Spotlight On …. Patricia Noonan Lopez, owner Purity Day Spa
Patricia Noonan Lopez opened Purity Day Spa a few years back after 20 years of offering body work in other locations including Watercourse Way in Palo Alto and Saratoga’s Preston Wynn Spa. Patricia says the decision came to her after many conversations with her mom, community leader Charlotte Noonan, prior to her death in August 2009. Patricia knew it was time to return home to South City where she was raised with her twin brother Mike, and other siblings, Marianne, Elizabeth and Dan in Mayfair Village (Mulberry Avenue).
Patricia’s father, John Noonan, was our City Councilman in 1952 and continued on serving our community in the position of City Attorney. In his later years Honorable Noonan appreciated his daughters healing touch when he would suffer bouts of neuropathy (nerve damage) in his feet, having been somewhat skeptical of this modality at first.
After graduating from South San Francisco High School, Patricia continued her studies and received her Cosmology Certification and worked as a hair stylist. She married and had two children, Jackie and Steven. When educational opportunities opened up for her, Patricia went on to earn her Esthetician license. Having gone through a divorce when her children were young, Patricia had a challenging balancing act in raising Jamie and Steven while also working as an esthetician and pursuing additional intensive course studies on body work integration. She has since evolved her massage therapy to include Ayurvedic technique of Shirodhara, Hot Stone, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Swedish and Prenatal and Aromatherapy. Couple this with personal services for body care, facials, body scrubs, waxing and tinting and VIOLA’ – you have Purity Day Spa.
To Patricia, this is not ‘just’ a business, it is a personal passion to help others feel their best and to live as fully as possible. She has created a very healing space in her spa allowing for the quieting of the mind and relaxation of the body. Patricia’s success is traced to her personal attention on each client and their individual needs; she does not do what many have experienced at other spas with the cookie cutter type approach.
With her children now grown (Jamie is the Executive Assistant at Netsuite, Steven completing his degree at San Jose State University), Patricia looks forward to expanding her business and adding retreats and other items to her menu of services.
“The Woman’s Initiative Program really helped me focus on what I needed to do to ensure my business would be successful. This was something my mother encouraged me to pursue and I feel she remains my guardian angel.” Patricia shares with a twinge of sadness as the third anniversary of her mother’s passing comes up. “I know she and my Dad would approve and that gives me the strength and the belief that I can continue to grow my business.”
Purity Day Spa is located at 615 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco and can be reached at 650-589-2168. More information is available on their website at www.puritydayspas.com