Lila LE SPA
By YP Contributor

A Spa Where the Beauty is Inside and Out

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve’s Lila Le Spa has been providing its faithful clientele with beauty care and relaxation from its Ste-Catherine Street East outpost since 1985. The business has made a point to remain intimate enough to give each client a warm and welcoming experience. “Generally speaking, trying us is loving us,” says owner Valérie Janot. “I have never lost a client after their first visit, because we offer something that most other salons have lost.”

Lila Le Spa offers all the classic treatments, such a facials, waxing and laser hair removal, pedicures and manicures. The salon is also an authorized dealer for many renowned personal care product lines.

Some people even call me to ask me for advice that is completely unrelated to beauty, which goes to show we’re part of the family for them. - Valérie Janot, owner
Hair removal, facial care, pedicure, manicure Brands: Pier Augé, Payot, Karine Herzog, Calidou, Alessandro, Gant Renaissance

From Burkina Faso to Hochelaga

The Lila Le Spa got its start a quite some time ago, in a surprising location. In 1978, Valérie’s father was posted in Burkina Faso and moved his little family with him. It was there, in the capital of Ouagadougou, that her mother decided to open a beauty salon. “My mom has always gone after what she wanted,” recounts Valérie. “She went back to Paris for certification, and then she came back to Africa to set up the salon and realize a long-standing dream.”

And so Valérie followed in her mother’s well-pedicured footsteps, and, upon moving to Québec and founding Lila Le Spa in 1985, she, who is known affectionately to her clients as Madame Val, became a bona fide aesthetician. In 2008, as her mother prepared to retire, Valerie decided to take the reins of the family business. “In the beginning our clients were our current clients’ mothers… the next generation has started trickling in. Some people even call me to ask me for advice that is completely unrelated to beauty, which goes to show we’re part of the family for them.”

According to Valérie, this intimate bond with her clients is key to her success. She was able to make her business into a true gathering spot and her clients have remained faithful through the years. “You have to listen to what your clients have to say, first and foremost,” she says. “The business stuff, you can learn it as you go along.”

Hair removal, facial care, pedicure, manicure Brands: Pier Augé, Payot, Karine Herzog, Calidou, Alessandro, Gant Renaissance

Believing in Your Community

Valérie’s business has never left Hochelaga and she is proud to have grown with the neighbourhood and acquired new clients by remaining true to her roots. “There are lots of families moving here and a lot of them work downtown," notes Valerie. "I find it flattering that even if they have access to those salons, they choose us for our personal touch.”

Hair removal, facial care, pedicure, manicure Brands: Pier Augé, Payot, Karine Herzog, Calidou, Alessandro, Gant Renaissance
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