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Kelly Crotty
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Learn about the local fashionista behind the new Hyde Park-based women’s boutique that’s elevating Cincinnati's fashion scene one unique designer at a time.

Ossie Boutique
Ossie Boutique allows women to elevate their style through a curated collection.

The recently opened Ossie Boutique, named after the influential yet understated designer Ossie Clark, brings a carefully constructed collection of timeless designer fashion to the Queen City.

Founder and owner of the Hyde Park-based boutique, Meredith Borchers, explains that “we have designed our collection to reflect the modern fashion world, but also to transcend fleeting trends and fluctuating markets.

Fashion finds at Ossie include high-quality products and tailoring options.
Fashion finds at Ossie include high-quality products and tailoring options.

“We have sought out interesting yet slightly more elusive designers and brands, so each item at Ossie is special and unique. No one will have it, but everyone will want it. Impeccable quality and tailoring are a must for us,” she explains. “Ossie is the place where a woman can elevate and sharpen her sense of style, while still feeling like herself. We cater to each client on an individual basis!”

Ossie Boutique launched in March 2016 and within a few short months was already winning the praise of local publications such as Cincinnati Magazine, naming Ossie as one of the top five new retail shops in Cincinnati.

Borchers is taking the success in stride and says she’s putting the emphasis on top notch fashion finds because for her it’s always been about creativity and cultivating award-winning looks for her clients. “ I just love the day-to-day of styling, working with current clients, and meeting new ones,” she says. “I can’t tell you how fulfilling it is to have someone be as excited about our collection as I am,” Borchers says.

Borchers describes her own style as “structured and feminine but always with an edge,” which has deeply informed Ossie’s curated collection of pieces from designers such as Anna Sui, Stella, Pardo Rachel Comey, Anine Bing, and Goen J. This spring they’ll be picking up Marissa Webb, Dodo Bar Or, Artisan, Mother Denim, Rebecca Vallance, Holy Caftan, Blonde No. 8, and Co. You can find a complete listing of the designers carried in-store here:

“Fashion has always been my biggest passion. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to own my own store. Even before opening Ossie, I would spend countless hours reading blogs, WWD, fashion magazines, etc., garnering knowledge on a wide variety of designers, stores and styles,” Borchers says. “I think this kind of research really helped shape the store.”

New customers at Ossie Boutique receive 10% off their first order.

Readers interested in stepping up their fall fashion game can pop in Ossie Boutique and let the pros go to work. New customers receive 10% off their first order. Borchers says her favorite trends for autumn are “the influx of velvet, leather and fringe accent pieces which we carry a lot of,” she says. “I also love the cropped flare pant and it’s flattering on every body type. It looks fantastic dressed up with a heel or down with an ankle boot. For colors, I’m into everything burgundy, terra cotta, and metallic. They basically work as neutrals but keep an outfit from being too monochrome or plain.”

Ossie Boutique is located in Hyde Park at 33433 Edwards Road, between Castle House and The Macaroon Bar. To keep up with Ossie Boutique’s growing collection and for style inspiration, check out their Facebook or visit them on Instagram.

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Learn about a local blogger who's bringing out the fashionista and book worm in all of us by serving up weekly novel reviews in style with her wowing wardrobe finds.

Gilt Edge
Brett Parker, Founder of the blog Gilt Edge.

If you love a good book AND a fab find for your wardrobe, Gilt Edge is for you.

This Cincinnati-based blog, founded by Brett Parker, marries her love of literature and fashion to offer hand-picked book recommendations and reviews, fashion inspiration and beauty finds sprinkled with a hand-picked music and food recipes all of which are inspired by each other.

Parker started Gilt Edge in 2015 as a “space to share her passions and connect with others,” she says and describes herself as a music lover, beauty junkie, fashion enthusiast and avid reader. “I treat my blog as if I were talking to a friend, so I share as much about my interests and favorites as I can.”

Inspiration is found everywhere for Parker but especially in of her love of fashion. “I love to shop, so as far as clothing, it is really easy for me to find inspiration,” she explains. “I typically just step inside a Nordstrom and feel inspired. I do pull a lot of inspiration online, though. I love Who What Wear, and I find other bloggers really inspiring.”

