If you’re invited to a reunion in downtown Sarasota to fill frown lines and fill jaws, then go upstairs to bathe in a rooftop hot tub with your BFFs, it will happen. probably at the Laser Lounge Spa.
The four-story building at 1345 Second St., where John Carl Spa & Salon had been in business for over 20 years, will soon become the largest of Laser salon spas. It’s a franchise with 10 locations across the country, seven in Florida. The Sarasota Laser Lounge will be the only one with a short-term vacation rental, an impressive space where the previous owners lived. (When it first hit the market, it was featured in Robert Plunket’s Real Estate Junkie column.)
The $ 3.35 million purchase of the building, which sits directly across from the Selby Public Library, closed on August 27. It had been on the market for just over two months and was listed for $ 3.7 million.
The med spa offers injectables, fillers, facials, and of course laser skin and hair removal treatments. Because it is “the largest Florida company specializing in this area,” owner Jonathan Sigg says the prices will be “very reasonable” because of its volume. “A lot of companies are adding injectables as a service because it only takes a weekend course to get Botox certified. This is why you will see it offered at the dentist’s office. But that’s all we do, ”he says.
He and his wife April own and operate the spas together, and opened their first 13 years ago in Estero. The new Sarasota site is expected to open in early November.
At the new location, they plan to operate the Laser Lounge Spa on the second floor and use the third and fourth floors, connected by a spiral staircase, as a short-term vacation rental. At nearly 4,000 square feet, the two floors combined have four bedrooms and can accommodate eight to 10 people. “It’s perfect for a wedding party that wants to go to the spa and make it a weekend getaway,” says Sigg. There is also a rooftop patio with panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. The ground floor will house a hairdressing and manicure salon with 16 chairs.
The Siggs are happy to be back in town. They once had a Laser Lounge location at 5802 Bee Ridge Road.
“We were in Sarasota about five years ago, but we ended up selling our share to our partners. But because of the strong economy, we decided to come back, ”says Sigg.
Built in 2000 by local architect Max Lassiter, the Second Street building is both simple and striking. Two rectangular boxes stand tall, one within walking distance of each other. The large, circle-shaped window placed in the center gives it distinction, and the front door is framed by a single parenthesis above, giving the entrance a touch of whimsy. In total, the building is over 15,000 square feet and includes an elevator and a kitchen with a 14 foot island.
Architecture enthusiasts can rejoice. Even though the location is zoned for a 10-story building, like the new luxury condo The Collection currently under construction next door, the new owners plan to leave its skeleton as is, sticking with a cosmetic makeover that doesn’t will not erase the charm of the building.