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Alex Phan says he is discovering the American dream in Madison. He recently opened A-L Nails and Spa on County Line Road in Madison.
“As a small business owner, we are living that dream and striving to offer the best service we can provide,” Phan said.
A-L Nails is a full service nails salon and spa that specializes in pedicures.
A former aviation engineer, Phan found himself the victim of cutbacks and was laid-off. “My family has been in the nail business for many years, so one day my cousin asked a simple question. “Why not give us a try?”
“When I got into it, I just feel in love with it,” he said.
Phan started out with the same mentality that helped him become an engineer. “Knowledge is power,” he said. “So, I sought out a top school to learn the business and gained experience.”
Now Phan has opened his own business with that same goal – to be the best, so that he can offer the best. He is also bringing a lot of experience with him, being involved in the business for nearly 13 years. Phan has managed salons in Ohio and New York before coming to Madison.
Phan and his wife moved to Madison to be closer to her family. It’s a move he has not regretted.
“I am excited about what I can bring to Madison,” Phan said. “I can’t think no better way to take care of the ladies and gentlemen that work so hard than to provide quality service. It’s a comfort for me to know we are offering the best service we can in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere.”
“I believe in buying what we think is the best quality products. So, when a person comes in to get a pedicure, we can offer four different types,” Phan said. “It’s like getting a facial on your legs.”
The combination of relaxation, experience, better products and a very clean area has garnered many raves already for the new salon. Even the sounds and smells are designed to promote comfort and relaxation.
“We want each client who comes here to feel like this is home,” Phan said.
A-L Nails and Spa specializes in tip overlays. “We have had a lot of experience with this in places like New York City and there is no other way to do it than the right way. There is just no comparison,” said Phan.
They also offer solar, gel acrylic, fill-ins, hand design and shellac.
Not only do they have something for men and women, but they also cater to children as well.
“If a parent wants to bring the kids with them, we have services and a special chair for the children too,” said Phan.
The chair Phan is referring to is also a massage chair and has a dvd player so kids can bring in their own movies to watch while there.
“Our quality, experience and family atmosphere is our edge over others,” said Phan.
Phan also draws from the lessons he has learned from being raised in a military family. A Vietnamese, his father served the United States in intelligence gathering during the Vietnam War and was a POW.
“There is only one way to do things — the right way,” said Phan.
A-L Nails and Spa is located at 10871 County Line Road in Madison (next to Stem and Stein). They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 256-772-7787.