The "Smokies Nail RETREAT" was created as an all female, 3 night educational getaway for LICENSED BEAUTY PROS CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY!


The RETREAT in May is a different educational experience than the Smokies Nail Show in July.


Our BIG privately-owned, luxury log cabin is located in Pigeon Forge, TN only a few miles from Dollywood. Opportunity for techs to purchase nail art kits in advance from the Educators to avoid transporting nail supplies.


3 nights lodging & all classes are included in your bed price; price is determined by bed type (King, Queen Futon or Queen Bunk Bed). The number of roommates you'll have is based on the type of bed you reserve. 


May 7th - 10th, 2023 

The entire educational focus will be on "The Business of Nail Art".

Our objective is to help nail techs learn how to build onto layered nail art techniques, how to charge properly so techs aren't losing money & how to photograph their art to create captivating social media posts.


*reservation paid in full via a secure Square invoice with a 7 day due date

**all techs must stay on premises to observe or participate in classes


Please send a clear photo of your pro beauty license to receive details on bed prices, class schedule & floor plans of available beds with roommates:


*be profitable in business

*NAIL ART techniques from simple to layered

*solve service problems

*handle difficult clients

*correctly price nail art

*raise your prices

*earn more money

*display nail art

*photograph your nail art

*promote your biz on social media channels

Scan the QR code to join our private Smokies Facebook Group where current updates are posted!


*2 big outdoor hot tubs

*a bottom floor indoor pool

*home movie theatre for 25

*game & arcade room

*shared bedrooms & baths

*all bedrooms w/fridge, microwave & coffee pot

*bunk beds w/steps

*huge dining room for classes

*free Attraction passes

*decks overlooking the Great Smoky Mtns.


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 14+ MILLION people a year visit Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which unlike other large National Parks is still FREE to explore!

2008 - Jana Gaddis, me & Tonya Marsh
2008 - Lynn Bush, Jean Ann T. & Robin R. w:Vicki P

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 the following year due to high demand.

After outgrowing 2 hotel venues in 4 years, we moved into the Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC trade show in 2012.


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.

2022 Kokoist class

Thanks to the great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike, we have grown to 700+ attending nail techs200+ educators & 60+ nail companies all demoing & selling wholesale hand, foot & boutique salon products in the gorgeous "Mills Auditorium" (aka the main show floor) at the Gatlinburg TN Convention Center.

For 2019 we created the "Extended Workshops" which are held on Friday to provide techs the opportunity to EXTEND their show weekend by arriving earlier for an extra day of hands-on education.


ALL Extended Workshops are held onsite at the GCC (no offsite classes)!

CLICK HERE for the Workshops page

2022 Erica's class
2021 Marisa, Marty & Billie

"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.

NEW for 2022 was the freshly created Ballroom space known as the "Mills 1 & 2" (connected to the Mills Auditorium main show floor) which allowed 12 more Booths for new companies, PLUS space for our distinguished Sponsors, too.


Our Platinum Sponsor was Light Elegance who graciously provided our 15th year birthday celebration with chocolate & vanilla cake featuring ButterCream glitter icing along with Champagne punch, all complimentary during the show!


Mia Secret was our Gold SponsorGehwol Foot Care was our Silver Sponsor. Both provided product samples for attending techs along with a special Prize drawing, too.

2022 LE cake

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

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