Contegra Construction Co. Building EXO Lounge and Nail Bar in Edwardsville, Ill.


Renovation Creates First-of-its-Kind Venue that Caters to the Senses.

The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar is coming to Edwardsville, Ill.  Billed as a sexy, vibrant and inspiring place to relax, the first-of-its kind venue unites an elegant cocktail lounge with manicure, pedicure and other restorative services in space that is carefully designed for the senses.  The EXO Lounge and Nail Bar, the vision of founder of Gina Gamblin, is taking shape in a more than 8,000-square-foot renovation at the 157 Center complex.  Contegra Construction Co. is transforming the space and expects to complete the project for a November 7, 2019 debut.

“EXO Lounge is all about the senses and a place to escape from the stress of life with some unique pampering,” said Gamblin.  “It is also a place to meet and enjoy the company of the others in an environment built around service and fun.”

The first-of-its-kind cocktail lounge and nail bar will work in harmony. The nail bar will offer manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and waxing.  From the European seating, customers will be able to enjoy a cocktail or beverage, ordering from EXO Lounge iPads at every station.  It will also feature a specialized ventilation system at every station to vent fumes from nail polish.  The lounge will offer a relaxing social setting offering seasonal organic cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and coffee.  Gamblin says seasonal aromas, fresh flowers, music and more will create a soothing experience throughout the lounge and nail bar.

Contegra’s renovation will feature elegant finishes, including recessed and vaulted ceilings accented with gold paneling and brightened with ornate chandeliers.  Vibrant tile floor patterns enliven the nail bar.  The lounge area features darker flooring, a black Cambria Quartz bar top, velvet seating and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio area with fire pits.

“The lounge offers endless possibilities for fun and relaxation for men and women and is open to the public for special events,” noted Gamblin. “It’s a place where woman can come for a girls night, guys can grab a drink after a long day golfing. The outdoor patio features cabanas from which to enjoy a drink and relax with friends.”  She adds that private liquor boxes will be available for rent.

The inviting entry features a white EIFS façade, a seamless black metal roof, champaign bronze metal panels and a glass curtainwall to flood the interior with natural light.  The 15-foot clearstory entrance is ornamented with a large chandelier.  For more information, visit

“Contegra has been amazing,” said Gamblin.  “They fully understand the vision of relaxation built on personal service and their attention to detail on fixtures, furniture and all amenities has been great.”

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, medical, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at

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