I’d like to thank Ann and Ginny, the owners of Oneida Lake Artisans/The Brick House Cafe/Belladerma Wellness Spa in Brewerton, NY. They invited me to tour their spa and for a hand treatment and lunch. I looked forward to meeting them and to learning more about their business which opened in December of 2005.
We were greeted warmly by Ann, who promptly led us upstairs to the Belladerma Wellness Spa. She showed us around the spa, which features two treatment rooms, full bathroom with tub and shower, and the rose room which is a beautifully decorated room used for a variety of functions for the spa and cafe. (Showers, spa parties, etc.) If you can dream it up, I got the sense that the owners would be willing to customize an event for you.
After the tour, Ann got started with our Crushed Pearl Caviar Hand Treatment in the rose room. Soft music playing in the background and candles added to the warm atmosphere that Ann has created here. This heavenly 30 minutes treatment is being added to the menu at the request of Belladerma’s clients. The treatment consisted of:
- Gentle enzyme scrub
- Hands wrapped in warm towels
- Light shoulder massage
- Light mist of aromatherapy spritzer
- Scrub removal with damp, warm towels
- Serum application with brush
- Hands wrapped in warm towels
- Removal of serum with damp, warm towels
- Temple massage
- Cream massage
- A touch of Reiki
Ann used Pevonia Botanica products during the treatment, which included EXFO-ZYM caviar Hand and Foot Peel and Youth-Renew Caviar Hand and Foot mask. The products were delightful. My hands were softer and younger looking immediately, and have remained that way one day-post treatment.
After our hand treatment, my friend tried out the eyebrow waxing services at Belladerma. The menu offers eyebrow design and eyebrow maintenance. What she got was so much more than your typical waxing. First, Ann consulted with the client while she relaxed on a warm and comfortable treatment bed. Ann used a rose cream wax, which is more gentle on the skin than typical wax. Waxing, plucking, trimming, shaping. She finished the treatment with a coconut lotion that removes the extra wax and calms the skin. The attention to detail was obvious. My friend emerged happy with the results and no redness or swelling in sight.
I asked Ann – what are the most popular treatments? The Deep Cleansing Facial and the Crystal Detox Body Treatment. The website features a treatment of the month, usually influenced by the season or by client preferences.
I talked with Ann about her credentials. In addition to being a NYS Licensed Aesthetician, she is a Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Laser Technician, Reiki Master Teacher and an Instructor at the Aesthetic Science Institute where she is currently teaching advanced courses. She is interested in the science and chemistry behind wellness and skincare. We were in very good hands.
At a day spa, its all about the treatment. They often don’t have the fancy water features and high tech amenities that destination spas and hotel spas can claim. At Belladerma, its all about the spa and wellness treatments and the treatment that Ann provides to her guests. She was genuinely happy to meet us, talk with us and provide us with a blissful hour of relaxation and wellness. You could clearly see that she is passionate about her work.
I can’t wrap up my review without mentioning the delicious lunch from the Brick House Cafe, located on the first floor along with Oneida Lake Artisans. The Brickhouse Cafe’ features healthy, natural food “made from scratch” such as delicious soups, organic salads and cookies. The cafe was bustling with activity during our visit – a sign of good eats to come.
We tried the Saratoga grilled sandwich – turkey, granny smith apple, cranberry horseradish sauce, greens and provolone cheese, grilled on apple oat bread. The sandwich was served with Sunchips and a pickle. We also had a salad made of organic field greens with mandarin oranges, strawberries, Gorgonzola and candied walnuts. Several dressing choices were available, we choose Vidalia Onion which was a nice pairing.
During lunch, owner Ginny came out of the kitchen to see if we were enjoying our meal. We were. We enjoyed talking to her about the menu and her business. As with Ann at Belladerma, we really got the sense that Ginny loves what she does. She made us feel incredibly welcome during our visit. We’ll be back and we’ll be looking forward to recommending the Brick House Cafe to our friends.
The cafe offers special events such as afternoon tea and special dinners featuring guest chefs. Call 315-676-2360 for more information.
Check out the website links above or give them a call to learn about some great upcoming events, including partnerships with local businesses such as the River Edge Mansion in Pennellville, NY. www.riveredgemansion.com