ManiCare: A sickness to
Kate Arian isn’t just a woman who does nails.
Her company, ManiCare, does give manicures and pedicures to the hospitalized and homebound, but the New Jersey native and former marketing executive for L’Oreal found a circuitous route to nail-care entrepreneurialism.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, her cystic fibrosis (CF) required her to have a double lung transplant, with a long recovery afterward. While hospitalized, she found that care for women beyond the medical — feeling beautiful, tending to one’s daily regimen — went out the window. With that need in mind, she started ManiCare in 2015 and never looked back. Based in Manhattan, the traveling salon now offers its services in Philly, Boston, along the East Coast and in Cleveland and Chicago.
How long after your surgeries did you stew before starting ManiCare?
I had the idea for ManiCare while recovering from surgery, but I did actually go on to hold two corporate jobs before becoming the full-time founder and CEO. I had the ManiCare website up, though, within a month of returning home in post-transplant mode in 2011.
Are you used to pampering yourself, and what did not having those amenities in the hospital do to your spirit?
A.D. AMOROSI @MetroPhilly
[Laughs] I have a “fancy disposition,” my mom says. I have always relished a nice outfit, jewelry and beauty
Clients enjoying ManiCare services.