BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi man spent December 31st celebrating more than the arrival of a new year. Hong Nguyen held a grand opening for his brand new business in East Biloxi. It's the return of the livelihood that Hurricane Katrina destroyed four years ago. Nguyen said he hopes to inspire others to rebuild in Biloxi.
They like the manicures, pedicures and shampoos, but customers say the biggest draw for Hong Ngoc Hair and Nail Salon is the wonderful staff.
"The service rendered to us is outstanding," said Patricia Tatum. "Cindy, the co-owner is very polite. She's very much a people person."
"I like the salon," said Ruth Sanders. "I like getting my nails done here. Cindy is a very beautiful person, and I wouldn't go to anyone but her. "
Hong Nguyen's business on Oak Street has the salon on one side and a jewelry store on the other. He said it's the same kind of operation he ran for 10 years, until Hurricane Katrina came along.
"I don't have nothing for insurance," Nguyen said.
On New Year's Eve, friends helped Nguyen celebrate a triumphant return after losing both his livelihood and his house to the hurricane. He said he knew he wanted to come home to Biloxi.
"I feel very good," Nguyen said. "After I got the new building, I feel joy. I feel very good."
He said it would feel even better if he inspires others to rebuild.
"That's why I go first and try rebuilding first. After that my people look, they come back to this town, to this Biloxi."
Customers said they appreciate this business coming back to the neighborhood.
"Oh yes, I missed," Patricia Tatum said. "I told her as I came in the door today, 'Girl, I'm so glad you're back.' And we're going to have fun, fun, fun."
Nguyen has constructed living space on the second floor of his business for his family.