By Jill Nagy
Two high school friends recently opened a
boutique and spa in Ballston Spa. Kimberly
Krizan and Laurie O’Neil-Puckette, both 1982
graduates of Burnt Hills High School, had wanted
to have their own business for many years.
The shop, called Bella Nani Salon and Spa, is
at 132 Milton Ave. It offers a variety of services,
including hair styling, manicures, massage,
skin care, and a small boutique offering a range
of products from pepper relish to jewelry made
by O’Neil-Puckette, to handmade sugar scrubs.
The scrubs, made by Krizan, are for cleaning
and defoliating the face.
O’Neil-Puckette studied English and psychology at SUNY Albany and received an MBA degree from Green Mountain College. She has worked for a publishing company that specializes in health and cosmetology texts. Krizan’s background is in finance. She has served as comptroller of companies and a bookkeeper. She is also a licensed nail technician.
Most of the beauty and spa services are provided by a contract staff of three hair stylists, three massage therapists, a nail technician and an esthetician. For nail care, “we are trying to focus more on the natural nail,” but they can also provide artificial nails, Krizan said. Massage options include chair massage, full-body and stone massage.
The women plan a grand opening in June. Bella Nani can be reached at 518-885-1437. More information is available at on the company’s website, bellanani.com.