Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Markiewicz.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Debbie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Ever since I can remember, I wanted a family. To be a Mom. Never would I have imagined that I would someday be a business owner.
My husband and I didn’t wait very long after we were married in 1997 before we started our family. We were blessed with our son, Nathan in 1998 and then again with our daughter, Natalie in 2001. My life was full, joyful and consumed with motherhood and I loved it. I quickly realized once my children were of school age that I was starting to have quite a bit of “free time” on my hands. Many Mothers in our school community were heading back into the careers they had before children or taking on part time jobs. I didn’t have a “career” to go back to. I never went to college. When I graduated high school, I went right into full time office work. The thought of going back to work sort of excited me! There were so many possibilities!
I decided that I wanted whatever career I embarked on to be meaningful. I wanted my “job” to be something I could feel good about. I thought about things I have experienced in life that brought me joy and made me feel happy, and made a list. The Spa industry ranked pretty high on that list. I have always enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere, the soft-spoken therapists eager to help me relax and the aromatic embrace of essential oils. The spa was always a welcomed escape from what was sometimes a hectic life.
When diving deeper into the industry, I came across the description of Esthetician. Not only do Estheticians pamper their clients with relaxation but they also help them take care of their skin. What particularly stood out was helping those who suffer from acne. As a teen, I had frequent break outs. I would cover my acne with layers upon layers of makeup and my self-esteem suffered. I didn’t feel pretty and I was very shy to participate in anything that would ruin my makeup! No one told me how to care for my skin. I had no idea why it was happening or how to fix it. Becoming an Esthetician would allow me to help others with acne and other skin care concerns and that really warmed my heart. I immediately started searching schools.
In 2008, while my kids were in school, I attended school full time at the New Age Spa Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois. In just shy of a year, I graduated and passed my state boards. It was a very exciting time and I couldn’t wait to start working. Renting a room seemed to be ideal since it would allow me to pick my days and hours. At first, I rented a room at a hair salon. I really loved finally being able to perform treatments in my little space but the truth was the room was VERY little. The room was not sound proof and it was a challenge to create the quiet little sanctuary I was hoping for.
On my drives home from the salon, I would pass a little store front with a “FOR RENT” sign in the window. I would think to myself how nice it would be to have that space. But I really didn’t think it would be financially possible. I drove by for months before deciding to call to ask about it.
All it took was a phone call and there I was inside a 595-square foot blank canvas. I was pleasantly surprised at the rent amount and started to realize that maybe I could actually do it. After speaking with my husband, I signed the lease. Shortly thereafter, it hit me. I’m really doing this! And that was a bit scary.
Before we started our renovations, I found out my dear friend was selling her hair salon. We talked and I asked if she would be interested in joining me at the new space. It was a win, win for us both. I was able to build the room I needed to create my little sanctuary and she had a space to continue to take care of her clients in. We worked together for about six years. We made adjustments throughout the years but were always supporting one another and sharing our growth and knowledge. Our time together came to an end when the hair salon decided to move to a 2,500-square foot space in a neighboring town. The two of us talked frequently about moving together but in the end, I decided to stay and expand my spa within our existing building doubling our space.
Since my start in 2009, I have slowly built a foundation of excellent customer service, five star facial services and a friendly welcoming spa environment. In June of 2016, my son graduated high school and we expanded the spa from one treatment room to four treatment rooms. We are coming up on one year since our successful expansion and are excited to now offer massage, waxing and microblading services. I have learned so much over the last several years about my strengths as an Esthetician, a business owner and as a person. I am very much looking forward to Tranquility Skin Spa’s continued growth. In the coming years, when my daughter heads off to college I can only hope that my career journey will be an inspiration to both her and my son. I also hope that other women are inspired to try to create a balance between home and work life and not be afraid to take chances.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been always being a smooth road but many of the struggles turned into lessons that I’m not sure could have been learned any other way. It was a struggle at first balancing work and home. There were times I had to cancel appointments to pick up a sick child from school or drop off a forgotten lunch. I had to reach out for help from fellow Mom’s and family members on occasion. Learning that I don’t have to try to do it all and that it’s ok to ask for a little help was super important.
From a strictly business stand point, struggling with how to market my business was hard. It was equally difficult to navigate through slow times and things would get a bit scary when revenue dropped during those times. As a small business, setting aside a decent marketing budget can be a challenge. Finding the right way to market your business with a minimal budget is even more challenging. I’ve learned a lot over the years about what works for us and what doesn’t and how to better plan ahead.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tranquility Skin Spa – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Tranquility Skin Spa is a loving, caring boutique spa environment. Our specialty is result oriented, non-invasive skin care treatments. Our treatments help achieves beautiful skin progressively, not aggressively. We are proud to say that our guests come from all over the Chicago area to enjoy our ultra-relaxing, customized facial services and stress melting massages. Tranquility has also been dubbed a “Hidden Gem” by many of our frequent guests and for that we are so honored. It’s nice to know that our guests feel like they stumbled onto to something special…because they did!
What sets our spa apart from others is our superior acne treatments, our caring/passionate team members, our exceptional customer service and our client loyalty. We feel like we are treating friends to spa treatments every day.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Tranquility Skin Spa’s future plan is to continue offering pampering spa services to all of our guests. Our team continues to nurture our professions with continuing education so we are able to provide the best services possible. New and exciting services are always around the corner to help keep our clients engaged and happy.
- Customized “Get Pampered” Facial – $75
- Tranquility Stress Melter Massage – $78
- Eyebrow Microblading – $450
- Address: 320 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca, IL 60143
- Website: www.tranquilityskinspa.org
- Phone: 630 773 8910
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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