Sitting Pretty at London Landing
On a sunny autumn morning I arrived at Goegan Spa to meet with owner Candice Goegan. Candles were lit and the subtle fragrance drifted through the airy spa. Like her peaceful surroundings, Goegan projects both warmth and calm along with a nice balance of vivaciousness.
The walls are painted in soothing tones of creamy beige, teal and dark brown, chosen to represent sand, waves, wood and stones on a tranquil beach. White is also utilized to represent the clean and sanitized environment, which is so important when searching for a reputable spa.
The spa is located in the London Landing neighbourhood of Steveston, which is currently expanding with residences and retail going in across the street at The Pier development.
“Growth in the area is a perk for all local businesses,” Goegan says. Many of her existing clients are locals and she looks forward to introducing her spa to new residents. Her client base mainly stems from excellent word of mouth and from business directed her way through gift certificate sales.
Goegan always knew this would be her career path. As a little girl she started “painting” her dolls’ nails with pens. By the time she was in high school she began working part-time as a receptionist at a spa. Upon graduating, she trained as an esthetician at Blanche MacDonald Centre.
When asked how she feels about coming to work each day she enthusiastically replies, “I love it! It doesn’t feel like work. It feels like I am getting together with friends to share recipes and travel tips.”
Goegan works alongside Vivian Bui and a receptionist. Both estheticians administer all treatments the spa offers. She derives satisfaction from making people look great and feel more self-assured. It is rewarding to help men and women achieve and maintain beautiful skin.
In the early years, after her daughter Nicole (10) was born, Goegan operated a home-based business. In November 2008, with the assistance of her parents, Deborah and Mike Goegan, she opened Goegan Spa. Deeply appreciative of her parents’ ongoing support, she says her mother assists with interviews, and attends spa management courses. Her father will also lend a hand with maintenance at the spa when needed.
She says, “I feel grateful my business has continued to grow, considering it opened during a very challenging economic time.”
Goegan points out that taking on both roles as a business owner and an esthetician “can definitely be challenging at times but I feel it makes me a well rounded owner who understands many sides of what it takes to run a successful spa.”
Moving into a new building allowed her to design the space to suit her needs. This included incorporating a spacious lobby with stations for manicures and makeup application. In addition, three private treatment rooms are used for massage, skin care, foot care, body care and professional hair removal.
The day I visited Goegan Spa an older woman arrived, enthused, as it was her very first visit to a spa. This is something we (both women and men) need to do more often, take the time to care for ourselves and leave behind daily stresses.
The spa sells many sought-after product lines such as OPI nail products, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Guinot France skin care, Australian Tea Tree Body Care, Gehwol foot care, Creative Nail Design, and Cosmecology Pairs (made by Guinot) which is a good line of products for someone new to skin care, including teenagers.
Numerous spa pack-ages are available to pamper any princess, queen or king. The Island Princess (for ages 13 and under) is an express one-hour pedicure and manicure. The two and a half hour King of the Castle package includes a back massage, classic pedicure and hydraclean deluxe facial. For the ultimate spa experience block off five and a half hours of indulgent me time – The Pampered Head To Toe experience features a stone therapy massage, hydradermie facial, spa manicure and pedicure, and light mineral makeup application.
Daily specials are posted on the informative website and include: Tootsie Tuesdays, Waxing Wednesdays, Therapeutic Thursdays, and Facial Fridays. The spa is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Goegan Spa is a busy destination year round. Manicures and pedicures are always popular. Gel polish and manicures require regular attention and clients will stop in every two weeks for maintenance. The winter holiday season is a popular time for clients to pamper themselves in preparation for parties.
Mark your calendar! On Wednesday December 10 (6 to 8 p.m.) Goegan Spa is holding a holiday customer appreciation night with specials on products and gift certificate sales for Christmas.
Finding a gift certificate from Goegan Spa under the Christmas tree with your name on it would definitely be a wonderful present – and highly appreciated in the New Year when the hectic holidays have come to a grand finale.
135-6231 London Road
Richmond BC V7E 3S3