Sligo Spa

PennWest Clarion SBDC Client Success Story

Over the past year, people have learned to take care of themselves, which often times includes a little pampering. A new business in Sligo, Pennsylvania is here to help individuals do just that. Katie Elder, originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, relocated to the town of Sligo in Clarion County in 2006 when she married her husband, Kevin. Over the years, they spent time in both Sligo and Erie. In 2017, Katie obtained her state license in aesthetics and nail care. She also obtained her state license to teach these subjects.

When she and her husband officially settled in Sligo, Katie had plans to open her own spa. Katie attended a First Step webinar offered by the PennWest Clarion SBDC in the beginning of 2021. After the webinar, she worked one-on-one with a consultant to address her questions regarding the various licenses that she would need to obtain to be properly registered to conduct business in Pennsylvania. While Katie was taking care of all the behind-the-scenes work, her husband was remodeling the front of their home to create the space for the spa.

Sligo Spa by Katie Elder, LLC opened to the public on March 25, 2021. Social media marketing and word-of-mouth referrals had Katie booking clients three weeks in advance within the first month of operation. On April 19, 2021, Katie Elder celebrated the opening of her spa with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Services provided at the spa include lash extensions, lash lifts and tints, facials, chemical peels and waxing. All services are provided by appointment. Client can make appointments via phone, social media or the business’s website.

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