We are excited to introduce a new segment called "Leading Lady" these segments are to highlight women in business in and around the Annapolis area. It's always inspiring to me as an entrepreneur to hear someone else's story and how they got to where they are in business. And what's even more inspiring is talking to like minded women...because let's be clear Girl Power is real!!! So I hope you enjoy reading their stories as well and support them in their business endeavors!
This month we are highlighting Kathy Watson owner of Polish Change Nail Studio in Annapolis. This nail salon is a breath of fresh air...no literally...the studio does not use any acrylics or other products that cause the fumes you would normally be hit with when walking into most nail salons. Yet they still manage to provide amazing manicures and pedicures. If you aren't familiar with them, it is definitely worth checking out!
Here's a little bit more about them and their amazing owner Kathy who you can check out at some of our upcoming Girls Night Out events!
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today: I've always believed that when you create something out of necessity, you tend to have a lot of passion about it. My true reason for starting this journey was my mom's health and I started Polish Change after realizing how many people were putting themselves in jeopardy, every time they went to get their nails done. No one should have to be concerned about the conditions of their salon and with Polish Change, that margin for error has been eliminated.
Since I am a licensed nail technician and nail care expert, starting and growing my clientele all fell on me. In the beginning, I was the receptionist, manager, nail tech, human resources, janitor and accountant. It can be really challenging but there are so many rewards.
Describe yourself in three words:
Accepting, funny and no nonsense.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Creating a safe, clean environment where everyone from a mommy-to-be to a active gal to a cancer patient can go and feel great. That's pretty major in my book.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
In the next six months, I'm excited to complete and move into a larger space, offer our retail line and work on my Polish For A Change foundation that offers free nail care services and products to women in need and debt-free job training for those who wish to learn a new skill.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I've always wanted to be a chocolatier like my hunny bunny. Maybe he'll let me get in the kitchen, one day.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I don''t sweat the small stuff. Even though my children are grown, having a kiddo with special needs is always a concern. I pick my battles. As long as the bills are paid, we try our best to enjoy life. Something as simple as playing a game of Mario Kart to catching the latest movie can make the difference. So what if the laundry isn't done by 3pm.
What websites do you visit every day?
My own. lol. you have to make sure your clients are able to access information and in the world of technology, anything can happen. I love Instagram on my phone and YouTube.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I love to bowl and I love a bowl from Chipotle. Besides that, I'm pretty much a home body unless I drive by a HomeGoods, then it's all over. I'm looking forward to more travel, soon.
What is your goal for retirement?
My ultimate goal for retirement is to have my nail salon as a franchise concept. However, my love for nails is so deep that I can see myself popping up every now and again or creating a nail design for a collection. Otherwise, it's travel, family, food and fun.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Don't second guess yourself. If something doesn't go right, don't look at it as a screw up. Look at it as, 'OK, so that won't work'. Don't look toward others to confirm your dreams. Also, make sure you cry. When something feels bad or feels awesome, let it out.
Any final comments?
I think it's very important that we agree to disagree sometimes. So often, people listen to reply and not to understand. Take a moment and hug your family and friends. Shy away from people or things that don't make you feel good about yourself. Last but not least, in a world filled with so much hate, why would we oppose any type of love. Peace, love and mani's.