About the Owner
Hi, I am Shelene Taylor
– the founder of Rubs, Spa Solai, and IAMBIZ.
I feel really lucky. I was born happy and my natural optimism ended up turning me into an accidental entrepreneur. You know how life is – some challenges just make you want to skip town, and that was my plan when I received my massage license in 1983. While waiting for the cruise ships to call back, I took a job at a spa in Tucson – my hometown. Two months later, the owners decided to close the business down. I was faced with a difficult decision: go out and look for another job (the cruise ships had not yet called) or take a chance on taking over the place. Since I had already established some return clientele and there were few massage clinics in the area, I decided to take over the lease. And just like that, I was the owner of a Tucson spa business.
I worked seven days a week – did massage six days a week and cleaned (and cried) on the seventh – wearing all the hats of a small business owner. I will never claim that it was easy. But I knew my work was worth it every time I saw the transformation in my clients. Seeing each person come in with stress and pain etched into their faces and bodies, and then seeing them leave released from that suffering, was – and still is – extremely heartwarming. Helping people feel better inside and outside with massage and skin care treatments is incredibly rewarding. Three decades later, I still love this Tucson spa business with a passion. We have grown a lot over the years, and will continue to grow. But one thing remains a constant – witnessing that incredible change in people never gets old.