Pulse September 2015 | Page 18

MEMBER PROFILE AVANTGARD SPA Pioneering the Idea of Wellness 20 EARS! A Y vantGard Spa marks its 20th anniversary this year. It was the first-ever spa to open in San Carlos, California, pioneering the idea of health and wellness in its community long before the word “spa” became mainstream. Blanca Caballero, owner and spa director, has long dreamed of running her 16 PULSE ■ BY ALEXANDER MENRISKY September 2015 own business and opening a spa since she worked as a young receptionist at a local hair salon. Finally, in 1995, she opened the first and then-only spa in town. Before it became a fullservice day spa, AvantGard Spa was initially a skin-care clinic for five years. “We opened with three estheticians/ massage therapists, including myself,” she recalls. “Now, we have 45 team members and two spa locations that are within 100 feet. The main spa is our largest location while the second branch is a natural nail spa salon.” First Advantage Caballero believes that being the first spa in the community has given