Blanding City has been fast tracked to development, in part because of the increase in traffic through the region as well as Blanding City's strategic move in hiring an Economic Development Specialist--Pratt Redd. Overall there has not only been an increase in visitors but has also a bit of a boom for the retailers and services located in Blanding. The Rural Fast Track Program has been used successfully for that by Hannah Bailey owner of H+ Aesthetics Skin and Beauty.
Hannah’s spa offers first rate services keeping people beautiful inside and out. With a massage therapist on staff and Hannah providing skin care supplies and services to clients, she barely looked up from placing an eyelash extension on a client while I interviewed her. The clean white building across from the Tesla charging station at the Blanding Visitor Center, is a pleasant surprise for those who are seeking out a little pampering care for themselves or quality products one just can’t live without.
Contractors for the flooring, electrical and installation of the ship lap siding were part of the equation. Funding came into play in numerous ways and could be directly traced to The Rural Fast Track Program. Certain benchmarks have to be met to qualify and Hannah met them. Her project was valued at over $120K and the state brought $50,000 to the table. Some of the criteria are being in business at least two year, operating in the black and having at least 2 full time employees.
Still waiting on the new sign it may be a bit of a challenge for now in finding Hannah and H+ Aesthetics but it’s worth the effort. Hannah says she loves it when she walks in the door to her business and realizes she has created a space and experience that you just wouldn’t expect to find in San Juan County.