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My Name is Whitney Gunderson

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About me

I’m originally from Iowa. I’ve been out here for eight years. I graduated from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood with a business and marketing degree. After college, I loved Colorado and the mountains and decided to stay out here. I’ve been here for a year. I live in Littleton. I was originally working at the Ella Bliss location on Broadway and about four months ago, I transferred to Highlands Ranch as store manager.

I really like to hike, do a lot of yoga, kick box, hang out with friends. I love going to concerts. The best show I’ve seen is Odesza.

At the beauty bar

Two Colorado native sisters own Ella Bliss, which is pretty unique. We have an awesome culture here. The staff is really hardworking. It’s got a great vibe when you come in, very upbeat.

We do parties — little kids parties, bridal showers, anniversaries, bachelorette parties. Guests go into one room for their services and then another room will have catered food. The unique thing about Ella Bliss is we serve alcohol. Every Tuesday, a portion of our drink proceeds go to Cocktails for A Cause, which raises money for nonprofits.

Why I love what I do

It’s a really fun industry that is always changing. I really like the creative aspect — there is no right or wrong. I love staying up with the trends that are constantly changing.

As part of my beauty routine, I get a massage every month. It’s good for my mental and overall physical health. It’s a chance for me to get some “me time,” which everyone needs and is so important.

Fun fact

I used to compete in Muay Thai (Thai boxing). After I finished playing college basketball, I was looking for something to do to stay in shape. One of my friends brought a Groupon and we tried out a class. I just fell in love with it.

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