About the Owners
Medical Esthetician, Nail Technician
About my self, I was born in Cegled, Hungary. In Hungary I completed a 2 years esthetician school after that a nail technician school from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 October I opened my own spa in Szentendre and also I got married. In 1996 in went to a medical esthetician school. In end of 1998 we moved to Portugal, then 1999 to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I worked two different spas and I’m very proud, because I learn a lot from the spa owners. But, my dream was always to have my own spa. In 2006 September I find a location in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. It was a hair salon since early ’80. Named by Marie’s Hair Salon.
2007 February we transferred in to a full service spa. 2007 December we purchased a building to expand. 2010 November we opened Cafe Chocolade - European Bakery in same location. http://www.cafechocolade.net/
James R. Kaufmann
I started my Kitchen experience in Sonora California back in 1982. I worked in two hotels in the Sonora area as well went to a two year Hospitality Management program . In 1984 I moved to Lausanne Switzerland . I then moved to France to go to the Cordon Blue in Paris. I finished the Culinary and Pastry program. While I was in Paris I did my apprenticeship at Hotel Lutetia and Chez Fouchon.
I moved back to the states to California in 1986 and work as a chef in a hotel in Sonora then later that year I moved to Napa Valley and over the next 4 years I worked as Pastry Chef and a few locations in Napa Valley.I later moved to the Santa Cruz area then to Carmel. All locations I worked as Pastry Chef . In 1994 I moved to Hungary and worked as Pastry Chef for a large company in Budapest. In 1999 I moved to Portugal and worked as a Pastry Chef for a large Hotel in Moncarapacho. I moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 and worked at a local Culinary School as a Pastry Chef Instructor. In my 27 years of travels I have gone to school in California, France, Switzerland, Germany and Hungary. I have won a number of culinary medals and awards some of which where best bakery in Budapest 4 years running. I have made the birthday cakes for the President and Parliament members in Hungary. I have also won a number of ACF culinary competition medals.