In Boston, we are fortunate enough to have some REALLY great small businesses in every neighborhood. Well, the one and only, Mayor Marty Walsh, must agree because earlier this year he announced his first ever City-Wide Small Business Plan. The plan will further Boston’s commitment to success as well as the growth of these local companies that we love so much. It’s now coming to the end of National Small Business Week and we figured with all these #positivevibes in the air, we feel it is our personal duty as your go-to girls to highlight some of our faves. So, what a great time it is to kick-off our Small Business Spotlight Series!
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: we’re all about Girl Power. Apparently we aren’t the only ones because a huge initiative to help women start and grow their own businesses was put into place: WE BOS , aka Women Entrepreneurs Boston. These resources provided by Mayor Walsh are hugely beneficial in the support of females in business, right here in Bean Town!
Our first Q&A is with one our favorite North End businesses that we’ve been fans of since, like, forever. Natural Glow is a Sunless Spray Tanning Salon on Commercial Street. Read more about Sarah and her business below. We’d love to hear about some of your favorite small businesses in Boston!
Q: Can you tell us how you got into Sunless Tanning?
A: When I was in college I helped my Mother start up an airbrush tanning business. I got my degree in accounting and went straight to work for a public accounting firm after college but I always hoped to have my own business. Since sunless tanning holds a special place in my heart, it was the perfect fit.
Q: How many years old is Natural Glow?
A: 5 years in July, happy birthday to us!
Q: What are the benefits of getting a spray tan?
A: There are so many wonderful benefits of getting a spray tan. The obvious and most important benefit is that it’s the healthy alternative to a tanning bed and the sun which can cause cancer and other complications. I personally love the instant gratification and the fact that my clients leave feeling kissed by the sun in just one visit. It’s also great for all people and skin types and people who work inside all day.
Q: Can any skin type sunless tan?
Q: It seems like contouring every part of the body is in right now, do you have clients requesting body sculpting during their sprays? If so, is that something that you can do?
A: Our technique integrates contouring and defining the body on every person, every time they come in.
Q: How long does each spray tan take?
A: Our appointments are 15 minutes from start to finish.
Q: How long will it last?
A: 5-10 days depending on the person’s attention to after care and their body’s natural exfoliation rate.
Q: Can you customize how tan you want to be?
Q: Do you do group parties/discounts?
A: We have a bridal discount, senior and student. Check them out on naturalglowboston.com!
Q: How many people do you employ?
Q: What is the biggest challenge in running your own business?
A: The biggest challenge is making sure every client is getting the best service possible. I spend a lot of time and detail training my employees to make sure that the company standard of service is portrayed throughout each client’s visit.
Q: You recently revealed a re-branding- we love the new look! Who did the new graphic design?
A: Lauren Bevilacqua, follow her @acquadesignco
Q: What is your favorite Boston neighborhood?
A: North End of course!
Q: What’s your favorite brunch spot?
A: That’s a tough one! Right now, I’m loving Trina’s Starlight Lounge in Somerville.
Q: What is your favorite street to shop on?
A: Charles St. in Beacon Hill
Q: What do you love most about Boston?
A: There is such a great sense of comradery in Boston. We have built so many great relationships with other businesses- everyone supports each other. I also feel so lucky to call so many clients my friend. I enjoy being at my salon and in Boston every day. The people, the history, the food- I love it all!!