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Grand Opening of Akela Spa


DEADWOOD, S.D. - The Grand Opening for the new Akela Spa Deadwood will be February 11 – 15. The Black Hills’ only destination day spa is located 1 mile east of Deadwood and minutes from Legendary Sturgis. A ribbon cutting is planned for Tuesday, February 11, at 4:00 PM followed by an open house.

Akela Spa has been a wonderful addition to the community of Deadwood and is experiencing strong support from surrounding communities. Spa Director Michele Loobey-Gertsch is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting will be hosted by 4 area Chambers of Commerce’s, Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, and Spearfish. “This is not typically how a ribbon cutting is conducted, but is exciting to see the Northern Hills Chambers support, collaborate, and network on this event. There is an understanding that the addition of a year -round business to any of our communities is a winning solution for the economy of the Black Hills region.”

Akela Spa brings fresh industry to the Northern Black Hills, and one that is welcomed by the hospitality and gaming businesses in Deadwood.  “The Spa provides a destination for visitors and local residents to come experience relaxation and services that have been unavailable until now. Our experienced staff is committed to providing quality services in the areas of massages, facials, nails, and specialty skin care.”

When asked about the message “Where serenity is indigenous”, which is found on the website and marketing pieces of Akela Spa, Loobey-Gertsch says, “You will know what it means the moment you walk through our door. The Black Hills represents rest and relaxation to local residents, and is one of the engaging elements that bring visitors to the region. We have been able to capture the calm sense of serenity found in the Black Hills at Akela Spa.” 

The public is welcome to attend the Open House on Tuesday, February 11. In addition, the week is filled with drawings and Boutique specials. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it is a fabulous time to incorporate a visit to a new business, and maybe schedule a little time to relax at the Akela Spa.   


Phone: 605-578-1180