Women Owners Create Wellness Hub in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Legacy Commons Building, a community of small businesses located on West Boulevard, is the area’s newest wellness hub.

The building is home to 14 wellness-centered small businesses, all owned by women. Visitors enter a reception area, and then are escorted to the service provider’s station.

Anchoring it is Löyly Sauna Spa, which offers individual infrared saunas and a Finnish sauna – a type of dry sauna that does not rely on moisture and steam to provide benefits to users.

Löyly Sauna Spa also offers a salt room and a private soak room. The salt room contains a wall of pink Himalayan salt and approximately 8,000 pounds of salt on the floor, according to the Löyly Sauna Spa website.

A unique wellness option found at Legacy Commons is the Harmonic Egg, a room-sized “sound and light resonant chamber” that aims to calm and balance the nervous system and works “based on [each customer’s] intention,” says Sonya Diaz, owner of Soul’s Quest Yoga and facilitator of the Harmonic Egg. Diaz is also the property manager of the building.

Diaz says many customers chose the Harmonic Egg as a place to relax and manifest one’s goals, with some customers using the Egg to set intentions for future successes or chemotherapy patients visiting between their sessions.

For Rachel Smith, owner of Rachel’s Spa Services, the Legacy Commons building “is very empowering, especially because we have a lot of younger [women business owners]. To be around so many other women in business is very empowering and it’s a very cool community that feels like family,” she said.

Rachel’s Spa Services offers facials, dermaplaning, relaxation and hot stone massages and other esthetic services.

Smith has seen having a wellness hub in the Mahoning Valley create a lasting impact on customers who “just needed some peace” following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ariane Survison, owner of Ariane Ashley Massage & Spa, says she has noticed a couple clients regularly book massages with her due to the stress of the pandemic.

Massage services “are a great way to destress and relax and be yourself for a little while,” Survison, a licensed massage therapist and esthetician who specializes in Thai massage, ashiatsu and deep tissue massages, says.

Dorothy Weimer, is new to owning her own business and working for herself, but not new to the massage industry. Weimer began renting at Legacy Commons about six months ago, bug has been a massage therapist since 2015.

The opportunity to work out of Legacy Commons and own a business has been “the best thing [she] ever could’ve done for [herself].”

To Weimer, the addition of Legacy Commons to the Mahoning Valley is “wonderful.” and “the best kept secret in Boardman,” she said. “There is so much to offer between the saunas, the salt room and the Harmonic Egg and the opportunity to become your own business owner,” she continued.

Opportunities and support are critical for women business owners to become successful, and Weimer says Legacy Commons offers plenty of each.

The familial community that the practitioners of Legacy Commons create is the responsibility of Diaz and the most important part in the fulfillment of the building’s purpose.

“I keep everyone focused on building community and helping each other grow,” Diaz says. 

The goal of the common building community is to bring awareness of these services in one centrally accessible place in Boardman.

Some of the additional businesses located in the Legacy Commons are Sherrilee Skincare, Guided Compass Esthetician, Vanity Glam, Monica Cameli LMT, Vibrational Earth Body and Skincare and Mindful Mikala Health Coach.

“We are a community of small businesses that are committed to providing services for wellness within every business and building strong relationships with each other and in the community,” Diaz says.

For more information and a full list of businesses located in Legacy Commons, visit www.legacycommonsbuilding.com.

Pictured above: Legacy Commons business owners gather outside for the celebratory showcase of their new businesses.

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