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Meta Physica Wellness Center celebrates opening in Corktown

Meta Physica Wellness Center celebrates opening in Corktown

Meta Physica Wellness Center LLC is offering massages and raw juices to celebreate its grand opening in Corktown on Tuesday.

The 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit winner will host an open house noon-7 p.m. to show off its 1,100-square-foot facility. The event, which will feature free massages, juice samples, snacks and tours, officially opens the center since its soft launch in November. The spa is on the second floor, above Detroit-based The Farmer’s Hand LLC, of the Bagley Building at the corner of Bagley and Trumbull avenues.

The juice bar is expected to be open for business by May 1, co-owner Jenaveve Biernat told Crain’s.

“We are in a building where everyone who owns a business is a woman — there are not too many places like that,” she said. Mama Coo’s Boutique, owned by Lana Rodgriguez, is another business operating out of the Bagley Building.

Biernat co-founded the wellness center with Anahi Hollis. The entrepreneurs built the business by merging Biernat‘s massage clientele under Detroit-based Sagrada Massage LLC with Hollis’ idea to open a raw juice bar, Biernat said. They invested about $150,000 into opening the center, which was designed by Hollis, who owns Detroit-based Anahi Hollis Design LLC, with assistance from Grosse Pointe Park-based Christian Hurttienne Architects LLC. The owners tapped into their network and carpenter friends to carry out the yearlong build-out.

Meta Physica said it’s the only venue in Detroit that offers full spectrum infrared saunas, which heat the body rather than the air. The business owners have plans to get the community discussing health and wellness by hosting workshops that touch on meditation, therapy, diet and other topics, according to a news release.

The Hatch Detroit program awarded the entrepreneurs $50,000 in August 2016, which helped them deck out the center with two massage rooms and infrared saunas, Biernat said.

Meta Physica has a five-year lease, with options to buy, with Brian Mulloy’s Detroit-based Alphonse De Tonty LLC, she said. The center employs seven, including five massage therapists.

Biernat did not disclose revenue projections.