LICENSED ESTHETICIAN, MASTER SUGARIST
Much of Sweet 185’s atmosphere can be attributed to professional multi-tasker, Christina. She loves to be creative, from writing promotional material to helping design the studios motif to carefully choosing which products Sweet 185 carries because, as she says, “the products we sell are an extension of our service and are designed to enhance our client’s experience.” As a Master Sugarist and 19-year licensed esthetician, Christina has learned to use her perceptive skills to respond to client’s needs rather than telling them what they need.
She uses the same sensitivity and creativity in her personal life as a devoted Roman Catholic, wife and mother of five (including a set of twins!). Christina loves plants and natures healing and restorative properties. She uses her demeanor, voice and touch to calm a child to sleep or to comfort loved ones and practices yoga to revitalize her own spirit. She has also traveled extensively, speaks three languages and loves “really soft sheets and driving 120 miles an hour.”
Favorite Quote: “Always be yourself because the people who matter don’t mind, and the ones that mind don’t matter.” ~ anonymous
Wayne is a renaissance man. Besides being an experienced massage therapist and a suma cum laude graduate, he dabbles in everything from psychology, writing poetry, playing guitar and even had a show on 98 Rock. Let him put his hands on you and you instantly get that Wayne is a consummate professional and takes his career very seriously. His loves are smiling, learning and passion. Check out his favorite quote. It’s lovely and reflects his warm demeanor.
Favorite quote: “The best relationships are when you both feel like the lucky one.” ~anonymous
Please meet our intriguing and cosmopolitan esthetician, Karin, born in Estonia, a country in the Baltic region of northern Europe. Her background is fascinating: a grandfather exiled to Siberia, her father a regional secretary of agriculture; in high school, she remembers feeling terrified watching Russian tanks parade down her street after the fall of the USSR, not knowing whether they would fire on her and her family. Before coming to us, Karin lived in Sweden, Denmark, Australia and New York, where she received her esthetic training at Aveda. She credits her mom for being a role model of how to look and feel young, and her heart--she is a genuinely warm, kind soul--she says came from her beloved father. Karin has a bachelor of arts from Copenhagen University and has worked as a flight attendant and hospitality coordinator. She enjoys visiting vineyards and loves traveling, fitness and her family, including “my little Dachsund, Chewy.” We have seen her with her dog, and we would say especially her Dachsund, Chewy.
Favorite Quote: Healthy body, healthy mind
“Lay” is a South Carolina native who loves calling Charleston home. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where she had the pleasure of studying ballet with Robert Ivey. Lay brings to Sweet 185 a passion for helping others find joy in their lives. She lives by the philosophy that “confidence is beauty” and works to enhance the beauty in others through nurturing and building their self-worth. Even in her spare time, Lay enjoys practicing make-up application to hone her skills. Lay loves being a mother and spending time with her two-year-old son. We are grateful to have Lay’s sunny disposition and love for others at Sweet 185!
Favorite quote: “Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower others.” ~ John C. Maxwell
We call her Addie Jo because we think it’s a cool name but she goes by Addie too. She is one of those people you may think is just too sweet to be for real but she truly is. That’s one of our favorite parts about her. Addie Jo is from Wilmington, NC where she received her esthetics training. She’s also a certified Yoga instructor and loves singing, painting and baking. Addie Jo designed makeup for the theater when she was in high school and her loves are making people feel good about themselves, her family (that she says is ALWAYS supportive) and her dog, “who makes me smile every day.” See, we weren’t kidding about how sweet she is.
Favorite quote: “Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~ Mother Teresa
DESTINEE M. GASSER,
This colorful sweetie of a girl just joined the Sweet 185 Family! Destinee was born in Casper, Wyoming but has spent most of her life in Myrtle Beach, SC. Destinee is a cosmetologist who completed a year at USC but wanted to turn her attention and follow her passion to her nail career. Destinee is a kind hearted, hard working, always learning kind of gal. You never see her without a smile or a helping hand around the studio. She has a bright and colorful personality, who always has a new color on her nails she is excited to show off! She loves singing, dancing, and reading. You’ll hear her humming around the studio to some of her favorites like Ed Sheeran. Her energy and attitude are infectious! She will always be happy to help you pick out exactly what is perfect for you from your fingers down to your toes!
