Friday, June 14, 2024

Business Spotlight: M'Raj Nails

Comfort, convenience and relaxation are in store for you when you book an appointment with M’Raj Nails of Windham.

Mary O'Donal, owner of M'Raj Nails, is
excited to now be offering complete nail
services full time at her inviting salon
space located at 123 Varney Mill Road
in Windham. From basic manicures and
pedicures to intricate nail art, she will
provide personal service that is hard
to match at bigger nail salons.
Mary O’Donal owns and operates M’Raj Nails out of her home at 123 Varney Mill Road in Windham and says she enjoys meeting new people and building a close rapport with her clients.

“At M'Raj Nails, I am passionate about providing high-quality nail care services to my clients,” O’Donal said. “I am also a small business who strives to create a welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy some well-deserved pampering. My salon has a professional and relaxing atmosphere and I am always excited to meet with my clients.”

She has created a clean and comfortable studio to provide an enjoyable experience each time a client visits and strives to achieve the utmost quality nails.

M’Raj Nails offers manicures, pedicures, dips, paraffin wax, hot stones, sculpting with acrylics and gels, all at affordable pricing.

Basic nail care includes cleaning and maintaining nail cuticles, shaping nails, and any necessary care for the skin and nail bed. Nails can be polished with an array of colors and different polish types. Nail tips can then be sculpted with acrylic or gel nail tip and attaching them to the nail with an adhesive. A paraffin dip is a soothing treatment in which feet are submerged in a warm mixture of paraffin, a petroleum-based wax and mineral oil and is intended to moisturize and soften the feet.

“I also truly enjoy doing nail art,” O’Donal said.

Nail art includes creating patterns, pictures, and jewelry applications on the nail and this service at M’Raj Nails is all about specialization, precision, and design.

Whether you're looking for a classic manicure or an intricate nail art design, M’Raj Nails can work with you.

“I use only the best products and techniques to ensure that you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated,” O’Donal said.

She got into the nail business almost by accident.

“I saw something on You Tube and wanted to try it,” O’Donal said. “It took me four hours, but I finally figured it out.”

From there she completed a Spa Tech course and opened her salon in 2017 on a part-time basis. Earlier this year, O’Donal quit her job to devote all her energy to her nail business.

“As with any business, there is always a learning curve, and I am almost always practicing and/or learning new techniques and processes,” she said. “I have a quiet and clean environment for you to enjoy a mani, pedi, choice enhancements and designs.”

Quality work is important to O’Donal, who says she wants her clients to leave happy and ready to show off their nails to the world. She emphasizes that communication is paramount to her business and many of her clients are so happy with her work that they refer friends and family to M’Raj Nails.

“I also guarantee my work for up to two weeks,” O’Donal said. “I think my pricing is very fair and reasonable. I have increased my prices only one time thus far since I opened in 2017.”

According to O’Donal, the public may believe a misconception that M’Raj Nails is only for women, but she says it’s not true.

“I’ve created a relaxing experience here for both men and women,” she said. “It’s an enjoyable time for everyone.”

Maintaining the exceptional cleanliness of her salon is always a top priority with instrument sterilization and disinfectants used to eliminate harmful bacteria.

Convenient one-on-one appointments for M’Raj Nails can be made by phone by calling or texting 207-749-9320 or online at: and are available right up to 8 p.m. daily.

Complete pricing and service menu is also available online. Please be aware that in order to help keep her pricing low, she only accepts cash or personal checks. <

Friday, June 7, 2024

Business Spotlight: Dirty Bristles Chimney Sweep, Inc.

A chimney can be one of the most used and popular features of a Maine home, but often overlooked when it comes to safety and regular maintenance. That’s where Dirty Bristles Chimney Sweeps can share their expertise giving homeowners peace of mind and preventing dangerous fires.

Father and son team Jeff and Ethan St. Cyr
work diligently to keep your chimney free
of debris and burning flawlessly.
Based in Bridgton, Dirty Bristles services all locations in the Lakes Region of Maine and surrounding areas and has been in business for more than a decade. A family operated business, company employees believe that chimney inspections are just as important as chimney cleanings and can help ensure that chimneys are in good condition and ready to use.

Along with sweeping chimneys and offering chimney safety inspections, the Dirty Bristles team installs and properly maintains all brands of gas, wood or pellet stoves and fireplaces.

“We install Class A chimney systems and stainless-steel liner systems,” said Deb St. Cyr of Dirty Bristles Chimney Sweep, Inc. “We also install chimney caps and top dampers.”

Other services available include removal of clogs or blockages, diagnostic testing to resolve problems, installation of replacement parts, real estate inspections of chimneys and stoves, camera inspections, and wood, gas, or pellet stove cleanings.

Working efficiently and cleaning up thoroughly afterward, Dirty Bristles provides exceptional customer service, fair and affordable pricing and convenient scheduling for appointments.

“We always answer the phone and return all calls,” St. Cyr said. “Everything we do is for the benefit of our customers. Our mission is to help people keep their homes safer.”

Technicians Jeff St. Cyr and Ethan St. Cyr bring with them over 15 years of certified chimney experience. Having been trained through the Chimney Safety Institute of America, Certified Chimney Professionals, National Fire Institute, and a wide variety of factory specific trainings for hearth specialty items, gives them the opportunity to offer the best range of services to the homeowner.

“Jeff will explain each step to take should your chimney require further work,” St. Cyr said. “We are serious about your safety. We care about homeowner's safety. We see a lot of homes that need services, and they go ignored for years. If you are building a fire inside your home, please take the time to service those areas properly. We have really noticed a deficit here in Maine in proper chimney inspections/services with new homes being bought and sold. We continue to work building relationships with local realtors in the area getting these things accomplished before sales are finished instead of going in after a sale and sharing bad news with a new homeowner. Maine recognizes the national NFPA 211 code, which states that a Level II inspection of all chimneys be a part of every real estate transfer." It is listed on the purchase and sale list of inspections to have, and listed on the home inspection report, however many are overlooked and not done."

According to St. Cyr, the quality of services provided by Dirty Bristles speak for themselves.

“We will never leave your home with debris or creosote,” she said. “We use everything available in this field to properly clean and service your stoves and chimneys. Our reviews on our website and through square have been really great feedback.”

A sampling of those reviews include:

“We just had our first visit from DB yesterday and wanted you to know how very, very pleased we were with your service. Your crew was on time, courteous, considerate, efficient, professional and thorough. We couldn’t have asked for more. You guys are the best!” Bonnie

“Thanks for servicing my wood stove last Friday. The service was just what I wanted, the technicians explained everything and provided me the peace of mind knowing the stove is ready to face the upcoming winter. I look forward to doing business with you in the future, it’s nice to know we have honest and a reliable company available.” Charlie

“Great crew and polite and knowledgeable. Answered all questions. It was a pleasure doing business with Dirty Bristles. Thank you!” Cheryl

“Personal, professional, lightning quick response time. This is the company that you wish all companies were like.” Cliff

For more information about scheduling an appointment with Dirty Bristles, call 207-803-8195 or visit them online at <