By  on April 17, 2014

Like many beauty editors past and present, Eleanor Langston has always had an appreciation for a high-end service experience. And when she couldn’t find one in the nail arena? She decided to create it herself.

Langston’s brainchild, Paintbox, will open at 17 Crosby Street between Grand and Howard Streets on May 3. She used her experiences as a former beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, Self and Fitness magazines — and architectural firm RAAD Studio — to create the 1,500-square-foot space. It is designed to look like an elegantly appointed club, complete with a bar space, custom-designed tables and banquettes in shades of midnight blue and blush with elements of marble, mirrored glass and copper. The bar serves as a place to enjoy coffee, espresso, sparkling water, Champagne or wine while soaking off gel polish or receiving a quick polish change, said Langston, who is Paintbox’s chief executive officer. The 18 manicure stations, each with an iPhone charging dock, are offered for more extensive services. To accommodate the businesswomen Langston sees as her customers, she’s also planning to be open until 9 p.m. seven days a week, and appointments can be booked online.

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