Local Family Brings High-end Wellness Services to their Community, Shares Plans of Opening Additional Locations of Premier Massage and Facial Spa Brand

GUELPH, Ontario (November 18, 2023)Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, leading premium massage and facial spa franchise, announced its newest franchised location in Guelph opened on November 8. Located at 17 Woodlawn Road West, the new Hand & Stone Guelph spa is owned and operated by local father-daughter duo Layton and Erin Phillips. With family roots in Guelph spanning five generations deep, the Phillips family is enthusiastic about bringing the premier spa brand to their cherished hometown. The Guelph location is the Phillips’ first spa in the Hand & Stone franchise system, however, the two plan to bring three additional spas to their area with locations in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge, slated to open the first additional spa within the next year. With many years of experience as multi-unit franchisees at Bulk Barn, Canada’s largest bulk food retailer, Erin and Layton are looking forward to utilizing their operational skillset while expanding their portfolio with Hand & Stone and offering its premier spa services to their community.

“Hand & Stone is exactly what we were seeking in a new investment, and the brand’s premium wellness services will be an incredible new offering that will be greatly valued within the Guelph community,” explained Layton Phillips, co-owner of Hand & Stone Guelph. “We are confident our development plans with the brand will allow us to offer a sanctuary for many community members to relax and refresh their self-care routines, and we eagerly anticipate joining our future spa members on their path toward a healthier and more harmonious way of life.”

The newest Hand & Stone in Guelph brings high-quality professional massage services, including Swedish, Himalayan Salt, Sports, Deep Tissue, Oncology and Prenatal massages to the Guelph community. 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 Guelph location offers advanced skincare 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 Therapy massage, NuFACE microcurrent facial, Percussive Therapy massage and LED Phototherapy facial, as well as innovations such as Muscle Soothing Treatments, Cold Stone Facial Treatments, Oxygeneo Facial and partnerships with award-winning skincare lines like 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 Guelph 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.

Guests can take advantage of pre-opening promotional offers at the Guelph Hand & Stone spa, including gift cards for a massage or facial sold at member prices. Additionally, guests who purchase the pre-opening lifestyle membership will receive 1000 member points and a free massage or facial and deferred payment until the spa opens.┬áThe Guelph Hand and & Stone spa is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Hand & Stone’s massage and facial services or to schedule an appointment, call 548-761-5371 or visit https://handandstone.ca/locations/guelph/.

As Hand & Stone continues to grow, the brand is seeking qualified franchisee candidates for markets across Canada. For more information on franchising opportunities, please visit https://www.handandstonemassagefranchise.ca/.


Hand & Stone is a nearly 560-plus unit massage and facial spa franchise with a mission to bring affordable, luxury spa services to all. Launched in 2004, Hand & Stone now has locations across 35 states and Canada. Each spa features best-in-class skincare treatments highlighting the latest in cosmetic technology. Available for women, men and teens, a wide range of services are tailored to each individual's needs or skin concerns. Hand & Stone facial treatments are performed by licensed estheticians, using top-of-the-line products backed by science including Dermalogica and ClarityRx Clinical Skin Care. The fastest-growing spa franchise in the country, Hand & Stone has been named No. 1 in the spa category by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2023, 2021 and 2020 and was ranked No. 8 on Forbes' Best Franchises to Buy list in the high investment category.