BRANDON — Soothing music from Pandora Internet radio fills the rooms inside the area's newest day spa and salon, InSPAration, located across from First Baptist Church on Parsons Avenue.
But after hours, owner Christian Monsalve likes to pipe some Led Zeppelin through the Bose speakers of his surround-sound system.
It's just one of the perks to enjoy when you are 19 years old and one month into operating your own business. After graduating from Durant High School in 2012, Monsalve spent a year studying business and art at the University of Central Florida before his parents, Oscar and Patricia, made him an intriguing offer.
"My dad said, 'I know you have some ideas for the spa, would you like to take over?' " said Monsalve, whose mother established the business in 2012 near the Latinos Supermarket in Valrico. "I was like, 'Yes.' "
Monsalve said the original location across from Home Depot didn't lend itself to a soothing atmosphere, and the business plan focused primarily on Spanish-speaking clientele. Given his bilingual background that also includes two years of experience working at Essentials Massage & Facials of Riverview and graphic art capabilities to produce his own marketing materials, he felt qualified for the task.
"The (eight) employees voted me in, so there isn't a lack of respect," he said about managing staffers with more experienced than he has. "I want to hit a better market, and this is a way better location."
Monsalve said some of the things that set InSPAration apart are the prices and services. The spa provides facials as well as hair and nail options, including a $28 mani-pedi package, and massages that start at $30 — or both for $50.
The spa, at 213 N Parsons Ave, offers popular massages such as deep tissue, hot stone, reduction and wood. Customers can book their appointments online 24/7 at insparationbrandon.com.
Julie's Walk-In Closet opens online entry
Julie's Walk-In Closet, a boutique and upscale consignment shop, has launched an online store at julieswalkincloset.com/shoponline. There, you will find a growing selection of items, many still with new tags on them, at retail discounts. New items are added to the inventory weekly.
The store offers new and preowned casual and formal clothing, costume and fine jewelry, shoes, handbags and other accessories for discriminating women who love beauty and quality without the hefty retail price tags. Julie's says savings range from 50 to 80 percent off mainstream prices.
Julie's opened its retail location in 2009 and expanded two-and-a-half years later to a larger 3,000-foot showroom at 720 W Robertson St. in Brandon. In 2013, the boutique was a Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce finalist for the Small Business of the Year Award.
For a limited time, Julie's is offering an introductory sale of 15 percent off every online store item. The store also will ship designer handbags displayed online directly to your home. Call the shop for details at (813) 381-3846.
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