Top 5 reasons to visit the spa during Promenade

The East Village’s annual holiday kick-off is THIS FRIDAY, November 17th. Thanksgiving is crazy early this year so we’ll get an additional week of holiday festivities before Christmas. As always we plan fun events for the Promenade and encourage you to stop up and say hello! Here are our top 5 reasons to stop up this year!

  1. TREATS! Our friend Anne at Shade Tree Bakery is creating gingerbread cake parfait cups for us. Be one of the first up to make sure you get one. She’s a genius with baked goods.
  2. DRINKS! I’ll be making my spiced cranberry hot toddies. Cranberry, cinnamon, cloves, orange, and a splash of Jameson to warm your body and spirit.
  3. BLENDS! Kelly and Molly will help you craft perfectly blended gifts at our aromatherapy blending bar so you can give a homemade gift that is customized for everyone on your list. Enjoy 20% off of all custom blended lotions, body scrubs, body mists, bath salts, and bubble baths.
  4. MENU UNVEILING: We’ll debut our December and January seasonal menu at the event…need a hint? The menu pairs perfectly with our treats for the evening.
  5. GIFT CARD SALE! As Always, we’ll be kicking off our annual gift card sale on Friday. For every $100 in gift cards purchased in the spa (excludes online) you’ll get a FREE $20 voucher good for regularly priced services in 2018. The sale goes through 12/23, but it is best to shop early to avoid the lines.

P.S. A secret 6th reason? We have restrooms our customers can use between all of the Promenade stops for holiday cheer and merriment. A perk of being part of the East Village Spa family!

Pumpkin, cranberries, and spice…our fall specials are pretty nice!

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I hate to be a cliche, but fall spices (and the gourds they fraternize with) are pretty awesome. We took stock of our favorite pumpkin, cranberry, and spice products to make our top picks for cozy fall recommendations.  All of these products will be 10% off in October to help you cozy up to the season of pumpkin, spice, and everything nice.

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser

If you are a pumpkin spice lover, you must have the Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser. This is a powerful anti-aging cleanser so depending on your skin type, you can use it a couple of times a week or once daily, alternating with a gentler cleanser. Ask your esthetician to advise you. This cleanser is available in a travel size and full size. I love using it before bed because when I work out in the morning, I can STILL smell the yummy fall scent on my skin.

Rhonda Allison Grapeseed Serum

This serum is great to firm, tone, and hydrate skin. It is safe for most skin types and can be used as a moisturizer for people who have oily skin, or in addition to a moisturizer for extra antioxidant benefits for people who have more dry skin. This serum has clove oil and smells like fall in a bottle.

Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Mask

This face mask is great for people with clogged pores and oily skin. The vitamin rich pumpkin nourishes skin, clay draws out impurities, and yogurt soothes inflamed skin and helps with bacteria.

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Chai Steeped Milk Lotion

This is a lightly scented lotion available in two sizes that makes a beautiful fall gift and would be a perfect hostess gift for autumn events or Thanksgiving!

Farmhouse Fresh Ginger Sorbet Body Milk

This is a zippy gingery lotion that absorbs quickly into hands and body so is great to keep at the office or apply after your morning shower for a pick-me-up. It is one of our best selling scents year round but is especially fun in fall.

Pure Inventions Cranberry Elderbery Mix

This mix is so easy to use! Just shake the bottle and add a dropper full of concentrated cranberry elderberry fruit to your hot, cold, or sparkling water! Our FAVORITE way to serve this is hot with a cinnamon stick and a few cloves from allspice for a festive fall drink with no sugar or calories. I personally like to serve it this way at parties with a splash of Jameson and an orange wedge for a pretty, seasonal hot toddy.

Clockwise from left: Farmhouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Mask, RA Grapeseed Hydrating Serum, RA Pumpkin cleanser in full and travel size, Farmhouse Fresh Ginger Sorbet glass jar and hand cream tube.

Stop in to take 10% off of all in-stock fall pumpkin, cranberry, and spice items in October 2017! Learn more about our services or book online at www.EVDaySpa.com.

See you at the spa!

 

Top Valentine’s Picks for 2017

If there is one thing that the world needs more of, it is love. Whether you want to shower your significant other with TLC for Valentine’s Day, or you’re feeling the need to give yourself the gift of stress relief, love, and care (because you deserve it!) we’ve got some ideas that are healthier and more indulgent than a box of chocolates!

