Dream business becomes reality in four weeks

Vicci Stott from Pura Vida.
Vicci Stott from Pura Vida.

A family crisis prompted an Arnside woman to set up and launch her dream business within just four weeks.

Vicci Stott launched Pura Vida @ The Mill, based at Halton Mill, near Lancaster, on August 2.

Vicci said: “I have wanted to open a retreat room for some time - somewhere safe and full of positive energy.

“Then just weeks ago, my beloved nan was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Throughout my life she has been my rock and a real inspiration. When I got the news I immediately handed in my notice from where I was working as a beauty therapist and found myself here, on the banks of the River Lune, looking at the perfect space for the business I have longed to set up.”

Vicci, who was born in Blackpool, trained in holistic beauty therapy at Lancaster and Morecambe College as a mature student.

She’s been beauty salon manager at Whoop Hall Inn, near Kirkby Lonsdale, and ran Pura Vida at the former Total Fitness health club in Lancaster.

Vicci now also offers day retreats and is in talks with a local hotel to offer full weekend retreats with accommodation.

She said: “This is an exciting place to work and Pura Vida fits in perfectly. This is a loving, nurturing place for people to come and find what they need – beauty treatments, pampering, meditation classes, a place for support groups to meet, for retreat days or just a room to relax, read or listen to music in, away from the pressures of daily life.”

Vicci’s partner, Mike Millican, her parents, David Stott and Jacqui Robertson, helped set up her space, as have her sons, Oli, 15, and Joshua, 18.

Her brother, Craig, did the business’ photography, graphic design and built the website and Vicci is using local business for other services. Vicci added: “My business welcomes both men and women but focuses especially on bringing women together in a peaceful, uplifting place. I am very lucky to have many fantastic, strong, awesome and inspiring women in my life, not least my nan. Without her I wouldn’t be doing any of this.”