By CLINT FOSTER
It’s been almost three-quarters of a century since the likes of Judy Garland, Clark Gable and Lyndon B. Johnson flocked to Mineral Wells to sip and soak in the revitalizing “crazy” mineral water that is the city’s namesake.
Since 1881, Crazy Water has been a central part of Mineral Wells’ identity and culture and now the Crazy Water company is opening its newly renovated Crazy Bath House to help make Mineral Wells the city “Where America drinks its way to health” once again.
North Texans will get their first opportunity to see the new bath house on the 28th annual Zonta Tour of Homes, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Crazy Bath House headlines the list of six properties on this year’s tour that will all be dressed up in their Christmas best for all to see.
Tour committee member Rebecca Patterson said they were excited to showcase the new bath house on this year’s tour and that it will be great economic opportunity for the city while also returning to its roots.
“It’s exciting for Mineral Wells to have a bath house open,” she said. “Its something a lot of people will be excited to see.”
Carol Elder, who owns Crazy Water with her husband, Scott, decided to open the bath house after they offered limited mineral baths to patrons to rave reviews.
She told the Index that re-opening a fully-functioning bath house was always part of their business plan since they first bought the fledgling company 14 years ago. Since then, the two have built Crazy Water back into a major local company, educating people nationwide about the benefits of drinking and bathing in Crazy Water.
“It was a vital part of the therapy,” Elder said of the mineral baths. “People would drink it, but also bathe in it, because your skin is your largest organ. You’re able to absorb the minerals while you bathe as well.”
The Crazy Bath House has been renovated in an early-1900’s style, complete with original-style wooden walls, soothing colors, three tub rooms and two overnight guest rooms.
“It has the original hardwood floors, period lighting and a little charm,” she said. “It’s going to offer mineral baths and treatments. All the mineral baths that we’re doing are inspired by nature. All the products that you’ll have either in your guest room to bathe with or even while you’re doing a treatment are all natural and organic and blended with the Crazy Water.”
The new bath house offers both traditional soaking tubs as well as innovative micro-bubble tubs, which Elder said injects billions of microscopic air bubbles into the water. Elder said her bath house will be the first ever to use a micro-bubble tub with a mineral water application, something she said will be very beneficial to patrons.
“[The micro-bubbles] help oxygenate the water, dry up toxins and get into the pores of your skin,” she explained. “This cleans out your pores and gets the minerals that much deeper into your body. We’re very excited about that.”
Elder said she is very excited about being featured on the tour of homes because it will allow people a chance to “finally come in and see what we’ve done with the bath house.”
Tickets for this year’s Tour of Homes can be purchased in advance at the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce or any Zonta Club member location for $20 or $25 on the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour will help support the Zonta Club’s many endeavors and service projects including Meals on Wheels, Koats for Kids, Z Club, scholarships, Girl’s State, Look Good Feel Better and Woman’s Club.
The Crazy Bath House is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment as well as offer overnight stays and after hour treatments on request. For more information, call (940) 325-8870.