RIDGWAY – It’s not always easy to establish your own identity, let alone your own business, in a small town where your parents were pioneers (in the 1980s) of the downtown core.
But Mercedes “Mimi” Worswick is a strong character with her own ideas, and her recently opened Glow Day Spa in Ridgway is entirely a reflection of her independent spirit.
Well, almost entirely. We’re sitting in the sunny lounge area of the spa on couches and chairs left over from when Mimi’s parents, Nathan and Deborah Worswick, had the bright, tile-floored space crammed with carpets from India and furniture from Mexico and Bali. Nathan and Deborah have owned the Unicas Southwest import business at the corner of Sherman and North Lena streets, on the boardwalk across from Town Park, since the early ‘80s. They are still out globe-shopping, for Guatemalan fabrics and Mexican pottery, carvings from Indonesia and Thailand, toys and jewelry from all over the world, and shipping them to one of Ridgway’s most interesting and stalwart businesses.
Mimi, now 23, was a globetrottertoo as a youngster, tagging along with her older sister, Anna, and their parents on buying trips. But she has settled down in her hometown now with a fiancée, a baby on the way, and the new spa.
“I opened in May, and it was a good summer here at the spa. I’ve always loved beauty: hair, makeup, skin care.” Glow offers massages, facials, spray tanning, and foot treatments (“a half hour soak, scrub, massage, rub – everything except the nails”). Mimi hopes eventually to bring in someone with a “mani-pedi certification,” but for now she is working alone.
Her parents, who live most of the year in Deborah’s home country of Bermuda, traveled so much they felt better sending the girls to boarding school at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. But both girls had independent streaks. “I wanted my freedom,” Mimi said. So she returned to Ridgway for her senior year at Ridgway High School. Then it was off to cosmetology school in Delta, and finally the Connecting Point School of Massage and Aesthetics in Telluride.
“I really wanted to focus on skin care,” Mimi said. “Ridgway is growing. A lot of nice young families are moving down from Telluride. People who want to take care of themselves.” To that end, she uses exclusively products from ISUN Skincare at Glow. The products are “Manufactured right down the alley here in Ridgway,” she explains, “by Bunnie Gulick. Moisturizers, scrubs, masks, cleansers – all geared toward anti-aging.
“It’s all organic, alive and natural, cold-processed so the heat doesn’t kill the antioxidants. I use ISUN and ISUN’s lower price-point line, OM PUR.”
Worswick also does spray tanning in what she calls her “tiki tanning booth.” “Face, neck, top half. You can wear your bikini or not. Some people do it naked. I spray you with dye. It doesn’t last too long, a week or so depending on your showering, how hard you scrub. It’s completely safe, no UV rays.”
So far, Worswick works mostly by appointment. She also puts in time at Unicas just across a patio stuffed with colorful pottery and benches made from old skis. And she manages the office for her fiancée’s granite and tile business. “I would be snowboarding,” said the former CRMS ski racer, “but this year I’m sitting around knitting!”
For more about Glow Day Spa, call 970/318-0383 or email GloDaySpa@gmail.com.