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From ultra-long, adorned with gemstones and piercings, to coffin-shaped or tapered squares – next-level nails have become a must-have accessory. (Remember Hailey Bieber's delish glazed donut manicure this summer?)
Now, thanks to Milano Nail Spa – The Heights, Houstonians can get their sets at the largest nail salon in Texas (and possibly, the whole country).
Located in the Lower Heights mixed-used district just west of downtown, Milano Nail Spa's recent expansion now spans a whopping 10,000 square feet. Guests shouldn't have long to wait for service — especially at lunch: the lounge boasts 100 spa chairs, 110 technicians, and 20 receptionists (bye bye, long hold times).
With a slogan that reminds, “A girl without beautiful nails is like a night without stars,” the salon boasts a dazzling array of services. Look for more than 20 types of manicures — including every type of artificial nail, unique options like glow-in-the-dark colors, mood change powder, and one-of-a-kind nail art.
Clients can also treat themselves to a pedicure, waxing, or eyelash extensions.
Milano’s Texas-sized Heights salon marks the 50th location for self-made millionaire Tom Tran, who came to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1990 and opened his first salon without any experience just five years later.
On-trend and always watching TikTok, Instagram, and celebrity nail art, Tran ensures his salons keep up with the current trends. Complimentary cocktails, a vibrant atmosphere full of gorgeous Insta-worthy moments, and trendsetting services are all part of Tran’s successful business model. He and his team will even supply tasty treats like charcuterie boards and more for birthdays, special events, and even as a surprise for customers.
Tran’s clearly found the formula for success: between his Milano and Nails of America brands – he looks to gross around $12 million in 2023. For a little comparison, Houston is currently home to approximately 5,000 nail salons with average gross revenues of about $300,000.
Not afraid to spend on his locales, Tran invests around $1 million for each of his locations. But for the Heights, a spokesperson tells CultureMap Tran dropped around $2 million to create the biggest nail salon in the U.S.
Revered in many circles for the opportunities he has given fellow immigrants during his decades-long career, Tran has his sights set on expansion beyond the Lone Star State. He aims to open between 10 to 20 salons annually in the Southwest, including Colorado, Phoenix, and Arizona.
“I’m very proud of this moment, and not only for this beautiful salon but also the opportunities that the nail industry has created for so many people in this country — a high percentage from Vietnam like me,” Tran noted in a statement. “Nail technicians can often be the focus of jokes and stereotypes, but this business is proving over and over that it can be a path of success for talented, hard-working people.”
With 10,000 square feet of space, on-point looks, and a booming biz, there’s no doubt that this mani-pedi palace deserves all the gloss it’s getting.
Milano Nail Salon – The Heights, 2799 Katy Fwy, Ste. 130. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
Whether your style is dating other passionate voters or convincing unregistered citizens to sign up with your charm and good looks, Bumble just set a target for you. To make sure the midterm elections are getting as much attention as possible, Bumble is adding a “Voter” Badge for users who commit to vote in the upcoming race.
“We hope this will lead to interesting, impassioned, and civil conversations,” says a press release by Bumble celebrating National Voter Registration Day in partnership with I Am A Voter. The company adds that it’s supporting an existing user behavior. “We found that last year, those on Bumble within the United States selected Filters such as ‘Dating Intentions,’ ‘Politics,’ ‘Religion,’ and ‘Family Plans’ most widely on the app to prioritize finding a partner with shared values and intentions.”
Voters already have a year-round way to show their vigor on their Bumble profile, in the “interests” section, which also adds badges ranging from activism to hobbies and favorite things. In this case, the existing “Voting Rights” Badge implies a viewpoint in current discussions about voting practices — great for those who are really informed, but some users who are excited to vote may not feel equipped to discuss those systems in detail. The registration badge keeps it simple; either you are registered to vote, or you are not. Users will see a "profile" while swiping that will allow them to add the badge.
This badge is not new to the Bumble user interface. In 2016, the dating app rolled out a feature to declare support (and apathy) for one party or another via a temporary sticker, followed by an “I am a voter” Badge in 2018 that went mostly unpublicized, although OkCupid got a little more attention with its own nearly identical feature in 2020, perhaps because of the more hotly contested race.
Some activist groups have used dating apps for similar purposes even without the handy feature, sending members out with messages on their profile inviting other users to match for information or encouragement. On a more self-preserving level, it’s not uncommon to come across an earnest profile encouraging potential matches to swipe left (eliminate themselves from consideration) if they voted for a particular candidate. With the use of a Badge, users can filter preferences through the system, saving a lot of time reading potentially annoying declarations or matching with someone who didn't think to bring it up.
Similar news almost always creates some level of moral panic in news stories, urging young daters to look past their political biases. But political values affect everything from how to raise kids to how to make them — or not. Joan from accounting is probably willing to expound on her differing political views, if you’d rather come home and debate something simpler, like whose favorite show goes on tonight.
An RV resort near Galveston Island is getting a major upgrade. After a comprehensive series of renovations, the property currently known as Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort will become Camp Margaritaville RV Resort Crystal Beach.
Located on Bolivar Peninsula, the 150-acre property features ocean views and over 200 RV parking spots. The facility also features a concert venue, "Texas-sized" pool with swim-up bar pool-side cabanas, and a turf playing field. Upgrades will include the addition of the Fins Bar & Grill restaurant and a bar called License to Chill.
RV drivers will find amenities such as electric, water and sewer hookups, complimentary Wi-Fi, dog parks, a gym, and facilities for showering and doing laundry. The location gives visitors close proximity to 27 miles of beaches along the peninsula.
"We’ve seen incredible success and excitement around our existing Camp Margaritaville RV Resort locations and are thrilled to expand our presence in the state of Texas,” Margaritaville COO Brad Schwaeble said in a statement. “As more and more people are finding new ways to travel and explore, Camp Margaritaville Crystal Beach will provide everything needed for a getaway for all ages.”
Camp Margaritaville joins the company's existing Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe. Opened in the summer of 2020, it features 335 suites, an 18-hole golf course, a three-acre waterpark with a lazy river and outdoor pools, and more.