Local beauty academy overcomes pandemic adversity and opens soon
Nancy Davis, owner of Amenti Beauty Academy, saw the need for a particular business and began to put her plan into action when the pandemic began.
ODESSA, Texas – Starting a business during the pandemic is no easy task. However, that’s exactly what Nancy Davis, owner of Amenti Beauty Academy, decided to do.
Davis saw a need, worked to create a business plan, and the Odessa Business Challenge was a big help in putting his plan into motion.
However, starting the business was difficult.
“It’s just late, after delay, after delay,” Davis said.
It did nothing to deter her.
“It was really hard to start with the station, that’s when it all came in with China, so my whole station wouldn’t come,” Davis said. “I had to take a whole new route. So these are not the original stations I had planned.”
Davis wanted to start a school of cosmetology and never lost sight of that goal.
“There hasn’t really been a private beauty school in Odessa for a long time,” Davis said. “I really don’t know how long, but it’s been a long time. The next private school is in Lubbock and I always thought we had to give people the choice.”
In 2020, Davis brought his idea of a beauty academy to the Odessa Business Challenge.
“So we started as soon as COVID hit, and we had to go online and we built our business plan and found our location,” Davis said. “And in June 2020, I found out that I was one of the last eight. I got to present my idea to the judges, and they were blown away by my idea, maybe by me I don’t know, but they decided it was a good thing to have in Odessa. “
Despite the good idea, its implementation proved difficult during the pandemic.
“My contractors caught COVID, so the building took a very long time,” Davis said. “It’s just one thing after another, and then according to the city inspection, it was delays, delays, delays. That’s why it all took a year and a half.”
A little courage and a lot of perseverance. The Amenti Beauty Academy is expected to open to the public next month.