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Meet Vesper Gray

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vesper Gray.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I learned early in life that if I was ever going to have anything that I would have to provide it for myself. Thankfully, that lesson instilled a strong work ethic within me. The beginning of my life started off pretty rough as my parent’s divorced before I was even a year old and my mother lost me to foster care for the first time at three years old. She suffered from mental illness and alcoholism. She lost me completely to the system at the age of seven.

I grew up in an extremely verbally, physically and emotionally abusive household with a foster father that sexually abused me for six years until I was 12 and was too big to let him do it anymore. My foster mother was not a happy person and she had no problem taking it out on us kids whether it was a backhand across the face or spanking with a slotted spoon. She was accused in court of abusing a child she babysat but still continued on as a foster mother. He went to prison for only four years and my foster mother died of a brain aneurysm a year after he went to prison. The state of Colorado failed me in a big way. I know that there are good foster homes out there but that was not my experience.

Naturally, after a traumatic childhood, I had some issues. In my early 30’s, I worked extensively with a life coach for five years. During that time, I was able to set and attain goals that set me on a brighter path for my future. I found yoga during this chapter. Yoga not only became a physical practice for me but a spiritual one as well. I was able to let go of a lot of the trauma that I was holding in my body through this amazing practice. I ended up doing teacher training with CorePower Yoga and in a very brief period of time, I worked my way up from an instructor to a regional operations manager in the central coast of California. I started off in Boulder Colorado and in less than a year, I was hired to help open the new central coast region in Santa Barbara California. I had no idea that this would prepare me to open my own business. My responsibilities with CorePower ranged from overseeing studio openings from start to finish, hiring staff, training staff, running teacher training, and boot camps, helping manage for the first three months, etc. I was a part of each studio from the ground up. My favorite part of all of this was building and creating a community in a new location. Each studio had its own personality but maintained the same core values. Community is something that I strongly believe in. We all want to “belong” somewhere. Although I loved living in Santa Barbara, I chose to come home after three years. I missed Colorado.

When I moved back to Colorado, I was offered a management position with CorePower yoga. I decided that I wanted to go back to school and pursued that rather than management. During my summer break from college, I decided to go to aesthetics school to spend some time learning about something that I love. I fell in love with skincare. A friend reached out to me while I was in school and offered me an office that he had available. I rented my old office for 2.5 years out of a chiropractic and massage office in the neighborhood. I loved the area but I knew that my lack of outdoor marketing was keeping me from reaching my full potential. I started looking around the neighborhood and they had a retail space available right around the corner from where my office was already established. It all just fell into place.

That leads me too today! I held my grand re-opening about three weeks ago. I am grateful for a loyal Skincare clientele that has continued to see me in my new location. Not only do I offer skin care but now, I have hired staff to offer Nail services as well. After being in the neighborhood for 2 1/2 years, I personally knew that we were lacking nail services in that area. It is a huge success and the numbers continue to grow each week!

Everything that I have is invested in this business venture. When you don’t have any safety nets or anything or anyone to fall back on, you have no choice but to succeed. Failure isn’t even a thought in my mind. I cry often and laugh often as well. There are lots of highs and lows in owning and maintaining a business. I have met some incredible people and also some extremely shady people along the way. When bad things happen, all I can do is chalk it up to learning experience. Every day, I learn something new. In addition to owning my business as I am an educator for a couple of product lines that I use as well as an instructor at the school that I graduated from for aesthetics. I am currently in the process of writing a lash extension course curriculum. I like diversifying my income. Teaching is something that I love and I am so grateful that I can continue to teach in addition to being an entrepreneur.

There have been plenty of opportunities to give up but that’s not something that I can do. Life has definitely thrown me some curveballs but I have managed to hit them out of the park. I am grateful for all of my experiences whether good or bad as they have led me to who I am today.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think the biggest struggle is being taken advantage of by people that do not have integrity. It’s so important to do your research even if you know them. Trust your intuition. If something seems “off” believe it. Unfortunately I’ve been taken advantage of the most by people that were supposed “friends”. I personally will never do business with someone that is a friend or that I know well. I will still continue to cross promote and network but I will never allow someone close to me into the confidential areas of my business such as marketing, accounting, etc. It was a very heartbreaking reality when I finally found out that I was being lied to and my finances were being mismanaged. In my experience, it’s just too messy. Emotions get in the way and lines get crossed. Just better to protect your heart and business and as Offspring says “You gotta keep em separated”. You heard them singing it in your head, didn’t you? Haha! At least I still have my sense of humor. 😉

Vesper Gray Skin, Lash and Nails – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We offer everything from facials to waxing to spray tans to lash extensions to Microneedling needling to nails. We really are your one stop shop… except hair. We don’t offer hair services.

It’s really hard to say what I am known for as I really see everyone for everything. But lash extensions and Nails are at the forefront of my business at the moment.

What sets my business and the part is customer service. I believe in creating community and building a connection with my clients.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being able to take out a small business loan for my business expansion. I have worked hard to build up my credit score and not have debt. It was rewarding to be able to take out my own loan without needing help from anyone else. The expansion of my business has been a very proud moment as well!

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