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2016 South Shore MA Awards!

Congratulations to all of our local business partners on their ‪‎2016 Best of the South Shore and Readers Choice awards! We knew you were the best and now the rest South Shore, MA does too!

acorn-canning-coAcorn Canning Company

  • #1 Takeout Restaurant in Marshfield
  • Honorable Mention for Bakery

Olympus Grille

  • Honorable Mention for Takeout
  • Honorable Mention for Catering

Peel Pizza Company

  • Best Pizza in Cohasset (Honorable Mention in Hingham)

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

  • #1 Steakhouse in Plymouth

Bella Aesthetics

  • Gold Regional Award for Manicure/Pedicure
  • #1 Manicure/Pedicure in Cohasset
  • #1 Massage in Cohasset

KYMA cosmetic surgery | anti-aging center

  • Honorable Mention Day Spa in Norwell

Spa-tique Day Spa

  • #1 Choice for Best Day Spa/ Massage in Marshfield
  • Silver Regional Award for Day Spa/Massage
  • Best Massage & Best Wax in South Shore Living 2016 Best Issue
  • Honorable Mention for Tanning Salon

Dragonfly Yoga Studio

  • Honorable Mention Health Club/Yoga

Mono Mono Boutique

  • #1 Choice for Gift Shop in Marshfield
  • #1 Choice for Toy Store in Marshfield
  • Bronze Regional Award for Gift Shop
  • Honorable Mention for Jewelry Store
  • Honorable Mention for Children’s Clothing
  • Honorable Mention for Home Decorating

Sportworks, Ltd

  • #1 Choice for Sporting Goods Store in Duxbury
  • Bronze Regional  Award Sporting Goods Store
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10 Ways to Celebrate National Girlfriend’s Day


National Girlfriend’s Day is today, August 1 and we are here to help you celebrate with our top 10 ways to celebrate!

  1. Grab coffee and an Italian pastry at Anna-Maria’s Dessert Café
  2. Start the morning working out together at Back 2 Health
  3. Rent a SUP from Sportworks and go paddle boarding together
  4. Get pampered with a massage, facial, or pedicure from Aura Day Spa, Bella Aesthetics, KYMA, Phoenix Massage Therapy and Wellness, or Spa-tique Day Spa
  5. Get fitted and feel beautiful with new bras from Sheer Elegance Lingerie Boutique
  6. Rent bikes at Tygart Mountain Sports and hit the trails of Vermont
  7. Enjoy drinks together tonight at 1620 Winery and Wine Bar, Dunbar House & Restaurant or Marshfield Tavern
  8. Book a Girlfriend’s Getaway with Susan Peavey Travel
  9. Take a yoga class at Dragonfly Yoga Studio
  10. Enjoy an evening meditation together with Mindful Presence

Top 5 Last Minute Wedding Gift Ideas

Whoops! Did you forget the wedding gift? Don’t worry, you can still get the happy couple the perfect gift (and they will never know it was a last minute gift!).   With more and more couples living together before getting married or acquiring items for the home prior to marriage, experiential gifts are becoming extremely popular. The following are Exclusively Gifted’s top 5 wedding gift ideas that are sure to impress, late or not:

  1. Contribute towards their honeymoon with Susan Peavey Travel. (They can even apply their gift card towards special amenities/excursions during their stay).wedding-travel
  2. Spruce up their bedroom (or any room in the house!) with South Shore Decorating
  3. Send them on a romantic night out at 1620 Winery and Wine Bar
  4. Give them a day of fun in the sun or snow at Sportworks or Tygart Mountain Sports
  5. The gift of pampering after all of the anxiety and excitement:  Bella Aesthetics, KYMA cosmetic surgery | anti-aging, Phoenix Massage Therapy and Wellness, and Spa-tique Day Spa

Want more ideas? Shop by personality at the Exclusively Gifted Marketplace



Favorite Summer Salads

To help you keep up you eat clean this summer while pleasing your palette, we’ve put together our favorite quick and easy salad recipes.  Unlike traditional salads of lettuce and dressing, these recipes offer texture and flavor that keep you coming back for more. 


