Compiled by Courtney Riley and Makenna Wood of Proximo Marketing for the Gloucester Main Street Association

It’s true what they say: giving the gift of time is one of the sweetest gifts. Time for yourself to recharge. Time to spend with those you love. Time to experience something new.

Those experiences are available on Gloucester Main Street, especially if you are looking for a way to give the gift of education, wellness or beauty.

Here are a few experiences to explore as gift options this holiday season.

Split Enz Salon

This full-service salon blends together art, science and beauty for every client to help them create their “total look.” With a full staff of trained stylists, hair designers, makeup artists, nail technicians and aestheticians, a gift certificate to Split Enz Salon means something unique and customized for your friend or loved one.

Total Hair Services include cuts, color, conditioning treatments and styling, plus more.

Total Beauty Services include makeup and skincare.

Total Body Services include nails, waxing and massage.

Split Enz Salon also sells the very products they use on their clients, which make for great stocking stuffers.   

Village Blacksmith

Bringing old world craftsmanship back to the local community, the Village Blacksmith offers handmade, American-made products right in the heart of the Gloucester Village. But it’s not just for the experts. This veteran owned business offers classes and tours to the community for an experience that takes you back in time.

Witha gift certificate to an upcoming class, you can help someone learn about thecraft of blacksmithing. Group tours also available, featuring wine and beer tastings, or a 20-minute shop tour and demo.

Gate of Life

At Gate of Life, health is a feeling of vitality, clarity of mind, and comfort in one’s own body. The acupuncturists there provide people with the very best options when it comes to their overall well being.

Their focus on traditional Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, acupressure massage, cupping and facial rejuvenation.

Gift  certificates available.  

The Nurtury

Looking to gift wellness and relaxation? Look no further than The Nurtury and some time in their Private Salt Room. The space makes visitors feel like they are sitting on ancient ruins, complete with an artistic meditation mandela on the crumbling ceiling, and piles of salt on the floor that visitors are encouraged to play with.

Filled with 250 pounds of Himalayan Pink Salt, the room offers stress relief, bronchial aid, meditation andsolitude.

Customers are encouraged to bring a book or their own music to sit back and relax.

Gift certificates available. 

Heart Felt Touch Massage Therapy

With a vision to restore and heal their clients, Heart Felt Touch Massage Therapy is more than just a spa. It’s a place of wellness where practitioners help relax clients through the power of touch and help minds relax and bodies reset.

Heart Felt Touch Massage Therapy’s variety of massage services include integrative therapeutic massage, warm bamboo massage, ‘mother to be’ massage, couples massage, compassionate touch and TRE tension releasing exercises.

Gift certificates available. 

Arts on Main

The arts live here, right on Main Street, thanks to Arts on Main. This non-profit organization enriches the quality oflife for people of all ages by offering workshops and classes for all. Invite a friend or loved one to bring out their inner artist and book a time to visit them at their upcoming events.  

  • Open House: Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your art and supplies to paint with others in the community.
  • Critique Sessions: first Tuesday of every month, bring your current work to get critiqued and help each other improve.
  • Color Your Canvas Kidz: monthly kids paint class will teach ages 5-12 the basics of painting and how to have fun doing it.
  • Oil Painting: ongoing series with good advice on paints, brushes, starting a painting, analyzing it, and more.
  • Paint Like A Pro: second Tuesdays, create your own masterpiece at a fun paint-in night.

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