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March After-5 Mixer at Simply Spa

Once again it is time to look back at the monthly gathering of business and community that is the Sante Chamber After-5 Mixer.  This time the fun took place on Thursday, March 18, at Simply Spa next to Ross in Town Center.  Usual host and co-owner Thomas Hootman was unavailable, so his wife and partner Caroline took over the role.  It was a good turn-out, and even included the outgoing and incoming Miss and Miss Teen Santees.

By now regular readers know that the After-5 Mixer is one of the Chamber’s monthly business networking events (along with Sunrise Santee).  Each month a different business hosts the mixer, providing an opportunity to showcase what they do and where they are located.  During the mixer business owners have the chance to mingle, chat, share ideas, and get to know each other better.  The mixer always includes group introduction time, updates and announcements of events coming up, and a raffle.  This month the raffle prizes included a 60-minute massage gift certificate for Simply Spa and the 50/50 drawing.  The monthly Membership Drawing business, Dr. Byron Cosgrove, was not in attendance, so the amount goes up for April.  The next After-5 Mixer will be hosted by the Lions Club at Italia Ristorante, 8919 Carlton Hills Blvd, on April 15.

L-R: 2010 Miss Santee Teen, Taylor Shelton, 2010 Miss Santee Teen, Kimberly Swank, Santee Princess Madison, 2009 Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, 2009 Miss Santee, Sierra Billock

Networking at the March After-5 Mixer

L-R: Rob McNellis, Past Chamber President, Warren Savage, Chamber Executive Director, John Morley, Chamber Vice President

Host Caroline Hootman (R) and Staff Members

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Business Spotlight – Simply Spa


Welcome to the second in my occasional Spotlights on local businesses.  This time around the light is shining on Simply Spa, located next to Ross in the Town Center shopping district.

Simply Spa opened in January of 2008 with the goal of providing a “simple” no-pressure experience for clients.  Owners Thomas and Caroline Hootman spent time analyzing the market before opening their doors.  They decided to go with only organic or all-natural products (their only “non-organic” lotion has natural lanolin in it, so can’t qualify as organic), to avoid high-pressure tactics, and to differentiate between men and women clients.  This last decision was not “sexist” – rather it was realistic.  As Thomas explained, men and women have different needs because they carry stress in different parts of the body.  So all the therapists at Simply Spa go through special training to be able to identify a client’s particular massage needs.  Additionally, Hootman says, most men don’t want to come out of a spa “smelling like a woman.”

In order to provide a variety of experiences, Simply Spa has four differently themed treatment rooms: Asian, Mediterranean, New England, and Sedona.  Each room’s theme is carried through colors, scents, and music to give a client the feeling of that particular location.  Additionally, the Sedona and Mediterranean rooms are designed to allow for couple massages.  They also tailor each person’s treatment to their need.  Not everyone needs deep tissue massage, Thomas points out, and it’s up to clients to explain what they need and therapists to find out.  Good communication between client and therapist is important, and the Hootmans insist on that.

The Simply Spa way is to create an atmosphere that appeals to everyone.  As Thomas explains, they want clients to feel “like we’re inviting them to our own home.”  People have so much stress in their lives, and the Hootmans want clients to be able to “forget about their issues and focus only on their own health.”  As a part of this goal, Simply Spa takes many types of insurance (including Kaiser), and it is easy to set up with their program.  They also accept Spa Finder gift certificates and have their own Simply Spa Rewards program in the works.

I can personally recommend Simply Spa.  I went there for a massage after spending several weeks moving furniture, and the entire process could not have been more, well, simple.  I felt more relaxed after that than I had in a long time.  And in case you are wondering, no, I didn’t get a special deal for writing this review.  I had the massage first, then talked to Thomas later about the business later.

Simply Spa is located at 278 Town Center Drive, Suite 101, in Santee.  You can call them at 619-258-5810 for an appointment or you can now book online through their website.

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Simply Spa Hits the Big Time

The date: Monday morning, January 4, 2010. The time: shortly after 9:00 am. The place: San Diego Living on local channel 6.

