2233 Avent Ferry Road, #111, Raleigh (919) 832-2970
If you're on a budget but don't want your nails to look like they were painted by a middle-schooler, skip the salons downtown, in North Hills, or at Cameron Village, and head over to Nail World. You can get a basic manicure for $12 and a pedicure for as little as $25, without skimping on cleanliness or service. If anything, the crew at this family-owned business errs on the side of perfection. They're friendly and will ask you if you like your color; they'll give you a massage with even the most basic of services, and, though you'll never feel rushed, they'll get you in and out as fast as anyone else. Thankfully, the place is not usually terribly busy.