Spa Offers Scottsdale Treatments At Payson Prices

Bella Vita soon to add hair and vein removal to services

Bella Vita manicurist Kathy Cotney works on a client’s nails last week in the recently updated salon space.

Bella Vita manicurist Kathy Cotney works on a client’s nails last week in the recently updated salon space. Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

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It’s gone from an antique shop, to a salon and boutique and now a med spa. It appears Chrisy’s Cottage, at 718 N. Beeline Highway, has finally completed its transition from funky chic shop to sophisticated spa under new owner Kacia Maddox.

Maddox bought Bella Vita in October and recently completed a makeover, paring down the amount of furniture for sale and replacing it with new treatment rooms and services, including facials, massage, Botox, waxing and coming soon, laser hair and vein removal.

Many residents may remember the quaint white building with a picket fence on the corners of Forest Drive and Highway 87 was originally an antique shop known as Chrisy’s Cottage. A couple bought the shop several years ago and renamed it Bella Vita, converting it to half salon, half store.

When Maddox saw Bella Vita was for sale last year, she stopped in by the off chance it would fit her dream of opening a med spa in Payson.

“I absolutely loved it,” she said.

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Bella Vita aesthetician Gail Dawson and owner Kacia Maddox stand in the new waiting area at the med spa, which includes a larger space for clients to relax before treatments.

Maddox already had plans to open a med spa in town in the next two years to coincide with the opening of a university campus. She had not thought of converting an existing business into a med spa, but Bella Vita had everything she was looking for: the right amount of space, highway frontage and a client base.

She added two treatment rooms where aesthetician Gail Dawson offers microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, facials and waxing. Dr. Cynthia Booth will soon offer Botox, Dermal filler and vein removal.

The other half of the space offers a bright white salon, complete with two pedicure chairs, manicure station and several hair chairs.

Staff includes stylists Holly Shelander and Karen Randall and manicurist Kathy Cotney, all of whom are licensed in their modality.

In the back of the salon, is a private tanning bed. And in the front of the shop Maddox has created a welcoming waiting area with a few racks of clothing and jewelry items.

Maddox is a licensed aesthetician and laser technician herself and has operated and managed aesthetic programs in the Valley for more than 10 years, including the Red Mountain Med Spa.

“We are offering Scottsdale treatments for Payson prices,” she said.

After securing Bella Vita, Maddox explained that she recruited Dr. Booth, who has an OB/GYN practice in Payson, as the salon’s medical director and injector.

“Coincidentally, Dr. Booth was entertaining the same thought,” she said.

Maddox also recruited Dawson to the spa, a salon client and a licensed aesthetician.

“A lot of women are driving to the Valley for facials and we are trying to capture that market,” Dawson said.

Already the med spa has hosted an after-hours spa night for a group of women who work at a dental office.

“They got facials, pedicures, manicures and blow outs,” Maddox said.

Maddox plans to add men’s services soon, including hot shaves, a skin care line and foot grooming (pedicure).

For more information, call (928) 474-9849 or visit www.bellavitapayson.com.

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