" Mi Cumbia is the prototype - "

“ - of what a nail salon should be. The service is attentive, comprehensive and quality. They treat every customer with love and respect, even high maintenance customers like my friends and I. They offer you neck warmers, open the libation of your choice (as long as it's not red wine because of all the beautiful natural fibers) and their signature coffee. 

When you come in you are greeted with warmth, it's a small and intimate setting and the service style reflects that. The respect of the employees sets the tone for the respect they have for their customers. You can feel comfortable as a new customer in this space regardless of your background, ethnicity, or lifestyle. So if you are looking for a new venue to get a pedicure or manicure, try them. 

They exercise impeccable hygiene and have sanitiary practices. The packages are worth the price to create a great shared experience for a loved one, a partner or a valued employee!” Bernice T.

" This place just makes me extremely - "

“ - happy. The staff is extremely friendly and make you feel at home. The location is small, so make sure to book an appointment. They have a great color selection and the staff is always willing to help pick out a color... they've never led me to a bad color! I can't imagine going to a different nail salon!  

The coffee is delicious and the services are impeccable!  Beware... the first time you go, you won't go to another nail salon.” Leah T.

" I visited Mi Cumbia for the first time this - "

“ - week and am EXTREMELY happy to have found this place.  At first I thought the price seemed steep (I am used to those super cheap NY prices) BUT the service and the end result are incomparable to salons I have visited in NYC, Philly, Or SJ.  The price is well worth it.  I got the Shellac (gels) and they look amazing.  Gabriela and the rest of the women at the salon were kind, courteous, and pleasant.  Not to mention the complimentary coffee they offer was AMAZING.  I will definitely be visiting again and can't say enough great things about my experience.” Danielle H.

" I visited Mi Cumbia for the first time - "

“ - today and was very happy with my manicure by Blanca. I got the shellac manicure, which took just under 30 minutes to complete. The atmosphere of this small salon is very comfortable and welcoming, the staff were very friendly (and offered beverages) and explained how I could remove the polish. My polish was seven free and everything was very clean. Yes, a $39 manicure isn't cheap, but this was well worth it. The atmosphere also helped; many regulars came were greeted as old friends while I got my nails done. I definitely plan to visit again.“ Rachel K.

" Called in the day of to see if - "

“ - there was any availability and left a voicemail. The manager called back saying they were able to take us in for the 30 min pedis. When we got there, we were greeted by the same very friendly manager. The salon definitely has a cool, Columbian vibe. They took us in on time and we relaxed into our pedis. The nail techs really don't say much beyond hi but I guess it leads to the atmosphere. The chairs do not have a massage function but are like big comfy recliners. They offer neck warmers, coffee and water which are a nice touch. Next time I will definitely plan ahead and try to get in for their 60 or 90 min pedicures because it sounded like heaven. The pedicure area only has 2 chairs so plan accordingly. Sahar, the GM, was amazing. Very sweet and accommodating, making sure my toes were good to go before I left!” Diem L.

“Oh my god! Finding Mi Cumbia Organica - “

“ - was like finding a back door into Heaven for 90 minutes. I will never go back to my neighborhood salon again!

I had been going to a neighborhood salon for pedicures for the past 4 years out of cheapness and laziness. More than half the time I left there with at least one bleeding toe, polish that has been slopped on, sore heels and soles that have been rubbed almost raw with a pumice bar and my feet and legs reeking of cheap, laundry detergent scented lotion. Last year, I got a pedicure at the neighborhood place in October and then went 7 months just doing my nails at home because I realized I'd been dreading going back and being hurt yet again. With sandal season on the horizon, I did go back to the old neighborhood place once more out of pure sloth, disregarding my gut feelings. The nail tech was annoyed, she was rough, indifferent and ignored me when I said it felt like my 2 big toenails on either foot were getting ingrown. 2 days after the manicure at the crummy little neighborhood place, my right big toe was so sore and tender I could not even put the weight of a bed sheet on it. I went online and Googled 'best pedicure in Philadelphia' and immediately got in touch with Mi Cumbia. 

