Enjoy adaptogenic beverages and non-toxic pedis at Blush + Bone.
Sit back and enjoy a relaxing, non-toxic pedicure while sipping a sparkling natural wine enhanced with stress-busting adaptogens — mangosteen, hibiscus, and ginger — at Reno’s newest spa-meets-wellness lounge, Blush + Bone.
“I wanted to create a space that felt intentional, calming, soothing, inspiring — and inspired,” says Blush + Bone owner Sarah LaShelle. “I wanted it to be very different from what you’d expect when you go into a nail salon or lounge.”
LaShelle is no stranger to creating stylish spaces for clients to indulge in eco-friendly self-care. Ten years ago, she opened Pretty Parlor, a beauty salon in San Francisco; then she opened a second location in Reno three years later. So when the Tahoe Street building that now houses Blush + Bone became available, the Sparks native jumped at the opportunity.
Her goal was to create a destination that offers the same commitment to small-batch, non-toxic beauty products and services, but also features a community space in which to enjoy beverages bolstered with healing adaptogens and other herbs. Adaptogens are a class of plant used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions to help the body adapt to various stressors.
The brass-accented bar is stocked with a rotating selection of natural wines, kombuchas, cold-pressed juices, teas, coffees from Magpie Coffee Roasters, and meads from Black Rabbit Mead Co. — the latter two based in Reno. The namesake beverage, Blush + Bone, features blood orange, rose water, fresh rosemary, a choice of bubbles, and an herbal elixir made from guarana seeds, goji berries, and hibiscus flowers, to name a few.
“It’s an elixir called euphoria, and it creates an energetic feel,” LaShelle explains. “You can add sparkling wine, kombucha, or blackberry-rosemary mead. It’s such a beautiful, delicious drink. It tastes like fresh oranges, then it has this herbaceous flavor to it, and people love it.”
Alternatively, opt for a spicy kimchi soju bloody mary with a furikake-lined rim and a fresh slice of cucumber; a collagen matcha with coconut cream; or a natural wine sangria brimming with organic cherries, strawberries, and citrus and enhanced with an elixir of your choosing.
“You can have a really awesome experience, and drink wine that has been biodynamically grown, and have a service where every single element and layer is clean and non-toxic,” LaShelle says.
Blush + Bone offers manicures and pedicures (free of potentially harmful chemicals that could soak through your nail bed), massage treatments, cupping, and sound baths. When it becomes safe to gather again, LaShelle hopes to return to opening the lounge after spa services end at 6 p.m. for meet-the-winemaker events, tarot card readings, and other workshops.
“I want it to be a place of coming together, community, and empowerment — a space that’s really thoughtful in all the practices that take place within these walls,” LaShelle says. “And really there’s no better time to consume adaptogens than in the times that we’re in. They’re made to infuse the body with stress-relieving herbs, so we can get through all of this stuff we’re facing right now.”
Blush + Bone
660 Tahoe St., Reno
775-507-4121 • Blushandbone.com
Claire McArthur, who credits a mix of wine and the adaptogen ashwagandha for getting her through 2020, is excited to see a place such as Blush + Bone come to Reno-Tahoe.