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Farmville Merchant of Month strives to pamper customers


Farmville Chamber of Commerce Director Judy Gidley, right, presents the Merchant of the Month award for September to Tracie Durrett, the owner of Verde Spa.


Monday, September 24, 2018

FARMVILLE — It is a place to unwind, find solace and feel pampered.

The Farmville Chamber of Commerce presented its Merchant of the Month award for September to Verde Spa.

“I absolutely feel unworthy of such a great honor,” owner Tracie Durrett said. “I am thrilled. I love having a business here.”

Verde Spa opened its doors in 2009 in Winterville. In 2014, the business relocated to Farmville.

The spa offers aesthetic and therapeutic services, including organic facials, chemical pills, microdermabrasion, waxing, body treatments and massage therapy. Massage therapy specializes in deep tissue, sports tissue and prenatal massage.

Durrett’s business partner and massage therapist, Olive Cox, appreciates their customers’ support.

“For them to take advantage of our services is humbling,” Durrett said.

Durrett, a self-proclaimed spa junkie, used to attend spas like a hobby, she said with a smile.

One day, while getting a treatment, she realized, “I could do this, too, and get paid.”

And so, Verde Spa was born.

“To love on my customers, touch them and make them feel better about themselves is my goal,” Durrett said. “I am grateful to have this job. It is not even work because I get to spend time with friends and people I love and make them feel good.”

Farmville’s chamber director Judy Gidley was a key component is recruiting Verde Spa to Farmville. Gidley suggested Durrett open a second location. Durrett fell in love with Farmville, though, shut down her Winterville location and opened in Farmville, Gidley said.

Having Durrett as a resident of Farmville is truly a blessing, Gidley said.

“She does so much for Farmville,” Gidley said.

Durrett serves on the chamber board of directors, is a friend of the May Museum & Park and is a member of the Farmville Lawn & Garden Club and Farmville United Methodist Church.

“This award is long overdue,” Gidley said.

Verde Spa, 3729 Wilson St., Farmville, is open by appointment only.


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