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Bella Nails employees, specializing in manicures and pedicures, say they are already seeing repeat customers. Owner Maily Xaphakdy quietly opened the nail salon last month. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

New nail salon lets Cottage Grove couple ‘set down roots’

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When Laotian-born Maily Xaphakdy came to Cottage Grove to visit her cousin more than a decade ago, she never expected to emigrate to the United States or that she would be open her own nail salon.


However, Maily, known in her new salon as Mai, and her husband, Patrick, have taken on a business venture that lets Mai’s creative side flourish.

Bella Nails Salon & Spa is the newest establishment in Cottage Grove to provide manicures and pedicures.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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