Four crazed college years in Washington D.C. still wasn’t enough time for me to discover beauty retailer Bluemercury. The DC-based luxury boutique and spa was founded by Harvard Business School graduate Marla Malcolm Beck and her husband, Barry Beck, in 1999. Now, after more than 15 years in business, the store has bloomed into the largest and fastest growing luxury boutique and spa in the country.
Though one of the nation’s premiere beauty havens was right under my nose in DC, it wasn’t until I moved back to Houston that I discovered Bluemercury’s proprietary brand, M-61. I was hooked. Now, the brand is making its Houston debut in May with a 2,243-square-foot space at 2506 University Blvd. in Rice Village.
The outpost is Bluemercury’s first freestanding location in Houston (there’s a Bluemercury shop in Macy’s at Memorial City Mall), and features hundreds of products by beloved brands like NARS, Trisha McEvoy and Laura Mercier, as well as the store’s proprietary brands: M-61 skincare and Lune + Aster.
“I have been watching the Texas market for years. The Houston clientele is one of the most chic I have seen in the country, with a sense of style and fashion that’s akin to that of our New York City customer,” co-founder and COO Barry Beck says. “We are eager to join the luxury retail community at Rice Village and to service its customers as the local, go-to luxury beauty destination.”
In addition to retail, Bluemercury Rice Village will feature a full menu of spa treatments, including oxygen facials, glycolic peels, waxing and microdermabrasion.