A spa gift card:

Whether you want to treat your sweetie to a couple’s massage or you are looking for TLC for someone who could really use some love this Valentine’s day, we offer gift cards in a variety of denominations online, or visit us in the spa to pick up a gift card and (and enjoy an organic chocolate treat while we put it together for you).

Something fun for the bath:

Need something perfect for a romantic or healing bath? We’ve got lots of great options!  For a fun bubble bath that will leave skin super soft, try the Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Wash, a hydrating bubble bath/shower gel (that is also an awesome shaving cream!) Farmhouse Fresh just released several new scents in this decadent formula that will be arriving at the spa on by 2/3/17! WE ARE SO EXCITED!

For someone looking for an array of wellness bath care, the Kneipp line is perfect and has solutions for uplifting mood, opening sinuses, inducing sleep, and relieving pain. This line is available in a variety of sizes of salts, bath oils, and gift sets and is a favorite of our massage therapists for their own self care.  A glass of wine and a soak in a Kneipp bath is a perfect way to love yourself.

Massage Oils:

Ready to try to copy some of your massage therapist’s skills on your partner? We’ve got lots of great options for massage oils to use at home.  Our favorite suggestions are the Farmhouse Fresh massage oils (also great to add a bit to the tub for softer skin!)  We have a variety of scents, but the Red Hot blend is a great warming scent for Valentine’s Day and would be a thoughtful addition to a gift of red roses.

Jewelry:

We carry assorted locally crafted jewelry from Heather Morphew Designs (especially popular are Heather’s beautiful earrings).

We also feature Rescued Jewelry, a line of jewelry featuring some repurposed and recycled components, with 100% of the profits donated the Basset and Beagle of the Heartland Rescue. A perfect gift for someone who loves animals!

Something to feed the spirit:

Wholesome food prepared in creative ways is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day. Two of our favorite picks in the East Village are Hoq and Alba. Both use seasonal, fresh, ingredients and artistically craft delicious and indulgent meals. While Valentine’s reservations are hard to come by, pick a quieter time to enjoy a more leisurely dining experience. Hoq and Alba offer great options for vegetarian and gluten free diners as well! Going solo? Both restaurants offer bar seating that is perfect for taking yourself on a date. You deserve it!

Book yourself some time for TLC!

The best gift you can give yourself or your loved ones, in our opinion, is time to relax and renew your spirit at the spa. Schedule online or call (515) 309-2904 for assistance with booking. We look forward to seeing you!

Small Business Saturday

At East Village Spa, we LOVE the Small Business Saturday movement. We will be participating on Saturday, November 26th with free adorable tote bags for the first 10 people to purchase retail items in our shop in November 26th.

We have 10 FREE limited edition 2016 Shop Small tote bags to give away!

We have 10 FREE limited edition 2016 Shop Small tote bags to give away!

Not sure what to get? Our team members shared some ideas of their favorite spa retail gift ideas AND some small businesses you need to check out.

Cassandra: From East Village Spa I recommend anything Farmhouse Fresh! A lotion and body wash or shea butter soap are a great gift.  Two other stores I recommend are Wanderlust and Jett and Monkey’s Dog Shoppe.

Casey: In addition to gifts at our spa, our receptionist Casey suggests you visit Look @ You in the East Village because the owner, Amber, rocks and their jewelry assortment is amazing. It truly is a hidden gem!

Honey Heel Glaze is a perfect gift for men or women!

Honey Heel Glaze is a perfect gift for men or women!

Dawn: I’m love getting all of my sons’ teachers Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Hand Creams because everyone has such dry skin this time of year and they smell amazing! I also like grabbing a few items at Raygun and Hill Vintage and Knit. One of my favorite local fiber artists, Girl With a Sword, sells her yarn there!

Tisha and Camille: Farmhouse Fresh Honey Glaze!

Cori: I love the honey heel glaze; it smells like Christmas!  And anything lavender scented. It’s great for relaxation; something you’ll really need for the holidays.

Molly: The Farmhouse Fresh gift sets – I like the Whoopie Cream set because it comes with the lotion, body wash and candle. And for local Christmas shopping I also recommend visiting Domestica or Preservation!

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Cammie: Kneipp bath salts. My favorites are Arnica Joint and Muscle and Sweet Dreams. Both are needed around the holidays.  I absolutely encourage anyone I can to go to the Market Day Black Friday sale at Capital Square. Tons of hand crafted small businesses with high quality items. You can buy coffee there while you shop, and usually a few other edible treats. Easy to find something unique and fitting for each person on your list.