When I made my appointment online, I indicated that I had at least one ingrown nail from another salon. I was called the next day by Sahar, the general manager. She was kind and sweet and apologized to me, thinking one of the nail techs at Mi Cumbia had cut my toenails the wrong way. I assured her that was not the case and that I was coming in to have some other salon's work corrected. 

Walking into this cozy little Paradise was like entering the most inviting, low key hedonist's club you can imagine. I was met with sincere warmth and hospitality. There was no nose burning stench of acetone, formaldehyde or cheap, musky foot lotion. I was shown the colors and picked one, then waited a few minutes (I was early and was NOT kept waiting past my appointment time) in a comfortable seat. 

The pedicure area is small (2 stations) but not cramped and there are none of those buzzing, vibrating monster chairs there. The dear woman who tended my aching toes was so gentle and kind it was all I could do not to weep with relief. Yes, it did hurt to get the toenails corrected. There was no way around that but she was quick, professional and knew exactly what to do and did it with skill and speed. There was no excess prodding, digging or pinching and no blood was shed. As soon as she cleared out the nail debris that the neighborhood place had allowed to build up around the toenails and trimmed them straight across-the way they should always be trimmed-my toes were pain free. I was not subjected to having my feet scrubbed half raw with an old plastic nail brush, they were not scraped at with a worn down pumice sponge, I did not have my heels subjected to being rasped with a cheese grater nor were my insteps tortured with anything rough that painfully tickled. My feet, toes, ankles and legs were treated and touched with respect. The rest of the pedicure was so relaxing I could have easily gone to sleep, but I was happily engaged in conversation and laughter with her, the other nail tech and another customer. The foot and leg massage with warm coconut oil was one of the most delicious pleasures I have experienced outside the boudoir. There was no slapping or pounding of fists on my soles or legs or cracking and stretching my toes. Since I have fibromyalgia and my shins have a lot of trigger points, I normally dread the 'massage' part of a pedicure but this was so blissful, I told her she had Goddess hands. And I meant it. 

The atmosphere here is really full of love and kindness. Everyone-clients and employees-seemed to be genuinely happy. All the nail techs were relaxed and pleasant, I did not pick up any snarky or impatient vibes and it seemed quite natural to just chat with everyone who in turn seemed happy to interact with me. 

This will sound corny but it is very sincere-my first visit to this oasis in the city was a healing experience. I realized I was worth a more expensive pedicure in a positive, clean, comfortable, nurturing environment with kind women who really seemed to enjoy their work and their clients. I hugged and kissed so many people before I left because I had connected deeply with them while I was there and it seemed quite natural to do that. Believe me, I am a tough Philly native and not normally affectionate with strangers-but this place did not feel at all like I was among strangers and this was not La La Land air kissing. This place is awesome AF on so many levels I cannot wait to go back. Going here is not self indulgence. It's honoring your inner Divinity.

You owe it to yourself to be pampered here. You're worth it. The manicuristas know how to do it with the genuine grace of true artists. Warren W.

" In a word:  YUMMY.   The best, most - "

" - delightful pedicure I have ever had.  Today was my first visit, and I have no idea why I have never found this place before.  The salon is small, beautiful, warm and very inviting.  The music was delightful, and the staff are all adorable, kind and very attentive.  All this before I even got my toes done!  The coconut pedicure was so delicious, no nasty synthetic perfume smells or over scented lotion that other places use.   What a treat!  I almost forgot I was actually getting my toes painted, because I was so relaxed and happy.  The pedicure itself is lovely, well done, perfect color,  and great attention.  Cannot say enough.  Looking forward to coming back.  Worth every penny.  You absolutely get what you pay for here, the sensory experience is a true pleasure in a fast paced world.  Do not hesitate to visit, you will love it." Beth G. 

