Despite living in hometowns close to each other in Cambodia, Leakhena (Hannah) Dith and Sinat Nhoel didn’t meet until their paths crossed in an English class at ACTC, when the two met and instantly connected. The two have opened Happy Nails salon together last month on 15th Street.
“We were just like ‘why don’t we just go [in business] together’ and we decided to come back to Ashland together and open this one,” said Dith.
Dith moved to the United States from Cambodia at 26. She had to relearn everything and, without family, she said it is good to have friends who help each other.
One of the hardest aspects of diving into a new culture was the language barrier. However, they both agreed that their work in previous salons helped bridge the gap. It also helped them get to know other people.