100316fashion2Although native to the Midwest, Parker is new to Cincinnati, as a Bay Area transplant, so navigating her new city and forming relationships with fellow Tri-State bloggers through Thread Cincinnati has in itself become a large source of inspiration. This is reflected in Gilt Edge’s image driven website where you’ll often find Parker’s outfits are a combination of high end fashion coupled with causal staples such Levi jean shorts paired with a Marc Jacobs bag.

“I love trends, but I also love classics. I dress for occasions and the adventure I want to have. I think fashion and getting dressed every morning should be fun, and I try to emulate that in my style,” Parker says. “I’ve been really into Free People for the last year or so. I just love all of their dresses. I love Marc Jacobs handbags. I shop a lot at Nordstrom, as well as Von Maur. I just adore department stores in general, because they carry such a wide variety and the customer service is always exceptional.”

Parker, with her big city style and Midwest charm, openly admits that, like the rest of us “there are a ton of designers I admire but can’t always fit into my budget,” she laughs. “I love Alice + Olivia and Charlotte Olympia. If I could have an entire wardrobe made up of just their pieces, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

As far as the literary aspects of her blog Parker says she finds inspiration around every corner. “I get recommendations everywhere, friends, family, social media. Eva Chen of Instagram is always reading and TheSkimm has some great recommendations occasionally,” she explains.

To learn more about Parker and Gilt Edge, visit her website You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter. For a focus on fashion, check her out on Pinterest and if a good read is what you’re in the market for, visit her on Googlereads.

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Love fashion and furry friends? Learn about a local consignment shop where you can support the United Coalition for Animals with each frugal fashionable find.

Wags to Riches
Wags to Riches is a Blue Ash-based consignment shop that donates a portion of proceeds to the United Coalition for Animals.

If you’re an animal loving fashionista with Pinterest-worthy home decor, listen up. There’s a consignment shop in Blue Ash that’s made just for you.

Carolyn Martinez, manager of Wags to Riches, a high end, non-profit consignment shop says the store is “a fun place to be.” They’ve created a customer service focused retail experience for their shoppers. “You walk in and immediately feel welcome, your eyes do a quick spot check to see where you want to start your shopping experience and then you’re off to find your favorite pieces.”

Rare finds and luxury pieces are exactly what Wags to Riches has in mind when curating items for their shop. They carry mid-century modern, contemporary and vintage furniture from some of your favorite brands like Arhaus, Pottery Barn and Boya. In addition to furniture Wags to Riches carries home accessories from Waterford housewares, accessories from Tiffany jewelry and Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags. It’s your one stop shop for luxury consignment without breaking the bank but it also has a deeper purpose.

Even better, each purchase at Wags to Riches benefits UCAN, the United Coalition for Animals. Martinez explains that “UCAN’s mission is to provide professional, low-cost spay and neuter services to end the unnecessary deaths of homeless cats and dogs in shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area, including surrounding counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Since April 2007, UCAN has performed over 89,000 surgeries.” Sales profits from Wags to Riches has been a key component to UCAN’s success. Shoppers, and those donating and all consigning items, all benefit this cause.


Martinez says donating and consignment is easy, but the store is selective about merchandise to provide a unique shopping experience for customers. “All items must be clean and in good condition. Large items whether consigned or donated must be approved before they arrive at the store. Small items do not have to be approved prior to bringing them in to Wags. Cosigners complete an agreement and the consignment period lasts for 60 days,” she says. Net proceeds from the sales of consigned items are equally split between Wags to Riches and the consigner.

Shopping and donating aren’t the only ways to get involved. Wags to Riches is always on the lookout for volunteers that have a passion for retail, customer service and animal welfare. “Volunteers process sales and greet customers. If you work a four hour shift at least twice a month you’ll receive a 10% discount on your Wags’ purchases along with a $25 gift certificate during your birth month,” Martinez explains.

