If a genie told you that you could open a nail salon in any city anywhere in the world (ignoring money and other practical considerations), in what city would you open your salon and why?
I would open my salon in San Francisco because I love the atmosphere of the city. I love being close to the beach, and California is my favorite state — weird coming from a Kansas native I think!
Star Treatment Nails, Wichita, Kan.
I would love to open a spa/salon in a resort in Honolulu. I would love to service people who are looking to relax on vacation and hear all about their lives elsewhere. Plus, it would be a bonus to be in such a beautiful place on my days off.
Carol Stream, Ill.
I would want my salon right here in the place I grew up, Bradenton, Fla. There isn’t anything out of the ordinary here in town, so I would go all out and make it everything but ordinary. For instance, perhaps a nail shop that is open at night.
Ocean Nails & Spa, Bradenton, Fla.
I’d say Ireland. It’s my favorite country, and I want to see them on the map of cutting-edge talent in the nail industry. There is serious skill there, and I don’t think they’re getting the recognition they deserve. I’d love to be a part of an eye-opening experience in competition-quality nails, nail art designs and techniques, and the highest of sanitation standards. It’s a dream of mine to open WildSide Nailz in Ireland and show that Ireland is a force to be reckoned with.
Patrice “Tracie” McNeal
WildSide Nailz Art Studio, Lancaster, Calif.
I would open one in the town where I live, Hallsville, Texas. I currently have a salon in Longview, Texas, but I have so many clients who drive from Hallsville to see me. Longview is much bigger and has a nail salon on every corner. Hallsville does not have one. If I had the money, I’d love to work in my own town and get to know more people who live here. People ask me all the time do you know so-and-so from Hallsville, and I say no. I’ve lived here over 20 years, and I haven’t gotten the chance to know my neighbors.
Pampered Touch Skin & Nail Spa, Longview, Texas
In New York City: It doesn’t matter how many nail salons or nail spas are on the same street, they’re always full of clients getting the latest designs and nail products.
Mt. Morris, N.Y.
Vegas, baby! It would be a nail casino.
Melody C. Montgomery
Everything Nailz Ink, Greenville, N.C.
Vancouver. It has an extremely green way of life, and there are millions of tourists who stop by on cruises. We all know that tourists mixed with loyal clientele is a win-win situation! Did I mention the large Japanese community in British Columbia? That’s my #1 reason. They love their nail art, and that’s what I’m all about!
Jeweled Nails, Irvine, Calif.
Hawaii. I live in Colorado now and getting clients to take care of their feet in the winter is hard. Hawaii is beautiful and it’s sunny year round. Nail salons are always in need.
Twisted Bohemian, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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