Hong Mai is someone who, with no hint of hyperbole, could be called an overachiever.
The Via Christi Health nurse, who specializes in intensive care unit work, also has been a nail technician for the last 13 years.
Now, she’s opening her own nail salon, Hawaiian Nails & Spa, at 29th and Tyler.
“I’m hoping to bring some of my knowledge as a nurse into the nail industry,” Mai says. “We’re pretty strict with sanitation.”
She says she’s had a lot of experience with customer service.
“My patients are my customers.”
Hawaiian Nails will offer a range of nail services along with waxing.
The salon will open on May 7 in the 1,400 square feet where Fizzies Wine & Spirits used to be. That store moved to a larger location at Moonridge Plaza, which also is at 29th and Tyler, late last year.
There will be about five technicians when the salon opens, but Mai says she hopes to have as many as 10 eventually.
Mai says she likes a challenge and thinks running her own business will offer her that.
She’s also still going to do enough nursing to keep up her license and skills, but the salon will now be Mai’s focus.
“I have love in both areas.”
That love translates to a lot of work, though.
When does Mai get a break?