We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Seals and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, how do you think about risk?
I am a firm believer in the saying, “No risk, no reward.” I am no stranger to it. I’ve been a risk taker all my life! The funny thing is, my career started out in risk management and insurance claims, so for me, there’s always been an interest in assessing risk and risky situations. Although taking risks can be scary, I do believe that to a certain degree, in our personal and professional lives risks can be managed. Dedication and preparation are key. Even with the pitfalls I’ve experienced over time, the risks I’ve taken to get where I am have all been worth it. I had a plan. That’s a start. Quitting corporate America to become an entrepreneur, leaving behind the financial stability and security was nerve-wrecking as a single mother. It has been a roller coaster, but a wonderful ride!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Jasmine Spa, is a 5-star rated spa in Atlanta, and is the only destination spa in the city! We are proud to offer an array of decadent and exotic body treatments from around the world, a tribute to luxury travel experiences. You will feel as though you’ve taken a journey to a far away destination, and didn’t take a plane or train to get there! Our Spa is an escape for our guests, even for just a few hours. We are masters of self-care, and believe wholeheartedly that self-care is healthcare.
As of late, I’ve been affectionately called, “Queen of Atlanta’s Date Night Scene,” by several of our guests. Weekly, we host “The Ultimate Date Night Couples Massage Class.” It is by far, the best date night experience in Atlanta! We teach partners how to reconnect with higher levels of intimacy through creating personalized massage oils and easy to learn massage techniques. We have a tour coming soon!
We’ve gotten to this point in business and success, after a lot of trial and error. It’s all about taking risks and learning from the experiences, good or bad. I left corporate America to start a career with the Ritz Carlton Spa Charlotte back in 2011. I was a single parent with a 1 year old whose father was incarcerated. I had already worked in the spa and wellness industry for several years prior to this, but this was a major turning point in my career. I was a part of the team that opened the first nail salon within Ritz Carlton Charlotte. I later transferred to the Ritz Carlton Buckhead and became a Lead Therapist, responsible for developing the spa training program for nail technicians and estheticians, as well as, coordinating spa events, marketing and menu development. I acquired most of my knowledge of customer service and customer relationship management from my experience there. I am also the recipient of several Forbes Five Star Customer Service Awards.
When I was passed up for a well deserved promotion, this lit the fire in me to want to venture out on my own. I started saving money and equipment to open a spa suite. In 2019, my family experienced a traumatic condo fire and we lost everything. My son and significant other were forced to jump out of a bathroom window three floors up. Thankfully, their injuries weren’t life threatening. I was discouraged because everything I saved to open my spa suite was destroyed. When covid hit last year, I decide to try again. Our house fire and this covid experience have been a real eye-opener to the fact that life is extremely short and not promised. Why not live your dreams now?! There may not be a tomorrow. So, slowly but surely, I saved money and started purchasing items again. And so The Jasmine Spa was born…
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Sugar Factory, Bar Taco Chastain, Roc South, Atlas at The St. Regis, Zest on Canton Street Roswell
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Mother, Denise Seals (my voice of reason) Sister, Amanda Bailey (my muse and inspiration)
Dear friend and colleague, Keysha Lee of Leeway Productions (my support and mentor)
Jennifer Smith, DayneDylan Photography