25th Birthday Finale! A big thank you…

Thank you to everyone who has made Stephanies Luxury Spas 25th Birthday Celebrations Special!

After a beautiful week of events to close off three months of 25th Anniversary celebrations at Stephanie’s, here is a moment to reflect and ask; what makes Stephanies a spa brand that has excelled and reached such heights?

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In the beginning, Stephanies was built from the ground up on passion, service and vision. Stephanie herself is known by her clients and close circle as a rare and beautiful soul, which is exceedingly refreshing in this industry.

Down to earth, with a humble attitude despite her many successes, Stephanie has created five incredible sanctuary spaces across the greater Brisbane area.

Possessing a genuine love of all things spa and beauty, it’s easy to see how her energy has flowed down throughout the entire organisation.

Her core values of warmth and integrity have been built on a foundation of exceptional service and are a wonderful example of the Feminine Business principle fully at work.

Creating a highly successful business model within extremely beautiful and nurturing environments, and around a predominately female team and clientele, has seen Stephanies continue to blossom and evolve over the decades.

While many companies have shifted their focus to meet the expectations of virtual landscapes, Stephanies has embraced technology only as a means to further meet the needs of her clients and raise the level of service that Stephanies has always personified.

A benchmark of luxury and a welcoming atmosphere are just the beginning at Stephanies. Stephanies aims to treat clients with a high and consistent level of care – akin to what is extended to closest family and friends.

Embracing the new and navigating the business intuitively have allowed Stephanies Luxury Spas to remain a leader in the worldwide Luxury Day Spa industry.

Remaining deeply grounded and always paying homage to our past and traditional values- this is what makes Stephanies not only stand the test of time but transcend it.

Our journey so far…

In 1994, Stephanie Shepherd opened her first beauty concept location at Camp Hill, an inner east suburb of Brisbane, called Stephanie’s Natural Beauty. Comprising only two therapy rooms… this is where it all began.

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 “How beautiful to see clients who have been regulars since this time helping us celebrate 25 Years this week!”  Quotes, Stephanie Shepherd.

1997 saw a move to the beautiful Oxford Street in Bulimba, Number 200, as Stephanies first Bulimba shopfront came to life.

Opening as Stephanies Natural Beauty & Day Spa; this space was the beginning of a 22 year-long journey in the beautiful, leafy 4171 postcode.

Five years later, in 2002, with Oxford Street developing and with the business expanding, it was time to move down the road and across the street, to the lovely two-level building at 77 Oxford Street.

In 2007, Stephanies spread its wings once again when the opportunity to expand into a second spa arose… welcoming her first five-star hotel spa on Level Three of Sofitel Brisbane Central.

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Encompassing the utterly iconic and unforgettable Opal Rasul Steam Temple, Stephanies Spa Retreat was born!

At the same time, Stephanies original Day Spa in Bulimba, the heart of her businesses to this day, was given a little name makeover. Renamed Stephanies Urban Spa – this spa is an institution among locals in the inner eastern suburb of Bulimba.

2010 saw further expansion with a third spa opening its doors! As Stephanies Luxury Spas had become completely synonymous with quality and service, Stephanies Ocean Spa was welcomed by Noosa residents and holidaymakers alike.

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Situated on Level Two of the Sunrise Building at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas (formerly the Outrigger Resort) this beautiful location offers the ultimate ocean spa-cation.

Not content to stop there, barely a year later, Stephanies opened a fourth Spa in the growing Brisbane spa empire; with Stephanies Mountain Spa taking bookings from April of 2011.

Based at Clear Mountain Lodge, just half an hour north of the Brisbane CBD, this spa combines the very best of nature and relaxation. Offering stunning sweeping views of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the D’Aguilar Range, yet another spa destination had come to life.

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After acquiring an existing spa in a historic Queenslanders at Cleveland, in Brisbane’s bayside, 2012 welcomed the quaintly beautiful luxe of Stephanies Vintage Spa– completing the journey, so far… of Stephanies Spa locations.

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2014 marked two decades of all things Stephanies, twenty years already!

June 2015 brought a massive step in the story which tied the brand together beautifully – the creation of a Head Quarters for Stephanies Luxury Spas. Stephanie felt that “with five luxury locations across South East Queensland, we needed to expand our internal spa infrastructure.”

Established within the Metroplex on Gateway, Murarrie, the building contains state of the art training facilities, a dedicated and highly professional Reservations Team, conference suites, break out areas, offices, warehouse and laundry spaces.

With so many achievements and constant expansion, this year, in 2019, Stephanies celebrated 25 years going strong and couldn’t be more excited about this beautiful milestone!

“What sets us apart is not just what we do differently – for instance our unique style of beauty and spa rituals – but what we do the same, such as an unwavering commitment and complete dedication to an exceptional level of service and client care.

Our beautiful teams are selected on the basis of excellence as therapists, as well as a deep dedication to providing absolute warmth and exceptional client interaction.

Most of all, what sets Stephanies apart in this day and age is one huge factor – we are a company that is completely heart-centred, basing everything we do on a conscious decision of loving ethical interaction.

This ethos overflows into our treatments, our people, our products, our décor and the way that we do everything at Stephanies.

When we invite others into a Stephanies Spa, our greatest satisfaction arises from knowing that they too experience this.” Stephanie Shepherd, CEO and Founder.

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Above: Stephanie at her VIP 25th Birthday Celebration event.

From Stephanie, and the entire team at Stephanies Luxury Spas, all wish to extend a massive heartfelt thank you to their absolutely beautiful friends, family, clients, suppliers and everyone who has supported the vision and success of Stephanies Luxury Spas.

