Stacey Grondahl: Owner of We Do Men — A Male Concept Spa

Stacey Grondhal, owner of We Do Men -- A Male Concept Spa, photographed at her spa in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Stacey Grondahl, owner of We Do Men — A Male Concept Spa, photographed at her spa in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Stacey Grondahl
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Stacey Grondahl is the self-proclaimed “Boss Lady,” as owner of We Do Men — A Male Concept Spa in Old Town Scottsdale since 2012. The 29-year-old Phoenix resident and her staff “manhandle” clients, beautifying and relaxing them through massage, facial and brow services. Guys instantly feel comfortable in the unique spa environment, which features local art and music by classic artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Patrons may take advantage of the spa’s Sake Bomb special during September, which features Pumpkin Sake Bomb and Sake Bomb peels for $50 and $70 each, saving clients up to $21 per treatment. In November, the spa celebrates its three-year anniversary with a party November 12, which includes educational aspects about products and specials throughout the spa. In December, catch Grondahl at the Jackalope Art Fair in Phoenix.

Year-round, the spa offers male-centric eco-friendly beauty and relaxation products in its shop. Grondahl shared her beauty philosophies, and you can hear her name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

It was a disability that brought me out here in 2011 to go to the National Laser Institute. I came out here to restart my career and grow as a spa professional. In California, you can’t be a laser tech without being a doctor or a nurse, which is interesting because they have no skincare background. I came out here and have never looked back.

I was born in Williston, North Dakota, and I grew up in Bakersfield, California. Continue reading

Bruce Robert: Co-Owner of MelRuce Salon

Bruce Robert, co-owner of MelRuce makeup and hair salon in Old Town Scottsdale, photographed at his salon, by Nicki Escudero

Bruce Robert, co-owner of MelRuce makeup and hair salon in Old Town Scottsdale, photographed at his salon, by Nicki Escudero

Bruce Robert
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Bruce Robert creates magic as a hair stylist and makeup artist for the salon he co-owns in Old Town Scottsdale, MelRuce. Robert not only brings out the best in his clients, he also educates them with home styling tips to keep them looking fabulous. Get to know the 36-year-old Glendale resident, whose services include updos and extensions, as well as special events, better here. Listen to him name his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video, too.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was birthed here. I went to Moon Valley High School and took some classes at Glendale Community College, Phoenix College and ASU West in addition to cosmetology school at Artistic in Glendale. Continue reading

Holli Christensen: Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar Owner

Holli Christensen, owner of Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar, photographed at her salon in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Holli Christensen, owner of Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar, photographed at her salon in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Holli Christensen
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Holli Christensen may be the owner of one of the cutest salons in town, but don’t think this lovely lady is all beauty and no brains. Christensen started her professional career as a neuroscientist before deciding to pursue her true passion — opening up her own business. Now she’s the owner of Kensington Makeup Artists, a 30-person team of makeup, hair and tanning specialists; and Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar, a Phoenix salon with hair, facial, tanning and makeup services, with a soon-to-be-launched manicure and pedicure station. Christensen talked about where her passion for her businesses comes from, as well as five reasons why she loves living in the Valley, below.

What brought you to Arizona?

My back story is always fun to laugh about because I did my undergrad at San Diego State in psychology, but I loved neuroscience, so I did a neuro-psychology emphasis. I decided to get my master’s degree because I thought I wanted to go to med school. I got accepted to King’s College London University and got my master’s degree in neuroscience. After I graduated, I moved back home to Thousand Oaks in California, and worked for a pharmaceutical company.

I got laid off and decided to go to school to become a makeup artist, because I had a lot of fun putting makeup on people and got tired of working in a cubicle and not talking to anybody. I seriously thought I lost all my social skills because of that, so I wanted to do something more interactive. I went to makeup school, and my teacher said one of the best industries to be in is the bridal industry because it can be very profitable. I thought about it and decided to start a business. I didn’t know what it was going to look like, but I thought I should start it in Arizona because there’s a really huge bridal industry here, and it’s a small large city, so it’d be easier to grow a small business. Continue reading