If the weather cooperates, Nouveau Skin Care and Day Spa in Kennewick will have a new building by mid-summer.
"But we can't break ground until the weather warms up some. You can't pour concrete foundations when it's this cold," Kris Waltze said.
Yet he and his wife, Jenna, who co-own the spa, desperately need more space.
"We have the clients, we just don't have the space to accommodate them," he said.
With the new building they will be going from under 6,000 square feet to close to 9,000.
The couple said they also are moving because traffic on Gage Boulevard, where the present spa is located, has become so busy it's hard for their clients to get in and out.
Their new location, on Grandridge Boulevard behind Ranch & Home, still will be close to the mall and have room for more parking.
The Waltzes have owned the business for about three years. It was founded by Fred and Sunny Almeida in 1996, and Sunny worked for Waltze until last month.
"When the Almeidas opened the spa it was just Sunny working there," Waltze said. "Jenna was her first employee."
Now the Waltzes have about 40 employees and expect to hire several more as they get close to moving.
When the couple bought the spa, it was Jenna who had the experience.
"I'm a retired hockey player and coach," Waltze said. "I was with the Tri-City Americans for two years and then moved on. While I played hockey, Jenna worked at day spas all over the country."
Waltze said they had been thinking about enlarging and building for some time and traveled around the country looking at other spas.
"We wanted to see what worked, what didn't and what other services we could offer," he said.
In its present location, Nouveau offers a wide variety of services including facial treatments, waxing, manicures and pedicures and custom-blended mineral make-up. There's a full-service hair salon and several massages to choose from, including a hot stone massage, which Waltze said "has been booking like crazy ever since it turned cold."
They also offer a Vichy shower pulsating jets of water. Instead of standing, a spa patron lies in a shallow wet bed similar to a massage table.
"People love it," Waltze said. "We have it set up to add on before or after a massage or body treatment."
Massages are an important part of Nouveau's services, but clients seldom stop there, he said. "Often they'll combine two, three or more services into one visit, especially the women."
For men -- who are 20 percent to 25 percent of Nouveau's business -- "it's the massage that's the tip of the iceberg to get them in the door," he said. "Usually the wife books it. Later they're booking pedicures and facials and coming without their wife."
With the new building, the Waltzes plan to expand the hair salon/nail care/makeup area to make the space flow better, especially when bridal parties come in for pampering before a wedding.
They will also add a private outdoor seating area for patrons to visit between treatments.
"It'll be a place to relax in their robes before going on to get a facial, a pedicure or another treatment," he said.
For more information about Nouveau Skin Care & Day Spa, go to www.nouveauspa.com, or call 736-2321.