Not just for women

Not just for womenPaige Jennings starts a manicure for a customer. (Photo by C. R. Wagner)

It’s always special when a new business opens in downtown Troy. And that’s what happened on Canton Street as the New Year began in 2020.

On Jan. 6, Paige Jennings officially opened Gloss, her nail studio, in the building between Jason’s Barber Shop and Troy Lunch. She offers manicures and pedicures, specializing in gel manicuring.

Jennings trained at Northern Tier Career Center through the Vo Tech at Troy High School. She had two years of cosmetology training that included three weeks of sanitation training before being allowed to work out on the salon floor. Upon graduation, she had to take her exams in order to receive her state board license. She passed with flying colors and is proud to display her state board license on her wall. She has had over three years of professional salon experience in Athens doing manicures and pedicures. 

“I had to learn about bacteria, chemistry, nail structure and overall health,” explained Jennings.

Not just for women
Paige Jennings checks the temperature of the foot bath water before starting a pedicure for a customer. (Photo by C. R. Wagner)

Having toenails cut properly is important. If not cut properly, ingrown toenails, among other problems, may result.

“Foot health is important for everyone,” said Jennings. “Especially for those who can’t take care of it themselves.”

At first Jennings wasn’t looking to open her own place, but the opportunity to work closer to home came to her. Karl Gundersen, who owns and operates Vinnie’s II, told her that the building was empty and encouraged her to contact the landlord. Jennings hesitated, not sure she was ready to start her own business.

“I’m going to call the landlord and see if we can get you your own salon,” Gundersen told her.

Not just for women
Paige Jennings does a pedicure for a customer. (Photo by C. R. Wagner)

Jennings still hesitated, but then decided to go for it. They met with the landlord in late September 2019. It was a go!

“It’s pretty scary starting out with your own business,” said Jennings. “Especially at a young age.”

Jennings spent the fall making changes to the space for her nail business. She updated the lighting, painted, installed hardwood floors, and added a bathroom. She did all the painting herself. Her father, Keith Jennings, did all of the other labor and installations.

“He’s amazing!” said Jennings. “He’s my Dad.” 

Jennings’ mom helped her with decorating.

“I’m so lucky to have my parents. Both of my parents have been so supportive,” added Jennings. “And of course Karl, too, for pushing me!”

Not just for women
Gloss, the new nail studio on Canton Street in Troy. (Photo by C. R. Wagner)

How does Jennings feel now about having her own business? She loves it! And her customers feel that way about it too.

One customer commented that her salon was a “really adorable place.” But it’s more than that because Jennings not only loves what she does; she is very knowledgeable and makes her customers feel like they are in good hands.

Gloss is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“I know that evening hours are important,” explained Jennings. “I’ve always needed them.”

Preparing to look your best often includes a manicure and pedicure. But they are also a part of good health. And not just for women.

“People think pedicures are just for girls, but I’ve had so many men come in to get one for their health,” said Jennings. “People who stand on their feet all day can really benefit from one – women and men.”

For more information, call (607) 215-3364. She is also on Facebook. 

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