Meet Kristen Shehadi, the owner and co-creator of GLOWstudios! Along with Liz Kurila, her co-creator, they have imagined a space that promotes Basic Beauty, Balanced Body. Liz handles the “body aspects” as a massage therapist and health coach and Kristen represents the ‘beauty side” with knowledge in products, hair, makeup and skin. Together, they empower their guests to embrace unique traits, while cultivating beauty from the inside out.
The beginning of April brings us National Austim Awareness Month and beginning on April 2nd, GLOWstudios is proud to begin offering haircuts to those with sensory needs in a S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism Friendly Environments) space in their location.
From 10AM to Noon on the first Sunday of every month, GLOWstudios will open our doors and reserve the entire space for families to feel comfortable bringing their children with Autism in for a haircut. No fears of a melt down, no fears of staring, just you and your family surrounded by a whole lot of love and understanding. – Kristen Shedadi
We wanted to also get an insider’s scoop with Kristen and asked her some business questions! Read on for her insights:
How has being a business owner impacted you, your daily life, and your future goals?
Owning a business is all encompassing. It never leaves you. You work 24/7 to maintain growth and ensure the culture of your business is in line with your values and your mission. It starts from the top, you have to live it everyday and set the example for others to follow. We have created a culture of encouraging and positive vibes for our guests to experience every time they walk in our door! I have three children and they have had to go without mom sometimes, but I also love when they are in the studio, they are a part of what has been created there, and I hope they feel it. I want them to be a part of it and experience the love and support we have created between our walls. GLOWstudios is a part of their family now.
In what ways do you involve yourself or give back to your community?
What would you tell someone if they asked for your top piece of advice around opening your own business?
Opening a business is like having a baby….everyone tells you advice and you think you know what to expect and you think you are prepared…but once the baby is born you realize you had no clue and wonder “why didn’t anyone tell me what it was really like” some things in life you have to experience to know…this is one of those things. All our experiences shape our perceptions.
What are your favorite go to places in Loudoun County?
Thank you Kristen for this introduction to GLOWstudios! We are impressed with your community ties, how you give back and your business acumen (AND it looks like you know how to have FUN while running a business!)
Do you know of a local business or organization supporting Autism Awareness Month? Let us know in the comments!