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Sometimes all you need in order to wind down is a relaxing massage, but we all know that’s not the easiest thing to schedule when you’re a mom. Between shuttling the little ones to school and soccer practice, set aside some time to visit the East Bay’s newest spa and salon—you won’t regret it! Not only does Spruce Salon & Spa offer chic hairstyling, skin care and massages, they also offer every mom’s dream: onsite childcare.

Treat Yourself Right
You’ll feel right at home in the entryway and waiting area at Spruce Salon & Spa—it’s got hip yet simple decor, along with a tray of brownie bites, a bottle of champagne and iPads. Plus, the amazing staff is super friendly and accommodating on the phone and in person. From a variety of massages and skin care to haircuts, color and nail services, it is all offered in a cozy converted house. The stylists and practitioners take the time to get to know their clients and all of their concerns, while the kids happily play nearby. The soothing surroundings make you feel like you really are somewhere special. And if you’re in the mood to shop, there’s a wide array of great products in their retail area. Did we mention the child care?

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Kids Only Zone
Behind the main spa building sits a small separate guest house, which houses our absolute favorite part of the spa: the child care. A “Welcome to Spruce” banner definitely does welcome families to this chic and charming space. The carpeted room, complete with modern furniture and a restroom, opens onto an outdoor grass area. Indoors there are tons of toys (trains, LEGOs & figurines), a coloring area and snacks. Former preschool teacher Wendy plays music for the kids on her phone and organizes craft projects; they plan on getting a stereo and TV as well. Babies and kids of all ages are welcome!

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It All Adds Up
Spa service prices vary, and special packages are available as well. Child care rates are $9 per hour, per kid, with a maximum of three hours. We did the math—a lot of uninterrupted pampering can happen in that amount of time!

Spruce Salon & Spa
5327 College Avenue
Oakland, Ca 94618
Online: sprucesalonandspa.com

What services did you try at Spruce Salon & Spa? Did your kids go to child care? Share your experiences in the comments sections below.

— Rachel Teichman

Photos courtesy of the Spruce Salon & Spa Facebook page and Rachel Teichman