|Coco Meers recently founded PrettyQuick, a spa appointment service.|
With the recently launched PrettyQuick, Chicagoan Coco Meers helps busy women across the city find time to fit in a mani/pedi or stress-busting massage. The service connects users with salons and spas that have an appointment opening right when and where they need it.
Through more than 80 local salon and spa partnerships, it hooks users up with treatments that are both timely and top-quality. Here, Meers shares her favorite spots in her home neighborhood of Lincoln Park, and on the go.
On a busy day, where do you grab a quick brunch or lunch in Lincoln Park?
COCO MEERS: I—far too often—kick the day off with a latte from City Grounds Coffee Bar (507 W. Dickens Ave., 773-857-1576). Charming and entrepreneurial owner Steve is always welcoming and is very serious about serving hand-crafted, day-altering coffee. For a power brunch, I adore Toast (746 W. Webster Ave., 773-935-5600) and always order a fluffy veggie omelet with avocados and jalapeños. After a productive day calling on local salons and spas, my go-to dinner spot is Rustic House (1967 N. Halsted St., 312-929-3227) where I order a farm lettuce salad and mouth-watering swordfish. Plus, you can never go wrong with a dirty martini to properly unwind.
You’re always impeccably dressed. Do you shop in your neighborhood?
CM: A good neighborhood shopping day for me includes snagging the season's must-have items from Intermix (841 W. Armitage Ave., 773-404-8766) and then hunting for more up-and-coming designer labels at fashion-forward boutiques Piper (2136 N. Halsted St., 773-697-8365), Thread Lounge (918 W. Armitage Ave., 773-281-0011), and Shop 857 (857 W. Armitage Ave., 773-525-1180).
What are favorite close-to-home spas and salons?
CM: Custom Hair Lounge (2107 N. Cleveland Ave., 312-772-3073), which I am proud to say was PrettyQuick's pilot merchant less than one year ago. Owners Nevena and Tanya are always up to date on the latest trends and techniques for cut, color, and styling, but remain grounded and personable with their customer-centric approach.
In Lincoln Park or elsewhere, what is your go-to spa for…
Pedicures: Spa Emilia (21 W. Elm St., 312-951-7415). I love their gracious, friendly staff and obsession with hygiene.
Manicures: Nancy Angelair (1009 N. Rush St., 312-943-3011).
Eyebrows: Channing’s Day Spa (54 E. Oak St., 312-280-1994). Cheryl is a master and has been perfecting celebrities’ arches for decades with her signature, zero-wax shaping. Also, Buff Beauty (2231 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-904-8065) is an adorable boutique beauty oasis with a hyper-local following.
Facials: SoLux Med Spa (116 W. Hubbard St., 312-755-0088). I recently had a thorough skin analysis and peel with Christina and friends said my skin was positively glowing for weeks after.
Any others: Bliss (644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-943-9200) for massages, Glamour Girl (1 E. Delaware St., 312-787-8677) for tans, and anything at the adorable full-service Salon Duo (1400 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-664-8710).