Albuquerque’s first beauty bar emphasizes not only style but sanitation. To wit: instead of traditional whirlpool tubs for a pedicure where still water can invite germs and bacteria the salon utilizes a mineral hot towel wrap treatment that is promised to provide the best condition for callus removal. Each customer gets a new towel and a relaxing experience. Manicure and pedicure tools are never reused either. “The whole experience coming into my salon is that it’s set up to be nothing else that you’re going to be able to get in New Mexico” said owner Priscilla Smith. On the subject of being unique Smith eventually has designs on truly putting the “bar” in Beauty Bar. “The goal is to be the first beauty bar literally where you can come in and be offered a glass of wine or beer while you’re getting serviced” she says.