At a time when pampering ourselves seems to be more of a necessity than a special treat, Ayanna Williams has put the fun back into the spa experience by selling a kid-friendly version, reports Business First of Buffalo.
Williams created the business to pamper little girls, with all natural sweet treatments, from chocolate facials to banana pedicures. The children’s spa just opened on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Kenmore Ave., not far from the University at Buffalo south campus. Williams says she came up with the idea for the business after her daughter, Annaya, asked for her own special treatment after seeing Mommy at the “grown up spa.” Williams gave her a spa treatment at home and a business was born. “We totally loved it,” Williams said. “She went to school and told all her girlfriends. We started doing it in our basement and then started doing mobile parties at home and six months later, we’re here.”
Candyland Spa is purely decorative and for entertainment purposes, so Williams says she didn’t need a special license. She says she did work with the BERC and MWBE programs for minority and women businesses, to get started, but thanks to support from family and friends, it wasn’t necessary to take out a business loan. Instead, she says she purchased the space on Niagara Falls Boulevard at a cheap price and renovated all of it by hand, even designing three pedicure stations. Williams says it took two years to get the business off the ground, but the idea is paying off. She opened the spa in January and was surprised by the enormous turnout at her first open house and by the initial foot traffic at her business.
Screenshot from Candyland Spa