DC eBay StartUp Cup 2018 Winner Jhavon Smith-Kashif is currently changing the nail industry with her luxe and elegant nail salon in Ward 7, home to green spaces such as Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Anacostia River Park in Washington, DC.

Nailbed & Bar is the “natural nail care destination of choice. A luxury nail salon in South East, Washington DC. A place where beauty and luxury coexist” shares Jhavon. This nail salon aims to contribute to the revitalization of retail and personal beauty options and provide residents east of the river with a service that doesn’t currently exist in the proposed setting. When stepping into Jhavon’s salon, you instantly become transported to a luxury oasis. From salon’s stylish matte pink exterior, friendly front desk, to the minimalist and modern furnishings, burning candles and plush velvet pillows, Jhavon aims to provide an experience that is like no other.

The path to starting your own business isn’t always smooth—just ask Jhavon. Even the most successful businesses—small, medium, and large alike—went through their share of challenges. Jhavon reveals that those considering competing in a StartUp Cup Challenge to “go for it! Focus on the process, paying close attention to the nuggets shared from every coach or mentor. Find comfort in the critique. The end of the competition is the reward, but the process has more value.”

The StartUp Cup Challenge is a powerful business model competition open to any type of business idea, Jhavon shares “with all the grant programs and pitch competitions in the city, I’ve found a great majority cater to tech startups and/or community services. Overall what attracted me to participate was the assistance in further developing and testing my business model.” Business builders who compete in the StartUp Cup are rewarded for turning their idea into a viable business, taking an existing business to the next level, going to market quickly, generating revenue, building a team, and modifying their business model as they learn what drives customers and revenue.

NailBed & Bar’s mission is to contribute to the revitalization of retail and personal beauty options in ward 7, providing residents east of the river with a service that doesn’t currently exist.  Nailbed & Bar is an alluring and lush space that offers indulgence in modern conveniences. They’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing a technician, ensuring you receive the same level of service from all of our trained professionals. Make your booking now!