We had the good fortune of connecting with Oleta Roy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oleta, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Once I became a licensed professional in the nail industry, it wasn’t long before I experienced how bias it was when it came to purchasing professional products locally. Myself, as well as my peers, have experienced racism, disrespect, and price gouging from the Vietnamese community but yet we felt somewhat stuck with dealing with that to get what we needed. I wasn’t very happy continuing to spend money where I wasn’t appreciated or respected. The idea of opening up my own nail supply derived from my own personal experiences and I felt it was time for a change. Once the pandemic hit hard in March of 2020, I had nothing but time to really crack down and focus on how to do this as I was completely out of work for 2 months straight. I brainstormed and worked hard for months with my business partner and by June we got the keys to our building. We officially opened our doors for business on September 11, 2020.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My background is actually in Veterinary Medicine. I worked as a licensed nurse all over DFW for over 10yrs. I started doing my own nails in college but I never thought I would do them professionally. I decided to go to nail school in 2016 and I left my career working with animals in 2017. The choice I made was not easy, however, I’m super grateful that I did. A lot of things played a factor into me choosing a new career but I knew God had something bigger and better for me. My brand represents the magic that is a black woman and minority women in general.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Although I’m a Dallas native, a lot has changed since the good ol days of going out on town. Time with my bestie here in Dallas would look something like this. We both enjoy seafood and pasta so I would take her to my new favorite Italian spot, Terilli’s. The food is great and the space sets up a nice evening vibe. Of course we would have to do some shopping at North Park Mall and Galleria. I would take her to the Midnight Rambler to enjoy some unique hand crafted cocktails. And what girl doesn’t love brunch? There’s a place I would like to try in Irving called Mexican Sugar Las Colinas, their french toast looks amazing and they have the cutest drink flights.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my best friend whom I’ve known for over 20yrs now, Ruby Williams! Ruby is a wife, mother, and successful business owner. She inspires me, gives me advice, helps me and pushes me to be great. I’ve leaned on her (and her husband) for a lot during this process and I couldn’t be more greatful.
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