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Marc Raymond now owns The Vie

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Marc Raymond Spa and Salon recently purchased the Vie Retreat building and has merged stylists and therapists into a new entity.

Vie owner Francois Pujol was looking to sell and retire, while the Marc Raymond Spa was looking to move and expand.

Cheryl Sulpizio of Wasatch Commercial Brokers is friends with both and brought the two competitors together.

"This opens the door for the clientele to be exposed to twice the knowledge of the industry, twice the product and technique and more experience than in the past," Sulpizio said.

The new company will offer a full range of hair treatment and styling, manicures and pedicures, a full range of skin treatment including facials and waxing, massage and other therapies.

The Marc Raymond Spa had been looking to expand for the last couple of years. The owners wanted to do an expansion where they were at, but it didn’t happen, so they started looking last year, said Julie Sands, manager and wellness coordinator.

They had been located at the Silver Mountain Sports Club and Spa, but had a different vision from the operators of the sports club, said Corinne Early, one of the owners.

Scott Calgary with the spa asked Sulpizio to help them find a new location where they could expand their services.

Sulpizio has had her hair done at The Vie for the past 15 years. When she came in for an appointment at the beginning of the year, Pujol began chatting with her that he wanted to sell the business and retire. Sulpizio put the two companies in communication in February and, after months of finalizing the deal, the Marc Raymond Spa staff has now moved into the Vie building at 1492 Park Ave.

A grand opening will be in September or October, Early said.

The staffs at both companies are adamant in emphasizing that the Vie is not gone. The Marc Raymond Spa believes that a merger is far more beneficial than a takeover, Sulpizio said.

"We’re all excited that Francois has shared with us his people. In this business the more the merrier," Early said. "The finished product is going to look more like the Vie than the Marc Raymond."

The move hasn’t been easy. More than real estate was involved, Sulpizio said. All assets including equipment, clientele lists, inventory and more was encompassed in the deal.

"They’ve been competitors for years, so it took a transition period, but the staffs on both sides are very excited about what the two different salons bring to the table," she said.

Each salon has variety in the levels of technicians and price ranges. Some services are priced appropriately for teenagers and others are for high-end clients at the Tranquility in Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley. The services span the full range expected for full-day spa treatments.

Sands, as wellness coordinator, is excited to move into the building, which is twice the size of the Silver Mountain location.

"We’re going to be strengthening our services instead of competing with each other," she said.

The services currently include natural diagnostic systems and homeopathy. Nutritional support and other things such as yoga therapy, a healing drumming technique, structural integration, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment will be included.

"It’s a big facility with an entire loft space for expansion. We’ll be adding new treatment room for winter season, just under 6,000 square feet," she said.

The services offered depend on the season. During the summer, the spa and salon aspects have equal business. During the ski season, the spa business doubles, she said.

The new name will likely be Vie Nouveaux, but that isn’t finalized yet, Early said.

The two companies are still in the midst of getting adjusted. Tonight a dinner will be held for everyone to celebrate the merger and get acquainted.

"We’ll all be one happy family after this Saturday, one business operating under one name," Early said.

According to Early, the two companies were the two top high-end salons in the city. cooperating instead of competing, their opportunities for defining the industry in the area are exciting, she said.

The Vie Nouveaux (probable new name)

Formerly The Vie Retreat

1492 Park Avenue

435-649-6363


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