September 1996 Issue

Coverage of NAILS Industry Awards (Salon and Nail Tech of the Year).

Cover photos (clockwise from top right): Nail Depot; Educator of the Year finalists; Nails on Broadway; The Nail Shoppe

The Money Hunt

September 1, 1996

Opening your own salon requires patience, skill, and creativity. It also requires a considerable sum of money. If you’re one of the many who don’t have a fortune tucked away somewhere, read on for some sound financial advice.

NAILS Show West- Everyone Went Home A Winner

September 1, 1996

On the exhibit floor, in the  classrooms, in the competition arena, and even outside the show in the casinos, NAILS Show West attendees were ranking it in---product deals, technical tips, business ideas, and even a little bit of cash for a few lucky individuals. 

A Repeat Performance Winner

September 1, 1996

Nail Galleria in Pittsburgh takes home the Nail Salon of the Year title again.

We Aim to Serve You Better

September 1, 1996

Try as we might, the staff of NAILS does not know everything there is to know about nails. The daily ins and outs of the business are something only professionals working in the field can really know. That’s why NAILS invited a prestigious group of individuals-salon owners, nail technicians, and educators-to act as our Editorial Advisory Board. Members of the board will suggest article ideas, provide expert counsel, and keep us up-to-date on trends, salons, and people worth noticing. By way of introducing them to you, we’ve asked them to share their own professional achievements and their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing the industry.


Editor's Note: the Salon of the Year Awards

September 1, 1996

The presentation of your Salon of the Year packages was magnificent, the warmth and sincerity of your essays and letters was deeply touching, and the chance to get a glimpse into your businesses and your lives was a rare and special opportunity for all of us.

Runner-up Educator of the Year: Kym Lee

September 1, 1996

Kym Lee dazzles by earinging a runner-up title for Educator of the Year. 

Runners-Up Educator of the Year: LaCinda Headings & Angie Tullis

September 1, 1996

The duo LaCinda Headings and Angie Tullis entere as a team and both proved themselves worthy of the runner-up title for Educator of the Year. 

Runner-Up Nail Technician of the Year: Catherine DePoole

September 1, 1996

Catherine DePoole proves her skills by earning a runner-up spot for Nail Technician of the Year.

Runner-Up Nail Technician of the Year: Michele Baker

September 1, 1996

Michele Baker earns the title for runner-up Nail Technician of the Year

Educator of the Year: April Buford

September 1, 1996

The winner of Educator of the Year is crowned. 

Nail Technician of the Year: Debra Shoaff

September 1, 1996

Debra Shoaff is Nail Technician of the Year for 1996. She discusses her work ethic and how she approaches nails.

Runner-up: Nails on Broadway

September 1, 1996

Nails On Broadway finishes its first year with a runner-up title for Salon of the Year. 

Runner-Up: The Great Escape

September 1, 1996

Another runner-up salon is featured, this time a relaxing spa in Michigan. 

Runner-Up: Golden Shears

September 1, 1996

Golden Shears' newly expanded salon with nail technicians earns a Salon of the Year Runner-Up title. 

Runner-Up: Nail Depot

September 1, 1996

When Greg and Rose Tosti decided to start a nail salon in Boca Raton years ago, they were told by friends and family it wasn’t such a good idea. Now, with 110 employees and a steady stream of 4,000 clients coming in each week, the Tostis are glad they didn’t listen.

Runner-Up: Finger's Nail Studios Inc.

September 1, 1996

Finger's Nail Studios in Illinois joins the cast of winners as a runner-up. 

Taking Vermont by Storm: Green Door Day Spa

September 1, 1996

Green Door in Vermont is the winner of the Salon of the year with 1-3 Nail Technicians.

Canadian Salons Wrap Up Two Divisions

September 1, 1996

The Nail Shoppe, owned by Debbie and Gary Krakalovich, in Toronto Canada is crowned a winner. 

Tweezerman's LaMagna Running for Congress

September 1, 1996

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