Spa & Cupcakes in Geneva

I made another trip to Geneva this week to pick up my dragonflies. They are in online exhibits right now but I hope that they will hang in some local exhibits this spring as well, so in anticipation of a ‘yes’, I need to have them close to me.

Well Polished nail polish

I picked Wednesday to combine it with WIN’s Suburban Spa & Cupcakes. The Women’s Innovation Network not only rotates business networking events around the Chicago loop, but also in various Chicagoland suburbs on a monthly basis.

Spa & Cupcakes geneva

The event was held at Well Polished in Geneva this month.  The spa opened in March 2012 and offers manicure and pedicure services. As of its one-year anniversary in a few weeks, the unisex boutique will also offer blow-out services so your hair can match the fancy nails for your next big event.

WonderWINpowers unite

The Sugar Path provided delicious cupcakes, including the popular Black and White, Salty Caramel, Coconut, Red Velvet, Oreo and something Cinnamon-y.

The Sugar Path Mini-Cupcakes

It was lovely to gather among like-minded ladies, including the owners of Geneva-based Well Polished, The Sugar Path, Peaceful Parlour, Going To My Happy Place, and a suburban-based healthcare consultant, a lawyer, and a greeting card provider.


Everyone received a complimentary manicure with a dash of glitter.


Shari of Peaceful Parlour modeled a beautiful purse made from seatbelts. She’s getting additional purses from other recycled materials in by the end of the month.

Seatbelt Purse at Peaceful Parlour

We got to share in owner Megan’s joy when she saw that Well Polished just got named West Suburban Living Magazine’s Best of the West. An honor well-deserved, as this isn’t the average nail spa. I scheduled mani-pedi prior to the WIN event, and my hands and feet were quite pampered. I didn’t realize this lovely seating arrangement was the actual pedicure location.

spa treatment at Well Polished

My feet enjoyed the loving rose petal soak and the restorative care they received.

soak at Well Polished

After the power-hour was over, I joined Michelle on her way back to The Sugar Path for my six-pack, their delicious Dragon’s Milk cupcakes, which I shared with my Dragon’s Milk loving friends later on.

sixpack cupcakes by The Sugar Path

The Sugar Path still has most of my butterfly collages available for sale. Currently my Malachites and the Migrating Monarchs are on display, and Migrant Danaus, Fluttering Papilio and Kedzie’s Red Admirals are hibernating there as well.


I’m looking forward to their next Girls’ Night Out in April.

encaustic collages by Maike's Marvels

Prior to the pampering and networking, I brunched at Graham’s 318, which has a delicious sipping chocolate. As I noshed on my sandwich, I noted to try their chocolate fondue next time, which two ladies were enjoying. Graham’s has a snow sculptor ‘in residence’, who had created this St. Patrick’s Day sculpture with Tuesday’s snowfall.

Snow Sculpture by Joseph

On my way back to the train, a rabbit was added. Might as well get Easter in with this crazy mixture of seasons.

rabbit snow sculpture at Graham's 318

It was a lovely day blending pampering with connecting and transacting. We’ll see how long the manicure lasts after I head back into the studio this weekend.


ADDENDUM:  As of March 10, 2013, I no longer support the WIN Board and its actions. However, I do support small business, women-owned businesses, and the gracious hosts of past WIN events.

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