there’s no extra charge for any of these finishing touches.
Men’s pedicures also include a thorough smoothing of calluses, a foot soak and scrub, trimming toenails and filing them, pushing cuticles back (and trimming them if needed), a soothing foot and leg massage, deep hydrating lotion application, and some time wrapped up in steamed towel booties. And guess what! These steps are included in ALL of Feetish’s 90 and 120 minute pedicures, so it doesn’t matter what your gender is: Book whichever pedicure catches your eye.
I hope this blog post demystified what a men’s pedicure at Feetish Spa Parlor consists of, and I hope you’ll get in touch if you have any questions. Come on in and let me spoil your feet!