By: Melissa & Randy Ithey Owners, Pure Bliss
Where Bliss Is Pure And Blissful Indeed A Cut Above The Rest
Pure Bliss Salon and Spa was born on October 1, 2011. A large salon in the region announced that it was closing, and there simply was nowhere for all of its employees to go. Melissa and Randy Withey quickly opened a temporary operation in a vacant salon on Linden Road in Flint Township, and 3 months later, they along with Christie Marshall turned a former ITT Tech location into what is now Pure Bliss Salon and Spa.
Looking back now on the last six years, we certainly have had our up and downs, but the mission, vision and values behind Pure Bliss remain the same.
Pure Bliss was built to be an education salon. It was literally built for it; all of our hair stations are on wheels, and the power disconnects from the ceiling, which allows us to clear out our entire salon. This enables us to host classes of approximately 100 area hair stylists for the nationally recognized educators we bring in, including Jerric Fruits, Jen Planck, Aubrey Loots, and Stevie D.
Continuing education is the No. 1 principle upon which Pure Bliss was built. Owner Melissa Withey taught color and color correction for seven years for Wella Professionals in L.A., N.Y. and Chicago. Melissa recognized the lack of continuing education in local salons, and made it the focal point of Pure Bliss.
Pure Bliss is blessed to have been in business for more than six years, and we believe very strongly in giving back to the community that supports us. We have donated to dozens of charities during our six years. Last year, we created our own charitable event called Denim and Diamonds. Pure Bliss had been working with the Weiss Advocacy Center, a center for child abuse and neglect in Genesee County, for several years on a small scale. We donated snacks, cases of bottled water, and had hospital gowns made for children for the on-site examinations that Weiss does.
Last year, we reached out and told them we could do more, that we could create an event for them. We set about forming a committee that was a combination of Pure Bliss staff, members of our community, and Claudnyse and Angie, two amazing ladies from Weiss. Together, we created Denim and Diamonds and hosted it last November in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn at the Gateway Center.
Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin MC’d the event, with Jeremy Fenich playing host to our Family Feud game for the evening. Entertainment for the night included an avant-garde hair and makeup runway show, full size to scale Family Feud game, and silent and live auctions that included vacation getaways and spa packages. We were thrilled to be able to raise over $36,000 for the Weiss Advocacy Center. We are still overwhelmed by the success of this event in its first year. We will be hosting another Denim and Diamonds event November 9, 2018.
Pure Bliss has been blessed to receive several awards over the years, including being voted Best Small Business in 2013 by the SBDC, receiving the E-Team Rising Star Award, and multiple local Best of the Best awards. We recently were honored with the Top 200 Salons
award by Salon Today for both culture and growth. Being named one of the top 200 salons in the country is an incredible honor.
Some of the services offered at Pure Bliss include highlights, lowlights, brazillian blowouts, balayage, color melting and baby lights.
Nail services include shellac, gels, acrylics, nail art and pedicures in our six-chair pedicure room.
Makeup services include full makeup application using Glo Minerals. Airbrush makeup is also offered.
Our full DaySpa features more than 50 spa services including massage, facials, body treatments, waxing, treading, micro-blading and permanent makeup. A trip to our DaySpa begins in our fully equipped locker rooms, for changing into robes and slippers. You then help yourself to a snack and flavored water on your way to our firelit relaxation room. A private treatment room is your next step, or you could choose a couple’s service in our Grande Suite.
Many luxurious little extras abound. There are fully adjustable massage beds, heated robe warmers, showers in the treatment rooms, and aromatherapy experiences. We can even adjust the volume of the music in your room to your comfort level. Wind down after your service in our infr-red saunas.
Every experience at Pure Bliss is customized to you, our special guest. We invite you to stop in and visit us. We look forward to the opportunity to exceed your expectations!
Salon and Spa
5405 Gateway Center Dr.
Flint, MI 48507