by Julia Donnini
Jennifer Goslovich and Candace Carson-Hoffman have been business partners for 11 years. The co-owners of Moon Studio Day Spa in Shelburne met at Steven and Burns and discovered a shared passion. Their first salon started out at the then 94-square-foot Shelburne Athletic Club, dubbed Little Moon Studio. This infant venture soon expanded in 2003 to its location at 4070 Shelburne Road, leaving the “little” behind with the old studio space.
As partners, Goslovich and Carson-Hoffman have broadened current services as well as their customer base. They offer a wide variety of treatments that range from haircuts to massages to wedding consultation. They also sell locally made accessories such as hats, mittens, and handbags.
When roadwork on Shelburne Road hurt other businesses, Moon Studio remained unaffected. “We owe it to our clients. They wouldn’t let a dump truck get in the way of their appointment,” Goslovich said. Clearly the studio is a community staple, but it also caters to neighboring enthusiasts. Goslovich continued, “We have clients who commute from 45 minutes away. We definitely have a solid base that isn’t just swayed by the flow of traffic.”
And as the business blossomed, so did the duo. They decided to split to pursue individual interests, and the solo ventures hold promise. “Two years ago, I started my own jewelry line,” Goslovich explained. She plans to offer these creations and continue her wig services to benefit cancer patients and others with hair issues. A hairstylist of 25 years, Goslovich loves her craft but also wants to give back to her customers. Her new salon will still offer hair care, nail work, facials, massages, and more. Additionally, she hopes to foster community with a monthly roundtable of different non-profit organizations. These workshops will highlight the some of her clients’ charitable and good works. “I hope to inspire and educate at the new salon, PierVana. The name is a combination of my two children, Pierce and Savanna.” Goslovich will grow her new endeavor at 233 Shelburne Road.
Carson-Hoffman’s solo undertaking, Edo, will be on the second floor of the Shelburne Inn above local businesses The Flying Pig Bookstore and The Bearded Frog. Still a full-service salon, it will offer hair care, waxing, wellness consultation, and more. Furthermore, Carson-Hoffman’s line of aromatherapy oils will be featured anew. “I’m interested in creating a variety of lotions, salts, scrubs, and massage oils. I love working with essential oils because they can satisfy an emotional response or a physical need,” Carson-Hoffman explained–an appropriate offering for a business named after the Latin word that means “to give or put forth.”
The current staff will relocate with them. Shanta Miller, Linda Fleury, and Ashley Gagne will continue with Goslovich at PierVana while Cory Boardman and Ashley Loven will begin work with Carson-Hoffman at Edo.
They’re flying solo but they still think alike–the women plan to open both businesses around April 5. In the meantime, Goslovich and Carson-Hoffman encourage patrons to beautify at the current location. “Come until the very end, March 28,” they encourage. Hours span Tuesday through Saturday: Tuesday hours are 9 am-4 pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 9 am-7 pm; and Friday-Saturday, 9 am- 4 pm. For an appointment, please call (802) 985-9949.