Tell Me Something: Meet the maven behind Refresh Organic Spa

Sara Florek has been a fixture in the area arts and music scene since the mid-1990s.

The Waterford native acted in plays at Secret Theater and in 2004 helped found the arty punk band Brazen Hussy.

These days, Florek, who has more than 15 years experience in the salon and spa industry, is a small business owner who currently owns and operates the Refresh Organic Spa on Huntington Street in New London.

In the near future, Refresh will be providing workshops on health and wellness and an interactive space to create do-it-yourself products.

Florek is a single mom who calls New London home.

Sorry to have to tell you this, but an asteroid is going to wipe out all humanity next week. So, what’s your last meal and who is coming to dinner?

All of the fanciest cheese of multiple varieties and accoutrement with the most lovely perfect wine paring for each. I would most enjoy family, friends and loved ones with me.

What was your favorite childhood toy or game to play?

Spa owner. Just kidding . Oh, I was quite dramatic. I enjoyed playing things like school and arranging my room as close to a classroom as I could or reenacting scenes from “Annie,” singing on top of the kitchen table.

Time for a road trip. Pick a destination and a vehicle. Also, pick a song to play when you leave and a song to play when you arrive.

I would rent an Airstream and hit a few spots, but Graceland and Yellowstone National Park specifically. Music varies on mood. That's hard to say, however my playlist would include everything from yacht rock, to classic rock, post punk, dance music, easy listening, rap, garage rock…

Say you have a modern-day high school locker: Whose picture would be hanging in it?

Justin Timberlake, duh.

What's your favorite sandwich?

A pressed tomato, pesto and mozzarella on sesame.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“ Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks.

You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?

Any modern art museum. But just so I can get overseas I will pick the Centre Pompidou. [in Paris, France]

Other than your smartphone, name an item you can’t live without:

I need an actual smart phone, my phone is awful.

Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:

Rollie cigarettes, they are worse than my phone, yuck.

Which character from a movie do you wish would come down off the screen and live among us in the real world?

If I could have a genie come to life and grant me some wishes, I still have some things on my bucket list. A lot, actually. More wishes!

What was your most memorable summer job?

I never have had a "summer job." I began working at 15 and haven't stopped yet

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got from your parents, grandparents, or someone older than you?

Honestly to enjoy the simple things and to have faith and love within yourself. Enjoy the little things and good times.

Out of all the books you’ve ever read which one would you give a copy to all of your friends?

“Catcher in the Rye.” [1951 novel by J.D. Salinger]

A word you can never spell correctly on the first try:

Deodorant. There, I did it. Don't forget to use the aluminum-free kind.

Which movie, television show or theatrical production most accurately depicts life as a salon owner?

Well it's a spa and it's pretty quiet and tranquil. My new shop has great energy and I custom-mix most products so 'Little House on the Prairie" - that's pretty homesteady.

What historical event would you like to have witnessed?

I would have loved to have been alive in the 1920's - flappers, Prohibition, speakeasies, but seeing a dinosaur would be interesting too.

In a game of hide and seek, where would be the best place to hide?

Inside or outside? Do you remember when kids used to play that game outside until the street lights came on?

Name the person alive today you most admire:

Ada Mae Florek [daughter]. She is seriously the most amazing kiddo. I am blessed by her soul and being.


Tell Me Something is a weekly online Q&A, which features interesting people doing interesting things.


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