Heather Ripplinger opened Canyon River Spa in Bozeman in 2007, after she saw a need to have multiple spa services in one spot. Heather was a massage therapist, new mom and wife of a deployed military serviceman, when she thought of the idea to open a full-service spa. She was often referring her clients for facials and hair services, and decided to open a spa/salon where clients could get all their treatments at one facility. Canyon River Spa offers massage, facials and other skincare treatments along with nail and haircare services in a luxurious setting that allows clients to relax and rejuvenate.
Two years into her business a fire caused extensive damage to the spa. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, but with Heather’s determination and devotion to the business, she was able to rebuild. Her insurance only covered a portion of the expenses; therefore she had to take... Read More