The Square is a destination for letting loose and enjoying the nightlife with friends for most 21-year-olds living in San Marcos.
For Laura Elisabeth Huber, however, The Square holds a different significance — it is the location of her business.
Huber, San Marcos resident, is the owner and sole operator of Laura Elisabeth Spa, located above The Hub Cycle Shop on East Hopkins Street.
Huber said she relied on personal drive and the support of a hard-working family to go after her desires, despite an age handicap.
“I’m a go-getter kind of person, and I don’t take direction very well,” Huber said, “So when I had the know-how and the backing, I decided to go for it.”
Huber came upon the idea for her business after studying theater and English at Austin Community College.
“I was really interested in theater and theatrical makeup,” Huber said. “Then I became interested in aesthetics, skin and total body health.”
Huber pursued that interest, gaining aesthetician’s training through a program at Total Transformation Institute of Cosmetology, located on Highway 80.
Huber’s parents offered to provide the finances needed to get her business off the ground upon her completion of the program. Huber and her family worked collaboratively for months to make LE Spa fully operational.
“My parents backed me and helped renovate the location,” Huber said. “My brother is doing all the marketing, my sister-in-law is doing the photography and my uncle is working on the website. “Without their help, I would not have even attempted this.”
Huber’s brother, Dave Huber, put his hobby of graphic design to use in helping with all of LE Spa’s marketing. Dave Huber is confident in his sister’s success, largely because of her age and ability to respond to trends. Her age group compose a majority of San Marcos consumers.
LE Spa uses 100 percent organic products, which are selected for each client to fit their particular skin type and needs for facials and other treatments. It is this experience that Dave Huber cites as LE Spa’s dividing factor from other similar San Marcos locations.
“LE Spa is a unique experience in San Marcos, because it specializes in skincare, rather than just adding it on like other spas,” said Dave Huber. “This way, LE Spa can offer the most complete package.”
Laura Elisabeth Huber said the most rewarding part of her profession is seeing clients react positively when they see their skin’s condition improve over time.
“When it comes to self-confidence, skin condition is important in how we see ourselves,” Huber said. “Bringing that confidence into someone’s life, it’s like a ministry for me.”
Huber said being one of the younger business owners within San Marcos has been an interesting experience, but one she’s confident in.
Andy Howard, co-owner of the Hub Bicycle Lounge, located directly beneath LE Spa, gave Huber advice for succeeding in San Marcos.
“It’s gonna be a steep learning curve in the beginning,” Howard said. “So the best advice I can give is to stay as far out of debt as you can. Get to know the community and how to best serve them. Remember success isn’t only determined by how much money you make, and it’ll be a good experience.”
Ben Fuelberg, math senior and Huber’s boyfriend, said he sees her age as an advantage for business rather than an obstacle to overcome.
“Being 21 gives her an edge over older business owners,” Fuelberg said. “She knows what people in their teens and early 20s want. She can better relate to the customer base around here, and if she can spark their interest now, she can keep those customers for longer, too.”
Huber said she looks at college-going clients and feels the pang of being without that experience. She plans to continue education after the success of her business. That feeling, however, is coupled with one of optimism.
“I look at my friends and peers who are just in school, and I miss it,” Huber said. “But at the same time I know this is where I’m supposed to be. It’s so rewarding, and I’m so glad I’m doing what I’m doing.”