Move a plus for Beauty Therapy Spa
As businesses struggle during tough economic times, one Kapiti employer is bucking the trend.
Exhale Spa has doubled its client base in the past six months after moving from Pukerua Bay to Raumati Rd in April.
Owner Rebecca Klocek said the business ‘‘couldn’t get any bigger in Pukerua Bay’’ and they relocated to a beautiful villa ‘‘perfect for a day spa’’.
Since the move, Exhale Spa, which offers skincare treatments and products, won the Small Business of the Year title at the Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards in October.
Mrs Klocek said she was delighted to win the award. It followed on from twice being a finalist in the Porirua Business Excellence Awards and winning Best New Business in New Zealand at the 2009 Beauty Industry Awards.
Mrs Klocek’s interest in day spas grew from visiting beauty salons in the United States while working as a flight attendant.
‘‘I thought ‘right, that’s the industry I want to get into’.’’
Originally from England, she returned to study beauty therapy in London.
‘‘The standard is really high in London. It’s the capital of beauty and fashion in the world.’’
She went to work for a top spa in London before moving back to New Zealand and in 2007 opened a beauty salon in Pukerua Bay.
Exhale Spa clients were mostly women from Kapiti, although some come out from Wellington, said Mrs Klocek.
Although male clients may be increasing in cities, in Kapiti they are a rarer breed.
Men, especially tradesmen who were working outside in the sun in physical jobs, could do with some time at the spa for their skin, said Mrs Klocek.
‘‘We do have male clients. It would be nice to have a few more. The men we do have come in love it. Once they are in here we really make them feel comfortable.’’
Waxing and deep tissue massage are the two treatments men mostly come in for, she said.
Going under the knife or getting an injection of botox is not on the list of treatments at Exhale Spa.
A skin tightening treatment performed at the spa using deep heat and LED light therapy is used to treat dermatological conditions. Other treatments include facials, hand and foot spas, electrolysis and a hydrotherapy spa.
Mrs Klocek divides her time between working at Exhale three days a week and raising 20-monthold twins with her husband in Paraparaumu Beach. ‘‘I have a passion for it so it’s easy.’’ Long term Mrs Klocek said she hoped to open a new spa in Wellington or the Hutt.
On a roll: Exhale Spa owner Rebecca Klocek, left, with senior beauty therapist Andrea Farrelly. A move to Kapiti has paid off big time for Exhale Spa.