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NAILPRO-file Featuring: Belle Mani!
Welcome to our new feature "NAILPRO-file" where we highlight neighborhood nail salons and their owners from around the country and around the globe!
This week's salon is in Mundelein, Illinois.
Meet owner Carey Lucchesi of Belle Mani Nails!
Salon Name: Belle Mani Nails
Salon Open Since: 2002
Salon Address: 39 Greenview Avenue South, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060
Salon Phone: 847.212.8249
Salon Website: www.CareyLucchesi.com
Tell us how you decided to open your own salon.
After a 20+ year business career with a Fortune 500 corporation, I decided to switch gears. After completing licensing, I mentored under Mary Metscaviz of Awesome Nails, Grayslake IL, but practiced my advancing skills (while building a client base) in various local salons. I always knew I needed independence and flexibility with my ever changing family demands, so when a table opened at Awesome Nails, I left the other salons, but not my clients.
Following in my mentors footsteps, I advanced in the industry by joining American International Industries of Los Angeles in 2004. This association has afforded me continued education in their vast brand offerings. So I travel, provide sales support and education for Ibd Gel and Just Gel services, Seche Waterless Manicures, GiGi and Clean+Easy Wax, Ardell/Andrea Lashes, China Glaze "Live in Color", at trade shows, distributor events and schools.
What sets you apart from other salons in your area?
Belle Mani (Beautiful Hands) began, and still is, a home based studio that serves both clients who've followed me since the beginning - and backs up my clients from Awesome Nails. You have to be referred, or invited, into my home studio (for obvious reasons) which has proved to be a dream come true. Total flexibility and independence. My broad product knowledge has earned a title of Go-To-Gal from clients word of mouth.