PETERBOROUGH — European Esthetics Wellness Spa & Tea Room is celebrating its momentous anniversary all month, with specials and discounts. An Open House Celebration will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., with music and mingling at its Grove Street location. All are welcome to the catered event. When Ellen Smith opened European Esthetics’ […]

PETERBOROUGH — European Esthetics Wellness Spa & Tea Room is celebrating its momentous anniversary all month, with specials and discounts. An Open House Celebration will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., with music and mingling at its Grove Street location. All are welcome to the catered event. When Ellen Smith opened European Esthetics’ […]

PETERBOROUGH — European Esthetics Wellness Spa & Tea Room is celebrating its momentous anniversary all month, with specials and discounts. An Open House Celebration will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., with music and mingling at its Grove Street location. All are welcome to the catered event.

When Ellen Smith opened European Esthetics’ doors 25 years ago on School Street, there was no one specializing in skin care services in Peterborough. But the area was ready, and her spa was successful from the start.

“I’m grateful to be able to do what I love, to have a career serving people, making their skin feel better, seeing them feel better about themselves,” Smith said. “I think our success is a result of continuous, consistent, professional services with personal care.”

In 1992, however, not everyone in town was convinced the business would last. “I have a client whose husband said, ‘Skin care? Peterborough? I’m going to give her six months.’”

A quarter of a century later, the spa is back in the heart of the town, after operating in a number of locations nearby. In May 2015, European Esthetics moved to Depot Square, to the right of Waterhouse Restaurant.

“I love the community, I love the Square, I love the interaction with other businesses,” she said about the new location, adding there’s an energy there and the proximity to Nubanusit River is perfect for a spa. “It felt like a full circle complete.”