By: Vanessa Tam
Celebrating a milestone of 50,000 followers on Instagram and a brand new studio in Mount Pleasant, Bee Lalli is on a wave with her grassroots nail and beauty business, Classy Claws.
With her flawless technique and one of a kind artwork, Lalli has built a loyal following of ladies who book their appointments weeks in advance to spend time with the Classy Claws family and get fly. “When I was 20, I was in university for accounting and business management. While my style has always been more on the tomboy/athletic side of the spectrum, I always had my nails done,” she explains taking about how she first started Classy Claws. “So one semester I decided to just pull out for a few months and get my nail technician license. That side hustle eventually put me through university and took me places that quite frankly, accounting never could. So in the end, I just went with it.”
Teaming up with local nail tech Little Myth and lash tech Bae Lashes, Lalli’s new studio feels like an oasis where anyone can go to treat themselves. “This isn’t our job, it’s our passion,” Lalli says. “At Classy Claws we don’t want you to think, ‘Ugh I have to get my nails done again.’ We want you to look forward to your next set like guys look forward to getting their fade and beard lined up. In between appointments we want you to be so excited for your next set that you have a roster of inspo screenshots saved in your phone.”
A quick glance at the Classy Claws Instagram will tell you all you need to know about Lalli’s one of a kind business. Every detailed brush stroke and Swarovski crystal placement is made with the utmost care and intention, because nothing this boss lady does is by accident. “Instagram has helped me build almost 80% of the relationships that I value in my life currently,” Lalli mentions. “I love small businesses and seeing every boss lady’s passion projects. Through Instagram I’ve been able to reach out to other ladies that I want to create brand and artist collaborations with to create a network of entrepreneurs that support each other and understand each others vision.”
When it comes to what’s next for the young entrepreneur, growth is something that’s always on her mind. “Over the next couple months I’m going to be working on building a team around my current team with Little Myth and Bae Lashes,” explains Lalli. “This current space is a place for growth and creation until I find a permanent location to make my headquarters. I also want to branch out into different areas of Canada (6 side I’m comin for ya), as well as teach and grow the culture of my brand across the country. We goin bi-coastal honey.”