Owner, Jessica Tetu of Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio, along with her team of dedicated professionals, provide a tranquil Saskatoon spa experience with over 2700 square feet of stunning spa space.
This award winning Saskatoon Spa with its laid back, warm, elegant environment offers a breath of a truly exceptional spa experience for woman and men. Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio offers outstanding skin and body therapies, in depth consultations and the tools & knowledge to become your own “spa therapist” at home.
LIA REESE CANADA
Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio
Owner Jess Tetu talks about her line of luxury make up and skin care products.
Canadian beauty with trendsetting cosmetics, award winning botanical skin care,
luxurious body care, simple step men’s skin & shave care, and professional
skin & makeup training.
How did you get started?
After 15 years in the spa
industry, & owning two award winning Saskatchewan day spas, my desire and
deep interest in the skin beauty industry led me to create a brand representing
my passion for the exciting industry.
What inspires you?
Strong, independent women are my
most admirable influence in business. They inspire me to work hard, and believe
in myself. I have several inspirational people in my life, almost too many to
list. My mother, who worked sometimes three jobs when I was a child, to provide
for our family; my sister who has taught me how to problem solve even the most
difficult situations; my grandmother who first taught me how to do makeup and
to always take a little time to “glam” yourself up! I use to LOVE watching her
apply her makeup, and to this day – she has hands down the more gorgeous
natural nails that look like they are straight out of a magazine ad! My group
of entrepreneurial friends who work together to constantly support each other!
Jor, Shan, and many others. My team of managers keep me going every day, and my
family supports my larger than life big dreams!
What is your idea of a Modern Woman?
A modern woman to me is a woman
who displays confidence, is courageous, independent, believes in herself &
is respected by others! Not to mention a modern woman generally rocks the
newest trends, and is current in her social surroundings!
What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?
This is the question I get asked
most often in my career as an entrepreneur.
My advice is this – Truly believe that you can accomplish what you set
out to, and others will believe it too!
Make a very detailed plan on how you will accomplish your success and
stick to the plan! Speak to professionals and other entrepreneurs, this advice
is priceless! Do your homework, and be prepared to give it all you got to see
your dreams come true! Most importantly – never stop believing in yourself!
What is one piece of advice you would give yourself looking back?
To not sweat the small stuff! I
put so much sweat and tears into starting my businesses, that I took even the
smallest things to heart and it really took it’s toll on me emotionally. If I
knew then what I know now, it’s that if you make a mistake you can use it as a
learning tool and become a great problem solver. It will be ok. You will get
through it, and you can’t let it break you down and keep you from pursuing your
dreams. You will make mistakes, it’s inevitable. You are human afterall, but it
will be ok. Keep working hard and focus
on a solution and learn from the mistake!
What is in the future for Lia Reese Canada?
Lia Reese Canada will be a Canada
wide brand by 2017. We are working to add several new exciting items to the
brand and within a few years we hope to have a flag ship store carrying just LR
brands!! (Available now online and in select salon/spas)
What would we find you doing in your free time?
Is there such a thing for an
entrepreneur or a serial entrepreneur? – just kidding! When I’m not busy with
Lia Reese Canada I’m running between my two day spas, Just For You Day Spa
Regina and Saskatoon. I have three amazing children who are the light of my
life. They generally keep me running between hockey and gymnastics, swim &
all things kid related! I am extremely committed to giving back to my community
as well, so you’ll often find me volunteering, donating, or attending charity
events all over SK.
Who is someone that you find is a role model for women in business?
I think fabulous celebrities like
Oprah, and Ellen are obvious choices, I commend their incredible charitable
connections to celebrity. I also think fabulous women like Rachel Mielke with
Hilberg & Berk make Saskatchewan proud for what she does representing
women. I also would say one of my closest friends Aly, we have been best
friends since kindergarten, who immediately following her son’s birth was
diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer, she is 34 years
old. She is an incredible role model to
women as she has shown amazing strength through this ordeal. She is a wonderful teacher who offers
education to young women interested in the beauty industry, and despite all of
this happening in her life, she still manages the time to support me in my
entrepreneurial journey. I have named one of my Lia Reese Cosmetics Lip Glosses
after her! ALY is available at liareese.com, with $5 from each “ALY” gloss sold
going to breast cancer research!
Do you think having a mentor is valuable both while you’re starting out
and even after you are more experienced?
I absolutely do! I had a few
mentors, and I truly believe they are what got me through many rough moments!
Their personal opinions and experiences are priceless pieces of advice for a
newbie starting out. I was like a sponge, soaking up as much as I could from
them! It’s great to keep working with them, to maintain that constant support,
and to then offer that support yourself when you find success! I offer
mentorship to multiple new business owners or entrepreneurs, in not only my
industry but those starting out needing the “how to’s” of getting started!
Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female
entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?
I am actually blown away by how
supportive business women in Saskatchewan are! So many reach out to me, and we
have become almost a close little group of women with similar lives! Saskatoon
and Saskatchewan is such a fantastic place to live if you are opening your own
business, because not only are they supportive of new ideas, and promoting
shopping local, but this province just truly believes in supporting their own!
It certainly makes me proud to be Sask born and Raised
Want to learn more about the Lia Reese Canada product line, or Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio? Contact them today!
Interview by Mandi Brown