Warehouse discovers new life as luxury spa
A DINGY former warehouse in the top of town is being transformed into a million-dollar haven for the healthy, with a massage centre, herbal spa and juice bar.
Sonja and David Glinster bought the site at 196 Brisbane St, on the corner of Waghorn St heading uphill towards Limestone St, and began work on the old hall just below the Ipswich fire station.
Ms Glinster said the whole site was originally Palmer's Plumbing, built about 1940-45, with the back shed used to make metal water tanks.
"There's four stages to the project," Ms Glinster said yesterday.
"When I looked at it, three different levels all over the place, I thought: Ooh, I could make this into three different shops.
"Stage one is where they used to make water tanks. It was leased to two ladies conducting yoga classes and Hula-hooping classes."
Stage two was the office of Ray Moxly Real Estate. Now it's home to Ipswich Massage Centre, previously on Limestone St.
Renamed Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa, it will include a spa room, five therapy rooms and a Vichy shower room.
"Our Vichy shower is one of only a few such hydrotherapy treatment devices in south-east Queensland," Ms Glinster said. "The others are at Golden Door and Versace."
The former warehouse, with a drab office at the front, now has curved modern plaster board complementing the original bricks.
"All the rooms have piped music and each room is two decibels different to the next room so you can't hear other people speaking," Ms Glinster said. "We've gone to a lot of trouble to sound proof the room. You're on the main street of Ipswich but it's very quiet."
The adjoining former Raw Furniture store will be stage three of the Glinsters' project: a juice, salad and all-things-healthy cafe called Revive.
Ms Glinster said the windows along the front of the store opposite Metropole Hotel would be replaced by three clear roller doors.
On the Waghorn St side there will be an outdoor serving area and upstairs will be alcove seating.
A feature of that area is ceiling beams from the first Ipswich Grammar School hall, adorned with the names of famous Ipswich families.
Stage four of the million-dollar project is a Mexican restaurant.
"The massage opens on the 15th and the juice bar we hope to have open in time for summer," Ms Glinster said.