“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou
We are back with another Successful Role Model and this time it's a duo, Let’s talk skin care…
Skinphorea facial bar co-owners Jessica Hayes-Stallings (licensed skin care therapist) and Shareese Shorter (director of program management) have awakened the metropolitan Detroit area to a revolutionary skin care experience with a happy hour twist. They offer a full menu of high end products and services at an affordable price from their $10 shots to their popular $49 facial.
Posh and Popular’s Kimberly Bodine writes: "In my opinion (which is usually on point), Skinphorea is the hottest new facial bar in the Metro Detroit area. But you have to experience it for yourself!"
Jessica and Shareese were kind enough to allow me to ask them a few questions on what inspires and motivates them to keep pushing toward success, past an idea into a full fledged brick and mortar business.
Success is not easily acquired. It’s a long, arduous road that can feel like you’re traveling alone. Let these ladies motivate you…
It’s not just a business it is a passion!
MRP: For those who may not know who you are and what it is that you do. Please introduce yourself and explain what it is that you do?
Jessica: I am a licensed skin care therapist and co-owner of Skinphorea, the first facial bar in Metro Detroit. We specialize in creating custom facial cocktail treatments and educating each client on how to achieve healthy, beautiful skin using all natural products. We also offer facial and body waxing. Clients receive inexpensive facial services at our bar while they watch their favorite movie and enjoy our lounge atmosphere.
Shareese: I'm co-owner of Skinphorea Facial Bar in Royal Oak, MI. My company specializes in providing great skin care. We provide our clients with the right products and techniques to see a real improvement with their skin. It's been an online venture since 2014 and we just opened our first store front in Royal Oak, MI!
The Concept of a Facial Bar: Think day spa without all the unnecessary fuss and a fun Happy Hour outing with your friends! You can relax in our lounge area with your girls, drink fruity (non-alcoholic) cocktails and mimosas, while watching your favorite romantic comedy, and chatting it up with friends. During your service you'll be able to fully recline and relax in one of our comfy leather chairs and get your express facial! We also have full facials and full waxing services in our private room.
Our licensed estheticians, or what we call Mixologist at Skinphorea, have an average of 10-years experience within the skincare industry. We not only have a passion for skincare, but also enjoy educating others about their skin. We’re not doing nails or hair. We are here to change your skin!
MRP: How did you get started? Tell us your story.
Jessica: I’m married and a mother of three beautiful girls. I worked as a credit and financial counselor for almost seven years. I felt that there had to be more to life than just work, pay bills and wait for someone to approve vacation days just so I could spend time with my family. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and have always wanted to own a spa. I finally got the courage to take the first step to quit my job, graduate aesthetics school, and work on my dream. But trust me, nothing was done without a strategic plan on how I would get there.
MRP: Do you have a Daily Routine, a specific way that you start your day every day? If so, what is it?
Shareese: My best habit or daily routine is to wake up early and give myself 30-45 minutes of extra time to just think. I usually spend that time listening to voicemails or reading emails without responding so I know how to prioritize my entire day.
MRP: What habits do you feel attributed to your success?
Shareese: My best habit or skill is being able to pause, think, and then act. I realized throughout my countless business interactions it is better to keep someone or something waiting (not too long, of course) and to put together a powerful response than to rush into a quick decision.
Jessica: Having a schedule and meeting every goal, whether its personal or professional a SMART goal. I make it SPECIFIC (detailed as possible), MEASURABLE (how much will it cost me), ATTAINABLE and REALISTIC (is this something truly achievable) and TIME BASED (I have a timeline for EVERYTHING). It helps keep me on track.
MRP: Are there any challenges that you had to overcome in order to become successful? What are they? How did you overcome them?
Jessica: Well in my eyes, I still have a ways to go to become fully free and successful. I had to stop trying to be a serial entrepreneur. I want to own and do everything. I learned that I have to work on one thing and give it my all instead of working on five different business ideas and professional goals and giving it whatever energy I have left. Plus, I like things to happen instantly. I’m learning patience. If it’s meant to be and done the right way, it will not happen overnight.
MRP: How do you push through your worst times?
Shareese: It helps me to remember that I'm not the only one going through a hard time. Knowing that there are others that have gone through adversity and times harder than my own help me stay grounded.
MRP: What is your super power?
Jessica: A great support system of family, friends and an amazing staff. They make me seem like I’m big when in actuality, Ive made it this far because of them. My husband and kids sacrificed so much for me to follow this path. My sister, parents and in-laws, stepped in for my children when I couldn’t. My girlfriends, pushed me and constantly reminded me of my worth when I wanted to give up. They helped me fine-tune my skill before I brought it to the public. My staff is amazing and provides the best customer service that anyone could ask for and represents the Skinphorea brand like no other….. They are all my super power!
Shareese: My super power is my power of observation. I've learned so much by just being silent and observing other's actions.
MRP: What is your motivation? Do you have a quote, video, saying that you would like to share?
Jessica: I listen to Eric Thomas and other motivational speakers every morning. My favorite from him that I have on my wall is “Don’t cry to give up, cry to keep going….” you can either cry because your situation is bad or get up and fight to change it….
MRP: What do you do to unwind, to separate personal and business?
Shareese: Vacationing and leaving my email inbox closed. It's okay to unplug from the day-to-day reality of work and just be to yourself every once in a while. If you don't you'll burn yourself out and you won't be useful to anyone.
MRP: What is one piece of advice you would pass on to someone striving to find their way as an entrepreneur, small business owner, etc.?
Shareese: Plan and save. When you start something new it's best to plan out every single detail (and I'm saying down to the cost and type of toilet paper you may want to use in your company's bathroom, lol) and save as much money as possible, because as much as you may try to plan for there is always extra surprises in life.
Jessica: Instead of coming up with any product or service and trying to persuade consumers to buy, research and see what consumers are missing and make your service or product based on that. Then find a mentor or work for another company and learn all that you can from them before going on your own and making unnecessary mistakes…Don’t rush and don’t chase the money. If done right, it will all come.
MRP: What is one piece of advice or a lesson learned that you would like to share with those striving to balance personal life (family, friendships, etc) and your business?
Shareese: The best advice that I received about being overwhelmed or trying to fine balance is: Question: "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: "One bite at a time"
Are you in need of relaxation and can't find the time for that long vacation or expensive spa's? Visit Skinphorea today and get the spa experience without all the hassle!