By Pamela Fisher
Sharon Butto and Erica Keays have long envisioned creating a space to provide spa and salon services to all community members.
Since starting the Spa Studio and Salon in 2006, the mother and daughter team have expanded the business from a two-room massage and skin care office to a full service salon and spa.
“The Southwestern Avenue location is truly a dream come true,” said Keays, owner and licensed massage therapist. “We knew we needed a bigger space to continue to grow. Now we have easy access from Northway Exit 18, plenty of parking, larger and more private treatment rooms, and a private lounge for couple’s treatments.”
Butto, a licensed esthetician, echoed her daughter’s sentiments.
“The move represents years of hard work, dedication, and passion culminating in a beautiful space,” said Butto. “My staff is like family to me, and to be able to provide them an amazing space to work, grow, and thrive means everything. This is not just a legacy I’m creating for my daughters. It’s a place to honor my staff, my peers, and my clients.”
The Spa Studio has a full staff of experts and offers a facial center, massage and body treatments, hair care, waxing, acupuncture, nail care, makeup and spa parties. It has specials and package deals.
Keays is a licensed massage therapist attended the Center of Natural Wellness: School of Massage Therapy. She has had advanced training in thai massage, craniosacral therapy and lymphatic facilitation. She also taught massage therapy in Albany. She is a member of the Association of Massage and Bodywork Practitioners, and has practiced massage since 2004.
Butto is a licensed esthetician trained at the Aesthetic Science Institute and Austin’s School of Spa Technology in Albany. In business since 2005, she specializes in anti-aging skin care, waxing and cosmetics. She has been a business owner for over 25 years.
Salon hours are by appointment Tuesday through Saturday. Spa hours are by appointment Tuesday- through Sunday. The shop can be reached at 745-6909.
Its website is www.spastudioandsalon.com.