Meet our Neighbor: Blo Blowdry Bar

While our clients LOVE having their necks and scalps massaged during massage and facials, they often complain that we leave their hair messy.  Now we have a great solution:  Blo Blowdry Bar opened right across the street from us on East 6th!

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With my stylist, Abbie, scenes from the salon

I tried it out myself on opening weekend, getting my hair washed and conditioned, plus a scalp massage before my blow out.  I was hoping the style would last me from Friday through my brother’s wedding on Saturday and it did!  It actually still looked good on the following Monday.  That was impressive!

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My hair at the wedding, 24 hours after my visit to Blo

My stylist, Abbey was very sweet, actually, all of their employees were friendly.  They also use Spabooker, the same system we use, so you can book your blow out online for right after your next day at East Village Spa so you’re relaxed and ready to go!  Click here to learn more about Blo.

Meet our Neighbors: Fleet Feet

This week, a new running store moved into the East Village right across from the spa building on East 6th.  Fleet Feet specializes in running gear for athletes of all fitness levels and is a great place for beginning runners as they’ll work to outfit you in the right gear, from shoes that are best for your needs to staff trained in recommending the best sports bra type AND size (and I agree with the woman helping me out in the store when she said that for many women, a properly fitting sports bra is just as important as the right running shoes!)

The store doesn’t have a huge foot print (pun intended!) but fills their space with a good assortment of shoes, apparel (mostly Nike apparel), nutrition (including my favorite triathlon fuel, Stinger waffles, chews, and Jelly Belly Sports Beans), accessories (iphone arm bands, belts, water bottles, and such), and self care tools.

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If you are new to running or walking, are looking for some cool new accessories to motivate you to go farther in your workouts, or are experiencing some pain, especially in your feet and lower body, definitely stop by their store, our employees are thrilled with the selection and we know you will be too!

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Fun ways to spend Valentine’s Day that are not couple’s massages

We love seeing couple’s for Valentine’s Day, but our schedule fills up fast (we can only do about 8-10 couple’s massages on Valentine’s Day and about 8 on the 15th so understandably, those spots go fast!)  We do keep a waiting list for these openings so feel free to call us to add your name to the list!

We do encourage you to think outside the couple’s massage room this Valentine’s Day!  First, a gift card to the spa is a good gift your sweetheart can enjoy anytime.  You can get a gift card in the spa and we’ll gift wrap it with organic chocolates. 

Now that you have your gift card in hand, I’ve got some great ideas of how you can present your spa gift card to your sweetheart!

1. Jasper Winery’s Wine, Beer, and Cupcakes Flight on Saturday February 15th:  Can you get any better than wine, beer, and sweet treats all in one gorgeous location?  Click here for event details.  You can also call Jasper Winery for more information on scheduling a chocolate and wine or cheese and wine pairing.  Sit in front of their crackling fireplace and present your sweetie with their spa gift card while you sip delicious locally crafted drinks.

2. Dinner at HOQ on February 14th:  One of our favorite East Village Neighbors, HOQ Restaurant features farm fresh local meat and produce.  They are great for meat eaters, vegetarians, and people with gluten sensitivities.  Check out their Valentine’s Day menu here and call ahead for reservations!

3. Laugh with your love at Comedy Xperiment’s Valentine’s Day Show at the Stoner Theater.  Tickets are just $10! Click here for info.

4.  Make reservations for the “Not Valentine’s” 6 course dinner at Tacopocalypse.  There are great options for vegan and vegetarians on their prix fixe menu too! Advanced tickets required, purchase yours here.

5.  Catch a movie at Fleur Cinema, then take your movie stubs across the parking lot to Mezzodi’s for 2 for one drinks or appetizers!  Surprise your date with a spa gift card while you dish about the movie you just saw!

6.  Enjoy sophisticated dining at BOS at the Renaissance Savory hotel or a cocktail at CODA lounge.  Click here for the valentine’s menu.

We hope this inspires some Valentine’s Day creativity and we look forward to helping you pick the perfect gift to go along with your fun Valentine’s Weekend plans!

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Hoq’s Hot Toddy

Our neighbors at Hoq restaurant (on East 5th and Walnut, close to our old location) have an amazing Hot Toddy featuring Iowa Prairiefire Whiskey, Iowa honey and cider, and lots of throat soothing spices like ginger.  I sipped this drink with  my husband to warm up on New Year’s Eve and was glad to see it featured in Juice!  Click here for the article and to learn how to get ideas on how to craft your own hot toddy to warm up or soothe a scratchy throat.

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Meet our Neighbors: Gigi’s Pilates Studio

The spa clients who have known me over the 7 years I’ve owned my own massage practice/the spa know I have struggled with weight and while I LOVE working out now, it took a long time to get to that point.  One of the best workouts I’ve found for toning has been pilates.  I started seeing Lisa Lewis at Gigi’s Pilates over 2 years ago after several of my clients recommended her. 

When we moved our spa to the new space, I had the brilliant idea to suggest that Gigi’s Pilates Studio look at the empty space next door and VOILA!  Perfect neighbors (and my trainer can keep an eye on me!) 

Many of our clients who walk by their studio often ask if those are “torture machines” but I assure you, while some days it might feel like it, the pilates machines, when used under the watchful eye of one of their great trainers, are amazing.  Gigi, Lisa, and the rest of the team are great resources if you are experiencing pain or looking for a new toning workout.  Many of our clients have really enjoyed working with them and have coordinated their sessions at the studio with their spa appointments.  If you would like more information about Gigi’s Pilates, visit them on Facebook here.

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