CANTERBURY, Nova Scotia — Aqua Beauty Spa, an all-natural spa in a community that includes a school and community centre, has opened in Halifax.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the spa is on the verge of being able to operate.

The company is the brainchild of Ava and her husband, Paul.

In an interview with CBC News on Tuesday, Ava said she was inspired to open the spa after visiting her husband’s hometown, where she had seen the need for a spa.

“There’s a lot of people in the community that don’t have access to natural beauty,” Ava told CBC News.

“They’re not sure what’s healthy and what’s not.

So when I got there, I was like, ‘We need to create something for people that aren’t sure what they want.'”

The Avas say the goal is to provide safe and clean, nourishing, soothing, and therapeutic beauty treatments for the community.

Aqua Beauty Spa is the latest business in a growing line of spa ventures in Nova Scotia.

Earlier this month, a family-owned business, Beauty Tree, opened in the small town of Dufferin, in the province’s northwest.

And last month, Beauty Salon Nova Scotia opened in North Bay.

While the two businesses have yet to open in Nova Scotians homes, the province is looking to attract more businesses to its province’s north.

More than 400 businesses have applied to open their doors in NovaScotias north, with the government expecting to approve about half of the applications.

It’s unclear how many of those businesses will open.

At a press conference last month at the Nova Scotia Government House, Premier Michael Cote said the province was moving in the right direction, and hoped to see more businesses in NovaSpa territory.

He said he’s encouraged by the recent expansion of businesses in the North Bay region.

Cote also said NovaSpamans goal is for its health-conscious population to have access, so that more people can choose to use their natural beauty products.