Let us help you pick out a perfect gift!  In addition to our great retail items, we have our annual holiday gift card promotion. Now through Christmas Eve stop into the spa and receive a FREE voucher for $20 toward regularly priced weekday services in 2017 with every $100 in gift cards purchased. (Not available with online orders).

Learn more at www.EVDaySpa.com

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East Village Spa Holiday Promenade Events

We are thrilled to participate in our 9th Holiday Promenade event on November 18th from 5-9 pm.  As always we will have fun cocktails and healthy (but delicious) holiday treats that are friendly for all kinds of dietary concerns (vegan, gluten free, paleo, etc…) with recipes.

Annual Gift Card Sale

As always, we are kicking off our annual gift card sale during Promenade! For every $100 gift card purchased INSIDE the spa (excludes online) receive a voucher for $20 toward regularly priced weekday services in 2017 (vouchers not available until Promenade, only available in-spa)

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This year, we’re offering some HUGE retail specials only available during the Promenade hours including: 

20% off all gift sets-special price only available during Promenade!

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25% off all Clarisonic products-while supplies last

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Buy one, Get one half off Biofreeze products-while supplies last

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As always, snap a photo at the spa in our photo booth and tag us on instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for a chance to win a holiday gift set! Please join us for the Des Moines’ Premier Holiday Kick-Off Friday, November 18th! Learn more on our Facebook Event!

Summer Skin Savers: 15% off!

I had to get out and enjoy the weather today because the rest of the week will be HOT!  The forecast inspired us to offer a special price for the rest of June on our summer skin saving essentials.  Now through June 30th, enjoy 15% off the following items to help protect or cool your skin:

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  • Rhonda Allison Broad Spectrum Daily Defense SPF 30 face and body sunscreen
  • Rhonda Allison Sheer Tint Finisher with SPF 18 moisturizer
  • Farmhouse Fresh “Guac Star” avocado mask to re-hydrate dry, damaged skin
  • Kneipp cooling arnica gel, a perfect treatment to cool and heal a suburn (best if kept refrigerated!)
  • Therapearl cold packs (all varities)

These products will be 15% off from June 9th through June 30th.

Ideas for Dads

Did you know that 47% of spa goers are men?  According to the International Spa Association President, Lynne McNees “The number one reason both men and women visit a spa worldwide is to learn how to manage their stress. Men and women may deal with stress in different ways, but surprisingly, they both find spas as an outlet.”

Father’s day is a perfect opportunity to share the benefits of stress reduction and pain relief with the men in your life.  The following our are top suggestions for gifts for dads (or grandpas!)

Products for Pain Relief:

tiger balmTiger Balm patches and salves are great for guys who complain of soreness.  Our massage therapists incorporate tiger balm into many sports massages as well.  The patches are great self-care and really popular with men.

kneipp arnicaKneipp arnica products are another popular choice for guys. The joint and muscle active gel has an instant cooling effect, while the arnica cream is unscented and absorbs into skin quickly.  They are great for arthritis pain, bruising, inflammation or tenderness.

Stress Relieving Products

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Whether he tosses and turns all night or needs some general stress relief, Kneipp herbal baths have lots of solutions.  The Sweet Dreams bath includes Valerian and Hops and is a perfect prelude to a good night of sleep.

Gift Certificates

East Village Spa gift cards are a perfect gift for father’s day!  You can purchase them in a denomination or for a specific service.  Some of the most popular treatments for men are:

  • The EV Signature Massage which is great for stress relief
  • The Athletic Edge Sports Massage which addresses specific injuries are areas of tension
  • The Wellness Massages (30, 50, or 75 minutes “no frills” therapeutic massage)
  • The Men’s Hand and Foot Treatments (a relaxing nail grooming service)
  • The Wellness Facial is perfect for men with dry skin or shaving irritation.

Gift cards are available in the spa or through our website!

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We aren’t joking, men LOVE pedicures!

Resource: ISPA Male Consumer Insights Study, 2014.

Aloha Summer 2016 Specials Coming Soon!

Our long-awaited summer specials announcement is here!  This year we were inspired by island travel, cocktails on the patio, and barefoot afternoons in the grass.  Aloha summer specials are available June through August 2016.  You can book prior to June 1st by calling (515) 309-2904 and after June 1st online or by phone.

