Self-care lands at the top of many New Year’s Resolutions, but why wait until the new year to start giving yourself some extra TLC?
Sarah at Ancient Fern in NE Portland offers acupuncture focused on women's health, stress management, and pain relief.
Kevi at Little Wing Acupuncture in SE Portland treats the whole family from children to adults using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage therapy, dietary therapy, moxibustion, cupping, and more.
Dr. Angela Potter focuses on mothers in the postpartum period, and sees patients in Portland.
Dr. Alica Hart owns Vitality NW in SW Portland. She’s an herbalist and naturopath focusing on women’s health and pediatrics.
Dr. Jaymie Mackler at Flourish in Vancouver is an acupuncturist and naturopath focusing on women’s health.
Teresa at Self Balance Massage in Vancouver offers both wellness and medical massage as well as on-location chair massage.
Karen Asbury, also in Vancouver, focuses on women’s abdominal health and overall balance through massage, reiki, and other methods.
Lynnea at Thrive Family Massage in Eugene offers a variety of massage styles as well as prenatal and postpartum massage.
In Hillsboro, you’ll find Abby of Abby’s Massage and Bodywork. She offers prenatal massage as well as other types of massage.
Chelsey of Amethyst Bodywork offers structural integration in addition to medical massage, prenatal/postpartum massage, and other types of massage.
Sara Sherman, LMT in Eugene offers Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and prenatal massage.
Gloria at TriStar Chiropractic in Vancouver specializes in chiropractic care for the whole family – whatever their needs are. Gloria is the only fully Spanish speaking Chiropractor in SW Washington .
Exercise & Movement
In Vancouver, Jahnea at Beats Studios 360 runs fitness classes and camps for kids and adults. Jahnea’s irresistible energy will get you up on your feet!
Karma Yoga in Clackamas is owned by Cassia and offers a variety of beginner and advanced yoga classes as well as aerial yoga.
Daniele at Ready, Set, Grow focuses on prenatal and postpartum yoga-inspired fitness in Portland and Vancouver.
Lashes, Facials, Waxing, and More
Angela at Embrace Your Lashes offers lash extensions, lash tints, and lash lifts in Tigard.
Step into Brittnee Violet Esthetics’ Babe Cave for facials, air-brush tanning, and lash lifts and tints in both Troutdale and SE Portland.
Jen at Trifecta Beauty Bar offers lash extensions, facials, massage, and sugaring in Milwaukie
Kendyl at PDX Beauty Bar offers lash extensions, lash tints, lash lifts, facials, and sugaring in Milwaukie.
The Wax Room in Eugene is owned by Cassidy, and offers full body waxing.
Dreading the mall this holiday season?
Why not shop local and mom-owned and skip the mall entirely?
Looking for a way to send a little bit of Oregon to friends and family in other places? Check out Grown & Crated and NW Love in a Box.
They both feature curated, locally made products designed to delight!
Looking for looking for delicious, small batch, hand-dipped chocolate? Whimsy Chocolateswww.shopfancythat.com/ has you covered! Truffles, caramels, toffee, and more! You can find Whimsy Chocolates online and at MOB businesses Rose City Coffee in SE Portland and Fancy That in Hillsboro.
Looking for fun, creative handmade signs for your home? Freckled and Free and 516 Designs are both talented sign makers!
Dreaming of new flooring or a new kitchen? Arcadia Floors + Home will work with you to create a home you’ll love!
Looking to add ambiance to your home with candles? Angie with Scentsy can help make your space smell terrific using wickless candles and low-heat scented melting wax. Select a warmer that fits your style and then select the must-have scents!
Why fight the mall for storage solutions and kitchen essentials? Take a look at what is available at Kathleen's Tupperware page! Yes, they still have great kitchen storage, and there is so much more!
Looking for a gift to help someone show off their flair for fashion?
Take a look at Lonely Quail hair accessories made from Pendleton wool
Geek it Up let’s your favorite super fan let their geek flag fly!
Jamberry and Color Street give you the freedom to create unique and long-lasting nail styles at home!
Alyssa with Jamberry and Angela with Color Street can hook you up with everything you need!
Willow Brook Soap makes gorgeous vegan and palm oil free soaps, scrubs, and bath bombs. Unicorns, cookies, cupcakes, and more! You can also find Willow Brook Soap at Fancy That in Hillsboro.
Glam Goddess B creates richly pigmented hand-pressed, small batch eye shadows and mascaras.
