Nailing down creativity

When it comes to her business idea, Jennifer Nguyen thinks she nailed it.
Marie Havenga
Dec 19, 2013

Nguyen recently opened Nail Haven in a former accounting office at 3 N. Seventh St. and said she's always had an interest in art and creative ventures. That's why her salon specializes in nail treatments suitable for framing.

“We actually paint things on the nails,” said Nguyen, who worked for three years at another local nail salon before opening her own. “We'll add enhancements like gems and glitter, and just try to make it really fun.”

Seasonal selections are hot items. Customers want leaves drawn on their nails during the fall, and snowflakes or Christmas trees on their toenails for the holidays.

“It does take a lot of practice,” Nguyen said. “But we love being creative and playing with the different colors.”

Red is the number one color for winter, and silver and red glitter are also popular right now.

“I've always been really creative,” Nguyen said. “I've always loved drawing and scrapbooking. I haven't always known what I wanted to do but I got introduced to nails through my husband — his mom and dad own a nail salon in Holland.”

Nguyen, who is from Holland, said she's always had an affinity for Grand Haven. And when it came time to set up shop, picking a location was anything but a nail-biter.

“I really love the area and love the people here,” she said.

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