As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
The Hub at Holiday Inn's name isn't just a nod to role as a hub for socialization—it also hints at everything this combination eatery brings together. A casual bar and restaurant, café, food market, and media lounge with games are joined by an open layout. The aromas of New American and bistro-style cuisine waft from the kitchen, mingling with the sounds of clinking glasses and video games. In warm weather, the smells even snake out onto a spacious outdoor patio that features both a fire pit and a hitch for pet falcons. At breakfast, custom hot and cold dishes are made at three meal stations. Later on in the day, the culinary team prepares a spread of zesty chicken sandwiches and 8-ounce Angus burgers, as well as entrees such as USDA Grade-A Choice steaks, jumbo shrimp in sweet red chili sauce, and pastas tossed with vegetables or braised pork. Each can be paired with craft cocktails and glasses of international wine from the bar.
A burgundy door beneath an awning of a similar wine hue provides entry to It’s All About Me Salon & Day Spa, where waiting clients take deep, relaxed breaths amid thriving plants in the reception area. Hair stylists guide tresses into face-flattering formations in front of a wall of mirrors, which prevent town pranksters from sneaking up behind clients to tickle their ribs. As stalks of live bamboo and flowering orchids oversee manicure and pedicure stations, wall sconces and candles glow dimly in the private rooms where massages slake stress and facials drive away dead skin and wrinkles.