Everyone needs a little time away, a break from the day-to-day grind, to indulge in some much-needed self-care. Even if it’s only for an hour, that time is a valuable opportunity to get recharged and re-energized. Day spas are the ideal place to answer and respond to your mind and body’s call for a time out, and there’s nowhere better than Avia Salon & Day Spa.
Avia is locally run by the Goldman family, whose Empire Beauty Salon has been an institution at Grossmont Center for 25 years. The family’s mission is ensuring that San Diego looks beautiful, so when the opportunity arose to open a day spa in the center it was a natural fit.
The Goldmans have used their extensive knowledge of the beauty industry to create a luxurious oasis of pampering at Avia. With 9,000 square feet, it is one of San Diego’s largest day spas! It’s a peaceful and serene space, with 10 tranquil treatment rooms, a large room devoted completely to nail care and an impressive 45-station hair salon. Offering a complete range of services, Avia will have you feeling pampered from head to toe!
Avia has earned its reputation as one of the top day spas in the county with spa treatments that include facials, massages and body care. Their facials include the ultra-soothing European and Aromatherapy facials, which are great for all skin types. There are also facials targeted to specific skin care concerns, such as aging, hyperpigmentation and acne; they offer a gentleman’s facial and also high-end microdermabrasion that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
Massages are a must at Avia—muscle tension melts away and you will feel revitalized after a Swedish or deep-tissue rubdown. If you’ve been working too hard, the Ultimate Back & Neck Massage will work out the kinks and knots that develop after sitting at a desk for hours. If you crave the ultimate in relaxation, try the Aromatherapy or Warm Stone massages to ease your tired muscles and bring you an overwhelming sense of serenity. Prenatal Massage is also offered for pregnant women whose bodies need extra TLC during this transformative time in their lives.
Another wonderful way to treat yourself is with a luxurious treatment for the body. The Salt Glow uses sea salt, dried seaweed and fruit enzymes to buff away dry, dull skin for a renewed radiance. The Enzymatic Sea Mud Mask nourishes skin during a relaxing warm body wrap followed with a Vichy shower. Skin will feel replenished after the Sweet Milk & Honey Treatment, and the ancient Thai-inspired Deep Thermal Body Treatment features a unique fabric stamp loaded with ingredients to nurture the skin. These spa services are the ultimate in indulgence!
But spa treatments are only part of what Avia has to offer. There is a complete range of waxing services, as well as a nail care menu that includes manicures, pedicures, acrylic, silk and fiberglass nails, and nail repair. The salon offers designer haircuts and styling for men, women and kids, color treatments, hair retexturing services such as perms and relaxers and deep conditioning—there’s even a makeup artist on staff when you want to feel extra glamorous.
If you really want to make a day of it, there are several packages available that combine a variety of treatments; some of them even include lunch! You also can make your trip to the day spa a ladies’ day out, thanks to packages tailored to groups and bridal parties. If you want to take that spa feeling home with you, Avia sells several salon-quality brands such as Devacurl, Opi and Dermalogica.
Like many Grossmont Center tenants, Avia offers terrific promotions to its loyal clientele and first-time visitors alike, which is one of the great benefits of buying local. “Mom and pop” entrepreneurs such as the Goldmans believe customer service is of the utmost importance and go above and beyond to make sure each client has a high-quality spa experience that doesn’t break the bank. It is also important to the Goldmans to be based at Grossmont Center because they share the same high ideals and core values with the family owned center—and that includes the importance of shopping local.
Many of the center’s tenants are local businesses, and each one makes a special contribution to the center as well as the local economy. Grossmont Center is more than just a mall—it is a lively gathering spot for people in La Mesa and the surrounding area because they know they can find a unique mix of shops, restaurants and service providers, as well as special events that draw people together. The center is a major part of what makes La Mesa one of a kind—there is a community character here that is only created when you shop local. By financially committing to these stores with your hard-earned money, you do your share to uphold this community and ensure independent entrepreneurs continue to thrive –because when they do, everyone else benefits too.
So carve some space out of your hectic schedule for some “me time” that will help your mind, body and soul. Let Avia Salon & Day Spa be your oasis of calm!
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