In that small, cube-shaped building on Main Street, downtown Texarkana, formerly housing baked goods by the piece, a dress shop and other businesses, an unusual business opened its doors Wednesday. Described as "Downtown Texarkana's Zen station", WooSah on Main is intended to be that place where busy people looking to unwind or those seeking an alternative recreational outlet can go to relax and center themselves.
"WooSah has two meanings," says Tamantha Hicks, co-owner and licensed massage therapist. "In yoga, it is a breath sound practitioners use to re-center themselves. Also, it is a reference to the movie 'Anger Management.'"
Hicks operates WooSah on Main along with her co-owner and sister, Christina Graves, a nurse who is studying accounting.
WooSah on Main operates during unusual hours, open 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday to Sunday.
"Our hours are intended to accomodate the hard working Texarkana citizen," said Hicks. "Whether they are getting off work, looking someplace else to go after coming downtown for a meal or recreation, whether a busy business executive, a harried housewife or a college student who thinks there is nothing to do in town, WooSah on Main offers something different."
Customers to the center can partake of massage sessions of various types, recreational oxygen, board games, or check out the art gallery featuring the work of local artists.
"Erica Cain is our featured artist this month," Hicks said. "Her work will be available throughout March. And each month, another local artist will get displayed."
"We even have adult coloring books," Hicks said. "Not only is it an easy artistic outlet, but working with a coloring book is a very relaxing, centering activity."
For those who are fans of the game "Cards Against Humanity", they will have a game of that at the end of each month.
"It is all intended to be calming, centering and fun," said Hicks.
Hicks says she always wanted to set up a place downtown in the historical and cultural heart of Texarkana. This small, cube shaped building has turned out to be the place where Texarkana locals can come to take a moment, take a breath.