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Retired School Educator Embarks on New Career Beginning as Business Owner with Hand & Stone

Leading Luxury Spa Welcomes Lisa and John Paulson as They Take on Ownership in Olathe, Kansas

September 11, 2023 // // OLATHE, KS - Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the nation's leading luxury massage and facial spa franchise, proudly introduces Lisa and John Paulson as its newest franchise owners. The duo is poised to leave the Pacific Northwest and move back to Kansas to open their first Hand & Stone Spa in Olathe.

Lisa, a former elementary teacher and academic coach, made the tough decision to leave behind the profession she dedicated herself to for more than 24 years. Lisa is a proud University of Kansas Alumni, earning her master’s degree in School Leadership and Policy Studies in 2010. Over the past year, as John and Lisa explored business ownership as the next phase in Lisa’s career journey, franchising stood out to them as a viable option and pursuit. As she and John moved around the U.S. for various professional opportunities over the years, they most recently found themselves in Washington state. It was here in 2021 that Lisa decided to revisit massage therapy to aid with her arthritis, leading her to discover Hand & Stone. Upon her first visit, she was immediately hooked. She left the spa that day with her very own new membership.

Through in-depth research and several immersive meetings with other Hand & Stone owners, as well as their own quest of prioritizing self-care, it became clear to the Paulsons that this was the business they wanted to invest in. They quickly learned first-hand how supportive the Hand & Stone franchise system is, from their real estate gurus who help with property selection to their deeply knowledgeable spa professionals that assist in education and training. Both the Paulsons and Hand & Stone saw mutual potential in each other.

“We are so excited to be part of the Hand & Stone family and look forward to opening our first location in Olathe,” said Lisa Paulson. “It was a huge decision for me to leave education and change my career path. I plan to utilize many of the professional skills I developed over the years and apply them to business ownership, especially given how hands-on I plan to be in our spa business. This venture for us is a very exciting one and maybe one day we’ll even have one or two more Hand & Stone locations serving the Kansas City Metro area.

The Paulson’s Hand & Stone spa in Olathe will bring high-quality professional massage services, including Swedish, Himalayan Salt, Sports, Deep Tissue, Oncology and Prenatal massages to the community. Guests can also visit the new spa to enjoy Hand & Stone’s signature hot stone massage and best-in-class facial and hair removal treatments tailored to each individual's needs or skin concerns, with a wide-range of services available for women, men and teens. For more information on franchising opportunities, please visit

About Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Hand & Stone is a nearly 600-unit massage and facial spa franchise with a mission to bring affordable, luxury spa services to all. Launched in 2004, Hand & Stone now has locations across 35 states and Canada. Each spa features best-in-class skincare treatments highlighting the latest in cosmetic technology. Available for women, men and teens, a wide range of services are tailored to each individual's needs or skin concerns. Hand & Stone facial treatments are performed by licensed estheticians, using top-of-the-line products backed by science including Dermalogica, IMAGE Skincare and ClarityRx Clinical Skin Care. The fastest-growing spa franchise in the country, Hand & Stone has been named No. 1 in the spa category by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2023, 2021 and 2020 and was ranked No. 8 on Forbes' Best Franchises to Buy list in the high investment category. For more information, visit

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