Friday June 22, 2012 | 01:01 PM

Akari is offering free express manicures outside its Middle Street shop until 4 p.m. today.

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We walked by to find a woman getting her mani on at a nicely shaded outdoor table. The manicures are on a first come, first served basis. But it the seat is taken, there's no reason you can't enjoy the complimentary champagne and cupcakes inside.

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We're told Akari will be doing something similar every Friday.

Akari is located at 193 Middle Street, Portland (just around the corner from the Nickelodeon). FMI: akaribeauty.com or (207) 772-9060

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