New businesses opening in NB

By Derrick Knutson—

People looking to strengthen their bodies or perhaps procure a pedicure, manicure or a new hairdo will soon have two new businesses to visit in North Branch.

Pure Bliss Spa and Tan and North Branch Physical Therapy will both be opening in the city this month.

Pure Bliss is setting up shop off Main Street, right next to North County Coffee, and North Branch Physical Therapy is moving in just off St. Croix Trail, adjacent to Don Julio Mexican Restaurant.

Rocky Larson, one of the four owners of Pure Bliss, said the businesses will have all the services one would expect of any spa: hairstylists, nail specialists, tanning, massage, waxing and body wraps, just to name a few.

He hopes to have Pure Bliss open this week.

Larson, who has a background in construction, said this is his first venture into a business of this type.

He noted just because the economy isn’t chugging along at full power, that doesn’t mean people should be apprehensive about opening businesses.

“You’ve got to go out and do it,” he said.

Pure Bliss has some employees hired already, but is looking for additional staff.

Larson said the spa could use more massage therapists and there might be room for another manicurist/pedicurist.

Getting back to full strength

Physical therapist Mark Netzinger has more than 30 years of experience in the field and has practices in Isanti, Ham Lake, St. Francis and Andover.

He decided to open up another physical therapy clinic in North Branch because there’s “a demand for services.”

“The demographics really dictate where we open clinics, and there’s a need in North Branch,” he said.

If all goes according to plan, the clinic should be open by the end of this month.

Therapists at the clinic will specialize in treatment for spine, sports and occupational injuries and general orthopedic and neurological disorders.

Netzinger said he thinks the clinic will be well received in North Branch.

“We integrate within the community,” he said. “We’re not like a large corporation or health care provider. Our goal is to be locally focused and meet the needs of the community.”

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