Unintentional search brings spa to NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
March 23. 2014 3:44PM
NASHUA — A local resident has decided to relocate her spa from Tyngsborough, Mass., to the Gate City, a move she says will be incredibly beneficial for business.
Liz Racioppi, who has owned the Elizabeth Grady franchise in Tyngsborough for 10 years, is closing that shop and reopening at Gateway Hills in the Nashua Technology Park off exit 1 on the Daniel Webster Highway.
“This is technically a skincare business, but actually, I say it is a relaxation and pampering business,” said Racioppi, who has lived in Nashua for about 18 years.
When originally searching for a site for her first Elizabeth Grady franchise, Racioppi was hopeful to open in Nashua, but the opportunity just did not present itself, she said. Now, after a decade in the Tyngsborough location, her dream of opening a facility in the city will become a reality.
“I am mostly optimistic because the location in Nashua is just great,” said Racioppi, noting the Technology Park is a busy hub of activity.
Although she wasn’t exactly looking for a new salon site, in her search for a personal yoga class, Racioppi said she found herself in the real estate office at Gateway Hills intrigued by the possibilities for her own business.
Her salon is expected to open on April 1 at 104 Spit Brook Rd., Suite A, which is highly visible from the roadway, she said. The retail space was just constructed, so Racioppi, 59, had the opportunity to work with the construction crew to custom design some of the salon features.
“We were able to work with the (John J.) Flatley Company to lay it out appropriately just for us so that it will operate more efficiently,” said Racioppi, who co-owns the new facility with her husband, Paul.
Construction work is nearly complete at the new salon, as the front desk and cabinetry is already in place, and the ceiling was set to be finished Friday.
“The Nashua business community has been incredibly welcoming,” said Racioppi, who is active with the arts in the Gate City as a member of the Nashua Arts Commission.
The new Elizabeth Grady salon in Nashua will offer typical services such as waxing, makeup, nails, massage, microdermabrasion, threading, eyelash extensions, facials and more.
Professional estheticians, massage therapists and makeup artists will be on hand to provide customers with top-notch service and some of the most modern and advanced skincare technology, she said.
The Nashua site will offer a relaxing atmosphere with a vacation-like vibe that all Elizabeth Grady spas and salons feature, according to Racioppi.
There are currently about 40 Elizabeth Grady locations throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to its website. The company, which was founded in 1975, serves more than 300,000 clients each year, says the site.
She expects the new spa to eventually be open six days a week, with the facility being closed on Sunday. All six of her staff members will continue with the franchise.
To reach the new salon, the existing number at (978) 649-1711 will be utilized until the end of the year.