Viet Voice

Victoria Nails & Spa

by Kimberly Pham | June 12, 2009 | Bookmark +

Orange, Calif. — Before we got to the quaint Southern California town of Orange, I didn’t know what to expect of Victoria Nails & Spa. I knew it was considered one of the “Best in Orange” according to Fox11, and I always wondered how businesses gained such honors. However, all of my curiosities were tossed out the window when we stepped inside.

Three things grabbed my attention upon entering the salon — the large rack hosting a wide selection of magazines, a well-stocked complimentary snack bar, and a rotating nail art display. We were greeted by co-owner Bobby Trinh, who, between client reservation calls through a Bluetooth headset, relays the service information via an intercom to nail techs who are waiting in the back room. The salon has two distinct atmospheres. The brighter, outer room welcomes chit chat and large groups while the inner room offers a more tranquil environment with soothing instrumental music and a Zen water fountain. After my service was transmitted to the back of the salon, nail techs Holly and Tracy lead us to the back room.

The most important thing for Trinh and his wife Trisha is customer service and focusing on their clients’ interests and well-being. To accommodate clients, various signs of courtesy adorn the walls. Bobby says, “the best way to monitor your nail techs is to have your clients do it for you.” To this end, he offers a free service for anyone whose nail tech “uses her cell phone during the service,” or is “chatting in Vietnamese during the service.” What I was hoping to be a pleasant conversation in Vietnamese turned out to be a pleasant conversation in English although almost forced on my end. Holly told me that, although it was difficult at first to speak English to techs and clients, she understands that it is more comfortable for clients, and it ultimately translates into better tips.

When asked why he goes out of his way with affordable prices and perks, Bobby says, “It is more costly to bring in new clients than to retain existing clients.” Every winter, Bobby hands out a survey to his clients and keeps up with their needs, building his salon around their comfort and satisfaction. Based on the survey, Bobby’s clients weren’t as concerned about the television as they were about magazines — so he ran out to the nearest bookstore and ordered an entire collection of women’s lifestyle magazines.

Salon owners Bobby Trinh and his wife Trisha understand that it’s the little things in life that really make a difference, and it’s this mindset that brings clients back for more.

The large rack of magazines is placed in the waiting area and is visible even before clients walk into the salon.

Clients have the option of sitting in large, comfortable sofa chairs in the outer room or at more traditional manicure tables in the back.

A variety of complimentary snacks and champagne are placed in the center of the outer room like a decor piece.

A small dish of complimentary treats and a selection of champagne, coffee, and tea awaited me at my spa chair.

Signs are seen throughout the salon as a means of courtesy on both the part of the client and nail tech.

A Zen water fountain in the corner of the inner room trickles water accompanying the instrumental music playing in the background.

NAILS Managing Editor Sree Roy and I take a photo with co-owner Bobby Trinh.

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