Patience is a virtue that Kym Lagudi has in spades. An esthetician currently operating out of her home, Lagudi has big plans that had to be put on hold due to the current economic situation—plans to open a children’s spa where she says patience and a willingness to learn will be key traits for her team members when the business opens. Her love of children has led her to this point in a career that started three years ago, but her love affair with the spa industry has been life-long.
After graduating high school in 1979, Lagudi, a California native, traveled to Australia. “I wanted to go there and backpack, and Europe didn’t appeal to me because I’m a California girl and wanted to go where there were beaches and I could speak the language,” she says. Quickly, Australia became her second home, and Lagudi married a native Australian. During that time, she also enjoyed travelling to spas throughout Europe and became what she calls a religious spa patron.
Soon, the life she was so familiar with changed. “We lived across the street from the beach, so when my husband decided to buy a company in Las Vegas, it was a very difficult transition,” she says. Finding herself in an unfamiliar place was not an easy experience. “I came from the beach to the desert, not knowing anyone and not knowing what to do,” she explains. “Las Vegas is a very transient town.” And as the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours; Lagudi soon found herself going through a divorce.