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Hi! My name is Katherine, and I’m the owner of the Green Leaf & Pebble Tea Spa. Our spa has two locations in Virginia Beach—one at 521 Great Neck Road and at 700 Norfolk Avenue in South Beach. We also own and operate The Café at Green Leaf & Pebble Tea Spa at our South Beach spa location, where we serve amazing meals and our full selection of over 117 different varieties of tea. I hope you’ll see us soon!
Why I Opened A Spa (or Two)
I’ve always loved the beauty business, and have been working, teaching, coaching and empowering women to love and embrace their beauty through the cosmetic industry platform. So, it naturally made sense for me to deepen the learning and get my Masters in Esthetics 10 years ago.
Eight years ago, my precious husband had rapid onset kidney failure, which forever changed our lives. End stage renal failure, kidney donor, advanced directive, dialysis, final arrangements, and Chaplin meetings were now my reality as I blindly flailed through this whirlwind of a new existence. Staying positive and knowing we would combat this hurdle in life was a true test. I even drew on the dry erase board in his room a picture of a cross with kidneys and wrote “kidney strong” so we can have a vision board of positivity in a dreary hospital room. We were blessed with the most experienced Nephrologist who had just arrived in the area from the Mayo clinic and who aggressively treated my husband and slowly by slowly we started seeing a turn for the better!
It brought me back to a story my husband shared with me about a Japanese man he knew n Hawaii that would always talk to him about tea and its amazing powers. I remember reading about the power of green tea and doing more research on superfoods. So, I would get the finest organic loose leaf tea and bring it to the hospital and make sure he had 4 cups a day. The next year my husband was miraculously able to get off dialysis!
Organic teas and superfoods were a huge part of our wellness journey and remains still today. After this life changing event, we decided to pay it forward by taking care people in our community and making an impact to other lives. We opened Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa in the fall of 2012.
What’s With the Name?
GREEN LEAF, to us, meant new life, new beginnings, a new journey. With PEBBLE, it’s the ripple effect–like tossing a pebble into a pond. One can make a difference and touch so many others by their actions. And the TEA? It’s a marriage of cultural integration, a possession of gathering, mother nature’s vitamin water, and part of our journey!
I am proud to have a woman owned business and to be able to make an impact on the lives of others through the power of touch, listening, healing, wellness, friendship, mentorship, and stewardship. I am blessed to be an employer of strong, beautiful women. To be a grandma (a Ya Ya) a mother of 2 amazing and determined daughters, and a wife of retired naval officer and a kidney failure survivor and doggie mom.
Thank you for reading my story! I hope we’ll see you soon!
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