Looking for outstanding nail art without the pressure of setting up an appointment weeks in advance? Alisa Becker has got you covered. Zoom Mani, located within Polaris mall, is a walk up location that has serious skills.
Zoom Mani may be accessible but that does not come with any less of the frills of a full-scale salon. The designs that leave Zoom are inspired, innovative and remarkably clever. We talked with founder, Alisa Becker to learn more!
What inspired you to launch Zoom Mani?
I’m constantly coming up with ideas and one happened to be a mani bar. I always loved manicures and nail art, but never knew where to go or how much it would cost. And an appointment? No way.
I spent my career in retail – my role was always to find items and trends that would be exciting for customers or things they didn’t know they needed. This seemed like a chasm in the industry. During a night out in Short North, I spotted the Pedal Wagon and thought ‘that should be a nail bar’ and Zoom Mani was born...sans the wheels of course. My vision for Zoom Mani was less about beauty and more about fashion. Manis should make you smile!
What things do you see happening next for Zoom Mani?
I’m working to build a strategic partnership to help guide Zoom Mani to its next stop. The vision should always be audacious and you just hope to get close.
If you were a nail design, what would you be?
My nail art is always The Simpsons. I’m invariably rotating characters based on customer favorites.
What is your favorite part of going to work everyday?
Any service business has the tremendous opportunity to connect with customers in a meaningful way. An employee once thanked me for giving her the opportunity to bring joy to people’s lives. Aside from
the personal impact, the creativity is compelling.
What are your thoughts on working with other local and small businesses?
I love connecting with other small business owners; it’s great to get a feel for headwinds, tailwinds, marketing successes and to spur innovative thinking.
Who are some of your favorite woman-owned Columbus companies?
The Kitchen. Jeni’s. Brownie Points. Tenfold. Sort & Pack. Eleventh Candle.
The higher profile companies – fashion, food, retail – are easier to identify but I’d love to learn more about women-owned businesses with lower visibility (tech, medical, authors, etc..).
Who is in your “Girl Gang” and/or who would you add to your dream Girl Gang?
When you start a business, you truly see who is supportive and the harsh truth is that it can be alienating and disappointing. My team keeps me motivated to create an inspiring, lighthearted environment. I always recommend creating your own board of directors.
Zoom is location in Polaris Fashion Place between Apple and Starbucks. They are walk-in only, if they are busy they will text you when they free up and you can shop while you wait!
Get some inspiration and check out special events that Zoom Mani has to offer on Instagram and Facebook or on their website.