My mom used to always tell me “Anything worth doing is worth doing right,” and SpaHive Norwich could have been one of the toughest labors of love so far! Don’t get me wrong – I love SpaHive and this beautiful community we are growing. The greatest high (besides a great dessert!) is when attendees find me after the event and tell me what a huge success it was, and they want it to be two full days! But for the sake of staying true to “keeping it real,” which happens to be one of keynote speaker Gretta Monahan’s keys to success, I am going to “spill the tea” on SpaHive Norwich.
There is a certain mix of calm and chaos that makes itself known when my team and I start to descend on the host location. This time around was no different, but there was a sense of familiarity. That is right; I actually started my career at the Spa at Norwich Inn many many moons ago! I, Julie Pankey, am a native Norwich(ian?), so hosting at the Spa at Norwich Inn was a no brainer for me! If you haven’t been – GO, NOW! It’s a perfect country getaway for all my New Yorkers, and well, it is 5 minutes from Mohegan for the lucky ones 🙂
Now let me tell you – hosting an event takes hours of time. Well, no…it takes months to be honest. Whether it’s signing on vendors, contacting attendees and even making sure there are enough trash cans in the room, my team and I do it all! On Sunday, we hosted a Spa Experience Center in the evening. Think of it as a first look and a place to network. Attendees were able to experience express treatments by our VIP vendors – everything from a Guinot Hydraclean Treatment to a Vita Liberata Spray tan. You want it? We had it!! (If you want proof, check out Barry Eichner from LipGloss and AfterShave’s video recap!) After the Spa Experience center, we enjoyed some food and drinks, and then it was time to rest up for the BIG DAY… I actually did get some sleep that night 🙂
On Monday September 23rd, we hosted SpaHive Norwich mastermind and boutqiue event. I MADE a huge decision this time and decided to take it one – no, two! – steps further! SpaHive Norwich had a host AND a celebrity keynote speaker! That’s right – Barry Eichner from Lipgloss + Aftershave was our charming and witty host AND our exclusive SpaHive media. Next, we were honored to have Gretta Monahan as our keynote speaker. You would know Gretta from the View and Rachel Ray show as a premier style guru, and her very successful spa and salons G Spa at Foxwoods and Gretta Cole Salon. These dynamite combinations made for an amazing day! But it didn’t stop there – we also had a Marketing Panel called “Marketing from Every Angle.” It was described as “tremendous and most appropriate dialogue” by one of the attendees. (It was so wildly successful we hosted a webinar after the event because we couldn’t cover it ALL. Check out the convo here.) Just when you thought your brain was at max capacity… we also listened to Louis Donato, a financial guru from Citizens Bank/Wealth Management.
Peppered in between talks and a mastermind session, attendees had ample time to browse and meet with Vendors in our boutique showcase. We handpick every single vendor for SpaHIve. We only want brands who believe in the importance of a client relationship and stand by their brands. Discover all of our amazing sponsors HERE.
We topped off the day with warm chocolate cookies! (I love dessert.) I have a special take away treat at the end of every SpaHive… think of it as my calling card 😉 Reflecting on this, I am wondering if maybe we should have a full two-day event?! By the end of the day, so many attendees stayed and continued talking, and that to me makes it all worth it! Stay tuned for the release of SpaHive 2020 event dates; you won’t want to miss it!