Introducing Alison Tomei: Athena Art Spa
1234 Broadway, Suite E, Placerville, 530-748-3162, athenaartspa.com
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
Athena Art Spa is an expressive arts studio. Unlike traditional art instruction, expressive arts emphasize the creative process rather than the final product. It’s a place of play, retreat and exploration, and rejuvenation of the spirit through creativity. It definitely chose me.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
I was a dishwasher and learned that life gets messy. Put some good music in your Walkman, rock out, and get through!
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I see Athena as a community creativity studio. I facilitate classes and workshops, as well as support others who may have gifts to share through teaching, or expressing in some other way. I also intend to have a scholarship program, so I can offer the art experience to all populations. I see Athena bringing people together and will work closely with many other professionals and a wide variety of groups, from toddlers and above.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being a mother—although I don’t consider that an accomplishment but an honor. I’m also proud to have taken risks to follow my dream of sharing the power of art as healing, and seeing my vision finally come to fruition.
What’s your hidden talent?
I can make an incredible helicopter sound with my bottom lip.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
It depends what meal it is, but I love Amerikan Ichi!
And finally, customer service is…?
Connection, being authentic, and having a love for what you do and selling it.