Take 5 is a meetup with a local entrepreneur.
It was a friend who helped get Angie Beaudry into the tanning and salon business.
Beaudry, owner of Revive Wellness and Tanning, was approached by the previous owner, who asked if she wanted to take over the business. That was 19 years ago, and today the West Yakima Avenue business employs between three and seven people.
While some see tanning as a way to get a bronzed look, Beaudry sees moderate exposure to the sun as healing. She also offers phototherapy and LED skin rejuvenation treatments.
Revive also has health and wellness detox programs, as well as products that use CBD, the substance found in marijuana that is used for medicinal purposes.
Beaudry lives in Yakima with her daughter, Raevyn.
How did you get started in the spa and tanning business?
I was good friends with the previous owner. He approached me about wanting to sell the salon so he could relocate.
What challenges did you have to overcome when you started your business?
I had to learn about government regulations, taxes, health care, payroll and much more, all during a time when QuickBooks Online didn’t exist.
Since you started out, how has your business evolved to meet changing times?
Our industry has changed tremendously in the past 19 years. My staff and I constantly take training courses, we’ve upgraded our equipment multiple times, computerized the salon (back then, tans were sold and redeemed on a card system) and have added cool features such as online booking as well as creating our own app.
What do you define as a good day at the office?
For me it’s all about human connection and really getting to make someone’s day better. We have a lot of laughs around here, and that is what truly feeds my soul.
What was the last book you read?
“Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis.