Jennifer Winkler’s idea to open a spa came from an unlikely place.
Winkler spent much of her professional career working in the oncology and hospice industries as a technician, caring for people facing cancer or approaching the end of life.
She soon discovered that everyone wants to feel beautiful, no matter their health.
“I would see a lot of patients when the chemo or radiation damaged their skin,” Winkler said. “It was such a main concern for them. I would be putting salve on them and I just got interested in that. So, I went to aesthetician school and got my license.”
Winkler recently opened The Facial Bar at 2761 W. Algonquin Road.
She offers facials, nonsurgical face lifts, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, waxes, eyelash extensions and spray tans in a comfortable space.
“The normal spa, if you will, that’s in a dark room and you’re one-on-one, I personally don’t like that,” Winkler said. “I wanted it to be fun, social, so since there wasn’t a spa like that, I opened one.”
The spa sits between Code Ninjas, a business catering to kids interested in coding and technology, and the new Kinderland Indoor Playground & Cafe, an indoor play place for young children.
Winkler hopes moms – and dads – stop by the spa after dropping their kids off at these businesses, or when they need a midday pick-me-up.
“I didn’t have two hours to go wait at a salon. I worked full-time and have three children, but I wanted good skin care,” Winkler said. “That’s where this came from. We do hyrdo-facials with the machines, so you’re in and out in 35 minutes.”
Winkler also promises to use “phenomenal” products.
“Just because it’s express doesn’t mean the quality is any different than two hour facials,” she said.