Xenia business aims to ‘restore’ bodies


By Scott Halasz - shalasz@civitasmedia.com



Scott Halasz | Greene County News RESTORE The Massage Body Shop held its grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday. Pictured (left to right) are Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless, co-owner Shari Kern, co-owner Tracy Knight, Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Alan Liming, Xenia Development Director Steve Brodsky, and chamber members Carla Hughes and Mary Tackett


XENIA — There’s a new body shop in Xenia, but this one isn’t for fixing a dent or replacing a bumper.

Instead, customers can get a deep tissue massage or a stress relieving rubdown.

That’s the goal at RESTORE The Massage Body Shop — helping people who are worn out from the daily grind feel brand new again.

The business, which had a ribbon cutting and grand opening Wednesday, has an automobile garage decor, complete with a tire iron and other auto-related items.

“I really wanted a massage place that’s gender neutral,” said President and CEO Shari Kern. “I wanted it to appeal to men and women both.”

The massages are also auto-themed with a “Sunday Drive;” “Tire Change;” “Four Wheeler;” and “Road Trip” among the services offered. Upon arrival, guests fill out an “inspection report” and will work with the massage technician to create a “maintenance schedule.”

“I love cars, that’s really where it all came from,” Kern said.

Kern and business partner Tracy Knight have been in the planning stages for about a year and a half. Knight — a Xenia native — has been a licensed massage therapist for about a year. Kern received her license in November. Until now, they’ve been doing massages doing the massages out of homes.

Located at 280 N. Detroit St., Suite C, RESTORE is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Kern said an open house held earlier this month helped get a jump start for the business.

“It’s an under-served market,” she said of the area. “We’re here to build relationships with our community.”

Scott Halasz | Greene County News RESTORE The Massage Body Shop held its grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday. Pictured (left to right) are Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless, co-owner Shari Kern, co-owner Tracy Knight, Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Alan Liming, Xenia Development Director Steve Brodsky, and chamber members Carla Hughes and Mary Tackett
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_2306.jpgScott Halasz | Greene County News RESTORE The Massage Body Shop held its grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday. Pictured (left to right) are Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless, co-owner Shari Kern, co-owner Tracy Knight, Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Alan Liming, Xenia Development Director Steve Brodsky, and chamber members Carla Hughes and Mary Tackett

By Scott Halasz

shalasz@civitasmedia.com

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

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