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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

It sounds like a cliché, but as soon as you walk into Greenhaus Spa, located at 1300 Pearl St., you can feel stress drain from your body.

A cool, refreshing, aroma settles down on you, and life seems to get easier. You’ll even notice your eyes relaxing.

This is exactly what Julie Meyers, who has owned Greenhaus Spa for the past year and a half, was looking for when she left the corporate world and purchased the business.

“Stress is the silent killer,” she said. “People need to figure out a way to escape the world and relax.”

Meyer knows stress all too well, having spent years in the deep trenches of corporate marketing and sales operations. She worked for Sony when the PlayStation was launched, Verizon when they were trying to maximize market share, and a start-up technology company in San Francisco.

The stakes were always high, and the pressure to deliver, as well as to pivot when product changes were made, unrelenting. Meyer was extremely good at the work and enjoyed it to a point. But after a while, it was too much.

Moving on from the corporate world was a no-brainer when two good friends, both co-workers, had fatal heart attacks, one while attending a work conference and another at his desk. It was not what she signed up for, and certainly not what she wanted for her life.

Meyer always had an interest in alternative medicine and exploring ways people could take their health into their own hands.

“Human beings have to be responsible for themselves,” she said.

Meyer was looking at other jobs, outside of big business, when the opportunity to purchase Greenhaus became available. It was a perfect fit.

“Massage got me through the corporate world,” she said.

“Everything we do at Greenhaus is about touch, and people relieving their stress.” Not surprisingly, Greenhaus is very un-corporate with a down-to-earth, community vibe. They are a full service spa, offering facials, hair and nail treatments, and massage.

Greenhaus has been a locals’ favorite for over two decades, and Meyer didn’t want to make unnecessary changes to something people already loved.

Lynne, who has been at the front desk as the manager for 16 years, is still there as well as several therapists who’ve been around over a decade.

Experience it for yourself. Open seven days a week. Call 257-8837 or book online at

Been there lately?

The Roost Napa, at 1407 Second St., has undergone exciting changes. Owner Patricia Trimble had trouble finding clothes she liked, finding most options to be too young or too mature.

She started buying the clothing for the store, and now The Roost Napa is a one-stop shopping destination.

“You can get a party gift and card for the occasion, plus something really cool to wear,” said Trimble.

Open every day.

See you downtown!

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Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or