We had the good fortune of connecting with Warren and Kari Shulman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Warren and Kari, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Our early career choices were as an accountant and a librarian, which are extremely risk averse by nature. That said, we have taken many risks in our lives and careers. We left our home country of South Africa in 1994, with a four year old son to move to the United States, having never even visited before. We both settled into very comfortable jobs as a CPA and a Librarian in Los Angeles. In 2000, we moved to Philadelphia to join a startup company in the online and wireless reservation space. By then we had two sons aged nine and three. Unfortunately the startup was short lived and was part of the dot bomb crash. We moved back to Los Angeles in 2001 and Warren became a partner at his previous CPA firm in Westwood. Our youngest son was born in 2002. After seventeen years as a CPA firm partner, Warren took early retirement in December 2017. In March 2018, We co-founded, built and opened a Holistic health and wellness center with two salt caves and three treatment rooms in Roslyn, New York, together with Warren’s sister. In September 2020, we founded, built and opened a similar facility in Woodland Hills, California, near our home in West Hills. Even though we are pretty risk averse, as you can see, we have taken many risks in our lives and careers and are very pleased that we did.
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?
We have a holistic health and wellness center in Woodland Hills, with a beautiful large and small Himalayan salt cave and two treatment rooms. We provide holistic health services like dry salt therapy (Halotherapy), salty yoga, sound healing, mindful meditation and EFT tapping, salty massages, massages, Reiki and can host parties and events. We also sell Himalayan salt products, crystals, essential oils and sanitizers, as well as jewelry. Although we met at work thirty years ago, we have never worked together before as business spouses and that has required some adjustments in how we communicate. We have very different skillsets, that complement each other. We also built and opened our new business in the middle of the Covid Pandemic, that had many related challenges. We pushed ahead, by keeping our minds on the end result. The distinguishing feature of our business is the community that we have created in a very short period of time. Many of our clients and service providers have become our friends. We provide amazing client service and are intimately involved in the day to day operations of our business. There are not many Himalayan salt caves in Los Angeles and none that look like ours.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Eat breakfast at Egg Slut, Malibu Farms, Dukes, Lodge Bread, Pick up In ‘n Out and go to the drive-in, pick up fish ‘n chips at Malibu Seafood and go to the beach in Malibu or Zuma. Cocktails at one of the cool rooftop bars like Mama Shelter, Erwin or Perch or Malibu Wines for a wine safari.
Go to The Last Bookstore, The La Brea Tar Pits, The Grove, Third Street Promenade, Melrose, or go for a hike at one of our many great hiking spots.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our three sons and daughter in law, our parents, our siblings and our friends who are our chosen family, who we commonly refer to as our framily. They all encouraged our dream of owning our own business and continue to be there for us in numerous ways.