If you’re like me, you enjoy the feeling you get from a great experience — a haircut, manicure, or pedicure — that makes you feel special, like it’s all about you. Yet it can be tough to get “me time” at most salons or nail studios because you end up ‘sharing’ your experience with other customers. If a private luxurious, pampering experience is what you’ve been searching for, you’ll enjoy THE pedi-CURE Private Salon Studios. THE pedi-CURE Private Salon Studios, located in Okemos, is a salon specializing in hair color, hair design, reflexology and manicure and pedicure services. All of their services are performed in beautiful, clean and private studios. With a salon on almost every block, people have many choices. For co-owners, Janae Frantz and Stephanie Fredline, it’s important to ask ‘why’ they do what they do when choosing the right salon. “Our answer is simple … we want to create great experiences for people,” says Frantz. “It’s about the emotions evoked in you when sipping great coffee, flipping through a fashion magazine and relaxing in a beautiful, private studio. It’s the feeling you get when you’re actually able to have a meaningful conversation with your technician, without the noise and listening ears of other patrons. It’s about how you feel about yourself, when you leave with beautiful hair color, a great haircut and rejuvenated hands and feet from a killer reflexology manicure and pedicure.” THE pedi-CURE Private Salon Studios strives to create an experience that you’ll fondly recall and want to re-create again and again. Frantz and Fredline realize that time is precious, so they want their guests to enjoy theirs to the fullest. Frantz is a certified reflexologist and a licensed nail technician with more than a decade of experience doing nail services. She also holds an MBA from Regis University in Denver, Col. She began working for Douglas J Salon and Day Spa in Okemos at age 19 as a manicurist after getting her license in high school as part of a co-op program. “When I was in high school I contemplated doing hair along with manicures and pedicures. My mom and dad didn’t go to college right off so it was very important to them that I go to college. If I would have gone with my gut I would have just done that but there was that push for higher education. Looking back, I’m glad I did it. I’ve always loved working with people making them feel good,” explained Frantz. Frantz’ journey has taken her away from Douglas J a few times, but she is always drawn back. She knew she was entrepreneurial minded and that she wanted to start her own business someday but she didn’t know what. The idea for a business came to Frantz one evening when she was with a guest at Douglas J. “I was doing a pedicure and it was just her and I. She said, ‘Every time I get in here and it’s just me I get so excited because normally it’s really noisy and I don’t feel like I can talk.’ It was almost like a light bulb went off, and I was like, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to create a different experience surrounding this type of service,” said Frantz. Frantz and Fredline had both worked for Douglas J. Fredline is a graduate of Douglas J Aveda Institute and a State of Michigan licensed cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor. When Frantz went out on her own to start THE pedi-CURE in 2012, Fredline was her silent partner while continuing to work at Douglas J as a level 4 colorist. At that time, Frantz offered manicure, pedicure and reflexology services. In May 2014, she relocated from her Dobie Road location to the current space with the intention of expanding the business. About 1 and a half months ago, Fredline joined Frantz and they changed the name to THE pedi-CURE Private Salon Studios to include hair services. “My business has continued to grow in the last 2 and a half years. As the business expands I would love to have 12 technicians and continue in the direction of private studios, said Frantz. “Eventually I’ll expand into the spa side, maybe massage or esthiology. I’m also very interested in homeopathy or anything holistic. In the next five years we are going to be full service with the added technicians we need.” THE pedi-CURE Private Salon Studios is open Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The salon is located at 4750 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI 48864. For more information, call (517) 927-2267 or visit thepedi-cure.co. Holiday Open House 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 4750 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI 48864 Festive drinks and hors d’oeuvres Door prizes and giveaways Specials and gift ideas Participating businesses: THE pedi-CURE Private Salon Studios Renewed Spirit Pure Aesthetics & Skincare Coast to Coast Cabinets Kristine Richmond is the Public Relations Specialist at M3 Group. She specializes in helping clients tell their stories of changed lives, fiscal success, philanthropic support and more by creating engaging messages that grab customers’ attention and cause them to act.