It’s Serendipity

Sawana Grimmett opens The Salt Spa with the help of Hair.n.Dipity

By Heather Maxwell, Executive Director Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce

Sawana Grimmett was working out of a local dentist office when, through mutual acquaintances, she met Rochelle Decker, owner of Hair.n.Dipity salon. 

Grimmett then saw her business, The Salt Spa, take off. 

“In 2016, a treatment room at her hair salon became available and I made the decision to move my practice over,” Grimmett says. 

“In March of 2017, two additional treatment rooms became available at Hair.n.Dipity, which allowed me to expand and open up a small day spa to include skin care services.”

In May 2018, Grimmett, 34, broke ground in the space next door to Hair.n.Dipity, allowing her to add a treatment room for the state-of-the-art, Himalayan Salt Cave. 

“The cave was built by the incredibly talented Nathaniel Decker of The Bloc Project,” she says. 

We spoke with Grimmett about her career and her time with the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 

How long have you been a chamber member? 

Four years.

 

Why did you decide to open in the

North Valley? 

My husband, two sons and myself have lived in Anthem since 2009. We opened our business up here not only for the proximity, but also for the deep community support that we see surrounding our local businesses.

 

What are some of the most challenging aspects of running your business? 

I always joke that I’m a massage therapist at my core, not a business owner. The day-to-day business operations are what I find to be the biggest adjustment and learning curve. Luckily, I have made so many connections with so many amazing local business owners and can now outsource for the things I’m not as proficient at. On top of that, I have so many inspiring mentors in my corner who help teach me daily what it looks like to be a successful and humble business owner.

 

What differentiates your business from your competitors? 

I see so much strength and diversity in all of my direct competitors in the area. I love that we all offer similar services, but also very different services at the same time. I have always said your competitors can be your largest support and referral source if you foster those relationships properly.

 

Do you participate in any local philanthropic efforts? 

I serve on the board of directors of the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, am the program director and co-creator of the Anthem Area Leadership Academy, the current president of the Preferred Businesses of Anthem, serve on the board of directors of Caurus Academy, and am a member of the Anthem Rotary Club. Giving back and devoting my time, talents and treasures to my local community is something my parents embedded in me. It’s just who I am, and I cannot see myself ever letting that piece go, no matter how busy I may get. I try to always find balance in all that I do.

 

What does the future hold for your business? 

I get asked this question a lot and honestly my answer is generally I do not know — and I am completely comfortable with that. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a massage therapist, it was something that organically happened. I never thought I would own my own spa, yet here I am. I like the idea of not setting any specific rules or expectations on myself and my business, but instead letting it breathe and grow naturally and seeing what happens. What I can for sure say, is that I want to make a lasting impact and leave a legacy for my children for years to come.

 

What is one of your favorite memories as an AACC Member? 

The annual gala is my favorite event of the year. I love dressing up and spending the night celebrating my peers and dancing the night away.

 

What is your biggest business pet peeve? 

Bad customer service. None of us are perfect and we will always make mistakes, but how you handle those mistakes and take accountability for your actions is key.

 

What are you most proud of?

My family. I have the most supportive husband in the world and our sons will grow up seeing what all the aspects of being an entrepreneur truly are and what it means to support your spouse wholeheartedly.

 

What are the best words of wisdom you’ve received?

Never stop making time for you. I’m in the business of self-care and I believe with all my heart that it is the key to success and balance.  

The Salt Spa

4111 W. Innovative Drive, Suite 112, 

Phoenix

623-551-0161, saltspaaz.com

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