After a swirl of media coverage in Vogue, Page Six and WWD and an opening party last Thursday with guests including Missy Elliot and Lil' Kim, Teyana Taylor's Junie Bee Nails finally opened today on Seventh Avenue in Harlem.
A collaboration between the recording artist/actress and nail polish brand OPI, the salon is an homage to the streetwise '90s-era Around the Way Girl, known for her door knocker earrings and Reebok Freestyles. (A row of those sneakers hangs across the back of the store while a sign with the price $54.11 alludes to the shoe style's informal name and original cost after tax.)
Taylor was born and raised in Harlem, and the neighborhood isn't just the salon's home, but a detailed part of the inspiration, including "shortys sucking on lollipops while dudes [pull] in front of Willie Burgers on 145th and 8th Ave."
Named after Taylor's two-year-old daughter, Junie Bee offers manicures and pedicures (the latter in a miniature graffiti-covered A-train, which some might argue is a throwback to an even earlier decade) in a range of natural and acrylic styles, as well as plenty of extras like Swarovski stones and "glo in the dark powder."