2001 Spa Report

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 This is an up-to-the-minute listing of our borough's spas including the vitals. Unless otherwise noted, a basic facial and basic massage are one-hour treatments.

A.F. Bennett: Salon of Art & Science, 699 86th St. at Seventh Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 745-3000. A.F. Bennett offers several scalp therapy services in its Brooklyn location, and a more extensive array of services at its spa in Staten Island - 350 New Dorp Lane, (718) 979-9000. Basic facial $75; basic massage $70. Products used include Phytologie and Arcona hair and scalp therapies. Accept MasterCard, Discover and Visa. For more information go to

Area Treatment Center/Emporium: 252 Smith St. bet. Degraw and Douglass streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 522-1906. Basic 35-minute facial: $45; basic 70-minute massage: $90. Products used include Dr. Hauschka, CA Botana, Skinceuticals and Weleda, among others. Accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and debit cards. Open seven days a week. For more information go to

Home Spa: 300 Court St. bet. Douglass and DeGraw streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 596-8668. Basic facial: $75; Basic 75-minute massage: $75. Home Spa uses Dermalogica products. Four treatment rooms. Offer facials, massages, waxing, scrubs and wraps. Series discounts. Services for kids and teens. Open seven days a week. Accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. For more information go to

Home Spa at Baisley House: 294 Hoyt St. bet. Sackett and Union streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 935-1959. Experience spa treatments inside a 19th-century bed and breakfast. Outdoor rose garden used in season. Package costs are billed in full at time of reservation. The "Day at Baisley" ($400) includes meals, teas, a body massage, facial, hand and foot treatments and a spa product sampler. One- and two-night packages include meals, teas, services and lodging. Accept MasterCard, Visa and American Express. For more information go to Owner Debra Townes hosts a talk about holistic therapies on Feb. 8.

Il Camelion Salon and Day Spa: 326 Seventh Ave. bet. Eighth and Ninth streets in Park Slope, (718) 788-1700. Basic facial: $85; basic massage: $80. Uses Aveda products and offers massage therapy, facials, body treatment and waxing, makeup services, manicures and pedicures. Closed on Mondays. Accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and travelers checks. For more information about their products go to

Irene Dinov: 119 Montague St. bet. Hicks and Henry streets, (718) 855-5900 in Brooklyn Heights. Basic massage: $60; basic facial: $60. Hair and spa services. Open seven days a week. Offer tanning, hair, electrolysis, skin care, facials, massage, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Oksana's Beauty Salon/Spa: 7720 Fifth Ave. bet. 77th and 78th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 748-7777. Basic facial: $38; basic massage $55. The full service salon and spa offers manicures and pedicures, facials and massages. Open seven days a week. Cash only.

Opal Center for Massage and Allied Therapies: 158 Fifth Ave. bet. Douglass and DeGraw streets in Park Slope, (718) 857-6183. Basic 70-minute massage: $75. Closed Tuesdays. This new company provides Swedish-based massages from licensed massage therapists-owners Sherry Dietchman and Sarah Falkner. Sessions are priced according to length, no matter how many modalities are employed. Series discounts available. Accept MasterCard and Visa. For more information go to

Pilo Arts: 8412 Third Ave. in Bay Ridge (718) 748-7411. Basic facial: $38 plus; basic massage: $60. Hair salon offering manicures, pedicures, makeup, facials, waxing, wraps, scrubs and electrolysis. Primary product line is Decleor. Outdoor garden available in season. Open seven days a week. Pilo is currently redecorating its spa facilities after hours, but is still accepting clients during the three-week transition. Accept Visa and MasterCard. For more information go to

Providence Day Spa: 64 Seventh Ave. bet. Lincoln Place and Berkeley Place in Park Slope, (718) 623-2844. 53 Wyckoff St. bet. Court and Smith streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 596-6774. Basic massage: $75; basic facial (without extractions): $75. Accept MasterCard, Visa and American Express. In the process of moving their Park Slope facility from this location to a larger space on Union Street.

Rompal: 319 Sixth Ave. at Third Street in Park Slope, (718) 965-9149. Basic facial (without extractions): $40; basic massage: $40. Accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Shibumi (at Eastern Athletic Club): 43 Clark St. bet. Henry and Hicks streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 625-0500. Additional locations at New York Marriott Brooklyn [333 Adams St. bet. Johnson Tech Place and Willoughy Street, fourth floor, (718) 330-0007] and TriBeCa [80 Leonard St. bet. Church and Broadway, (212) 966-5432]. Basic facial: $65; basic massage $72. Use Decleor products. Patrons do not have to be members of Eastern Athletic, but can use some of the club's facilities. [See story on page 11 for details.] Series discounts available. Offer facials, massage, wraps and waxing. Brooklyn Heights location is closed Sundays. MetroTech location to open in three months. Accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Studio 19 Salon and Spa: 1610 E. 19th St. bet. Kings Highway and Avenue P in Midwood, (718) 336-7373. Basic facial: $60; basic massage: $65. Primarily use Decleor and Sothys products. Currently the 20-year-old Studio 19 is under renovation, but still services clients every day except Mondays. Renovations should be complete in four to five weeks. The renovations include six massage rooms, four facial rooms and a new waiting room for spa clients. Studio 19 offers a hair salon, manicures and pedicures, electrolysis, waxing, facials, massages and makeup. Accept Visa and MasterCard.

Tantra Spa (at Cavale Tonuzi Salon): 8211 Third Ave. bet. 82nd and 83rd streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 748-9880. Basic facial $80; basic massage $80. This location offers an Aveda Lifestyle store, spa and hair salon. A nutritionist and dermatologist will also be on staff. This Indian-theme spa is currently under construction and should open in February, though the hair salon is already fully operational. Tantra offers a significant series discount. Services include hair salon, makeup, facials, waxing, manicure and pedicure, and body treatments including polishes, massages and wraps. Accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. For more information go to

Tapestry: 107 Montague St. bet. Hicks and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-1202. Basic facial: $60; Basic massage: $75. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Primarily use Decleor products. Services include facials, massage, waxing, manicures, pedicures and hair salon. Outdoor garden available in season. Accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

The Spa: 8806 Third Ave. bet. 88th and 89th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 921-6100. Basic massage: $65; basic facial: $75. Primarily use Matis products. Services include medical and pre-natal massages as well as relaxation massages, body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Owner and therapist Sheila Brody recommends both an hour-long heated lava rock massage and the 90-minute Parafango treatment - which incorporates heated Spanish sea mud and paraffin - to moisturize and warm the body during winter’s cold months. Open seven days a week. Accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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