Get to know: Colleen White of Glow Skincare Co.
Tell us about your business.
I graduated Queen’s in 2001 and became a nurse practitioner for 17 years.
Five years ago, I started this venture into all things skincare. I have a fellowship in dermatology and love all things skin.
For those of us who work in healthcare…it’s exhausting. There are no happy visits in healthcare. Doing this on the side brought me a lot of happiness. People came in, they had a problem I could fix, and they left happy. I saw that and wanted more of it. I naturally fell into this role on a full-time basis.
We offer a wide variety of services – anything and everything medical esthetics, which people typically think of as Botox and fillers. We offer laser treatments, chemical peels, a medical-grade skincare line, and a full line of GLOW Skin Beauty which is a mineral based makeup. Anything and everything skin, we do it!
Why set up your business in Kingston?
I actually grew up in the area, studied here, and left for work. When I came back, it made me realize how much I love Kingston. I love the water, I love the river, and having my business here just made sense.
My favourite part is the people. I love interacting with our clients, hearing their stories, and hearing how we’ve helped them feel more confident about themselves. It’s what brings me life.
Why shop local?
We have such an amazing community here and I’d like to be able to see that continue. Places like ours haven’t existed for a long time in Kingston which has meant leaving town to access services. Our new facility is under construction, and we’ll be able to offer new services so we can continue to keep people local and maybe even attract people here.
We also shop local. In our retail room we carry Amelia Rose and we also carry Sherry Jeffery Jewelry – I’ve supported her forever!
Agent 99 and WHIT – my favourite places to shop downtown! You can’t get their stuff anywhere else.
Favourite restaurants: Tango Nuevo and Olivea!
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