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The Beauty of Relaxation 

When entrepreneurs Karen Adjmi and Jackie Palumbo founded Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-0300), their focus was to provide spa services and quality, all-natural products that would calm the soul as well as nurture skin, hair and body. Twelve years and half a dozen stores later, their main goal hasn't changed but their offerings have been refined and expanded to envelop overall well-being and quality of life.

The newest addition to the Earthsavers family is a roomy and comfortable day spa and retail store behind Lakeside Shopping Center that incorporates all the ideals of the owners. Its design is bright and clean without being sterile, and it's packed with merchandise arranged in a non-crowded, easy-to-maneuver configuration. The day spa, housed in the back and upstairs of the shop, offers a comfortable waiting area where customers can browse magazines while sipping purified water with sliced fresh fruit in it that speaks to the spirit. Each spa visitor is given a locker for their belongings and is encouraged to don a comfy robe. The service rooms are infused with aromatherapy oils and music to further help them discard their stresses.

"The most unique aspect of our business is our philosophy: beauty from the inside out," says Adjmi. "It's very hands-on and therapeutic. We're not trendy at all. We've been doing this for 12 years and we constantly update and refine, but we're the same Earthsavers we've always been."

"We feel like we have the best products and services," Palumbo says. "And now the best facility," Adjmi adds. "We've learned a lot over 12 years and we train heavily." Earthsavers also has endeavored to bring in the best skin, hair and body product lines on the market, plus develop its own line of products with 100 percent therapeutic ingredients that help heal as well as optimize beauty. The store also offers books, tapes, yoga equipment and comforting gift items such as buckwheat hull pillows with lovely silk covers, house slippers, lounge wear and more.

Such attention to detail is obvious from the moment a customer enters and is greeted by a friendly staff that seems genuinely happy to be there. The owners say part of the secret is in the training, making staff members experts in various fields such as makeup, skin-care products, gifts and, of course, spa services. Those include manicures and pedicures, using natural products that don't leave you with a chemical smell; a range of facials, including exfoliation, peels, resurfacing and cleansing treatments; massage and reflexology; body treatments and polishes; healing hand and foot treatments; and waxing.

It's been a formula that's worked for Earthsavers, which has experienced improved sales even during economic downturns. "Last year all the stores were up 26 percent," Palumbo says, "and in this new store, sales were up 45 percent."

Earthsavers is celebrating a grand opening of the new Lakeside store this week, culminating in a party on Sunday, March 16, that includes food from Lulu's restaurant, drinks and giveaways of gift bags filled with the store's most popular products. During the week, Earthsavers will give away two gift boxes of products each day (Monday through Friday), and on Saturday there will be a drawing in which two people will win days of relaxation, a range of services that lasts for more than four hours and includes lunch from Le Madeleine.

"We're very excited," Adjmi says. "It's going to be a lot of fun for us and our customers."

"The grand opening party is really to say thank you to our customers who have supported us all these years," Palumbo says, "and to introduce them to our new store. This is our flagship store, a prototype and model for all the stores to come."


Garden Party

The Louisiana Home and Garden Show is scheduled for March 14 through 16 at the John A. Alario Event Center (2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego), culminating in a silent auction of products to benefit the Paula Zebrecky Foundation.

The garden show, sponsored by Barbe's Dairy, features local and regional vendors, quality products, seminars by experts, and lots of ideas for home and garden improvement. Celebrity chefs such as Jack Leonardi of Jacques Imo's, Corey Jacobs of Charley G's and others will present cooking demonstrations throughout the three-day show.

Special features include a free lunch sampling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, a wine and cheese party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, a silent auction benefiting Make A Wish foundation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, a boat show, plus a spacewalk and pony rides for youngsters.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for youngsters and seniors, and $2 for children younger than 12.

click to enlarge Jackie Palumbo (left) and Karen Adjmi sit in the serene waiting room of their newest Earthsavers store, a name that has become synonymous with relaxation and natural beauty.
  • Jackie Palumbo (left) and Karen Adjmi sit in the serene waiting room of their newest Earthsavers store, a name that has become synonymous with relaxation and natural beauty.
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