By Ingrid Schnader
Smart Skin MedSpa, a full-service spa featuring anti-aging and acne treatments as well as injectables, has opened its downtown Homewood storefront after a year of renovations.
The storefront, located at 1931 29th Ave. S. in Homewood, is walking distance from 18th Street. Lacey Edwards, who owns the spa with her mom, said the building has a long history.
Before Smart Skin, the building housed Sanctuary Hair Salon. But when renovations for Smart Skin fully gutted the building, it exposed The Brass Rail, which was a restaurant and bar.
“I think a lot of people who have lived here their whole lives used to come here when they were younger, so that was fun for a lot of them,” Edwards said. “We had people posting pictures on social media and telling stories about how they used to come here when they were younger with their families.”
One of Edwards’ clients told her that a Bible study group used to meet at the space, too.
When Smart Skin outgrew its previous space on Oxmoor Road, Edwards decided the downtown Homewood building would be a great fit for the spa.
“Since we’ve been at this location, our clients have been really excited about it because it’s walkable to all the other businesses, shops, restaurants, clothing stores and things like that,” she said.
She worked with Christopher Architects and Interiors to come up with a functional and clean design for the new Smart Skin building. The existing 2,700-square-foot building expanded by 550 square feet with the addition of a new entry element.
Open and Functional
“The concrete floors were ground, polished and stained,” said Jared Fulton, a senior architect with CAI. “We made the walls and ceilings bright white to emphasize cleanliness and openness.”
The treatment rooms are centrally located to utilize the square footage, and each room has individual sound and lighting capabilities to maximize a client’s comfort. There is also a photography room for “before and after” photos.
Room for lots of storage, along with hidden trash cans throughout the building, are other functional elements that Edwards enjoys in the space.
The community is welcome to see all of these elements in action at the Smart Skin Grand Opening event, which is Nov. 14-16. Edwards said visitors and clients will be able to take advantage of lots of specials and opportunities for VIP packages.
“We only do the VIP packages twice a year, and our clients get really excited about it,” she said. “They wait and save up and get ready for it. It’s three different price level packages that we put together, basically making no money off of it. It’s just more of a thank you to our clients for being members and a sampler of some of the bigger services we offer without them having to buy a whole big package.”
Visit smartskinmedspa.com for more information.