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Meet Michele Phillips of Bella Gia Salon & Day Spa in Mission Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michele Phillips.

Michele, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Michele was in corporate mortgage banking for 20 years and decided she was ready for a change. She knew that she wanted to be her own boss and looked at many different business to see which one would be the right fit. She has always been a great salon and spa client herself and wanted to transfer that knowledge into a customer focused business. She found out there was a whole lot she didn’t know and had to learn some hard lessons along the way but over time has been able to find what employees and clients are looking for. Michele is onsite most days and is committed to creating a fun and relaxing environment for our clients.

Has it been a smooth road?
There were lots of ups and downs! Michele’s background was corporate and managing/motivating beauty service providers is very different from corporate sales people – she had to learn the “value system” for her new team. She wanted to build a brand that both clients and employees would rally around – that required changing her business model from independent contractors to employees. And who knew all the handyman chores that would be required – at some point Michele has been an “expert” in hot water heaters, laundry washer/dryers, dishwashers, hair bowls, lightening, toilet repair and basic plumbing! But 7 years later she is comfortable that she has the right team, the right brand and the best clients for an amazing and fulfilling business.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bella Gia Salon & Day Spa – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Bella Gia Salon & Day Spa is a woman owned small business, in an industry where not everyone plays by the rules we employ 25+ employees in an honest, genuine, and healthy environment. We are passionate about building long-term relationships with our guests, by providing an extraordinary client experience and excellent customer service in a clean and relaxing environment. We are known for creating experiences not just treatments. We have a talented and skilled team of hairstylists that specializes in all techniques of color, especially color corrections.

Our Day Spa has highly trained and knowledgeable massage therapists and estheticians. We are known for our day spa packages where clients spend anywhere from 3 hours to nearly 6 hours experiencing all the many different services we provide. One thing that makes our packages stand out from the rest is we create a moment where you can come together with a friend or loved one to have complimentary lunch, this is also a great moment to sit and relax for a few minutes of much needed alone time. This added feature has made our packages popular not just with couples, but family, friends, co-worker groups and parties (bachelorette, birthdays, work events, etc.)

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
There are so many wonderful things that sunny San Diego has to offer; Warm welcoming people, beautiful weather and nature with a variety of cultures all in one melting pot it’s hard to think of something not to like about our city. The hardest part would have to be that for many reasons (cost of living, workforce opportunities, etc.) both out clients and employees tend to me more transient.


  • Women’s Hair Cut – $65+
  • Men’s Hair Cut – $40+
  • Root Touch UP – $75+
  • All Over Color – $95+
  • Partial Highlight – $120+ / Full Highlight – $170+
  • Full Balayage – $185+
  • Brazilian Blowout – $250+
  • Keratin Treatment – $300+
  • Brow Wax – $20
  • Lip/Chin/Nose Wax – $10
  • Brazilian Wax- $55+ / Bikini Wax – $35+
  • Le Grande Classique Facial – $95
  • PCA Acne Facial – $125
  • Age Defying Facial – $160
  • Bella Gia Signature (with Microdermabrasion or Micro-Current) – $160
  • Chemical Peels – $135+
  • Microdermabrasion – $90
  • Swedish Massage – (60 min) $90 , (90 min) $135 , (120 min) $175
  • Deep Tissue Massage – (60 min) $100, (90 min) $145, (120 min) $190
  • Bella Gia Signature Massage – (60 min) $105, (90 min) $150, (120 min) $195
  • Prenatal Massage – (60 min) $100, (90 min) $145
  • Hot Stone Massage – (60 min) $100, (90 min) $145
  • Sports Massage – (60 min) $100, (90 min) $145
  • Detoxifying Mud Wrap – $95
  • Renewal Body Scrub – $85
  • See Website for Full Service Menu, Day Spa Packages, & Service Descriptions

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