In this new weekly column, we present real-life day spa disaster scenarios, and reveal how pros dealt with each crisis.


The Situation: “One time we found out that one of our therapist had a cold while providing a treatment, and it made for an unpleasant experience for the guest,” says Cici Coffee, owner of Natural Body Spas, with multiple locations in and around Atlanta.

The Solution: “We always do our best to ensure the client leaves happy,” shares Coffee. “So in situations such as this, we try to provide a quick solution. There are different levels of ‘repayment’ that our staff is empowered to offer. If an employee is not able to provide a full refund, we make sure they take ownership of the situation by saying something to the effect of ‘I would like to ask my manager to try to offer a solution. If she calls you back by tomorrow, would that be acceptable?’ This ensures the client leaves satisfied.”

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