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By Miriam Raftery

Bob Lyon and his wife, Deedee

March 8, 2009 (La Mesa) — Luau foods, seashell leis, and other touches of the tropics greeted guests at the grand opening of Coconuts Salon & Day Spa in La Mesa this weekend. Located behind the Brigantine Restaurant at 9340 Fuerte Drive, the salon formerly known as Transformations has been transformed into a tropical-themed motif by new owners Bob Lyon and Joey Atkins. "My wife, Deedee, and I came up with the name," said Lyon, sporting a Hawaiian shirt. "In the spirit of Hawaii, we created a waterfall and a whole Hawaiian motif."

Bob and Deedee Lyon had been customers of the former spa for many years. They had a good relationship with the employees, but Lyon recalled, “The place was stuck in a "70s time warp." When the business hit troubled times, stylists at the salon asked Lyon for help. "They convinced me to buy it," he said.

Larry Coates, massage therapist, and Crystal Darby, hair stylist

East County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors hosted a ceremony to welcome the new business to La Mesa on March 6th, with a public grand opening held the next day. Guests checking in received bars of tropical soap, samples of hair products and leis, while tropically-dressed guides offered tours.

The remodeled spa now exudes an exotic ambienc--rom fresh orchids on the walls to styling stations designed to resemble Hawaiian grass shacks. Surfboards and tropical paintings by local artists adorn the walls, including works by Steve Barton with his signature wavy frames--a look he popularized after a fortuitous accident in which frames left in a hot shed warped, a stylist confided.

Styling stations resemble grass-topped palappas

"We offer everything from eyelash tinting to deep facials and waxing," stylist Crystal Darby said, offering a tour of treatment rooms, each with Zen-like serenity. The spa also offers Swedish and deep tissue massage, therapeutic/relaxation massage, Botox and other anti-wrinkle treatments, skin care, chemical peels, manicures, island pedicures, hair treatments and more. Patrons can sip wine while savoring a respite from the stresses of modern living.

Styling stations resemble grass-topped palappas

"We have an Aloha Day once a week,"said Lyon, noting that spa customers will find employees garbed in Hawaiian shirts and tropical dresses during the weekly event. But whatever day you choose to visit, Coconuts Salon & Day Spa offers a welcoming aloha spirit--nviting you to "Relax, Hawaiian style!"

For more information, visit or call (619)697-6166.


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