That isn't quite the case. Cunningham said she has always enjoyed
retail and has a background in direct sales, and this looked like
the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.
She said she always
drove by the tanning salon, which had a sign that it was closing
July 16, and she was intrigued by the possibility of buying it. On
July 17, she called the former owner and a deal was made making
Nancy the newest business owner in Lincoln.
She has a business degree from Eastern Illinois University, is
married to Michael, and the couple have two grown sons, Andrew and
A Lincolnite who was born and raised in Minnesota, Nancy said she
mulled calling her business the Lakes but didn't think area
residents would relate to that name.
Instead she used the name Beaches and has painted a beach scene
on the floor on the tanning bed side of her business.
Nancy said everything is a bit hectic as she still works on
finishing the displays in her boutique area. She attributes the
finished product to the help of a lot of friends and family coming
in every day after work, helping her clean and paint for her Aug. 1
opening of the tanning salon.
Nancy said the boutique at her business will feature wares from
local craftspeople. Jewelry, purses, crafts and woodworking items
are among the merchandise she intends to sell.
The salon section has four beds and one standup bed for tanning.
She intends to offer a special promotion at her official grand
opening on Aug. 20. Visitors will be able to purchase 100 minutes of
tanning for $18 or three months of unlimited minutes for $99.
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The boutique items also will all be out and priced to sell. And
Lincoln author Anne Eldridge will be on hand to sign copies of her
new book release.
Nancy is a high-energy person and she will have to be. She
intends to run the business full time while still maintaining her
regular full-time job. She is a consultant for the National
Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. At that
job she works 5 a.m. till 1 p.m. during the week. She then will come
in and open the business from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8
a.m. till 4 p.m. She said Beaches will be closed on Fridays and
Sundays, "so I will have time to clean the house."
The business is at 531 Woodlawn Road, next to Chopsticks.
Nancy invites everyone to stop in and see her new store,
especially on Saturday.