Lucinda’s Day Spa
311 Beech Ridge Road, Scarborough;
263 Route 1, Cumberland Foreside
(207) 829-3100, ext. 2
For almost 20 years, Lucinda Malbon has been in the business of making people look – and feel – beautiful. Seventeen years ago, she started her namesake salon, Lucinda’s Day Spa, which now has two locations in Scarborough and Cumberland Foreside, and offers manicures, pedicures, skin care, body care and therapeutic massage. To be successful, she says, takes one crucial thing Hard work.
What were your most important needs in getting started with your business?
Location and clients. I trained and worked in Massachusetts as an esthetician and nail technician. When my husband and I moved back to Maine, I decided to open a salon; we expanded and hired additional technicians as the business grew, and when we outgrew the salon in Scarborough, we decided to build a second one in Cumberland Foreside.
What factors from your upbringing gave you the courage to venture out on your own?
My mom was always hard working, and focused on what she wanted and needed to do. After my dad died at a young age, she got a job and raised five children by herself. We all worked hard as a family. She taught us that if you start something, finish it.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a female entrepreneur?
I do not know of any advantages or disadvantages. I have never had any issues.
What advice would you give an aspiring woman entrepreneur?
Be focused on what you are starting. Understand what your core business will be. Know that, as a business owner, you never really ‘leave the business.’ Most business owners work 24/7.