Chapter 1. Stephanies Spa Journey….. How does a modest two-room beauty salon in Camp Hill evolve into a portfolio of highly regarded luxury spas across South East Queensland?
The determination, ambition and spa passion of Stephanie Shepherd – that’s how! The CEO, founder and woman behind the brand has dedicated her life to sharing her spa passion and over 20 years has created a revered boutique of spas offering exceptional quality pampering to everyone from international celebrities and corporate high flyers, to everyday Mum’s and Dad’s.
Stephanie Shepherd spent much of her childhood in the NSW outback town of Broken Hill. As a young adolescent she began experimenting with beauty items and reveled in the joy of creating customised mud masks for skeptical members of the family. At 16, Stephanie moved to Adelaide to complete a course in Beauty Therapy and the rest is history.
Determined to pursue a career in beauty, the eager teenager started applying for positions in the “big smoke” Brisbane and within days she had secured a beauty therapist role. The next few years saw Stephanie work in a variety of beauty industries across Queensland. At the age of just 26, with 10 years experience already under her belt, Stephanie opened her own business in Camp Hill, a two-room beauty therapy salon called “Stephanies Natural Beauty”.
A loyal and expanding base of clients saw Shepherd soon outgrow the business premise, resulting in the relocation to the up-market suburb of Bulimba, and what would become the beginning of Stephanies Luxury Spa Group.