Carolina Tan Factory

July 29, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

It’s been a busy spring and summer season for Carolina Tan Factory. Owner Jenny Backman opened her newest location in Lexington on May 1, joined the Greater Lexington Chamber, and recently celebrated the membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Being a longtime resident of Lexington, I recognize the growth and business opportunity that this town possesses,” said Backman, who also owns tanning salons in Irmo and Northeast Columbia. “After producing two successful salons in other Columbia areas, Lexington was the clear choice. I have always wanted to own a salon in my hometown, and I am so happy that my dream has finally come true!”

The Lexington salon is located at 5335A Sunset Boulevard in the Topspin Plaza shopping center. Carolina Tan Factory employs 20-plus people during the busy season and approximately 15 in the offseason.

“I love helping customers understand how to achieve a ‘smart tan’ and helping them to look and feel better about themselves. Achieving a tan before a vacation helps build a natural sunscreen if customers are to be exposing themselves to the outdoor sun,” said Backman, who has been in the tanning industry for 22 years and owned salons for eight of those years. “Tanning indoors in a controlled environment is a way they can achieve the results they desire and increase their Vitamin D. Also, if customers choose to add the increasingly popular spray tanning, they can have a beautiful tan year round.”

Carolina Tan Factory is known for its large, clean salons, four different levels of tanning with top of the line Ergoline equipment. CTF also has a Norvell Sunless Spray booth, which was voted the best in the industry, extended hours, the latest tanning products, low prices, and a certified, knowledgeable staff. Customers get all of that for only $18.88 per month.

Carolina Tan Factory also offers a best tan, best price guarantee, promising to have the best equipment and products available and at the same time offering the best prices in town.

“We are quite simply, the area's best tanning salon choice!” Backman said.

A fourth location may be in the future, but right now, Backman is focused on making the three salons she currently owns the best they can be.

“I would like Chamber members to know that I invest countless hours and efforts into my business,” Backman said. “I am constantly growing and educating myself on what I can do to provide CTF customers with the absolute best tanning has to offer. My goal is to have 100% customer satisfaction.”

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