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Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 12, 2018
Lethabo salon brings joy to Main Street Castine

A stylish setting

Lethabo Massage Studio and Day Spa has a new location in Castine, decorated with warm colors and modern fixtures. The business is officially opened as of last week.

Photo courtesy of Maddy Rankin

by Monique Labbe

A new hair salon and massage studio has been added to the shops, galleries and eateries that make up Castine’s unique Main Street.

Lethabo Massage Studio and Day Spa recently opened its doors as Castine’s newest business. The salon, located at 9 Main Street, is owned by Maddy Rankin, a South African native whose heritage influenced the name of the business.

“Lethabo means joy,” said Rankin. “It is one of the oldest languages in South Africa.”

Joy and the salon/massage business go hand-in-hand for Rankin, who has worked in or owned a salon for the better part of the last two decades.

Over the last five years, she has served the people of Orland and Bucksport, as Lethabo was located in Orland. The massage portion of that location will remain open, said Rankin.

The 9 Main Street location in Castine offers hair treatments, cuts, colors, waxings, and manicures and pedicures. The massage studio is located just up the road at 84 Main Street, with massages given by licensed massage therapists Elizabeth Randall and Mary Perkins.

“I have a remarkable staff,” said Rankin. “I couldn’t have done this without them.”

The salon staff is made up of Rankin, hair stylist Sarah Comtoise and barber Darryl Stewart, also known as Deko da Barber. Stewart will be in the salon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Serving the people of Castine is something Rankin is looking forward to as she moves forward in her newest endeavor.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people. There are so many good people in this town; they have been so supportive,” she said.

That support is what has kept Rankin’s business going in this area for so long.

“My customers have followed me from my first location to here,” she said. “The people in this town are amazing, and my customers are the best.”

The salon is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though those hours are flexible depending on the needs of the customers.

“We do walk ins, and if people need to schedule appointments before or after hours, we can do that,” said Rankin. “Our goal is to be open year round, and we want to serve the people of the community the best we can.”

While the business is currently open, Rankin is hoping to schedule a grand opening in the next couple of weeks.