Stephanie is truly honoured by her guests continued loyalty and support and looks forward to nourishing your body, heart and soul with her beautiful spa rituals for many more decades to come.

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Phone: 1300 DAY SPA Email: reservations@stephanies.com.au

NOOSA Phone Direct: (07) 5473 5353

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CLEVELAND Phone Direct: (07) 3488 0300

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Dirt Roads to Dreams ~ Stephanies Luxury Spas Turns 25

It takes something special for a business to keep its doors open for multiple decades! This month, as Stephanies Luxury Spas celebrates 25 devoted years of being in business, we take a look at some of the specialness that has made this Company such a success.

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In chatting with Joyce Shepherd, Stephanie’s Mum, we discovered insights to the early years of Founder and CEO of Stephanies Luxury Spas.

Like all Mums, Joyce wanted the very best for Stephanie however, living in Broken Hill in the 60s and 70s, surrounded by dirt roads, she found the isolation challenging. “I worried Stephanie wouldn’t be able to achieve her dreams”, said Joyce.

The Shepherd family faced all challenges with a lot of patience, love and support and raised a successful, independent and free-thinking daughter.

Even before starting school, Stephanie wanted to be a ‘Beauty Lady’. With very little money, Joyce’s make-up kit consisted of a face cream, foundation and one Avon lipstick, when the lippy ran out it was time to save up to purchase another.

Setting good examples and a strict upbringing, Joyce’s bedroom was off limits, however, after Kindy pick up, the relentless ‘Beauty Lady’, at the age of 5, would come out of Mums room smelling like Avon and painted up like a circus clown!

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While Joyce and Len were able to encourage Brother Greg to do his school work, Stephanie was focused and had beauty on her mind – not homework! A childhood comment from our CEO was ‘I don’t need to study to be a Beauty Lady’!

Stephanie with her best friend Natalie Dunstan throughout primary school spent many hours doing hairdos and creative makeup applications from the age of 6. A lifelong friendship like no other was established – today Natalie is Stephanie’s right-hand lady, an integral part of Stephanies Luxury Spas.

Being too young to go to ‘Beauty School’, Joyce and Len gave young Stephanie the opportunity to complete a secretarial course with the ‘carrot’ – do well, pass the course and you will go to Beauty School! Naturally, Stephanie blitzed the course and was on her way to making her dream a reality. In 1985 Stephanie attended Heather Langton’s Academy of Beauty Therapy in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Once qualified, the ecstatic Beauty Therapist Stephanie started working at Hair and Beauty Talk in Broken Hill where her love of Payot Skincare products was born. While Stephanie was a fresh-faced beauty therapist to the industry, and with her mum being a TAFE teacher, Stephanie wanted to help other girls in the Broken Hill community, so she planned and implemented a Teenage Beauty Course during school holidays which gave her some amazing confidence at such a young age, and was a huge success.

In learning about Stephanies early years, it’s no wonder her business is celebrating 25 years! Many people are too afraid to follow their dreams and do what they love – from the dirt roads of Broken Hill; the dreams of a young girl to become a ‘Beauty Lady’ have overwhelmingly become a reality.

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Phone: 1300 DAY SPA Email: reservations@stephanies.com.au

NOOSA Phone Direct: (07) 5473 5353

BRISBANE CITY Phone Direct: (07) 3221 8800

CLEVELAND Phone Direct: (07) 3488 0300

CLEAR MOUNTAIN Phone Direct:  (07) 3298 6622

BULIMBA Phone Direct:  (07) 3899 5333

First Day Spa Visit, Guest Review

Yael’s day spa experience is not uncommon. We loved hearing about her time at our Urban Spa in Bulimba. Here is what she had to say:

I received a gift voucher nearly a year ago and I have been hesitant to use it as I rarely use a beauty salon.
 
After looking through the services and discussing your salon with a few friends I decided to go for a facial.  This was my very first facial and to tell you the truth I was very nervous and anxious.
I rang and talked to a lovely lady and she went through all the various facials and together we choose the right one for me.
 
On arrival on Thursday 27th June, I was greeted by a lovely lady at the desk and felt a bit more at ease. She explained to me that the therapist that she has for me was very experienced and she will talk me through the procedure.
 
The procedure went so well the therapist was very helpful and professional. She made me feel so relaxed and welcomed.
 
I really want to thank the ladies at the salon and thank you for making my very first experience so special and great. When I had finished the ladies showed me some products I could get and there was absolutely no pressure to buy. But with 25 per cent off I couldn’t resist.
 
Thank you, thank you, so much I will be back and will recommend your salon to all my friends.  
 
Very good, service is very professional and extremely welcoming.”
Thanks, Yael for taking the time to tell us about your first Day Spa experience. It really means a lot to us and we are extremely pleased your time with us was reassuring and relaxing.
Emma Senior Spa Therapist
We look forward to welcoming you soon.  It’s important to acknowledge Emma M our Senior Therapist for her professional, personal care and therapy.
Victoria our Bulimba Spa Manager for assisting and helping Yael feel comfortable and welcome.

BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES

Phone: 1300 DAY SPA Email: reservations@stephanies.com.au

NOOSA Phone Direct: (07) 5473 5353

BRISBANE CITY Phone Direct: (07) 3221 8800

CLEVELAND Phone Direct: (07) 3488 0300

CLEAR MOUNTAIN Phone Direct:  (07) 3298 6622

BULIMBA Phone Direct:  (07) 3899 5333

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