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Archive: May 2015

  1. Meet the Team: Kristi Jameson

    Kristi Jameson has worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist at Potosa Spa since 2014.  A native resident of Dubuque and proud member of the “Potosa Spa family”, Kristi shares about the most rewarding aspects of her position as well as key wellness practices that she incorporates into her daily routine.

    Joined the team: In 2014
    Background/Schooling: Graduated from Carlson College in 2010
    Name one step of your beauty routine that you could never skip: “Moisturizing.”
    What is your favorite spa treatment? “Any and all massage treatments offered in the spa.”
    What is your favorite beauty product? “HydroPeptide Perfecting Gloss.  My favorite spa product is Serenity Room Spray.”
    What wellness and/or relaxation strategies do you implement in your day-to-day life?  “Clean Eating, high water intake, and stretching/breathing exercises.”
    What cosmetic advice do you share most frequently? “Use a tinted primer before applying makeup for a more natural, stay-put look that reduces the need for cover-up products.”
    What do you love most about your job? “The atmosphere of the spa and the quality of the service that we provide to our customers.”
    Is there anything else that you would like to share?  “It’s a great feeling working a career you love with others who love what they do as well.  We are more like a family here at Potosa Spa than simply co-workers.”

    Learn more about Potosa Spa by visiting www.potosaspa.com or call 563.588.5570 to schedule your next appointment. 

  2. Meet the Team: Jenna Shultz

    As the General Manager of Potosa Spa, free time is a rarity for Jenna Shultz.  Between managing operations, overseeing marketing efforts, handling group bookings, developing new services, taking courses, and leading her wonderful team, Jenna is always on the go.  A native resident of Dubuque and self-proclaimed childhood tomboy, Jenna takes a minute to share about the unique journey that brought her to Potosa Spa as well as some expert beauty and wellness tips that she has picked up along the way:
    Joined the team:
    In 2014
    Background/Schooling: “I Graduated from Capri College’s Cosmetology program and am currently studying Business Management at Ashford University with an anticipated graduation date of July 2016.”
    Name one step of your beauty routine that you could never skip: “Moisturizing my face — both in the morning and before I go to bed at night.”
    What is your favorite spa treatment? “Milk and Honey Shea Butter Massage.  It is decadent, relaxing, and leaves my skin feeling softer than ever.”
    What is your favorite beauty product? “Mascara.  I can’t leave the house without applying a few coats.”
    What cosmetic advice do you share most frequently? “Pencil in your eyebrows if they are thin or patchy.  It really pulls a whole look together and makes everything appear more polished.”
    What do you love most about your job? “I love seeing how genuinely happy it makes all of our service providers to get a good review or comment on a service. We are all here to make our guests look and feel better.  There is no better affirmation that we are doing something right than to see smiles on our guests’ faces and to read kind reviews that our guests take the time to write.”
    Is there anything else that you would like to share?  “I grew up on a farm and was quite the tomboy when I was little.  No one saw it coming when I decided to make this my career.  It has been fulfilling on so many levels and I can’t imagine not having taken this path in my life.”

    Contact Jenna at gm@potosaspa.com or call 563.588.5570 to schedule your next appointment at Potosa Spa

  3. “Where Mom & Dad Got Married”: The Pints

    “My husband Jeremy and I  [celebrated] our 10th wedding anniversary on April 9th, 2015.  Our wedding reception took place at Hotel Julien and we could not have asked for a better venue!  There was no question as to where our wedding would be and we had not even looked at other places.  In fact, we actually changed our wedding date to correspond with the availability at Hotel Julien.  

    Our wedding reception was one of the last receptions that took place in the ballroom prior to the major renovations that the hotel underwent that same year.  10 years and 4 children later, we still reside in Dubuque.  We often drive by the hotel and the kids always point out that it is the place that mom and dad “got married”.  I hope one day that they can make Hotel Julien part of their wedding day like we did and pass down the same beautiful memories that we have.”

    In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we are looking back at the significant events that have taken place at Hotel Julien Dubuque throughout history. If you were married at the hotel (pre or post-renovation), we would love to hear your story!  Learn more about our “Celebrating Ours, Celebrating Yours” campaign and how you can enter the contest here.