A Day Spa Owner’s Inspiring Journey

Arlene Fithian purchased Spa-tique Day Spa in June of 2014 from her previous employer.  Arlene never in a million years ever thought she would one day own an award-winning day spa on the South Shore of Massachusetts.  “You just never know what life is going to present you.”

Arlene’s journey began with marrying the love of her life, Scott Fithian, and happily becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two sons.  Her life unfortunately, took an extremely unexpected turn when her husband was diagnosed and passed away from cancer at the age of 45.  Needless to say, she was devastated but had to find a way to go on because she had two children at home to take care of emotionally and financially.

She met with her financial planner to get some sound advice for their future, and he said, you’re only in your 40’s so you’re going to need to get a job.  I want you to pick something that you are going to love.  She thought about it and thought about it and she kept coming back to…she loved getting facials once a month and always loved trying out new skincare and makeup products.  Also, she realized after taking care of her husband through his illness, that she loved nurturing him through that and thought that she could translate that into taking care of her clients and nurturing them as well.  Decision made.  She signed-up and graduated from Spa-tech Institute in Plymouth as a licensed Esthetician.

Arlene was hired by Spa-tique Day Spa right out of school and is now the proud Owner and still remains as an Esthetician a few days a week.  How did that transpire?  She mentioned to the Owner during a performance review that she absolutely loves working at Spa-tique and that she was never going to leave so if you ever decide that you want to sell the business, please give me the first right of refusal.  The opportunity presented itself, and the rest is history.  She and the former business owner always say that it was a plan from above.  Her husband Scott orchestrated this opportunity for her from heaven.

Arlene’s favorite part about giving a facial to her clients is when they snore!  She says to herself “I did it”, meaning she was able to get her client to the ultimate state of relaxation with her healing touch when they actually fall asleep, literally, in her hands.  “It’s so rewarding to give them that and to have them leave feeling good about themselves, and building those trusting client relationships is wonderful.  I also benefit as well in that I feel almost as relaxed as my client does by the end of the facial, it’s healing for me too.”

Another favorite part about being a Spa Owner is researching, picking out and purchasing all of the products both for back-bar and for the retail boutique as she is a self-proclaimed “Product Junkie”.  She uses every product on herself first to make sure she thinks it’s great so rest assured, if it’s at Spa-tique, it has passed the “Product Junkie” test and is fabulous!

Most people assume that as a Spa Owner she would receive spa treatments every week.  If only that were true!  She kind of does because she gives herself facials all the time because her staff is too busy to give her one, but she actually does try to treat herself to one massage per month and her absolute favorite spa treatment is the Hungarian Moore Mud Massage which is an organic substance that comes from a 20,000 year old glacial valley basin in Eastern Europe that has never been drained away allowing the Moor to retain its entire organic mineral and trace elements.  In addition, it has an unusual concentration of humic acids, folic acids, vitamins, amino acids, plant hormones and fatty acids in a molecular form that is easy for the skin to absorb.  Moor has been used for centuries to heal, nourish and detoxify.  It sounds messy, but it’s actually not at all, it’s heavenly from start to finish and you don’t have to shower afterwards.  Other than that, she will receive treatments when she interviews potential employees, not a bad perk.

If you’ve never been to Spa-tique and live on the South Shore or plan on visiting the South Shore of Massachusetts, you must give them a try.  Their spa is situated in a historic building dating back to 1673 and it has a lot of the original beams, hand-crafted nails, pine floors and all the charm that goes with that, and they’ve also received over 20 awards to date which speaks for iteslf.  Arlene’s goal which is engrained in each and every spa employee is that “every client goes home feeling nurtured, happy and great about themselves.”

Spa-tique Day Spa
2000 Ocean Street
Marshfield, MA  02050

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