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.


Here Comes Spring! It's Time for Spring 2017 Raydiant Membership Sign Ups!

The weather officially feels like why not start getting your springtime glow and take advantage of the best deal in town on spray tanning?

One year ago we kicked off the Raydiant Membership program and it has been a massive success! All 25 memberships available sold out in a matter of days and we had a wait list for memberships all last summer. But with the biggest announcement in RR history forthcoming (more on that next week)...we are going to open up JUST 25 MORE MEMBERSHIPS for the taking. Here's the details...

What You Get:

  • 2 full body signature spray tanning sessions per month at either location ($90 value)
  • Free rapid tan upgrades ($20 value)
  • Pay $25 or $35 per tan (versus $45 or $55) for any additional tans each month
  • 10% off all regular priced retail products


  • Billed monthly (on your signup date each month)
  • Unused tans roll over from month to month
  • Roll over tans expire 30 days after cancellation
  • Non-transferable and can only be used by member
  • $75 per month with no commitment period (cancel anytime) or $55 per month with a six month commitment. THIS PRICING ENDS ON MARCH 1! Memberships will be raised to $79 or $59 per month on March 1.

Really like to keep your color going and want to tan every week? Our new membership option is made for you! Just $95 per month and you will get all of the above, but with four sessions monthly instead of just two. This is a savings of $125 per month off of regular price! Six month commitment required for this great deal.

Keep in are grandfathered into your pricing until you cancel your membership. When the price goes up...yours stays the same for the life of your membership!

Ready to sign up? Choose your option and sign up securely with the PayPal button below. We will remove this button when the 20 additional memberships are sold or on March 1, whichever comes first. ***** Don't miss your opportunity to get the best deal on Kansas City's Five Star Spray Tan Service! *****

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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!)



RRVIP Program is Here and it's Made Just for You! Great Deal on Kansas City's Five Star Spray Tan!

Want to save money on EVERY tanning session? Then our new #RRVIP program is for you! It's a fully customizable membership program that rewards you for your loyalty - the more you spray tan...the more you save! Here's how it works...

For a $20 monthly fee, you always pay just $20 per standard signature spray tan or $25 per signature rapid spray tan. Simple as that! 

Your savings are HUGE with this deal...
1 tan per month = $5 savings standard session, $10 savings rapid session
2 tans per month = $30 savings standard session, $40 savings rapid session
3 tans per month = $55 savings standard session, $70 savings rapid session
4 tans per month = $80 savings standard session, $100 savings rapid session

Commitment problems? Not a problem here. Cancel anytime. No termination fees. It really doesn't get any easier (or cheaper)! And if you're a VIP, then you're a VIP at BOTH RR locations - in Olathe and Overland Park. These memberships are not location specific! 

We are continually looking for ways to say THANK YOU for your loyalty and we think this just might be the best one yet! We're only offering 30 of click below to push past the red ropes and gain your VIP status today!

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It's Official! RR Overland Park is Coming Soon!

June 28. That's the day you'll be able to begin getting Kansas City's Five Star Spray Tan in Overland Park!

Kristen coolidge, operator of rr overland park

Kristen coolidge, operator of rr overland park

In less than five years, Recreating Rays has grown to a point that I simply cannot keep up with the demand by myself. It's a LOVELY problem to have...and is all due to our amazing clients who have shown their love and loyalty by writing GLOWING reviews and by SHARING THE LOVE with hundreds of referrals each year.

In early February I began training Kristen with a goal of launching a mobile side to the business. By mid-March, business was up so dramatically this year that it became evident that even with mobile services available, we still wouldn't be able to meet the least not for long.

Recreating Rays Overland Park was born.

Located at 12020 Blue Valley Parkway (the southwest corner of 119th & Metcalf/Blue Valley Parkway), Solera Salon and Spa is the home of Recreating Rays second location. Kristen will get you glowing in Suite 120.

I never could have imagined how this little spray tanning biz would change my life so profoundly, but it has. And now I get to bring others along for the ride and spread the RR love to more of the Kansas City metro. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping make my dreams come true. There will never be enough words to express my gratitude that I get to do what I love every single day and build my little spray tanning empire because of YOU!

See you soon in OP!

xoxo, Shonna

PS: I will still be working out of my studio in Olathe and Kristen will be running things in Overland Park, though I will likely pop into OP from time to time, too! You'll see two booking options available online, so be sure to choose the right location. Don't see a time that works for you? Check the other location!

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.


Raydiant Membership Now Available at RR Overland Park!

In February 2016, I kicked off my Raydiant Membership program and it has been a massive success! All 25 memberships available sold out in a matter of days and we have had a wait list for memberships at the Olathe location since early March. But, now you're in luck! We are opening up just 25 more membership opportunities for the Overland Park location! There's really no better deal in Kansas City on airbrush spray tanning...

What You Get:

  • 2 full body signature tanning sessions per month at the Overland Park location
  • Free rapid tan upgrades
  • Pay $25 per tan (versus $40) for any additional tans each month
  • 15% off all regular priced retail products


  • Billed monthly
  • Unused tans roll over from month to month
  • Cancel anytime...for any reason
  • Roll over tans expire 30 days after cancellation
  • Non-transferable and can only be used by member

Just $65 per month or $55 per month if you sign a six month commitment! 

Ready to sign up? Choose your option and do so securely with the PayPal options below.

Remember! Memberships are location specific. This membership is for the Overland Park location ONLY!

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