Fall is officially here and Halloween is right around the corner. Wags to Riches is spending the day in style. On October 22nd volunteers will be decked out in Halloween costumes to provide shoppers with a ghoulish retail experience. Stop by between 12-3pm and there will be adoptable black cats on site waiting for their forever home.

Wags to Riches is located at 9697 Kenwood Road. To find out more visit their website. To be in the know about new arrivals visit them on Facebook or Instagram If you’re interested in volunteering Martinez encourages you to reach out to her personally at 513 793-7387.

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Learn how an area fashionista made it her mission to breathe life into downtown Middletown with her chic lifestyle boutique that offers an eclectic collection of home goods, clothing and accessories.

Society is a Middletown-based boutique that sells
Society is a Middletown-based boutique that sells things you won’t find at a retailer.

Lydia Montgomery, owner of Middletown-based Society, describes her lifestyle boutique’s offerings as “city fashion, ready for anything and the place to find the perfect gift.” She was inspired to open her shop in 2015 by the building’s historical architecture “if you have personally experienced the vintage tile flooring in here, you get it,” she says.

Society has versatile offerings that you won’t find at big-box retailers. They carry unique clothing and accessories with an edge, bath and spa lines such as custom soaps. Because who doesn’t want to bathe with a homemade Turkish Apricot bar or exfoliate with a Coco Rose body scrub?

Society also carries novelty items like pins and patches, locally made art stationary and home goods with an emphasis on soy candles and incense as well as interior decor. Montgomery makes a point to source locally and also offers consignment pieces that are complementary to the vintage feel of the contemporary interior pieces they carry. Society has worked hard to achieve the perfect blend of new and old that creates an eclectic look.


Montgomery made the decision long ago to build a life and business she loves. “I wanted to wake up every morning loving what I do. I took the leap because I wanted to be a part of the change that was, and is, happening here in downtown Middletown,” Montgomery says. It’s her hometown after all so she decided to invest in a place that “spoke to her soul” and benefited the local business community.

Montgomery has found that what she loves most about running Society “is seeing how a small business brings so many individuals together. It’s never just about myself,” she says. “Society is a vast opportunity. We host pop-up shops and hire local artists. It supports a community and it breathes life into my hometown. I love seeing others chasing their dreams as well.”

Looking for looking retail adventures? Society is part of the upcoming Ruffles and Rust Expo this October at the Butler County Fairgrounds. Marcie Brow, Event Coordinator for Ruffles and Rust described Society as “an incredible edgy Middletown boutique,” she says. “I felt like I was in a New York City boutique from the second I stepped through the doors.”

Society is open Tuesday through Saturday and located in the heart of downtown Middletown at 1626 Central Avenue. Learn more at To be in the know about the latest events and flash sales, visit them on Instagram and Facebook.

Learn about a locally-based online boutique that features preppy and modern accessories with endless personalization choices.

Classic Prep Monograms offer
Classic Prep Monograms offers a curated collection of monogrammed and personalized gifts.

Classic Prep Monograms is an online boutique featuring a curated collection of monogrammed and personalized gifts. Owner and Cincinnati native, Michelle Conrard Brinker, a fashionista in her own right, was inspired by the idea of helping others showcase their personal style by accentuating with her preppy accessories.

Brinker describes her boutique’s style at the intersection of preppy and modern. “At Classic Prep, we’re updating ‘preppy’ with fresh, modern monograms and designs,” she says.

It all started in January 2012 “with our very first sale of 14 inch wood monograms shipped to customers around Cincinnati,” Brinker says. And she hasn’t looked back since. Brinker is constantly on the hunt for new designers “that we just know our customers are going to absolutely love.”

Classic Prep Monograms will monogram scarves and other accessories.

Classic Prep Monograms is all about personalization and that doesn’t stop at jewelry. Shoppers will find home décor as well as party, holiday, office and tech accessories in a myriad of monogrammed choices.

Current fan favorite is the Gold Monogram Necklaces by Jane Basch that is also offered in silver and vermeil. According to Brinker it’s the perfect accessory for your fall wardrobe and versatile enough to be paired with almost any look.

