Hello Coastside Folks, new residents, lifers, and even tourists. (yes we love you too)!
If you read the blog I wrote about Spangler's (El Granada's new neighborhood market), you know that I am passionate about generating awareness and support for local businesses, the amazing people behind them, and the valuable services they provide our community. When the person behind the business happens to be a personal friend, well...that's even better!
Enter Sea And Sparrow. Located in the Harbor Vista building at 504 Ave. Alhambra in El Granada lies an intimate new "spa for one" thats run by one of the highest quality people on the coast - Jen Cardiel. If "warmth" were to take a human form it would look like Jen. She is one of those people with whom you can really be yourself and when you talk to her you know you're actually connecting with another person. (amazing how often this isn't the case). And, if your lucky enough to get a hug, your getting a REAL HUG! I can't think of a betterx person to run a "spa for one" where presence, intimacy, and warmth reign supreme.
Jen moved to Montara back in the 80's when she was in 6th grade. In the middle of her senior year (at Half Moon Bay High School) her parents moved to Grass Valley. As soon as she could legally able, she headed back for the coast. She landed in Santa Cruz where she started a jewelry business specializing in, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry. Not long after that, she was introduced to the world of Skin Care. She became a licensed esthetician and started working at an Aveda day spa. Over the next few years her profession carried her to cities like Sacramento and San Francisco but Jen's ultimate goal was to make her way back to the coast where she still had friends and frequently visited. To give her intention "life", she grabbed a picture of Montara and told her daughter, "Ava, in one year we are moving back to the coast". And guess where she was one year later? Yup, good ol' HMB. El Granada to be specific. This was 4 years ago. Since then she created intention for a new adventure. One that leveraged her passion, experience, and love for the coast. Out of this intention was born "Sea And Sparrow"; an intimate spa not far from our favorite intimate watering hole, HopDogma.
Sea And Sparrow (by design) is a "one customer at a time" type of place. The layout is intimate yet functional. As you walk through the front door you are greeted by a tastefully decorated seating area. This room contains funky cabinets and display cases filled with hand-made jewelry and a wide variety of facial skin care products many of which are custom-tailored for those living in coastal climates like ours.
The other part of the facility, which has been partitioned off for privacy, contains a comfortable-looking esthetician bed and all the modern equipment needed to heal and preserve skin including an O2 machine which uses pressurized oxygen to deliver active ingredients into the skin.
So what does a treatment look like? It's about 90 minutes and starts with a conversation to understand your goals. This is followed by an analysis of your skin, a full facial, head massage, and of course, O2 treatment.
Treatments are booked by appointment only. The website www.seaandsparrow.com (which is still under construction) will have booking functionality, but In the meantime just call Jen directly at 415.519.5736. She also sells gift certificates for any amount which would be an AWESOME Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for you last-minute shoppers!
At the end of the day, Sea and Sparrow is a place to get one-on-one treatment by a mindful and engaging facial skin expert. Its a place get the highest-quality skin care products customized to your specific needs. Its a place to buy that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. But most of all, Sea and Sparrow is a place you go to feel good; to give your body the gift of respect and attention. After a session with Jen you will walk out the door looking like a million bucks but the real value is how you will feel on the inside.
Its been a bit of a funny experience for me to write this blog post because like most guys I knew nothing about skin care. Heck, I still forget to put on sunblock when I go in the ocean most of the time. (as a result these crow's feet are a growing) But, I can tell you that after spending time with Jen at Sea and Sparrow and listening to the benefits of proper skin care as well as her approach to providing these services, I'm heading in for a treatment!! Maybe she even has an elixir to make my hair grow back ;)
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