Collision of ideas creates new business

Nature, History & Love of Entrepreneurship behind new Pangea Spa

 

An appreciation for nature, history and the love of entrepreneurship are the driving forces behind a new spa set to open at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Rockwood Park, June 6th. Kimberley Vincent and her son and business partner, Brandon Vincent, are already starting to take bookings for Pangea Wellness Spa.

“We’re taking online bookings on our Facebook page and people are already calling Lily Lake to book appointments. We’re hoping to be open June 15th or sooner,” says co-owner Kimberley Vincent, who has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 15 years.

Kim already owns Serene Physique Massage Therapy in Millidgeville and has always liked the idea of a spa close to nature. Her son, Brandon Vincent, always had an interest in entrepreneurship, but something else pushed him to pursue the path.

“I was in commercial diving school and I broke my collar bone. I had to get surgery and seven screws put into my collar bone to hold it together. During the healing process, I made health and wellness my new interest and passion,” says Brandon.

They both say the programs and assistance offered through Enterprise Saint John were exactly what they needed to help them plan out the spa concept.

“From the development of the business plan of Pangea to the support through the seed loan and the now with the guidance through the Kick Start Your Business program. It has been a wonderful experience and we are grateful to have had the support from Enterprise Saint John,” says Kimberley.

“Enterprise Saint John offered us the opportunity to make our dreams a reality. They offer invaluable classes and they are a hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups,” adds Brandon.

The spa and wellness centre will offer everything from esthetics to facials, reiki and yoga in the park.

“We are going to offer more than services. We’re offering experiences. Want to paddle on the lake followed by a pedicure? Maybe, come for a pedicure and dine at Lily’s restaurant,” says Kimberley.

The interim general manager for Lily Lake Pavilion, Marlene Garland, says after meeting Kim and Brandon, she knew they were all about service, quality and the “Wow” factor and that this was a perfect fit.

“With our community programs, we focus on bringing citizens of all ages into Rockwood Park for recreational and education activities. Having a health and wellness centre really is an extension of what we do.”

Garland also thinks the spa will be a great addition for wedding parties and companies that already choose Lily Lake for events.

Kimberley Vincent says including “Pangea” in the business name was meant to honour the significant history of Rockwood Park, which is part of the UNESCO Stonehammer geopark, with links to the former supercontinent.

“We are fortunate to have this amazing geological history in our city and it is our desire to help tell its story.”

That idea meshes well with the history of the Lily Lake Pavilion, which has now been around for more than 100 years and receives community support as a registered charity. The hope is that this new spa will be yet another reason people from around the province and beyond will want to visit one of the largest municipal parks in the country.

Originally Published in the Saint John Telegraph Journal, June 5, 2017.