We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Pinkus and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Entrepreneurship is weaved throughout my family, and I knew from a very young age that I wanted to own a business, I just didn’t know what or how. Fast forward to graduating from Esthetics school, I wanted to get some real life work experience, hone in on my craft and learn as I went. Once I had two years under my belt at a very popular waxing chain, some money saved and encouraging clientele, I knew it was time. I wanted more. Since giving my two weeks notice at that job, I’ve never looked back.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the proud owner of my small business, Sanctuary Skin. I offer luxury skincare services, full body hair removal and other beauty services. My passion for this industry is rooted in the goal to offer these personal care services to everyone, and to take the negative connotation away from the concept of vanity. Getting to where I am was not easy. It took years of honing my craft, saving money, watching Shark Tank, planning and eventually taking a leap of faith. Sticking your neck out and paving your own path is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re prepared (or not), the risk can be well worth the reward. I couldn’t be more proud of the welcoming, non judgmental environment I have created for my clients. Sanctuary Skin is for anyone, regardless of your size, hair texture, skin tone, gender identity, ethnicity, the list goes on.

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?
Oh man. Being born and raised in Los Angeles has it’s perks. Knowing the best spots for food and hangs is one of them. Here are some of my personal faves: Donut Friend in Highland Park The Broad in Downtown Mantra Coffee in Azusa Big Softee in Monterey Park Bottega Louie in Downtown Ramen Tatsunoya in Pasadena

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been blessed with a pretty sweet support system of family and friends, however if I had to choose, it would totally be my parents. They helped guide me to this career path when I felt I had no purpose, and everything I have is because of their encouragement to want more out of my life. They’re my best friends who happen to also be my parents, and I will never take that for granted.

Website: sanctuaryskin.us
Instagram: @sanctuary_skin
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-pinkus-le-3826602b
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sanctuary-skin-monrovia-2

Image Credits
Alex Verdi

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