Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Eden Health Spa and Salon visits campus for self-care retreat

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Sarah Kilpela, owner of Eden Health Spa and Salon, does a gel manicure on a Southeast student.
Photo by Miya Andrews

Students gathered at the University Center Ballroom on Monday, Aug. 31, for manicure, eyebrow wax and canvas painting courtesy of Eden Health Spa and Salon.

The Campus Outreach organization collaborated with Eden Spa to host the Treat Yo Self spa day to give ladies on campus a chance to connect in a friendly setting for them to relax and get acquainted with one another.

Campus Outreach Employee Ali Barker said the timing of the event is perfect for those trying to meet new people early in the semester.

“We decided to do Treat Yo Self because I think there is a big need for women to meet other women when they are coming to campus, especially the first couple of weeks. People just need help creating those friendships and have a safe space to do that,” Barker said.

Owner of Eden Health Spa and Salon Sarah Kilpela said she hopes the event helps ladies on campus connect with people who can teach and support them.

“It is really important for young women to have positive role models, mentors and people they can go to,” Kilpela said.

Volunteer with Campus Outreach Ashley Moellenhoff said the organization plans many similar events designed to help people connect while participating in fun activities.

“We do really fun events around here like painting and sand volleyball, but having the community of believers is the best thing because everyone is truly trying to be relationally invested in each other,” Moellenhoff said.

Eden Health Spa and Salon in downtown Cape opened in 2017, they have been partnering with Campus Outreach to host the Treat Yo Self event since their founding. They offer students and staff a 10% discount off of all services and products.

“It is a safe space for people to come and to listen and ask questions and not have it all figured out, so we would love for people to come to our weekly meetings, as well,” Barker said.

Organizers of the event practiced social distancing and kept students’ safety in mind while planning.

The event was held as part of Southeast's Engage in 8 calendar of events. More information on upcoming Engage in 8 events can be found on their website.