Maybe you are looking for jewelry for a special someone? Or even yourself?
Lemon Kissed handcrafts earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
Mune Studios creates heirloom jewlery tough enough for daily wear.
Do you have a wine or coffee fan on your list? Why not go with something locally made?
Order a fun trio of Pulp Novel Wines from Hip Chicks Do Wine, Portland's oldest urban winery.
Starship Coffee is high caffeine, fair trade, and locally roasted.
Rose City Coffee Co. is organic, fair trade, and also locally roasted. We're partial to the MOB NW blend!
Does someone on your list put self-care and healthy eating at the top of their list? Jamie at Juice Plus can help you select the right a whole food supplement for you - delivered to your door!
Looking for something unique and a little unexpected? An emergency survival kit from TAC NWO is a great choice!
Curious about other local, mom-owned businesses you can support? Check out our member directory!
We just announced a partnership with Pepperlane, a Cambridge, MA-based online platform that helps mothers transform their skills into micro-businesses that fit into their busy lives. We interviewed their co-founder & CEO Sharon Kan so you can learn a bit more about this new partner and how we plan to work together.
What is Pepperlane?
Pepperlane empowers all mothers to turn their skills, passions, and ideas into micro-businesses that allow them to work flexibly. Our online platform offers features a simple website that can be completed with no coding or design work, and is immediately visible in our marketplace. Pepperlane members can also connect with like-minded mother business owners in our online community and through offline events.
When was it founded?
The Pepperlane team got together in summer 2016 and launched the official version of our platform in spring 2017.
Why did you create Pepperlane?
Mothers have so many valuable skills, and I believe owning your own business in this best way to be for mothers control of their destiny and work on their own terms. But starting can feel intimidating and existing tools for doing it are expensive and don’t bring an audience with them. Pepperlane is here to solve that and get women from idea to launch quickly. Our online platform offers a simple starter website that can be completed with no tech or design skills and is immediately visible in our online marketplace. We also provide other digital tools to run a small, service-based business, like a simple online payments platform and messaging system, and market our businesses through social media and other Pepperlane-sponsored promotions.
What is your hope for the future?
I hope more mothers realize that owning their own micro-business is a viable employment option for exercising their passions and talents and still having time for their families, and that we see vibrant communities of mother-owned businesses all over the country and world
How they think it will impact the community?
Mother-owned business provides a valuable employment path to many mothers, but the services they offer also enrich their communities by helping people get valuable time back in their busy schedules.
What’s an example of a cool business in Pepperlane?
Mothers have offered more than 55 different skills on Pepperlane, so there is quite the range.
Here are a few that come to mind. Jana make custom memory quilts, out of people’s t-shirts and other memorabilia. These are often gifts for loved ones at momentous occasions or an opportunity to remember someone who has passed away.
Meal prep is a very popular category on Pepperlane, and a service that many of us on the Pepperlane staff use: there is Sonia who prepares healthy meals for busy families, and Zainab who specifically focuses on Middle Eastern cuisine and teaching others how to cook it.
Stefanie is a mother on Pepperlane who owns a business that teaches women to shop their closets and create outfits out of what they already own instead of going out and buying more stuff. She helps people give away things that don’t work and lets clients pick pieces from that inventory.
Angela, owner of Embrace Your Lashes, and her husband, Brandon, moved to Oregon in 2012. “We fell in love with Oregon after a three-day mini vacation in 2011. We took the leap of faith and it was the biggest, yet best, risk we've ever taken,” she explains.
Originally from San Diego, she’s an only child, and has been a vegetarian since she was five.
She married her husband, Brandon in 2008. They have three children, live in SW Portland, and a dog, Khaleesi (yes, named after the character on Game of Thrones).
.Angela has a big heart and generous spirit. “I've been a gestational surrogate twice, carrying twins twice December 2014 and November 2016. My family and I love the connection we've made with both families and love seeing the babies grow!”
She also works part time at All Families Surrogacy in Beaverton as a Surrogate Coordinator.
Angela says her mother inspired her to start her business. “She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2013. After many rounds of chemo, a full hysterectomy, and more chemo she took a break to give her body and mind a rest. Unfortunately, it came back with a vengeance. It wasn’t ovarian cancer but peritoneal cancer which is very rare. She passed away in March 2016. It was definitely one of the hardest events I've ever been through in my life.”
Angela’s mom was her biggest fan and supporter. She helped Angela pay for esthetics school – Angela attended school full time at night while working full time during the day while also pregnant with her second daughter.
