When Mona Borden founded Mona's Dermatherapy in 2003, she assembled a staff with diverse areas of expertise in medical-grade skin treatments and spa and beauty services. Borden learned to treat acne, acne scars, rosacea, and aging-related complaints with frozen skin stem cells at the DNA Institute in Ventura, California for cryostem cell therapy, and addresses similar skin conditions with microdermabrasion and chemical peels. As a professional permanent-makeup artist, Borden highlights natural facial features and saves Gene Simmons impersonators the trouble of reapplying grease paint before every trip to the grocery store. Mona's Dermatherapy’s medical doctors oversee Botox and Juvederm injections and Zerona body-contouring treatments, and aestheticians perform beauty services such as facials and waxes.
Exquisite Salon and Spa maintains a sleekly clean interior that makes for a tranquil ambience. The 6,000-square-foot spa features crisp, white walls and white leather salon chairs. Different treatment rooms are furnished with plush beds or comfortable colon hydrotherapy beds that flush toxins from the body.
The comprehensive menu of services breaks down into three sections: salon, spa, and medical. While the salon tends to hair needs and the spa rejuvenates skin and weary muscles, the medical side of Exquisite offers permanent makeup, laser hair removal, and teeth whitening—but it's extra if you're a dolphin and have 250 teeth. Medical aesthetics treatments include sclerotherapy to get rid of veins and Botox to get rid of wrinkles.
A certified paramedical aesthetician and cosmetologist, Elida Zornes specializes in numerous skin, body, and eye treatments. Her various areas of expertise come to a head inside of CHIC Lash Studio & Spa, where body-slimming treatments, anti-aging facials, and chemical peels all assist clients in reaching their image goals. Also a certified Xtreme Lash technician, Elida applies eyelash extensions and further gussies up the facial region with permanent makeup.
In addition to classic Mexican food staples like sizzling fajitas and tacos al carbon, chefs at Lime incorporate international influences into their Central American cuisine. Steamed edamame and chipotle crema dipping sauce, as well as the scorpion plate’s shrimp flash-fried in a wonton wrapper, mingle Mexican cooking methods and ingredients from Asian traditions. And American fair makes its mark with the Lime's Mexican burger which wraps a flour tortilla around a beef burger patty, served with fries. The restaurant creates a festive atmosphere with margaritas, mojitos, and board games that double as giant maracas.
"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.