'Orange Is the New Black' Star & Singer Jackie Cruz Has a New Project That's Surprisingly Chill: A Spa

Andrei Duman
Jackie Cruz

Orange Is the New Black's Jackie Cruz might be on hiatus after filming season 5 of the hit Netflix series, but that doesn't mean time off for the Dominican singer.

After deciding to follow her lifelong dream of starting a business, Cruz built Chillhouse, a spa-meets-coffee shop concept in Manhattan's Lower East Side. "I wanted to create a cool space for women to go to during or after work to chill out, get their nails done and have a glass of wine or a latte,” Cruz told Billboard.

Cruz opened Chillhouse in May, alongside partner and Taste the Style founder Cyndi Ramirez, whom she met during a press interview a few years back. "When I met Cyndi, I was like, 'If you ever want a partner, let me know,' and eventually we got together and came up with the concept and opened Chillhouse," Cruz said.

The multifunctional, zen space boasts feminine and minimalist white walls and concert floors, coupled with gold and marble accents and plenty of open seating for customers to either plug in or just chill. "I wanted the space to feel at home in its vibrant and dynamic location," Ramirez explained to Billboard. "Everything from the scent of the space to the music is designed to transport you. Our goal is to make you feel like you left the chaos NYC bestows on us, even for just that morning cup o' joe."

 

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The Chillhouse menu, which was created by Ramirez and her celebrity business partner, is geared toward millennials, offering lifestyle-centric services aptly named things like, "The Chill Pill," a 80 minute deep tissue massage tailored to calm the body and heal the state of mind, and "The Hangover Cure," a message that incorporates techniques to flush the kidneys and clear the sinus' after partying too hard the night before.

For nails, you'll find Instagram-worthy designs like "Latte Life," a feminine and soft design that literally resembles a latte and is "best for long nail beds," or more basic services like "The Full Monty," which is their classic "The Full Rodeo" (shaping and cuticle care by Deborah Lippman and polish) plus "a five-minute hand massage, followed by a coffee + mint scrub by Little Barn Apothecary, finished with a hot towel wipe."

 

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Spa activities can be followed by a drink at the bar -- which is fully stocked with caffeinated "uppers" like matcha lattes and espresso and calmative "downers" like herbal teas or a selection of organic wines and beer.


This is the first time the Dominican-American singer or the lifestyle blogger have taken on a project like Chillhouse. "The experience has been so rewarding and positive," Cruz said. "We want to expand to different cities all over the country. We'll probably open a spa in L.A. next."


Visit Chillhouse at 149 Essex St.; spa hours and directions located here