CALGARY, Alberta (Dec. 20, 2022) — Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, North America’s leading luxury massage and facial spa franchise, announced today the opening of its newest franchised location in Calgary. Located at 4307 130th Avenue SE in Calgary South Trail Crossing, the new Hand & Stone spa is owned and operated by experienced local businessmen Viral Patel and Gunjan Vyas. With the opening of their new spa, the two friends are expanding Hand & Stone’s signature skincare services and luxury spa experience in Alberta and making high-end wellness services affordable and accessible in Calgary. Viral and Gunjan opened their first Hand & Stone in Sherwood Park last month, which was also the first for the brand in Alberta.
“Gunjan and I have each owned successful small businesses over the past decade, and we know how important it is to invest in a brand you believe in and that provides a valuable service to the neighbourhood,” said Viral Patel, co-owner of Hand & Stone Calgary. “By developing these two Hand & Stone locations in Alberta, we have an exciting opportunity to create a flagship spa experience with a successful brand and introduce our guests to affordable luxury that can help them look and feel their best.”
Viral and Gunjan both moved to Canada in 2011 after becoming college friends in India. Viral initially lived in Saskatchewan, relocating to Calgary earlier this year to run the daily operations for the spa along with his wife, Yashika Patel. Gunjan oversees the recently opened Sherwood Park location with his wife, Dipti Pandya. He is the one who initially learned about Hand & Stone while booking massages for Dipti, who has long understood the value of incorporating massage into her regular self-care routine. “It’s still rare to find the combination of massage and facial services in one concept here in Canada. Hand & Stone brings them together in a relaxing, tranquil environment our communities are going to love,” added Gunjan Vyas.
The newest Hand & Stone brings registered massage therapy, including Swedish, Himalayan Salt, Sports, Deep Tissue and Prenatal massages to Calgary. Guests can also visit the new spa to enjoy Hand & Stone’s signature hot stone massage and best-in-class facial and hair removal treatments tailored to each individual’s needs or skin concerns, with a wide range of services available for women, men and teens.
Like all Hand & Stone spas nationwide, the new location in Calgary South Trail Crossing offers advanced skincare, hair removal and spa services that incorporate new technologies at the forefront of the wellness market to enhance each guest’s overall experience. These advanced services include Decompression Cupping Therapy, NuFACE microcurrent facial and LED Phototherapy facial, as well as partnerships with award-winning skincare lines Dermalogica® and ClarityRX.
All Hand & Stone services are performed by experienced certified estheticians and Registered Massage Therapists. The brand’s commitment to guest experience has translated to an unparalleled level of expertise at each location, supported by best-in-class training and ongoing education resources. At Hand & Stone Calgary, members will have access to a team of wellness experts who specialize in providing exceptional skincare and massage treatments, ensuring a tranquil, relaxing and comfortable environment.
The Calgary Hand & Stone spa is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Hand & Stone’s massage and facial services or to schedule an appointment, call 825-540-3500 or visit handandstone.ca/locations/calgary-south-trail-crossing-ab/.
ABOUT HAND & STONE MASSAGE AND FACIAL SPA
Hand & Stone is a 500-plus unit massage and facial spa franchise with a mission to bring massage and facial services to the masses. Launched in 2004, Hand & Stone now has locations in 35 states and four provinces in Canada. Over the past several years, the brand has garnered noteworthy industry recognition including being named No. 1 in the spa category by Entrepreneur Magazine, ranked No. 8 on Forbes' Best Franchises to Buy list in the high investment category and is the fastest-growing spa concept in the country. For more information on Hand & Stone, visit www.handandstonemassagefranchise.ca.