Montana Spa & Boutique
Suzanne Lucas’ memories of visiting Kalispell’s Main Street go back to her early childhood. The owner of Montana Spa & Boutique grew up visiting Kalispell with her family during the winter and has loved its cute, quaint downtown since she was young.
“I remember walking up and down Main Street,” she said. “I want this to be the kind of town where everything is on Main Street, where friends come to hang out. That’s what I remember growing up.”
So when it came time to finding a location for her business, previously known as Essentials Day Spa, she knew she wanted to be on Main Street. The company, which is 16 years old, offers massages, body contouring, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and makeup.
Suzanne said people walking by will just stop in to play a song on the piano or strum the ukulele. She tries to make the atmosphere as comfortable as possible with warm lights and couches around the building for friends to sit and chat.
“People feel good here,” she said. “It’s fun to be here. It reminds me of Cheers, where everybody knows your name.”
Every three months, Suzanne welcomes her clients for customer appreciation events like wine tastings, makeup demos, and live music. Connecting with clientele outside of work is part of her mission to make the spa feel more like a community.
In an effort to support locals and small businesses whenever possible, she sources as many of her products from the Flathead Valley. She offers healthy, wholesome treatments like the Farmhouse Fresh Facial and a Montana Mud Wrap. Most ingredients, like yogurt, oats, and honey, are all natural.
The building is also home to J Thomas Salon, which is owned by Joel Thomas. Sharing clients and a workspace is inherently collaborative, which Suzanne believes is a perfect example of the close community she wants to build here. With Joel’s hair styling expertise, the building is a one-stop beauty and wellness shop.
Part of Suzanne’s dream for Kalispell is that downtown will become its own one-stop shop, a center of commerce where people can come and find everything they need. No need to order anything online; no need to travel to a bigger city.
“We want this to be a place where everyone comes to hang out,” she said. “We want to be a part of Main Street and its growth.”