New day spa Wildflower Wellness Owner Marissa Moore at her Grizzly Plaza spa.

New retail business: Wildflower Wellness highlights local excellence

New Revelstoke day spa business takes the high mountain pass, utilizing local trades and designers to create a unique new spa experience in Grizzly Plaza.

The bright, clean, open space inside newly-opened day spa Wildflower Wellness hides attention to detail in its simplicity and a distinctly Revelstoke design aesthetic.

Although Ikea makes serviceable shelving at prices attractive to new business owners on a budget, owner Marissa Moore opted to use local contractor Kyle Buhler Cabinetry to create and install cedar shelving and other cabinet work in her new spa at 120 Mackenzie Avenue in Grizzly Plaza. The Asian-influenced showpiece display cabinet in the lobby was created on spec by Jordan Eadie of Revelstoke-based furniture-maker Alpine Rustics. Moore explains the bamboo flooring comes from from sustainable private lands. The design work was done by Revelstoke-based designer Jonathon Vinet of JDesign Studio (www.jdesignstudio.ca) and the main contractor was Straight Up Construction. The overall package is completed with other eco-conscious details, like low-energy LED lighting and low-VOC paints.

This emphasis on local businesses helping local businesses achieve world-class results is the hallmark of an increasingly entrenched new philosophy expressed most prominently in Revelstoke’s new retail wave.

Moore previously operated her studio in the old Taproot Yoga studio, and has been establishing her new location since that business closed.

Behind the lobby, a candle-lit main treatment studio leads to the back bathroom that includes a full shower, enabling full-body treatments that require a rinse.

Wildflower Wellness’ tagline is ‘Revelstoke’s other natural beauty.’ Moore explains the old saying that beauty is more than skin deep is true. She combines a variety of treatments to find the right mix for her clients, offering services such as bodywork, facials, wraps, exfoliation, reflexology, beauty therapy, massage, waxing, jade-stone massage, hand and foot care, scrubs, remineralizations and more.

When I met with Moore in her studio, she was heading off to Vancouver for a training conference with Canadian skin care company ‘beauty through balance’, the product line that anchors her studio. The company brings indigenous ingredients from around the world to create “scientifically balanced home care products and therapeutic spa treatments.” From our region, Canadian Glacial Clay is a key ingredient, as is West Coast kelp.

Moore shows me a list of ‘off the mountain revival’ packages, designed to get aching muscles and wind-burned faces healed before another day on the slopes. She’s been low-key since opening a couple of weeks ago and is still completing a few details inside her studio, but things have been going great, she says. Word of mouth has been her biggest asset so far and she hopes her prominent storefront location will also help.

Wildflower Wellness is located right next to local jewellery designer Spisani Designs, making Grizzly Plaza a great stop for romantic gift ideas.

By appointment only.

www.wildflowerwellness.ca.

250-814-9520.