Angela says her mom was her enthusiastic model so she could practice doing facials and other treatments. “She was always proud of me and really inspired me,” she says.
After her mother passed, Angela renewed her esthetics license because she knew her mom would want her to finally make use of it. “I took an eyelash extension training in Lincoln City in March 2017 then hit the ground running! Helping others feel good about themselves is rewarding and has really helped me through the grieving process. I love reading positive reviews and seeing how my clients have that extra boost of confidence because lashes really do make a difference!”
Angela will be attending a training in November 2017 called Oncology Esthetics to learn about how to take care of clients that are going through their cancer journey or have been through it.
She hopes to volunteer some time each month to helping them feel good about themselves. “I'll be reaching out to local hospitals and clinics to see if they would give me space each month to do this. In 2018, I'm hoping to expand my services and start offering facials again because I always loved doing them,” she says.
Angela says her mentor is Tricia Boggess of Diva Lash Studio & Spa in Lincoln City. “She's the one I took my first eyelash extension training with. She is always available when I have a question or need help, even long after my training. I also admire Kimber Jaynes who is the Founder of Borboleta Beauty in Utah. I'm constantly amazed by these ladies and our lash community,” she says.
She says her biggest struggle is finding balance. “I feel like I'm constantly trying to find balance in everything with my business, family life and personal life. I always think I can handle more than I should,” she explains.
She advises new business owners to trust their instincts and to not compare your business to someone else’s. “We're all doing the best we can and if we have each other to lean on, it can make owning a business so much easier!”
Angela can work with anyone aged 18 to 100+ “People who want to enhance their beautiful lashes to gain a boost of confidence and save time on their makeup regimen,” she says. She also enjoys working with people preparing for special events like wedding parties.
“I would also love to specialize in helping cancer patients after my training in November
Angela says being a part of the MOB is like having a backbone to her business. “I know that I have a whole team of ladies who would be there for me if needed. I love how the MOB is expanding nationwide. It has been a huge blessing to my business and has connected me to so many amazing people,” she explains.
Angela loves working for herself and being able to be there for her kids. She also enjoys the freedom of being able to take her time with her clients and not feel rushed. “I space out my appointments so that I have the extra time and can give each client my undivided attention,” she says.
She offers MOB Alliance Members $10 off eyelash extensions and lash lifting & lash tinting.
You can find Angela online at:
Bergerac Bistro, an authentic French restaurant in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood, opened in 2015 and is owned by Gisella and her husband, Joris.
Gisella describes herself as a foodie. “I’ve been in the food industry most of my working career and grew up with parents in the hotel and restaurant industry too. I like nothing more than discussing food, restaurants and food news!”
She and her husband moved to Portland from London four years ago. They run the restaurant together while also raising two young children
Gisella knew she wanted to open a food restaurant, and spent the first two years learning about American trends and the area’s local suppliers. Bergerac opened in 2015. “French restaurants are often seen as higher end, and we wanted to showcase French food that is down to earth and authentic. Our focus is on the South West of France, known for duck confit, foie gras and wine. We are the only restaurant in Portland focused on this particular region of France and its an area rich in food history and culture,” she explains.
She looks up to her dad for his calm and approach to building business. Gisella says she has learned a lot over the years. She says “I worked for my parents family business in London, three cafes with outside catering, for several years and honed my management style while working there.”
Gisella’s biggest struggle is one nearly every MOB can relate to – finding a work and life balance. “We opened Bergerac the same month we had our second child and it was long hours and sleepless night for the first year,” she explains.
She also says finding the balance and confidence to ride out busier and slower weeks has also taken time to develop. “I tended to stress when there were changes in staff or quieter weeks and have learned this year to see the business in a longer term way versus day to day.”
She and her husband also have the added challenge of running a business together. “Dividing up who does what in a husband wife partnership is something we sometimes still struggle with. but we are getting much better at trusting the other person to get their job done with constantly checking in!"
She advises new business owners to reach out to other business owners – especially those in the business model you are considering. “Don't be afraid to ask them what they would have done differently or what they wished they had known when they first opened. Most people are happy to help as long the business you want to open isn’t going to be direct competition to theirs,” she explains.
As far as Bergerac goes, Gisella says she would have been more detailed in the sales process of buying a restaurant space to head off unexpected expenses. She reminds other business others to believe in your product or service. “We were influenced by what locals told us about price point for our area and didn't serve the menu we wanted to in the beginning for fear it was too expensive. But in reality, once we started offering a menu that we love and are proud to talk about and design, it turns out our customers do too,” she says.
