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Blissful Experiences 

With a name like Bliss Day Spa and Shop (200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1997), customers expect a wonderful experience that lifts their spirits and relaxes their bodies. For more than half a decade, owner Nancy Lovejoy has made sure her spa lives up to its name, with services including manicures, pedicures, facials, body massages, reflexology, skin resurfacing and peels, waxing and other treatments.

"The reason I used the name was that my father, before he died of colon cancer, told his children, 'I want you to follow your bliss,'" Lovejoy says, adding that bliss meant their dreams. "This has been mine." Despite its philosophical and sentimental meaning, Lovejoy says she now is prepared to change her business' name due to a 5-year dispute with a New York spa that bears the same name. In January, the Old Metairie spa's name will change to Lovejoy, which imbues the same promises of bliss as well as specifying who is making the guarantees.

"I think when your name's on it, it takes it to a whole other level," Lovejoy says. "I'm already closely associated with the spa ... and I'm definitely excited about having my name on it."

Customers can buy single services or go for packages such as the Day of Bliss, which includes a spa manicure and pedicure, an hour-long full-body massage, a deluxe facial, lunch and a special gift. The Pure Bliss package includes a 60-minute full-body massage, half-hour foot reflexology and a 15-minute scalp massage. Bliss also offers rejuvenating seaweed body treatments, body polishes, mud treatments, wraps, tanning services, and more. There also are services just for men, including men's manicures, pedicures and facials, or the Bliss Him Out package: a 60-minute head-to-toe massage and 30-minute foot reflexology.

In addition to services aimed at relaxing and rejuvenating the body and spirit, Bliss also offers skin and body products from such national names as Bert's Bees, Brumble and Brumble, Crabtree & Evelyn, The Thymes, Archipelago Botanicals and local makers such as Dr. Mary Lupo, Dermaware and Dr. Murads.

Lovejoy also has stocked her store with several lines of jewelry, including items from local artist Olga; clothing from Three Dots; home decorating accessories, including beautiful bottles and jars, picture frames, perfume bottles, candles, decorative soaps, cosmetic and jewelry bags, Lampe Bergers and other merchandise.

"I constantly go to market and scope out new, fun things," she says. "We listen to what customers want and add them; I just make sure it all has some style to it."


Birthday Block Party

Legendary French Quarter bar Pat O'Brien's is celebrating 70 years in business Wednesday (Dec. 3) with a huge block party replete with live music, drink specials, and special goodies from Santa.

The 700 block of St. Peter Street, where the bar is located, will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m., with music from the Bucktown Allstars beginning at 8 p.m. in the street. In honor of the seven decades of business in New Orleans, Pat O'Brien's will offer its famous hurricane cocktails for $1.50, as well as 50-cent beers and mixed drinks as well as food specials in its courtyard restaurant. Santa Claus also will be in attendance, passing out hurricane-flavored birthday cake and other goodies.

In addition to these indulgences, Pat O'Brien's also will be selling raffle tickets in which the winner will be treated to a three-hour party that includes drinks and food for 75 guests at Pat O'Brien's Briars Suite, which overlooks Bourbon Street. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit New Orleans Police's Eighth District.


Tour Homes, Help Children

The Beau Chene Garden Club is sponsoring a holiday home tour at the Northshore subdivision from 9 a.m. until noon Friday (Dec. 5).

Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased at Boudreaux's Jewelers, Lagniappe and Hatcreek and Company on the Northshore, or $15 the day of the tour at (103 Fountainbleau, Beau Chene). There also is a special luncheon at the Beau Chene Country Club that will include a raffle and silent auction; tickets for the luncheon and home tour are $28 and must be purchased in advance.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Freedom Teins Therapy Center and the Special Children are Privileged program. Call Phoebe Whealdon at (985) 845-2001 for more information.


Eat, Dress and Be Merry

Kelsey's Restaurant (3923 Magazine St., 897-6722) and Total Woman boutique are teaming up for a special fashion show and luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5) at the restaurant. Tickets are $20.

The fun starts with a champagne reception from noon to 12:30, then a fashion show and lunch, starting at 12:45 p.m. The lunch includes at choice of soup, oyster appetizer or salad, followed by an entree and dessert.

click to enlarge Spa owner Nancy Lovejoy finds a range of products - to fill the bill for her customers at Bliss Day Spa and - Hop in Old Metairie.
  • Spa owner Nancy Lovejoy finds a range of products to fill the bill for her customers at Bliss Day Spa and Hop in Old Metairie.


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