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Spa opening gets business going in ‘urban village’


Northeast Eugene’s emerging “urban village” will begin fulfilling its mixed-use promise today, when the first of its initial 16 retail storefronts opens for business.


Bello Day Spa & Salon will offer a full range of services in its new location at Crescent Village, on Crescent Street east of Coburg Road.


Bello closed Jan. 29 at its former location adjacent to Reed & Cross on Oakway Road to move into its new quarters.


“Oh my gosh, we’re thrilled,” co-owner Stacy Conlon said Thursday. “We can’t wait for the other tenants to be here, because it’s going to be wonderful.”


Sadie Dressekie, marketing director for the development firm Arlie & Company, said two “town center” buildings with a total of 36,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space are expected to be completed by May. Ten of the Crescent Village storefronts already have been promised, and the remaining spaces are expected to go quickly, she said.


“I don’t have a specific time projection,” Dressekie said. “But I do anticipate that once some of those retail stores and restaurants open, and there’s more traffic moving through there, the interest will only increase.”


The first building, on the east side of Crescent Village’s main street, has 47 of its 51 apartments occupied. And a waiting list of about 100 people have signed up for the second building’s 51 apartments.


A third building, behind the west town center structure, already is under construction and will offer an additional 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail storefronts with 28,000 square feet of office space on the floors above.


The $53 million first phase of Arlie & Company’s Crescent Village development also includes 40 units of three-story detached townhouses.


The next phase of construction on the 40-acre development site will include a companion building to the retail-and-office structure, with additional retail space and apartments units, Dressekie said. To the north of that structure, additional apartments and possibly a condominium building are being considered.


“We’re still talking to a couple different grocery stores,” she said. “But we don’t have a timeline on that yet.”


At Bello Day Spa & Salon, Conlon said her new, 4,100-square-foot storefront “feels a lot bigger” than the old 3,500-square-foot space on Oakway Road.


“It’s just a lot better laid out,” said Conlon, who is partners in the business with Kenda Mason. “We added two more hair stations and two more pedicure tubs, but other­wise it’s pretty much the same.”


Conlon said she and Mason have spent about $470,000 on tenant improvements to their leased space at Crescent Village and are eager to welcome back their customers beginning today.


“Despite the construction around us, we’re here and ready to go,” Conlon said.


“We’ll be opening our doors (this morning) and will be ready to greet people.”

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