By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
D’Roc Spa at The Factory, 1839 S. Main Street, Suite 134, Wake Forest, opened Oct. 1. Owner Gabriela Ribeiro da Rocha Simmons is a massage therapist and a taekwondo and figure-skating mom who, she said, “spent countless hours in The Factory with nothing to do for adults.” After speaking with other parents (especially moms) who have nothing to do but wait, she tailored her business to accommodate a variety of timeframes. D’Roc Spa offers express (30 minutes or less) and long-pampering treatments including waterless manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials, massages including targeted areas, and a variety of add-on services. Phone 919-263-8393 to schedule an appointment and ask about ongoing specials. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the spa’s Facebook page for daily specials.
Massage Envy Wake Forest, located in the Wake Forest Crossing Shopping Center, 12610 Capital Blvd., Suite 104, will open its doors on Nov. 6. The ribbon-cutting will be held at noon Nov. 17, and the grand opening event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21 with free chair massages, kids’ coloring activities and complimentary snacks. The public is invited to both events. In addition to massage therapy and healthy skin facials, Massage Envy offers enhanced therapies (services you can add on to any massage session). Franchisee Nancy Fierro and her husband, AJ, will operate the clinic. “I look forward to providing superior wellness care options to Wake Forest and its neighboring communities!” Fierro said. To schedule an appointment, call 919-569-ENVY (3689) or visit MassageEnvyRDU.com. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Looking for high-end coffees? Look no further than Back Alley Coffee Roasters at 314 Brooks St. in Wake Forest. Serving pour-overs, cold brews, nitro cold brews, drip coffees and teas, the company has seating indoors and outside and a menu that includes pastries, breakfast wraps, muffins and other coffee-friendly side dishes. Back Alley’s owner and lead roaster, Tracy McKenzie, said, “We want to do the best coffee at a good value. We want to do great coffee, coffee so good that we’re excited to serve it.” Coffee beans are available for purchase in the store or online. An app is in the works, too, so you can order ahead to have your beverage ready for your arrival. The store’s current hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. but will change to include longer hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Free Wi-Fi. Visit the store page on Facebook, or go to backalleyroasters.com.