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One Spa is better than two
Despite a recent change in its ownership, from Mary Shelnut’s perspective it is business as usual at Natural Health Studio and Day Spa.
She should know. For seven years, Shelnut has made weekly visits for massages she said diminish or eliminate the aches and pains of life, including migraines.
“For me, it’s always been sort of like a home away from home where you don’t feel like a customer, and you’re always treated with a lot of respect,” said the Temple Terrace resident, who said she “loves the place, the people and the massages” at 11103 N. 56th St.
Shelnut’s outlook hasn’t changed since its owner, Kelly Seeley, joined forces this month with Catherine “Charlee” Hall, the former owner of Relaxing Moments Body Spa at 12408 N. 56th St. The formation of their partnership, she said, went practically unnoticed.
“It looks like a really good match. I just think they have melted into one for an even more outstanding salon,” Shelnut said.
Marge Groene, who became a regular client of Hall’s after winning a $400 spa gift package at a Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce event, also is pleased with the business union.
“I believe it’s a very nice match in that they offer a lot of the same services and some that are different,” she said. “When I’ve been in group settings recently, I’ve heard people say they were going to both places, and now they’re happy they can now go to one spa.”
Seeley, a practicing massage therapist for 20 years, started her business nine years ago and moved to the current location four years ago. Its extensive menu of services includes massages, permanent makeup, skin care treatments, manicures and pedicures.
Seeley’s business was a three-time finalist for the Temple Terrace chamber’s Business of the Year and was voted by readers of the Temple Terrace News as the community’s best spa three consecutive years.
Hall has been a certified massage therapist 28 years and owned her former business five years.
“Our businesses were very similar, and we knew we were both of like minds,” Hall said.
“We’ve always communicated together, and so one day at a business seminar we said, ‘Why don’t we get together?'” said Seeley, who noted her 14 employees meshed well with Hall’s three staff members. “Our coming together has been an easy transition.”
Former Temple Terrace Councilwoman Glenda Venable was a “faithful” massage client of Hall’s for several years and is happy just knowing Hall didn’t close her shop and leave town.
“I can certainly understand why they have partnered, especially in these economic times,” Venable said.
Seeley and Hall have a name change for their new venture in the works, as well as additional services.
Natural Health Studio and Day Spa
11103 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, FL