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Michelle Brider followed her passion for beauty therapy and opened the Miss Moo Nails Salon to offer clients trendy treatments and feel-good services.

How did your business start?

I was a teacher, and in 2015 decided to do a nail art course to make some extra money on the side. A few months in, I discovered I really enjoyed being a nail technician and I decided to quit my teaching job. Miss Moo Nails was opened officially in 2016 to pursue my passion.

Why did you choose this area to set up shop?

I started the salon from my house in Hatton Estate. When things got busy enough to need bigger premises, I knew I had to stay in the area because it’s very central, and so opened up my salon at the Valiant Park in Pinetown.

How did you find your premises?

I was fortunate to have a space at the business park become available at the same time I needed to expand, and I jumped on it.

Why are they ideally suited to your business?

It falls within my operating area and is central and close to all major highways, making it easy for clients to get to us. Valiant Park has ample parking and is secure.

Who are your neighbours?

Within the business park there is a bed shop, insurance brokers and estate agents.

What are the shop rental / sales prices like in this area?

I pay R8,000 a month for my space.

How many people go through your store each day?

I have six nail technicians who all see at least six people a day.

Do you have any expansion plans?

Right now, I am focussed on getting the services and products optimised before I expand, but I would love to turn the business into a franchise one day.

Do you operate online as well?

I have an active Instagram account and Facebook page (@missmoonails).

What’s your most popular item?

We do gel overlays the most. We also have a small section where we sell a wide variety of retail products which are received really well.

084 3333 778

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