TRURO – A “Closed” sign in the front window of a prominent spa in downtown Truro on a Wednesday morning is an unusual event.
A woman arriving at about 10 a.m. was surprised to see a note posted to the locked red door of the BellaSante Holistic Health Centre & Spa at 604 Prince St.
“I had an appointment this morning,” she said. Confused, she left the doorstep wondering what to do about touching up a leg-waxing job, which had begun two weeks prior at the spa.
No one answered a knock on the door.
Early Wednesday morning the business issued a press release to the Truro Daily News indicating after a decade of operating on Prince Street in the heart of Downtown Truro, it has ceased operations effective immediately.
“This decision is one that was formed once it was recognized that it was no longer economically viable to continue to operate,” said Chantale Hache, founder and owner, in the release. “I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the clients who have supported BellaSante over the years and to my colleagues in the business community who have been longtime supporters.”
Calls to the spa were not answered Wednesday morning.
The business was awarded the Best of Colchester, Best Day Spa consecutively in 2012 and 2013.
It offered a full range of spa and health services.
“It’s sad to see but it is a very competitive sector of the local economy and I’m sure with Chantale’s business acumen she’ll bounce back in another type of business, let’s hope,” said Alan Johnson, executive director of the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce.
“She’s too valuable to the business community to disappear and I’m sure we’ll be in touch with her to find out what her plans are."
News of the sudden closure also shocked and saddened registered psychologist Jeannette Kennedy, calling the spa “near and dear to my heart.”
“I rented private practice office space for over five years, prior to relocating independently to an office in Stewiacke in 2011,” she said in an email to the Truro Daily News. “ I enjoyed being part of a holistic health team that consisted of highly experienced and diverse staff.”