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Prioritizing beauty at OHHH, MY NAILS! CO.

Introducing OHHH, MY NAILS! CO., opened in 2017 to offer hand and foot care services without compare.

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The business – OHHH, MY NAILS! CO. – was established in 2017, pre-Covid-19.

“We chose the field of beauty and wellness because we want to provide a place where anyone can spend some ‘me’ time, take a break from his/her busy schedule, be pampered and feel at home with the cozy atmosphere,” said Patrick King Pascual, one of the two co-owners of the biz.

“We wanted to respond to the demand/what is lacking in the health and wellness industry,” added Jaycee Ryan Tolentino. “When you go around Manila, there are only a few establishments that focus on hand and foot care, particularly nails. In the area where our shop is located, when we started, there was no establishment that focused on hand, foot and nail care.”

It helps, of course, that – according to Jaycee – they also wanted to “establish something for ourselves, to be our own boss” even if being such can be challenging. In Patrick’s words: “Being our own boss is not easy, you are on call 24/7. There are no day-offs or leaves.”

“You need to give your 101% to make sure that everything remains floating. You need to be fully dedicated. It is like raising a child, you need to guide him/her in every step of the way until you are confident he/she can be independent and successful,” Jaycee said.

But there’s also that drive because of “our employees. Next to gaining profit, we want to provide employment to different people in our own little way,” added Patrick.

GOING INTO BUSINESS

Before they started OHHH, MY NAILS! CO., “it did not occur to us that we will be starting our own business,” Jaycee said.

Just like most people who have day jobs, the co-owners were content with being salaried employees (“The usual every 15th and 30th pay”) since they had their own savings and they were able to do the things they wanted.

“But as years passed, we realized that there should be ‘more’; our priorities slowly changed. We started valuing delayed gratification,” Jaycee said.

Jaycee – who finished Hotel and Restaurant Management – said he was “exposed to different businesses and entrepreneurs, where I learned the ins and outs of how a business can grow and remain sustainable.”

It helped that Patrick – a journalist – “was exposed to the marketing side of things – like what will sell or not, how to present a product or service, those kinds of things.”

“Value your clients regardless of who they are, what their life status is. Give them the same quality of service,” Jaycee Ryan Tolentino said.

FACING CHALLENGES

“During the early months of planning, one challenge we experienced was creating a name and forming a reputation in the area where our business is located,” Patrick recalled. “We wanted OHHH, MY NAILS! to be unique and distinct.”

Another challenge experienced was hiring and training employees.

“We do not just employ people just because they have the required skills; we also look at how they interact with clients, handle pressure, and the overall quality of their work,” Jaycee said.

But these challenges were also learning experiences for them.

For instance, “when choosing services that will fit the needs of the clients, what we learned through… is a business should not immediately introduce a new product or service without doing a feasibility check,” Jaycee said.

Good marketing strategy helps, of course.

GOOD VENTURE

OHHH, MY NAILS! CO. already reached ROI.

“Before we opened our shop we created a timeline – that within two years, we should have ROI. We believe that in any type of business – micro, small, or medium – you should have a semblance of ROI within the first two years, because if you do not, your profit will be eaten up by your expenses. This is one of the most important reasons why you need to have a feasibility study and strategic planning before starting something,” Jaycee said.

For Patrick: “Any type of business can be profitable, especially if you know how to handle it and make strategies to stand out. Health and wellness is a very competitive industry, as years passed OHHH, MY NAILS! CO. somehow learned (and continuously learning until now) what the market wants – what we should focus on and consider.”

And because of this, “with utmost patience and attention to the market demands, OHHH, MY NAILS! is able to meet the needs of the clients,” Jaycee said.

OHHH, MY NAILS! CO., of course, takes pride in offering “quality service, relaxing ambience, affordability and class.”

And should you head there, try the bestsellers – i.e. packages and combos, where three to four services are already included. “It will be cheaper for the clients if they will avail these,” Patrick said.

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For people who may want to also open their business, what tips can the founders of OHHH, MY NAILS! CO. give?

“Value your clients regardless of who they are, what their life status is. Give them the same quality of service,” Jaycee said.

As for the employees, “treat them like family. Guide them and not police them. Give them a thousand reasons to go to work not because they need to earn but the idea of having a responsibility to their company.”

For Patrick: “Always be thankful and grateful to all the blessings and opportunities, big or small, that will come your way. Keep in mind that your business is not only to earn profit, but also to help other people.”

In the end, “love and enjoy what you are doing because it will reflect on the quality of service you will render to the clients. And lastly, always be prepared for anything,” said Jaycee.

For more information on OHHH, MY NAILS! CO., visit their Facebook page; or call (02) 8253-6466 and 0917-8078871. Find them at Waze at https://tinyurl.com/y4anrfp8.

Or simply head to OHHH, MY NAILS! CO.

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Making DIY packaging unique via ‘Put It In Paper’

It was around August 2017 when Gem Zapanta established “Put It In Paper”, with a start-up capital of PhP5,000. It was an easy decision to make, since Gem was the “go-to person for stationery and DIY (for) my peers.”

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It was around August 2017 when Gem Zapanta established “Put It In Paper”, with a start-up capital of PhP5,000. It was an easy decision to make, since Gem was the “go-to person for stationery and DIY (for) my peers,” she said, adding that “I had too much stationery so I started selling those I didn’t use.”

But now a successful business, “Put It In Paper” tries to be unique, according to Gem. And this uniqueness is what sets it apart from others.

