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The Coolest Esthetician in Raleigh!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Sarah Styron

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The COOL Cat of Molly’s Wax Shop

If you want the best waxing experience in town, check out Molly’s Wax Shop, tucked away in a quaint spot above Red Dragon in Five points. Molly has worked with other spas and people for a long time, and was constantly frustrated, concerned that the best interest and needs as a busy woman were neglected. Molly wanted creative freedom and better customer service, the freedom to run the business the way she wanted to, and boy was that a great decision for Raleigh residents! If something went wrong, she could fix it … Now, Molly’s Wax Shop is celebrating their one year anniversary this month in June.

Molly’s favorite thing about her job: the relationships she gets to build. “Touching someone’s body as an esthetician takes a very particular relationship – very personal,” says Molly. As a regular, myself, since the beginning, I’ve never had a more comfortable experience anywhere else; Molly is the best at making you feel like you’re right at home. She also enjoys getting to decorate and choose her own furniture :)

Molly really enjoys working with clients and you can tell from the first second that you walk into her shop. It makes her feel

Molly Ingle, Owner/Esthetician/Skin Genius

Molly Ingle, Owner/Esthetician/Skin Genius

like she’s doing something good – turning what CAN be an awkward process into the most comfortable. Not to mention always feeling like a brand new woman! And Molly’s passion for what she does is always present.

Molly told me during our interview that one of her favorite things about Raleigh is stuff like this – what Raleigh is Cool is doing – a big sense of community. Living in Chapel Hill was more of a college crowd. She enjoys the sense of permanence, loves getting to know the town and how it’s growing, and most importantly how everyone comes together to live work play.

Molly’s shop promotes a sense of homeliness … not your average sterile spa where waxing is not the primarily focus – the focus is on YOU and your skin and I’ve never been in better hands (especially since I have the most sensitive skin in the universe)! Here you will find a specialized shop not found anywhere else and you can be comfortable. Treated like a princess with the full attention on you.

Molly rocks so much as a woman, mother, wife and business woman, that I’m not the least surprised that her way of thanking our great city for one year in business is giving back to a very worthy cause. She is giving 5% of proceeds for the month of June to InterAct of Wake County. A 10% discount off ANY service will be split between you (5%) with 5% going to InterAct, the Raleigh charity whose mission of women and children’s advocacy is close to her heart. It also promotes women’s empowerment, which is perfect for this woman in business who will tell all other women: “Keep fighting the fight!” So make sure to check it out (for all your summer needs and beyond), feel pretty and give back? – sign me up!

Handmade scrub, made in Charlotte, NC!

Handmade scrub, made in Charlotte, NC!

Butterfly mobile, yes please!

Butterfly mobile, yes please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of great products!

Tons of great products!

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Car Care and Community Care At Its Finest

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“I love life. And I love my job. So my job never feels like work!” –Mike Phillips

Owner of Men At Work Car Care Center Mike Phillips’s start-up story, like most, is full of ups and downs. He was born in Philadelphia but moved here in 1979 to attend St. Augustine’s University here in Raleigh. He first learned how to detail cars with a Ford dealership after college. He took the knowledge he gained from this first job, and felt confident that he could enter the detailing business on his own.

“Learn something. Wherever you go. Whatever you do. And take it with you.”

Mike and some of the guys flexing their muscles outside of the shop

Mike and some of the guys flexing their muscles outside of the shop

That’s exactly what he did. He opened Men At Work Car Care Center in November of 1988. Business was good – which comes as no surprise to me. While sitting with Mike for our interview I witnessed worn down folks walk in and instantly light up when they hear Mike’s booming voice. I saw him encourage his team of men detailing the cars – reminding them frequently that, “We’re big on ‘Thank Yous’ around here!” And most importantly, I saw filthy cars transform to factory fresh in less than 30 minutes.

Throughout his journey, however, Mike struggled with drug use and dealing. It took a combination of bad economic times, seeing his family hurt because of his choices, and being arrested to realize that something had to change.

“Some people get no grace. They lose it all before they get it together. For me, it didn’t take that.”

Mike finally was able to close that chapter of his book. As a result of the legal trouble he got in, he gained a unique perspective on employment after serving time.

“No one wants to give you an opportunity. The first thing they ask you is if you have ever committed a crime.”

Because of this hardship that former criminals face,  Mike makes it a priority to hire men who have recently served time in an effort to help them rebuild their resumes and lives.  Currently 95% of his staff have been convicted of a crime and paid their debt to society through prison time.

When I asked Mike what he would want a potential new customer to know about Men At Work, he had this to say:

“Come here once and you won’t go nowhere else. You come here and you know I’m giving back. I’m showing love. “

I have been to car care centers all over eastern North Carolina – mainly because I am too preoccupied (lazy) to clean my own car. I can tell you after several washes from Mike and his guys at Men At Work, I will never go anywhere else. They truly do a phenomenal job.

Raleigh, give yourself a weekend off of car-washing duty. A standard wash is around $20.00 depending on the size of your vehicle (plus tip). You will leave with a satisfactory detail job, a smile on your face, and a team of really awesome men yelling, “THANK YOU!” as you drive away.

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