Entrepreneurship, as exciting as it is, is also an intimidating and courageous route for people who have a vision and a dream. In an era that utilizes its many tools like the internet and social media to launch and run their businesses, there are still some types of services that are non–traditional and require a little more. The idea taking care of yourself is quite popular; however, many of us equate taking care of ourselves with dressing well and keeping our hair and makeup on point. Although these indulgences are important for #PYNKGIRLS, Cari Ann Young, owner of Remedy Mobile Spa & Wellness, is introducing another important way that women can stay up to par with self-care remedies.
Based in Philadelphia, PA and servicing the tri-state area, Remedy Mobile Spa specializes in quality spa services such as facials, massages, waxing, laser hair removal, manicures and pedicures. She employs only licensed and insured therapists, who are skilled, professional and courteous to help you find your REMEDY to feel good from the inside out, all in the comfort of your home, office or hotel room.
I invited Ms. Young to my home, not only to indulge in her massage services, but to talk to her about her company and the importance of it in our communities. She was prompt, pleasant, and her massage was astounding to say the least. She spoke passionately about her love for the human body and her vision of promoting the idea of wellness, self love, and her challenges of being a woman of color running a business. Check out her interview and be sure to follow her on social media @discover_remedy & visit the website www.discoverremedy.com to get your in-home spa treatment ASAP.
Pynk: What were some factors that went into you deciding to open a spa and become an Esthetician?
Cari Ann: Some things you choose, others have a way of choosing you. I went to esthetician school in 2008 to offer another service at my family’s hair salon. It was just a side hustle you could say, my professional background was in Psychology and I was pursuing a Masters in Medicine. So I’ve always had a therapeutic approach to things, I’ve been fascinated with the human body, how it functions and heals for as long as I can remember. After being fired from my 9-5 in 2010, I caught the entrepreneur bug. I knew I didn’t want to work for another person and I didn’t want to treat my employees the way I was treated by previous employers. In 2013, an opportunity came about to launch a traditional spa and even though I had no idea how to run a business, making mistakes every way possible, it just felt right. I was able to incorporate, my passion for serving others, with my love for alternative medicine, truly making a difference …and that’s when things started to make sense. I found my Remedy within Remedy.
Pynk: What are some of the most important benefits of receiving spa services regularly?
Cari Ann: Self care is extremely important. You absolutely cannot help anyone without first taking care of yourself. I know this is cliché, but your body is indeed your temple, you only get one and it’s with us until we leave this earth. So the same amount of maintenance we give our cars to keep them operating, or our homes, we should give to our bodies. Wellness is a way of life. Massages and facials improve blood circulation; relieve stress and muscle tension, decrease insomnia and fatigue. Taking time to get a facial monthly also builds confidence, women are wearing less make-up, I know beards are in for men know, but it’s by choice, and not because they’re trying to cover up any skin ailments. Spa services improve your overall quality of life.
Pynk: The biggest challenge being a woman of color and deciding to open a non-traditional type of business?
Cari Ann: The most difficult challenge in being a woman of color trying to serve my community is educating people on the importance of these services. Many of us don’t value ourselves, when we don’t value ourselves we place value in things to make us feel better about ourselves without fixing the problem from within. People have a hard time placing value on a service that doesn’t provide instant visual gratification. This is a pop culture generation, “the plastic world”. I see people spending their last dime on things they have to take off at the end of the day. When all of the extensions, nails, make-up are stripped away people still don’t like what they see in the mirror. So I say it’s about balance, yes these things are fun and enhance my beauty but without it I’m still beautiful in my natural state because I’ve been taking care of my skin, my body, staying hydrated, eating properly, exercising etc. Spa services are no longer a luxury, it’s a lifestyle.
Pynk: Who are your clients?
Cari Ann: Our clients range from working professionals, to athletes and entertainers. We also have a growing corporate clientele through our corporate wellness program.
Pynk: Name a spa service that a woman should absolutely partake in regularly?
Cari Ann: It’s interesting, 65% of my skincare clients are men. Is it safe to say they get it? (she smiles) I’d love to see more women embrace facials.
Pynk: Remedy is currently mobile, any plans for a location or the plans for the next five years?
Cari Ann: Yes, we are mobile. We make it easy, you no longer have to drive to your appointments, our team of licensed and insured therapists travel to your home, office, or hotel. We are planning on reopening a storefront location in 2016, however mobile is here to stay. In 5 years, Remedy will be a household brand.
Pynk: Your personal mantra that you use in business, career, and in life?
Cari Ann: When God places a dream in your heart, it is your duty to protect it and see it through… Dream on dreamer.