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Kristie-Lee Laskes

Esthetician / Owner

Why did you become an esthetician?

While attending college, I was introduced to Mary Kay (my neighbor had the pink cadillac!) and I fell in love with make-up, skin care and helping women look their best. As time went on, I knew that I wanted to be more hands on within the field so I enrolled at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics of Woburn, graduating with my esthetics license in 2004.

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What made you want to open a salon?

Upon graduating, I gained some experience at a few smaller salons until I was hired at a much larger and successful salon here in Worcester. After spending a number of years there, I again advanced my career by opening a salon with a friend which would allow us to provide a better and more personal experience for our clients. Since the beginning of my career I always knew that I wanted to open my own business and it felt like something was missing. I wanted to provide both my clients and employees with a salon environment that they loved being at and felt comfortable in. In May of 2011, I opened Nkd’s first location in downtown Worcester. Thanks to our wonderful clients and our reputation of providing quality services, Nkd has grown into what it is today at its third location on Grove Street.

What is your favorite service that Nkd offers and why?

My favorite service at Nkd is, well, all of them! Ok, so my favorites are waxing, lashes and makeup…those are the services I love to do, so that is why I named my business Nkd Waxing, Lashes & Makeup! We also offer skincare, massage, microblading and hair…those are services that the other girls love to do and obviously works with the original vision. A client can tell when the person working on them loves what they do. And I greatly enjoy getting all those services done to me!

If you would bring just one beauty product on vacation, which one would it be?

If I could only bring one beauty product on vacation with me…it would probably be lip gloss because I would have gotten my lashes and spray tan on…so there wouldn't be a need for mascara, foundation and bronzer. :)

What is your "mantra?"

My Mantra is The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Crystal Whittemore

Esthetician / Manager

Why did you become an esthetician?

I’ve been in the beauty industry since the womb ;) My mom had a salon in our house when I was a toddler and then when she started working at a salon in Worcester, I would frequently go in with her and sit behind the desk and help the receptionist. After completing my Associates Degree, I attended esthetics school in 2004 and have worked in the beauty industry ever since. I love the variety of what I do- I could never sit behind a desk all day or work a 9 to 5. Some days I make people feel amazing doing makeup, some days I get to pamper people with facials and other days I give people gorgeous lashes! The creative atmosphere of Nkd is the best place to foster my love of all things beauty and years later, I still love what I do!

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What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

Delta Spirit: “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead”
Ben Folds: “Philosophy”
Beastie Boys: “Get it Together”
Saves the Day: “Shoulder to the Wheel”
Beatles: “In My Life”

Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

Living Earth, Ed Hyders, Rapscallion Brewery at Hyland Orchard.

Marlena Balzer

Massage Therapist

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I took a massage course for the fun of it while I was living in San Francisco and selling public safety systems. About a week into the course I had an epiphany: “This is what I want to do with my life.” That was 17 years ago and here I am!

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Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central Massachusetts?

NuCafe, Birchtree Bread Company, Ed Hyders and Crompton Collective.

What would the 3 songs be on the soundtrack to your life?

“Tapestry” by Carole King
“I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts
“Save Me San Francisco” by Train

What is your “mantra?”

Just Breathe.

Nicoleta Cimisliu

Hair Stylist

Why did you become a stylist?

I fell in by accident, 12 years ago, and it was the best thing that happened to me career wise! What can be greater than putting a smile on people’s faces and making a decent living while you’re doing what you love most!

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Other than Nkd, what is some of your favorite central Massachusetts businesses?

Metro West Yoga and Sweet Kitchen & Bar.

What would the 5 songs be on the soundtrack of your life?

“Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
“Stereo Love” by Edwards Maya
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
“Formidable” by Stromae
“When Love Comes to Town” by U2 & BB King

What is your “mantra?”

“One step at a time.”

Hannah Hubacz

Esthetician

Why did you become an esthetician?

From a young age I knew makeup and beauty was a passion of mine. With every client, whether it is for a wax or makeup, I reminisce about my childhood memories of waxing a family member or receiving a makeup pallet as a gift. It was clear I desired a future as an aesthetician. This excitement was confirmed while attending esthetics school where I was able to expand and refine my skillset. Ultimately, I enjoy having the opportunity to brighten a clients day and strive to make every client feel like their best self.

