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A Down-to-Earth Spa Industry Legend

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: September 25, 2008, from the October 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Stopping Sarfati isn’t an easy task. When she isn’t performing facials, talking with clients or writing formulations, she enjoys an hour-long walk every morning and is a voracious reader, preferring books that allow her to learn, especially those based in history. She just finished reading David McCullough’s best seller 1776.

As one might suspect, business is at the core of Sarfati, indicated by her passion for all of its aspects. “I love negotiations. My juices really get going when I sit across from a vendor or a banker and really negotiate a good deal,” she says.

Through it all, Sarfati considers herself truly an entrepreneur, like many spa owners, and this allows her a freedom she cherishes. “Being an entrepreneur allows me not to be boxed in to one particular section of the business,” she says.

The spa industry has benefited from this lack of restriction and will continue to benefit for years to come, as well.