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Sarah Wellington and Brooke Stone have teamed up to form Posh, a spa, beauty and personal care business at 526-1 Wolfe St.
Date published: 11/25/2012
By Cathy Jett
She decided that she might need a more lucrative career, and decided to go to the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, N.C., for training as a stylist. When she and her husband moved to Fredericksburg, she started a business helping brides here and as far away as Maryland get ready for the big day.
"I noted that Fredericksburg lacked a place where bridal parties can get together," Stone said. "We wanted to create more of an intimate environment where they can have fun."
She and Wellington came up with a variety of packages for brides and their bridesmaids. They range from the bachelorette party package, which is $175 per person for the first five people, to the $600 Posh package for the bride.
The bachelorette package includes a facial, professional hair and makeup styling, hand massages, aromatherapy, drinks, dessert, T-shirts and a complimentary lip gloss. The Posh package provides a skin care consultation and analysis at least three months prior to the wedding, plus facials, a tryout for hair and makeup for either an engagement or wedding portrait and the portrait, aromatherapy, massages and styling on the wedding day.
Posh also offers three other packages for brides and the bridal party as well as a southern belle package for those preparing for parties and a mother and daughter memory package. Future additions are likely to include classes on makeup for older women.
"I've noticed that a lot of my clients, when they reach their 40s and 50s and their hormones are changing, want to know what looks good," Stone said.
She and Wellington also plan to work with other wedding and event vendors and hold events to give back to the community. They're partnering with Nickel City Pin Up on Dec. 13 and 14, for example, to offer free hair and makeup styling and a tasteful boudoir photo shoot. Customers just have to donate a package of newborn diapers and a package of baby wipes to Mary's Shelter, a crisis pregnancy shelter in downtown Fredericksburg.
"I see us doing a lot of charitable work," said Stone. "We're not all about profit. We want to help people as well."
Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407