Words by Gemma Carter
A STALYBRIDGE beauty company is ready to go to the next level after moving to new, larger premises.
Nicola Smith has taken The Waxing Station to the site of the former Hardcastle’s toy shop on Corporation Street.
Now after opening the doors on Saturday, January 20, she believes the new site, with extra beauty stations and even sinks on the floor for pedicures, will lead to bigger and better things.
Things are definitely starting well, with the first two weeks being fully booked after it opened properly on Tuesday, January 23 and most people booking four or five months in advance.
And she revealed the story of going from a hospital-based heart exercise specialist to owner of a burgeoning business.
“I did it mobile for many years at first for many years while working as a health and fitness instructor and being a cardiac physiologist at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport,” said Nicola, who has been in business for 22 years since September 1995 and was at her last premises for about eight.
“After work, I’d then go and visit my clients and work until 9pm, so I built the client base up from there and eight years ago, I gave up my job with the NHS to do this full-time.
“I’ve always lived in Stalybridge and thought eight years ago, ‘It’s got plenty of footfall but people think it hasn’t and there’s money to be spent in Stalybridge.’
“Hopefully with the renovation that’s going on – especially with Summer’s Quay – there’s going to be more people coming in, so I bought this building 13 months ago.”
After buying the building, and going through extensive work to renovate it that involved taking everything back to bare brick, things are ready to go.
Both male and female customers are welcome to go through waxing – as the business name suggests – but there are also stations where tans can be applied, gel nails can be put on and manicures and pedicures can be carried out.
There are also areas where people can have a massage, a facial, eye and eye lash treatments, as well as a relaxation room.
Eventually, spa treatments will be available and in about 18 months, The Waxing Station will be offering pamper days, including afternoon teas.
Even botox fillers, dermal treatments and teeth whitening are available every three weeks, usually on a Tuesday evening, with the potential to expand after linking up with the Queens Park Medical Clinic.
The transformation was not without its bumps, as Dale Heathcote designed and made the new facility and Nicola needed plenty of support from friends and family, especially partner Andy O’Brien, with John Tennant helping install a seat on the morning it opened.
Nicola wants to mark the heritage of the new premises by putting up black and white pictures of it in its former guise along the corridor.
She added: “I never thought I’d ever get this big. I envisaged it but never thought I’d get there.”
Visit The Waxing Station at Corporation Street in Stalybridge, open on Tuesday from 10am-6.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-9pm, Friday from 10am-4pm and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Find out more on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wax1995/ and Twitter @waxing_station.