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Spa Snapshot: Silken Tent
By Abby Penning
Posted: March 3, 2008, from the March 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
With its name matching the title of a Robert Frost poem full of refreshing summer imagery, the spa dubbed Silken Tent pairs just the right amount of quiet solitude with conscientious luxury.
Located in Glenview, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, the facility offers a mix of traditional spa services—facials, manicures and pedicures, massage and body treatments—with more holistically inspired options, such as Reiki, acupuncture, cupping, nutritional counseling and psychotherapy. “We wanted the focus on healing and friendship,” says Tiffany Cannon, Silken Tent’s co-founder. “We wanted wellness, and a place where you know the services would be beautiful every time, and it would be a special place to go.”
Creating an atmosphere of community and relaxation is very important in the Silken Tent experience. Sherri Stewart, Silken Tent’s other co-founder, says, “I think what people would describe is that they’re walking into Silken Tent out of Glenview, but they think, ‘I could be in New York City or at Canyon Ranch.’ ” An integral part of that idea involves the spa’s staff. “The experience starts with the wonderful, warm, inviting team, and we are always trying to do lovely things that clients wouldn’t expect,” says Stewart. “The attention to detail—like in our Water Ritual area—has people saying things like, ‘Omigosh, you guys thought of everything.’ ”
The unique Water Ritual area connects Silken Tent’s changing rooms and women’s lounge, offering clients the chance to pair its offerings with nearly any spa service, upping the ante on what one can typically expect from a simple massage or facial. Also, tasty choices at the spa’s café, and a variety of quality and typically hard-to-find products in the retail area are available to any customer.
And all this extra effort is just the norm at Silken Tent. The spa’s owners and employees are accustomed to going the extra mile in order to make the experience as friendly and fulfilling as possible. To that end, the business has taken the initiative to be environmentally conscious, with a large amount of organic treatments and products and many energy-efficient, sustainable and reclaimed building materials being used when the facility was created.
“We were always thinking, ‘Is there a way we could do this more organically?’ ” says Cannon. The retail space and yoga studio feature bamboo flooring, and the spa’s centerpiece is a uniquely textured wall made of salvaged mesquite wood. Vintage light fixtures, organic cotton towels, environmentally friendly cleaning products, organic food choices and a selection of local, earthy retail choices round out the eco-offerings.
And all the work thus far has paid off, fulfilling the founding dreams of Cannon and Stewart. “We wanted women to have a really special hang-out space that’s warm, inviting and beautiful,” says Cannon. “Everyone loves the atmosphere, and with great services with a wellness focus, organic care, a wellness studio and more, we’re pulling together things women are really interested in.” Stewart echoes that statement, saying, “Here’s a place where you can get away from it all, but it’s in your neighborhood.”
Through the founders thought and consideration, they have created a space allowing a chance for their clients to relax and enjoy time with friends, finding peace of mind in a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life ... very much like a summer day in a silken tent.
2300 Chestnut Ave.
Glenview, IL 60026
Established: August 2007
Spa owners: Tiffany Cannon and Sherri Stewart
Staff: Nine spa team members; three wellness team members for psychotherapy, nutritional consulting, and acupuncture and Chinese herbs; four operational and management employees; and 13 independent contractor yoga teachers