Threading and spa to open in Storrs Center
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
GBS Threading & Spa, an establishment sure to provide students and faculty with a relaxing environment, has signed a lease at Storrs Center. All the retail spaces in One Royce Circle are claimed, as Storrs Wine and Spirits and ThinkitDrinkit are joining Storrs Center alongside GBS. GBS Threading & Spa is expected to open in the coming months, adding to an eclectic array of companies such as Haru Aki Café, oneTribe, UConn Dental, UConn Health Center, UConn Urgent Care, Webster Bank, the UConn Co-op Bookstore and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in this walkable downtown environment.
GBS Threading & Spa will offer services such as eyebrow, facial and body threading and henna tattoos, including bridal mehandi. Other services include manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, waxing and facial services. The products used by this establishment are all natural. For those unfamiliar with threading, it is an ancient and effective method of hair removal that originated in the Eastern world. A thin cotton thread is doubled, twisted and rolled over areas with hair, plucking multiple hairs at the follicle level at once. It is reputed to be gentler on the skin as well as more precise than tweezing. Customers often return every few weeks to a month to have threading done, as the results are optimal. GBS shares that their airbrush tattoos can last up to four to five days, and Henna tattoos – applied by artists originally trained in India who have knowledge of the symbols, colors and designs – may last two to four weeks.
GBS Threading & Spa is owned by Shiva and Binda Neupane, who opened their first store in 2007 in Trumbull. Mrs. Neupane comes from Nepal by way of South Carolina. “She was inspired to learn the art of threading for hair removal after being exposed to the tradition in a hair salon. In Nepal, the tradition gets passed down from generation to generation,” Shiva Neupane said. While learning about this tradition from masters and gaining hands on experience, Binda Neupane decided to open up GBS Browz. Although the salon’s name alludes to its brow-shaping speciality, “Binda can also render henna body art and improve complexions during facials by incorporating fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, or herbs,” said Shiva Neupane. Among college students, the most popular services are threading and henna. GBS Threading & Spa is scheduled to open in Jan. 2014, though the owners are optimistic it may open sooner. This business will be open seven days a week, every day of the year except holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.