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My name is … Matt Gill

Castle Rock man leaves real estate career to open spa


About me

I actually moved to Castle Rock about two years ago with my wife and daughter from downtown Denver. We looked south for the schools, and a more rural or relaxed lifestyle. My daughter is 8 years old and has loved the move so far. We love the trips to Castle Rock outlets and seeing our new business's construction (Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa) getting completed. To watch a cement slab become a Hand & Stone Spa has been inspiring for our family and we really want to make it something special. It has been an interesting couple of years to say the least and they seem to have flown by.

Switching careers

I previously worked in real estate for the last few years. Before that I worked at an aerospace factory for 13 years. It was a small, family-owned business that really embraced its employees. It gave all of us room to grow and expand our personal and professional lives. My goal is to take that family-owned business feel into this industry, which is what attracted me to become an owner of an individually operated Hand & Stone Spa. We offer massages, facials, waxing and couples massages. I thought it was an interesting career move, and I am excited to be a part of something that gives so much relief and enjoyment back to the world.

Why I chose this career path

I always knew I was happiest working with people. After the last few years sitting in a office and only talking with people over the phone, my wife started to ask me if I needed to change careers. We realized that we could do more than just find another job, but possibly start something that would grow. We looked at starting a few different types of businesses and this one just was the perfect fit. There is a lot of support given for first time owners, and if I wanted to work with people then it was the best choice. Not only is the staff dedicated to helping their clients, but there is a pride that goes along with it as an owner. 

My hobbies

My biggest hobby is my family. But I love to hike, camp, golf and raft. The area all around here offers so much, and the community of Castle Rock also seems to be on par with the outdoors. Which is really refreshing. 

My life advice

Big risk; big rewards. 

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