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Crystal Lake's Spa Thera Pe hopes for May grand opening

A new day spa is coming to Crystal Lake along Northwest Highway.

Owner Sara Pe hopes to have a grand opening in May at 6315 Northwest Highway, Suite C, in an office building.

Pe has been working as a massage therapist for 13 years and previously worked at Centegra Health Bridge and at a chiropractor’s office. She also runs an internship program for students and mentoring.

Pe plans to hire two people to start and then more as the business builds up a client base.

She will offer therapeutic and professional massages, facials, waxing and nail services, and in the future she hopes to add more services, such as spray tanning.

“I adore my clients and have had a lot of them since the first week I’ve started,” Pe said. “I love mentoring students, so bringing in employees to train and serve the community will be great.”

The spa will feature six rooms for services and a waiting room. According to city code, massage establishments are required to apply for a special use permit.

The Crystal Lake City Council approved site plans for Spa Thera Pe at its Tuesday meeting with a 6-0 vote. Council member Brett Hopkins was absent.

Crystal Lake has a specific regulation code for all massage parlors and spa establishments in the city that was approved in February. Among other things, the code requires that it is possible to see through 75 percent of the windows, and that the business is not open later than 9 p.m. or before 8 a.m. for any reason.

State-granted licenses of all massage therapists, their names and addresses and a $50 license fee must be given to the city.

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