Cranberries Spa on Robson

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

My good friend Keira recently turned the big “3-0” and to celebrate I joined her for a brunch followed by a manicure and pedicure at Cranberries Spa on Robson. Truth be told, I first heard about Spa on Twitter so I was curious to see what the experience would be like.

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In the last year alone I’ve probably had four pedicures and each is always different. Some focus on massage and relaxation, while others are quick and to the point (making your nails sparkle and feet smooth as silk). Cranberries is a combination of two. While it looks like a typical nail bar decked out in pink with lustrous nail polish shades lining its glass shelves, it was an upbeat and friendly environment. Sitting on the bench it was a social atmosphere as we chatted with our nail techs while Christmas music played over the soundsystem.

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Feet were soaked, scrubbed and filed then the polish I selected was applied with care. After the pedicure, we sat down for manicures as we looked out at the Library on Robson Street.

Photo © Snap Weddings

People watching, chit-chatting, sipping a peppermint mocha, and having a good time while being filed and polished again. In and out within about 90 minutes, it became clear that Cranberries is the place to go when you are on-the-go but still want care, quality, and attention to details. There’s no wonder why it’s been Keira’s favourite nail bar for quite a while now.

Disclosure: I paid full price (about $90) for my treatments. Keira’s were complimentary.

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7 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. AlienMonday, December 20th, 2010 — 10:07am PST

    Since you’ll give a good review to anyone who gives you something for free, here’s some free advice: Give it time, but eventually you will lose all credibility.

  2. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittMonday, December 20th, 2010 — 11:26am PST

    Hi Alien,

    I actually paid full price for my services but Keira’s treatments were complimentary. As I mentioned, it wasn’t the same as other pedicures I’ve had over the last year but I did say who it would suit, and how I enjoyed the services.

    If you had a less-than-pleasant experience at Cranberries, please feel free to voice your opinion as the only time I have been there, I found it to be great.

    On the note of of credibility, please feel free to use your real name in the comments section of my site.



  3. Mort-yMonday, December 20th, 2010 — 1:15pm PST

    I am grateful (and many fellow readers that I know who follow Miss604 are as well) for Rebecca’s honest opinions of services and products that many people may not be aware of. We are all thankful for her time and effort that she puts in. She’s doing these things and posting about these things for US, not for herself.

  4. AlienMonday, December 20th, 2010 — 2:29pm PST

    Hello Rebecca,

    I think it’s very commendable of you to address my comment, when many bloggers would have just deleted it. However, I remain firm in my conviction that as time passes and everyone has a blog/twitter account/voice on the web, those voices that speak with the most credibility and sincerity will be the ones to rise to the top. I read your blog because I love the posts on the history of Vancouver, and upcoming city events. Over the last year I have noticed more and more of your posts are accompanied by disclosure statements and the reviews seem devoid of criticism. Perhaps it is my mistake for interpreting these posts as reviews, when you intend them to be more like advertorials.

    I should have taken the time to elaborate on my comment and suggest that I hope you continue to keep credibility at the heart of your brand. There is a finite spectrum of trustworthiness on the internet, with the likes of Roger Ebert somewhere near the top. He crafts honest reviews, that millions of people trust because he tempers his praise with critique and impartiality.

    As for my anonymity, just as you reserve the right to moderate all posts, I reserve the right to protect my privacy. I have chosen privacy, perhaps as you suggest, at the cost of credibility. Fair enough, you may choose to ignore my opinions.

  5. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittMonday, December 20th, 2010 — 4:03pm PST


    Thanks for the follow up.

    Regarding the credibility of websites, I believe I am one of the very few local blogs who publish disclosure statements (along with Hummingbird604 and several foodies). Many accept items, gifts, services, and cash in exchange for posts and fail to mention this to their readers in any capacity. I feel transparency is important with my readers and that is why I offer these statements.

    You will also note that this post is not in my “review” category. Additionally, the only advertising I sell on my site is on the sidebars and in the header, where they are clearly marked as “Advertisements”. Since 2008, every post on my website has used the disclosure unless otherwise stated.

    Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me by email directly.



  6. HolliWednesday, December 29th, 2010 — 8:44am PST

    I love Cranberry Spa. And i pay for my treatments.

    What’s wrong with a world devoid of criticism?

  7. HopeWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 12:59pm PDT

    I love Cranberries too! I think this was an accurate review, and not an advertisement, nor a paid-for positive review. I agree with your perspective of your experience at Cranberries. I’ve been a client for years and will be for many more.

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