Summer is Your Time to Shine Downtown

Posted Jun 28th, 2019 in Weekend Wish List


With the big July 4th holiday coming up, you may want to spruce up your appearance for socializing with friends and family or take a moment to chill out and relax. Whatever your pleasure, here’s a quick review of the places you can go to for hair, nails, spa treatments or massage therapy in Wilmington Downtown’s central business district.

Toward the northern end in the 300 block of Grace Street, is Renaissance Salon. By appointment only, Steven Aaron offers a variety of hair cutting and styling options to suit your needs. Steven is a master stylist, certified master colorist and hair cutting innovator.

In the 200 block of North Front Street, you’ll find two massage therapists and an upscale salon that offers hair, make-up and bridal services.

Wellness Massage is located on the second floor at 272 N. Front Street. Kristen Dempsey is a nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist. She specializes in several different techniques and supports a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.

ṅ Salo is on the same side of the street and offers hair, make-up and bridal services. Roby Powers is the owner and master stylist whose goal is to recreate your image to reflect your personality. Whether you choose Roby or one of the other three stylists, they guarantee to take your style to the next level. Bookings are welcome for bridal parties.

If you’re looking for an alternative kind of pampering, just across the street on the fifth floor of the Murchison Building is Wilmington Hemp Spa. Here, Taylor Jameson (aka the cannabosslady) is an aesthetician who operates North Carolina’s first hemp spa specializing in CBD-infused skin and body treatments.

Grooming is not just for women. Along the growing business corridor on Princess Street, men can get a haircut at Murphy’s Barber Shop, listed on Yelp as one of the Top 10 Barbers in Wilmington, NC. While you’re there, you’ll be greeted by the shop’s namesake dog, Murphy.

Next door, Guys Do Nails is a hair salon and nail bar run by Dynh Le where the main priority is you. Dynh and his staff are passionate about your relaxation and happiness and want to ensure you feel pampered and unhurried.

If you head one block south to Market Street and a couple of blocks east toward the Cape Fear River, you’ll find Wholesome Journey Massage & Reflexology on the second floor at 21 Market Street. Certified massage therapist, Andrea Townsend, integrates massage, aromatherapy and reflexology to give you a totally relaxing experience. John Roberts Hair Design is tucked away beside the Federal Court House and beyond the wrought-iron gateway. 

Three more salons can be found on Water Street overlooking the Cape Fear River. Imӓǵō Hair Studio and Fringe Wilmington are both located in the Water Street Center, two blocks north of Market Street and Groove Jet Salon recently moved into new digs a block south. To find out more about Imӓǵō and Fringe, read this earlier blog here. Brandy and Kimberly of Groove Jet Salon’s mission is to create fresh modern looks for every lifestyle.

Whichever salon you choose, remember, summer is your time to shine. If you look good, you will feel good and will have more fun as you shop, dine and play Downtown. Happy 4th July! Be sure to check out the fireworks display on the Cape Fear River.

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Fringe Wilmington
106 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Groove Jet Salon
215 S Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Guys Do Nails
222 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Imago Hair Studio AVEDA
106 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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John Roberts Hair Design
17 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Murphy Barber Shop
220 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Nsalo Salon
212 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Renaissance Salon & Spa
310 Grace St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Wellness Massage
272 N Front St
Wilmington, NC N.C.

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Wholesome Journey Massage
21 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Wilmington Hemp Spa
201 N Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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