03 Nov 2011
- Written by Carlee McCullough
Carlee McCullough, Esq: Tell us about yourself.
Felicia Scarpati-Lomax: Originally from New York, I have been a licensed manicurist for over 12 years. I try to go home as much as I can. This spring, I will be working New York’s Fashion Week with Bernadette Thompson. She is a fashion manicurist with her own line of polish. Currently, I am the only salon in Memphis carrying it. I moved to Memphis about 16 years ago because Memphis is a city with a lot of potential. I want to be here to see it grow into a major city. My son, Tre’, is a native son of Memphis and this is his home.
CM: What led to your decision to open your own salon?
CM: What services do you offer at The Polish Bottle?
FSL: We are a full service nail and skin salon. No artificial nails. We offer the Shellac or “Gel-manicure” that lasts 14 days, as well as deep cleansing facials and micro-dermabrasion for the deeper treatment.
CM: What services would you recommend to the busy professional and why?
FSL: My motto is “No style is complete without well manicured hands and feet.” Nothing looks worse to me then a woman in a fabulous suit, beautiful shoes and her nail polish is chipped or hands are not manicured at all. The same goes for the feet. If you can’t get into a salon use Vaseline on your feet and wear socks to bed. Keep cuticle oil on your fingers. Your skin should be blemish free and the best way to keep that under control is with a good facial and the occasional micro-dermabrasion treatment.
CM: What is the significance of manicured nails in a professional environment?
FSL: It says that you have a certain style. Clean and sheer colors tend to serve best in a corporate environment.
CM: Describe the diversity of your clientele?
FSL: My client base is diverse from one end of the spectrum to the other, which includes attorneys, nurses, doctors, teachers, students, politicians and housewives.
CM: Generally, what would you like people to know about The Polish Bottle?
FSL: A wonderful group of women work here. Eunice has been a manicurist for 15 years and she is a great at what she does. Lisa is a licensed manicurist, aesthetician, and massage therapist. Akila is a licensed aesthetician and manicurist too. Everyone here is well trained and understands that it’s all about the clients needs.
CM: As a female business owner, what advice do you have for young women that are in or are looking to be a business owner in the health and beauty industry?
FSL: First get licensed. Then you have to understand that this industry is always growing and changing. Continued education is a must in this industry. I have a college degree in business and it does help. If you don’t want to go college and complete a four-year degree, at least take a few courses in marketing or public relations.
CM: What is your business philosophy?
FSL: Have a passion for what you do and be the best at it.
CM: What is your greatest business achievement?
FSL: That is still a work in progress. But I can say I was 27 the first time I stepped out on faith and opened my own business.
CM: How do you balance your business life with family life?
FSL: I have a great husband (Stanley Lomax). When you have a partner you can work with as a team, it makes life a lot easier.
CM: What’s next for Felicia Scarpati-Lomax?
FSL: A sister store in Nashville.
CM: Any closing words?
FSL: Follow us on Facebook. Please come by and check us out. The beauty of our Cooper-Young location at 2163 Young Avenue is you can start out getting pampered with us and enjoy a girl’s night out at one of the fabulous restaurants in our neighborhood!