Tacoma, WA – March 13, 2006 – Would you like to take a sneak peek of AVANTI Spas, the brand new, 10,000 square foot spa in Tacoma before it officially opens? Then circle your calendar for Sunday, March 19, just a day before the state-of-the-art day spa / med spa / salon / gentlemen’s barber opens for business in Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma. Make a day of it by enjoying a specially priced $5 brunch at the hotel, too.

AVANTI Spas, 1506 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma has already been proclaimed Washington’s Premier Spa, and the doors haven’t even opened! The sneak peek has been slated for Sunday, March 19 from 11 am – 3 pm.

In recognition of the tour, the Courtyard by Marriott is offering a half price brunch during the same hours as the tour for only $5. Combine the tour of AVANTI Spas and a delicious brunch at a great price, and it’s a great activity for Sunday, March 19.

As the entry doors of AVANTI Spas open, a lobby courtyard reminiscent of the outside of a classic European village comes into focus. The theme throughout the spa is an internationally unique combination of European old-world charm with architectural touches of Italy and New Orleans French Quarter.

The senses are immediately aroused with the sounds of water as you enter through a tunnel, lined with two gleaming water walls covered in chipped glass mosaics. An impressive ellipse-shaped balcony with iron belly picket rails frames a series of hand-forged glass pendent lights, limestone floors and reception desk. Street lights, backlit windows, flower boxes, arches, and an ornate iron gate complete the design, in keeping with the European village look. The spa was designed by Leslie McGuire of Takara Belmont, Laguna Hills, California, who recently won national spa design awards for the new Wynn Casino Spa and Canyon Ranch in Las Vegas.

AVANTI Spas was developed by Mark Hollander, Shane Bajema, and Ed Bills of Hollander Investments, Bellingham. In July 2004 the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission recognized Hollander Investments for their preservation of the Waddell Building, which is part of the Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma. For further information and for reservations, call (253) 682-2005 or visit www.AvantiSpas.com.

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