Kristen Flaharty founded her Trilogy brand of skin care and cosmetics product line eight years ago with 2,500 square feet of space and no idea how fast it would grow. By 2020, even with COVID-19 disrupting some of its medical office, spa and hotel-based clients, Trilogy kept getting bigger.
The company just finished expansion into a 7,800-square-foot space that has offices, storage, a laboratory and production center for the products. Stevens Construction managed the $576,000 project.
In August 2020, Trilogy bought the entire building it had been leasing for $1.6 million and now has two other tenants adjacent to its own space at 10060 Amberwood Road, just off Treeline Road in south Fort Myers.
“We kept growing and growing and growing and busted out of that original space,” said Flaharty, who named the company Trilogy as an ode to her three daughters. “We ran out of production space. I knew we needed to do something.”
The internal construction project lasted about a year, from October 2020 to October 2021, with some of the finishing touches with the branding and the signage being completed in recent days.
“I spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, and I decided I wanted to develop my own line of products,” Flaharty said.
The Trilogy brand isn’t a household one, because the products it creates are bought by more than 100 business partners, including Azul Skin Health, Integraderm and Minerale Makeup, that put their own branding on it.
“Resorts, spas, celebrities, mom and pop skin care places, internet retailers,” the founder said of her client base. “We can put the same product in a different bottle with a different label, and it looks totally different. But it’s the same product.”
Trilogy makes body scrubs, shower oils and other skin care products at the site. Flaharty’s team also innovated after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
“I remember sitting in March and thinking that our whole business was falling off the cliff because all the salons and medical offices were closed,” she said. “But what happened was, simultaneously, people started innovating. They started putting their products online. So, our business decreased in the salon and spa arena, but it increased for people that do online sales and e-commerce. The bottom line stayed similar. Except as we realized the pandemic was here for good, for a while, we made some pandemic-inspired products. We decided to lean into the pandemic and make products that would help people.”
The finished headquarters only makes their jobs easier.