Favorite quote: “The first rule of truly living is to do things you’re most afraid of.”
FRONT DESK CONCIERGE
A Charleston local since age 7, Sarah was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She loves the mountains but also the beach. Sarah and one of her besties since 4th grade made a pact to go to the beach every day and watch the sun rise. That was a little lofty but she still tries to go once a week “because no two sunsets are ever the same and I don’t want to miss them.” Although Sarah is a concierge, she wants to become an esthetician and has learned to be very grateful for the opportunity to “have had to work so hard and to do and learn so much…and I love it.” She credits Sweet 185’s owner for teaching her; “she is the hardest working woman I know.” And Sarah is no slouch. She works 7 days a week and often leaves the studio to waitress at The Mellow Mushroom until 10 or 11:00 at night. She’s also talented, teaching herself to play piano and read music. Sarah has one sister and two brothers, all younger, and she likes being an older sister; “it has it’s downsides and perks…but I love having siblings and a big family… I feel bad for people who don’t.” Sarah’s loves are first her family (my sister is like my best friend), music (her top three favorite bands? Banks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, U2… “If I didn’t have music I’d be a mess”) and last but not least her kitty Cocoa whom she found and snuck into her college dorm (“she’s like my baby…I call her my daughter.”
Favorite quote: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery…today is a gift; that’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
FRONT DESK CONCIERGE
We love being greeted by Jenna’s sweet smile and her obvious passion for providing the best possible service to all of our friends at Sweet 185. Jenna is a Hospitality major at the College of Charleston who hails from the great state of Maryland. She loves baking and hopes to attend pastry school and one day become a pastry chef in France. She has spent the past two summers working and traveling Europe and is looking forward to traveling even more in the future.
Favorite quote: “Happiness doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It simply means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~ Unknown
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Simone is a Connecticut native who came to Charleston to study Arts Management. She strongly supports the ideals of self-love and body positivity, and expresses those values through her work at Sweet 185. We love her optimism and her natural ability to find the bright side of even the most challenging situations. In her spare time, Simone enjoys arranging music for the AcaBelles, the College of Charleston’s all-new female a cappella group.
Favorite quote: “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
FRONT DESK CONCIERGE
Our tech guru and front desk extraordinaire, we are so lucky to have him as part of the Sweet 185 Family! The moment you walk into the studio, Jake’s warm and friendly personality is the first thing that greets you. Jake was born in Chapel Hill, NC and moved to Daniel Island at age 4. Now a resident of the downtown area, he is a very busy student at Trident Technical College and College of Charleston and takes great care of all the Sweet 185 Family. Very lucky for us he is amazing with computers and everything technical, has a gift for math and calculations, and has wonderful customer service skills both in the studio and over the phone. Jake loves music, learning new things, helping others, and dogs! He always has a new music suggestion for us to try, and is always excited to talk about the latest book he is reading or the newest thing he is studying! What a sweetie!
Favorite quote: “After the game, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
PERSONAL ASSISTANT / BUYER
Maddie is a born and raised Ohioan, who has lived and traveled all across the US as a professional musical theater performer and actor. That's how she wound up in Charleston, almost two years ago. She's always loved South Carolina, her family has vacationed in North Myrtle Beach since 1977. While she is still pursuing her professional acting career by night, Maddie is Christina's personal assistant by day. You usually see Maddie with a big smile and a larger coffee in hand as she is running in and around the studio. She is usually making a joke or singing something while doing it too. She's loved becoming a part of the Sweet 185 family and learning how to be kind to herself more and more every day. Maddie is a graduate of Wright State University where she holds a BFA in Musical Theater. Maddie is a huge fan of school supplies, show tunes, her friends and family, two fat cats, and coffee shops.