At The Retreat, we are celebrating 30 years of providing Health and Beauty care to our clients in Wokingham this past month. Helen Belcher, the owner of The Retreat started the Beauty business on 26th November 1990 when she was only 20 years old. She had begun working at the salon treating clients in the basement of 23 Denmark Street in the salon which was then called Raffles. ‘I can still picture it now. All 80s décor with wicker chairs and sliding doors and I thought I was the bee’s knees!’ says Helen.

Helen 30 Year Work Anniversary

In 1995, Helen and the salon owner Colin Prince became business partners and developed the concept of a salon that could cater for all the client’s needs from hair care to beauty treatments under one roof. At the time, this was an innovative concept and the business flourished and Helen was awarded multiple awards for excellence including Decléor Salon of The Year many times. As it grew, the property was extended to accommodate more hair salon space on the ground floor and the beauty salon moved upstairs to provide four luxury treatment rooms in what still continues to be a quiet sanctuary in the middle of Wokingham where clients can escape the stresses of everyday life.

‘My ambition was always to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where clients could feel at ease and relax knowing they were receiving the highest quality treatments and a professional service. Thirty years on, the beauty industry has transformed and we are constantly evolving and training to provide the latest treatments but I can see that the underlying need for the client remains that same. Day to day life can be very stressful and it is a privilege to be able to provide a wide range of services that enable our clients to look and feel their best whilst focusing on their health and wellbeing.’

We have been overwhelmed by the response from clients through 2020 in both the Hair Salon and the Beauty Salon and would like to thank them all for their continued support. Our staff have been working hard too and have used their time to concentrate on training and development enabling the salon to offer some exciting new treatments such as the Medi Pedi – a new medical-grade pedicure aimed at getting your feet feeling and looking great. Treat yourself to an extra special pedicure by upgrading any of our existing pedicure treatments for just £10. During December 2020 we are running a limited offer to upgrade for just £5 when you quote MediPedi50 when booking. Contact us to book your appointment.

As a thank you to all their customers, The Retreat would like to offer an upgrade on all 60-minute facial treatments to 90-minute treatments through the month of December and January. This offer is valid for facials booked and taken between 07/12/2020 and 31/01/2020. Please quote ANNIVERSARY30 at the time of booking to take advantage of this offer. Contact us via hello@retreat-wokingham.co.uk, tel 01189794450 or message us on Facebook @TheRetreatWokingham.