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Anna Salon & Spa: An American Dream Fulfilled - Source Alexandria news

Posted on Dec 20,2018
Filed Under Fashion , Local Style,

Anna and Cindy in front of Anna Salon & Spa (Photo: Katie Smythe)

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By Carla Branch

ARLINGTON, VA. - Anna Hoangoanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam. In her second year of college, she applied for a visa to come to the United States. Seven years later, in 1999, she got her visa and moved to Northern Virginia. In June, 2018, she purchased the salon where she has worked for 18 years. Anna Salon & Spa was previously known as California Nails but Anna has been the face of the salon at 778 S. 23rd Street in Arlington for many years.

Why did she want to come to Virginia? “Love,” she said and laughed. “I also wanted to study.”

In Vietnam, she studied business and literature. “When I talked to an advisor at NOVA, though, she suggested I study computer science because there were a lot of jobs in that field,” Anna said.

At Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), she improved her English and completed the computer science curriculum. She continued her studies at George Mason University, became a U.S. citizen and had her first child, all by 2004. Her son Andrew graduated from St. Rita’s School in Alexandria last year and is now a freshman at Bishop O’Connell High School. Her daughter Annabelle is in kindergarten.

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