Maui Glow Facial: 60 minutes, $85 M-F(Weekday Special Price), $90 Sat

While you’ll feel like you’re relaxing on an island, the hard-working extracts of hibiscus flowers and fruits like pineapple will help to hydrate and brighten your skin while providing powerful antioxidant support.  This is an ideal facial for summer skin damage.

Patio Fiesta Massage: 60 minutes, $85 M-F(Weekday Special Price), $90 Sat

Celebrate summer with this fun and relaxing full body massage that includes the added benefits of agave nectar massage oil, a citrus scrub for your back, followed by a hydrating avocado back mask to nourish hard-to-reach skin on your back while your therapist massages your legs.  This massage pairs perfectly with a day spent relaxing on the patio!

Farmhouse Fresh hydrating and refreshing “Guac Star” avocado mask

Flip Flop Foot Massage: 50 Minutes, $65 M-F(Weekday Special Price), $70 Sat

Standing at music festivals, running races, or walking at the fair can stress your soles!  This indulgent foot massage includes a coconut milk towel wrap, citrus grass scrub, and fresh melon foot massage that incorporates elements of deep tissue, reflexology, and hot stone massage.

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Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Grass Scrub

 

Book YOUR Aloha spa getaway by calling (515) 309-2904 before June 1st or booking online after June 1st.  Services are available June 1 through August 31, 2016.  We can’t wait!

Our “Spa Moms” share their mother’s day picks

Not sure what to gevintagepedicuret mom from the spa for mother’s day?  The moms on our team shared what they’d most like to receive as a gift!

Teresa: An indulgent EV Signature Facial is not only relaxing, but will make any mother’s skin glow and give her some pampering!  This is a great way to show her you love and care.”

Tisha: “An EV Signature Massage is a great way to unwind, specifically I love the soothing aromas of honey glaze and sweet cream. It is a good way to release tension in muscles from all the daily running with children.”

Camdine: “Aches and pains are unavoidable being a mom, let a heavenly hot stone massage melt them away!”

Jamee: “A gong fu chai scrub has the relaxing effects of massage while exfoliating your cares away.”

Cammie: “The longest massage I can get! I just want my body to feel better and be taken care of and it isn’t too likely a mom like me would get an 80 minute treatment for herself”

Cassie: I’m not a mom, but I have a mom that LOVES spas!  She doesn’t live in the area so I can’t treat her to services, but she gets to try all of our products and she shared some of her favorites.  From “Mama Chris:” I love my sweet cream and fluffy bunny lotion from Farmhouse Fresh, and the new Citrine Beach sample you sent!  You know I love my bath salts too, the Kneipp Pure Bliss smells so good!”

There you have it!  Stop in to get mom a gift card from April 25th through May 8th to take advantage of our gift card sale, and pick up a little something fun to wrap up with it so she can get a taste of the spa at home. Can’t make it in?  Click here to buy a gift card online (gift card voucher sale does not apply to online gift cards)

 

Mother’s Day and “Mom”osa event at East Village Spa

We are thrilled to present plans for Mother’s Day 2016!

Momosa Day:

EastVillageSpaMomosaEventThe Spa will be hosting our 3rd annual “Momosa Day” event on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8th.  Guests will enjoy a relaxing full body clementine massage and a mimosa facial (55 minutes each), plus pastries, a mimosa bar, tea, and a gift.

Cost is $215 and includes treatments, tax, gratuities, and goodies.Space is limited to 12 guests and openings are available at 11 am and 2 pm.

Call (515) 309-2904 to schedule mom’s most relaxing mother’s day ever!

 

Mother’s Day Gift Card Sale:

For the first time, we’re offering our popular holiday $20 treatment voucher program for Mother’s Day!  For every $100 gift card purchased in the spa (not valid with online gift cards)  from April 25-May 8th, 2016, you’ll get a $20 voucher good toward weekday spa services June-September, 2016.  These vouchers work similarly to the vouchers we offer each year in December.  Stop in for more information!

We’re having a fun party to kick-off our first Mother’s Day Gift Card Voucher sale on April 25th from 5-7!  Click here for more information!

Camille at last year's "Momosa" Day event.

Camille at last year’s “Momosa” Day event.

We hope to see you at the party or stopping into the spa to pick up a gift for mom!