BETSY LAYNE, Ky (WYMT) - From drug addict to business owner, Alicia Taylor refuses to let her past stand in the way of her future.
Taylor of Betsy Layne in Floyd County opened her own nail salon Nailz Did Toez Done in March of this year. A former drug addict, Taylor tells WYMT she is no stranger to addiction.
"I do not hide it that I am a recovering addict. I will let people know because you never know when that can help somebody," said Taylor.
More than a year since getting sober, Taylor said she replaced her addiction to drugs with a healthier one after discovering a hidden talent for doing nails.
"I push myself and I am addicted. I am here seven days a week, 15 hours a day, every day. I will come back at ten o'clock at night if someone wants their nails done. I will come back because I love it," said Taylor.
She tells WYMT she hit rock bottom in 2012 and decided she was done being an addict. Since then, she has gone back to school in an attempt to get her life back together. Taylor is even in the process of adding a hair stylist to her business.
"You cannot do it for your mother, your father or your kids. You cannot do it for them because it will not work. I know from several years of trying. You have to do it from within you," said Taylor.
Now with each stroke of polish, she hopes to leave a lasting impact on each customer.
"It comes from my heart when I do it. It is not just come in here, sit down, let me get you done, then go. No, I take my time and make sure it looks great before I let them leave," said Taylor.
She hopes within five years to open a salon with several hair stylists and nail technicians.
But Taylor said no matter how far his business goes, her message remains the same: inspiring others to chase their dreams.
"When I am doing their nails and they tell me do what you want, I love that because then I can take it to that next level and do something that is straight from my head and not a picture. Then they are walking out of here with a symbol of me on their hand and representing me," said Taylor.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at the salon or learn more about how you can help Taylor, you can call the salon at 606-478-8639. You can also visit the store's Facebook page, which you can find a link to below.