Yosmy Lezcano saw her dream come true last week.
A native of Cuba, she opened a new business that highlights her passion — Yosmy’s Nail Salon — in downtown Mount Olive.
“It’s what I like to do and opening a salon was one of my dreams,” Lezcano said through an interpreter. “That’s one thing I wanted to accomplish in life.”
At first, Lezcano seemed hesitant.
She wasn’t sure a business venture was the right move since North Carolina remains in an economic limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last May, Gov. Roy Cooper allowed nail salons to reopen in Phase 2.
When a friend informed her that a building was available and appeared to be a prime location, Lezcano remained skeptical.
“I was scared,” she said.
After a little soul searching, she decided to gamble.
Lezcano and her husband, Antmay Cala, inspected the potential building — the old Mount Olive Tribune office at 214 N. Center St. The two realized they faced a tough renovation, but summoned the help of family and friends to breathe life into her aspirations.
Six months later, she owns her own business.
“I was afraid of choosing this place,” said Lezcano, who received her Nail Technician Certification from Lenoir Community College in 2019.
“At the last minute, I made the decision because it was a chance to open my own salon. It took a lot of work … everybody put a little bit into it.”
Lezcano offers manicures and pedicures, acrylic nails, polish and nail designs.
The shop follows COVID-19 protocols. Plexiglass hangs from the ceiling to protect the nail technicians and customers. Face coverings must be worn at all times.
Clients are asked to make an appointment.