Date Night

Following our latest Facebook competition, a couple were drawn at random - from 100’s of entries - as winners of a pampering afternoon/evening.  David & Claire met our editor at lunchtime for their first experience and we shadowed them during their time, preparing for DATE NIGHT…

Having not yet met our winners face to face, I sat them down in the tranquil surroundings of Flawless Image Beauty in Fore Street and grabbed 2 minutes ‘pre-massage’, delving in to their background.  Claire had seen a competition comment on our Facebook page and had followed the simple task of entering.  David had then followed suit, having already seen our magazines in various venues in the Area.  “I think it’s a brilliant thing. It’s good to get the word out there and promote community” said David, almost scripted by me! Celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this year and with 5 year old son Jonathan in grandparenting childcare, Claire & David seemed perfect winners; additionally having spent their wedding night at the Salthouse – a venue that we would be visiting during our pamper day.  Quick interview completed, it was time for me to leave this engaging couple to their first treat – a 1 hour double massage…

Time for the post-massage comments and David was first; not ever having had the experience before. “I thought I’d be bored!” he admitted “….but it was unbelievably different from what I thought it would be” continued David “I thoroughly enjoyed it and it won’t be my last at Flawless”.  Claire had pampered herself with massages before, but even so was quick to add that the Flawless experience was “absolutely amazing ME TIME”.  “Flawless were flawless” agreed Claire & David……and there we had the visit’s tagline!

Relaxed and already thoroughly enjoying their win, our next destination was Antonio Giovanni’s in St Nicholas Street, where we dropped David off into the capable hands of salon owner Stefano, for his gents cut.  Duly dispatched, we drove round the corner to Antonio Giovanni’s second Ipswich salon in Friars Street, where I dropped Claire off to her senior stylist.

Just under 2 hours later, David & I met Claire back at the Friars Street salon for the second debrief.  Claire was first to effervesce. “Very nice….really enjoyed being pampered again” said Claire.  “It’s always nice to have someone else do your hair” explained Claire.  “Especially when the stylist is chatty. Plus, I loved my goody bag!”.  I had to enquire further and Claire helped out.  “I was given a ‘new client’ goody bag, which contained a mini hairspray, hair oil, shampoo & conditioner, treatment and a 20% discount voucher for my next cut” added a visibly delighted Claire.  What a nice touch by the salon.

David was next with his thoughts.  “I loved the atmosphere in the salon”.  “I told Stefano that I would definitely return”.  “Stefano was very approachable, chatty and made you feel like you’d been going there for years”.

So, relaxed by way of massage and sporting new lock looks, I dropped the happy couple back home and bid farewell for a couple of hours, to meet again for pre-dinner drinks.

We met up again at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel at 7pm and I left the ‘dressed to impress’ couple to start their actual date night with a glass or two, prior to their short taxi ride around the marina to dinner.

We reminisced about our wedding day and arriving back to the Salthouse after our wedding. The staff were, as always, polite & friendly and provided that personal touch - it was lovely. David then told me he had booked us in to the Salthouse for our anniversary in November and he thought that tonight was the best time to tell me, as it had been planned for a while” said Claire. “We were then taxied round to The Last Anchor and the driver was very friendly. The restaurant was very nice, with friendly staff and nothing being too much trouble for them. We had mixed olives, breads and oils to start. David had baked cod on a bed of mash potato and king prawns in a tomato sauce. I had the filet of beef in peppercorn sauce, mushrooms and chips. Then we had a sharing platter of desserts – it was all lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed Date Night. Thank you very much to Waterfront Life for such a relaxing day and an amazing experience. It’s what we both needed
— David & Claire