The Georgia Board of Cosmetology has closed the case against a Forsyth County salon cited for health violations and having unlicensed pedicurists.
The owners of LaBelle Nails Salon, located at Castleberry and Bethelview roads, paid the $2,300 fine levied against them after an August inspection.
The review uncovered multiple violations of state law, including three unlicensed employees and improper cleaning and disinfecting of tools.
Fines are not uncommon for the state’s 12,400 licensed cosmetology salons, though LaBelle's penalties were steeper than most. Between Nov. 21 and Dec. 21, fine collections statewide totaled more than $75,800.
Hang Vo, who owns the salon with partner Phuong Huynh, made it clear paying the fines was not an admission of guilt.
“I denied the charges,” she said Friday. “I just don’t want them ... to say those things about my store. Those affected my business real bad.”
Vo said she took care of any problems uncovered during the inspection, including firing the three pedicurists who did not have licenses.
She is holding out hope the board will reverse its decision, though that's unlikely.
Matt Carrothers, spokesman for the secretary of state's office, which oversees the board, said the case would not be revisited.
“She attended the board meeting, she spoke at the board meeting, the board accepted her payment, and the case is now closed,” he said.