“Sonja and her team are geniuses. Everyone is so nice and accommodating. There is passion behind the knowledge, which makes it refreshing to learn about skin care. They are incredibly kind, competent and flexible.” – happy client
Sonja Boatman Anderson, owner & licensed esthetician
Sonja is a licensed esthetician with many years of experience in the wellness industry. Sonja believes that great skin care is an essential component of a healthy and harmonious lifestyle.
A Twin Cities’ native, Sonja’s passion for skin care was sparked as a teenager, when she began scheduling and greeting clients at a Deephaven spa. The cozy aesthetics, the scents and velvety textures of the products, as well as the relaxing and rejuvenating nature of the services provided, were all intoxicating. Sonja found herself falling in love with the spa setting and intrigued by the idea of a career in the beauty and wellness field.
Shortly thereafter, Sonja attended the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, MN, where she studied esthetics and massage therapy. Increasingly interested in the business side of her industry, Sonja subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University.
Following her education, Sonja moved to Santa Barbara, California for three years. While there, she had the opportunity to work at a small boutique spa with an organic focus. After a move to LA, she held a position at a local organic skincare company and earned an Associate Degree from LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in Beauty Industry Management and Marketing.
Likely the most formative and inspiring spa setting she has experienced, Sonja was on the staff at the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa for one year. The spa’s high standards for professionalism, work ethic, service, communication and respect for client privacy made a deep and long-lasting impression. Sonja began to incorporate what she had learned and experienced during that time into her growing vision for her own business. After returning to Minneapolis, Sonja spent five years at a popular local spa, putting her commitment to excellence into practice while building a loyal clientele for her services.
Sonja’s desire to provide a true oasis for her clients—having the capacity to curate their entire spa experience from start to finish—motivated her to open Sonja Eileen Aesthetics in 2012.
In 2015, Sonja moved into a larger storefront across the street from her first location, maintaining her presence in the same neighborhood (48th and Chicago) of South Minneapolis. Sonja hired a top-tier team, expanded her service menu, and added to her retail boutique. When she re-opened her doors in September of that year, it was under the banner of a new name: Spa Sweet.
Sonja’s hard work and dedication are evident to every client, each and every time they make a visit to her spa. She is committed to building strong and trusting client relationships and to cultivating a team that maintains her vision. She personally invites you to come visit her and experience for yourself the kind of high-quality spa services that you deserve.
“With over 15 years of practice in the skin care industry, I’ve had the opportunity to become an expert in my craft. I am devoted to seeking out unique, natural goods and services and to creating a spa setting that will enhance your skin and your life.” – Sonja Boatman Anderson
Note: Sonja and Spa Sweet have been featured numerous times in the press. To read more, CLICK HERE.
Becki Lemire, licensed esthetician
Becki is a licensed esthetician specializing in skin care, facials, waxing and tinting services.
Becki’s aspiration is for each and every one of her clients to exit her treatment room feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and absolutely loving his or her skin. She is passionate about supporting her clients through sharing expert knowledge targeted to their specific skin care needs. Having graduated from the Aveda Institute, Becki continues to demonstrate her commitment to advanced learning through further studies at the International Dermal Institute (Postgraduate Education in Skin and Body Therapy) in Minneapolis.
Becki’s work ethic can be characterized as consistent, dependable, and of high caliber. She is an attentive listener who takes pleasure in offering exceptional service and high quality treatments to her clients. Equally, she brings a consistently positive outlook and contagious enthusiasm to her role at Spa Sweet. Becki’s natural tendency to celebrate progress and recognize achievements makes her an ideal cheerleader for her clients as they seek to cultivate greater balance and wellness in their lives.
Nikitta Klonne, licensed esthetician
Nikitta Klonne’s commitment to making each of her clients look and feel beautiful, inside and out, is demonstrated by the quality of every service she provides. Nikitta is a graduate of the Aveda Institute, specializing in skin care, facials, waxing and tinting.
Nikitta has been described as down to earth, warm and generous. She demonstrates an unwavering desire to genuinely connect with those around her. Whether co-workers, clients, friends or strangers, Nikitta enjoys the process of cultivating authentic and loyal relationships. She is highly trustworthy and deeply motivated to offer her best quality work at all times. A big picture thinker, Nikitta is gifted at evaluating options for addressing a problem or achieving a specific outcome, then identifying the best path forward. In this way, she is a natural guide for clients as they seek to move through confusion or overwhelm regarding a skin care or wellness issue along the path to success.
As a devoted lifelong learner, Nikitta is continuing with her studies at an advanced level through the International Dermal Institute. An exceptionally strong love of learning will drive her to not only acquire new knowledge and expertise, but to also put in the effort to practice what she has learned and develop true technical competence. She is energized by the challenge of keeping up with advances in her field of study and is inspired by sharing her new expertise with her clients, in support of a desired outcome.
Samantha is a graduate of The Original La James College of Mason City. She is a passionate and caring massage therapist who has been working in the field for over three years. Samantha is easy going and has a very warm and welcoming personality that will make you feel right at home. Sam specializes in listening to and understanding each of her clients' individual needs. She customizes her massage techniques to fit her client's requests in order to ensure that each client receives the best possible results.
Jessica Lynn Schaffer, licensed esthetician
Jessica is an experienced, professional esthetician who has been licensed since 2006. She specializes in brow shaping, tinting, skin care and facials. She is also highly skilled in speed body waxing, including Brazilians. She incorporates a therapeutic touch in every facial and waxing service. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing an excellent experience to all of her clients.
Erin D'Ambrosio, Certified Massage Therapist
Erin studied massage therapy at the Aveda Institute and has been working as a therapist for over 7 years. In that time, she has also enjoyed continuing education and trainings in Hands on Healing and Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She enjoys learning about the mind/body connection and her strengths are being empathic towards clients and being flexible with preferences for light to deep touch.
Kruistin Berg, licensed esthetician
In 2008 Kristin received her Esthiology license. In 2011, She attended a brow shaping workshop with Damone Roberts, where she honed her skills as an eyebrow artist. Recently, she attended a wellness workshop with Helga Hefner of Aveda, where she received invaluable lessons on how to integrate wellness rituals into her daily routine. Ongoing self-study and self-cultivation are part of her daily living. Her goal is to create an experience for every guest. Kristin would be honored to provide the space for your restoration and transformation.