Speaking of fall, Brinker is obsessed with a few of Classic Prep Monograms’ new offerings. Just in time for football season are the Game Day Beaded Monogram Bags. “We just made one for a Bengals fan to read ‘WHO DEY’,” says Brinker. They’re also gearing up for Apple’s upcoming release of the iPhone 7. Brinker says their “beautiful collection of Monogram iPhone 7 cases will both personalize and protect your new phone.

Brinker says her “current obsession is anything with a tassle,” and has the goods to prove it. Classic Prep Monograms currently offers a variety of tassled accessories from earrings to necklaces in a rainbow of colors.

The monogrammed necklace is a favorite this fall.
The monogrammed necklace is a favorite this fall.

Classic Prep Monograms just rolled out a complete redesign of their website to make shopping even more convenient. “In addition to a whole new look, we have loaded it with hundreds of new products and designs and made ordering online even easier,” Brinker says.

In the spirit of kicking off this season with style, Brinker is offering Chic’ers free shipping until the end of September when you use the code CINCYCHICSHIPSFREE. Get your shop on by visiting them online at To learn more, check out their Facebook page and Instagram.

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This fall, a new boutique shopping experience with a vintage flair is headed to Ohio! Click to get all the details about this two day event.

The Ruffles and Rust Expo will be held October 8-9 at the Butler County Fairgrounds.
The Ruffles and Rust Expo will be held October 8-9 at the Butler County Fairgrounds.

Marcie Brow, Event Coordinator for Ruffles and Rust Expo, describes the shopping event, being held this fall in Butler County, as a “traveling boutique show with a vintage flair!”

Ruffles and Rust Expo features hot ticket items like repurposed furniture inspired by the Magnolia Market farmhouse look as well as homemade accessories, gourmet food items, and clothing from vendors like Trouvaille the traveling boutique that’s new to Greater Cincinnati.

“There will be plenty of fashion, painted furniture, vintage, repurposed goods and handmade signs,” Brow says. “Pumpkin Spice is a big color trend this season that we expect to see plenty of it this year along with navy, florals, plaids and bold prints! Chunky, vintage-inspired jewelry is very popular and as always, so are the graphic t-shirts everyone can relate to.”

Shoppers will be able to relax and enjoy a glass of wine from the three local Ohio wineries that will be on site. In order to keep up your shopping energy a variety of handpicked food trucks will be available throughout the expo.

Trouvaille Traveling Boutique will also be at the Ruffles and Rust Expo in October.
Trouvaille Traveling Boutique will also be at the Ruffles and Rust Expo in October.

Ruffles and Rust Expo is juried. For those of you that aren’t shopping fair fluent, jurying is the process of applying to be a vendor with an organized show. It works to ensure top notch shopping, which is exactly what Ruffles and Rust Expo has set out to provide during their three years in business. “Ruffles and Rust Expo was created from a passion for decorating and a desire to help other local business grow and succeed,” Brow explains. “The [Ruffles and Rust Expo] founder, Camey Maldonado, adores all things sparkly and funky but her husband prefers old rusty things.”

Brow, entrepreneur, mother and military wife is originally from Texas and has a deep passion for interior design. She opened her first shop in Wichita Falls, Texas, and met Maldonado, who at the time owned a shop right across the street from Brow. And a friendship was born.

“While Ruffles and Rust Expo was on the rise and talks of expansion to other states on the horizon my husband received orders to move to Ohio in early 2015, so I sold the business I loved but began to dream big again for my new adventure,” Brow says. “After settling in Ohio, Camey and I decided it was time to partner and make the dream happen. Ruffles and Rust Expo would travel to Ohio!”

This fall is Ruffles and Rust Expo’s Ohio debut, taking place October 8-9 at the Butler County Fairgrounds and will return March 2017. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $5 and children 12 and under are free. Visit Ruffles and Rust Expo’s website, Facebook page, or Instragram to learn more.

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An upcoming event is featuring the women in charge of some innovative local businesses. Keep reading for all the details.

Babes in Bizness, launching this fall,
Babes in Bizness, launching this fall, is a new workshop for female business owners.

