Redmint, an urban wellness sanctuary, had only been open for two days when Pernella Somerville, a competitor from a Union Square spa, set foot within its doors. Was that kosher? Hell, yeah,” she said. “It’s gorgeous, and I’m thrilled for them.”
She was one of nearly 100 guests at the opening of Redmint CEO Helina Fan’s second branch at 2044 Fillmore Street, an event that doubled as a launch party for the March-April issue of HauteLiving, San Francisco. Wellness is top of mind these days, and guests were curious about the sanctuary’s offerings which include acupuncture, massage, sound therapy, cupping, facials, and more, all rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Fan said, with products made from natural, organic herbs and ingredients sourced in the U.S.
The spa contains a half-dozen treatment rooms, an herbal bar for herbal teas and tonics, and an outdoor patio for lounging. Its décor evokes a midnight coastal vibe, with charred wood walls, driftwood sculptures, Edison bulb light fixtures, and red brick. “We want to offer a beyond-spa experience,” Fan said. “People need a deeper form of wellness and rejuvenation.”
Amid the fun, the evening’s message of replenishment rang true for Virginia Price. “We all realize how vulnerable we are,” she said, referring to two years of coronavirus. “We have to take care of our inner selves.”
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography