Nail salon to fill Deerfield vacancy, despite opposition from competitors

A new nail salon hoping to open in downtown Deerfield in August will fill one of the village’s longest standing vacant storefronts despite opposition from competing businesses

MG Nail Salon was awarded a special use permit to operate at 810 Waukegan Road just north of Deerfield Road by a 4-2 vote of the Village Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, June 2, at Village Hall.

The new business will fill a spot on the west side of Waukegan Road that has been vacant for seven years, according to property owner Joy Fiorini. If Anna Pamula, the owner of Renu Day Spa, and Wendy Seldin, who operates All Polished Up, had their way, however, the place would remain vacant.

“This is a non-retail business that expects 50 customers a day that will bring no revenue to the village,” Seldin said. “They were not required to do a parking study,” she added. Some of MG’s customers will likely use a municipally owned lot to the west.

Deerfield has an ordinance requiring retail, sales tax generating use for first floor downtown businesses. Fiorini let the trustees and Mayor Harriet Rosenthal know she has tried to find a retail customer for the location.

“We have looked for a retail tenant for that space,” she said. “In the last seven years we have had interest from one retail type user.”

Rosenthal, who as mayor does not cast a vote unless she must break a tie, explained that there are times a service business should be allowed to operate in a first floor location in the village center.

“I was the one who proposed the ordinance [for first floor retail use] several years ago and it’s a good thing,” Rosenthal said. “But we have special uses because there are times a service business is good on the first floor.”

Trustee Robert Nadler, who voted for the law, discounted the value of lost revenue to the village. He estimated a retailer in the space would generate sales between $150,000 and $200,000 a year of sales volume.

“That would be between $3,000 and $4,000 a year in sales tax revenue,” Nadler said. “A nail salon if successful would more than make up for that in what it brings to the village.”

Fiorini thinks it is becoming harder to find retailers to occupy storefronts because more people are shopping on the Internet.

“You can’t buy a service like a manicure online,” Fiorini said. “The key thing is getting people to come to Deerfield.

Rosenthal acknowledged the parking issues raised by Pamula and Seldin, who must maintain places for their customers’ cars. She indicated Deerfield will take a look at alternatives for companies that rely on municipal parking.

“We’re going to see what we can do,” Rosenthal said after the meeting. “We’re going to study what’s done in surrounding communities. We’re going to look at it with a lot of intensity before we make a decision.”

Though Seldin argued MG should have conducted a parking study before getting a special use permit, Village Manager Kent Street said at the meeting the Plan Commission did not require it. The lack of a parking study was one of the reasons Trustee William Seiden opposed the permit.

“We made a mistake not requiring a parking study,” he said. “They are getting an unfair advantage.” Nadler countered, claiming parking behind a store was a disadvantage.

Besides Nadler, Trustees Alan Farkas, Robert Benton and Tom Jester voted for the permit, while Barbara Struthers joined Seiden opposing it.

MG will be operated by Nasanbat Dashpuntsag of Northbrook. He plans to have six stations for people to get manicures and pedicures, along with waxing services and foot massages.

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