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Local spa picks up where another fails
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Stylist Renee Clampet blow dries Cindy Avery’s hair on Saturday. Avery’s style was a gift from her daughter-in-law, Diane Kirchner. - photo by Photo by Denise Etheridge
When Sheela Eichhorn heard people had lost money on gift cards when Vanilla Day Spa closed down in Savannah this week, she felt she had to help.
So, the owner of Hinesville Day Spa & Salon decided to honor those gift certificates.
“It appalled me,” Eichhorn said. “This (Christmas) is our biggest time for gift certificates. We do thousands of dollars in gift certificates. For (Vanilla Day Spa) to take that money and close his doors is — to me — unconscionable.”
Eichhorn learned about the Savannah spa’s closing on a WJCL news story. She called the TV station about offering those customers a solution so they sent a videographer to interview her and shoot footage on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day the Hinesville business received its first call from a customer, she said.
“I think the universe treats us fairly when we treat others fairly,” Eichhorn said. She said she believes in giving back to the community.
Eichhorn’s spa donated 20 coupons for free haircuts and 20 for free massage sessions to needy individuals before Christmas this year.
The businesswoman said she understands why some businesses close. But despite the weak economy and the impact the deployment of the 3rd Infantry Division has had on her business, Eichhorn said she is determined to keep her spa open.
She has been in business since 1999 at various locations across the county.
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