This is a sneak (artist's impression) of what the new John Lewis spas will look like. Now, we're actually rather taken with good old John Lewis, at the moment. No longer just a destination to pick up a yard of knicker elastic or some No. 11 knitting needles, but with fab skincare (they were savvy to become early adopters of Liz Earle's range), and stylish, wearable fashion. (A far cry from the elasticated waist trews that Jo's mum used to head there for, but not as scarily edgy as some department stores we can name.)
Apparently there'll be facials, manicures, pedicures, eyebrow/lash tinting, threading - and treatments by Clarins, Decléor, Elemis, Jessica, Blink (the brow bar) and the aforementioned Ms. Earle's range. £250 million has been budgeted for the project (!), and the first sites are Reading and Cheadle (this summer), then Norwich - with Chester and Exeter in the autumn. Which will please those blog-readers who frequently and justifiably complain that London's too often the focus for launches and general excitement in the gorgeousness department.
As out-of-towners ourselves, we know that living away from the smoke needn't mean Hobbit toenails, dull complexions or Denis Healey brows. Nice that John Lewis is making life easier for the wannabe-pampered provincial, though.
See you in Cheadle...?