Don’t Be Shellfish, Did the Rotary Confuschia? and Show Me Your Mussels! These clever Cape-inspired names are among 26 nail polish colors developed by Sandwich resident Sarah Mason, founder and owner of Cape Cod Nail Company. “I keep a notebook and write down names when I think of them,” says Mason. “Naming the polish is so fun.” But quirky and unique polish names are only one side of the business. A few years ago, Mason noticed a need for mobile manicuring services after her friends started getting married and asked her to do their nails. When the state of Massachusetts green-lighted mobile services in 2015, Mason launched Cape Cod Nail Company with three nail technicians and 13 events. Last year, her team expanded to 13 techs and more than 80 events, including weddings, birthday parties and girls’ nights. She also visits nursing homes and provides services to boarding schools and day programs for students and adults with learning disabilities and special education needs. “I started this as something fun I could do on the side as a stay-at-home mom to help contribute to the family and realized there was a need and a huge interest—and people want us to stick around,” says Mason, who provides only natural manicures and pedicures. “I am looking at a mini re-brand this fall and winter and I have a plan for growth through the next several years.” –Lisa Leigh Connors
Cape Cod Nail Company’s polish, cruelty free and made in the U.S., is sold at retailers across the Cape, including Wish Gift Co. in Sandwich and Mashpee; Fisherman’s Daughter in Chatham; and DRIFT in Wellfleet. For a complete list or retailers and more information on mobile manicuring services, visit capecodnailcompany.com.