Exciting times ahead
DAY SPA’S BIG FUTURE PLANS
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.”
Jemma and Kim Stergiou with their dog Buster. Pevonia Botanica Awards: