Inspire Skin & Body is out of business
Inspire Skin & Body, a Greensboro spa opened last year by an industry veteran, has closed.
The spa closed last week, according to an email sent out to clients. Citing the declining economy, owner Felicia Brown said in the email the business also was hurt by the departure of a key staff member and her clientele.
The combination of the two meant the company, which opened in August, could not meet its expenses, she said.
The spa’s skin care line and mineral makeup will be available at Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center on North Elm Street. Coley also will honor outstanding gift cards at full face value for several services, as will Spalutions on State Street.
According to the email, Brown, who founded and later sold the Balance Day Spa company, will return to her career in business consulting, writing and motivational speaking.
More about the Owner Felicia Brown:
Brown, LMBT is the owner and visionary leader of Inspire Skin & Body which opened in July 2008. She is also the founder of Balance Day Spa in Greensboro which she sold in 2005 after growing it into a successful, respected and well-known business. After several years of industry research, professional training and personal self-discovery, Felicia decided to open Inspire Skin & Body to create a new kind of workplace for her staff and a upscale spa and VIP service experience for clients.
Felicia has won numerous awards for her business skills and accomplishments. Most recently, she was awarded the May/June 2008 Spa Person of the Month by the Day Spa Association and was selected as one of the Top Entrepreneurs of 2009 and Top 25 Movers & Shakers of 2008 by Business Leader Magazine. Other awards include the 2005 Small Business Person of the Year from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, 2004 Women in Business, 2003 Forty Leaders Under Forty, 2003 Best Places to Work, and 2005 Best Spa in Greensboro. In 2007, she was also given an award for National Volunteer of the Year by the American Massage Therapy Association.
Felicia is also the owner of Spalutions! , a firm that provides business solutions for spa professionals through business consulting, marketing coaching and staff training programs. She has written for and been quoted in numerous trade publications including DAYSPA, Spa Magazine, Skin, Inc., Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Magazine, Massage & Bodywork, Spa Management Journal and Dermascope. Felicia also provides free business and marketing advice and resources for spa and wellness professionals on Felicia’s Blog and is currently working on a book on marketing for spas.
Felicia currently serves on an advisory board for the Massage Therapy Journal, a publication of the American Massage Therapy Association and reviews trade-related textbooks, manuscripts and other materials for MiladySalonovations and Health Positive Inc. She is the Assistant Editor for the Day Spa/Medical Spa Bible 2nd Edition, a publicationwhich is being put out by the Day Spa Association (DSA) and the International Medical Spa Association (IMSA). Felicia has also released her first CD, Just Breathe: Guided Meditations for Inner Peace.
Felicia is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and has lived there her whole life except for a three year stint in Crested Butte, Colorado where she taught kids skiing. Prior to her career as a massage therapist, she also taught figure skating and worked in the hospitality industry as a staff trainer, waitress and bartender. In her free time, Felicia enjoys running, yoga, reading, cooking, travel, and spa/travel adventures of most any sort. She also enjoys volunteer work and has worked in the past with the Melanoma Research Foundation, Greensboro Jaycees, Mobile Meals, Triad Health Project, The MS Society, and MDA to name a few. Felicia is married to David Clayton, and together they have a houseful of pets – 3 dogs and 1 cat – all of whom are rescued.