2010 – An historic building in downtown Fairbury is home to a new business, with the help of local economic development incentives.
Pure Sérénité Spa and Salon, owned by Chris Stewart of Fairbury, opened its doors in December of 2010. Pure Sérénité Spa is a world-class, full-service day spa and salon that offers high-quality spa services, some available for the first time in the Fairbury area.
A cosmetologist and registered nurse, Stewart wanted to carry out a life-long dream of owning and operating a full-service day spa. “I wanted to use my healthcare training as a means of incorporating health and wellness into our program of services,” said Stewart.
Fairbury City Council unanimously approved the measure, committing a total of $105,000 towards the project. A grant in the amount of $80,000 from Fairbury’s LB840 Fund and a low-interest loan of $25,000 from Fairbury’s Community Development Block Grant Reuse Fund was allocated for assistance with real estate acquisition, construction/remodel, equipment, supplies and working capital. A total of 6 full-time jobs will be added over the next 3 years.
“The injection of economic development monies into this project fulfills several objectives – it has enabled the rehabilitation of an historic building, it will contribute to the economic growth of our downtown, and will play a role in Fairbury’s future by creating employment opportunities for young professionals wanting to live and work in Fairbury,” according to Julie Lambert, owner of Main Street Consulting Group, who prepared the grant application for the project.
For more information about Fairbury’s LB840 program, contact Fairbury City Administrator @ (402) 729-2476, SENDD, at (402) 475-2520.