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November 04, 2015

What's the skinny on new subway spa?

A well-known Rochester downtown subway business now has more skin in the game with the opening of Total Image Esthetic Center.

Hillary Seltun opened the new medical spa in the Kahler Hotel subway, across the hallway from Hanny's, on Oct. 30. She owns the spa with her husband, Joseph Seltun. They also own the nearby Total Image Hair Salon, which has operated in the subway for more that 50 years.

TemplogoThe Seltuns' skin services out grew the treatment room at Total Image Salon and the Kahler offered them more space as another spa closed and sold off its equipment, said Hillary Seltun.

"It all just came together at the right time," she said. "It just made sense to expand."

The new center offers a full array of skin services including facials, Botox, massage, chemical peels, laser treatment, makeovers, spray tan and a eyelash/eyebrow bar. They also offer bridal packages in conjunction with the Kahler Hotel.

While some other spas in Rochester offer similar services, the Seltuns are comfortable with opening a new competitor.

"I feel like there is more than enough demand. And I think we're a little bit different," Hillary said. "We understand a woman's need to feel good as well as look good."

Being in the subway also may give them an edge.

"I feel like the subway system is kind of like its own a city within a city," she said. 

March 13, 2015

A New Age shop opens in Rochester's Cooke Park Design District

The owner of a new Rochester shop hopes to fill a spiritual void in this area.

Brinn McManus opened the doors of A Beautiful Soul on Friday at 619 6th Ave. NW. That's where Culligan water used to operate until it moved to Woodlake Drive Southeast in 2006.

Beautifulsoul1McManus describes her new business as "Rochester's first New Age Metaphysical gift store." It carries a variety of things like, healing herbs, gems, crystal, jewelry and aromatherapy materials.

"There is definitely a need for this," she said. "That's obvious by how many people have been stopping by even before were ready to open."

A Beautiful Soul is also more than just a gift shop. It also has Reiki master Teri Anderson on staff to offer Reiki, reflexology and acupressure treatments on site. McManus also plans to offer individual and group mediation classes as well as hosting visiting psychic practitioners and healers for weekend events.
"This is something I've wanted to do for some time, but it was never the right time or the right spot," she said. "Now I feel good that we've found the right spot."

A Beautiful Soul is the latest in a string of small artistic and unique businesses that have opened recently in that once faded neighborhood. Paul Bennett opened Dwell Local,a design and art shop in the former Paw and Claws building at 602 Seventh St. NW. The Urban Easel art studio soon opened next door at 608 Seventh St. NW. A European auto repair shop, Werkstatt 533, then came in and renovated an empty brick warehouse just up the street at 533 Sixth Ave NW.

The word is that a well-known floral arts designer may also be moving into the area soon.

All of that activity is leading people like McManus and Bennett to start dubbing the northwest neighborhood as the Cooke Park Design District.

It seems like a Renaissance of sorts is underway in the Cooke Park area, so the new name seems to fit pretty well at this point.

September 03, 2013

Two new businesses in Valhalla Plaza

VahallasignsIt looks like Valhalla Plaza has a couple new businesses.

Guess I better check in with the guys at Braasch Commercial Real Estate to see what's shaking on Rochester's Elton Hills Drive.

Chickadee Music Studio sounds particularly intriguing.

June 03, 2013

Massage clinic to plant new express location near downtown

When a flower flourishes beyond what its location can support, gardeners often take cuttings from it to plant in new areas.
That's a pretty accurate description of what Tina Ridler is doing with her new spin-off of the Med City's popular Lilac Wellness Center.
LilacWellnessCenterLOGO_FINAL0While her main massage and health clinic at 3270 19th St. N.W. in the 19th Street Business Park isn't going anywhere, she is ready to plant a new Lilac Wellness Express location closer to Rochester's downtown.
She said she hopes to open the doors of her second Lilac at 606 Second St. S.W. in early July.

The concept is that Lilac Express will be a same-day appointment/walk-in friendly facility designed to cater to downtown professionals and Mayo Clinic visitors.

That means it will focus on different services than her full massage studio. The express will offer shorter, "over the clothes" treatments more in the 30-minute range. The services will include chair massage, "Pillossage" (Thermal Tissue Release), aromatherapy, hand massage, scalp massage, shiatsu, cranio/sacral as well as reflexology.

"Don't let the express services fool you," said Ridler of her new project. "This office plans to be a tranquil healing oasis in the midst of our city's downtown hustle and bustle."

Why launch a satellite like this?

Ridler said she wants "to expand Lilac's reach in the community." Plus, she and her staff receive many requests from potential clients who are located in downtown.

To get this new endeavor rolling, Lilac's team of seven professional therapists, including Ridler, will staff the express location at the start. The plan calls for more staff members to be hired as business picks up.