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  • Writer's pictureLaurel Shell

Small Business Spotlight - Amanda // Fortified Wellness Studio

This interview was conducted as a part of YourLocalBizPro’s Small Business Spotlight - Week 2. Amanda, the founder and owner of Fortified Wellness Studio, was gracious enough to participate and offer 20% off all facials from 8/24/20 - 8/31/20.

What inspired you to open Fortified Wellness Studio?

"I knew from a VERY young age that I always wanted to be my own boss and that my hands had the ability to help people. After exploring every avenue of the beauty and wellness industry for 10 years, I felt that I had the experience to finally pursue my dream of opening a spa and wellness studio."

Is there anyone from your childhood who encourages your entrepreneurial spirit?

"My family has been the biggest support system throughout my entire life and I will forever be grateful for their guidance! My mother and my sister also have the entrepreneurial spirit and we have had a few little business ventures together - my favorite being a lemonade stand when I was 5. I begged my mom to let me open a lemonade stand! She taught us all about supply orders and so many other things. My sister helped me by suggesting a better location and we ended up bringing in $200 a DAY selling 50 cent lemonade and began to expand our offerings. That is my first taste of working for myself and I’ve wanted nothing more than that ever since! So with the loving support of my mother and my sister, I am still seeking their counsel on how to succeed." 💕

Is there anyone in your adult life who encourages your entrepreneurial spirit?

"I do have to say that Greenville is a wonderful place to have a dream and actually achieve it. I have been so fortunate to have an amazing support system of entrepreneurial friends that help each other achieve our goals and lift each other up consistently."

What has been your biggest “success” as a small business owner?

"My biggest success was just facing my fear and OPENING it! I am also very proud that my father and I built everything in my spa. I have never had experience with construction and it has instilled so much pride in me for my space."

What has been your biggest “failure” as a small business owner? Remember, there is no such thing as a failure - only learning experiences and lessons learned…

"Oh boy. There have been many lessons learned already. I often struggle with social media presence or just being near my phone in general. I am also in the process of learning how to take others' suggestions rather than just getting frustrated and seeing it as they are telling me how to live my life."

Tell us your business mission and why it’s important to you personally.

"The word Fortified means “to be strengthened” and that is exactly what I want our clients to feel like when they leave our studio. Our mission is to lay hands on more than just someone’s physical aspects of their body. There is so much healing that comes from human touch that helps to calm the nervous system and a lot of people just want someone to talk to. We strive to be a place of peace and healing!"

If you’d like to contact Amanda or Fortified Wellness Studio, they can be reached at 864-252-4141 or visited in person at 46 Lois Ave., Greenville, SC 29611. Appointments can be made by visiting and clicking “Book Now”.

*Originally posted on August 25th, 2020*

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