 

" Do it! There is a good reason they - "

" - are a little bit pricier. You will spend time around people who feel like they actually care about giving you whatever you need and creating a beautiful experience for you. From start to finish, helping me find a color, friendly and relaxed vibes, refilling my tea without me even asking, being so kind when I criticized my own feet, and so generous when I f-ed up my polish on the way out, I am impressed. And grateful. A place like this is actually quite rare. I will throw my extra money at them whenever I can." Jennifer D. 

" Hands down the best mani/pedi I've ever had! "

" My mother-in-law and I tried Mi Cumbia for the first time last week and had the coconut mani and pedi. The experience was 5+ stars from beginning to end. Since they use polish with minimal chemicals, you are not overwhelmed by fumes when you walk in. You are immediately greeted by friendly staff who get you situated. This is a small place with only 2 pedicure chairs in the back providing a truly intimate and relaxing experience. The estheticians take their time and are masters at relaxation techniques and massages and also have a wonderful sense of humor. I normally have to get gel manicures because polish does not stay on my hands but opted for regular polish which lasted for a week despite the fact that my work is not kind on my hands. They offer BYOB service without a cocking fee. From now on, this will be the only place I go for my manis and pedis!" Eden V.

 

" I have been going to Mi Cumbia for - "

- a few years after searching on Yelp for an organic nail and waxing salon. Since my first time, I have always received outstanding service from everyone who works here. Karina and the team truly treat you like family. I used to dread going to the salon but now I look forward to it. It is pricier than other salons but it is well worth it based on the ease of scheduling, outstanding results, and friendly service." Katie L.  

" I have been a client of this oasis - "

" - since they opened as Tierra Mia. This is my "happy place". When friends or family  want to give me a gift they know I will love, they give me a gift certificate to Mi Cumbia. Thank you to everyone at this magical, calm place. Oh - and the services are top notch! I lived in Los Angeles,( the land of grooming!) for 16 years and no salon that offered organic nail services came close to the quality of the services at Mi Cumbia." WENDY C. 

" My first time to Mi Cumbia was last week, - "

" - and I had a pedicure scheduled. It was pouring outside and I came in drenched. When I came in, I was given a towel to wipe my face and a warm neck pillow. They also threw my pants in the dryer and my socks as well. During the pedicure, I was given a small cup of coffee which was delicious.The pedicure itself was great and very relaxing. 

I highly recommend this place. The price is good considering that this place is clean, the service is good, and the products they use are high quality." Priya S.

" I'm very picky about my nails. "

" Purely bc of the fact that whenever I get manicures, my nail beds always peel :( no bueno. But I got the coconut shellac manicure here and I loved it. I felt no pain, and my nails are perfect. The coffee here is just amazing btw... I have half a mind to go back and get it.. But I really love this place. Will definitely be going back when I visit Philly. "  Monique N.

2017 Beauty & Wellness Guide: (Organic Mani/Pedi)

" Mi Cumbia is – hands down – the best manicure I have ever had in Philly. Before I even stepped foot into the coveted organic nail salon, I heard rumblings that beckoned me to book an appointment.

“This beautiful hole in the wall in Rittenhouse feels like you've stepped into a five-star hotel in Colombia,” as one friend described it. Indeed, my all-organic coconut manicure transported me to Cartagena for a hot second. My manicurist, the gregarious Kendra, nourished my dry, brittle hands with coconut oil, coconut milk and fresh shredded coconut. Mi Cumbia’s owners, husband and wife duo Karina and Hustine Mitchell, are rumored to have started the first organic nail salon in the country.

Verdict: Here, we have a Center City oasis that’s just waiting to revive your hands and feet. This is also a special escape for expectant moms – Mi Cumbia’s hand and feet rubs don’t disappoint. " 

328 S 17th St. | 215-735-7980  ( By JORDYN SHAFFER )

" I've been coming to Mi Cumbia - "

" - now for years. I moved to NJ in 2014 and have tried many nail salons closer to home and still NO ONE comes close to Mi Cumbia. I feel like the staff are a part of my family. The customer service is outstanding. The quality and products are also outstanding. I can't wait for the day when a Mi Cumbia comes to NJ! Until then, I'll continue to visit my favorite place in Philly. "  Sandy Stewart