She says she loves being a MOB for the community and support she receives. “I feel like its often easier to give great ideas for other people businesses than to think of ones for your own!”
She also loves the flexibility and freedom to be in charge of her own future. “We are building a business we are proud of and learning new things each day. I am in charge of areas of the business that keep it running including the books, the website, the marketing and the specials events,” she explains.
Gisella says she particularly loves planning the various events including Alliance Francais dinner, a Valentine’s Day menu, Mother’s and Father’s Day brunches, Bastille Day, a Wine dinner, a Mushroom dinner. and three more events are in the works for the end of the year.
“I love creating the menus with my husband and business partner, Joris, designing the posters and promoting the event and then am even more pleased when most of our events are sold out. It really confirms to me that we are meant to be in the food business and are on the right path for this part of our lives. I also love that our kids can be part of life at work, such as when our oldest son helps his dad in the kitchen!”
In addition to being a lovely place to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner, Bergerac is also available to rent for office and private parties. A MOB Alliance paint party was even held at Bergerac this year! “We have had events such as graduation parties and wedding rehearsal dinners,” she says.
Gisella hopes to work with more wedding planners in 2018 to offer the restaurant for wedding rehearsals and other events.
MOB Alliance members receive 10% off at Bergerac. excluding drinks and gratuity, for brunch, lunch or dinner.
You can find Bergerac online at:
Meet Rose Jubb! Owner of Rose Jubb Wardrobe Stylist
What inspires you in your business?
Seeing the change that happens in a women when she feels her most confident.
What are you watching/listening to/reading right now?
Watching Goliath while editing my podcast.
What is the best referral for you?
Women looking to use style to help achieve their goals.
What is your favorite thing about the MOB Alliance?
Having 200 cheerleaders at all times and the friendships I've built.
Social Media links:
Style Class on iTunes
Style Class on Stitcher (Android)
Michelle owns Haute Madre, a modern resale boutique specializing in women's fun, fresh, gently used fashion & accessories. It is located in Hazel Dell (Vancouver) next to Bortolami's Pizzeria and has plenty of parking.
She describes herself as someone with a bubbly upbeat personality ALWAYS up for a good time! “I love to camp, travel & eat yummy food! I'm married to my best friend in the world and mommy to the sassiest 5 year old you've ever met! Two years ago I beat breast cancer so I am proud to say that I am a survivor!! Every day is chance to be a true joy in someone's else’s life...and that's what I try to be.”
She says her greatest accomplishment is finding true undeniable happiness in her life. “I can honestly say that I've never been happier in my entire life and I know it is 100% because I've realized the secret to a lovely life is gratefulness. I am grateful every day for everyone and everything in it.
Michelle loves thrifting now, but it wasn’t always that way. She says “Growing up with a single Mom meant we thrifted...A Lot! I didn’t always love it, but once I became an adult and started paying my own bills, I soon realized the importance of scoring a bargain.”
Five months ago she opened Haute Madre. “I knew I wanted to open a women's thrift shop based on my love of clothes and even deeper love of getting a deal! I wanted a shop where women could not only come to find a hot shirt at a hot price...but also an overall enjoyable experience. A place she can come and unwind, see some great clothes and really the overall atmosphere of being welcomed to shop. It's basically like being invited to shop your best friend’s closet,” she explains.
Michelle credits many strong women in her life as mentors, including her mother. “She ALWAYS told me how incredible I was and how she knew I would have a bright future. I feel like that undeniable belief and support allowed me to truly believe in myself,” she says.
She also looks up to peers and fellow business women. “I have a go getter sister-in-law that crushes at her career and really brings home the bacon. I have other women friends that kill at their passions...they do hair and paint furniture and stay home and raise rad human beings. My mentors that inspire me every day are simply the women that surround me every single day!”
Michelle’s biggest struggle has been making people aware of Haute Madre. “I've been open long enough to know that my formula works. Good Clothes + Great Atmosphere = Awesome Experience. The majority of my customers are returns so I know I'm doing something right. Now I just need to gain the exposure to bring in more fabulous ladies,” she explains.
She advises new business owners to just go for it. “If you believe in yourself and your business, other people will, too. When someone is excited & passionate about their business it truly shows and people love seeing authentic passion and pride. So if you're serious about doing something...Go for it! Do one thing every day that helps you move toward your master plan. You’ve got this and there are tons of ladies willing to hold your hand until you're ready to Jump in! Come on in...The water's fine!!”
