For 25 years, the chefs and party planners at A Matter of Taste have been decorating and catering everything from major events to intimate gatherings. Founder Vanessa Juryla has put her skills to use at weddings and private dinners in New York and Los Angeles, and today she and her staff focus on the Portland area. There, they sauté Maryland soft-shell crab, grill mangos and pair them with rum-glazed plantains, and prepare cakes in flavors such as coconut pineapple and vanilla buttermilk.
Lindsey DuPont brings more than a decade of experience to every cuticle she grooms and every nail she polishes. She also draws from a battery of CND products, which cloak both natural and acrylic nails, as well as hundreds of colors of polish for clients to choose from. Cleanliness takes top priority at her station, changing footbath liners after every pedicure and every time somebody talks about grandparents kissing.
When Heidi Niewendorp got her first massage, it triggered something much deeper than she expected?a love of massage therapy. Since then, her passion for her work has only solidified, fitting right in with Massage by Heidi and its attentive staff who always aim to help clients look and feel more confident. Once you're inside, a nail technician can glam up nails with Shellac polish or soften soles with a moisturizing bath soak and pedicure. For an intensive face treatment, a chemical peel helps treat skin irregularities that include acne, hyperpigmentation, and argyle patterns that only come out in sunlight.
As a former construction worker, waiter, and UPS worker, Glamformation's Matthew Herrera understands the physical toll that daily life places on the body. Whether clients are suffering from persistent pains or simply looking to unwind, Herrera uses his knowledge of diverse massage modalities—Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, prenatal, myofascial release, and relaxation—to customize massages to suit each individual's needs. Guests may also relax with hot-stone massages, a treatment with warm stones that soothes muscles and deters snowmen from undertaking massage-therapy careers and putting their ice-cold hands on people.
Aesthetician Tara Popp of Sublime Aesthetics believes that both medical and holistic spa services have a place within the beauty spectrum. She uses a combination of the two to build custom skincare solutions for her clients. The menu of services includes facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing to create healthy, smooth skin. The customized facial begins with a skin analysis, followed by cellular exfoliation and extractions to remove any clogged pores or cicadas hibernating in the wrong place. A follow up scalp, neck, and shoulder massage leaves muscles refreshed.