Jessica's Apothecary

. March 27, 2013.

From the moment you step inside, you’ll breathe deeper — partly because you’ll be intrigued by the subtle but delicious scents in the air, and partly because the space is so tranquil. Welcome to Jessica’s Apothecary, a new body spa and skin care product purveyor created to pamper hard-working moms and dads from their scalps to the soles of their feet. The compact, yet spacious-feeling, two-story space features three treatment rooms where facials, body scrubs, and massages are administered with expert care. The guiding force: Jessica Elkins, an esthetician with years of experience who most recently operated out of the A2Yoga studio. Located on the corner of Catherine and N. Fifth in Ann Arbor, next to Argiero’s restaurant (the building was originally a stable and is currently owned by the Argiero family), the store has an old-world-meets-new-age vibe. “I really wanted the feel of an old-time apothecary, or a French parfumerie” says Elkins, “where you can just walk in and either buy what you need or get advice on a custom blend that’s right for you.” Facials start at $65; massages at $60. 301 N. Fifth Ave. (one block east of Kerrytown). 734-545-4303. —NB