Pampering awaits at Mani-Q-Spa

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 16, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Tu Truong adds a fine touch to a French pedicure at Mani-Q-Spa in Rockland. The new salon offers many services to pamper the soul.

Rockland — A manicure or pedicure — or both — have been known to not only make one feel better about themselves, but also relieve stress. At Rockland's new Mani-Q-Spa that's what this family-run business is all about.

Hung "Sammy" Truong, his wife Tu, and his mother Mary opened the spa Nov. 19. Truong had run two nail salons in Boston for three years, and decided to move his family to Rockland at the advice of a longtime friend.

The spa — in the building that formerly housed Sister's Two Hair Salon on Camden Street — has been totally remodeled inside. Four manicure tables greet guests from the new dual access front entrance, along with a nail drying station, followed by a room with three pedicure stations — complete with massage chairs.

From the ground-level rear entrance, guests enter the foyer-style reception area and pass by the waxing room before being guided to either station room.

As winter is known to be the slowest time for this type of business, Truong said he is taking his time now to develop a website, Facebook page, and design a brochure with all of his services.

From manis and pedis, to nail enhancements and body waxing, the spa's goal is to keep things as simple as possible, he said.

"We want to make it easy on everybody," said Truong. "We put our concentration into the quality of our service."

The spa offers free Wi-Fi, a loyalty program for repeat customers, complimentary tea to relax patrons, and hot towels as a finishing touch.

The couple went to the Cali For Nails Academy in Dorchester, Mass. to become licensed, while Mary has been in business since 1991 and is a licensed cosmetologist.

"Cleanliness is top priority," said Truong, adding all instruments and surfaces are completely disinfected after every client. "It's not only for the health and well-being of the customer, but also for my family," he said.

Extra ventilation was added in the three-month remodel process. "Some of the chemicals (a strong acetone) used for removing certain types of polish as well as cleaning products have a strong odor," said Truong.

Services can be had by appointment or walk-in. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The spa is closed Mondays.

To book an appointment or for more information, contact Mani-O-Spa at 596-6600 or send an email to

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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