Closed as of mid September, 2014. New owners opened the same facilities as TorpedoSaunaAndSpa shortly after.
Why a new sauna in Halifax? Owner DougMelanson had been thinking about a new business for the last 3 or 4 years. He was looking for something linked with the gay community, and a spa is definitely a community facility. Besides being gay, Doug is a businessman. He's owned companies ranging from antique stores to Christmas tree plantations, and he expects Seadogs to make money.
In the summer of 2002, when he decided to move from Ottawa to the East Coast, he had looked at Moncton and Halifax. Originally, he thought of opening a new bar in Moncton, but after spending a few months looking at opportunities there, he shifted his focus to Halifax. Halifax had more attraction to him both personally and as a business proposition. He looked at spaces available and different types of businesses. As part of this process, approached the owner of the Apollo to see if he was interested in selling. He wasn't, but Doug felt Halifax had room for two saunas. He felt the time was right for Halifax to have a sauna more similar to other major cities across Canada. He intends Seadogs to focus on travelers, as well as the local community.
The national network between baths will help advertise the new facility, and attract customers.
Seadogs Sauna And Spa opened at 2199 Gottingen St in 2003 right next to the Halifax Backpackers Hostel. It was upscale - a showcase facility for Atlantic Canada. Colour throughout was navy blue, red and white. The wet areas were all white, emphasizing cleanliness. Marine lights and anchors helped reinforce the nautical theme, appropriate for a port city. Overall, the image was Clean, Safe & Secure.
Three types of rooms were available: the standard, or change room, was similar to those of a typical gay sauna, with an open ceiling and lockable doors. All rooms had a full-size locker. The 39-inch bed had a real mattress, with a sanitary covering and a sheet. Even a pillow was included. The next step up was private's quarters, which are completely enclosed, with a mirror, locker and single bed. The Deluxe room was also fully enclosed, with a mirror, VCR, and double bed. There were also forty-five full-size lockers.
Other facilities included a dry sauna, a TV lounge, an Internet terminal, a sling room at the back of the building, jail-style labyrinth, a hot tub for 7 or 8, vending machines, and a health information section away from the main traffic of the bath. Washrooms, showers, and free condoms rounded out the offerings. Seadogs was totally non-smoking.
Seadogs was purchased by married partners John Warren and Kevin Warren in May, 2014 and closed as of late August. They filed for bankruptcy in early September, 2014. 1
New owners opened the same facilities as TorpedoSaunaAndSpa shortly after.
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