Molly Nagle opened Spruce Nail Shop in Over-the-Rhine in 2016 with a mission to use safe alternatives for its polishes and products used in its nail art, manicures and pedicures. The shop was shut down March 16 because of COVID-19 mandates and was reopened June 1. Cincy Today interviewed Molly about the changes in her workplace.

How’s business?


We have been operating at 50% capacity, so our books have been full most days, and we’re definitely still seeing demand from clients.

How have you adapted to the new coronavirus realities?

We were lucky enough to have two doors going into our space, so we turned one of those into an exit only and one of those into an entrance only. When clients come in, we require them to wear a mask, then we require them to sanitize their hands. A lot of our clients are on their phones a lot, so we sanitize their phones as well.

What other changes have you made?

We take the temperature of both the client and, when they come in for work each day, of our team members. We’ve added more buffer time to each appointment so our techs can properly disinfect the stations after every single appointment. We have sneeze guards at every manicure station. We went from having 10 manicure stations to having five, so were able to properly distance. We went from six pedicure stations to three pedicure stations. We’ve gone cashless, and we’re having our front-of-house coordinators disinfect all the touchpoints in the shop every hour.

What’s the future look like?


It’s had to look forward right now because we’re just surviving day to day.