Offering affordable luxury in Waukesha
Former Kohl's executive opens Hand & Stone spa location

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

September 30, 2017

Debbie Granger, a former finance executive at Kohl's, recently purchased franchise rights for Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. In September, she opened a location at 1166 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha.

Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA - Everyone loves to be pampered and the goal at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Waukesha is to make special treatment accessible for area residents.

Debbie Granger, a former finance executive at Kohl’s, recently purchased franchise rights for Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa after looking for the right franchise match. A fan of fitness and wellness, she knew this was a business concept she could be passionate about.

After buying the rights in November, she scoped the area for the right site, which she found in the Shoppes at Fox River, 1166 W. Sunset Drive. Granger said the location was a great fit because of nearby businesses’ compatibility with Hand & Stone, such as TJ Maxx and Panera. The growth and demographics of Waukesha, and the lack of competitors, also played into her decision.

It took a few months to build the space in a new building and on Sept. 18, the business opened.

Granger said Hand & Stone specializes in hot stone massages and has signature facial options. She also sells skin care lines by Dermalogical and ClarityRx.

“To me, this is really affordable luxury,” Granger said.

Customers can pay a monthly charge of $59.95 per month to become a member, which includes a one-hour massage or a signature facial and then receive discounted massages and facials, as well as a discount on products.

In addition to offering hot stone massages, the business also has couples massages and cold stone massages. There are many types of facials provided too, as well as massage enhancements and hair removal.

All employees are licensed are required to continue their education, Granger said.

Hand & Stone also offers weekend and evening hours, as late as 10 p.m. Monday through Friday for people who work or want to relax after getting the children into bed. Having only opened recently, Granger said Hand & Stone is offering specials to help bring people through their doors to see what the business is all about.

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