Ex­cit­ing times ahead

DAY SPA’S BIG FU­TURE PLANS

Stirling Times - - NEWS - Denise S Cahill

KIM and Jemma Ster­giou have spent 23 years build­ing their day spa brand, which was re­cently named Aus­tralian Beauty Sa­lon/Spa of the Year.

But there’s more to come for Ke­tu­rah Day Spa, says the Clare­mont cou­ple.

“We’re very ex­cited about our next step be­cause Ke­tu­rah changed the mar­ket 23 years ago,” Kim said.

“It was the first day spa in Aus­tralia but what we’re do­ing next is re­ally big.”

The Ster­gious are not ready to re­veal too many de­tails of the new ven­ture, ex­cept that it will open in 2019. But they hinted that makeup, fash­ion and fit­ness – pas­sions they share with their chil­dren Jake (19) and Clau­dia (17) – will be part of it.

What we do know is it will add to the Ke­tu­rah port­fo­lio that al­ready in­cludes Carine, Fre­man­tle, High­gate and Ned­lands.

Kim was work­ing in beer and wine sales and Jemma in cor­po­rate ad­min­is­tra­tion when the cou­ple bought com­mer­cial land in Carine in 2004 that housed a spa called Breathe.

When they opened Fre­man­tle and High­gate two years later, they changed the name to Ke­tu­rah Day Spa.

Jake is a for­mer Christ Church Gram­mar School stu­dent and Clau­dia is in Year 12 at Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege and while their par­ents trav­elled from Carine to their western suburbs schools, they al­ways had their eyes out for a lo­cal sa­lon.

Ned­lands opened in 2008 as the Ke­tu­rah “su­per­store” and the fam­ily, in­clud­ing dog Buster, has been liv­ing in Clare­mont while they fin­ish build­ing a new fam­ily home in Mosman Park.

While Kim and Jemma are equally pas­sion­ate about Ke­tu­rah, they have dif­fer­ent mo­ti­va­tions.

For Jemma, it’s about go­ing to work every day to “make peo­ple feel amaz­ing”.

There’s a sig­nif­i­cant list of high pro­file clients but those like the el­derly gentle­man who vis­ited every few months for a man­i­cure are just as spe­cial for Jemma.

“He only liked a par­tic­u­lar ther­a­pist,” Jemma said. “She was Ir­ish and he liked that be­cause he could hear her prop­erly.

“He got quite ill but we’d still do home vis­its for him.

“When he passed, it was very sad for all our staff.”

Kim is proud of their com­mit­ment to “over in­vest­ing”, which he cred­its for the brand’s suc­cess.

He said each lo­ca­tion had a $1.1 mil­lion fit-out and was cus­tom built.

“High­gate has been ren­o­vated three times,” he said. “You’ve got to make it beau­ti­ful when peo­ple walk in.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473926

Jemma and Kim Ster­giou with their dog Buster. Pevo­nia Botan­ica Awards:

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