Bowing out on winning note

Outgoing Body Sanctum owner Judi Sneddon, right, with new owner Lynne Burns, left, and manager...
Outgoing Body Sanctum owner Judi Sneddon, right, with new owner Lynne Burns, left, and manager Dani Buxton at recent beauty industry awards in Christchurch. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Having owned Queenstown’s original day spa for 24 years, Judi Sneddon’s sold Body Sanctum, and its Frankton-based offshoot, The Beauty Lounge, to local businesswoman Lynne Burns.

Sneddon says she’s "over the moon" and also delighted the staff are all being retained — "nothing’s changed except the owner".

"It is kind of bittersweet because it’s been my baby."

Since her son, Jai, died two years ago, however, "my focus changed".

"I’ve always been very passionate, hands-on but I just didn’t have the capacity to give the business what it needed any more."

After the Covid hit, Sneddon says she’s just had her best financial year ever, and, to cap it off, recently picked up two beauty industry awards in Christchurch, on top of many others she’s won.

Something she’s also proud of is the number of foreign staff she’s sponsored into employment who’ve since settled in New Zealand along with their families.

 

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