We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I’ve always hired a good team and treated them well. Success is dependent on those who represent my business and keep it running day to day. Whether that is through training or holding our team accountable, a great team helps you and your business succeed. The impact of a disorganized team, is felt throughout all areas of the business. And when a team can carry itself; we are set up for success. My wife and I bought Eco Chateau Wellness Spa back in 2017. The team was brand-new to us, and it took time to understand the business in it’s current state. In order for us to achieve the goals we had in mind, we had to restructure management and streamline various processes. Taking the time to support each team member eventually brought us to where we are, and will help to bring us where we want to be.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Eco Chateau Wellness Spa is unlike any other spa here in San Diego. We focus on holistic services and environmental business practices that set us apart from other businesses. From niche menu items like colon hydrotherapy, infrared saunas and ionic foot detoxes, to more traditional services like massage and facials, everyone can find something they love here. Not only can they come for a relaxing day at the spa, but they can come armed with the knowledge that our mission focuses on both social and environmental sustainability. In the social aspect, we have our TLC for the Big C program. This program donates our Monthly Wellness Membership to an individual battling cancer during the months of their chemotherapy/treatments. As a holistic wellness spa, all of our services focus on healing the body and most are great for detoxing. We know how tough and scary this time can be for those diagnosed, so we wanted to do our part in helping out. In the environmental aspect, we’ve incorporated earth-friendly values in both the day-to-day and bones of our business. The solar-panels covering our Mission Valley location offset 70 percent of the energy we use. All of our retail products come from other local San Diego businesses, supporting our community and carbon emissions output. Our construction and decorations prioritized the use of recycled, reclaimed and energy efficient materials. My wife and I moved to San Diego with the idea of owning our own business, but weren’t sure what industry or direction we wanted to head in. When we found Eco Chateau, we fell in love with the combination of wellness, sustainability and company values that aligned with our own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I’m taking a friend around San Diego and only have one day, I want to show them the best views of the city. My perfect day would start off with a round of golf at Torrey Pines. Then, we’d head downtown for a Harbor Cruise and take in “America’s Finest City” from the water. While downtown, we’d have dinner in Little Italy and finish off our day with a rooftop bar and watch the city by night. We may be exhausted by the end of the day, but it would definitely be worth it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout my wife Anna, and all of our amazing team members here at Eco Chateau, both past and present. We wouldn’t be where we are without you. Your amazing energies, ideas and personalities have made Eco Chateau a home for both our clients and staff. I’m proud of the wellness community we’ve fostered and our incredible work family. Also, a small shoutout to my dog Max, our Director of Client Relations, for sitting through hours of meetings, interviews and team parties.
Other: We’re also included in the San Diego Regional Green Businesses Directory.
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