Wednesday, 10 December 2014

60 SECOND INTERVIEW: Tracey West & Teresa Fowler

THIS week’s joint 60 Second interviewees are Tracey West and Teresa Fowler, from Uplyme and Lyme Regis respectively. Tracey, who previously worked in the care industry, and Teresa, a florist who will be marking the 18th anniversary of her well-established Lyme business House of Flowers this month, have recently paired up to launch Feel Fabulous, a new beauty business offering a vast range of treatments.

HOW did you both get into beautician work?
Teresa:  I have always loved everything “nails” and always done my own and friends and family, so thought I would train professionally (we both have). I love the fact that the design aspect and trends with nails keeps changing, similar to with flowers, so I can be creative with them and try new ideas. We work as a team together but separately.
Tracey: I have always worked in the care environment and beauty is something I've always wanted to do. It gives me great satisfaction. I also sell Tropic Skin Care products and offer mobile treatments too. We do pamper parties together which is good fun. 

WHAT made you decide to go into business together as Feel Fabulous?
We started training at the same time a couple of years ago without knowing it, it was quite funny when we mentioned it to each other! We were already friends and this was just the right thing to do. We both provide different treatments and believe in natural and kind products and together we are Feel Fabulous. We both thought it was a great name for nail and beauty and Tasmin. Teresa’s daughter, made us the logo.

WHAT treatments do you offer?
Well, that's a very long list but most popular are the massages, facials, threading, waxing, spray tans, lash and brow tints, lash lift and lash extensions, nail extensions and enhancements, the long-lasting gel polish, nail art, parafin manicures and pedicures!  A full list of treatments as well as loyalty cards and gift vouchers are available at House of Flowers in Broad Street. Skin and nail health is something that needs to be maintained and we give you all the advise tips and info you need .

WHAT’S been the reaction of customers so far?
It's been great! They love coming here, they say it's "handy"! The reaction has been very positive and supportive and they love that we are doing it. We are becoming popular with both locals and visitors, and people are taking the time to leave great reviews so we are very grateful.

HOW does Feel Fabulous tie in with Teresa's existing business at House of Flowers?
Teresa:  Perfectly! I have a nail bar in the shop and it's a lovely setting to sit and have your nails done surrounded by the scent and vibrancy of the flowers.  Both nails and flowers are both very creative professions and the two go together "hand in hand"! I get inspiration from floral designs and have had some lovely feedback. I keep up to date with all the latest trends with both. It's house of flowers 18th anniversary this month, I can't believe I set it up 18 years ago!
Tracey: It's a convenient drop-in place to make appointments and pick up a price list. I also sell Tropic Skin Care which you can order and collect from there, or you order via our Facebook page “Feel Fabulous”.

DO you have any plans to expand further?
Yes, there’s much more in the pipeline.  We are always adding new treatments, you can never stop learning, especially as it's a forever-changing service.
Tracey: I’ve just started offering lash extensions.
Teresa: I can convert your ordinary nail polish into a gel. We have both have regular clients and acquiring a good reputation is what we are concentrating on.  We do have access to beauty rooms locally but also offer mobile services.  We are both fully qualified and insured.

HAVE you any special offers in the run up to Christmas?
We both have had special offers on already and always probably will.   
Teresa: I have been offering the paraffin mani and pedi as it's ideal for this time of year. It's good for dry skin, stiff joints, soothing pain from arthritis, improves circulation, cleansing relaxing and stimulating. In fact, I did this on a recent pamper evening and sent everyone to sleep! 
Tracey:  I have been offering spray tans and lash extensions They make such a difference and ideal for all the Christmas parties. Christmas bookings are already getting busy but we will both be doing some January special offers too so if you're stuck for a present a voucher would be a good idea! We have offers displayed in the shop and on our Facebook page where we regularly run competitions and display photos of our work.

WHAT are your personal interests?
Teresa: I love spending time with family which means regular weekends in London to see my daughter who is at uni studying graphic design and my son is doing an apprenticeship as a joiner, they are both very creative.  I regularly visit relatives and love walking my dog Poppy, there's so many different walks here.
Tracey: I have two young boys that keep me active, Charlie attends Mrs Ethelston's and William is waiting to start pre-school. I enjoy running, spinning and socialising with friends! 

WHAT do you like about living in Uplyme and Lyme Regis?
For a small town we've got it all, including a cinema and great local shops! We must all continue to support everything we've got.  We don't like the empty houses as it's not good for the economy so rent them out and get them lived in! We love the summers and swimming in the sea, the sandy beaches, lovely walks and we also like the winters here! It’s such a great place to live. 

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