Gel Polish is Great.
I had gel polish done at Salt Lake Nails for the first time today. I got french tip gel polish. The manicurist did it free hand, and it's pretty good. A couple of them are a little sideways, but not horrible. I think she was still a little new. She was working on her English, but did her best to communicate with me. The owner filled in any gaps she didn't understand. They use Gelish, which I like a lot better than the Schlack that the rest of the nearby salons use. It lasts longer and is shinier.
The environment depends on the clients. If the clients are quiet, so are the staff. If the clients are chatty, so are the staff. The owner is very friendly and likes to talk to the clients. He prides himself on making sure the services are done correctly and that the salon is clean.