ST. LOUIS — The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar, a "first of its kind" space, will open Nov. 7 at the 157 Center complex in Edwardsville. The 8,000-square-foot space is being renovated by Contegra Construction Co.
"EXO Lounge is all about the senses and a place to escape from the stress of life with some unique pampering," owner Gina Gamblin said in a statement. "It is also a place to meet and enjoy the company of others in an environment built around service and fun."
The venue will offer an elegant cocktail lounge with manicure, pedicure and other restorative services, officials said. Customers will be able to order cocktails and beverages from the EXO Lounge iPads at every station, which will be equipped with a specialized ventilation system to vent fumes from nail polish. EXO will offer seasonal organic cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and coffee.
The renovation by Contegra will feature elegant finishes like recessed and vaulted ceilings accented with gold panels and ornate chandeliers. Tile floor patterns will be featured inside the nail bar, while the lounge area will have darker flooring, velvet seating and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio with fire pits.
"The lounge offers endless possibilities for fun and relaxation for men and women and is open to the public for special events," Gamblin said. "The outdoor patio features cabanas from which to enjoy a drink and relax with friends."
Contegra is one of the region's largest general contractors and largest privately held companies, with 2018 revenue of $180.8 million.
"Contegra has been amazing," Gamblin said. "They fully understand the vision of relaxation built on personal service and their attention to detail on fixtures, furniture and all amenities has been great."