In this new occasional series, the Smithfield Herald profiles new businesses in the area.
Registered nurse Melissa Overton has opened a medical training practice in downtown Smithfield, teaching CPR and first aid using American Heart Association standards.
Overton offers pediatric first aid for day-care workers and babysitters, industrial first aid and continuing education for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
“I train you the way I want you to take care of my family member,” she said.
Overton, who has been teaching for about a decade, has experience in emergency rooms and intensive care units. She also travels to companies to do on-site training.
“When I looked at the area of need and where I wanted to make the biggest impact, Johnston County definitely was in the middle of an area that doesn’t have as many opportunities,” said Overton, who grew up in Clayton.
Her office has three training rooms. For basic first aid and CPR, classes cost about $30. For advanced certifications, such as pediatric advanced life support, the cost can range from about $150 to $200.
Nail salon and boutique
Sarah Elizabeth has opened Country Girls Nail Salon and Boutique on North Third Street in downtown Smithfield. Elizabeth, who lives in Micro, had helped friends open their own salons before.
“I really wanted to come home and open up a safe and clean nail salon for the people of Johnston County,” she said.
For manicures and pedicures, Elizabeth said, her technique includes polish, trimming, pushing back cuticles and massagings. She doesn’t apply acrylic nails and can help people transition away from them. “It’s about overall hand and foot care,” she said.
Her salon also offers a massage therapist by appointment.
Elizabeth said she wants to get to know all her customers by name. In her shop, she displays art for sale, focusing on Johnston County artists but including other North Carolina artists. Pieces range from hand-blown glass jewelry to photography to crocheted scarves.
Elizabeth uses OPI and China Glaze nail polish. Manicures range from $14 to $22 and pedicures from $28 to $38. She will have a grand opening in June.
The Smithfield area is getting a new bakery, and this one has an international flavor. Stephanie Matos of Knightdale is opening Dulce Dessert Boutique and Custom Cakes in The Cakery space east of Smithfield. Dulce is Spanish for “sweet.”
Matos’ family is from the Dominican Republic. Her bakery will have items made from family recipes, including flan, bread pudding and empanadas.
Matos will also have the staple bakery items, including brownies and cookies. “I specialize in cupcakes,” she said, “as well as gourmet birthday cakes and fondant cakes.”
Matos went to culinary school in Charlotte but didn’t start out in the food industry. “I kind of strayed a little bit from it, but I started doing cakes from home, like for family and friends, and it kind of grew from there,” she said.
The Cakery is closing shop, and Matos is taking over the kitchen space.
“I think it’s something fresh and exciting that Johnston County and Smithfield doesn’t have to offer,” she said. “There’s not really anywhere that you can walk into a custom bakery and have a custom cake done and fondant work, and everything is made from scratch.
The bakery opens Saturday, April 19.