Upscale salon closes Clay Terrace storefront

July 11, 2014
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High-end David & Mary Salon Spa has closed its Clay Terrace location after months of grappling with road construction, frigid weather and the loss of several key employees.

Owners David and Mary Miller posted a note to the business’ website this week, calling it “the most difficult decision that we have made in our 30 years” of operating the salon.

They said the last six months have been particularly challenging, and the aftermath has “drastically diminished our operating capital to a degree that we are no longer able to recoup or recover at this location.”

But the Millers and the remaining staff plan to stay together, offering their services at the Salon Lofts co-op on 146th Street in Westfield’s Cool Creek Village retail center.

“We look to our new home as a fresh start,” they wrote.

Elsewhere in Carmel, Romano’s Macaroni Grill closed its restaurant off 116th Street just west of Keystone Parkway. Crews removed its sign from the building Tuesday.

A note on the door directs customers to the nearest location at 5720 W. 86th Street in Indianapolis. The Italian chain has served Carmel for 12 years, the note said.

A spokeswoman told Current in Carmel that the restaurant’s lease expired, and the company does not plan to look for another site in the city.

In other retail news:

— Goldfish Swim School is planning a second Indiana location more than a year after opening at Merchants Square in Carmel.

The Michigan-based franchise is expected to take over a former hardware store at 11581 Geist Pavilion Drive in Fishers, near the intersection of 116th Street and Olio Road.

The Carmel site, which opened in April 2013, features a custom 4-foot-deep pool (kept at a comfortable 90 degrees), a dozen cabana-like private changing rooms, a snack bar, a pro shop and a blow-dry bar for post-lesson coiffing.

— The Fishers strip-mall space that formerly housed Mudsock Books & Curiosity Shoppe is set to be transformed into Blue Danube Deli/Market. Renovations are planned for the 1,200-square-foot shop at 11850 Allisonville Road.

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  • Merchants Square
    It seemed like the Merchants Square area had started to turn a corner and is starting to fill some of the vacancies, but now another prominent space right on 116th is closed. I believe there are 2-4 buildings on that side of 116th street that are vacant. I thought Kite (or whomever owns/develops this area) was trying to revive it. Back to the drawing board I guess...
    • not Kite
      Out of state management and ownership. If Kite controlled it, everything would be leased. Of course, due to the roundabout, there is limited access to the south side of 116th now also. Just have to go down to the light.
    • Ace??
      The address given for the Goldfish Swim Club is the Ace Hardware, is it closing?
      • Address
        The Goldfish Swim Club is in the same strip of businesses as Ace Hardware. It's just down at the end by the Goodwill drop off area. Ace isn't leaving.
        • Is ACE closing?!?!?
          I love that ACE store and frequent it weekly. The staff is ridiculously helpful, courteous and knowledgable. I had not heard a thing about the location closing!? I can't imagine having to drive 20 or 30 minutes to a big box again where no one is available to help, I can't find what I need and don't get any where near the personal service that ACE gives!
        • Thanks for the info
          Phew. Having an older home, I am seriously ACE Hardware dependent.
        • Merchants is Back
          Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.
        • Ace...why?
          Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.
        • Gift Certificates?
          Would one be able to use David & Mary gift certificates at the Salon Lofts location? Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed your $100 donation.
        • Clay Terrace
          So often it seems when an Indianapolis retailer leaves the city (in the case 86th street) for the "greener" pastures of Carmel, they end up closing. This was the case with Shapiros as well. Stay and reinvest in the city, a lot of clientele from Indy doesn't travel to Carmel to shop. Clay Terrace is less of a shopping destination now with a few companies choosing to go back to 86th street.

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