The History

The Wingate Salon & Spa

Formerly of Newbury Street in Boston, the Wingate Salon & Spa (originally called Avantage) relocated to New Hampshire in a small location on Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham, New Hampshire. After one very successful year it was clear that the management needed to find a new location for the growing business. In 1998, the owners purchased the historic Wingate house on the Stratham traffic circle and began renovating the building into a unique salon and day spa.

The Wingate House was built in 1786 by John Wingate, whose father Paine Wingate served as a Senator from New Hampshire under our nation’s new Constitution. Local lore says that during George Washington’s trip to New Hampshire in 1789, he was received as an honored guest at The Wingate House.

The business has continued to grow over the last seventeen years. In 2000, an addition to the building brought expanded space for spa services, couples treatments and a tea room. Famous for our traditional English tea service served during days of beauty or spa parties, the Wingate scones are the highlight of that service. Ask anyone if they’ve had a Wingate scone and they are sure to share their delight!

In 2008, the Wingate opened the exclusive Bridal & Events suite. This beautiful, private room offers hair, make-up and other spa services along with space for photographs, a changing room and catering area. The Wingate has continued to send many happy brides off to their big day from this special space. The suite is also a great hosting spot for spa parties.

Along the way the Wingate garnered many accolades. The salon and spa has been voted Best of New Hampshire by New Hampshire Magazine readers for eight years in a row. Our bridal services have also been recognized, receiving Best of Bride awards for eight consecutive years. Other honors include Best Spa Day for Mom from Parenting Magazine, Top 200 Salons in America from Salon Today Magazine, Best Manicures & Pedicures by NHPR’s New Hampshire A-List, Best Spa Party Location by Celebrations Magazine, Best Spa for New Hampshire Women by Applaud Magazine, Top Rated Vendor on WeddingWire.Com. In addition the Wingate has been featured multiple times in local print and radio media including the Exeter Newsletter, Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire Magazine, WMUR Channel 9, WOKQ 97.5, Z100, The River 92.5 and WHEB 100.3

Today the Wingate continues to grow in popularity and serves as the premier salon and day spa for New England.

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The Wingate Salon and Spa