La Bella Nails

Jessica Pham

Jessica Pham

La Bella Nails was opened in 2009 by Jessica Pham when she began leasing a space in the Crawford Square shopping center, minutes from the heart of downtown Savannah.

When the building that Ms. Pham was leasing came up for sale, she had the choice to shut down and relocate her business or purchase her current location. Jessica had acquired a longstanding and loyal customer base, and she knew that if she moved, she would face the challenge of rebuilding her clientele and would be unable to retain her staff. Ms. Pham chose to stay in her building.

She sought financing from her local bank, First Chatham Bank. They collaborated with SBAC to finance a portion of the deal and she was able to secure long-term financing on favorable term from both lenders. SBAC utilized the SSBCI loan program, and the partnership with the bank enabled Jessica to buy her building and begin building equity in her business. The results are the best kind of promotion— satisfied customers.

Since opening, La Bella Nails has grown to over $300,000 in annual sales with nine employees.

La Bella Nails offers a variety of personal care services including manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrow threading and placement of eyelash extensions. Jessica Pham provides a lush salon experience for newcomers and repeat customers alike.