Love Nails salon set for grand opening Monday in west Ames

Love Nails, a brand new nail salon and spa, is opening its doors for the first time this Monday in west Ames, providing another option for those who value relaxation and self-care.

According to Store Owner Uyen Murrell, inspiration for opening a top-of-the-line nail salon has been a long time in the making. “I have lived in Story County for 14 years, and my husband is from here,” she explained. “This is the first time I have had my own salon, but I have been doing nails for around 10 years.”

Despite this new venture being Murrell’s first crack at owning her own personal salon, the past ten years in the business have built in her a passion for serving customers’ needs. “My mom, my sister, and I have all worked together,” Murrell noted. “I have done nails in Des Moines and Ames in the past. So, we decided to open up this business. I just really love doing nails.”

The remodeling process the site underwent has resulted in a store that is both visually appealing and customer-oriented. “I like my shop even more than the 3D renderings we had made,” she acknowledged. “Everything is so nice. It’s all brand new. It took a lot of work…six or seven months to get this all finished.”

As exciting as a grand opening is, especially for those who worked so tirelessly on the remodel of the store’s interior, Murrell noted that she is very much focused on protecting her employees and customers from a health standpoint. “My top priority is cleanliness,” she said. “We sanitize everything. The tables, chairs, pedicure tubs…Our equipment will always be clean. Our ventilation system was recently cleaned by professionals, too. Our employees are all required to wear masks. When our customer comes in, we will make sure they wash their hands before we provide them service. Then, after the customer leaves, we will be disinfecting anywhere they sat.”

What makes Love Nails unique? Murrell believes it to be the top-graded products used in servicing her clientele. “Everything in here is high quality,” she stated. “It’s all brand new. From our supplies to our equipment.”

The nail shop will offer a wide array of services, all of which Murrell hopes will motivate new customers around Ames to give her small, but hard-working team a shot. “Right now, we have four people as nail techs, but I would probably like a couple more,” she relayed. “We will offer manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, microblading, permanent makeup, and facial waxing.”

A wide variety of nail salon and spa services will be offered at Love Nails in Ames starting Monday. (Photo: StoryCounty.News)

To kick things off on opening day, the store will be featuring special discounts and snacks to all who show up for some type of treatment. “We will be offering 15% off any service when we open on Monday,” she concluded. “If you come with at least one friend, each person will receive 20% off any service. Also, the first 100 customers will receive a $10 gift card for next time. We will also have complimentary snacks like crackers and popcorn, along with water and juice.”

Love Nails will begin its grand opening festivities this coming Monday at 10:00 a.m. The store will remain open each week, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The nail salon will be closed on Sundays.

Love Nails is located just to the south of Kum & Go on Mortensen Road in west Ames. (Photo: StoryCounty.News)

If you have questions regarding prices or specifics on a type of service, you may visit the shop’s website at or email management at You can also call the store during business hours at 515-292-2297. Love Nails is located in the space previously occupied by Complete Nutrition at 4518 Mortensen Road, Suite 108 in Ames.

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