This fall, Morgan Owens, owner of Curvy Cardio, will be featured in a chic new workshop for female entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Cincinnati Herald. Babes in Bizness “originated to target women who aspire to become leaders and entrepreneurs by facilitating a road map to achieve their dreams,” says Owens.

Babes in Bizness is designed to be an innovative workshop series which includes a panel of local, successful entrepreneurs to coach guests in developing their own network within the community. Currently, Owens is designing a break out workshop focusing on social media for the event. According to Owens, much like herself, the tone of the event will be “fun and sassy.”

“This event is about gaining new skills, networking opportunities and gaining the confidence in yourself and your passions,” Owens says. Her hope is Babes in Bizness will inspire participants to believe their world is limitless and to be inspired by spending time with like minded women.

Owens knows a lot about being a female entrepreneur, as she’s been keeping women fashionably fit with Curvy Cardio since 2014, following her life-long battle with health and weight loss. Through Curvy Cardio, she offers isolated cardio workouts at North Avondale Recreation Center, while also designing and selling a fitness clothing and accessories line, “Fashionably Fit.”

Owens’ motto is “don’t be ashamed of your story because it will inspire others” so it’s not surprising that Babes in Bizness is shaping a platform for local female entrepreneurs to inspire the current and next generations by sharing their own stories of struggles and success.

“Babes in Bizness” is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 12-5pm at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber in downtown Cincinnati. Babes in Bizness is asking all babes attending to bring a donation for Dress for Success.

More details are listed here and tickets will become available in late September on Curvy Cardio’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages. You can also “like” Babes in Bizness on Facebook or follow on Instagram @babesinbiz.

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A local salon and medi-spa is now offering hands-on makeup and skincare classes in their exclusive beauty bar so you can create a look that's always on point. Click for all the details!

SOTO Beauty Blvd offers makeup classes to help you get the look you want.

SOTO Beauty Blvd features a range of customized, hands-on makeup classes so you can perfect your daily routine and re-create the makeup looks you’re lusting after.

It’s the brainchild of Kim Blair, Co-Owner of SOTO Salon and Medi-Spa and Jaime Brooks author, makeup artist, and wellness educator.

“The real value is having a trained makeup artist helping to address cosmetic challenges as well as education on product use,” Brooks says.

For those of you looking to streamline your morning routine or interested in creating the perfect natural look, Beauty Basics is it. Interested in enhancing your best features and camouflaging the imperfections to bring out the beautiful in your skin? 40+ Fabulous is where it’s at.

On the other end of the spectrum, Brooks says Teen Makeover is one of their most popular classes and is being offered this fall. It tackles acne head on. Learn about which products can wreak havoc on your skin, essential skincare basics and how to treat and hide skin imperfections.

Check out Advanced Glam to create the perfect smoky eye, pouty lip, and killer brows when you’re looking for that “wow factor.”

You can also make this a group effort, and get the girls together for Girls Night Out. Relax while learning super glam tips and tricks. It’s whatever your squad wants, as this class is completely customizable.

EYE Got This, teaches you to confidently construct your brows, rock false lashes, practice liquid pencil, powder gel, and eyeliner techniques. While Highlight/Contour & Blending covers contouring for a flawless look.

Blair and Brooks originally bonded over their mutual commitment to wellness, this led them to create a complimentary Cancer Wellness Class for SOTO Beauty Blvd which addresses the myriad of skin and make-up challenges people face while going through treatment. “It is our gift to the women in our community at a time when feeling beautiful isn’t always at the forefront,” Brooks says.

Another commitment SOTO Beauty Blvd makes is to brand neutral education. “We have the freedom to be honest about products and recommend different lines in all price ranges. It makes a huge difference when the educator isn’t hoping for a sale based off a specific product line. That is what sets us apart from department stores and other beauty businesses, it’s all about the quality of the content,” Brooks says.

Class prices start at $60 for a group lesson and fluctuates depending on if a hair styling session is included. Private consultations and group events are also available. Brooks says their most popular class currently is the one on one sessions with a makeup artist.

