FMU alumni nails success

Melanie Mitchell, Staff Writer

FMU alumnus Raye Davis is the owner of a new business in Florence County, V.I.P Spa and Nails. Located at 1001 S. Cashua Drive, V.I.P Spa and Nails provides cosmetic and therapeutic services.

Davis, who graduated in 2002 with a double major in accounting and finance , said he wanted the business to be a combination of his three favorite places – a lounge, bar, and spa.

“I wanted to have a bar style atmosphere for ladies to have parties,” he said. “If [customers] want to have a girl’s night out or wedding party or do something special, then this is the place to come.”

Davis began the project for V.I.P Spa and Nails in July 2012. By mid-October, the business was in operation.

To ensure effective customer service, Davis’ salon has game tables that provide clients with entertainment and those of legal age are served complimentary sangria while they await services. Other drinks, including non-alcoholic beverages, are also available.

In addition to manicure and pedicure stations, the salon also has spa and makeup departments. Davis said he will be hiring more make artists.  Although it is not yet operating, he is also seeking to hire trained professionals to work spa in the division.

Davis explained that the salon will be re-launching their signature pedicure called the “Strawberry and Chocolate Pedicure” in time for Valentine’s Day. The pedicure features a strawberry exfoliating scrub followed by a chocolate paraffin wax.  According to Davis, the salon will also offer service bundles, such as a manicure and pedicure package, at reduced rates in honor of the holiday.

Davis’ former instructor, Dr. Neil F. Riley, a professor of financial management and business administration, said Davis was an attentive student who worked to secure a promising future.

“Raye Davis was always a good student, and I’m not surprised he is successful,” Riley said. “He worked hard and came to class. He was always energetic, and I’m sure he is doing well.”

Davis said he believes patience and creativity is essential for business ownership and advises other FMU students to remain focused and encouraged as they navigate through their professional lives.

“Be creative. In the event that you are unsuccessful in finding your perfect fit, be patient,” he said. “If you are given an opportunity, do not turn it down because of money. I say, get as much experience as you can. Do not let the salary curb you from getting more education.”