Thank You for Six AMAZING Years!

Yes...I did a video. 

I can't believe I finally stepped out of my comfort zone and went for it. The perfectionist in me has picked it apart, but I'm working on letting go of my perfectionism here it is in all of its glory. One shot. One take. Far from perfect, but I hope the message is clear...


You have made Recreating Rays Kansas City's five star spray tan studio and we are so incredibly grateful! Check out the video for my sincerest thanks and our special going on for the rest of the month to celebrate...


PS: Sorry if it's a little blurry. Still learning. :(
And WHY does YouTube choose the WORST faces for the thumbnail???

What a Whirlwind! 2017 is Bringing Major Changes to RR

If you would have told me even one year ago that today, I would be sitting in my new storefront location (my DREAM location, nonetheless) writing this and with a business that is continuing to grow at an outlandish pace...I probably wouldn't have believed you. But here I sit with all of those things happening and some tough decisions to make about the future of Recreating Rays.

On April 3 we opened the city's first spray tan ONLY storefront retail space at 10528 S Ridgeview Rd in Olathe. I could not be more proud to be proving to everyone that you don't have to offer UV services or have spray tanning as just one of many services offered to be successful. As a matter of fact, I'm convinced that the sole reason we are continuing to grow at this crazy rate is because spray tanning is the heart of what we do. It is our passion and I hope that is evident when you come to see us. I am committed to only hiring those who have the same passion as I do for this industry and I will never hire someone just to take the pressure off. If they don't care as much as I do...they won't work here. That's my promise to you.

With that said, it is physically impossible for me to do all of the appointments myself anymore. I am so thankful to have Kristen already on my team and so entrenched in this business because the Olathe location is absolutely BOOMING. You will see that we have opened a second spray room that you will be able to book during peak tanning hours because our schedule is filling up fast these days. Neither spray room is associated with either of us. We are going to do our best to share the load to keep the physical issues that can come with the repetitive motion of this unique profession at bay. You are always welcome to request one or the other of us when booking your appointment and we will do our best to fulfill those requests, but we cannot guarantee them, unfortunately. We hope you will understand that we are doing the best we can right now as we sift through this growth.


And with the addition of the second spray room in Olathe comes the decision to close Recreating Rays Overland Park. To be honest, a second location was never in my plans. It was never what I envisioned for my business. But, with 60% growth last year, it was a good stop gap measure. We were able to quickly move into Solera, set up our suite and start tanning. But with each month that passed, I was reminded that this was not what I wanted. Managing multiple locations is difficult and frankly, I wanted to work WITH Kristen...not rarely see her because we are in different places. So, Kristen will be moving to Olathe with me and I couldn't be more excited to have her.

We will officially be closing RROP as of May 19. The option to book in OP has been removed from the website. You can still request an appointment in Overland Park by contacting Kristen or myself and we will do our best to accommodate you. After May 19, we will only be offering our services in Olathe, though, and we sincerely hope that all of our OP clients will understand and it will still be worth your time and effort to get the great service you are accustomed to at RR.

In the coming months, we will likely be adding a third staff member and will also begin offering some amazing new services to compliment your spray tanning sessions. I have some changes up my sleeve to make our already five-star spray tan service even better, so stay tuned for those. 

Often times with exponential growth, so too comes growing pains. That is the phase we are in right now as frankly I cannot even begin to project our numbers anymore. I don't even try. But I want you to know that even as we grow, my commitment to each and every one of you is unending. This business has been built on great customer service and great results. That will NEVER change. If you notice something is off with our service these days, please speak up and tell me. I need to know. We have already made the decision to discard our new "state of the art" equipment in Olathe because of inconsistent results. But we can't fix problems that we aren't aware please never be afraid to reach out.

In conclusion, as always, I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for your continued loyalty and support. We are changing the perception of sunless tanning in Kansas City and that's thanks to you. Your referrals and Facebook check-ins have created such a crazy buzz about our little business and I am eternally grateful. I simply cannot fathom where we will be a year from now...but I can't wait to find out!

We can't wait to welcome you to our new home in Olathe! Please come see us soon.


Five Years of Five Star Spray Tans in Kansas City: A Reflection

On July 13, 2016, RR celebrated five years in business. I'm not terribly business savvy, but I am smart enough to know that half of all small businesses close their doors in the first five years (Google told me that). I also know a lot about my industry...enough to know that that number is much higher for spray tanning businesses.

But here I sit with a THRIVING spray tanning studio in Olathe. We just opened a second studio in Overland Park three weeks ago...which was, quite frankly, beyond my imagination even six months ago. But in March, it became evident to me that this was my year. This was the year that would change RR forever. 

 shonna & kristen: The day we opened rrop!

shonna & kristen: The day we opened rrop!

By the middle of June, we had as many new clients through our doors this year as we had all of last year combined. Last week, we surpassed the total number of tans we did all last year combined. And we're only just over halfway through the year?!?!

In the beginning, it was hard to imagine sitting here today. The early days of RR were filled with a crazy haze of overwhelm from working full-time and running RR part-time...completed by a massive side helping of self-doubt. Who was I to think that I could live a life I love...and pay my bills doing something I love? So many people just get by from day to day, going to a job that merely let's them get by...wasn't that my fate, also?

As I started focusing on all of the things I DID have and showing gratitude for them, instead of all the things I wished for so badly, but felt I could never really achieve...a shift happened in my life. A shift that has brought all of you to my business. A shift that has aligned our paths perfectly and given me the opportunity to serve you over the last five years. A shift that today overwhelms me with gratitude instead of fear and self-doubt. Today, I know that RR is here to stay and grow and thrive...and I know that because of you.

I will never be able to thank you for how you have changed my I get to get up and do something I absolutely love every single day because of you. I will never be able to explain to you the happiness you bring to my heart with your stories and the laughs we share...or the gratitude I have for each and every one of you. Whether I've seen you once or dozens of times over the years, YOU have changed me and my life for the better. For that...I am eternally grateful.

So as we embark on the next five years, I don't even dare to fathom what they may bring. Whatever it is...I know it's gonna be good. My dreams are bigger, my desire to help others is greater and my ability to achieve those things has never been more within my ability. We look forward to continuing to serve you and thank you for the opportunity to do so.

Cheers to five years!

(and now Kristen, too!)



Raydiant Weddings Happen with a Little Love from RR

We love...LOVE. <3

Amp up your natural radiance on your big day and bring your bridal party and guests along for the glow! With our new Raydiant Weddings program, not only do you score a discount on your trial and bridal sessions, but everyone in your bridal party - and even your guests - can get a discount on their sessions for your big day, too.

Here's how it works:

  • Email with "Raydiant Weddings" in the subject line.
  • Tell us your name and wedding date in the body of the email. Also, include the number in your bridal party.
  • We will email you back with an attachment you can forward on to your bridal party and guests with instructions for them to receive 10% off their session the week of your wedding at either RR location.
  • Don't forget to book your trial tan at least a few weeks in advance of your wedding (we recommend before a bridal shower or bachelorette party!) so we ensure we have the perfect color picked for your wedding day. We want you to look like YOU...just a glowing version!

We've had the pleasure of tanning hundreds of brides, bridesmaids, mothers...and even grooms!...over the years. We hope to be a small part of your big day, as well.