We like to PARTY!

There is one thing at ALL the gals of Urban Waxx enjoy: a good party! We celebrated the new year in a super fun way, and there was a chocolate fountain. So, what more do you need?

This year we held our party at The Heritage Room, in The Bridgeport Brewery. The entire experience was fun and easy from start to finish! A big thank you to them for such a great experience. And…back to that chocolate fountain! If you are looking to add some sweet fun to your next party (or a regular old Tuesday night), then call the people over at Portland Chocolate Fountain. It was such a fun way to have dessert!

Because we have so many locations, and SO many members of the team, getting them all together in one location can be an infrequent occurrence. When it happens, it is pretty magical! These gals are SO much fun. Getting together with their plus ones was the perfect way to celebrate!

xo


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Vancouver here we come!

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We are SO excited to announce our first Urban Waxx locations outside of Oregon. After much searching, we have settled on not one, but two amazing locations to put your favorite waxxing salons!

Our first location will be opening in Mid-March in Fisher’s Landing in East Vancouver. Our neighbor is Barre 3 (super excited) and we are close to Big Al’s and Black Rock Coffee.

Our second location in Vancouver will  be opening late April in Hazel Dell.

This is so exciting for us. For years, our guests have been battling the traffic to come and get smooth in the Portland metro area, and now we are coming to them! No more traffic (or at least not to get to us).

We cannot wait to give you all of the details.

Thank you again for ALL of your amazing love, loyalty, and support!

xo

 

#SadieSupportSquad

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We received some devastating news about one of our beloved team members a few weeks ago. Sadie, one of our Waxxers, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

Who is Sadie, and why should you help her? Sadie is an unbelievable woman, a ball of energy and exuberance, a wonderful mother and wife, an amazing employee, a kind and loving Esthetician, a cherished friend, and the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. When Sadie told us that she had cancer, we were stunned and heartbroken. Sadie? It almost seems impossible that such a force to be reckoned with could fall victim to such an insidious disease. Sadie said when she found out: “Cancer is so prevalent in my family. I always knew I would get it. I just didn’t know it would be when I was 36.”

Sadie is wife to Mikey and the mother to 2 beautiful daughters, Irelynd, 12 and Sam, 10. Our wish is for Sadie to be able to spend the next 6 months focusing on getting healthy through the aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and her double mastectomy. All donations will go to covering her hefty medical expenses.

Thank you for your time and your generosity. To know Sadie is to love her. Her smile is quick and contagious. Her heart is huge and pure. Her energy is unmatched. If anyone can kick cancer’s butt, it’s Sadie.

So, how can you help to support Sadie?

  • Visit and share Sadie’s page on www.youcaring.com.  It is so easy to share this crowd funding page on your twitter or Facebook feeds!
  • Come visit Urban Waxx on October 11, 2016! It is Sadie Day, and all proceeds from all locations will go to Sadie and cancer research.
  • Visit your local Urban Waxx from now until October 31 to purchase a raffle ticket. There will be 2 winners announced. One will win $720 for a year of Brazilians (or anything else you would like to spend it on) and the other winner will win a year of brows! All proceeds will go directly to Sadie!

Thank you for your support. The Urban Waxx 6th Core Value is “We are Family” and this is a time when Sadie really needs her Urban Waxx family to rally around her!

 

 

 

Feel the MegaBurn!


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We have the most amazing women in our lives! And we have the most amazing neighbors! We would love to introduce one of our newest neighbors in Tanasbourne: MegaBurn Fitness!

We have been hardcore Megaformer devotees for several years now, so when we heard that we were getting a studio seconds away from the Urban Waxx Tanasbourne location, we were beyond thrilled!

MegaBurn Fitness is Oregon’s newest Megaformer studio, located in Tanasbourne. This is the workout that everyone is talking about! Celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, and Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio are obsessed with the megaformer. Even the first lady, Michelle Obama (have you seen her arms?!) loves it!

MegaBurn is excited to bring you workouts that are intense, safe, and incredibly effective. Their classes are led by experienced and motivating instructors with lots of individual attention in a small group setting: 10 machines + 1 instructor. Each class is a 45-minute #MegaBurn session designed to lengthen, strengthen, + sculpt your body. Keep your eyes peeled for complimentary VIP Preview classes prior to opening! Get ready to #feeltheburn

The Details:

1874 NW 188th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006

www.MegaBurnFitness.com

 

 

 

 

 
MegaBurnFitness@gmail.com

Obsessing over Beaute Nouveau!

