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Jul 11, 2014
Diane James

Eminem enjoying two-day spa break before concerts

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Jul 10, 2014
Diane James

Deal of the day: spa day for two at Cameron House

Deal of the day: spa day for two at Cameron House

Camerson House’s five-star award-winning Carrick Spa is offering a spa for day for £62 instead of £125. The offer includes a two-hour Thermal Experience, access to the spectacular rooftop pool and a Rasul Mud Therapy Experience. (We’re not sure what it means either – you’ll just have to go and find out.)

Jul 8, 2014
Diane James

Woman planning spa in Westerly promoted prostitution

An Uncasville woman who lost her massage therapist license in Connecticut after she failed to disclose a New York conviction for promoting prostitution at a spa in that state has applied to open a spa and massage parlor in Westerly.

Nan Suk Clark, also known as “Candy,” most recently owned the Showgun Spa in Uncasville and the Ginseng Spa in Salem. People who answered the phones at both establishments said Clark is not affiliated with them.

Clark is proposing to open the Crystal Spa at 62 Franklin St. in Westerly, but will require a special use permit from the Zoning Board to do so.

Last August, Clark was notified by the Connecticut Department of Health that a hearing would be held in October to revoke her massage therapist license after she failed to disclose in her license renewal application that she was arrested and convicted of promoting prostitution in 2006 in New York. According to state Department of Health records, she also failed to disclose that she had to surrender her New York massage therapist license in March 2008 as a result of the conviction.

According to court records, Clark was the manager of the Lily Relaxation Spa in Elmsford, N.Y. She received profits from three women who worked as prostitutes at the spa.

The Connecticut hearing was finally held in February, and the decision to revoke the license was issued on April 23. Clark had had her Connecticut license since 2001.

Clark’s Westerly application was briefly presented to the Zoning Board of Review Wednesday for a pre-application review. It was then placed without comment on the regular Zoning Board meeting agenda scheduled for Aug. 6, said Jason Parker, the zoning official.

Clark will have to notify adjacent neighbors of the property of her request seeking a special use permit to operate the Crystal Spa in the area. Neither Clark nor the attorney representing her in the application, Steven Surdut, could be reached for comment.

According the special use permit application, a “spa/massage use” is not specifically defined in the town’s standard district use tables. Clark is asking the town to classify the business as “personal services not herein specified.”

Clark also submitted a letter from John C. D’Amato of D’Amato Investments of Stonington and Milford that says she has entered an agreement to lease the premises for the massage parlor. D’Amato could not be reached for comment.

The proposed spa is described as 4,800 square feet, with six private rooms, two showers and one dry sauna.

Clark’s Showgun Spa was in the Gristmill Plaza on Route 32. It is now called the Healing Day Spa, but a sign for the former spa still hangs in a window.

“The Department has asked for revocation of Respondent’s M.T. (massage therapist) license based on respondent’s prior misconduct in New York; and, ostensibly, to prevent the promotion of prostitution where massage therapy is performed,” the state Department of Health’s memorandum of decision says. “While there is sufficient in the record concerning respondent’s prior misconduct in New York and lack of credibility, there is no evidence in the record that respondent is promoting prostitution in her Connecticut spa.”

Local police also said they never received any complaints of misconduct against the spa. However, a routine Internet search shows the spa featured on several adult websites.

Jul 7, 2014
Diane James

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Jul 1, 2014
Diane James

Fox & Company Salon and Day Spa

The name of the game for the staff at Fox Company Salon and Day Spa is creating an experience.

Fox Company has been voted Best Spa by readers for this year’s Best of Maury County poll. This is the third year in a row the business owned by Sue Fox has been named the best place to relax. Manager Brandon Lokey said he believes the praise stems from a combination of the staff’s behavior and quality of the products used.

“We try to make the difference,” Lokey said. “We personalize everything down to the ‘nth degree. I think it’s our personal touch that makes the difference.”

Fox Company is a full-service salon and spa offering hair and beauty treatments as well as massages, pedicures and manicures. Lokey said their focus is to make the customer at home.

“Old and new — they’re all so valuable to us,” he said. “All of our guests that come through the door start with a consultation, so we get an idea of what they’re wanting and what they’re needing,”

Lokey said clients get a bargain for what they pay for through the salon’s exclusive use of Aveda products, styling and spa therapy compounds made from plant extracts.

