ABOUT US/SMOKIES NAIL RETREAT
The idea began in 2007 to bring affordable nail education to our overlooked area of the South & the resort town of Gatlinburg, TN was chosen since its within driving distance of 22 surrounding states.
Gatlinburg is a fun family vacation destination within a day’s drive for over 50% of the entire USA population living east of the Mississippi.
Over 12.5 million people a year visit Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which unlike other large National Parks is still FREE to explore!
Our humble beginnings started in 2008 as a small nail tech networking event held in a hotel ballroom.
We met our goal of 50 nail techs attending & 6 educators demoing on tables with nail icon Vicki Peters as the guest speaker.
Within 3 years we'd become the largest nail tech networking event in the USA!
In 2010 we developed the concept of holding Monday Workshops the day after the show, with Saturday Workshops added later by demand.
After outgrowing 2 venues within 4 years, in 2012 we moved into the Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC trade show.
Thanks to the great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike, we have grown to 700+ attending nail techs, 200+ educators & 50+ nail companies all selling wholesale hand, foot & boutique salon products.
We are the only USA Nail Show that's solely open to licensed nail techs & is NOT open to the general public, "influencers" nor other non-licensed nail lovers.
For 2019 we created the "Extended Workshops" which were held offsite on Friday by show-approved participating nail companies. This provides techs with another reason to arrive a few days early for education & to enjoy the Smokies area.
NEW for 2022: ALL Extended Workshops will be held onsite at the GCC!
"THE EVENT TEAM" changes yearly & is comprised of friends & family using their own vacation time volunteering to help run this grassroots show on a shoestring budget while operating with NO DEBT.
Learning as we went, each year I cash-flowed expenses by rolling over profits saved from prior years to insure show stability. After 34yrs now I only do nails part time in my private studio while I work online year-around to grow the Smokies Nail Show.
Behind the scenes there's a TON of work that you don't see & I thank you for all your support.
We are proof that anything's possible when the nail world pulls together for the good of us all & you're welcome to join us as we create "nail tech pride".... one tech at a time!
Jill Wright, Event Coordinator & Nail Tech
SMOKIES NAIL RETREAT
NEWLY created in 2021 was an all female, 3 night educational tax write-off getaway for actively working licensed nail techs at a private Lodge in Pigeon Forge, TN!
All classes are included with techs lodging; roommates share a bedroom & bathrooms.
Lodging + education + creating friendships is 1 inclusive price paid via secure Square invoice.
This big log cabin Lodge has an indoor pool, 2 hot tubs, home movie theatre & game room, plus attached conference center for nail/business classes.