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Spa Owner Proves Patience is a Virtue

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Patient as always, Lagudi isn’t phased and sees this as an opportunity to put the necessary components in place so she can start building her dream spa when the market allows. “I figured I would go back to school and get my manicure license, and I want to get my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early education,” she says. The combination of this education with her solid business plan will undoubtedly result in success—when the time comes. “I’m just going to wait and see. It’s a matter of how the economy picks up in Las Vegas; it might bounce back earlier than I think, but when it’s meant to happen, it will happen,” she says.

A peek inside Lagudi’s mind reveals a plan for a spa focusing on facials, manicures, pedicures and hair services for kids, not so much cuts, but involving funky colors, beads and extensions. “There is nothing like it in Las Vegas,” she says, explaining that she would locate right next to an adult nail salon, allowing parents and kids to enjoy services at the same location. Her target market is children ranging from the ages of 5–15, and she envisions a younger staff who is as enthusiastic as the clientele. “I know it sounds ridiculous for a six-year-old to get a facial, but it would be focused on developing good lifelong habits. They would learn to look after their skin, keep the sunscreen on and keep their faces clean,” Lagudi explains.

As visions of sugar pedicures dance in her head, for now, Lagudi patiently waits and perfects her plan, laying the groundwork for success—success her current nail tech predicts, as well. “She says that 2008 is the year of the rat and is a bad year, but promises that 2009 will be a great one,” Lagudi laughs. And by all indications, it most certainly will be.