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Lorde Stops By Local Nail Salon, Gets Royal Treatment

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s always fun when an international star comes to town–even more so when they unexpectedly stop by a local business.

Mike Schuh reports that one customer got the royal treatment.

City Nails and Spa just opened in April. Kay Parchareonpaisan is the owner.

“We have new business so I try to treat best for all my client,” she said.

That explains what happens next. On Friday, she was putting away her colors and getting ready to close when she got a last-minute phone call for a manicure.

“Our store close at 8 o’clock but I told her if she come, I will wait for her,” she said.

The caller then offered to come in the morning, but Parchareonpaisan wouldn’t have it.

“I say, ‘If you want to come tonight, I stay late,’ and open for her,” she said.

A good thing, too. Tens of thousands at Pimlico appreciated it, as well as millions on TV. Look closely at the hands of the pop star at Preakness: that’s right, the woman who got her nails done was the pop sensation Lorde.

“She’s Lorde, but at first I have no idea who she is,” Parchareonpaisan said.

She says she was too shy to ask who she was but then asked her to write her name down. When she Googled her later, she was amazed.

Lorde, for her part, Tweeted out to her 1.3 million followers about Parchareonpaisan’s kindness, saying, “I got such great service. They’re a new business so give them a helping hand if you need a nail spa in Baltimore.”

“After I done her nail, she gave me big tip, though,” she said.

In fact, at $100, it’s her biggest tip ever.

So pop stars, celebrities, bigwigs — well, anyone, really — when you’re in town, Parchareonpaisan is ready and she’ll give you the royal treatment, too.

“I’m glad that I try my best to do for her and she happy with my service,” she said. “That’s my most happiness.”

If you want the Lorde Special, it’ll cost $35.

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