Shirley Rodriguez, a 43-yr-old Venezuelan and her eldest daughter, Victoria Rivas, 17, set with each other their tips and encounters and resolved to open a spa that is attracting attention in Arima.
Rodríguez – born in Barquisimeto, Lara point out, and Rivas in Puerto Ordaz, Bolívar condition, Venezuela – grew to become related to TT many thanks to Rivas’s father, Jose Felix, who had a Trinidadian mother who lived in Venezuela for quite a few a long time.
The two arrived in TT for the initial time six a long time back, when they decided to come on family vacation for Rivas and her more youthful sister, Valeria, to take a look at her father and relatives, who were now back in this article.
“At to start with we arrived at the time a year with a tourist visa for the duration of holiday instances, but given that June 2019, because of to the disaster in Venezuela, we made a decision to remain completely in Trinidad and begin a new everyday living,” says Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was in a position to participate in the amnesty course of action granted by the TT authorities last 12 months to 16,523 Venezuelans and has her registration card with which she can lawfully get the job done.
Her daughters currently have Trinidadian residency mainly because of their father and just after 10 decades can implement for citizenship.
Rodriguez and Rivas have generally shared suggestions on cosmetics and splendor.
“I worked in a spa in Puerto Ordaz in the administrative spot, and there I qualified and acquired from the finest instructors in the region of facials, waxing and entire body sculpting with massages and appliances,” Rodriguez recalled.
A several months in the past, Rodriguez bought a work offer you in a spa in Arima, and her daughter went along to understand as well.
“Victoria finished up falling in love with body treatment and facial aesthetics, so she determined to just take the action of starting her cosmetology scientific studies to practise as a overall health and natural beauty professional. She has 6 certificates and 3 she’s now pursuing at the Vander Intercontinental Institute, a digital school of common medicines and complementary therapies,” mentioned Rodriguez.
Rodriguez constantly believed about getting her personal company in Venezuela, a desire that, owing to situations there, she could not make occur real.
“Victoria and I constantly talked about new items, new machines and machines for spas around the world, often attentive to the modern-day, centered on feminine beauty,” she reported.
They decided to make their dream appear legitimate in TT and build their have spa – Victoria’s Spa. The name was now decided and the upcoming phase was getting machines and lawful registration.
“We formalised the concept and determined to speak with the rest of the relatives listed here in Trinidad and Tobago to attain a personal loan. Numerous persons supported us fiscally and we ended up in a position to get the products. Considering the fact that then anything has progressed rapidly,” mentioned Rivas.
“We seemed for all the equipment and equipment when Victoria concluded obtaining her Trinidadian paperwork, and with that we did the strategies just before the registry. We are just waiting for the day to signal the registration papers as a firm,” mentioned Rodriguez, happy of the action they took.
The techniques for registering the spa were being carried out by Rivas’s father, by way of Glide Business enterprise Remedy.
“Jose Felix is a Trinidadian citizen and it was simpler to register the spa in his title,” acknowledged Rodriguez.
They decided to get the products via Amazon given that some of the elements have been not discovered in this article.
“It is a bit highly-priced for shipping and delivery, but I have the experience that my old bosses in Venezuela acquired new machines with technology via Amazon. Our notion is to be able to offer you the greatest providers and for that it is vital to devote in very good devices,” claimed Rodriguez.
Between their Amazon purchases are a slimming device, facial and body sculpting laser and massage equipment. They compensated $6,000 in shipping costs.
“Here we only acquire the waxing tools and components these kinds of as waxes, canvases and palettes,” claimed Rodriguez.
After the products arrived, Victoria’s Spa commenced welcoming consumers.
“Four months in the past we made the decision to start out with some pals as individual clientele and on a demo basis in the household wherever we rented. When we started off to go ahead and the documentation was sophisticated, we decided to rent an apartment in the similar residential advanced, on Pro De Verteuil Avenue in Arima – and here we are, thanks to God and to all those people who have supported us,” mentioned Rivas.
Rodriguez and Rivas currently serve two consumers a working day, by appointment.
“We are very pleased, as proactive, challenging-performing gals and established to mature. At the beginning we served Venezuelan women of all ages now 70 for each cent of our purchasers are Trinidadians, split between women and guys,” explained Rivas.
And they want to go on developing, They’ve been joined by Rosangela Rollin, a Venezuelan close friend who specialises in pedicures.
“Ladies are daring, tough-working and accountable. It’s just a make any difference of putting ideas into practise with out concern,” said Rodriguez.
Victoria’s Span can be found on the social media accounts – Instagram and Facebook.