Michelle says she loves everything about working for herself. “I'm a hard worker… so long days and feeling like I got ran over by a Mac truck don't bother me one bit. I'm most excited for my little girl to grow up seeing her Mom do what she loves. I don't expect her to take over my business one day. I expect her to find what truly makes her happy deep down in her soul and Do That!! She WILL know that she can do anything and it will be AMAZING... because it will be 100% her effort, her mistakes and her success! I can’t wait to see where Haute Madre ends up but for now I'm enjoying the pure fact that I did it...I really frickin' did it!! Yay Me!!!”
Michelle’s ideal referral are thrifters looking for stylish statement pieces at amazing prices. “I love when someone comes in expecting a bargain mart but is blown away to find their new fave place to come shop and hang out with a gal pal or two,” she says.
She’s excited to be a member of the MOB because it is unique. “This is NOT a networking group or professional platform in anyway you've ever known before. The Mob is a tribe, a sisterhood of women looking to lift up and enlighten one another. I am so blessed to have joined this group and would encourage anyone even considering it to do so NOW. The MOB is growing at record speed and it isn’t coincidence. Women love feeling a part of something and knowing they matter. The MOB cares about each and every member and it shows," she says.
Michelle offers MOBs 20% off any purchase in her shop.
You can find Michelle online at:
Facebook & Instagram: @hautemadre
Ronda owns Sam’s on Franklin in Eugene. Her restaurant is our Eugene meet up home, and MOBs love the open patio, tasty food, and great service.
Ronda is a mom of three and grandmother of three. “I was a young mom at age 15 and raised three beautiful kids. I wanted to be a nurse however I had kids that I needed to support so I got my CNA and went to work at a local memory care facility,” she says.
Over the next year, she worked her way up becoming the VP of Operations of a large long-term care facility overseeing multiple care facilities in both Oregon and California. In 2008, Ronda partnered with two other women to acquire a 100-bed care facility which she owned and managed for the next eight years. Since she had found success in health care, she never went back to school.
“In 2014 following several life changing events including divorce and the loss of my son Trevor, I decided to end my career in health care and take some time off,” she explains.
Over the next two years, Ronda spent time traveling and rebuilding her life. In the fall of 2016 she decided look for a business to purchase and stumbled across Sam’s on Franklin. “I have always wanted to own a bar so I thought I’d give it a shot! I am having a great time and can’t wait for the challenges to come,” she says.
Ronda loves the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, running, traveling, CrossFit, and gardening. Some of her most memorable travels are trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and lying on the beach in Belize.
“Currently I am in a wonderful relationship that brings me another child I am honored to be “mommy #2” for. She loves coming into the restaurant for fries and to help with dishes.
Ronda says she doesn’t have a specific mentor, and appreciates the support and relationships she’s built with the local business community. “Everyone has been super supportive and helpful in making this venture successful. I am thankful for each and every one of them and appreciate their faith in me,” she says.
Her biggest business struggle has been finding quality staff as well as learning that you can’t please everyone in the service industry. She loves working for herself because she loves the flexibility and control she has over her own schedule. She also likes the freedom of being able to make the decisions she feels are right for her customers, her staff and herself.
She advises new business owners to do thorough due diligence and to have a realistic business plan. “Include appropriate people (accountant, attorney, etc.) to help you analyze the numbers and provide feedback on your business plan. Talk to others in the industry and research, research, research!”
Ronda’s best referrals are hungry beer drinkers, sports fans, college students, faculty, construction workers, networking groups, families, and everyone in between!
She says her biggest accomplishment is raising her kids as a young mom and becoming a business owner at the age of 32.
She’s excited to be a member of the MOB to show that you can do anything you want and to help other moms realize their potential! “I don’t care about your education, upbringing, money, or social status, if you want it, go make it happen,” she says.
You can find Ronda online at:
Melissa is a full time RN at a medical center in Eugene working in the Medical, Surgical, Orthopedic and Oncology units. She is also working on her health coach certification through IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition) and is a Reiki Master.
She describes herself as “animal loving, Golden Girl watching, whiskey drinking, sassy molassy-just living, laughing and loving my way through life.”
She moved from Beaverton to Eugene in 2013, and is married with four kids, a Beagle, and a Siamese cat.
If it sounds like Melissa has a lot going on, that’s because she does! “I do not have a lot of spare time, but do enjoy working in my garden, driving around in Truck Norris, going for family walks, doing yoga, and sometimes using my gym membership,” she says.
