Hi, this is Leigh, owner of Amara. I would love to take you through the journey of my story.
I have always had a passion for helping, serving and making people feel beautiful. I attended Esthetics school and graduated in January of 2000. I quickly realized that there weren’t many options for pursuing my passions in the small town that I lived in. I was fortunate to get hired at a small place in Orem, Utah. I worked day in and day out to build my clientele and build relationships with everyone I came in contact with because I just love people. I was fortunate enough to work closely with our owners and managed the salon for close to five years. I am forever grateful for the opportunities, challenges, and mistakes that I was allowed to make and learn from in the beginning of my career.
In 2005, my new husband Tyler and I bought a small home and turned the basement into “Amara Day Spa.” In the beginning, it was just me and my amazing sister Tessa, who was apprenticing under me. I hoped and prayed that my guests would come and see me at our new humble location. I was so proud that from the minute we opened, people came.
I’ve always known in my heart that it doesn’t matter where you are located, if you have expensive equipment, or even the latest and greatest treatment. What matters is that the guest is “WOW-ed” each time they come and that they feel better about themselves when they leave. I believe that is why we continued to grow, so much so that in 2007 we built a home in Lindon, Utah, and dedicated the entire basement to Amara. We did spa services, massages, and injectables and soon grew out of that location.
My husband and I took a leap of faith in 2009 and bought a 3,000 square foot location in Orem. We invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of our own money, and I am forever grateful for a husband that has always supported my dreams and has been by my side every step of the way. Here is a small timeline of what happened next.
We expanded services and hired 30 staff members to open with and thankfully they have worked with us through thick and thin.
We needed to expand again. This is when we went from being a day spa to a full salon as well. We were able to purchase another 3,000 square feet right next to us and began building. We did all of this without shutting down for one day.
We opened our second location in Lehi, Utah. It was so amazing to open up a second location. We also became one of L’Oreal’s Top 100 Salons in the nation!
In July of 2017, we brought on CoolSculpting, were honored again to be part of L’Oreal’s Top 100 Salons in the US, and became the #1 Diamond Allergan Provider in Utah County.
We are so thankful to our wonderful staff and guests who made this journey possible! We love what we do because of them! My goal is to continue to mentor others, help them succeed in the game of life, and create their own happiness in all they do.
-Leigh Bennett, Owner