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So What's New? Finger Food & Fingernails

June 7, 2010 - Phyllis Sigal

A couple of new things have crossed my path lately — totally unrelated, but totally interesting.

One, a whole new approach to nail polish.
Two, a whole new way to enjoy sushi.

OK, first: The nail thing.

I hadn't gotten a manicure in months; it's something I may do for a special occasion or, when my nails just look so awful, I decide to leave the work to a professional.

A postcard came to my home announcing my manicurist's switch from J.C. Penney to a new salon, Salon East, in St. Clairsville. This happened just about the same time my nails and cuticles looked pretty ragged.

So, I decided to call Roberta, my nail person, and to check out Salon East, owned by Virgil and Cecilia Yingling. It just opened last month.

It's a beautiful salon, located in a historic structure at 162 E. Main St. The decor is lovely, with a pleasant atmosphere. There is a separate manicure and pedicure room, which is a nice touch.

But the really exciting thing, to me, is a whole new kind of nail polish. It's called the Shellac System, by Creative Nail Design.

The system only takes about five minutes more to apply than a regular nail polish, but the results — so far — are amazing.

The nail technician applies a base coat, a color coat and a top coat. But the difference is that in between coats, my nails "cured" under an ultraviolet lamp. When I walked out, my nails were as dry as can be, with a mirror-like finish. And hard as nails, so to speak.

I even did dishes that evening with no worries that I'd mess up my nails. Usually, I walk around like a surgeon who has just sanitized, afraid to touch anything for hours. But I was unconcerned that anything would mar my newly beautified nails.

According to the product's website, the "patent-pending formulation of solvents, monomers and polymers is why Shellac goes on like polish, wears like gel and removes in minutes. Plus it's hypo-allergenic ..." and it "contains no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP." And it's been four years in the making with controlled testing.

I've never been one who is fond of acrylic nails. I once did succumb to something called "extreme nails," which was similar to an acrylic application. You couldn't give up on these nails. They were an investment — in time and money. They needed to be soaked off. Then the real nails were weak and thin for a while. I just didn't like that.

But real nails do not hold polish for more than a few days, in my case, anyway. The chips come easily, and I'm very likely to mess things up as I'm unlocking my car or buckling my seat belt, just fresh out of the salon.

It's only been a handful of days so far, but this nail polish system gets two thumbs up from me.

And, two, here's the sushi thing.

Sushi Poppers — a portable tube with fresh pre-sliced sushi that is pushed up from the bottom and eaten from the top. With soy sauce in the handle!



Being a sushi fanatic, my tastebuds perked up when I read about this new product in my "Hungry Girl" e-mail today.

I used to love orange push-ups from the ice cream truck. And Sushi Poppers are very similar — in design, apparently not in taste.

Sushi Poppers come in a variety of flavors, some of which include: tuna, salmon, California roll, spicy crab mango cilantro, Philly roll, cucumber, and chicken or beef teriyaki. There are even desserts: key lime pie, sweet coconut rice with strawberry/kiwi/mango and caramel rice pudding.

Where did the idea come from?

According to an interview with Evan Kaye, CEO and co-founder of Popper Foods,  "Motivated by the need to eat sushi while on the go, I was interested in developing some sort of packaging that would be conducive to this. My first thought was to use a device with a wind-up wheel, similar to that used for deodorant sticks such that it would advance the sushi roll up as a wheel was turned. It was quickly apparent that a more simple push-up methodology would be more suitable, and together with my co-founder, Lucas Furst, who also coined the brand name 'Sushi Popper,' we started experimenting with such a device."

He says that the response has been "incredible."

Sushi Poppers are available online, and are shipped on dry ice.

I'm really curious as to how they taste. I may just order some to take on vacation this year.

And I bet I can even manage to pop in the stick and open the popper with my newly manicured nails!



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STUDIO EAST — Hair & Nail Salon is now open in St. Clairsville. Pictured are, seated from left: Kelsey Rutter from MasterCuts, Janet Bratun from J.C. Penney, Sharon Boston from Regis Hairstylists and Lisa Jo Perkins from J.C. Penney. Standing, from left, are Cindy Sabo from Tangles Salon, Roberta Kage from J.C. Penney, Lynnette Cupp from J.C. Penney, Sara Henthorne from Regis, Amber Major from J.C. Penney, Candy Calvert from J.C. Penney, Diane Saffell from Regis, Virgil Yingling, owner and former salon manager from J.C. Penney, Crissy Witsberger from J.C. Penney and Linda Jones from J.C. Penney.


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