From now through our fall Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.
Kat Sharpe, CMT has been practicing massage for over 10 years, and has been practicing massage in Mathews County for six years. The massages are Mathews Massage Studio are what Kat calls, “client-centered” – which means there is no boxed, cookie cutter approach. “I like to listen to people, see what their needs are and we design the session together to determine what we’re going to focus on,” she says.
To learn more about Kat Sharpe and the Mathews Massage Studio, keep reading the profile below.
Business Name: Mathews Massage Studio
Owner: Kat Sharpe, CMT
Shop Local Day Deal: First time massage clients call 804-854-1769 during November/December and mention Shop Local Day to receive $10 off the price of a massage AND come out to the Open House on Shop Local Day, Saturday 10 – 2 p.m.
Store information: By appointment call – call or email for an appointment (804-854-1769, firstname.lastname@example.org), 40 Court Street, Mathews
What does “shop local” mean to you?
Two things: I like to use the slogan, “heal locally.” I encourage people to find their massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist or whoever they’re seeing for their healing, close by. I don’t like for people to feel like they need to drive somewhere, then get back in the traffic to drive back. It seems counter-productive.
Secondly, we’re right here in town. We do so much to circulate the local business. I co-own the building where my studio is, and everything we buy – from the planters to ingredients to the salt scrubs – we get locally. We started our own non-profit as an additional way to give back to the community.
How does shopping local impact small businesses?
[Shopping local] keeps the community spirit and community pride intact. It also keeps the money locally.
I have a local contractor, and when he comes to build something, he’s using local materials, he eats lunch locally, he is local: everything stays in the community.
Anything else to add?
I don’t have regular office hours, so for this year’s Shop Local Day, I am going to do an open house so customers can come to see the space, meet me and have questions answered before they make an appointment.
I love for people to get regular massages, whether it’s once a year on a birthday, once a month on a lunch break or every Friday.