It seems that after the containment and stress of the pandemic, more and more of us are feeling the need for some pampering.
It is certainly the experience of Beauty and spa with white orchid owner Jennifer McKearney.
Jennifer (29) is busier than ever at her business in Armagh and with the demand for salon services, she plans to expand.
From the beginning of September, guests can relax in a new relaxation room, which extends into the garden and will include a hot tub, sauna, sitting area and fireplace.
“I hope I can accommodate larger groups and parties of up to 10 people,” Jennifer said. “We have so many customers coming in and asking for this, but at the moment we only have room for six.
“The bachelorette parties are an important thing right now because nobody can go anywhere, so we are trying to open up that market.
“The hot tub area is totally exclusive, so guests have it for their private use before going upstairs for treatment.
“We’re also partnering with The Gathering Rooms in town so anyone who books a package with us can finish their lunch upstairs in the Rose Tearoom.
“It’s a great way to enjoy your day and have it all at home.”
The Derrynoose woman opened the business five years ago in November, starting by working on two floors of the Victoria Street premises herself.
Today it employs five people and the four floors are occupied by the salon, with two double suites, a double pedicure room and a seaweed bath, as well as the tea room and the extended relaxation room.
And to top it off, White Orchid was recently nominated for Spa of the Year 2021 with Ulster Tatler.
“Right now we’re doing a lot of ‘doubles’ like mothers and daughters, friends and couples. We also have monthly spa packages – from five to 1.5 hours – and we’re very busy with those, ”she said.
“The tea room opened after the first confinement. Containment has been a very productive time for me. My head has never stopped spinning with all the ideas!
“The company took a long time to develop, but I firmly believe in ‘earning a little, spending a little’. “
Jennifer, who studied Beauty Therapy Levels 2 and 3 at Southern Regional College, ran a salon at Keady, Inner Beauty, for a year and a half before working for Allure House of Beauty in Lurgan and the spa in Castle Leslie. .
But she “just couldn’t shake” the desire to run her own business again, which prompted her to open White Orchid – a move that turned out to be a winner.
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