I love products. Like, LOVE products. I am forever on the hunt for lines that not only do I believe in, but that actually deliver what they say they will do. Enter Lacey Haegen and her absolutely perfect line, Beaute Nouveau.

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I was introduced to Lacey by my dear friend and fellow Lady Boss, Meghan Hamilton. She owns the totally adorable Glam Beauty Bar in Vancouver, WA. If you are in the area, go there! Anyway, Meghan and Lacey go waaaay back, and one day Meghan gifted me with one of Lacey’s products. It was an orange cream rinse for the body. I was immediately taken with the smell of this gorgeous body balm. I literally ran home and got in the shower and tried it out. The product was AMAZING! Before you get out of the shower, you take a scoop of this creamy, gorgeous balm, spread it all over your body, rinse off a second, and then step out of the shower. The results: totally smooth, moisturized skin all day.

I was smitten! The next day I reached out to Meghan and she told me that Lacey was in town for a training! Ahh, I love when things work out like that. I met with Lacey that day, and I fell in love with her, too! She is delightful, and she has been in the beauty business forever. It took her 6 years to perfect her line, and I think it was completely worth the wait.

Since then, we have stocked all locations with the Beaute Nouveau line. Also, I went from using 25 different things on my face and body to JUST the Beaute Nouveau line. I wanted to see if I really loved and believed in the products and I can say without a shadow of a doubt: I DO! I love the smells, they leave my skin glowing, and they are completely natural, which I love.

You will die when you try them! Die of happiness in a sweet smelling cloud!
Shannon

Fresh Wipes are SO Fresh!

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We are SO excited about Fresh Wipes, and you should be too! Fresh Wipes are our brand new product that we just developed to help keep you…fresh!

We have 2 scents, Rosewater and Lavender. Both scent is so soft and clean, and the delightful individually wrapped wipes come in packs of 12. These wipes are perfect for your gym or yoga bag, for camping, pre-romance, and of course, before your waxing appointment! Any time you want some on the spot freshening, reach for your Fresh Wipes. The packets are so chic, you will love having them in your handbag at all times!

Available at all Urban Waxx locations, and soon on www.freshwipes.com!

xo

Holiday Giveaway from our gal Martha Chartreuse!

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I have said it before and I will say it again and again: We have the most AMAZING clients. Urban Waxx is filled every day with people that blow me away with their creativity, kindness, and just general coolness.

Case in point: Meredith, from her delightful blog, Martha Chartreuse.  She is smart, creative, and a total delight, and her blog is a very good read. Also, she is a total connoisseur of all things food, and I am always hitting her up for new restaurant recommendations. Meredith puts together some really great Holiday Gift Guides, and she is also doing a wonderful Holiday Giveaway. And guess what? One of the prizes is a $100 gift card to Urban Waxx!

How to enter? Easy! Head over to her Instagram feed at @merecdavison and enter. It’s that simple!

xo

What we love.

Right now, we are obsessed with:

 

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This Maika Tote. Such an amazing gift.

 

 

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These votive candles by Mixture. The pumpkin spice scent is award winning, and the votives are so elegant.

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The Mean Girls Halloween party. So good.

Happy Birthday, Urban Waxx!

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Eight years ago Urban Waxx opened it’s doors on the corner of NW 18th and NW Marshall. At the time there were 4 employees: Mindy (who is still here and is now the Director of Esthetics), another waxxer and one front desk employee, and me. I had ZERO idea of what I was doing but I knew that I couldn’t fail. I was pregnant with Stella, and I had just sunk every bit of savings that I had (which was very little) and maxed out every credit card that I could max into opening Urban Waxx. I had moved to Portland in January of 2007, and when I told people that I was going to open a waxing salon, in Portland, where I knew no one, people were…skeptical.

I had been an Esthetician since about the age of 26. After graduating college with a theatre degree, and then moving back to New York to basically spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, both working in them and hanging out, I was really struggling to find out what I wanted to do when I grew up. I had always loved salons and spas, and all the feel good things that went along with them. I also knew from working for years in food service that I loved customer service. I loved people. I loved making people feel good. I decided to go to Esthetics school. At the time I thought, “Well, at least I will have a skill that I can fall back on.” I remember having a conversation with my mom (who was still holding on to the delusion that maybe I would go to law school), and she said “Shannon, are you going to be able to support yourself working in a beauty salon?” I didn’t really know, but I wanted to try. I had to try.

