We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Sullivan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, as a parent, what have you done for your children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Growing up as a middle child I was given a lot of freedom- probably by default, but mostly because my parents recognized it’s where I flourished, but life was also a lot different in the 70s! They also emphasized good character, creativity, and common sense…traits I value more than ever. I wanted this for my kids. So the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to provide the same freedom I received growing up. I don’t believe in perfection or micromanagement- I believe in authenticity, so making mistakes to me is the way to learn- it’s a good thing…it develops emotional intelligence and empathy.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Bliss on Broadway is a full-service Day Spa. We provide nail care, skincare, massage care, waxing, permanent make-up, special event hair and make-up, private parties, and more. We’re located in the eclectic neighborhood of Belmont Heights Long Beach servicing a diverse population of supportive clients and visitors from all over the world. We focus on relationship building and quality outcomes which yield a high return in loyal and happy clients. In addition, we’re proud of the natural esthetics of our interior and outdoor courtyard space which has been featured in two national commercials. We’ve been recognized year after year as a Long Beach favorite by Yelp, NextDoor Neighbor, and awarded Best Day Spa in the US by Travel and Hospitality Magazine. Last December we were honored by CBS News Los Angeles as the Top Day Spa in Long Beach from a blind survey. Besides working for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, the best experience to prepare me for the role of owner was working for a start-up upon graduating from college during a major recession. I wore a lot of hats to learn how to run a small business but the training proved invaluable when it came to operating Bliss, my first business. The biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is to never doubt yourself, focus on specializing in what you do best, and don’t let the competition be a distraction.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my story to the risk-takers, those who believe they can, and mostly to my husband who never doubted I could.
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