WORTHINGTON — Three downtown Worthington businesses hosted a grand opening together Wednesday.

Worthington Massage & Wellness, Primp Salon and Hers & Mine Boutique make up the 900 block of Fifth Avenue. For the former two, it was actually a grand re-opening; they've been in business previously, but moved into new locations with more space.

Primp Salon stylist and owner Tina Schlichte explained that the salon is now three times the previous square footage. She and stylists Emily Ransom and Laura Koepsell, along with esthetician Whitney Bretzman, now offer between them a lost list of services, including haircut and coloring, manicures and pedicures, eyelash and hair extensions, face and body waxing and facials and dermaplaning. In the case of some of those services, Primp is now the only place within 30 miles that offers them.

"I've always had a vision of taking care of more people," Schlichte said.

The catalyst for expansion was the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolation increased the need for self care, and self care is exactly what Primp offers. The salon re-opened for business June 1, and clients have loved the upgrades. Several have already booked spa parties.

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Connected by hallway is Worthington Massage & Wellness, owned by Nicole Kremer. Kremer had added two more massage therapists to her operation, Michelle Ignaszewski and Breanna Burchill, and offerings now include Swedish relaxation massage, integrative therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, chair massage, pre-natal massage, green tea exfoliating salt scrub and ear candling.

Kremer noticed a greater need for relaxation and wellness over the last year.

"There is a need (for massage) in Worthington," she said. "We're really blessed to have the community support."

Next door to Primp and Massage is Hers & Mine Boutique, which proprietors Laura Koepsell and Kailey Wendland opened June 9. The owners said they have also been well received by the community over the last month, and many turned out to support them Wednesday.