Lara Olsha, The Sweet Spot’s founder, did not set out to be a sugarist, or even a business owner, for that matter. But when her mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, everything changed.
Looking for a way to do something positive for women with cancer, Lara discovered the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program. Through free beauty sessions, this amazing program helps women with cancer build self-esteem and an empowering community of support.
The only catch was, Lara had to become a licensed esthetician in order to volunteer. Quite a leap from her career as a respiratory therapist!
But it was there, in beauty school, that Lara discovered sugaring.
Coming from a medical background, she was initially impressed by the lack of cross-contamination inherent in sugaring. But the more she practiced and learned, the greater her interest grew. She loved having a healthy, effective way to help women (and men) feel great in their bodies.
Before long, Lara’s passion for sugaring grew into a budding business, and soon after that into a full-time career. She founded The Sweet Spot and Seattle’s first sugaring studio was born!
In a way, The Sweet Spot is an homage to Lara’s mother—a beautiful gift from a sad circumstance. Perhaps this is why we’ve worked so hard and been graced with such success since opening our doors in 2003.
Thank you for helping us get here, Seattle. We wouldn’t exist without you!
We know you have options when it comes to sugaring in Seattle. Even back when we were the only game in town, we took our clients’ loyalty to heart.
The bottom line: You deserve our very best. Here’s how we are working to deliver.
You deserve safe, professional hair removal you can trust. We take the art of sugaring, as well as your comfort and satisfaction, pretty seriously. All of our sugarists are licensed estheticians who receive extensive on-site training and are supported through ongoing performance reviews. Given the rise of competition in the industry, our training and safety standards may be considered over the top, and we like it that way.
You deserve pretty products that are good for you, too. We do our best to offer top-quality products that are good for you, inside and out. But we also know that “all-natural” doesn’t always go all the way when it comes to the look and quality you expect. Sometimes you just need amazing mascara, even if it’s not humanely sourced from squid ink. Trust that we will offer you the best that both natural and mainstream cosmetics have to offer.
You deserve to spend your money in a place that does right by its staff.All Sweet Spot employees who work at least 30 hours a week receive full benefits, including medical, vision, and dental insurance plus retirement matching up to three percent. We take care of you, and we take care of each other, too. It’s who we are and what we do.
You deserve to support a small business that walks its talk. We are proud to be a small, local, woman-owned business. And we are proud to know so many other great small, local businesses, too! We eat their treats, drink their lattes, hang their art on our walls, and sell their amazing products right here in the studio every chance we can.
You deserve to be a part of something bigger. We regularly donate time, products, services, and money to worthy causes near and far. We are constantly discovering and supporting new organizations, but here are a few of our consistent soft spots: gorilla conservation (yes, gorillas!), local art events, local battered women’s organizations, the International Rescue Committee, and the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program.
Sure, this is about us. But we wouldn't do any of it if not for you.
So please, let us know how we’re doing, and if we can sweeten your experience in any way. (206) 632-3602