In November, Chattanooga native Jennifer Strain moved her small business to a storefront on South Broad Street and now she's expanding with the addition of an in-house spa and the acquisition of another local business called VivVeŕe Living Candles.
The store, which is called Good Fortune Soap: Chattanooga's Green Clean Store, sells homegoods and natural bath and body products, and allows customers to create their own products.
Customers can also refill bulk items such as lotions, washes, home sprays and laundry soap using the same container every time, eliminating waste.
The 3,400-square-foot space includes a warehouse and main showroom, which is 1,000 square feet, according to Nooga.com archives.
"We launched the organic skin care line when we opened the store and thought it would be perfect since we have this gorgeous space to have an esthetician so we could offer facials and eventually have a massage therapist so we can offer massage," Strain said Monday.
Now, veteran aesthetician Lynda Painter will offer organic, all natural facials, waxing, eyelash extensions, and other services. The spa expects to expand to massages soon and is exploring hosting spa parties for groups in the future.
Last month, Strain bought VivVeŕe LLC, another Chattanooga-based, female-owned company with a globally philanthropic vision.
The retail store has expanded its selection of products including VivVeŕe candles, artisan-fragranced candles made with natural soy wax.
Each candle highlights exotic areas around the globe. For example, West Africa is represented by an amber-patchouli blend, Italy by bergamot and France by lavender.
VivVeŕe owner CoCo McCain is a friend of Strain's. McCain developed her business through the Business Development Center and Strain said she helped McCain with graphic design and other business items.
When McCain decided she wanted to sell her company, Strain was on the top of her list, and the businesses meshed well, Strain said.
"I wasn't even looking to buy a company and expand, but everything fit financially and time wise," she said. "We have the space and I just love the company."