by SC Reporter Cassandra Wilkins
Sea Oats Day Spa offers a tranquil space to a community recovering from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, 2022. Owner Logan Tennant reopened her business about two months after the storm and clients are steadily returning for a sense of normalcy.
“I’ve had nothing but amazing people come in,” Tennant said. “People appreciate the normalcy, especially with all the craziness around. People appreciate me for reopening. It’s been a really positive thing. We have been steady, so I am excited for that and for more people to find us.”
Tennant had newly opened Sea Oats on Aug. 25 at 1149 Periwinkle Way, one of the few elevated business centers on the island which left the spa mostly high and dry. “There were no windows broken, but a lot of debris, leaves and dirt had gotten in,” Tennant said. “It was dirty, but dry.”
When she returned to the island by boat shortly after the storm, Tennant initially thought she would salvage what she could from her first business venture. Instead, she began the clean-up process. Vital services were restored quickly and Sea Oats was offering massage and nail services again by Thanksgiving.
“I was really excited as we were going into a busy season,” Tennant said of first opening Sea Oats. “I had extremely high hopes we were going to have a booming season. I had seven people who were going to work with me, a few of them had just moved to Florida. Everyone was really excited.”
Tennant has spent the past 14 years as an esthetician and nail technician on the island and wanted to open a small venture with more time for each client. She credits the positivity of the community for giving her the motivation to reopen the spa, where she keeps treatments eco-friendly, such as her soak-less pedicures which save 7,000 gallons of water a month and are more sanitary than conventional pedicures.
Debra Grandjean has been a client since before the storm. “I started going because it is down the street from me and was convenient,” she said. “I came back even when I moved. When she reopened, I traveled from Fort Myers just to receive her services.”
In addition to pedicures, the Sea Oats menu includes facials, a client favorite, as well as massages, waxing, manicures and hair services. The spa is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 651-775-7271 for an appointment.