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Fit for a queen
The Royal Treatment Day Spa specializes in pageant, beauty services

If you’re looking for a place where you can feel like a queen — or a king — for a day, The Royal Treatment Day Spa may be just the place for you.

Open about two months, the spa is in Sabraton, at 1952 Hunters Way, Suite 3, above The Queen’s Choice dress shop.

And so far, the response from the community has been amazing, owner Kathy Marrara said.

Kathy said the businesses came about as a result of years of requests for her and her daughter Lexsey’s help when it came to preparing for pageants.

After all, the two were well-versed in the pageant world and all it entails — Lexsey has been competing for years and even took the crown as 2014’s Miss Teen West Virginia.

With so many years of giving advice under their belts, it was just time, Kathy said, to make their jobs as pageant specialists official.

To that end, Lexsey serves as the spa’s pageant consultant, offering everything from advice to spray tans to etiquette classes and beyond.

“I help them with their bio and their interview,” Lexsey explained about her role as consultant. “I don’t like to think of myself as a pageant coach, I just like to guide the girls in the right direction, since I kind of know a thing or two about pageants.” 

The Royal Treatment is also sponsoring a Miss West Virginia Mountaineer Pageant, an official preliminary for the Miss West Virginia USA, April 9-10 at Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa. It is open to teens (14-18), Miss (19-26), Mrs. (married and resident of West Virginia) and children’s (4-6, 7-9 and 10-13). Winners from teen, Miss and Mrs. categories will receive a fully paid entry into the Miss West Virginia USA production. For more information about registration, email

It will be emceed by Monte Durham from TLC’s “Say Yes To the Dress: Atlanta.” 

The spa also employs a licensed massage therapist, as well as a licensed aesthetician and eyelash-extension, makeup and spray tan specialist, Megan Rinker, who is independently contracted by The Royal Treatment and is the official eyelash-extension specialist of Miss West Virginia USA.

Along with those services, The Royal Treatment also offers cellulite treatments, body slimming treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and makeup application. The business also offers the Image Skin Care Line, which is the official skin care of the Miss Universe Organization.

All of that and more has made new mom Adele Lizza a loyal customer.

“I’ve been going to the spa since September and have been there five times and actually have an appointment this upcoming week — which I am so excited about,” she said. “I’ve done some different services, but I love getting facials. I have had the stem-cell facial a few times — its the anti-aging facial to treat fine lines and wrinkles and I am obsessed with it. I’m 32 and convinced I have bad wrinkles, so getting these facials has really helped my skin and my confidence. 

“Also, I have a 7-month-old, so, needless to say, between my son and working full time, I haven’t been getting much sleep and it’s taking its toll of my face and eyes — I get really dark circles under my eyes, so, I have been using the Image Skin Care Line — the max — for a few weeks. The eye serum has these circles disappearing and people have been complimenting me on my skin. I think it’s cool that I am using the same skin care line that the Miss [Universe] contestants use, because I am no beauty queen.” 

Kathy said that while pageant contestants are the spa’s niche market, she wants everyone to take advantage of the pampering the spa provides.

Her customer base runs the gamut, she said — and it’s not only women. Many of her massage clients are WVU football players.

Lizza said she understands why so many people love the place, and would encourage anyone interesting in a little special treatment check it out — not just pageant contestants and beauty queens.

“Kathy and her staff are very friendly and respectable — they treat every single person who walks through their doors, whether you are a regular client or pageant princess, with respect. Their services are catered towards everyone. I think the key to a great spa is offering something for everyone and catering to your clients needs without being pushy, and that is exactly what Kathy and her staff do — they cater to your specific needs and don’t push services or products on you. They really do give you the royal treatment from the minute you walk in, and it’s delightful.
“If you haven’t been to spa, I would say treat yourself ... If you are thinking of going but not sure what to expect, I would just tell you to be ready for a super relaxing, amazing, quality experience, and then be ready to book your next appointment, because one visit will not be enough.” 

According to Lexsey, Lizza isn’t alone in her enthusiasm — which has everyone at the fledgling businesses hopeful.

 “You know, being only open for two months, we are so excited to say how busy we’ve been, like we never thought in a million years that we’d be this busy with so many clients,” she said. “Everyone we’ve met — we haven’t met one unhappy client, I don’t think. We’ve just had great feedback, and it’s so amazing. It’s so much fun for us.”

ADDRESS:  1952 Hunters Way, Suite 3 

PHONE:  304-241-1592