11 a.m., Dec. 23)
Ezcape Spa expansion a labour of love and divine intervention
By Fred Sherwin
Ezcape Spa and Salon owner Ann Fleming first opened for
business 11 years ago, her mission was to provide women
in Orléans with a unique day spa experience they
couldn't find anywhere else in the east end.
Spa & Salon owner Ann Fleming holds up
a portrait of her friend Anastasis Kuzyk who
was the inspiration behind her decision to
open Ezcape Wellness. Fred Sherwin/Photo
wasn't until her friend Anastasia Kuzyk was killed in
a triple murder in Wilno last September, that she began
considering a possible expansion.
lack of wellness for women -- the lack of not being able
to get help -- weighed heavily on my mind. So I definitely
began looking at adding a wellness component," says
deciding against expansion twice before, Fleming would
get a third opportunity to consider it when her next door
neighbour, Cheddar Et Cetera, closed their doors last
I said no, I want to eventually retire I don't want to
expand, but when it came up a third time and fell into
my lap, it was like divine intervention," says Fleming.
result is Ezcape Wellness, a separate "wing"
with three soothing massage rooms staffed by Registered
Massage Therapists and equipped with mood music and scented
oils to provide the very best in aroma therapy.
the heart of the Wellness Centre is a consultation room
where clients can receive advice and counseling from Ezcape's
team of wellness professionals that includes a therapist,
a chiropractor, a nutritionist and a naturopath.
and men too, can come in and receive counseling and be
served in a spa environment rather than a clinical environment,"
Fleming explains. "We wanted it to be as natural
and organic as possible."
all about healing the mind, body and soul. So you heal
the mind. You heal the body, and in the end you heal the
Wellness Centre is also equipped with an extra wide corridor
that will double as a space for yoga and pilates classes.
overlooking it all is a portrait of Fleming's friend Anastasia,
who will serve as a constant inspiration to Ann and her
dedicated staff, many of whom have been with her from
have such a fantastic staff. They're all family,"
says Fleming, who's son Jamie took over the marketing
and social media duties in November 2015 after he graduating
from Western University and Humber College three years
since he came, the place has soared," says Fleming.
"It just goes to show that when God closes a door
he opens a window. I feel truly blessed."
find out more about the many services offered by the Ezcape
Wellness Centre and the Ezcape Spa and Salon visit www.ezcapespa.com.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)