A guide to relaxation, pampering and shopping in Hickory
Most people don’t move to more rural areas for daily convenience. They may be looking for a slower pace, more space for their kids to play and safe neighborhoods. But families moving into some of the new home communities in the historically rural area of Hickory in Chesapeake, Virginia are getting the best of both worlds.
Home to lots of family-owned farms where you can stock up on fresh produce and homemade goods, Hickory also offers residents more traditional shopping and conveniences. The newly constructed Edinburgh Commons Shopping Center features a Target, Wal-Mart, Kay Jewelers, and Home Depot. Hanbury Village Shopping Center features a Harris Teeter, Walgreens, Petco and drive-thru Starbucks, among many other stores.
When you’re ready to take a break from errands and shopping, this bucolic country area offers high-end relaxation and rejuvenation in abundance. Book your facial, body scrub or spa pedicure at Mystique Salon & Skin Spa where a team of professional stylists, beauticians and aestheticians offer a wide variety of services and monthly memberships.
Looking for a deep tissue or couple’s massage? Massage Envy Chesapeake is right around the corner in Hanbury Village and offers drop in rates as well as monthly membership options. Need those nails cleaned up? Serenity Hair and Nail Spa offers a quick, relaxing break from a busy day with over half a dozen pedicure stations and nail professionals who can do everything from acrylic to nail art to shellac.
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as lying on the beach, watching the waves and collecting shells. And there’s no better place than North Carolina’s Outer Banks to do just that. Fortunately Kitty Hawk is just over an hour away from Hickory. A relaxing day trip down 158 toward the beach offers opportunities for antiquing, mini golfing, even visiting a waterpark – and that’s all before you even reach the Outer Banks. Once there, enjoy North Carolina’s free public parking along the oceanfront and park your chair in the sand.
And if you’d rather relax in front of a big screen, the Hickory Cinema Cafe at Edinburgh features 10 theaters with fully reclining individual seats and a full service restaurant and bar with several local and craft brews on tap.
No matter how you like to relax, life in the “country” doesn’t have to be a trade-off for convenience and pampering. At least, not in Hickory.