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Students and alumni looking for a relaxing getaway from school and work don’t have to travel any further than the Renew You Spa in Johnson City.

Jason and Vanessa Westmoreland, both ETSU alumni, opened a spa back in June. The couple decided to focus on the ETSU community as their biggest clientele, giving students, alumni and faculty discounts.

“We have a lot of competition with Austin Valley, but really we aren’t looking to compete with them,” Jason Westmoreland said. “Our focus is the students and sorority members that have started coming in—Kappa Delta and Alpha Delta Pi members mostly—and really building up a relationship with them.”

They offer a menu of facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, full body waxing, manicures and pedicures. Students are also allowed access to a hydro massage bed for free during finals and other times.

All students, alumni and faculty get a 40 percent discount on all regular menu prices, and Greek sorority and fraternity members get an additional 10 percent on top of that.

“Greeks have to watch out for Greeks,” Westmoreland said. “They work really hard on a lot of different things outside of school, and they deserve to be able to afford relaxing treatment after all their hard work.”

Westmoreland is a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member and has pride in his affiliation, but Westmoreland feels it is important to extend special prices and services to everyone in the community.

“Working here is awesome because we develop this close bond with people from taking care of them,” said Renew You Spa Manager Nickie Odom. “We like to take that a step further and give back to the community, whether it is giving affordable pricing to students or reaching out to clients when certain events happen in their life.”

The spa is planning to run a special during the month of November where clients can bring in canned food items in order to receive an additional $5 off with their discount, and coats and toys will give an additional $10 off to services.

Odom has been licensed since 2009, and formerly taught at the Jenny Lea Academy in Johnson City.

Celeste Eversole, Rebecca Harper and Holly Carver work alongside Odom, making the team a whole with the experience and coordination needed to handle the business.

“ETSU is important to me and my wife, considering that’s where we met, and it’s been a part of our lives for 25 years now,” Westmoreland said. “We enjoy giving back to our community, and we definitely want to reach out and help do what we can whenever possible.”