  4. 40 Year Reunion: Mary & Jack

    Congratulations to Mary and Jack Schumacher, our anniversary contest winners for the month of March! Their wedding reception was held in the Riverboat Lounge/River Room on March 15th, 1975.  They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by returning to Hotel Julien Dubuque for a private dinner with their wedding party.  Mary wrote:

    “On this past Saturday night, March 14th, we celebrated our 40th anniversary at Caroline’s private dining room with 18 members of our wedding party from March 15, 1975. Our reception was in the River Room and Riverboat lounge on March 15, 1975. We decided it would be great to celebrate at Hotel Julien not just for sentimental reasons, but also because it is so beautifully renovated and is known to have great food! We were not disappointed! Our server, Megan, was excellent and so sweet and attentive to any of our requests! We appreciate your great service and hope to be back soon!”

    In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we are looking back at the significant events that have taken place at Hotel Julien Dubuque throughout history. If you were married at the hotel (pre or post-renovation), we would love to hear your story!  Learn more about our “Celebrating Ours, Celebrating Yours” contest and how you can enter here.
  5. Change of Seasons: Brittney & Jake

    It was the perfect wedding I never knew I wanted…”

    “I met my husband, Jake, in nursing school. We both attended the University of Dubuque in town and went through nursing school together. We dated for exactly on year and on Christmas eve 2008 he asked me to be his forever. On top of being in nursing school, my husband also was in ROTC and training to be an officer in the Infantry. Once engaged, we had a date set for Summer 2010. We had booked all the necessary spots to be proactive and were well into wedding planning when we got the news. It was September 2009, after our senior year of nursing school had started and our already packed schedules had begun. Jake would deploy with the Dubuque 1-133rd Infantry National Guard Unit in August 2010. Which also meant that he would be training when our wedding was originally supposed to happen. So not only did we have to deal with the news of an upcoming Deployment to Afghanistan, we also had to decide whether to get married before or after deployment. We loved each other and knew that a wedding after deployment was not even an option to either of us. So how the heck were we going to find, plan, and execute a wedding while being senior nursing students and with a deployment looming over our heads? We didn’t live together (I was an Resident Assistant on campus to help pay for tuition) and we were pretty poor as well. Luckily, we have amazing parents, and luckily we had the Julien. 

    We booked the renovated hotel to be the reception venue on our original date chosen. So we went to the wedding event planner at the time and asked what dates were available between Sept and May 2010 that worked with our demanding schedules. There were 3. Either between semesters in the dead of Winter, or Spring break 2010 when we would be completing senior internships. So winter it was! And since this date was before graduation, it meant that Jake could not wear his officer uniform like originally planned either, yet another disappointment. A winter wedding also meant we needed to find a ceremony spot. Neither of us being Dubuque natives, we didn’t belong to any of the churches in town. The event planner said they occasionally held ceremonies on the grand steps of the Julien. This meant no transportation issues for our guests and an all-in-one option was right up our alley. It was so easy to plan from there! And easy was what we needed! No stress, no daunting decision making, the event planner was reachable at anytime, and affordable. At a point in our lives when we needed it most, the Julien was there for us and provided the PERFECT setting for our whirlwind nuptials. Although there was a lot of disappointment and uncertainty surrounding our wedding, none of it mattered on the day of. It was the perfect wedding I never knew I wanted.  
    So thank you for being there for us when we needed it. We celebrated 5 years this year. We’ve survived 1 deployment to Afghanistan, 2 rounds of Ranger school, and we welcomed our first daughter into the world on Nov. 30, 2014. We will forever be grateful for the wonderful memories and opportunity to begin our lives at the Julien Hotel.  Our guests still talk about  how unique our wedding was and how intimate the setting was, and how grateful they didn’t have to go outside at all since in was -15 degrees!” 
    In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we are looking back at the significant events that have taken place at Hotel Julien Dubuque throughout history. If you were married at the hotel (pre or post-renovation), we would love to hear your story!  Learn more about our “Celebrating Ours, Celebrating Yours” campaign and how you can enter the contest here.
  6. 14 Years in the Making: Heather & Eric

    “My husband Eric and I just celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary after dating for 14+ years! We were married at St. Anthony church and celebrated with a reception at Hotel Julien on January, 25th 2014. We are both from Dubuque and when it came time to look for a venue for our special day we did not have to look far. We both fell in love with Hotel Julien immediately. To this day we could not be happier with our choice of Hotel Julien and we continue to get compliments on our lovely reception, the friendly staff, convenient location and the comfortable rooms. Thank you Hotel Julien for making our wedding day one we will remember for a lifetime!”

    In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we are looking back at the significant events that have taken place at Hotel Julien Dubuque throughout history. If you were married at the hotel (pre or post-renovation), we would love to hear your story!  Learn more about our “Celebrating Ours, Celebrating Yours” contest and how you can enter here.