SOTO Beauty Blvd is located at 900b Adams Crossing 45202. Learn more about makeup classes here and stay up to date with specials and events on Facebook.

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We chat with local makeup artist about her booming beauty biz and her new special effects makeup business that’ll take your Halloween look to a new level this year.

MarxeyMakeup Special Effects does HD makeup for films and television shows.
MarxeyMakeup Special Effects does HD makeup for films and television shows.

Makeup has always been a source of passion for Mixhelle Marx. She launched her own makeup business, MarxeyMakeup, in 2006 following her graduation from The Aveda Institute in Cincinnati.

She credits her managers at the Aveda store in Kenwood on taking a chance on a “19-year-old crazy girl with a dream” and took her under their wing.

“They pushed me to achieve my own personal career goals,” she explains. “I thank them every time I pick up a brush to do what I love.

Aside from the custom looks she creates for clients for weddings and pageants, Marx also does special effects makeup – all on-location, although she say she isn’t opposed to opening a studio someday as the business continues to grow and evolve.

This year, she’s offering her makeup services at the annual Days of the Dead Horror Convention in Louisville September 2-4.

Marx enjoyed creating and designing top-of-the-line high-definitely quality looks for her clients. SFX Makeup has been featured in several low-budget movies including Killer I and short television series that were filmed in front a live studio audience.

Throughout her career, she has also been in numerous magazine publications that have documented her talents – from natural beauty to ready-to-film bloody horror makeup. She’s also been recognized with a variety of awards, including recognition on The Knot, which is awarded based on client feedback and votes. Knowing these people voted her business to win The Knot award made Marx feel blessed and special, she says.

Learn more about MarxeyMakeupsfx over on Facebook. You can also check out the MarxeyMakeup website at or by emailing Marx at

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Learn about the power couple behind one Madeira-based nail and aesthetics salon that strives to do things a little differently.

Diana Nguyen and Ken Lai, Owners of Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa.

Diana Nguyen and Ken Lai, owners of Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa, are living the American Dream. They’ve grown from working part-time in the nail industry, struggling to make ends meet and completing their education to owning an award winning business.

According to Danielle Swopes, Front Desk Manager, the Madeira-based Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa stands out from the competition by “offering superior services with a strong focus on cleanliness and value for our clients, as well as fostering relationships. We recognize most of the faces that pass through our door, remember stories and details about families and life events. We don’t rush through our clients- we take the time to do not just a good job, but a great job!”

This focus appears to be paying off. Since their opening in 2008 Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa has won six awards from City Beat, and 2016 marks the third year in a row that they’ve won the coveted title of “Best Manicure and Pedicure.” In addition. They’ve also landed a spot as one of the top three Nail Salons in Cincinnati.

Choose from a variety of nail services and nail polish brands at Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa.

“Our clients are the inspiration for what we do,” Swopes says. “Providing superior quality and value and treating clients like friends and family.”

Part of Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa’s customer-centric positioning is choice. Swopes says clients have about 600 different colors from which to choose. They offer Essie and OPI’s full line of polish. Gel polish choices include Jessica, Gelish, and OPI.

As for trends, Swopes says this season it’s all about light pink and white. Classy, simple, and lightweight. A new and popular take on this classic look is a subtle ombre effect called the “Baby Boomer” of “French Fade.” Ombre has been trending in acrylics as well, technicians blend colored powders in the overlay to achieve this look.

As most of us know spring and summer are officially nail season! In order to accommodate clients Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa’s new location is three times as large as their previous building and they’ve also added several new highly trained nail technicians. They’ll move mountains to accommodate each client but Swopes suggests booking ahead especially for weekend appointments.

In addition to full service nail treatments Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa offers eyebrow microblading, facial and body waxing as well as lash extensions. Coming soon, they’ll be offering facials and massage treatments as well.

In order to accommodate their rapidly expanding business, Swopes says Deluxe Nail Salon & Spa recently relocated to a larger space in Madeira, located at 7835 Camargo Road. Learn more by visiting their website or like their Facebook page to get the skinny on upcoming events and specials.