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Locks to Lake: South Tahoe family expands Imagine brand

Ashleigh Goodwin / agoodwin@tahoedailytribune.com
'Let it be' is a 27-foot Bayliner Element XR7.
Provided/Imagine Charters
For more information on Imagine Charters visit: https://imaginecharterstahoe.com For more information on Imagine Salon visit: https://imaginesalontahoe.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — 2022 is a year filled with milestones for one South Lake Tahoe family.

Sean and Amanda Burroughs, owners of Imagine Salon, this year have celebrated their daughter’s 16th birthday, 20 years of marriage and 10 years in business. To celebrate their success the couple has expanded their brand to the waters of Lake Tahoe with a charter boat, Imagine Charters.

The spa has also expanded with added services such as face waxing, eyelash extensions, and spray tan. 



Imagine Mosaic in Strawberry Fields in Central Park, New York.
Provided/Imagine Charters

The couple met during their time working on a cruise ship. Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident, Sean, introduced England native Amanda to Lake Tahoe’s majesty. The Halifax born beautician fell in love with the man, the lake and the area. 

The Burroughs got married, started a family and then began a brand wrapped in peace and harmony. The Burroughs brand is named Imagine after the center piece mosaic in Strawberry Fields, John Lennon’s memorial garden in Central Park. Their logo and name are well known within the Raley’s shopping center adjacent Heavenly Village. 



Imagine Charters, the expansion of the brand, has joined the charter companies operating out of the Tahoe Keys. 

“My mom married into the charter boat business on the island of Maui and that went on for 25 years, so I spent a lot of time on the boat,” Sean said. “We normally had one at a time and we ran snorkel tours to Molokini Crater.”

To circumnavigate COVID difficulties, the Burroughs attended Mariner’s Learning System online. The school, based on the east coast, provided the captains education virtually with a secure testing environment. After a year of rigorous coursework and long days on the water Captain Sean received his certification which allowed him to open the business.

The 27-foot Bayliner Element XR7 has room for a party of six. Individuals are encouraged to dress in layers and prepare for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

“Swimming, pulling a tube, we can throw an anchor out to hang out and enjoy a picnic while you watch thrill seekers jump cliffs at D.L Bliss,” Sean said.

According to their flyer, guests can book a private charter with complimentary beverages and snacks starting at $325 an hour. It’s guest’s choice with Imagine Charters. That means you pick your destination or discover the captain’s favorites. 

The current special for a 90-minute Emerald Bay Cruise is $475, locals receive a $100 discount.

“Grab a few friends and for about $65 each you can go out on the water and enjoy sunset on the lake,” suggested Sean.

Canadian residents visit Tahoe for a bachelor party.
Provided/Imagine Charters

The Burroughs have set goals for each business for further expansion. Sean hopes to have the first fully electric charter boat on the water. Amanda looks forward to creating a full spa for everyone to spend the day pampering and rejuvenating. 


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