meet the team
Molly, Owner and Nail Tech.
Molly Reckman Nagle founded Spruce Nail Shop in 2015. Molly comes from an art background, and ever since she was little she was the resident nail tech for her group of friends. After college, Molly went on to be an art teacher with Chicago Public Schools and Cincinnati Public Schools. She loved teaching, but after five years she was ready for a change. Molly had always been creating side businesses, and she knew when she moved back to Cincinnati she wanted to create her own. She wanted to bring a nail shop to Cincinnati that felt more like an art studio where artists create works of art on tiny canvases. When she started researching salon environments she came across a New York Times expose called “The Price of Nice Nails” - this article made Spruce what it is today. The article blew the lid off the typical $10 manicure, and exposed the terrible working conditions and worker exploitation that has been happening for far too long. Spruce was founded on GOOD. CLEAN. FUN., we put the health and safety of our staff and clients first, while also creating a warm, welcoming, and creative environment. After years of working to grow Spruce, Molly is also currently growing a tiny human, due this January! She and her husband Jason are so excited.
Andrea, Director of On-Boarding and Abstract Artist.
Andrea is known for her marbling magic-- if you want a swirled mix of colors or a geometric design on your nails, she is the go-to for all things abstract. Whether she's educating clients and staff on nail and skin health, celebrating life's moments with guests, or just grinning at you when you walk in the door, Andrea will always make you feel better and your day feel brighter.
Mollie K excels at painting objects on nails, especially fruit, flowers, or tiny animals. She leads our nail art classes to our techs, helping them to develop their craft and fulfill the dreams of our clients. Mollie K loves cats, candy, and karaoke. If Mollie wasn't at Spruce, she'd be on Broadway. When clients have a movie or TV show recommendation, she wants to hear about it!
Jess exudes a calm atmosphere, unless there's a dog around to get her all excited. She will help you achieve your goals, whether it's finding ways to keep your nails nourished or calm down inflamed and acne-prone skin. Jess's style is fresh and minimal, and you'll love the dainty nail art she can create while she chats with you about local shops, restaurants, and her dogs.
Looking for a good color palette? Shannon is great at picking out an ombre arrangement or matching polishes to your favorite painting. Outside of Spruce, Shannon manages an Etsy shop for her crocheted creations and spends loads of time with her two rescue pups.
Heleena is the ultimate fangirl. She loves sharing her passions with everyone, and she's excited about Cincinnati, healthcare, equality, manicures, and helping people feel their best! She wants to know what gets you pumped up too. Every time she steps into Spruce, Heleena feels invigorated, empowered, and happy, and it's her goal to help you feel the same whenever you're getting a service with her.
It's Lauren's mission to utilize her decade of experience in skincare to help clients achieve results with their skin by helping them establish a skincare routine with great practices and products. Lauren knows how important releasing tension during a service can be, so the massage for a facial, manicure, or pedicure is something she focuses on. She loves connecting with clients-- she will talk with anybody about anything!
Sara is an esthetician with over 18 years experience and she absolutely LOVES what she does. She will customize the perfect service for you whether you want to remedy your skin, remove unwanted hair, enhance your appearance, relax, or all of the above! Her expertise with facials, waxing, and tinting will help you develop a routine that suits your lifestyle.
Sara recently relocated to Cincinnati from Los Angeles. When she's not at work, she is snuggling her two babies and trying to find an adventure with her fiancé . You may also find her picking up discarded furniture on the side of the street to vamp up and refinish.
Toya is the sweetheart of the shop. You can have a lil chat about travel and your family, or you can relax while Toya uses her magical hands to give you a massage that will put your feet at ease.
Just play "Pony" by Ginuwine. Agnes is probably the one replying to your emails and scheduling your bridal party. She's organized, the model of customer service, and often stars in one-woman shows for her family's musical karaoke parties. Agnes usually has the "Baby Bottle Pop" song stuck in her head.
Most of Mandy's work is behind the scenes. She's the shop's librarian and personal assistant, but you'll also find her answering the phone and working the front desk. If you bring a book to read during your service, she's probably going to ask you about it.