Skip to main content

The Power Behind the Spa - An esthetician’s transitional journey to the entrepreneurs’ world

Jun 22, 2015 09:11AM ● Published by Cory Batelaan

An esthetician’s transitional journey to the entrepreneurs’ world

By Klaudia Balogh

Going to work day after day and loving every aspect of it isn’t a common mindset for a lot of people. However, it certainly is for Georgie Pailes, owner of The Spa at ’Tween Waters, part of the ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island.

“What I love the most are the people,” Pailes says without hesitation. “It’s like a family here at the spa. We know most of our clients, what they like and how they like services done.”

Although she started as an esthetician working at the old, smaller spa at ’Tween Waters Inn, Pailes has become a businesswoman by following her aspirations and working hard to make the spa special—much more than a place for manis and pedis. About a year after she started, Jeff Shuff, CFO of ’Tween Waters Inn, approached her about helping to expand the spa. He was looking for someone to really take charge of it. Pailes knew she was the woman for the job, so she put together a business plan and set out to convince Shuff of that.

“I bothered the management on a regular basis,” she admits. “I wrote a business plan and kept bothering them until they accepted it.”

The-Sauna

You know that you are doing great work when your clientele follows you wherever you go for more than 14 years, Pailes says of her faithful customers.

For six years, Pailes has worked, with the talented staff she trained, in the new facility, which was built specifically to house the spa. The Spa at ’Tween Waters is the only one on Captiva and Sanibel islands that has an entire building designed for pampering guests. When spa-goers step into the lobby, they can’t help but instantly feel relaxed and transported to another world. The soft lighting, relaxing music, fresh flowers and calming natural colors create a getaway atmosphere.

Working at a spa where you are surrounded by soothing scents and colors, the temptation to get pampered can be inevitable, and Pailes gives in every now and then and treats herself. “I get my hair done or get manicures and pedicures when my time allows me to,” Pailes admits.

Being in the beauty industry as an esthetician for almost two decades has given her invaluable experience, which her clients recognize. Although she is the owner of the spa, she is not the kind of boss who sits back and gives out tasks and yells for coffee. On the contrary, she still does hands-on work, such as facials and massages, as part of the team. You know that you are doing great work when your clientele follows you wherever you go for more than 14 years, Pailes says of her faithful customers.

She says the spa didn’t always have a regular clientele. She worked hard to attract locals and vacationers by giving out free services and donating gift cards around the islands. “I think it’s the positive, happy environment that keeps our clients coming back season after season,” Pailes says. “No matter what service they might choose, it is a recipe for a stress-free hour or so.”

Klaudia Balogh is an editorial assistant for TOTI Media.

 

 
Health+Beauty featured Georgie Pailes The Spa at ’Tween Waters
  • Sunday Farmers Market

    09/24/2017
    08:30AM — 01:00PM

    Meet in the Historic Settlement of Koreshan State Historic Site at our quaint market EVERY SUNDAY...


  • FineMark Exhibtion of FGCU Art Alumni

    09/24/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    From July 10 - September 29, 2017, Finemark National Bank and Trust will be displaying the work o...


  • Explore the Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District, listed on the National Register of Histo...


  • Family Day at Millennial Brewing

    09/24/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    We have the perfect place to grab some food and a drink while the kids play, meet new friends, an...


  • Drawing I & II

    09/24/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    This class is for beginners and for those who have previously taken Drawing I. We will also revis...


  • SPECIAL TIME!!! HAPPY HOUR and Doors OPEN at 4:45pm, GAME Starts at 5:30pm SPECIAL MILITARY RA...


  • "ALOHA" FAASWFL Hawaiian Night

    09/24/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    The Filipino American Association of SWFL proudly presents it' Annual ALOHA Hawaiian Night on Sep...


  • FineMark Exhibtion of FGCU Art Alumni

    09/25/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    From July 10 - September 29, 2017, Finemark National Bank and Trust will be displaying the work o...


  • Sanibel Shell Crafters

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Visit The Sanibel Shell Crafters every Monday all year long from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to watch this d...


  • Mangrove Maze Eco-Tour

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM

    Guided exploration of the mangrove wilderness on part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail....


  • Mirror, Mirror... Exhibition

    09/25/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Mirror, Mirror… September 1 - 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6pm-8pm C...


  • Sunset Kayak Eco-Tour

    09/25/2017
    03:30PM

    Paddle Matlacha Pass meandering through mangrove shrouded trails. Guides are ACA Certified Kayak ...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Ballroom Dancing

    09/25/2017
    06:30PM — 09:30PM

    USA Dance offers beginning Ballroom Dance Lessons and a Social Dance on Monday nights. The lesson...


  • Caloosahatchee Sunset Cruise

    09/25/2017
    07:00PM

    Relaxing environment as the sun is setting, the shoreline and river elements taking on a differen...


  • FineMark Exhibtion of FGCU Art Alumni

    09/27/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    From July 10 - September 29, 2017, Finemark National Bank and Trust will be displaying the work o...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Mangrove Maze Eco-Tour

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM

    Guided exploration of the mangrove wilderness on part of the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail....


  • Mirror, Mirror... Exhibition

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Mirror, Mirror… September 1 - 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6pm-8pm C...


  • Sunset Kayak Eco-Tour

    09/27/2017
    03:30PM

    Paddle Matlacha Pass meandering through mangrove shrouded trails. Guides are ACA Certified Kayak ...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Mic Night at The French Press

    09/27/2017
    06:30PM — 09:30PM

    Grab your instrument, warm up your voice, Wednesdays from 6:30- 9:30pm.


  • Caloosahatchee Sunset Cruise

    09/27/2017
    07:00PM

    Relaxing environment as the sun is setting, the shoreline and river elements taking on a differen...


  • Haunted History Tour

    09/27/2017
    08:00PM

    90-minute walk through downtown Fort Myers reveals a darker side, including stories of both resid...


Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors