New in retail: Massage chain opens first location here
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa opened at 9861 Waterstone Blvd. in Deerfield Township in late June.
This is the first location in the Cincinnati region and the fourth in Ohio for the franchise, which has 200 locations in 22 states.
The shop, which is owned by Anderson Township residents John and Sabina Hutchinson, offers massages, facials and hair removal at a price that is affordable to many people. A one-hour massage or a one-hour facial costs $49, while a one-hour hot stone massage costs $69.
"We offer a broad range of services and we offer them at a low price point," said John Hutchinson. "It's amazing how many people have come in and received their first massage ever at Hand & Stone Massage."
The Hutchinsons began thinking about opening a business together a couple years ago. They looked at many types of businesses when they stumbled upon the Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa franchise.
"We were attracted to it because it has a great leadership team," said John Hutchinson, who is also the head of corporate development at Vora Ventures, a Blue-Ash based company that specializes in building IT companies. "We were also attracted to the idea of health and wellness."
The business currently employs around 20 people, but Hutchinson said they intend to hire more people given the success of the first three weeks.
"Business has been great," Hutchinson said. "My wife and I have both really enjoyed meeting the clients and getting feedback."
Moving forward, the Hutchinsons hope to open three to five more Hand & Stone franchises in the area. A lot depends on the success of the first store, but they could see themselves opening an additional storefront in 9 to 12 months.
"It's a good business to be in," Hutchinson said. "It's a business that helps people."
*Introductory Offers valid for first visits. Not valid for gift cards. Services include 50 minute hands-on service and time allotted for dressing and consultation. Prices and services are subject to change and may vary by location. Offers may not be combined. Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spas are independently owned and operated franchise locations.