PAMPERING in Leeds has just reached a whole new level.
While many of us are used to squeezing in a quick manicure on a lunchtime, there’s a new venue that’s offering a jam-packed day full of cocktails, curlers and everything in between.
The new RMUK day spa on Great George Street in Leeds city centre includes a ‘pamper cab’ – a personal chauffeur service in a London black cab, dozens of hair and beauty treatments and even has its own exclusive rooftop bar.
City Buzz got a tour of the new venue on Great George Street this week.
Starting off life as a family house, the Georgian building went on to become a nursing home, bookshop and even a dental practice.
But the 3,500sq ft site has been given a complete overhaul and is now a light, airy and modern spa spread across three floors, with several treatment rooms (including a double-treatment room for couples or friends), a private salon for those not wanting to sit with the masses in the huge hairdressing area downstairs, and cocktails galore.
There’s even a red carpet leading to the treatment rooms for that special VIP feeling.
Co-owner Massi Moura said: “I thought, ‘Let’s create something unique and special in the city centre that no one else has done’.
“There’s so much competition that you have got to be at the top of your game.
“Not many people get to do things like this because the space just isn’t available.”
Massi, 36, runs the spa with wife Michelle, and follows in the footsteps of his beautician mother Laura and hairdresser father Roberto, who both still have a hand in the business.
It’s very much a family affair, as his parents established the original salon at Eastgate back in 1981. But 15 years later, they were served with a Compulsory Purchase Order, meaning they would have to move due to the Victoria Gate development.
Luckily they had this property in their portfolio, and turned their attention to it.
Massi added: “There’s great independent shops round here and with the Leeds arena and Hilton hotel coming soon, plenty of offices nearby and the LGI across the road, it’s a great location.
“We may return to Eastgate in the future for a blowdry bar or something like that, but we’ll see how it goes.”
The business has landed on its feet with this new spot, but it’s a similar pattern with what we’ve seen at Trinity Leeds.
While big developments often invite businesses to take up a site at their scheme, they can also price-out smaller businesses in the process.
It’s not always a bad thing though, and while there were ne’ersayers who believed Trinity Leeds would kill off independent businesses, it has in reality caused many to adapt.
It’s this rejuvenation that keeps the city centre evolving and businesses on their toes.
It also leads to under-developed areas of the city centre becoming little hubs and a hive of activity.
“I think that by 2025, Leeds city centre is going to be seriously contending with the likes of Manchester and the rest of the world,” Massi adds.
“We will be one of the number one spots.”
We agree, Massi. Let’s hope this little part of the city centre continues to flourish.