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Business Spotlight – Simply Spa


Welcome to the second in my occasional Spotlights on local businesses.  This time around the light is shining on Simply Spa, located next to Ross in the Town Center shopping district.

Simply Spa opened in January of 2008 with the goal of providing a “simple” no-pressure experience for clients.  Owners Thomas and Caroline Hootman spent time analyzing the market before opening their doors.  They decided to go with only organic or all-natural products (their only “non-organic” lotion has natural lanolin in it, so can’t qualify as organic), to avoid high-pressure tactics, and to differentiate between men and women clients.  This last decision was not “sexist” – rather it was realistic.  As Thomas explained, men and women have different needs because they carry stress in different parts of the body.  So all the therapists at Simply Spa go through special training to be able to identify a client’s particular massage needs.  Additionally, Hootman says, most men don’t want to come out of a spa “smelling like a woman.”

In order to provide a variety of experiences, Simply Spa has four differently themed treatment rooms: Asian, Mediterranean, New England, and Sedona.  Each room’s theme is carried through colors, scents, and music to give a client the feeling of that particular location.  Additionally, the Sedona and Mediterranean rooms are designed to allow for couple massages.  They also tailor each person’s treatment to their need.  Not everyone needs deep tissue massage, Thomas points out, and it’s up to clients to explain what they need and therapists to find out.  Good communication between client and therapist is important, and the Hootmans insist on that.

The Simply Spa way is to create an atmosphere that appeals to everyone.  As Thomas explains, they want clients to feel “like we’re inviting them to our own home.”  People have so much stress in their lives, and the Hootmans want clients to be able to “forget about their issues and focus only on their own health.”  As a part of this goal, Simply Spa takes many types of insurance (including Kaiser), and it is easy to set up with their program.  They also accept Spa Finder gift certificates and have their own Simply Spa Rewards program in the works.

I can personally recommend Simply Spa.  I went there for a massage after spending several weeks moving furniture, and the entire process could not have been more, well, simple.  I felt more relaxed after that than I had in a long time.  And in case you are wondering, no, I didn’t get a special deal for writing this review.  I had the massage first, then talked to Thomas later about the business later.

Simply Spa is located at 278 Town Center Drive, Suite 101, in Santee.  You can call them at 619-258-5810 for an appointment or you can now book online through their website.

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Business Spotlight – Prestige Beauty Supply

Today I’m kicking off my new “Business Spotlight” series with a post on Prestige Beauty Supply in the CVS/Best Buy shopping center. Prestige focuses on beauty needs and products,  and has been around over 20 years. The store was bought by new owners Janet and Paul Seeger about 3 years ago, and they have worked to keep up the business’s good reputation – especially in light of some poor reviews online about a similarly named shop. From what I could tell the few times I have stopped in, everyone seems to be pleasant, cheerful, and helpful.

Manager Amy Boerner (L) and Owner Janet Seeger (R)

Earlier this month Janet and Paul started what they hope will be a monthly event: Queen for a Day. They know that women, especially mothers, need a little special pampering now and then, so they brought in massage therapists from Chiropractic Healing Arts to provide chair massages at $5 for 10 minutes. They also invited in Mary Kay consultant Cynthia Howard to provide makeovers and Brenda Plasting of Original Sprout to share samples and information.

Chair Massages

You can tell that Prestige is dedicated more to the customer than to the bottom line. Not only are they becoming active in the Santee Chamber of Commerce, they have a working relationship with Sally’s Beauty Supply. If anyone comes in to one of the shops and can’t find what they are looking for, they will be referred to the other store. I found this to be true when I stopped by Prestige to find a wig cap for my daughter (for a role in a church play). Since they don’t carry wig caps separately, the sent us over to Sally’s where we were able to find what we needed.

Prestige Beauty Supply is located at 9740-C Mission Gorge Road. You can reach them at 619-258-2700 or online at http://www.prestigebeautyandhair.com/, or on Facebook. They also have a shop in Ramona in the Stater Brother’s Center.

Mary Kay Consultant Cynthia Howard giving makeup tips

Brenda Plasting of Original Sprout


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