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A popular massage therapy chain in Ammon has undergone a series of changes.

Favad Malik and his wife, Alice Malik, purchased the Massage Envy location at 3047 S. 25th East two years ago. Since then, they’ve been working to bring the business back to its previous standing in the community.

“We bought it a couple of years ago and totally revitalized it,” Malik said. “When we bought the business it wasn’t getting the best reviews. It was an eight-year-old business, and (we) thought there was a lot more we could do with it.”

The Maliks came to eastern Idaho from London in 2016, with the goal of finding a business to make their own.

“My wife is a therapist back home in London, so she had a philosophy on how to run the business,” Malik said. “We wanted to basically increase and improve the morale of the staff, which I think we’ve done. And all along, the idea was to try and get to the point we’ve gotten to now, which is to change the space itself and refresh the business.

“It’s the sort of things you’d expect from a newly established clinic, and that’s what we wanted to inject.”

Malik closed the business for a few days earlier this month to make changes on the building’s interior. The company used a contractor from Utah to transform it in a week. It reopened with its new renovations two weekends ago.

Massage Envy operates on a membership-based model, with more than 1,200 members registered with the Ammon site.

“It’s a bit like the gym,” Malik said. “People come in around three or four times a month and use the services. They get a massage, they get skin care, so we cater to the full-service aspect you would expect from a spa.”

After purchasing the business, Malik said it was an uphill battle to get it to its optimal state. But he believes they have accomplished those goals with the new renovations, and building a relationship with the staff.

Malik hopes the work they have done revitalizing the business leads to other business opportunities. Currently, he is looking at investing in a children’s gymnasium and adult yoga studio in Ammon. Those projects are in the planning stage.

“We’re all about wellness, so this is all about growing in the Ammon area,” Malik said. “The whole prospect is exciting.”

To learn more about Massage Envy and sign up for a membership, visit massageenvy.com or call 208-522-0877.

I.F. airport accepting RFPs

for new concession vendors

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport is accepting request for proposals for new concession vendors.

Airport officials are seeking proposals for qualified vendors to develop, manage and operate the restaurant and general retail concessions located within the new main terminal building.

The RFP will be open to applicants through Sept. 14. Evaluations of proposals will be reviewed the following week, with interviews and a final decision expected in early October.

Proposals are accepted by mail at the city clerk’s office at 308 Constitution Way. For information, call the city clerk’s office at 208-612-8414.

Construction advances

at eCobalt Idaho project

Vancouver-based eCobalt continues to advance on time and on budget at its Idaho Cobalt Project, located near Salmon.

The Idaho Cobalt Project remains the sole, near-term environmentally permitted primary cobalt deposit in the United States, an eCobalt news release said.

Paul Farquharson, president and CEO of eCobalt, said in the release that he is pleased with the progress of the Idaho location.

“We remain on target for commercial production to begin in 2020,” he said in the release. “In addition, discussions continue to progress with strong interest from multiple potential off-take partners and project financiers in numerous jurisdictions. We remain focused on the execution of our strategic plan to create long-term value for all shareholders by pursuing a clean cobalt concentrate favorable to the battery manufacturing market.”

The plant is expected to create 135 jobs in the region. An opening is anticipated at the end of this year, with construction on various areas of the plant continuing into 2019.

Ahhhsome Relaxation announces

Halotherapy in Ammon location

An Ammon spa has announced the introduction of a new therapy at its 939 S. 25th East location.

Ahhhsome Relaxation, a massage clinic and spa, has introduced a new halotherapy option at its location. It is the first business to offer halotherapy in Idaho, a company news release said.

According to the release, halotherapy is an exposure to kinetically activated dry salt that spreads on top of the skin and actively kills bacteria, reduces inflammation in the respiratory system and widens the airwaves for better breathing.

Alyce Jeppesen, co-owner of Ahhhsome Relaxation, said in the release that the business is excited to introduce the option to customers in eastern Idaho.

“Our mission has always been to help our members improve their health,” she said. “And now, we have another way to specifically help with many types of respiratory conditions without the negative side effects often experienced from prescription drugs.”

To learn more about halotherapy, visit ahhhsomerelaxation.com.

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