December 17, 2001
A popular Columbia day spa closed last week, leaving hundreds of would-be patrons holding holiday-time gift certificates that could be worthless. Holistic Skin & Body Care Center closed Dec. 10, declaring bankruptcy after several months of poor revenue failed to meet high overhead costs, according to owner Laura Solash Gensler. After nine years in business, the day spa had been on shaky financial ground for the past several months, Gensler said. A poor economy compounded by the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon pushed the company over the edge.
July 9, 2007
Nestled in the shadows of towering apartment and office buildings along a busy stretch of Joppa Road, the salon would be easy to miss if it didn't look like a house that has sprouted from nowhere with its creamy beige vinyl siding and covered porch. Most of the customers who find their way to Usha's Salon and Day Spa in Towson are like 16-year-old Jasmine Osima and her mother, Joan, of Owings Mills. Mother and daughter began making biweekly visits about a year ago after a family friend raved about owner Usha Gupta's increasingly popular use of threading, an ancient facial hair-removal process.
December 16, 2002
The name Farashe - "butterfly" in Moroccan - hints at the transformation that the owners of Columbia's newest day spa are so keyed into. Ranjana Bhasin and Nanousa Sidhu have taken a dream and turned it into a business, and created a haven for meditation and manicures in a shell of office space in Town Center. Now they are hoping to sustain a successful day spa in the location where one closed about a year ago by offering rich aromas, decadent surroundings and a dose of Eastern traditions.
May 14, 2004
They might not be discussing it with their buddies in the locker room, but more men are getting their nails buffed and faces exfoliated in spas they once considered reserved for their wives and girlfriends. Blame it on Gentleman's Quarterly magazine or the five gay men on the popular television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, who turn slovenly men into fashion-conscious hunks. Or maybe it's the metrosexual fad - a phrase the British media popularized to describe soccer star David Beckham and his painted fingernails.
August 7, 2014
This fall, 11-year-old Shayna Slatkin will start middle school. Before her first class, she and her mother will cover all the usual bases: shopping for new notebooks, pencils and erasers - and visiting a spa for a new look. Shayna, who lives in Baltimore, is a client at Salon & Spa Kids, a Pikesville hair salon and day spa that caters to the youthful set. With bright colors and scaled-down furniture, the salon provides a welcoming environment for preschool to high school-age kids, who can relax with a DVD as they get a haircut or lounge in a butterfly pedicure chair during spa treatments.
April 16, 2013
The renewal of spring didn't come without elbow grease, whether it included the laying of mulch and plantingof flowers, or the cleansing of grime from window screens and patio furniture. Now that the chores are completed, it's time to indulge yourself, or a loved one, with a little personal sprucing and relaxation from one of the myriad spa services offered in Howard County. Notice that a spa is missing? E-mail Jennifer Broadwater at email@example.com to be included in our online spa guide and future editions.