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Their purpose: 'Make women feel beautiful'
Sarah Wellington and Brooke Stone have teamed up to form Posh, a spa, beauty and personal care business at 526-1 Wolfe St.

 Sara Wellington (left) and Brooke Stone have started Posh, a spa, beauty and personal care business located on Wolfe Street in Fredericksburg. The pair will focus on styling women for weddings, proms, balls and other special events.
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Date published: 11/25/2012

By Cathy Jett

JUST IN TIME for the holidays, two Freder- icksburg-area entre- preneurs have teamed up to help women put their best face forward.

Sarah Wellington, who sells Artistry products and does facials, and Brooke Stone, a hair and makeup stylist, recently opened Posh, a spa, beauty and personal care business at 526-1 Wolfe St.

They're aiming their services primarily at brides and bachelorette parties, because they've noticed that Fredericksburg is becoming more and more popular as a destination wedding location.

But Wellington, 26, and Stone, 25, also offer a variety of services for customers getting ready for special events such as a prom, military ball or holiday party; as well as women enjoying a girls day out or mothers and daughters who want to bond over a hair and makeup session and then possibly get their picture taken.

"I think Brooke's and my biggest thing is that we want to make women feel beautiful," Wellington said. "Especially Brooke. She has this amazing ability to take a woman's natural beauty and make her look fabulous."

The two women met through a networking group organized by VA Wedding & Events Network. They realized they had compatible businesses, and met afterward to discuss joining forces.

At the time, Wellington had just leased a first floor space at 526-1 Wolfe St. She and her husband, Sean Wellington, also run Virginia Web Solutions in the building, which is home to a number of wedding and event-planning businesses.

"Within three weeks we put together this new business," Wellington said.

She traces her interest in doing facials to her switch several years ago to Artistry skin care products, a premium line owned by Amway.

"I have a lot of skin issues myself," Wellington said. "I realized how good [Artistry] made me feel, and I started getting excited about making women feel beautiful and proud of how they look."

Stone, whose mother was a makeup artist for 14 years, graduated from Liberty University with the idea of going into youth ministry. That changed when she met her future husband, who planned on becoming a minister.


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