Steamboat Springs In the end, it was bittersweet.
Seana and John Cardillo had looked at it as an opportunity that was too good to pass up.
The couple owns Rocky Mountain Day Spa, which included locations inside Sheraton Steamboat Resort and at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue next to Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.
After sitting down and pondering the direction of the business, the couple decided to close the downtown location and expand the one on the mountain.
“It was a difficult decision for sure,” John said. “This is a prime location, and we had an opportunity to expand. It will be unique to any other spa. We’re focusing on our prime location and working closely with the Sheraton.”
The Cardillos have had the spot in the Sheraton for five years and will add 700 square feet to the location to include a full salon.
Local salon owner Stephani Weiss is closing her business and moving into the space.
They’ve knocked out a wall and will add two styling areas, two manicure areas and two pedicure areas. The expansion also includes a couple's massage room with a view of Steamboat Ski Area.
"We feel like we can pull our local clientele up here," spa manager Alli Williams-Smith said. "Our goal and mission is to provide the best spa care possible. We think we’re doing that.”
The Cardillos also own a spa in Trappeurs Crossing that will get a renovation in April. They employ 15 to 20 employees year-round and more than 30 in the winter. The decision partly was made on the success the mountain business saw this summer. John said the mountain location did more than 25 weddings in the summer.
The spa will have a grand opening at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The public is welcome, and there will be free valet parking along with food and drinks.
“We’re excited," Seana said. "We’ve found a niche for 12 years. We’ve stayed in business and managed to succeed.”
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