“Aveda is such a unique product line for hair care,” Lokey said. “I think when you get (an Aveda) Stress Fix service, you do notice the difference. It’s those products that really help to set us apart from the competition.”

Again, Lokey said, it all comes back to creating a memory for the client.

“The services that we offer provide an excellent experience,” he said. “One that we hope people will enjoy and come back to every time. We’re not selling people a product, we’re selling experiences.”

Fox Company Salon and Day Spa is located at 1211 Hatcher Lane in Columbia. It’s open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (931) 381-1773, or visit its website at

Jun 30, 2014
Diane James

Gent’s Day Spa offers high-end barber shop services – Las Cruces Sun

LAS CRUCES GT;GT; Lita Lujan’s entrepreneurship began after she watched men come and go at the spa where she worked as a barber.

“You could tell they were uncomfortable,” she said. “I could tell that the guys were having a hard time going in and being around women and having their stuff done, like a pedicure for example.”

Lujan knows a thing or two about the male psyche.

She worked around men in the automotive business for 23 years before retiring from the industry. She also was a softball umpire for 21 years.

“I’ve always worked with men,” she said.

Lujan decided to do something for the guys and three years ago opened Gent’s Day Spa, a high-end barber shop located at 232 N. Campo Street.

She is the master barber at Gent’s and first began cutting hair to put herself through college. The Las Crucen has 13 years experience as a barber.

While she has some female clients, Lujan said the focus of the shop is on men, and she won’t schedule any female clients during her male clients’ appointments.

Services offered at the day spa include a men’s haircut with shampoo, a hot towel and hair product; clipper haircuts; scissor haircuts; fades; razor fades; hot lather shaves with a hot towel with lavender; “man-cures” and pedicures, which remove the dry skin and grooms the nails.

“For the men’s pedicures, we specialize on diabetics. Their feet are very sensitive,” Lujan said.

The “man-cures” are a basic grooming of the nail, she said. The service includes clipping the nails and cuticles and buffing the nail for shine — no finger nail polish required.

The only employee of Lujan’s is nail technician Roxy Bernal.

“Roxy is very attentive to the customer,” Lujan said. “She likes what she does and she’s very comfortable.

“It’s just the two of us and it’s just going to be us two,” she added.

Apart from the services, Gent’s Day Spa also offers a line of high-end products she finds through research to stay up-to-date with the latest trends of her client base. At the shop, you can purchase shaving cream, body wash, hair gel, shampoo and conditioner.

Lujan said she can also offer services and products for beard and mustache care, a facial hair trend she’s seen an uptick in since opening the shop.

To enhance the clients’ experience even more, Gent’s Day Spa also offers cigars from Las Cruces Cigars.

“I try to have products that no other barber shop would have,” she said. “It’s not your typical barber shop.”

Setting themselves apart has helped establish a clientele that includes loyal regulars and a good amount of new customers since January, she said.

“Once they come in, they really enjoy coming back,” she said.

Moving forward, Lujan said she wants to continue to do upgrades to the interior and exterior of the building.

“We want to make this as comfortable as possible for men,” she said.

Currently, there is a lush yard with stone steps leading to the store front. Inside of the small shop, you’ll find warm earth tones and sports memorabilia.

Outside of the office

The most notable of the sports decor is anchored in baseball, from bats to a large picture of Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

This sports choice is a reflection of Lujan’s life outside of the day spa.

“I am a baseball fanatic,” she said.

Lujan spends some nights in neighboring El Paso watching El Paso’s Triple A baseball team, the Chihuahuas.

Baseball is in her blood. Her father, Fred Lujan, played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians

“The Indians are my favorite (professional) team, but I’m more into the individual players,” she said.

Her favorite player is Derek Jeter, who plays shortstop for the New York Yankees and will retire at the end of this season.

“I just think he’s a great mentor. He kept himself clean and out of trouble,” she said.

For more information, or to make an appointment At Gent’s Day Spa, call or text 575-525-0099 or find them on Facebook.

Matlin Smith may be reached at 575-541-5468.

Jun 29, 2014
Diane James

Annual One Day Sale Is Successful For Local Day Spa – Virtual

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa is pleased to announce that the Annual One Day Sale on massages and facials was a complete success. June 18, 2014, marked the 7th Annual Sale.