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What is your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite restaurant in Worcester would definitely have to be The Fix. They have a burger for everyone! I highly recommend their homemade veggie burger, and even if you don’t usually like typical burgers they have something for everyone. Of course though you always have to get a milkshake ;)

What is your “mantra?”

“Don’t ever compare yourself to others. You are not a copy, you are an original.” —Anonymous

Maddie Fagan

Receptionist

What is your favorite service at Nkd?

The Glo Facial because I love having clean, healthy skin and love the relaxation part of the service.

Other than Nkd, what are some of your favorite businesses in central MA?

Nu Kitchen, TJ Maxx, Colours, DSW, Boynton.

What is your “mantra?”

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.

You’re the newest color in the crayon box…

“Soothing Blue,” to represent my calm and peaceful energy.

Amanda

Permanent Eyebrow Makeup Artist

In the beauty industry since 2007, Amanda specializes in her passion, permanent eyebrow makeup. Certified in Microblading, Powder Brow (Ombre Brow), and Pixel Shading, Amanda can be found working her magic under the loop light creating some amazing brows.

What are some of your favorite area small businesses?

Westborough Sake Hana and Meze Estiatorio...yum.

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Tell us an interesting random fact about yourself?

My best friends call me the Queen of Halloween. I'm literally obsessed with all things Halloween and have always wanted to dress up as Britney Spears circa 2000 in a rhinestone bodysuit (that I would bedazzle myself).

What was it about NKD that made you want to apply here?

To be honest, Kristie! I knew I liked her before I even met her.

What services at NKD are you most looking forward to?

Facials and Dermaplaning!

Desiree

Receptionist

Tell us an interesting and random fact about you.

Before I got into makeup and body painting, I wanted to become a pastry chef like the Cake Boss or Duff from Ace of Cakes.

Name a place you’d like to visit on vacation and why?

I don’t have one specific place, just Europe as a whole. I’ve always had a very strong pull to Europe. “Fernweh”, which translates as “far sickness”, which is feeling homesick for a place you’ve never been is how I explain my feeling towards Europe.

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What was it about NKD that made you want to apply?

I worked as a home health aide since High School in 2015. I then decided to go back to school for cosmetology and I realized I wanted to get my foot in the door at a place that caters to what I wanted to do with my career, opening doors to more opportunities.

What service at NKD are you most looking forward to?

Definitely dermaplaning and brow tinting!

Kelly

Esthetician

What was it about NKD that made you want to apply for this job?

A friend works here and loves it.

Name a place you’d like to visit on vacation and why?

Ireland. It’s beautiful and I haven’t been yet.

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What are some of your favorite small businesses in Central Mass?

Reilly Massage & Therapy- Shrewsbury, Lowe’s Meat Market-Northborough, Penny Pinchers Brewery- Millbury, and Craftworks- Northborough .

Tell us an interesting and random fact about you.

I’m very crafty. I do a lot of crocheting in my spare time. Everyone gets something homemade for Christmas.

Sarah

Receptionist

What are some of your favorite small businesses in Central Mass?

The Crompton Collective- Worcester, Seed to Stem- Worcester, and the Bean Counter

What was it about NKD that made you want to apply for this job?

NKD seemed like a fun and welcoming work environment that I wanted to become a part of!

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What service are you most looking forward to trying out?

Lash lift!

Tell us an interesting and random fact about you.

In 2022 I will be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand to complete my Interactive Qualifying Project through WPI.

Vanessa

Esthetician

With a passion for helping clients with skincare and waxing, Vanessa has been a licensed esthetician since 2018.

What was it about NKD that made you want to apply?

The services offered and I wanted to expand my horizons. The color scheme was an added bonus, I absolutely love purple! You're surrounded by some of the best and we're looking forward to expanding your passions in the industry!

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Name an interesting and random fact about you.

I love anything that has to do with outer space. Planets, stars, astronauts, aliens etc.

What services at NKD are you most looking forward to trying out at NKD?

I'm dying to get a massage and dermaplaning.


Marisa

Receptionist

Tell us an interesting and random fact about you.

I danced for many years from the age of 2-17 and I love animals, especially dogs and monkeys.

Name a place you'd like to vacation and why.

Hawaii, I'd like to visit the beaches as well as visit different restaurants. I love trying new foods.

What service at NKD are you most looking forward to trying out?

The lash lift and tint.