Aimee Slater: a life of healing and hospitality

Mar 26, 2024 | Business | 0 comments

A surprise college graduation gift transformed Aimee Slater’s future. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

You never know, says Aimee Slater, what life is going to bring. Today, Slater owns Slater’s Food & Spirits and Aimee Slater LMT Myofascial Release Therapy, but neither business has anything to do with her college degree.

Among the engraved pens and embossed books that Slater received when she graduated with a bachelor of education degree was a gift card for a massage. The experience refocused her entire life.

“I thought, ‘This is what I want to do,’” she said. “I’ve always been interested in healing arts, in anatomy and physiology and in essential oils.”

It took ten years before she started massage therapy school, and she bartended in the evenings to pay for tuition. Even back then, healing and hospitality defined her life.

Slater’s Food & Spirits offers homemade food that helped build a strong base of regular customers. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Slater’s massage therapy business focuses heavily on myofascial release therapy, a technique that releases pain in the myofascial tissues. Myofacial tissue is a network of tissue throughout the body that connects muscles, joints and bones and provides support to the body’s organs. Myofascial release therapy can affect the entire body.

“Not enough people know about it,” Slater said. “I’ve been involved in some coaching. I won’t rest until it is mainstream.”

Slater has been a licensed massage therapist since 2001, and she has owned Slater’s since 2007. Although the businesses are very different, they both impact the lives of her customers.

“I have a lot of regulars at the restaurant, a lot of people who love it,” she said. “The food is real. We make our potatoes. She soup is made here. The mac and cheese is made fresh every day.”

Slater’s passion for the business shone when she moved the restaurant to the Port Clinton Plaza three years ago.

“This was a very good move for us. It was the direction we needed to be because we had such good food, and this focused us more on the restaurant. It was good to see that transition,” she said. “We’re a hometown restaurant. The locals love us, and when people from out of town come, they’re welcomed equally.”

Aimee Slater talks with bartender Sherry Depner inside Slater’s Food & Spirits. Slater owns the restaurant and a massage therapy business that focuses on myofascial release therapy. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Slater doesn’t give much thought to the challenges of being a female business owner. She is simply hardworking and tenacious.

“Honestly, I don’t recognize any challenges. To me, it’s my job, and I do it every day. You roll up your sleeves and get to work. It’s something I love,” she said. “Although, maybe it’s more feminine to be flexible and resilient because you know so many people depend on you.”

Slater encourages young female entrepreneurs to be gentle on themselves.

“Understand that we make mistakes, and we can learn from them. It’s not a failure to be human,” she said. “Perfection doesn’t exist. That can be a hard thing to accept, but you can’t be all things to all people. There’s a lot of pressure to perform, and you have to let go of that.”

More information on Aimee Slater LMT Myofascial Release Therapy can be found at vagaro.com/us04/aimeeslaterlmt. Slater’s Food & Spirits is at 1634 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton. For more information, visit slatersfoodandspirits.net or call 419-732-2030.

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