New Café and Spa Business in Uptown
by Gayle Lilliana Blakely, Editor-in-Chief
Want a latte with your pedicure? Today, Luna Spa & Café will hold their grand opening, where this husband-and-wife business will offer their 99-cent coffee special and half-price haircuts.
Located just down the street from Truman College and within walking distance from Starbucks, at 1217 W. Wilson Ave., Luna Spa & Café first opened its coffeehouse doors on Sept. 5. Their café opens at 7 a.m., and their salon is slated to open today at 9 a.m.
In an interview, General manager William Ravert said that Luna is “about bringing a unique idea to the (Uptown) community.
“People think (that the concept of a spa and a café together) is a little strange at first, but when you think about it, it really works. You can order a latte and have (it served) to you (in the salon).”
Another interesting business concept is Luna’s Italian import, Filicori Zecchini coffee. Ravert claims that Chicagoans “will not find this (brand of coffee) in any other Chicago café.”
“I’ve tried to find it (online), but haven’t found any (other companies serving the Italian import). It’s a relatively new brand in the U.S.,” he said. “Filicori Zecchini just started importing in the U.S., and it is in New York right now.”
“We’re making sure we serve a really good blend of espresso (to our customers),” the general manager said.
Luna’s head barista Cali Brand said, “A lot of people don’t know what this (business) is.” She added that a few of her customers were excited about an alternative option to the popular Starbucks chain.
“You get pampered when you get your latte, not rushed out the door,” Brand said.
Uptown resident, crochet hobbyist and customer Jennie Charles said yesterday that “Starbucks and Luna are (both) good for the neighborhood.”
“Luna makes the (Uptown) neighborhood better,” she said.
In addition to coffee and lattes, Luna Spa & Café also offers ice cream, panini sandwiches, muffins and tea.
General manager William Ravert said that Luna plans on hosting local Uptown artists’ artwork on their walls and providing entertainment in the future.