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Sunday, November 18 Business

Spa business planning downtown Stamford launch

National spa franchiser Spavia is planning to open a center in downtown Stamford, marking its first location in Connecticut.

Work is underway on Spavia’s storefront at 300 Atlantic St., a few yards from the street’s intersection with Tresser Boulevard and adjacent to a California Tortilla restaurant opening next week and two doors down from Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar.

Signs hang in the front doors noting the establishment is hiring massage therapists, estheticians and guest advisers.

A message left for Spavia was not immediately returned.

Spavia’s website lists a number of treatments, including a range of massage, facial, tanning and waxing options.

“‘Via’ in many languages means route or pathway. Our interpretation of Spavia is the route or journey to wellness,” reads an excerpt on the Spavia website.

Nearly 40 Spavia centers across the country are listed on the website; the nearest to Stamford is in White Plains, N.Y.

Spavia’s website also references more than a dozen other upcoming openings, including locations in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Montgomery, N.J.

In recent months, Stamford has seen several other health and wellness establishments open, including two in the city’s South End: Remedy Bodyworks, at 36 Dyke Lane, and Haute Sauna, at 792 Pacific St.

The arrival of Spavia also points to the ongoing growth of the lower end of downtown. Bobby V’s debuted last June at 268 Atlantic, after relocating from its longtime home on Main Street. Yards away, the 325-unit Atlantic Station apartment tower opened at the start of the year, at 355 Atlantic.

Other neighboring buildings include the corporate office block at 300 Atlantic St., the office tower at 400 Atlantic St., the Rich Forum theater and the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.

pschott@scni.com; 203-964-2236; Twitter: @paulschott

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