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When Jessica Kelley began working as an esthetician, she had difficulty finding products that she felt comfortable recommending to her clients.

She searched for all-natural, vegan skin care products that were also free of toxins and were not tested on animals, but found little on the market.

“I loved my job, however I felt guilty advising clients to use products that I knew were loaded with chemicals like parabens, PABAs, alcohol and GMOs,” she said. “To add insult to injury, most of these products had an obscene price tag.”

Kelley began making her own line of skin-care products — Apple Organics — in a lab in Greenville. Her line of products includes cleansers, toners, serums, eye treatments, body treatments and moisturizers.

The line was so successful that Kelley decided to open her own spa. On May 15th, Kelley opened AO – The Space.

The Space offers more than just beauty products. It is a full-service spa with a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, three skin-care therapists, a master stylist and colorist, two organic spray tan artists, a full body and brow wax artist, and a NovaLash eyelash specialist.

All the therapists and technicians share Kelley’s commitment to natural and organic products, she said.

“I’ve always loved the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world,’” Kelley said. “I saw a need in the industry, so I acted to make the change.”

Visit AO – The Space

AO – The Space has several fun events planned for September. The spa’s regular business hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays. Use code AOMOM for a 20 percent discount through Oct. 31. The spa is located at 902 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville. For details: www.theaolifestyle.com.

  • Tan-Tini Party, Sept. 13 — During this event, customers can get an organic spray tan for $15 and enjoy free martinis. 
  • Curious about acupuncture? AO — The Space offers community acupuncture for $25 per session 4 – 9 p.m. Sept. 21. 
  • Autumn Nights — if you are interested in seeing what AO – The Space is all about or just want a fun environment to hang out, attend this open house event 5 – 9 p.m. Sept. 29.

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