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Spotlight on an Innovative Business
The Spotlight on a Innovative Business is a monthly feature focusing on businesses doing extraordinary things during difficult times. The spotlight is presented in collaboration with Miami County Economic Development, Louisburg Chamber or Commerce, Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, Paola Chamber of Commerce and Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce. Businesses featured in the Innovative Business Spotlight are nominated by their local chamber of commerce with nominations rotating among communities.
Be Well Spa is an environmentally friendly and health conscious business that offers natural nail, face and body care treatments. The professionals at Be Well Spa use products that are free from harsh chemicals and odors. The makeup and skincare used on clients are made with organic ingredients. While skin treatments use the results-driven, non-toxic brand ClarityRX. Customer can even purchase a treatment kit to continue at-home care as well.
Jenn Gant, Be Well Spa’s owner, recently sat down with the Paola Chamber of Commerce to discuss what makes her business so unique.
Q: How and why did you get started in the spa industry?
A: My best friend’s mother owned a salon in a small town, and I was instantly inspired!
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: I opened for business on February 4, 2020.
Q: Why did you choose Paola to have Be Well Spa in?
A: My family and I are proud to call Paola home and I love the small-town feel and the town square. I wanted to bring a resort style spa with affordable prices to Miami County. It was a perfect match!
Q: What's your most memorable moment in your business so far?
A: Unfortunately, it is being forced to shut down for COVID.
Q: What's an interesting fact most people do not know, or what is a product or service you offer that people may be surprised to learn about?
A: We perform waterless manicures and pedicures. Clients soak in a warm Keratin treatment instead of a water bath. This is environmentally friendly and is more sanitary.
Q: What advice do you have for someone starting out in business?
A: Do it because you love what you do! Never stop learning, take classes, and continue to improve yourself, your services or your business.
Customers can make an appointment by phone at 913-259-5009, or through their website at www.vagaro.com/bewellspa. Currently Be Well Spa’s hours are Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be Well Spa continues to innovate and improve their business by adding new services and features, with the their latest additions including yoga classes and a complimentary wine spritzer or mimosa with spa services. Space is limited so book an appointment today