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New spa shares profits with charities

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A South Shore couple has started a new business with the intention of giving back part of its profits to the community.

Erica Marullo and Michael Bunce turned the old honeymoon suite at the Tahoe Pines Lodge into Charity’s Massage and Day Spa.

The transformation process took about a month to complete, with friends and family pitching in, Marullo said. Some donated fabric, paint and their time to get the spa opened on July 7.

“The village came together to make it happen,” Bunce said.

The name of the spa says it all. For every appointment, Marullo donates $5 to a charity. She’ll donate to different nonprofits every two months, and right now the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe is benefiting from her business.

Besides giving back to the community, Marullo offers Swedish massages, deep tissue massage, prenatal massages and hot stones.

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Marullo has lived in the area since 1981, and even though times are tough for businesses, she’s confident the town can pull together.

“This town always takes care of itself,” Marullo said.

Besides revamping the honeymoon suite, the horseshoe pit that used to be in front of the lodge has been turned into a garden. They even turned the large bath tub into a “stream” to accent the Tahoe decor.

The spa is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. all week, and it’s inside the Tahoe Pines Lodge next to the Sno-flake Drive-in, 966 Modesto Ave. For more information or to make an appointment, see or call (530) 208-8403.

With summer winding down, boaters are starting to think about the approaching winter.

High Sierra Boat and Car Detailing now offers boat storage. Owner Bruce Fritts said they can also provide shrink wrap to prepare the equipment for winter.

Fritts said the service is mobile, so they can accommodate clients’ needs. He’s been in business for 28 years.

The business is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (530) 541-3184.

The South Tahoe Area Transit Authority and the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce are holding a re-opening mixer at the South “Y” Transit Station to celebrate the renovation.

The party starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the transit station, 1000 Emerald Bay Road, at the corner of highways 50 and 89.

Drinks and snacks will be served, and STATA board members, chamber members and MV Transportation employees will be on hand.

For more information, call (530) 542-5060.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s member lunch will be at the Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, Aug. 27.

The lunch starts at noon, and reservations are required. It’s $10 for members $15 non-members. For more information, go to or call (775) 588-1728.

The El Dorado Geotourism Project will hold its final workshop on Sept. 9. The workshops are being funded by a $90,000 El Dorado County grant to the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce to implement a geotourism program.

Geotourism is “tourism that sustains or enhances the unique character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its local residents,” according to National Geographic.

The workshop is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. For more information, go to tahoechamber. org and click the “Geotourism” link. Or e-mail or call (530) 318-7599.

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