BLADENBORO — In the pampered world of manicures and pedicures, Bladenboro residents were without many options. That all changed, however, with the recent opening of CJ’s Nails on Elm Street.
“I’m the first and only nail salon in Bladenboro,” said CJ’s Nails owner Christina Jayne.
Jayne, who says she never saw herself as a manicurist but as a massage therapist, held a variety of odd jobs throughout her teens and twenties, including a recent stint at an area salon. While there, she attended and completed the nail tech program at Fayetteville State and started doing manicures and pedicures instead of massages. She fell in love with it.
“I ended up really enjoying it and love what I do,” she said.
She didn’t however, like some things she saw.
“I didn’t agree with the way my bosses did sanitation, and I felt like clients were not getting what they paid for,” she explained. “I decided to open up my own place so that I can make sure clients are happy, healthy, and safe.”
The salon offers manicures and pedicures and is the home of the Build-Your-Own Manicure/Pedicure, which allows clients to customize their package with desires services.
“I want you to get the mani or pedi you want, not the mani or pedi I want you to get,” said Jayne.
Choices include services such as a paraffin wax, steam towels, a sugar scrub, collagen treatment, or moisturizing mask. In addition, gel polish, toe polish art, gel nails, and gift certificates are available. During the month of July, emergency personnel can receive $5 off services of $30 or more.
“We’re family friendly, too,” said Jayne, “so we have activities for children to do while mom and dad are getting services.”
Bladenboro residents were evidently pining for a place to be pampered, and, since opening on July 1, the shop has not been without patronage.
“It’s going (well),” Jayne said. “We’ve had a lot of community support. Last week was so busy that I had to turn people away, which I really hated doing.”
Things have been going so well so quickly, in fact, that Jayne said she is already looking for additional help — a state Board of Cosmetology licensed cosmetologist or nail tech.
“It can be full time or part time,” said Jayne. “I’m pretty flexible, but I’d love to have somebody licensed to wax.”
Interested persons may call Jayne at 910-633-2781 or may stop by the shop, located at 104 W. Elm Street.
CJ’s Nails is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Wednesdays, when the shop closes at 5 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or appointments may be made by calling the number above.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.