Commack, Long Island, New York (PRWEB) June 28, 2014

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa Announces that the Annual One Day Sale on Massage and Facial Gift Certificates was a huge success. This was the seventh annual sale. HOHCMT offers drastically reduced certificates one day a year. This sale ensures that the Massage Therapists and Estheticians have enough sessions, through what used to be the slowest time of the year, the summer. And, it is wonderful for the community as well. This once a year occurrence has become a Commack Community Tradition. Kerri Brush, Event Coordinator states, “Our clients look forward to this event every year. They love to save money and we love when we can save them money as well. We have some of the best therapists on Long Island and this event helps keep them busy through the entire summer. Therapist’s commonly head out east in the summer in order to keep busy, but now they don’t have to!”

The only caveat to the certificates is that they must be redeemed by 10/20/14 or they revert back to the amount of money originally paid for them. Most people want the deal of being able to have a reduced priced session and therefore, make sure that they have the sessions prior to 10/20/14. Although the term Gift Certificate is used for this promotion, most people purchase the certificate for their own use and may only give out one or two. A total of six are allowed.

There is very little profit to be had and therefore there are rules and regulations that apply.

To keep our costs down credit cards are not are not accepted nor can these certificates be purchased with any other certificates. This offer can not be combined with any other offer. There a limit of six certificates per person. These certificates are not tracked, therefore if they are lost or misplaced, they can not be redeemed.

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa has been serving the Commack Community since 2000. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy is a recognized leader in Advanced Medical Massage in Suffolk County, Long Island. Medical Massage is often the answer regarding pain, injury and disease. Hands On offers Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymph Drainage and is a recommended community provider for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Spa Services Division offers spa treatments such as therapeutic facials, skincare, microdermabrasion, body treatments, permanent makeup and para-medical cosmetics and cellulite reduction through ultrasound cavitation (Cavi-Lipo). The Wellness Day Spa has an extensive Couples Massage Spa Date Menu. Spa parties are a specialty. An array of services and packages are available for both on and off-site. Beyond the spa services include off-site on-site workplace of event mobile services which include bringing the day spa to the doorstep at home, venue or corporate function. Common events include bachelorette parties, showers, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 Corporate Events and functions. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy claims its licensed massage therapists and estheticians provide clients with the ultimate experience in attention, service and care.

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa

Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Director

208 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725

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Jun 26, 2014
Diane James

Raleigh day spa opens state’s second salt cave

SkinSense day spa of Raleigh is opening what could be the Triangle’s first salt cave.

Dawn Kurry
Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal


After falling in love with salt caves on the West Coast, Angela Padgett, owner of SkinSense Spa of Raleigh, created her own and perhaps the Triangle’s first. According to Padgett, the only other salt cave in the state is in Asheville, and the closest salt cave is located in Virginia.

SkinSense has been established in Raleigh for over 20 years, with a location in North Raleigh on Falls of Neuse Road and a second location in Brier Creek.

The day spa offers nail treatments, facials and massages, and now includes a salt cave in North Raleigh. According to Padgett, the cave is a warm room with crushed salt on the floor and salt blocks on the walls.

She purchased 10 tons of Himalayan salt rocks from Poland, which were shipped on a boat to Virginia and inspected for 10 days before being transported to North Raleigh by truck. The entire endeavor, construction included, cost $120,000.

The salt rocks release minerals into the area under the right temperature and humidity conditions.

“The room is not hot, it stands at about 72-74 degrees,” says Padget. “The salt has a sedative effect, so it’s great for sleep problems, but also for a variety of other things, such as upper respiratory disorders, and allergies which we know North Carolina is known for. It’s also great for eczema, psoriasis and blood pressure.”

Only the North Raleigh location will have the salt cave, which costs $35 for 45 minutes.

Reporter Dawn Kurry covers small business, personalities and Triangle trends.

Jun 25, 2014
Diane James

3OYS: Scottsdale day spa rubbing employees the wrong way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz — A Scottsdale business abruptly closes, leaving employees and customers asking a lot of questions.

Those employees and customers have one main concern: money. Employees say they worked for this business and were never paid. And customers say they bought Groupon packages and now they fear they can’t use them.

