11 Things You Didn’t Know About HGTV Star Nicole Curtis
She grew up in Lake Orion, a town just outside Detroit. Her family owned a garbage business. She went to college in Georgia, Florida, and later Michigan. Before she became a real estate agent and expert in renovating homes, she wanted to study law, but later switched to education. She ended up having her first son, Ethan, before she graduated and dropped out. While working as a waitress, Curtis started her own cleaning business.
8. Unconventional Start
In her tell-all memoir, “Better Than New: How Saving Old Homes Saved Me,” Nicole Curtis talked about her unconventional start — how she went from a single mom working as a cleaner and waitress, to being the star of her own reality show. She worked as a waitress to pay her way through college. She started out working at IHOP until a friend convinced her to apply to Hooters. Before her shifts at the restaurant, she cleaned homes and continued to do so until her son, Ethan, was born. “I never regretted giving up a corporate job to clean houses so that I could make Ethan’s second grade Halloween party happen. I used to be a waitress, and here I am now,” she said.