Our story is a journey of knowledge, passion, determination,
and, most importantly, about caring for people.
Where it All Began:
In 2007, managing massage cabanas overlooking the beautiful beaches in Hawaii, I discovered my true calling in the spa world. I found that the spa industry helps balance out the stressful and uncongenial aspects of our clients’ daily lives. Even on the toughest days, knowing that I am a part of a team that promotes wellness, happiness, and relaxation is so inspiring.
The further I grew into my career the more I realized that, as a whole, spa employees give and nurture on a consistent basis. Unlike medical procedures or traditional retail, spa services are mainly elective, and every experience is expected to deliver consistently and precisely as described. This giving nature should be acknowledged and rewarded, and that’s what we’ve set out to do. Our goal is to fill a void in the spa industry with a focus on community and sustainability.
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Finding Our Team:
Over the years, I’ve developed wonderful friendships with many people that are like-minded and inspired me to do more. The first friend to encourage this leap into ownership is also my business partner, Chase Wilhelm. Chase and I met in 2007, and he reminded me of a conversation we had all those years ago “one day we’re going to open a spa together” – to which I laughed and dismissed it as a far-off dream that would never come to fruition. I am so thankful to say I was wrong! Chase utilizes his experience and education as an entrepreneur to help others to achieve their dreams.
The second friend that has been by my side, as my support group and advocate, is Sally Shaw-Owen. We instantly bonded 6 years ago when I interviewed her, and have been great friends ever since. As our very talented Guest Services Manager, Sally brings many years of hospitality expertise and a natural ability to create the ideal environment for fun, laughter, and tranquility. I can’t imagine anyone more fitting to take this journey with us.
Through a network of friends and co-workers, past and present, we were inspired to create a business that encompasses everything we love about our industry and provide a happy home for spa professionals to flourish in their careers.
Raleigh became our home in 2009, offering everything my husband Tony and I wanted for our daughter, Alyvia. We’ve grown our roots here, love the city and the people, and have friends we consider family. North Carolina has been great to our family, and I’m so thankful we are now able to give back.
Our spa is focused on sustainability, supporting the local economy, and being environmentally conscious in all that we do. In addition to providing an exceptional workplace and a home for many local vendors, we promise to provide a true retreat to every guest that comes to visit, with an ultimate goal to add each of you to our spa family. Welcome to Spa Retreat Cary!