Well, fast forward a few years and a few different spas. I was working in Charleston, SC at a beautiful spa where I worked for seven years. Waxing had become increasingly popular, starting with the famous J. Sisters bringing their Brazilian wax to the US in the late 90s. Do you know who trained me to do a Brazilian? ME. Do you know who I trained on? MYSELF. Oh the horror when I remember trying to wax myself clean so many years ago. Let’s not go into detail but I will say, it was excruciating. After much trial and error (sorry friends that I practiced on), eventually I realized that I loved, loved, LOVED giving Brazilians. Loved it. Mostly because I had become very good at it in a world where people were still very reluctant to give and receive a Brazilian. Oh the joy of the immediate result! For someone with ADD and a strong need for quick results, Brazilians met all of my needs! A guest could come in, nervous and timid, and then 20 minutes later walk out, smooth and flawless, and feeling like Superwoman! We would laugh, we would bond, we would share secrets, and then they would rebook to come and see me in 4 weeks! It almost seemed too good to be true!

Waxing in a full service spa: not great. I was constantly being told to zip it by my colleagues who were trying to bliss out their guests during a massage or facial and then they could here me chatting it up in the next room. Yes, you really have to talk when you are waxing a Brazilian. And laugh. It makes the experience one million times more comfortable. So, when I moved to Portland in 2007, I thought, wouldn’t it be AMAZING to open a salon where all I can do is wax? All day in and out, waxing until my heart is content. Waxing until everyone understands that a Brazilian is NOT scary, and it’s not gross and it’s not for just a certain type of person. It’s for EVERYONE! And it’s wonderful! And it makes you feel great after and you can connect with your Waxxer like she is your long lost best friend and you can eat M&M’s and drink mimosas! And be surrounded by beautiful things and maybe buy some great skin products or a nice candle. And so, Urban Waxx was born.

The reaction that we received from the guests was overwhelming. Portland is really just the best place to open a small business. So many wonderful things have happened in the 8 years since we opened. We now have 5 locations, and about 70 employees. People ask me all of the time who else owns Urban Waxx, or if we are a franchise. Nope. It’s still just me. Now I have a really amazing Leadership Team in place and they do so many of the day to day operational stuff, but I am in it. Urban Waxx is my life. I still wax on Thursday mornings. I selfishly cannot give up that one shift of waxing my guests. I still love love love giving a great Brazilian but more than that I need to connect with guests on a one to one basis. It makes me so very happy. We wax about 35,000 Brazilians a year. That number blows my mind. It really does.

The past 8 years have been humbling, crazy, wonderful, inspirational, exciting, and most of all, so unbelievably blessed. I feel blessed. I feel like I am the luckiest woman in the world to be able to work with a dynamic, charismatic, loving team of people who amaze me every day. We get to change our guests’ lives in little ways. Or sometimes in really big ways. We get to connect. We get to do good things. I get to show my kids what it’s like to run a business with integrity and joy. I also get to struggle, and to mess up, and to take accountability and to ask for help when I need it, which is a lot. I get to be so stressed and overwhelmed that I am googling “How to sell my spa and move to an island.” And then I get to wake up the next day and tell myself to snap out of it and to fix what I did and make it better. That is the joy and the pain of owning your own business. The joy is that it’s mine and I get to celebrate what goes well. The pain is that it’s mine and I get to torture myself incessantly when things go wrong. I’ll take it all: joy and pain I wouldn’t change it for anything.

To all of the guests that have walked through our doors, and loved us, and laughed with us, and told us when we needed to tweak something to make it better, and have referred us to friends and shouted from the roof tops that you believe in us: YOU. ARE. AMAZING. You have made Urban Waxx what it is. You are the reason that we are excited to come to work each and every day.

To all of my employees who have believed in me and Urban Wax and this journey and each other, and who consistently strive for excellence and love to deliver this magical experience: THANK YOU. I have met more creative, strong, fabulous women in the past 8 years than I have in my entire life, and so many of them work at Urban Waxx. What a gift.

Thank you all for the last 8 years. Let’s see what the next 8 bring!

Peace & Love,

Shannon