Extreme make-over: local salon edition

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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 am

The owner of John Edwards Salon & Day Spa, Cathy Menke, went in for a relaxing massage in early 2012 and noticed that she could hear the sounds of the salon through the wall of her massage room.

If she could hear the noise, the customers would be able to hear it, too. That realization led to the decision to make changes to the salon and spa to give clients better experience, said DeAnna Twigg, business manager for the salon.

First there were renovations done to the salon in late 2012 and the spa renovations started in early 2013. In the salon, pillars were removed, a makeup studio was added and a wedding space was created for bridal parties to get ready for the big day.

The spa area began renovations earlier this year with Edward McMahon of A & E Construction Co.

Nancy Barwick, owner of the interior design company Roomers, led the design makeover. She did a lot of the original designs and has previously done updates to the salon and spa.

Her inspiration for the designs came from European travels, Barwick said.

“I have traveled the world and going into Europe I saw the calming colors of different spas,” she said. “The girls also wanted a calming color.”

The 2,500-square-foot spa area was completely renovated and almost everything has been changed.

“This spa was completely gutted,” said Twigg. “We tore out walls. We built new walls, new floors, new paint, new pedicure chairs, new manicure tables. Everything is new, down to the towels.”

The only rooms remaining intact are the front rooms that were previously joint massage rooms. Those rooms are now offices for salon staff.

To help out with the sound problems, the walls have sound-proofing materials in them to keep most of the sound out.

“The treatment rooms were moved to the completely opposite side of the building,” said Twigg. “We have a hill in the back so part of those rooms are underground.”

Throughout the whole process, the salon and spa remained open.

“We never closed,” Twigg said. “We had a week you couldn’t get a pedicure, and all our customers are so excited they were coming in and getting services because they wanted to see it.”

The staff of John Edwards Salon & Day Spa want to show the people of Bellevue that there is a complete spa right here in town, Twigg said.

The business wants to let customers see that the business is a place where they can get all those spa services without having to go elsewhere in the metro area. Some of the services the salon offers are facials, waxes, massages, couple massages, manicures and pedicures.

The salon has spa nights available every Monday night starting at 6 p.m. Parties between eight and 12 can come in for two hours and enjoy mini spa treatments. Each person pays $70 and the groups are allowed to bring in their own food and drinks.

To celebrate the final touches of the new spa area, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 28.

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