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VIP spa to reopen under new name
A Carlisle, PA spa that closed abruptly earlier this month will open on Monday with new owners, new atmosphere and new way of doing business.
Body & Sole Salon and Day Spa will open on Monday in the former VIP Hair Studio and Day Spa on York Road. “I want all of Carlisle to feel comfortable here,” said owner Sue McCorkel. “We want people to walk in and feel welcome and know that we’ll provide quality service.”
The new salon fills the void left by VIP, which unexpectedly closed its doors and left clients with appointments, gift certificates and tanning minutes out in the cold.
VIP was owned by Stacey and Greg Kennedy, but the building was owned by Joe and Sue McCorkel.
The McCorkels are the owners of the new business and they’re starting from scratch, giving the salon a face lift.
“I want it to be warm and welcoming,” McCorkel said, as she stood amidst paint cans, drop cloths and ladders.
The entire salon is getting a fresh coat of paint and parts of the building are getting a little more work.
Insulation has been added to spa walls to provide more sound-proofing; new bulbs are being put in the tanning beds; and carpet is being replaced.
McCorkel said she hopes the feel will be “warm and welcoming.”
Eight VIP stylists will return to Body & Sole, as will salon manager Kim Rutz. “She’s been an invaluable asset through the transition,” McCorkel said.
The new salon will offer similar services — haircuts, manicures and pedicures, tanning, massages and salon and spa packages. “It’s going to be pretty much the same as we had before,” explained Rutz.
And there will be a few new things, too. “We want to add some wellness classes,” McCorkel said.
Clients who had appointments scheduled with the stylists will be contacted. “Anything that’s been scheduled, we’ll follow through with,” McCorkel said.
Body & Sole will honor VIP tanning minutes. “We don’t know yet about gift cards. They’re still a dilemma,” McCorkel said.
While Rutz and McCorkel have been in charge of the changes, neither has undertaken such a project before and they admit they’re going on their guts.
“This is not my vision,” said McCorkel, a paralegal by trade. “I believe God put it in front of me for a reason and I’ll do the best I can and run with it and see where it leads.”
Body & Sole Salon & Day Spa
242 York Rd
Carlisle, PA 17013
Carlisle salon to honor previous owners’ gift certificates
by T.W. BURGER, Of Our Cumberland County Bureau
Thursday April 17, 2008, 1:14 PM
The owners of a local spa and beauty salon that opened in March after its previous owners closed suddenly has announced that it will honor some of the gift cards the earlier business issued shortly before closing.
Joe and Sue McCorkel announced this week that Body & Sole Salon and Day Spa, formerly VIP Hair Studio and Day Spa, will honor any gift cards sold by the previous business purchased between Nov. 23, 2007, and Feb. 9, 2008.
“For each visit there will be a 25 percent discount per card off of the service until the value of each gift card is fulfilled,” the McCorkels said. For example, for a man’s haircut valued at $20, Body & Sole will deduct $5 off the price until the gift card is used up.
The McCorkels asked that those with questions visit the spa at 242 York Road, in South Middleton Twp.
The Pennsylvania State Attorney General has launched an investigation into VIP ownership for selling the gift certificates close to the time it closed