In addition to her work as a nurse, Melissa is also a representative for Plexus. Brandy says she discovered Plexus after years of being sick. “I had just left my ex-husband for domestic violence with our two babies while in nursing school and working full time-that had to be why I was so sick. But then I remarried, graduated, passed my NCLEX (thank goodness!) and got a good job. Yet, I was still as sick as ever. IBS like symptoms, not able to maintain a healthy weight and frequent bouts of bronchitis.”
Despite seeking help through traditional medical sources, she wasn’t able to find answers. “My doctor just wanted to prescribe medications and write me off as a "stressed-out Mom,” she explains.
A friend introduced her to Plexus in 2015 and she was impressed with the results. “For the first time in years I was able to keep food in. Life changer!”
Although she was already working two jobs at the time, she decided she wanted to be a part of Plexus also. “I have a small team that is growing steadily. We all have a passion for helping people reach their health and wellness goals and most of my teammates are healthcare professionals,” she explains.
Melissa lives in Eugene, but has clients all over the United States. Her ideal client is someone who is motivated to work toward health and fitness goals and willing to work on the underlying issues instead of quick fix.
She loves working for herself and the flexibility it gives her – whether that is working from her phone while relaxing in the hot tub or while waiting for her kids at a dental appointment.
Melissa advises other direct sales representatives to find a niche that you are passionate about. “Surround yourself with those that love and support you unconditionally and forget the haters (it's a reflection on their character, not yours).”
Her struggle is a familiar one to anyone who works for a direct sales company. “There is the stigma that is attached to it. I don't do this business for the money; I already have a good job. I do it because I am passionate about helping people and want to help others get healthy in a holistic way.”
Melissa mentions helping her grandma find non-pharmaceutical relief of her fibromyalgia pain through Plexus as one of her greatest accomplishments. She has also been able to help a friend improve his health. “He's like a new man! Happy, smiling and healthy!”
She also loves being a MOB Alliance member. “I love being part of a group of women that encourages and goes out of their way to help you whether it is for your business or personal life. I've made some great new friends! Going to the meet ups has forced me to get out of my comfort zone-though I still talk way too fast when my turn comes around,” she says.
You can find Melissa online at:
Facebook: Melissa's Pinkalicious Page
Debbie is a mom of two and the owner of SkinSense Spa in Lake Oswego. After finishing esthetician school, she worked at another spa, but a disappointing experience there led her to open her own business. Debbie has hosted a MOB meet up at her spa in addition to generously providing space for other MOB businesses to leave their cards. She has also collaborated with several MOBs to hold events at her spa.
She’s a proud mom of two older kids. “My kids are my brag, my pride, and my world! Every decision I make in life and business is with them in mind,” she says.
Debbie was born overseas and says she sort of speaks Cantonese. She’s also an avid traveler. “I love travel, adventures, and thrills!” On the other hand, she says she is naturally quiet by nature and prefers to observe from the background. She’s also a lover of fashion and puppies. “If I had the property, I would adopt every abandoned dog I find,” she says.
Debbie doesn’t have a specific mentor, but says she has many strong women friends and MOBs in her life. “I pick and choose strengths I see and learn from their strengths,” she explains.
She says her biggest struggle has depended on where she is in her business. “In the beginning, it was ‘How the heck am I going to do this?’ then it was ‘I need to have my own space!’ Now the struggle is in marketing and finding practitioners who will be the best fit for the spa.”
Debbie advises new business owners to take responsibility for their mistakes and to learn from them. She also says “Don't be a follower. And you have to be very passionate, but not pushy, about your business, because clients can feel the difference between passion and pushy.”
She says her biggest accomplishments are her kids. But she is also very proud of her passion to continue, and do well, even when others told her she wouldn’t amount to much. “I said, hmmm, that sounds like a challenge! And I’m doing it!”
Debbie loves being a MOB and the support she finds. “It is a diverse group of amazing, talented, and GIVING moms!”
She also loves the freedom of working for herself. “No one is breathing down my neck, whether I succeed or fail, I am in complete control,” she explains.
Debbie says her ideal referral is someone who wants to learn more about caring for their skin and finding the best products for it. Debbie’s passion for educating around skin care is well-known in the MOB, so it isn’t a surprise that she loves to work with people who want to build a long-term relationship with their skin care therapist.
You can find Debbie online at:
website: SkinSense Spa, LLC