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behind the counter | 2012 71 Mici, Leah, and Cash Fluegge M ici Fluegge, who owns two Massage Envy “People think massage is a luxury service, but it locations, is grateful for his family and has medical benefit – especially stress relief,” says business success – and he owes it all to an Mici, a former body builder and personal trainer. old fishing boat captain in Islamorada, Fla. His company brings those benefits to the masses In 1993, he directed the vacationing Fluegge to visit by offering $39 massages by the same qualified 355 Harrison Bridge Road Clearwater, and it was there that he met Leah Kent, therapists who may charge more than $100 at a spa. Simpsonville an Upstate native. After nearly 25 years as a medical technologist, 864.688.ENVY (3689) After three days together, Fluegge headed home to Leah is bringing her talents to Massage Envy, 117 E. Blackstock Road Germany, quit his job and told his family he was serving as operations and HR manager. “I’m from Spartanburg immigrating to the United States. The couple has a traditional medical background, but I believe in 864.576.2555 been married for 17 years and has a 2-year-old son, integrative medicine and preventative care,” she Cash. After moving to the Upstate in 2002, they says. “We wanted a business we could advocate Massage Therapy parlayed their love for fitness and holistic health and believe in, and this is something we are proud into businesses that help people live healthier lives. to promote in the community.” Photograph by: Carol Stewart