“I create value and experience for my clients,” she said, adding that with “Put It In Paper”, a client does not “just buy stationeries or have your invitation or wax seal made. Instead, I involve the clients in the process. thereby making it a unique experience for each and every item/parcel/project.”

Gem added that with “Put It In Paper”, what’s produced is “made specifically for you.”

Curious to try some of the offerings of “Put It In Paper”” Must-grab are the customized wax seal stamps, selling from PhP1,200.

But there’s more, so head to Instagram: @putitinpaper (https://www.instagram.com/putitinpaper/).

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Attention to detail as an edge for The Holy Crab PH

Lia Monica H. Chua established The Holy Crab PH in October 2018 with a starting capital of PhP50,000. ROI was attained in just a few months.

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Lia Monica H. Chua established The Holy Crab PH (with a business partner; who happens to be her mentor) in October 2018 with a starting capital of PhP50,000.

“There’s no big difference in terms of flavors or the cooking style we do in preparing our seafood versus others, since our bestselling platters can also be prepared from (other locations),” Lia admitted. But still, “what sets us apart is our attention to detail, receptive customer service and how we value customer feedback.”

These approaches have been helping define The Holy Crab PH.

To start, “I can say with certainty that our products are prepared in the most meticulous way possible, as we value consistency in the quality of our products… We (also) take great pride in the cleanliness and quality of our products. Similarly, all ingredients that do not pass are immediately withdrawn from the preparation line, and these are not to be served to our customers.”

Secondly, The Holy Crab PH takes pride in its customer service, including “how you engage with the customer, how fast you reply and how you address their concerns. We go by the statement that ‘customer is king’. We treat our customers as a part of our business, and we make sure to treat them with respect and to address their concerns and inquiries in a timely manner.”

And thirdly, The Holy Crab PH focuses on customer feedback. “Feedback from customers are the best indicator on which aspects you are strong in, and which you need to further improve on. In The Holy Crab PH, we make it a point to understand the customer’s experience with our service and product. You can never avoid criticism, but it is essential you learn from them.”

These are the reasons, too, why The Holy Crab PH was able to get ROI after operating for just a few month.

Curious to check the bestsellers?

Try the Crabs and Shrimps Platter in the signature butter garlic flavor. A tray costs PhP1,399, and this contains a kilo of crabs and 400 grams of shrimps.

Must-try, too, is the Baked Salmon topped in creamy cheese sauce. Regular size good for four to five people costs PhP1,499, while the party size good for eight to 10 people costs PhP2,399.

And yes, there’s the Surf n’ Turf rib party platter, which includes a combination of crabs, shrimps and the American back ribs. Prices range from PhP2,999 to PhP3,999 depending on the size.

For more information about The Holy Crab PH, head to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/theholycrabph) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/theholycrabph/); or email holycrabph2018@gmail.com.

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Must-try offerings of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner

Try the offerings of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner not just for a cause but also because they’re really yummy.

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Eight years ago, Lordei Camille Anjuli, then a fourth-year UP Diliman B.S Political Science student and active student leader, was robbed, stabbed seven times in the left side of her head with an ice pick and beaten in the face with a metal object.

The most fatal stab wound pierced through from the left to the right side of her brain (just like “na-barbecue”); likewise, a skull bone fragment of one centimeter in size got embedded in her brain. Moreover, the beating before the deadly stabbing fractured both of Lordei’s sinuses and nose bridge.

Lordei survived as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) victim. But the double brain injuries impaired Lordei’s memory, speech, cognitive and motor skills.

To engage in a productive activity as part of her therapy based on the advice of her doctor, Lordei started baking.

This gave birth to Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner.

“The business is also a way to help her augment the cost of her continued medication and therapies,” said Connie Hina, Lordei’s mom. “As a single mother, I am the sole breadwinner for my daughter.”

MUST-TRY GOODIES

What makes Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner’s offerings different from others in the market is “that we always take pride in our use of high quality ingredients and a blend of different spices and herbs. Meaning, our products are not so sweet as compared to those available commercially.”

For example, for carrot cake, one can taste more of the carrot than the flour. Same with banana and apple cinnamon loaves.

“It is also baked with love and passion as we want our supporters and patrons not just to feel satisfied and get back their money’s worth, but it can create unique taste memories for them and those others who have tasted; for them to remember the taste of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner,” Connie said.

These approaches have been working.

“So far, we received very positive and highly favorable reviews. Common comments are ‘hindi tinipid ang ingredients at mas masarap kaysa other commercially available ones’. There have been comments also that our products are like those being served in five star hotels,” Connie smiled.

The goods are sought after, in fact, that “we thought we will only be delivering here in Metro Manila, but our baked goods have reached as far as Norther Samar, Laguna and Rizal. We also have repeat customers and supporters who are from abroad, e.g. Malta, Iraq, Laos, Sweden, Australia, etc. who ordered online to be delivered to their families here in Metro Maniola as a surprise and gesture that they care. We also get orders from other provinces like Leyte and North Cotabato to be delivered for friends and relatives here in Metro Manila.”

GRAB THEM NOW

What are the bestsellers?

For cakes, try the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and triple dark chocolate cake with peppermint mousse (PhP 950 and PhP900 per piece, respectively).

For the loaves, try the banana loaf and apple cinnamon (PhP300 and PhP350 per piece, respectively).

For the cookies, definitely try the chocolate crinkles (PhP235 per dozen).

The prices exclude the delivery fee, which is paid by those who ordered.

That these goods should be tried is a given.

To support Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner, head to Facebook; email lordeiwbc@gmail.com; or call/text 09566090363.

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