Roxbury Gets Own High-end Day Spa



Yvonne Jones has come up with the Roxbury answer to the Newbury Street spa experience.

“There are so many people who need the services. Newbury Street, it’s pricier. You can’t find parking. I feel that this is one of the best places you can come for a spa treatment,” said Jones, who opened Halisi Day Spa & Salon on Melnea Cass Boulevard this month.

This is the first day spa venture for Jones, a former Boston public housing administrator who gave up her career in public and private housing to become a massage therapist.

What Jones came up with is a 2,100-square-foot day spa offering massages, facials, waxing, hair services, manicures and pedicures in Crosstown Center. 

Prices are in the $25 to $100 range for basic treatments like Swedish massage, skin care and facials, a wide variety of hair treatments, and manicures and pedicures. A full spa session of about three hours runs $199.

Halisi, which is the middle name of Jones’ daughter, is staffed with an aesthetician, nail technician, hair stylist and three massage therapists. Jones even convinced her longtime friend, hair stylist Zory Jenkins, to move back to Dorchester from Georgia to work at the spa.

Jones, who most recently worked as a massage therapist at Keldara Day Spa & Salon in Dedham, said she’s happy to have her own business in Boston.

“One day I was driving by, I saw the sign up and said, ‘This is where I want to be,’ ” she said.

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