Jessica's Skin & Body Apothecary to open in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown next month
Elkins, a Milan resident, signed a lease to relocate and expand her business into Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown neighborhood. She hopes to open Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary at 301 N. Fifth Ave. next month.
“I just started getting a lot of inspiration for where the business was going, and I just kept getting the feeling that a specialty skin care store would be a lot of fun,” Elkins said. “I’m doing it. I found the space and it’s the perfect space for my vision.”
The two-story, 1,300-square-foot Kerrytown building — which Elkins refers to as “charming” — was most recently occupied by The Healing Center of Ann Arbor, a medical marijuana dispensary. The dispensary relocated earlier this year.
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Sam and Carmin Argierio, owners of Argiero’s Italian restaurant, own the building. It was listed for lease with Collier’s International’s Ann Arbor office for an annual $17.85 per square foot.
With the move, Elkins plans to expand her services to include facials, waxing, mineral makeup, aromatherapy, massages and body scrubs. She’ll also have a retail area to sell products and a body oil and body scrub menu.
“People can actually walk in and mix up body oils and scrubs. There are tons of different fragrances. I imagine if people are out shopping or go out to lunch, it’d be fun to come and have a body scrub mixed up.”
Doug Allen of Peter Allen & Associates, the broker who represented Elkins in the deal, said it’s this sort of pedestrian traffic that will “liven up” the North Fifth Avenue area.
“There was a marijuana shop here for a while and they didn’t do anything to excite the street here,” Allen said. “(Jessica’s) plan to excite the sidewalk and get people to come to this corner, I think is just one step closer to a better Kerrytown.”
Elkins also plans to hire additional employees after years of operating the business on her own. But even though she’s expanding, Elkins is adamant: maintaining a personal connection with clients is crucial.
“We are really committed to educating clients on their skin and customizing a regimen for them,” she said.
Elkins and her contractor, Mary Jane O’Brien of Ann Arbor-based Carpenter Guy, are aiming for an Oct. 21 opening.