They say that behind every great man there is a great woman. But in modern times, the reciprocal situation is often true as well. Fred Wetzstein’s wife, Stacey, is a highly trained and experienced massage therapist who spent many years working for other people. Fred, who works for the Department of Homeland Security, always knew that his spouse’s passion for her work could never fully flourish in an environment structured and controlled by others. That’s why he relentlessly pestered her over the years to spread her wings and open her own luxury spa, where things would be done her way. Stacey, a rather grounded and steady North Jersey girl, was naturally a little reluctant because even though she knew Fred was right, it was a risky undertaking to open a brand-new business amid a still-recovering economy. Fred kept at it, however, and the result — to the delight of her clients all across the Eastern Shore — was the birth of Zen Spa on November 11, 2011.
Ensconced in a beautiful, 50-year-old, 4,000 sq. ft. building that had been a well-known antiques store, Zen Spa is a meticulously conceived and crafted facility that brings the summit of comfort and luxury to the tranquil shores of Fenwick Island.
The ambiance shift is palpable from the moment you walk through the front door, where an antique chandelier (a gift from Stacey’s mother’s best friend) is the harbinger of a day of indulgent pampering ahead. The motif is awash in a rainbow of purple (her favorite color) and splashed discreetly with sage greens and grays, establishing the spa’s elegantly luxurious tone. A bouquet of pleasant aromas suffuse the interior, where a full 10 treatment rooms await their respective patrons.
In addition to six massage rooms — including a couples’ room — there are two aesthetician rooms, a nail room and a wet-treatment room. For maximum comfort, Stacey uses only state-of-the-art equipment, including oversize hydraulic treatment tables and 300-count cotton sheets on the beds.
“Back in school, one of our projects was to design our own dream spas, where the sky was the limit,” shared Stacey, “and what we have here at Zen Spa is what I’d conceived back then. So, in a practical kind of way, this spa is my dream come true.”
Stacey encourages visitors to grab a glass of complimentary champagne and or infused water as they enjoy the look and feel of amenities such as original hardwood flooring and art deco-style black-and-white floor tiling, dapples of bamboo, French doors, classic dental and crown moldings and a gallery of stunning artwork that includes Curtis’s Botanical Magazine hand-painted, copper-engraved lithographs of London circa 1810 in addition to Japanese-themed chromolithographs circa 1890, courtesy of local purveyor Antique Prints, Inc. in Ocean View. You may also wish to make a pit stop at what Stacey and staff refer to as the “zen den,” an area underneath the grand staircase where clients often gather to luxuriate blissfully with a comfy blanket and hot cup of tea.
But the cavalcade of comfort and convenience don’t end there. Zen Spa even has its own on-premises 500-600 sq. ft. retail store, where you will find all-natural skincare products from the Kerstin Florian line, all-organic skincare products from Eminence, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, all-natural soap and candles by Zum and even all-natural, hand-poured soy candles, from Zen Wicks in Fenwick Island.
Though there are many aspects of Stacey’s expertly executed business that are hard to find anywhere else in the area, some things are utterly exclusive to it. Thus, Zen Spa is proud to be the sole provider in the region of not only the coveted HydraFacial from The Edge but also the trendy Sun FX all-natural spray-tan treatment, which, like HydraFacial, is getting tons of buzz.
But Stacey hastens to point out that any business that serves the public is only as good as its staff, which is something else that she took great care in composing.
“We have 13 people here, most of whom have worked together an average of eight years,” Stacey said. “They are not only very experienced but also genuinely like each other and get along very well, which represents an intangible yet essential aspect of the overall experience at Zen Spa. We find that it ultimately has a profound effect on our clients’ level of contentment and satisfaction, which is really what it’s all about and why we’re here in the first place.”
Zen Spa also offers spa packages and tea-packaged lunches catered by Matt Haley’s popular Catch 54. Call them six days a week to learn more about special deals on products and services or to reserve your next appointment time.
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