The Urban Muse provides a serene oasis in the middle of busy Denville. Spa treatments range from facials to massages. Or you can opt for holistic treatments such as Reiki therapies and angel-card readings. Between treatments, customers browse locally crafted jewelry and other carefully curated items in the eclectic gift shop. The operation is owned by Kristin and Tracy Pamperin—a pair of aptly named sisters who take pampering seriously (82 Broadway; 973-627-3455).
Morris | Essex Health & Life - 2012 Best Day spa
At the Urban Muse in Denville, sisters Kristin and Tracy Pamperin provide personalized service and value. “The Urban Muse is warm and inviting, the staff is wonderful,” writes reader Rosemarie Lynch of Boonton. “They offer specials all the time, the gift shop is unique and the massages are fantastic!”
Runners-Up: DePasquale Spa, Morris Plains; the Fountain Spa, Hackensack, Ramsey; Milagro Spa, Manasquan, Red Bank; Cape May Day Spa
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"The Urban Muse is more than just an award-winning spa (it’s now made our Reader’s Choice A-List for two years running), it’s also a place that gives back. For one day every month, it transforms into a sanctuary of healing for current and former cancer patients on the path to holistic wellness. The Urban Muse Melpomene Wellness Clinic, named in honor of the Greek muse of dance and song who had the inner strength to surmount grief and tragedy, is free for all cancer patients and survivors and is held on one Sunday of every month from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m...."
Excerpt from an article entitled "Sisters in Business" by Jason Koestenblatt
Tracy and Kristin Pamperin worked in graphic design in New York City until they, as well as the rest of the nation, were devastated by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
"We knew we wanted to make a difference in people's lives", said Tracy. "After that day it was just a matter of putting the plan into action. Sitting in our nice secure jobs was nice, but we didn't feel like we were doing anything to help others."
Their plan resulted in The Urban Muse, located on Broadway in Denville. The original idea, cultivated by Kristin, was to create a retail store that would sell homemade and unique jewelry.
When the siblings finally put their thoughts on paper, they realized that adding a spa would create the perfect complement. Today the business offers everything from massages to steam baths to handmade jewelry. The setting is modern yet tranquil.
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Excerpt from an article entitled "The Muse of Shopping Inspires at Denville Store" by Lorraine Ash
There are stores and there are sanctuaries. The Urban Muse has melded the two into one.
Shoppers are greeted with natural scents and earth tones and rooms that flow, one into the other. Every display, every shelf, bears a reason to pause and reflect not only on the merchandise but on one's life.