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The Founders of Sand Spa Frequent Nick's and Gum Tree in Manhattan Beach

Nadine Jolie Courtney | July 5, 2019 | People

For the founders of massage destination Sand Spa, Manhattan Beach is the perfect place to live, work and play.


The therapeutic benefits of massage are well documented, but for most women, fitting treatments into busy, frenzied days is impractical. Enter Sand Spa, an affordable but chic day spa women can easily incorporate into their regular routine—featuring no locker rooms or steam rooms, but a bevy of high-quality, addictive services, instead. “We’re creating self-care havens that become a part of your lifestyle,” explain co-founders and Manhattan Beach dwellers Megan Richardson and Gretchen Tiernan. “We know how refreshed you feel after a massage; we know how confident you are after a facial; we know how done-up you feel when your nails are painted. We don’t just do one thing because neither do you.” While there are now multiple branches of Sand Spa, plus their nail boutique, Polish—including plans for a Sand Spa opening in Silver Lake later this year—Manhattan Beach was the clear choice for their inaugural location. “The South Bay is a great place to be and a great springboard—the opportunity here is unmatched. The area is far more than just an accumulation of beautiful beach towns. It’s lively, authentic and prosperous—it’s L.A.’s not-so-secret hidden gem!” Here, select picks from around the South Bay, an area they’re both proud to call home.


“If we aren’t at SoulCycle or Barry’s, you can catch us taking in the ocean breeze while enjoying a run on The Strand. On a clear day, you can see from Catalina to Malibu.”


“Order the El Jefe burrito at the Hook & Plow and thank us later.”


“We love dinner at Nick’s. It has a friendly, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and a killer cioppino.”


“From massages to skincare to nails, Sand Spa has you covered. Fun fact: If you decide on a little staycation, you can stay at the Beach House Hotel on The Strand in Hermosa Beach, and we will come to you!”


Gum Tree is family-owned and a true South Bay staple. We always find the best gifts and home decor items.”


Photography by: gum tree photo by Lauren Pressey | hook & plow photo by Chad Shagren | nick’s photo courtesy of nick’s restaurants | portrait by Nicole Biesek | the strand photo courtesy of los angeles tourism