Garyl Moore, owner of the Yorktowne Salon & Spa, gives a haircut to Donald Williams of Seven Valleys.
Garyl Moore, owner of the Yorktowne Salon & Spa, gives a haircut to Donald Williams of Seven Valleys. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

Some of the original charm is still there.

But after four and a half months of renovations, what used to be an antiquated barber shop and locker rooms beneath The Yorktowne Hotel is now a modern salon and spa.

The Yorktowne Salon & Spa has been open for three weeks inside the historic hotel at 48 E. Market St., and one of the owners said he couldn't be happier with his new city digs.

"Being down here on the lower level, we have total privacy," said Garyl Moore, who owns the business with his wife, Verona Moore, a retired teacher.

Clients of the new hospitality hub also receive free valet parking when they arrive for services, which include various hair treatments, nail treatments, massages, reflexology, body wraps and skin care.

"We like to enhance people and make them feel good," Garyl Moore said. "If you can get people to feel good, their day will go accordingly."

For Garyl Moore, it's not all in a day's work.

"This isn't a profession; it isn't work. This is just what I do. It's what I enjoy," he said.

He has cut and styled hair for a few decades at several locations in the region, such as Spa Lyrag -- a business he owned in Springettsbury Township. But he placed all the emphasis on his new venture.

The changes: Walking past private rooms where beauty services are performed, he pointed out that they used to be men's locker rooms and bathrooms.

Now, they are designed and decorated rooms to evoke feelings of tranquility and royal treatment.

But some of the original, ornate details from the old barbershop remain in the new spa. Nooks for towels and the glass cabinets that once stored the tools of the hotel's longtime barber line the back wall of the area that's now used for pedicures.

Customers who visit the salon and spa include regular clients, hotel guests and walk-ins, Garyl Moore said.

"So far we've had a pretty good clientele," he said.

An added feature: The new spa and salon can also attract a more robust clientele to the hotel itself, said General Manager Rick Cunningham.

"For weddings, it adds a great deal to our business. Bridal parties have a one-stop shop," he said.

Bridal parties can get their nails done Friday, along with any other relaxation therapy they may need, and they can return to the salon Saturday to get their hair done for the wedding, Cunningham said.

The new business is also helping the hotel sell romance packages, which include overnight rooms with a whirlpool bath and a couple's massage in the lower level spa, he said.

More out-of-town guests have also been booking weekend packages, knowing they can get a full salon treatment while they're they, Cunningham said.

"It's also a real nice touch for local folks," he said. "Lots of folks downtown will love to start patronizing the barber shop here again."

The Yorktowne Salon & Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment only on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, call the salon at 815-2126.

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