This story has been edited to reflect the terms of the rent increase.
Spa Vino on Calhoun Street will move out of old town Bluffton by the end of August and into a more spa-like environment at Low Country Eye Associates at 14 Westbury Park Way, Suite 100, according to owner Lorrie Lancaster. It will also get a new name — Envision Med Spa Services.
The spa’s grand opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the new location. Lancaster wrote in an email that there will be demonstrations, raffles to win free treatments and refreshments at the grand opening, along with special pricing on spa treatments, skin care and cosmetic procedures.
Lancaster, who’s operated Spa Vino in Old Town Bluffton since January 2013, said the move to Dr. David Remigio’s office was convenient, since procedures her business offers are already done there.
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As downtown Bluffton has become busier, it has become harder to run a spa there, Lancaster said. She said a lack of parking spaces and frequent noise from live music, the farmer’s market and other parts of the growing area don’t really add to a spa environment.
“That’s just not conducive to a pleasant experience,” she said. “People are expecting to come and go in a manner that coincides with the (spa) experience.”
Lancaster also said her rent in the space above the Pearl Kitchen and Bar would more than double over the span of the lease if she chose to stay but said she was leaving on amicable terms with the landowners.
“My landlords have been very good to me while I’ve been here,” she said. “Everything sort of together factored into my decision as far as going.”
Now that a space will be opening up in the booming Old Town area, the question of who will move in after Spa Vino leaves remains a mystery.
Babbie Guscio, who owns the building, said a decision hadn’t been made Wednesday afternoon about who the next tenant would be.
Along with the move, Lancaster said she would also change the name of her business. Lancaster said she originally chose the name because of the location and she thought it would pair nicely with the tenant who was below her, Vineyard 55.
“I thought that would be cute,” she said. “Obviously none of those things are going to be happening anymore.”
Now that Vineyard 55 has closed and the spa will no longer be on Calhoun Street, Lancaster will rename her business Envision Med Spa Services, she said.
She said customers also shouldn’t worry if they have a gift certificate they haven’t used before Spa Vino’s move; gift certificates, series, coupons or Groupons will be redeemable at her space in Westbury, she said.