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Roxanne Power & Anita Wells discuss the benefits of franchising for local economic recovery

Philip Bliss |

Roxeanne Power, a local entrepreneur, opened her second Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Oshawa on December 9th, 2020. Hand & Stone is the premier massage and facial brand that has 475+ locations across the U.S. and Canada. We take a look at a successful franchise system and how and how Power’s first location in Ajax helps. Roxanne, the daughter of entrepreneurs in Newfoundland sold her first business, a daycare, and then chose to go the franchise route, people stay healthy and happy through the pandemic, Power also discusses how she hopes the business will help with the economic recovery of the city with the influx of much-needed jobs. Power always knew she wanted to own a business that would allow her to connect with and provide for a community. She started out helping her mother run a business in their hometown of Lamaline, Newfoundland, but after a few months, Power realized that staying in Lamaline and working at her mother’s business wasn’t for her. She moved to Ontario and found Hand & Stone. After opening her Ajax location in 2018, business took off and positioned her for future growth. She can tell you more about the plans for the new Hand & Stone location in Oshawa, including how she’ll encourage her staff to be good community partners through charity and other works. Anita Wells can discuss what plans how franchising is a great option — as her organization nears the opening of their 500th spa in 2021 and why Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa stands out among other industry competitors.


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