Help Glow Skin Therapy Stay Open Through Pandemic

Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I am the owner and sole operator of Glow Skin Therapy. First of all, I want to thank all of my clients who have come to experience one of my services through the past 7 1/2 years since I opened. When I first decided to open my business I had no idea how much fun it would be, and how many wonderful people who I would meet along the way. Not many people know my personal story and why I opened a business, so let me share... I opened Glow Skin Therapy in 2013. Prior to opening my business, I was working for a corporate waxing company where they paid us minimum wage and 5% commission on every service that we did and every product that we would sell. So for every Brazilian wax that I would do, I would make $9 hourly, plus $2.50 commission. It was very discouraging. There was no way that I could support myself at that company, as a newly divorced single mom with a six-month-old son.  I decided to venture out and took a leap of faith. I found a small space in Alameda where I could open my skin care studio. I found a local spa supply retailer who sold me equipment that fit my budget. Everything just fell into place like it was meant to be. I was (and still am) forever grateful. Through the years I have met some of the best clients. Some who have even become friends. I have been so lucky to share monumental moments in my clients' lives, through our conversations at our appointments. It makes me so happy when a client has shared with me exciting news or even just how their day went. Of course, I have also been there through rough patches too. I am so blessed that I have been able to share the laughs and tears throughout the years with my clients. Glow Skin Therapy is so much more than just a business to me. Besides being able to meet some amazing people, it has also allowed me to be the mom that I want to be. Since I own my business, I have been able to be there for my son throughout every step of the way. I have never missed a field trip, a stepping up ceremony, or even classroom volunteer time with my son. I know that he is grateful for this. As a third generation Alameda native, I take great pride in our city-island. I grew up here. My parents grew up here. And my grandparents lived here for decades. I attended St. Joseph Elementary School, and graduated from Alameda High School in 2000. I have given back to the community on several occasions through donations, fundraisers, or even just taking the time out to volunteer. I have always wanted to make sure that my business could give back to my community, my home. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 all non-essential businesses like mine were forced to close due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was a scary and sad day. I didn't know how I was going to support myself and my son. Yes, being a small business owner has some amazing perks, but if we don't work, we don't get paid. The first week we were in shelter-in-place I'd call my friends and family and just cry. I didn't know what to do. Some clients contacted me and offered to pay for services up front or gift certificates. I also reached out and offered gift certificates as an option to purchase. I am so thankful for the clients who offered their kind words and support during this difficult time.  Even though my business is temporarily closed, I still have to pay rent to keep my space for when I eventually do get to re-open, utilities, insurance, and other expenses that it takes to run a business. And, as for cost of living...Well, it costs a lot to just live, as we all know. During this pandemic I have tried to do everything that I am supposed to do to get funding for my business. I have applied for loans and not heard one word back from any companies. I have applied for various grants for small businesses and have not heard back. I have filed for pandemic unemployment insurance, where I still have recieved nothing. I have heard that small businesses like mine are not being prioritized for these things and that they'll  get around to us eventually. This saddens and worries me on a daily basis. I was prompted by Yelp to start a Go Fund Me Campaign to help save my small business. I want Glow Skin Therapy to be there when we come out on the other side of this pandemic. I want to be able to serve my clients and continue to give back to my community. I am hoping to raise at least $2500 which would help cover rent for my business, utilities, insurance, etc. for the next two months. Please help me keep my business open! Thank you for reading. Stay safe and healthy, Laura @ Glow Skin Therapy  #SmallBusinessRelief

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    • $500 
    • 3 mos
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    • 5 mos
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Laura Sonido 
Organizer
Alameda, CA
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