Spotlight on NPR’s Self-Care Sector

Downtown New Port Richey continues to gain regional recognition for its growing business community! The latest example? A cover story in Land O’ Lakes magazine, spotlighting downtown NPR’s growing self-care sector! The article (page 6) highlights award-winning businesses Maharajh Acupuncture & Herb Shoppe and the Downtown Hair Lounge, in addition to the recently opened United Hands Wellness Center.

All told, downtown New Port Richey has dozens of businesses that fall under the theme of self-care!

In the Self-Care spotlight

United Hands Wellness Center

In July 2020, Jay and Devon took a huge leap of faith. They left behind their established massage therapy practice in Dunedin to open their dream facility in downtown New Port Richey, and on August 29, 2020, United Hands Wellness Center was manifested. Their goal is to practice wellness in the most holistic sense. As experience massage therapists, Jay and Devon were already delivering on the physical approach to wellness. However, they knew that for their practice to reach its potential, they would have to tie in mental and spiritual wellness too.

Now, just over two months into their venture, Jay and Devon have added a licensed counselor, yogi, medical cannabis consultant, and an office manager to their practice. What makes their practice successful is the complementary backgrounds that each brings to the business – Jay, with years of experience in sales and management, and Devon, with 12 years in massage therapy and a side gig as the USF Women’s Basketball Team’s massage therapist, bring together two diverse perspectives that make United Hands Wellness Center one-of-a-kind.

Downtown Hair Lounge

Amber Kelly has been cutting hair professionally for more than a decade, but after years of working at cookie-cutter corporate barber shops, she decided that she needed a space that has as much personality as she does. She opened the Downtown Hair Lounge on May 28th, 2020, and was immediately inundated with post-lockdown haircut reservations. Her one-woman shop wouldn’t stay that way for long – Christa Hood joined the shop as the de facto nail artist in June 2020, specializing in hand-drawn nail art and full-set extensions. Court Dover became the shop’s specialty hair colorist a short time later, and quickly became known for her ability to do high-quality vivid hair colors.

It didn’t take long for word about Amber’s shop to reach the barbering community – customers were leaving satisfied, especially once she partnered with local craft beer bar, Ordinance One, to offer customers a free beer with every service. Soon, she filled out her shop with two additional stations to accommodate a rotation of highly-skilled barbers. The success of the Downtown Hair Lounge began in New Port Richey, but it was recognized regionally when Amber Kelly and Christa Hood won Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay awards for “Best Hair Stylist,” and “Best Mani/Pedi” respectively.

Maharajh Acupuncture & Herb Shoppe

Maharajh Acupuncture and Herb Shoppe has been a part of downtown NPR for more than a decade, helmed by Dr. Lisa Maharajh D.O.M., Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Lisa graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota in 2007 after 7 years of training. She prides herself in the compassion she gives to each and every patient. She has been practicing Chinese Medicine for over 7 years and continues to study new techniques and methods of testing and treatment. Dr. Lisa is a member of the non-profit organization Foundation for Wellness Professionals and focuses on community education with free lectures and health screenings. She has also joined the American Academy for Anti-Aging and strives to help her patients understand the importance of hormone balancing and stress reduction.

Dr. Lisa offers No-Charge consultations as a way for the community to come in to the office without financial barriers to see if what she does can help them. Maharajh’s purpose is to help as many people as possible regain and maintain their health through education, prevention, and wellness. They focus on the whole body and search to find the cause of the health concern with testing, detoxing, hormone balancing and Acupuncture and Injection Therapy. They help many health concerns including, but not limited to, non-invasive facial rejuvenation, testing and balancing hormones, pain, digestive disturbance, neuropathy, weight issues, adrenal fatigue, stress, infertility, women’s health, and more.

Barbershops & Salons

Blow Salon

“Blow Hair Studio is a full-service salon located in downtown New Port Richey. At Blow Hair Studio we put an emphasis on making sure each customer has a relaxing experience, and leaves looking and feeling their absolute best.”

Downtown Hair Lounge

The Downtown Hair Lounge opened in May 2020 and has become hugely popular in downtown New Port Richey. In addition to offering top-notch haircuts, the shop also provides vivid coloring services. Christa Hood, the shop’s resident nail artist, offers GelX, Gel Polish, and Hard Gel nails.

Estela’s Beauty Salon

This NPR salon caters to Spanish-speaking customers with a variety of hairdressing services.

Main Street Salon

After 33 years in business, Main Street Salon has become a steadfast presence in downtown NPR. They provide men and women’s services, specializing in permanent makeup and special occasion hair & makeup.

NPR Hair Lair

Celebrating just over a year in business, the NPR Hair Lair invites you to be part of the family! This laid back salon offers high-quality, cuts, coloring, and extension services!

Redefined NPR

Tyler opened Redefined NPR after years of cutting hair in the area! We’re excited to welcome his shop and invite you to have a redefined experience!

Rock Paper Scissors Barbershop

This local barbershop offers traditional hair services by talented pros. They stay up to date on the latest hair trends and styles, and are the spot to go for fades and locs.

Retail Therapy

Shop Downtown New Port Richey

With more than a dozen shops and boutiques, downtown NPR has something for everyone! Check out all of our downtown retailers and find some great hidden treasures!

Spa & Healing

Core Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Dr. Vivian Montemayor graduated valedictorian of the Texas Chiropractic College class of 2004. Since then, she’s been committed to helping patients by combining chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy and nutritional approaches.

Maharajh Acupuncture & Herb Shoppe

The folks at Maharajh are committed to helping their patients find and remedy the source of their ailment. Through testing, detoxing, hormone balancing, acupuncture and injection therapy, they treat everything from weight loss to extreme fatigue, and more.

Mindworx Hypnotherapy

Dr. Melanie McCool, C. Ht., leads a robust, often life-changing program at Mindworx Hypnotherapy. Read customer reviews for Mindworx’s Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy, Medical Hypnotherapy, and Life Coaching services!

Relax Results

At Relax Results, trainer Chrissy Cielo believes that living a healthy lifestyle begins with maintaining a strong and fit body. She aims to identify your fitness goals, design an exercise program that fits your needs, and guide you through every exercise & workout. Her holistic approach to fitness and health balances yoga, massage, and training.

United Hands Wellness Center

The full service spa and massage therapy services from UHMC make it a ‘must’ for any self-care day! Jay and Devon are experienced massage therapists who have surrounded themselves with healers of every kind. Step into the wellness center and experience instant relaxation in this zen space!

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