Charlotte Business Journal
Uber-like massage service launches in Charlotte
Receiving a massage in the Queen City just became a bit more convenient. Zeel, an in-home, on-demand massage company, announced on Monday that it had launched service in both the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham markets as part of a Southeastern expansion. Massages can be booked by smartphone app or online at Zeel's website, with customers able to select the preferred gender of the licensed massage therapist as well as the time and location. Therapists — who are "licensed," "experienced" and "vetted in person," according to Zeel — will bring a massage table and music to clients at their home, hotel, workplace or event as soon as an hour after booking. Zeel therapists provide several techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, couples and sleep massages in 60-, 75- and 90-minute increments. The service is offered from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., every day day of the year. Massages can also be booked as far as 30 days in advance. The cost of a 60-minute massage in the Tar Heel State is $105, including an 18% added tip. A membership package is also available. " Charlotte and Raleigh are powerhouses of the Southeast – each an inspiring economic success story," said company founder and CEO Samer Hamadeh in a news release."We're looking forward to further enhancing the already great quality of life in Charlotte and Raleigh with in home, on-demand massages from Zeel." The New York City startup brought its on-demand service to market in early 2013. Now available in more than 50 U.S. cities, Zeel will debut next in Naples, Fla. It expects to debut there Feb. 6.