Thomas and Caroline Hootman of Simply Spa, with their ever-obliging esthetician Bonnie, made an appearance on TV to talk about the spa and natural ways to take care of yourself. With Bonnie recieving an on-screen massage from Caroline, Thomas talked about what made Simply Spa different from many other day spas around San Diego. You can see the spot on San Diego’s 6 – it should be the first clip that comes up. If not, just keep watching – you’ll recognize them.

Simply Spa on San Diego Living

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The Week Ahead – July 13-19


No promises, but I am going to try to start giving a heads up on activities and events for the week.  Of course, this will be a lot easier if you let me know of any important dates coming up – so feel free to email me (recoveringteacher@gmail.com) or leave a message if you have something you think others should know about things in and around Santee.

Santee Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer: Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:00 pm at PakMail, 9890 N Magnolia Ave.

Santee Summer Concert Series: Thursday, July 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Santee Trolley Square – featuring Spectrum.

Simply Spa Santana Special: This week Simply Spa is giving members of the Santana Class of ’89 a $20 discount on either a 50-minute spa treatment or a 50-minute facial treatment in preparation for their upcoming Class Reunion.  For more info you can check out their Facebook page or call them at 619-258-5810.

Frubble Presents: Saturday night, July 18, the teen band The Mayors of Sexy Town will play at Frubble from 7:00 pm to whenever.  Frubble is located in the Pathways center at Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.

Night Fishing at Santee Lakes: Thursday night (a big night, apparently), July 16, Santee Lakes #1, 2, 3, and 4 will be open for night fishing from 5:00-11:30 pm.  You don’t need a state fishing license, but you do need a Night Fishing Permit – $8 for Adults, $6 for Juniors, $3 for a second pole – and a lantern.  No radios – you don’t want to scare the fish!

Mission Trails Regional Park: Multiple events all week, culminating in their Summer Twilight Walk starting at 7:15 pm on Saturday, July 18.  Call ahead for reservations if you want to attend.

Again, if you know of something else going on that you think is worthwhile, let me know and I’ll try to get it up.

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Simply Spa Health and Wellness Expo

Simply Spa Wellness Expo

Thursday evening, April 30, was Simply Spa’s first Wellness Expo and Open House.  This was an opportunity for people to stop in, see the facility, and get information about various alternative health care methods (“alternative” in that they are not mainstream medicine).  I was already scheduled to help backstage at the dress rehearsal of CYT’s “Cinderella,” so I was not able to spend a lot of time at the Expo, but I did have a chance to talk to some of the experts, as well as Simply Spa’s owner.

Wellness experts at the Expo included Dr. Kenneth Greenberg, a local chiropracter who has an office up on Lake Murray Blvd., and acupuncuture specialist Jane Mergens, who practices at the same office.  Also there were health and wellness experts Ben and Carol Flick to talk about nutrition, exercise, and more, and Dharlene Fahl-Birttian, a Certified Tea Expert, who shared the stress-releaving power of tea.  All of these experts were available to answer any questions visitors had on their fields.

Thomas Hootman is the owner of Simply Spa, when he isn’t working in radio advertising or one of his other projects.  His goal for Simply Spa is to be a major source of education for the community as well as wellness services.  He hopes to have three spas open in the next few years, and then to expand outside the county through franchises.  As part of his community outreach Simply Spa participated in the Relay for Life of Santee and and Vet Fest, and will be at the May Ride to support Operation Homefront.  You can also find them at the Santee Street Fair on May 30 and at Santee Day at the San Diego County Fair on June 20.

You can get more information at the Simply Spa website.

Welcome to Simply SpaThe Tea LadyIn the Hallway

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More Health News

Catching up on my messages, I realized that we have not one, but two health-related events this week.  In addition to, and coming before, the Compassionate Care Seminar is Simply Spa’s Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, April 30.  The Expo runs from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and brings together experts in acupuncture, chiropractics, and fitness and nutrition.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your body works (or maybe doesn’t work), and what you can do to improve it.  I can personally recommend their chiropractics expert, Dr. Kenneth Greenberg, who has been my personal chiropracter for many years now, and I’m sure the others are as qualified as he is.  Best of all, this Expo (and Open House) is FREE.

The Expo will be at Simply Spa, at 278 Town Center Parkway, Suite 101, near the Ross Store.  For more information about the Expo, you can check out the Simply Spa Blog post.

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