Charlottesville, VA Business News

Amusement park for kids to become dermatological playground

Posted by lbanner on August 27, 2007

What was once a retreat for kids, or maybe for their parents as their kids bounced from video game to video game, or literally bounced in the indoor moonwalk, is to become a retreat for seekers of beauty and comfort.

“Picture a combination of a four-star spa resort with a visit to the doctor,” says Dr. Bonnie Straka, owner of Signature Medical Spa and Albemarle Dermatology, of her recent purchase of the former Planet Fun building on Berkmar Drive. “The concept for our medical spa is to create a nurturing, high-end atmosphere to cater to our clientele, so that a visit to the doctor for aesthetic treatments ends up feeling more like a retreat.”

The Signature Medical Spa, a division of Albemarle Dermatology Associates, offers a number of services and caters to patients looking for aesthetic treatments, skin care products, and cosmeceuticals. It has become the region’s largest Botox provider, according to their news release on the recent building purchase.

Construction is now under way and the grand opening of the new medical office/spa facility is scheduled for early 2008.

Dr. Straka purchased the 8,400 square foot Planet Fun building from Stonehaus, Inc., but the relationship doesn’t end there. Stonehause Inc. will be managing the entire Planet Fun building redevelopment process on Dr. Straka’s behalf. According to Cass Kawecki, Director of Marketing and Sales for Stonehaus, “this was a great chance to win the trust of an important client, to bring a unique vision to reality, and demonstrate our value through executing on many services related to the real estate development process under one roof.”

In fact, the former Planet Fun building will be but one roof, potentially, among many, as Stonehaus works on plans for the full 9.2-acre commercial development along Berkmar Drive. “A work in progress,” the intent is that the acreage will be built out over the following three to five years and will include medical, office, and retail tenants.


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