About Our Owner: Born in a small village in Michoacan, Mexico, Marisela Higgins immigrated to the United States with her family when she was a teenager. As with many immigrants, it was a challenge to go through her high school and college years while learning a new language.
Marisela entered the banking business in Newport Beach, California, and worked her way up through the ranks to become an officer of one of the largest banks in the state. She met her future husband, Bob Higgins, on a flight from Acapulco to Los Angeles in 1985. Bob was an officer of Denny’s, Inc., in charge of foreign operations.
In 1988 the couple moved to Japan, where Marisela became intrigued by the Japanese love of bathing and their penchant for cleanliness. There are over 2000 public bathhouses in Tokyo and more than 3000 hot springs resorts in the country. Every seaside resort hotel has a spa, each with its own distinctive pattern of cotton robe, called yukata in Japanese. Groups of Japanese guests stroll down the streets in their yukatas, making it easy to identify where they are staying. It was a lifestyle that appealed to Marisela.
In 1991 Bob retired and they returned to North America with their three-month-old daughter, Alexa, to live in a hillside house overlooking Acapulco Bay. Life was laid back compared to the high-energy hustle of Tokyo. But that lifestyle was not destined to last long.
Within a year Bob got a call from a friend, asking if Bob would like to invest in a restaurant being constructed in Laredo. He accepted and, after the restaurant opened, the family packed up and moved to Laredo with the intention of supervising the business for a year. That was in 1992.
The years passed and by 1997 Marisela had become restless and anxious to do something more constructive than playing golf at the country club. She remembered her experience in Japan and how the Japanese loved water treatments for health and well-being. She wondered if Laredo would embrace the idea of hydrotherapy, therapeutic massage, and body treatments as a means of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Marisela spent a year attending seminars on spa management, visiting spas throughout the country, and taking courses in cosmetology, aesthetics, and massage therapy. Bob researched spa design, equipment, and government regulations. By good fortune, Marisela was introduced to Erica Miller, a world-renowned spa consultant, headquartered in Dallas. Marisela and Erica became good friends and Erica contributed greatly to the creation of Studio 55.
The spa opened December 16, 1998, with 2000 ft.² of space and, within three years, expanded to 4500 ft.², categorized by the International Spa Association as a large day spa. As of now, seventeen years since opening, Studio 55 has provided 276,625 spa services to over 51,000 clients.
The mission of Studio 55 is “to create a consistently new level of excellence in the quality of our services and to provide our guests a thoroughly satisfying experience.”
To which Marisela says, “We may not be perfect but we strive to be nearly perfect.
2018 Marked 20th Anniversary
Five stars in every way ***** An oasis in Laredo a must if you have not experienced it yet!
Love this place the employees are so wonderful an very nice when I've gone an my mom loved it as well I just really can't say nothing bad about this place an there so good at everything whatever your going for massages pedicures hair dues makeup everything I Just love this place differently recommend especially for special occasions for special ppl like ur beautiful mother on mothers day 😉 they just know how to do there job an are so sweet 10+ for sure
Studio 55 is literally my favorite place in Laredo. I have been a customer since 2004 and the service has always been impeccable. It is a little piece of heaven within our city. They continue to consistently uphold high customer service standards without fail.
Always professional and excellent service. 20+ miles of weekly running and they get me relaxed and tension free! Highly recommend!
Love this place. A very relaxing atmosphere and the staff is very welcoming!
I am definitely a spa “junkie”
As a traveling physician, I make it a point to try every spa in the towns I visit. This is by far MY FAVORITE AND BEST EXPERIENCE. As a matter of fact, I tried this first, and stopped looking. This is where I receive my services. From the moment you step in you’re welcomed by a polite and invit- ing friendly staff, given a plush robe, an automatic key pad locker, and comfy slippers. The Shiatsu massage with Ita is an experience not to be missed or forgotten. Truly therapeutic. She is very conscious and conscientious of her clients needs and reactions to pressure points. I can not say enough about her. She is usually booked far in advance (average one month wait) so make sure you book early if you're ever coming through here. Afterwards you are welcome to use the steam room and shower with bubble bee products and everything you could ever imagine needing in the ladies locker room (hair products, hair dryer, mouth wash, q tips, make up remover.. seriously EVERYTHING ). Love this place!