Janet Furoy is passionate about her Spa Euphoria & Wellness Retreat business.
“If you have the passion for it, you just have to go for it,” Furoy said, explaining why she went into the spa business in Thunder Bay after leaving her film industry career in Vancouver. “I love what I do, I love my clients. I love being my own boss. It’s very stressful but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The Red Rock band member opened the doors of her Red River Road business in April 2009 after she and her family members completely gutted the former bank building and did six months of renovations, including building new rooms and installing new floors and plumbing.
“This location has so much potential,” Furoy said. “It’s gorgeous down here. There are a lot of new shops down here and it is getting a lot more trendy. The marina is opening up and the rent is obviously very good because at that time there wasn’t a lot of venues around this area.”
Furoy went to work in the film wardrobe industry after studying makeup and esthetics at a Vancouver fashion school and moved back home to Thunder Bay about two years ago.
“I had a wonderful job,” Furoy said, explaining Godiva’s was one of the television programs she worked on while in Vancouver.
“It was really wonderful. I loved it. But I wasn’t my own boss.”
After operating a mobile makeup and esthetics service for about a year in Thunder Bay, Furoy took the plunge and decided to open Spa Euphoria & Wellness Retreat with the assistance of Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund and Aboriginal Business Canada.
“It took a lot of work, but it was worth it,” Furoy said. “There is a huge clientele because of the hydro building, all the banks around here, the government buildings, there are a lot of women around here.”
Furoy offers a variety of services to her clientele, including SOQI bed treatments, oxygen treatments, facial treatments, nail treatments, pedicures, airbrush tans and foot detox baths.
“I like to emphasize the health and wellness (equipment) we have here,” Furoy said. “We have a few machines that help when you have painful fibromyalgia and arthritis.”
Furoy also has a variety of jewellery on display throughout the building, which are also offered for sale.
“These are jewellery from one of my clients,” Furoy said. “It’s all one of a kind and all handmade.
“I like to support local businesses.”
Furoy also does cross-advertising with other businesses in Thunder Bay.
“I put their information here and they will put mine there,” Furoy said. “It’s a lot of word of mouth. Word of mouth is huge in Thunder Bay.”
After coming near to breaking even in her first year of business, Furoy is contemplating the future expansion of her business in another part of Thunder Bay.
“It’s only one year and we are doing amazing already so I hope we can expand a little bit and open another one up in Fort William,” Furoy said. “Or hopefully get the support again from NADF and ABC and maybe open something else once they’ve seen my revenue from this year and the following year to come.”
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