Now that the holiday season is over, you can finally focus on yourself, and there’s no better place to step up your self-care game than at Haven Spa. This chic Noho spot, located at 250 Mercer Street, offers plenty of upscale treatments so that you can achieve total relaxation.
Audra Senkus and Gabrielle Ophals, who first met when they were freshmen in high school, opened Haven Spa in 1998, and have been helping people to look and feel refreshed with their signature facials and other treatment for over two decades. “Gabrielle and I were very interested in the new ‘day spa’ model that emerged in the 90’s, and we started looking for a space to make it happen,” explained Senkus. “We had a small skin/nail/wax salon and were excited to expand in order to start offering body services such as scrubs and massages. We found a space in the late 90’s and started building. We wanted to open Haven in Soho because we liked the Downtown feel. The area was still gritty in the 90’s.”
From the moment you enter Haven Spa, you are transported to a hip yet heavenly space, where you can choose from a couple’s massage to a personalized manicure. Their most popular services include the Boot Camp Facial and Haven’s own Hydra Facials, which Audra explained, “are exceptionally effective for almost any skin type. With respect to massages, we have created some unique, targeted services to really zero in on specific needs. For example, our Geek Massage addresses upper body issues from sitting at the computer hunched over for hours. Our Bitch Massage addresses the needs of women during their monthly pains – such as swelling, pain, irritation. Our Harmony massage incorporates sound therapy to rebalance one’s natural vibrations and bring about a feeling of balance and serenity.”
Let’s just say that whichever massage you choose, you are sure to leave in a more relaxed mood! If you are into the “industrial glam” design of the space, which includes exposed brick accent walls, you can thank Mary Saleeby, their talented designer. Although the décor is definitely chic, according to Audra, comfort is the most important thing. “We want people to relax and feel good when they’re here.”
If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, Haven has a treatment that will fit everyone’s needs. In addition to their already serene services, Audra is excited to be launching laser hair removal. “With the newest technology it’s going to be much less painful!” she explained. She also said that while most of their customers are women, she is seeing a trend in men booking appointments as well. “Men are definitely coming in more and taking care of themselves, as they should.”
While these two are reinventing the cool girl’s spa, Gabrielle and Audra explained that they really identify with the “local place” persona. “While many of our clients travel from all over the city and tri-state area (and beyond), we strive to build relationships with our neighbors” s aid Audra. “While we look big, we’re really a mom and pop. Someone once commented that we’re, just two girls from Queens who own a nail salon, and I have to say I kind of love that! We are, in a way, just that. Yes, we are certainly more than a nail salon, but we are native New Yorkers who love the city and our neighborhood and our clients. Haven is home to us and we hope our clients feel the same way.”
Enjoy everything from scrubs to waxing at this spa, especially during these dry, winter months. One of their Haven favorites include the Hamman, named after the traditional Middle Eastern bathing ceremony, offers a moisturizing full body experience while eliminating all traces of dry, flaky skin. You will also enjoy a 15-minute steam room session to prepare your skin for the deliciously scented black soap, an authentic Moroccan beauty routine. This service also involves being exfoliated from head to toe with a gentle glove that removes dead skin cells. Relax while you are covered in in Rhassoul clay that is sourced from the only known deposit in the world, located along the Middle Atlas – it tightens, purifies and firms the body. You’ll rest in the clay for 15 minutes, while you enjoy a relaxing scalp massage. After the purification experience, the body is massaged with a dry Argan Oil, leaving skin with a satin dry finish.
From their famous facials to a fun boutique, Haven is sure to become your new favorite hideaway!