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Shop Talk: American Nails AVL

Chevelle and Thang Chu. Photo by Tim Barnwell

Born in Vietnam, Thang Chu moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was nine years old. “My parents started a nail business in California,” he says. “When I was 13, we moved to Asheville and brought the family business with us.”

Thang took over his parents’ nail salon three years ago. “I love my job because I know our clients by first name,” he says. “I grew up watching my parents run the business, and I now know it so well. I love listening to our clients’ needs and recommending services, but I also love that I have a lot of freedom,” Thang says. “I can travel, control my schedule and take the time to really enjoy serving other people and making them happy, which is my real intent.”

American Nails AVL is located at 1341 Parkwood Road, Suite 104, in West Asheville. Learn more and book appointments online at

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