Lerner Student Opens Biz in West Chester

Lerner College of Business and Economics MBA student Matt Kay has opened a new weightless floating spa in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His spa is the largest of its kind within 125 miles.

During therapeutic floating, a client enters a tub containing water as well as over 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts. The density of this mixture allows the client to float effortlessly in the water, inducing a state of deep meditative relaxation and alleviating physical discomfort.

East Coast Float Spa features three “float rooms,” and is one of less than 15 spas in the country with such facilities. Kay said that he feels the proudest of his new business when he receives positive feedback from his clients.

In the weeks since the spa’s opening, Kay has worked with clients who, through floating, find genuine relief for chronic pain from conditions like fibromyalgia and scoliosis.

Kay said that the resources and lessons that he’s taken from his time in UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have been essential to the trajectory of his new business.

Kay also participated in the Startup eXperience course with the Lerner College’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship.

“Being able to bounce ideas off of professionals, to ask questions and get opinions, really helped shape and refine my approach,” said Kay. “My approach is much different today than it was a year ago.”

As a participant of the Horn Program’s VentureOn program, Kay has also been able to put the resources offered in the Venture Development Center (VDC) to good use.

Utilizing the VDC’s in-house media production resources, Kay and his team created promotional videos and print materials for the East Coast Float Spa.


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Erin Purcell

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