Float Away Stress at Virginia’s New Merse Wellness Spa

The wellness trend continues its expansion in North Brisbane with the recent opening of Merse Wellness Spa in Virginia. 


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The spa, complete with magnesium float pools, infra-red saunas and more, caters to those looking for relaxation and recovery after intense workouts.

Merse is housed next to the massive Fitness Cartel Virginia gym and comes from Fitness Cartel founders Nathan James, Grace Donnelly, and TJ Groot. 

Photo credit: Merse Virginia/Facebook

James said Merse is the first location in what he hopes will become a major national wellness spa chain. They have a wide range of services, from body contouring and massage to cold plunge and compression therapy.

With an extensive background in the fitness industry, James noticed an emerging trend toward combining exercise with recovery sessions. As lifestyles become more hectic, he hopes people will recognise the importance of holistic wellbeing.

Photo credit: Merse Virginia/Facebook 

The owner of the newly opened wellness spa believes it’s not just about the gym anymore, but about finding a space that provides relaxation, recovery and recharging.

“We understand that the demands of modern life often leave us in need of relaxation, recovery, and rejuvenation. This understanding is at the core of our mission,” owners stated in their website.

The luxuriously fitted out spa features traditional and infrared saunas, magnesium float therapy, contrast therapy with cold plunge pools, and compression therapy with Normatec boots. Professional massage therapists are on staff, and there is even an automatic spray tan booth.

Merse, which only opened in late January 2024, operates 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends on Sandgate Rd.


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Published 3-February-2024 

VEND Marketplace in Sandgate Road Stages One-Day Greenhouse Plant Sale

Plants transcend trends and offer heaps of benefits as a decorative item, an illness deterrent and mood enhancer, among other things. Here’s your chance to spruce up your garden or literally add life to your home. VEND Marketplace in Sandgate Road is staging a massive one-day Greenhouse Plant Sale on Saturday, the 25th of Jan 2020.

VEND Marketplace, the shared retail site for hundreds of small enterprises, opened its Greenhouse section in 2019. This paradise for plant lovers has a huge range of greenery, pots and other gardening stuff to make your green thumb tingle. For the forthcoming Greenhouse Plant Sale, many of these plants will be priced for $12 or less.

Photo Credit: VEND Marketplace/Facebook


Doors to VEND Marketplace will open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and if you’re feeling a bit hungry whilst plant shopping, there’s a cafe nearby to grab some food, coffee, wine or beer. 

For some added excitement, there will be hidden jungle animal images around the Greenhouse. If you spot one, you could actually take home a plant for FREE!  

The Greenhouse Plant Sale is a dog-friendly event so feel free to have your puppers and doggos tag along!