She Se Puede: Joyce Garcia

Hugo Balta


Caring for nails didn’t come easy at first for Joyce Garcia, owner of Girls Nails Cave in Wallingford. Garcia asked for a nail kit for fun when she was 15, did her first set, and hated it. So it wasn’t until two years later that she began doing nails for her sister and eventually friends.

Garcia grew up in San Juanito de Escobedo, Mexico. She moved to Connecticut when she was 19 and started working three jobs seven days a week in order to help her family and bring them to the U.S.

Photo Credit: Girls Nail Cave

Ten years after getting her first at-home set, Garcia, who considers herself a nail artist and educator, came up with the name Girls Nail Cave while cleaning her husband’s “man cave.” At that moment, she knew she had the name of her business.

Learn more about Garcia’s journey by reading Owner recalls the journey leading to opening Girls Nail Cave in Wallingford on the Latino Communities Reporting Lab’s story by Jareliz Diaz.

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Cover Photo: Owner Joyce Garcia stands in the entrance of Girls Nail Cave at 200 Church St. in Wallingford