Just across Coombs Street from the historic downtown courthouse, you'll find N’Ovations, a combination boutique and beauty shop operated by two sisters
The store at 821 Coombs, between Third and Second streets, is a friendly spot for those who are looking for that special piece of clothing or jewelry or want a relaxing day of beauty treatments.
N'Ovations is owned by Dayle Samborn and with the help and expertise of her sister Dawn Opperman, the women share their passion to “make women feel pretty and happy,” Samborn said.
N’Ovations has been in Napa at its current location for one and half years, she said.
“It’s a salon and boutique. We have five hairdressers, three estheticians who do facials and waxing and a part-time masseuse,” Samborn said. “We also offer pedicures and manicures. My sister (Opperman) is in charge of the manicures.
“We cater to the local women. We do have tourists, but the vast majority of our clientele is local.”
“I used to work in necktie business. I found it hard to find a place to get my nails done that wasn’t one of these chop shops,” Opperman said. “I had been wanting to go to beauty school, so I left the necktie business and followed my dream. Nails is what I do. We are in the business of making women feel good about themselves. That’s very important to both of us.”
The shop carries a full-line of beauty products including Bare Minerals and Glo.
Napa resident Hillary Colby is a frequent shopper at N’Ovations.
“I buy all my makeup there. But I think I probably have never left the store without buying something to wear. The store has such cute and unique clothing, things you won’t find on racks in any other clothing store. And the people who work there are so gracious and helpful.”
Instead of racks and shelves of clothing, it more like shopping in someone’s home at N’Ovations. Clothing, boots, scarfs, jewelry and hats are displayed on bureaus, tables, and wardrobes.
“We want to give our clients a pleasant shopping experience,” Samborn said. “Like you are in someone’s warm, inviting home.”
The assortment of boutique clothing and accessories is sure to satisfy even the most fussy shopper.
The store carries Cokys rain boots, Fridaze clothing just to name a few brands.
In the rear of the store are the hairdressing stations.
Teri Fuchs-Guerrera has been coming to the salon for about four months.
“I just love this place. It’s personable. It’s like visiting friends,” she said. “I have to bring my (young) son, and they are so good to him. They have a play area for kids, they feed him. The shop has a very homy feeling.”
Charlene Boatman has her favorite person when it comes to getting a pedicure.
“Caroline (Bianchi) is the one I trust for my pedicures. I have been with her for about two to three years. Where she goes, I follow,” Boatman said. “Coming here (N’Ovations) is such an enjoyable experience. The staff is so friendly. They make you feel like they known you forever. It’s a great way to treat yourself and relieve stress.”
- Boutique items start around $20 and range up to $120.
- Manicures cost from $30 to $50.
- Pedicures range from $40 to $75.
- Hairstyling prices vary from $40 for haircut up to $90 for a color and cut.
N’Ovations is open 9.a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment for evenings and weekends.
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