Since January, Henry Nguyen has been spending lots of hours supervising the finish-out of his new Majestic Nail Spa in The Shops at Lakeside.
“It’s going to have a modern feel customers will love,” said Nguyen as he stood in the large as yet unfinished space in Building Two that features large windows facing both FM 2499 and the parking lot in back.
In addition to lots of natural light, the Lakeside space also stands out for its tall ceilings, from which Nguyen will hang his signature chandeliers.
“We like our customers to feel pampered,” smiled the entrepreneur and perfectionist, who designs the interiors of all his salons himself with help from his wife Tina, who handles the decorating.
The luxurious decor at Majestic Nail will complement the array of services that will include spa manicures and pedicures, facials and eyelash treatments, waxing, and massages.
“I want my customers to be happy here,” smiled Nguygen, “leave happy, and come back happy.”
To learn more about the experience Nguyen creates, we visited his newly opened Castle Nail Spa on West 7th in Fort Worth’s museum district.
Everything about this store speaks of the luxurious treatment Nguyen believes to be integral to the success of his some 18 spas now in operation across the Metroplex.
The large televisions, leather loungers, and, of course, chandeliers stand out; but, so do details like the flowers and art pieces.
Nguyen also pointed out a high-grade sanitizer that provides 99 percent protection.
“Clean, clean, clean,” emphasized Nguyen. “That’s an expensive machine.”
Arriving in the US from Vietnam in July 1993 with his mom and dad and four siblings, “it was hard. We had no money and spoke no English.”
Nguyen started work at an electronics firm, but when that company went belly up a year later, he followed his wife’s lead and enrolled in school to become a nail technician.
He began work at a nail studio at Northeast Mall in 1995, and ventured out with a store of his own in 2001, which he later sold.
Then in 2009, Nguyen established InStyle Salon in Plano. As that store’s interior was finished out, Nguyen studied the process in detail. He decided to design his future stores.
“I was there at 7,” he said, “and didn’t leave until 11, long after the last worker had gone. I learned a lot.”
On the heels of the Plano store, Nguyen opened salons in Carrollton, Dallas, Plano, Addison, and Wyly, all of which he designed and supervised the finish-out.
Now his locations include Inwood Village on Lover’s Lane, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Southlake, and soon Flower Mound’s store at Lakeside.
Selecting a location in Flower Mound was simple.
“I like to locate in new development and I am very impressed with the way they have built Lakeside,” said Nguyen. “It’s going to be a genuine community where everyone can come and have fun together.
“I like that the flats, apartments, and single-family homes are united around restaurants, the movie theater, and retail shops. It will bring lots of people.”
Nguyen forecasts his Lakeside spa will open in April, although the facility itself may be complete in March.
“I want everything very nice,” he insisted. “We have to prepare all the technicians and open only after we are ready.
“We want our customers to be very happy on their first visit.”
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