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Along The Line

Beauty, Health & Wellness

Sun Link - the Tucson Streetcar project that wends 3.9 miles through the heart of Tucson - is heading toward completion with an estimated time of arrival for public use at the end of this summer. Over the next several issues, Zócalo Magazine is covering the businesses along, and in proximity to, the streetcar line - the places that make this part of town a hub of unique and mostly locally-owned enterprises. This month, Along The Line highlights establishments focused on helping you obtain optimum health and wellness, along with places that pamper. With St. Valentine’s Day this month, it’s a good time to remember to love and take care of number one. We’re also pretty sure your sweethearts wouldn’t mind gift certificates from the following businesses that will allow your darlings to love and nurture themselves too! Businesses are listed by location, generally from west and south to north and east.

Beauty & Wellness

The following places pamper and recharge. From acupuncture to nails, the following locales offer a variety of services that aim to make you feel like a million bucks.

Tucson Acupuncture Co-Op 439 N. Sixth Ave. #127, (520) 867-8004 Tucson is full of gems hidden in the nooks and crannies of the most unexpected spaces. Many decades ago, when the Firestone Building at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street was a tire store, people then would probably be hard pressed to imagine that a portion of the building would eventually become a healing space offering acupuncture. But that’s what happened on March 3, 2013 when Tucson Acupuncture Co-Op (TACO) opened its doors. The story of how worker-owners Josh Whiteley and Ellen Vincent converged in Tucson to open TACO is one of those groovy sliding doors happenstances. What if something came up and one of them didn’t make it to the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture conference in Portland, OR, where they met? Or, further back, when one or the other hadn’t been 44 | February 2014

struck by the healing attributes of acupuncture? Ellen, who moved here from Philly – “brought here by that guy,” she says smiling, nodding at Josh – has been an acupuncturist since 2006. “I had had acupuncture in my early 20s. I graduated with a not very practical degree, so in my early 30s, I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’ Acupuncture sounded like something I’d be interested in.” TACO is the third clinic she has helped open, and one is still thriving in Philadelphia, PA. When Ellen moved to Tucson, she worked with Josh at another local clinic, but, “I’m not suited to be an employee and Josh had also been talking about opening a clinic.” When the couple made their decision, they found their new space quickly, she says. Josh writes via email that they opened TACO “primarily as a means to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to Tucson and the surrounding communities. We also saw a big need in Down-

Zocalo Magazine February 2014  

Zocalo is a Tucson based independent magazine focusing on urban arts, culture, entertainment, living, food and events.

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