Trieva Katsandres was driven to start her own spa, and she did so in a single room in Mill Creek. It was so successful, she and her colleague Maysaa were able to expand to a commercial space that allowed them to hire other technicians and offer new services. By 2013, she'd claimed back-to-back titles as Best Day Spa from KING5.
Today, Trieva's Spa & Boutique welcomes clients to two locations, both offering a staggeringly extensive selection of aesthetic services performed by more than 30 employees. In the spa, massage therapists ply muscles with everything from hot-stone to Hawaiian lomi lomi massages, and aestheticians cleanse the face and body with custom facials and body scrubs. There's a hair and nail salon, as well as a menu of extras that includes makeup applications, lash extensions, and teeth whitening. For online booking, please see http://trievas.com/northgate/appointments.html for details.
Though the salon itself is not new—rather, it’s been open since 1987—and the stylists working there are anything but rookies, Salon Nouveau is a place where new looks are created every day. Cuts and color services keep hairstyles looking coiffed and current, while updos ready heads for nights on the town, weddings, and trips to the members-only DMV. The aestheticians on staff brighten complexions with more than a dozen facial treatments and nail technicians jazz up hands and feet with artful mani-pedis.
When aestheticians Vanessa Hurlburt and Shelby Meyers teamed up to found a beauty boutique for women, they wisely turned to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn’s famed saying—“happy girls are the prettiest girls”—became their guiding principle as they filled their spa menu with airbrush tans, eyelash extensions, and facial treatments.
Thanks to the owners' warm personalities or the airbrush’s equally warm mist, clients often have a difficult time holding back smiles during UV-free tans that burnish skin with a bronze glow. The same proves true for facials, which incorporate medical-grade Image Skincare products to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and lion scratches that the aestheticians will call fine lines without asking too many questions. When Vanessa wants some inspiration for her signature eyelash extensions, she needs only to look at the boutique’s damask walls, where elegant tendrils flow in a repeated pattern from floor to ceiling. The pair’s sugaring treatments achieve a more streamlined aesthetic, removing unwanted hair at the root with an all-natural blend of sugar, water, and lemon. For a shirt or dress to go with your freshly smoothed skin, look no further than the spa’s boutique, which houses apparel from brands such as daftbird, Only Hearts, and Woodleigh.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
French ME offers a wide range of advanced skin care services that treat an array of skin conditions and concerns.
Each treatment option utilizes the highest quality ingredients, the latest technology and techniques and offers these services at a competitive price.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
French ME was inspired out of a need to provide clients with skin care treatments that do more than make you feel good.
We want our clients to not only feel good after each treatment but most important, we want them to look as good as they feel.
Our services are design with this end goal in mind.
What do you love most about your job?
Having beautiful skin is not just about getting the occasional facial but a process in which you are able to continually adapt to the biological aspects of aging and the environment.
What I love most is taking this journey with my clients and uncovering and maintaining their skin's true potential.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Driven by a passion to
provide clients with the best skin care solutions; extensive skin care knowledge is vital.
Due to this importance, the best feedback I received was in regards to my knowledge about skin care products, treatments and the biological mechanisms of the skin and its processes.
Four Things to Know About Ananya Spa
Ananya Spa founder Julianne started her career as a licensed massage therapist, but soon became adept at facials and waxing, too. And just as she added an aesthetician’s license to her repertoire, she’s also added a bevy of treatments to Ananya’s service menu over time. Read on to learn more about Ananya Spa and the spirituality that infuses its treatments:
You may have seen the spa in Allure Magazine. Writers for the beauty mag kicked off a list of Seattle's best body treatments with an Ananya mention, highlighting the massage therapy skills of then-staffer Jessica Farrell.
Massages provide relaxation with international flavor. In addition to the classic Swedish massage, clients can also choose from intense Thai massages, relaxing Hawaiian lomi lomi massages, and gentle Indian Sundari massages.
When it comes to skincare, you can go futuristic or more natural. More clinical facial treatments rely on injections or freeze-dried collagen, while a host of natural treatments use simple botanical ingredients ranging from lavender essential oil to coconut and honey.
Packages make total rejuvenation simple. A total of 13 packages unite specific massages, facials, mani-pedis, and wraps for pampering sessions that last 90 minutes to seven hours long.
The staff at Aveda Caruh Salon knows what it’s like to want to bring your inner beauty to the outside. As their website says, “We think our exterior of our building looks awful and are glad that ‘beauty is on the inside.’” They may not be able to do much with the exterior, but owner Cyndi DeSoto and her salon and spa teams bring the beauty of their clients to the forefront with hair and skin services that use plant-based Aveda products and organic essential oils squeezed from delicate flower organs.
Since it opened in 1988, the salon has not only expanded its space and gone from styling mullets to long layers and pixie cuts, it’s also been voted one of the Top 200 Salons in America by Salon Today magazine. It isn’t just the precision cuts and colors, clarifying facials, or muscle-soothing massages that make it a top salon; it’s also the exuberant spirit of the staff. On average, Caruh donates about $40,000 per year to local charities, and every first Thursday, the salon closes for three hours for the staff to meet, bond, and celebrate successes.