By Janee Law
Sandra Nunes was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 due to the everyday stress that comes along with working in the corporate world for over 30 years, she said.
“It wasn’t rewarding, there was no recognition and there was no satisfaction,” Nunes, 53, said. “I was struggling, I was trying to work and do what I had to do at home and I was giving my time to everybody, and I had no more time for me. I ran myself ragged and I ended up getting sick.”
With her cancer now in remission, Nunes said, her experience prompted her to found Concierge Lifestyle, a company focused on reducing stress for people as busy as she was.
Starting in June 2014, Nunes has since changed her business model to focus solely on the Town of Huntington. The membership-based concierge service offers, for a $95 monthly fee, a selection of services and expert assistance. Nunes offers new members a six month plan that includes the seventh month free, or a 12-month plan that includes an extra two months.
“Stress causes two top diseases in this country, heart disease and cancer, and I didn’t want that to happen to other people,” Nunes, of Bay Shore, said. “When I was finally released from that 16 year job, I knew I had to dedicate myself to helping other people to have freedom in their life, and to live their life.”
Partnering with several vendors, Nunes offers services like specialty store shopping, dry cleaning and laundry, housekeeping, party planning and pet care.
For special projects that would take a few hours and don’t include any of the five membership services, non-members can purchase a per diem package, which is $50 per hour for a minimum of three house.
Also included are a pair of phone calls each month, such as a follow up with a vendors or reminder service for upcoming events.
Nunes said she’s flexible when it comes to meeting her members, making efforts to meet at their home, or anywhere else that works for them.
She doesn’t currently have an office space, but is eying Huntington for it.
“I love it. It’s a very nice, quiet, quaint area, especially with the village and the water,” she said.
While her long-term goal for Concierge Lifestyle includes making it a franchise, Nunes said, her goal for this summer is to offer services for families, such as planning for family picnics, day trips out east or date nights for parents.
She’s also hoping to expand her services past Huntington’s borders.
And, as always, she’s focused on being dependable for her customers.
“I am disciplined and organized and that’s what people are looking for because sometimes they’re not able to be organized,” Nunes said. “I know what they’re going through when they have 20 different hats they have to wear throughout the day so I do unto others as I would have them do unto me.”