Gwinnett County

Salon owner overwhelmed with kind words after asking for prayers

DACULA, Ga. — A metro Atlanta business owner took to social media to ask for prayers from her customers as her salon struggles due to the pandemic.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen talked to Kristy Lam, who owns a nail salon in Dacula. Lam’s isn’t the only small business that is struggling, but she said that what she asked her customers for is the one thing she knows will help.

The note she posted on Facebook touched a lot of hearts.

“Dear neighbors, please continue to pray for us, so we can open our business again,” she wrote.

Lam has owned Royal Nail Lounge on Hamilton Creek Parkway in Dacula for nearly two years. Now, the business is on the ropes.


“It’s very hard, and so sad to see the small businesses having to shut down,” Lam said. “Even my own brother-in-law, he had to let go of his nail salon because he can’t make it through.”

Patricia Johnson read Lam’s message. She hadn’t been to the salon for quite awhile, but the plea for prayers stirred something inside.

“I think we need to start going out and not be afraid to start life again,” Johnson said. “Life cannot be stopped just because of a virus.”

Lam said she wants people to be safe, and they certainly go above and beyond at the salon. She said the online response to her note has been more than she could ask for.

“Your love and support is very important to us and much appreciated,” Lam said, adding that Johnson could use prayers, too. She owned a restaurant that was forced to close because of the pandemic.