Two registered nurse practitioners who opened a new medical spa and salon in Howell say they want customers to leave feeling good about themselves and refreshed, especially during a pandemic.
Co-owners of Corner Studio Spa Jaclyn Phillion and Lauren Yanalunas opened their new business in October at 120 S. Walnut Street in Howell. The spa offers a combination of medical and non-medical cosmetic procedures, IV vitamin therapies, massage and hair salon services.
Phillion said the pandemic has been rough on people’s skin.
“A lot of people are having skin issues because of masks,” Phillion said. “We have things for people who want to bring their skin back to life.”
She and Yanalunas say they wanted to start a spa and salon that offered customers a lot of different options.
“With cosmetic injections, some people aren’t ready for that but they want a more intense facial,” Yanalunas said.
She said they recently purchased a new HydraFacial machine that performs several functions and is non-invasive.
“It’s a machine that lets you do facials and extractions. The treatments that go into the machine give you a deeper clean. There are light treatments for acne attached to it. They also do lymphatic drainage that gets the toxins out,” she said. “It’s more middle of the road, not as invasive as injections can be but something that hopefully will bring in clients who want a more intense facial.”
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The spa also has a line of skincare products by ZO Skin Health that are only offered by medical providers.
“It basically transforms our skin. It’s all topical stuff without injections,” Yanalunas said.
For customers who are looking for more intense cosmetic treatments, the spa offers neuromodulator injections, including Botox and Dysport, and dermal fillers, including Restylane and Juvéderm.
They offer a wide variety of skin treatments, including chemical peels, microneedling and dermaplaning, as well as traditional facials.
They also offer IV vitamin therapies, including B12 shots and Myers’ Cocktail infusions, among others.
“For example, B12 shots give you a boost of energy and they help with mental clarity as well,” Phillion said.
Before opening the spa, they remodeled the interior of the building, which they purchased earlier this year following the closure of home décor store Sage and Slate.
When they bought the building it had one open room.
“Now we have four rooms for services,” Phillion said. “We put our husbands to work all summer and then also brought in a contractor. It was nice because both of our families came together to get this open.”
They said it has not been the easiest time to open a new business.
“We’re new and COVID puts on more stress,” Phillion said. “At first, we had some walk-ins and now it is by appointment, and you get limited on the number of people you get in here. At first, we wanted to do holiday parties and had some events planned, like an RV boutique outside, but some of the events we wanted to do to bring people in we had to put off.”
Some potential clients have called the spa to learn more about services but are waiting to book appointments until after the pandemic is under control, she said.
Phillion and Yanalunas worked together a few years ago as intensive care nurses at the University of Michigan Hospital before working other jobs, Phillion in orthopedics and Yanalunas in family medicine.
They both said they fell in love with doing cosmetic injections.
“In the ICU, it’s a high-stress job with people who are sick. This is a refresher,” Phillion said. “You’re helping people out. You’re helping them feel better about themselves. It’s very different from working in the ICU.”
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