Spa Success Story
A client relaxes at In Your Own Skin.
When Kim Thumel and Saphonia Gee, co-owners of In Your Own Skin in Virginia Beach, Virginia, opened three years ago, they wanted to give clients a place to come decompress and relax, while focusing on caring for pre- and post-op skinâ
without operating as a medical spa. It is a delicate line to walkâbut theyâve been successful. So successful, in fact, that they were chosen as the winner of RepÃªchageâs Spa de Beaute of the Year award last summer.
âItâs great to be a part of this kind of event, because it gives you industry recognition and establishes you,â says Thumel. âWeâre very excited about the position weâve taken in the industryâweâve been very involved in licensing in Virginiaâand this gives us a platform we can use.â Itâs also been good for moraleâfor both the owners and their employees. âItâs kind of like a report card for the staff,â says Thumel. âWeâre human and everyone likes to know they are doing a good job.â
This yearâs Spa de BeautÃ© of the Year award will be presented at the beginning of August, during RepÃªchageâs 10th International, Congress in Secaucus, New Jersey. While the contest is open to RepÃªchage Spa de BeautÃ© salons and spas, anyone in the industry can attend Congress to learn from industry experts and network with spa leaders. For more information and to sign up, visit www.repechage.com and click on âProfessionals Only.â