V. TO TREAT WITH EXCESSIVE KINDNESS OR CARE; TO INDULGE
They're the spas, services, and indulgence that saved your sanity this year.
Patricia Diaz-Kismarton Vera Fitness
What began as a Seattle U class project for Patricia Diaz-Kismarton and her partners Ryan Schmid, Joel DeJong, and Tom Norwood has become an airy Greenlake women's wellness center with an ecoconscience, uber-friendly staff, and affordable personal training. Read more
So Vera Nice
Vera Fitness Opens
So this thing we’ve got going on? It’s just not working out (literally). It was fun while it lasted, but I need way more space. And, truth is, I’ve found something else.
It’s called Vera Fitness. The new Greenlake women’s wellness studio offers me things I’ve only dreamed of — like $40 personal training sessions, female-focused workouts that combine cardio, flexibility, and Kinesis strength training, all in an airy, ecoconscious space.
It doesn’t have your intimacy issues and, to be honest, it smells better. It even has a genius online system that creates a nutrition plan and tracks my progress both in and out of the studio. I know you’re thinking it won’t last, but you’re wrong — things are looking good already.
And for the record, it’s not me.
Vera Fitness, 6845 Oswego Place Northeast (206-453-4632 or verafitness.com).
Michelle Vierra and Tia Cochran Source Salon and Spa
Aesthetician Michelle Vierra and stylist Tia Cochran have over 25 years of experience in the salon world and have trained at some of the country's finest institutes. Their new Ballard salon, Source, provides state-of-the-art luxury services in a stylish, urban environment. Read more
Name Your Source
Source Salon & Spa
Persons close to the subject say she began to radiate confidence several days ago. Others report it was actually her hair, nails, and skin that were aglow.
Eyewitnesses saw the subject leave new Source Salon & Spa in Ballard.
As of yet, there’s been no confirmation of which services were rendered: The sleek and minimal but ultimately cozy Source has an extensive spa menu. But there’s little doubt that the subject in question benefited from deep thermal therapy — perhaps paired with a signature massage. Waxing, makeup application (using True mineral products), and affordable manicures are all available.
The hair menu includes treatments for rebalancing, detoxifying, and nourishing with the Italian line Davines. And the salon uses Kevin Murphy organic and vegan hair products.
Sources say beauty comes from within these doors.
We’ve got that on the record.
Source Salon & Spa, 5400 Leary Avenue Northwest (206-789-4500).
Robert Middleton Stylus
Veteran Seattle hairstylist Robert Middleton's first salon (with partner Jesus Escobar) has charmed Belltown from day one by delivering expert cuts in a sleek, elegant upstairs space -- along with tranquilizing massages and indulgent services in the cozy downstairs spa. Read more
Stylus Salon and Spa Opens
One roomie put Saran Wrap on the toilet. The other switched your straightening balm for lube. Sis called to say your ex is getting married, then Dad claimed that Buster ran away.
Pity the poor sap on April Fools’ Day.
Schedule some recovery time at Stylus, Robert Middleton and Jesus Ezcabar’s softly opened Belltown salon and spa.
A veteran of Gary Manuel, Halo, and Red, Middleton has been around the beauty block. His first solo venture doesn’t skimp on drama, with sleek walnut floors, a water wall, cloud-like treatment beds, and twinkling chandeliers.
Stylists specialize in grown-up “pretty hair,” while aestheticians stick to organic, paraben-free products by Kimberly Sayer, Susan Posnick, and Kevin Murphy. So you can have things just the way you like them.
Stylus Salon and Spa, 2321 Second Avenue, between Bell and Battery Streets (206-789-5871).