We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Best-Nervis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Honestly, I took a huge risk to invest in a dream I had that I wasn’t 100% about. I always wanted to have my own business and whenever I envisioned it it was a spa where women and men who looked like me were experiencing self care and relaxation. I decided to take a risk on myself and put into action the dream I had.
What should our readers know about your business?
Brownstone Spa is a solo studio that focuses on skincare education and customized treatments for clients with skin of color. Our hideaway is the perfect place to unwind and gain peace during your skincare treatment. At Brownstone Spa we offer customized services for men and women that address the uniqueness of your skin. We pride ourselves on our specialized expertise for skin of color and take a holistic approach to educating our clients on the health of their skin.
I got to where I am today by staying true to what I am passionate about which is creating a great experience for my clients and helping them on their journey to healthier skin. Having a business has not been easy, especially with the pandemic coming which really halted my business when it was gaining momentum! I have overcome these challenges by resetting and seeking assistance on certain aspects of my business. I have learned that the business community is large and welcoming, there are opportunites to meet and network with other professionals so you do not feel alone in your business journey.
I am a wife, mother of 2 and now business owner. I never envisioned my life would include entrepreneurship. After a decade in the financial services industry I was determined to finally live a life I wanted on my terms and bring that same joy and desire to helping others look and feel their best.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So many places! It would definitely have to start at the first of the month so we can go to the Archwood Exchange Marketplace every 1st Saturday on Roosevelt Row. We would experience over 25 black owned businesses right in central Phoenix. The perfect combination of shopping, food and music. While on Roosevelt we would also visit Straw & Wool to get the perfect hat to match our outfits and then walk to Stardust & Sage to check out the newest crystals at the best healing space in town.
For food we would get brunch at SugarJam the Southern Kitchen and stop by the Boom Boom Room for drinks and good music. We’d have to stop by for a sweet treat at Onyx Sweet Shoppe and also take a trip out northwest to Sweet Tea to catch up over the most delicious tea blends! Lastly, we’d stop by Grassrootz Bookstore to add some good reads to our book collections!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Ali, has always believed in me even when I did not believe in myself. He has supported my vision and provided countless encouragement since inception of my business.
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