MOM BOSS: Meet Jody Nakoneshny, Owner, The Lakeshore Spa

February 18, 2021

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Meet Jody Nakoneshny, Owner, The Lakeshore Spa

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The Lakeshore Spa has been creating wellness and "me time" experiences for the local and surrounding communities for eight years now. We offer a diverse selection of Spa, Massage and Tanning services including Hot Stone Massage, IPL Hair Removal, Waxing, Threading, Sunless Tanning, Iconic Skin Treatments and award-winning foot care. Our website provides service details and pricing along with an online scheduling link for convenient any time of day booking. Our team of hard-working specialists boast a wealth of experience, professionalism and a distinct passion for what they do. We would look forward to creating an experience for you at the Lakeshore!

What inspired or encouraged you to start this business?

After nine years of providing Spa and Nail services inside my home-based business, I was ready to expand outward and bring those high demand Spa services to a wider audience.  After searching for an existing business to purchase and re-structure, I came upon the empty location in Rainbow Falls and built Lakeshore from the ground up.

What was the most difficult part of starting your business?  

The biggest challenge was the preparation and planning. Because so much detail goes into researching, understanding demand, competition and forecasting for a new business, it can become discouraging and exhausting. But a proper well thought out plan helps set the foundation for a successful business.

What do you love most about your business?  

After all of the bumps in the road through expansion, growth and team building, my favourite part of my business is watching the activity in the Spa on a busy day. I love seeing the clients coming in and being greeted by the Staff, I love hearing the buzz throughout the space and I mostly love the happy smiles and reactions at the end of one of our beautiful services.

How do you balance work and family life? 

It took many years to achieve balance. First I needed a strong team in place that I felt confident would represent the essence of what Lakeshore was/is. I finally had to take a long break back in 2017 in order to recharge as all the hard work had finally taken their toll and I was exhausted. Second, during that time, I had to let go and trust in them and they absolutely shone. Third, I have learned to "chill out" and realize that hiccups don't translate into large disasters and that most things are easily fixable. I have adult children so finding balance with family life was achievable and they remain to be a couple of my biggest fans.

What do you do to take care of YOU? 

Self-care is a message we've been promoting for a while now. It isn't selfish, it's necessary, just like water. I take days off and I treat myself on occasion to my own "self-care" treatments at the Spa. I allow myself certain indulgences, like extra dessert, a glass of wine or a binge on a Netflix series. I have learned to recognize when my resilience is down so I know when it's time for a "full stop & reset".

What's your favourite thing to do with your kids or family in the local area?

My children are grown, however, we are fans of the off-leash area to take our pups for a run, local restaurants for a dinner out, quadding on the lake or splurging on lattes from Starbucks. 

Do you have any advice to give other super moms?

It is important to carve out time for yourself, whether that is a monthly pedicure, yoga class or daily meditation session. You cannot pour from an empty cup and if you don't refill it when it's depleted, being a "super" mom becomes harder. We can't do it all, all of the time, so rest when needed, learn to say "no" sometimes, stop feeling guilty and take care of yourself. 

Do you have any special offers for our Macaroni Kid subscribers who are reading this right now? 

If you are reading this now and haven't had a chance to visit the Lakeshore, we'd love to offer 15% off your first regular-priced service (massage therapy excluded). Please mention this profile when booking so we can attach this discount to your service.