Featured Member: THE TEN SPOT®

Founder Kristen Gale was sharing a piece of pie with her friend one night back in 2006 when she came up with the idea for THE TEN SPOT®. She recognized that there was a gap in the spa/salon business in Toronto. From there, she was able to carve out her niche in the field and create a business model that offered services in an environment that combines the efficiency of low-end nail salons with the quality standards of excellence of high-end spas. Hence, THE TEN SPOT® opened its first location in Toronto.

Fast forward to 2011 when Nicole Turlo lived in Toronto. She admired THE TEN SPOT® and knew a business like that would thrive in Halifax. When she moved back home to Halifax in 2016, she applied for a franchise and opened a location at 5165 South Street.



THE TEN SPOT® in Downtown Halifax offers a wide variety of services, including a long list of laser and waxing options, nail care and polish, and a brow and lash bar. However, in these cold winter months, Nicole says that facials are hands-down the service she would most recommend right now. “The weather is hard on our skin and we’re wearing masks more frequently – our skin needs a break!” she said. “A facial is an ultimate pick-me-up.”

THE TEN SPOT® is the perfect mix of professionalism and fun. They love implementing elements of cheeky humour into their brand, but they make sure that they still deliver top-quality services. They describe themselves as a reverse mullet, party in the front but all business in the back.

The first thing you notice when you walk into the space is how bright, airy, and clean it feels. Everyone at THE TEN SPOT® is passionate about creating an environment where their customers can feel both safe and comfortable while receiving their treatments. Before the pandemic, THE TEN SPOT® took the extra step to make their guests feel at home by pairing a pedicure with a glass of Prosecco. Although they are unable to serve alcohol right now due to public health guidelines, they are still licensed and hope to be able to offer you a drink alongside your service again soon.

THE TEN SPOT® has been #clinicallyclean since before it was a trend, implementing strict sanitizing protocols into all their in-house services. The spa performs a deep clean of the entire space daily, which includes cleaning every single room, product, and furniture in their location. Before every service, employees make sure to disinfect all surfaces and seating. To ensure THE TEN SPOT® is offering the highest level of cleanliness, they are now using an even higher-grade disinfectant that goes over government regulations for their stainless-steel tools and discards anything that cannot be sterilized.

“This year has been particularly hard on businesses,” said Nicole. “But we found that the tight-knit Downtown community has gotten us through it. Local businesses supporting one another and our loyal customers have been a shining light in such dark times.”

If you want to treat yourself to a facial or any of the other services THE TEN SPOT® offers, give them a call (902) 445-1010 to book your appointment or go online here.