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Life & Work with LaTonya Block of Lee’s Summit

Today we’d like to introduce you to LaTonya Block, a passionate entrepreneur energized by her family, clients and community.

Hi LaTonya, so excited to have you on the platform.  Before we get into questions about your work-life, bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My fascination with health—particularly skincare—started at a very young age but I did not make a career out of it until much later. My journey was not linear and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue after high school. I considered nursing and started massage therapy classes. Neither was the right fit for me, but I did discover a passion for serving clients and providing an immediate positive change for them. I spent the next ten years working my way up to management at a call center, which I enjoyed even though it was not the end goal for me. When I was laid off, it was a blessing and freed me to look into jobs in the aesthetic industry.

Working for Sono Bello gave me the insight I was searching for and I was able to see firsthand how medical and aesthetics could work side by side to provide skincare and body services to improve appearance. Next, I worked for a primary care physician that had a medical spa, showing me even more possibilities within the beauty industry. I knew then that I wanted to be an esthetician and help clients with similar treatments. I felt stuck without a license, but the most amazing part of my story is that God had my steps already ordered! Later in the year, I received a call from Mrs. Gardner, a longtime family friend and the owner of Petra de Salon. We developed an apprenticeship opportunity for me and I received my Esthetician License in July 2021.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I am very thankful and blessed to have friends and family that are entrepreneurs. Seeing them build their businesses and maintain strong business relationships has been an inspiration and so many have been generous with their knowledge and experiences. They’ve poured all this into me and I’m grateful for this special and supportive community that I can learn from and lean on when I need help.

I strive to live each day with purpose and I wouldn’t be where I am today without trusting my instincts and faith! I have many focused goals and I’m just getting started!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I offer lash extension services, hydrating facials, and body wax services. I create a look customized to each individual client. My standard is transformation, no client leaves looking or feeling the same! Only better…

Just as important to me is creating a space for my clients to feel welcomed, valued and appreciated. My clients become family and every day I look forward to asking them “what’s new” and learning about them and their lives. I can’t say it enough – I absolutely love my job.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
My husband, first and foremost. He is my biggest and loudest supporter and he is always rooting for me. My family, of course! Family is everything. I do all of this for my nieces—Lyric, Laiyah and Liya—who I love so much.

Shopping also makes me happy because retail solves all problems and traveling is how I refresh and recharge!

Pricing:

  • Individual Lash Extensions $125
  • Soul Essentials Signature Facial $ 75
  • Body Wax-Varied Pricing

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Image Credits

Moriah I. and Gillian D.

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