Meet Your Merchant: Grass Valley couple takes over Cosmetique Spa and Boutique
December 10, 2017
Lacey Cuisinot is careful not to leave her purse unattended, even at home. On the rare occasions she has, she's always come back to a little surprise — four little girls wearing her make-up, applied with varying degrees of expertise.
Soon enough, however, Cuisinot and her fiance, Jon Paul Mitchell, will have to watch more than her purse, as the couple and soon-to-be business partners have just purchased Cosmetique Spa and Boutique in Grass Valley's Glenbook Basin.
Cuisinot, a Grass Valley native who grew up loving the atmosphere of spas, worked as the spray tanner at Cosmetique for more than five years and had developed a close relationship with the previous owners, Sharen Deardorff and, more recently, Bridgett Higginbotham.
"I went to cosmetology school when I was 19," she said. "I've been wanting to buy this spa for years."
When the opportunity to acquire the business finally arose, Cuisinot and Mitchell jumped at the chance to embark on a joint venture. They are currently raising four girls in their blended family — the oldest are 7 and 6 — the youngest are both 3.
Mitchell, who moved to Nevada County 17 years ago from Oceanside, has an extensive background in construction, a far cry from his newest venture.
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"I'm excited — I'm looking forward to learning and helping out," he said. "I think Lacey and I make great business partners — we're incredibly compatible."
Located in the Glenbrook Basin, the airy, two-story spa features natural and socially-responsible skin care and make up lines, such as Eminence Organic SkinCare, bareMinerals, doTerra Essential Oils and Hempz herbal body moisturizers.
"We'll also be providing Sjolie tanning products, which are vegan, organic and 100 percent naturally derived," said Cuisinot. "They're a local company based in Roseville. I've always done custom spraying."
As far as the boutique end goes, Mitchell and Cuisinot hope to carry an ever-changing "affordable and chic" selection of clothing and gifts, with an emphasis on products made by local vendors. Her goal, she says, will be to target the "mid generation," meaning women ranging from their mid 20s to 40s.
Once the hiring is complete, Cuisinot says she hopes she will be able to offer a full-service salon, including hair styling, nail stations, facials, eyebrow waxing, eyelash extensions, massage and more.
"I've known Lacy for about seven years — she's done my hair and has tanned me quite a few times," said Lake Wildwood resident Hannah Smith. "She's very professional and goal-oriented. When she takes on something new she takes it very seriously, she's very dedicated. When sets her mind on something, she makes it happen. She's always wanted to own her own business. I'm super happy for her."
"With four girls under the age of 8 in our house, I'm a mom who understands the joy of escaping to a spa," said Cuisinot. "More than anything, I love helping other women feel their best."
To contact Staff Writer Cory Fisher, email her at Cory@theunion.com.