At issue? The Brow Lady Day Spa in Old Town Scottsdale. One employee said; “The business is being shut down and we were never told.”

Nearly a dozen current or former employees are demanding answers from spa owner Eric Bowman.  He declined to talk on camera with 3 On Your Side, but his employees say the spa handed them paychecks that bounced after the spa closed. Brandi Vinson said; “I have not received anything as far as compensation.”

Another issue is that The Brow Lady Day Spa reportedly sold dozens of Groupon packages and accepted the money, all the while knowing the business was closing. When you call the spa here’s the message you get:”The salon is closed temporarily due to renovations.”

Bowman eventually wrote 3 On Your Side saying, in part; “I am in the process of transitioning the salon to a booth/station rental salon.”  He went on to say the salon “will continue to service our 12,000 dedicated and loyal clients that have remained with us.”   So what about all of those Groupons the company sold before closing down? Another employee said; “They’re going to have to fight with Groupon and get a refund.”

But, Bowman and Groupon say no fight will be needed because those Groupons will, in fact, be honored when the store re-opens.   As for the employees and their paychecks, one employee said; “None of us has actually gotten paid, or we’ve gotten a check that was invalid or a fraud check.”
One employee who was given a bad check did receive a valid cashier’s check after we got involved. But others were not so lucky, Gonzales added; “I don’t even know what to say to the owner. I just want to be peaceful, get my items, go speak to my attorneys and move forward.”

Bowman, the owner, met with employees and offered them a chance to stay on board. But, at least one employee we spoke with said there’s too much bad blood. And after one employee got some of her items from the business, she said it’s time to move on.

Although the business is supposed to re-open, there’s no clear indication exactly when that will happen.

So, if you have a Groupon, it’s still unknown when you’ll be able to use it.  And as far as employees are concerned, many say they won’t return.


Jun 24, 2014
Diane James

Aura Day Spa starts a new era

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EXETER — If you’re looking for a way to pamper yourself in a relaxing, serene atmosphere close to home, try walking up Pleasant Street to the Aura Day Spa.

The spa’s new owner, Brenda Martel, of Concord, reopened the spa in April after renovations. Aura Day Spa now has a full salon and is able to offer more than it previously did, according to Martel.

Martel, who purchased the spa from Julie LaNigra, kept the name Aura after purchasing the spa, believing that the name couldn’t be more fitting.

“It’s named Aura for the peaceful feeling of the space,” Martel said. “I felt the same about the ambiance so I kept the name.”

With a background in physical therapy, Martel hopes to bring her knowledge of health and the human body to provide individualized services for all of her clients.

“I’ve owned a salon before,” Martel said. “I also have a physical therapy background, so the human body is something that I know a lot about.”

While the spa offers a very individualized service, Martel believes what sets them apart is their use of all-natural, organic products.

“One of the biggest things we pride ourselves on is that every thing is all natural,” Martel said. “From our hair treatments to our facial scrubs, everything is organic.”

The spa has taken its all natural approach into every service that the salon offers. They even use Essie Gel Nail Polish, a paint that is cured with LED lights rather than UV rays.

The spa resides in one of the older buildings along the river, and has some history, adding to the uniqueness of the space.

“It’s been said that Abe Lincoln’s son stayed here when he attended the academy,” Martel said. “And that Abe Lincoln himself stayed somewhere in this building when he came to visit.”

The full service spa offers hair design and style, manicures, facial treatments, body skin treatments, as well as waxing hair removal treatments.

Aura is also the only spa in the Seacoast area that offers Endermologie wellness treatment, a therapeutic deep tissue mechanical message-like treatment to relieve muscle spasms, minor aches, and temporarily improves blood circulation, according to Martel.

“We really want people to know about the Endermologie treatment that we offer,” Martel said. “It’s the only one in the area and really provides a great

Martel and her business partner, Mark Barrington, are hoping to soon add full massage services to the many that they already provide. They are also planning on adding more all-natural, organic products to their already large assortment.

As a way to get more connected with the community as well as support a great cause, the Aura Day Spa will be hosting an open house fund-raiser on July 19 to support pancreatic cancer research. The event will be held all day, and the spa will be open to all those interested.

Aura Day Spa is also now on Facebook where you can find weekly deals and specials.

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