While many businesses remained closed and inactive as a result of the lockdown, a Ridgetown mother and daughter Ridgetown business made several improvements to their business.
When the government closed their business, Judy Van De Hogen and her daughter Megan Van De Hogen rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Kakoon Health Spa & Yoga Studio, located at 9 Main St. West in Ridgetown, received many upgrades when the doors were closed to the public.
According to Judy, the business rearranged the areas in the spa to utilize space to its potential. In addition, all services except for yoga and tanning are now on the lower level, making things more accessible.
Throughout the lockdowns, Judy and Megan painted, finished an unfinished area to utilize the space, put in the walls, finished the ceiling, put in a floor and added a hydro massage bed.
“So when Doug Ford announced we could open, we were open and ready with fresh, clean COVID friendly protocols in place,” said Judy.
She added the most challenging part of lockdowns was the uncertainty of when they would be allowed to open.
“During the closure, we got up every day like a workday,” said Judy. “Instead of dressing up, doing our hair and putting on makeup like we used to do, we were throwing our hair back and putting on work and painting clothes mostly. We just tore apart one area and painted it and put it back together with the hope of having a clean, bright environment for our clients to feel safe and clean.”
Judy said the upgrades to the family-run business came in phases, all done throughout lockdowns.
“We painted during the first lockdown and repaired the front of the building. As for the front shop, where all the hair services are done, we took all the shelves down and completely rearranged them. Then the third shutdown, we did this massage room and completed it for social distancing, just another service to help us out,” said Judy.
According to Judy, since being allowed to open doors to the business again, there has been an increase in demand for mask-knee facials. The studio now has space to accommodate the service.
“With the mask-wearing, we have found there’s more of a need for facials. They’re having issues with wearing a mask all day, and it’s creating acne on their face around the sight of the mask on their skin,” said Judy.
She said the studio now offers facials and relaxation facials with the Eve Taylor aesthetic line, as well as body waxing and pedicures for two.
Kakoon Health Spa & Yoga Studio also received a new hydro bed, available for flexible appointments. Judy said it’s the perfect service for many as it’s a hands-free service that doesn’t require anyone to be in close contact.
“It’s a 20-minute independent service on a heated bed of water jets. A hydro-massage bed is a bed of water that you lie on, with all of your clothes on, and the jets that are in the bed massage. It melts away muscle tension, muscle pain and stress,” said Judy.
To book an appointment, or for more information call 519-674-1911.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News