After fighting stress for years in her old job, Columbia woman now soothes strains of others

NEIGHBORS

November 15, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LYNN LAZZARA is working on her second career and enjoying life more. The Columbia resident is the owner of the Day Spa in River Hill, a nail and beauty business focused on making people feel good about themselves.

"We're not like your typical salon -- we're all about reducing stress," Lazzara said. "We have very warm, caring individuals here that want to make people feel good."

In Lazzara's former 15-year career in the electrical industry, she managed a $2.6 million sales territory, selling electrical components in Maryland, Washington and Virginia. But Lazzara needed something to replace her stressful working environment. "I needed a lifestyle change to calm my life," she said.

It wasn't hard for her to decide what to do next. "My passion was always beauty," she said.

When Lazzara opened the original Nail Spa at River Hill in July 2000, she knew there were no guarantees. But success soon came her way, and two months ago she expanded. "I knew the demand was there," Lazzara said. She now offers additional services and has renamed the salon Day Spa to reflect that.

Susan Brigerman of Laurel and Lazzara do pedicures and manicures. Brigerman does facials and is also a makeup artist. Massage therapy is provided by Veronica Olalla of Columbia, and Amy Wheeler of Baltimore practices acupuncture at the spa. The spa also offers waxing and body wraps. Receptionists Katie Przybyla, Rachel Gross and Michelle Yale keep appointments organized and answer the phone.

Lazzara had long been concerned about the effects of wearing artificial acrylic nails. Now she provides only natural nail care. "Acrylics are bad," she said. "Your health comes out in your skin, nails and hair. I can almost guarantee they can have success with natural nails."

Brigerman agrees. "I think the natural nails are the best route," she said. "They just look nicer, and for health-conscious people it's the way to go."

But making the change is not easy for some clients. One woman had her acrylics removed after 18 years of wearing them. "She went through major withdrawal," Lazzara said good-naturedly.

Lazzara says customer loyalty shows through repeat visits, of course, but also in new friendships. Day Spa clients Brenda Walker of Glenwood and Jane Allen of Ellicott City held a fund-raiser to help Lazzara with the cost associated with moving her shop. Their wine-and-cheese-tasting reception raised more than $2,000.

Lazzara is happy with her expanded business. "People come in here and hang out for an hour. It's about people and making them feel good about themselves," she said.

The Day Spa at River Hill is at 5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Suite 203, Clarksville. The spa is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Lazzara plans to offer a skin-care seminar from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16. The $10 seminar fee can be applied to spa services. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-531-5730.

Helping out

Even the youngest children are helping with the relief effort in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The kindergarten classes at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School took up a collection to aid the families of New York City firefighters.

Last month, Keith Beck and Richard Lyons, firefighters at the West Friendship Fire Department, spoke to the youngsters during Fire Prevention Month. They showed the children emergency vehicles and conveyed the message that the rescue community is here to help them.

The children also learned that Howard County firefighters were passing around a firefighter's boot to collect money to help the families of firefighters in New York City. That day, the class decided to collect donations to help the families of the victims of Sept. 11.

"The kids were really excited about it," said teacher Becky Salerno. "We're still getting dribbles and drabs of change." The children brought in change and raised $100, which they will present in a firefighter's boot to Howard County Fire Chief Joseph A. Herr.

Salerno and fellow teacher Lauren Perkins guided the children in making the collection over a two-week period. Resource teacher Marya Pecukonis helped in the effort, while teachers aides Melissa Mooney and Linda Burk coordinated the firefighters' visit and helped with the collection.

"One of our focuses at school has been creating a caring community," Salerno said. "This is really special for the children."

Why cook?

If you don't feel like cooking Sunday, you can feast at the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department's monthly Country Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. You can't go wrong with the all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, eggs, potatoes, chipped-beef gravy, applesauce, bacon and sausage.

At $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 10, you can afford to bring few friends, too. Children to age 4 dine free.

Information:410-313-7215.

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