What is Lagniappe?


A beautifully unique word that has been brought to Northern Colorado by way of Melissa Stewart, owner of Soak Spa and Foot Sanctuary.


Understood mainly in the South, and more specifically Louisiana, “Lagniappe” is a gesture, a kindness, an offering from one person to another.


Mark Twain found the French Creole term during one of his travels, citing his excitement in “Life on the Mississippi” in 1883:


“We picked up one excellent word — a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word — “lagniappe”. They pronounce it lanny-yap. … The custom originated in the Spanish quarter of the city. When a child or a servant buys something in a shop — or even the mayor or the governor, for aught I know — he finishes the operation by saying “Give me something for lagniappe”. The shopman always responds; gives the child a bit of licorice-root, gives the servant a cheap cigar or a spool of thread, gives the governor — I don’t know what he gives the governor; support, likely.”  


So, how does that translate to a spa? 




Soak Spa and Foot Sanctuary operates on attention to detail, on always giving “a little something extra”. From locally sourced goods in our lobby, intentional design elements throughout each room, and ensuring each appointment is given plenty of time and energy, “Lagniappe” is how we approach every client, every day. 


Each foot soak is carefully developed with ingredients that reflect a purpose, coming together to nourish all aspects of the mind and body. Each massage and facial and energy healing is accompanied by healthy treats and beverages. Each one of our therapists is nurturing and fully educated, and will never shorten an appointment time.  Wrapping our guests up in aromatherapy inhalations, hot towels on the feet, and heated packs for the back, our lagniappe culture has been built on these beautiful details,


From traditional spa services such as massage and facials, to alternative healing therapies, like reiki and reflexology, Soak truly practices the lagniappe way of business, and of life. 


And to ensure everyone can enjoy our lagniappe culture, we have developed a membership program that fits any and all of your spa desires. Starting at $65 per month, your preferred membership gives access to exclusive rates and perks throughout the spa. 


So many ways for Soak Spa and Foot Sanctuary  to bring lagniappe into your life!