Massage Envy Spa to open at the Waterfront in May in space that Irvin Jacks is vacating

WICHITA — East Wichita no longer has a reason to be envious of west Wichita, at least when it comes to Massage Envy Spa.

The first Wichita Massage Envy opened in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road in 2010.

Now, one is moving into the Irvin Jacks space at the Waterfront in early May.

It’s not clear what’s happening with Irvin Jacks, a “barber spa” for men. Owner Felicia DeSpain didn’t return calls for comment.

Massage Envy franchisee Amy Gilliland, who also owns the Lawrence Massage Envy, says she’d actually hoped to open on the east side first.

“There was just no place to go that we wanted to go,” she says of when she looked previously.

She says she’s excited about the 3,290 square feet that’s coming open at the Waterfront.

“I love how upscale it is. I love the aesthetic. I like the tenant mix. I like the landlords a lot. They’re really great.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Gilliland says Massage Envy is an affordable, approachable business that offers therapeutic massage and healthy skin facials.

The chain, which started in 2002, now has 854 stores.

Read More »

Massage Envy Spa coming to NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Amy Gilliland is bringing a business to NewMarket Square that she hopes will be the envy of the area.

She’s opening Massage Envy Spa, a national franchise, in the same building near 21st and Maize where Doc Green’s is.

The 2,680-square-foot store will open in late July.

“I like NewMarket Square because . . . it’s a power center,” Gilliland says.

She says there’s not a lot of competition in the area either.

Gilliland already has a Massage Envy in Lawrence, which she opened a couple of years ago.

“We’ve done really well in Lawrence,” she says.

She’ll hire a staff to run the Wichita spa.

“I could not have done that two years ago when I opened the current one, just because it was a new concept for me,”  Gilliland says.

Read More »