Beauty gods descend on Georgetown’s Nectar Skin Bar

Photo by Judith Beermann
Owner Brian Thomas Inside Nectar Skin Bar
Owner Brian Thomas Inside Nectar Skin Bar

Ten minutes after opening Saturday, long-time customers of Brian Thomas’ other business, IPSA for Hair, were in. Passionate clients like Nathalie Jacoby immediately shared that “Monica is phenomenal, the best manicurist ever.” Nathalie was in to schedule a LashDip, the hot new semi-permanent application that dips your lashes, leaving them painted for up to six weeks.  Nectar has the Washington exclusive.

Nathalie Jacoby booking a LashDip (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nathalie Jacoby booking a LashDip

Manicurist Monica Marquez with Butter London nail lacquer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Manicurist Monica Marquez with Butter London nail lacquer

“I had a concept: IPSA for skin,” long-time Washingtonian, Brian Thomas, told The Georgetown Dish. As he explained, “The beauty industry has a huge gap between Sephora & Neiman Marcus … We’re a niche in that market, selecting the top products, all focus-group tested around the country.”

Brian’s wife Amy, the Director of Protocol for the Ambassador of United Arab Emirates, helped create a wish list based on her world travels: top brands typically only available in major markets  like  Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London and Tokyo. And please add a results-focused spa experience with highly-trained, knowledgeable staff, cutting edge technology, a convenient location and valet parking. For Brian, chief of staff of Texas Representative Kenny Marchant, and experienced at designing and building luxury condominiums, this buildout (formerly Sugar boutique) next door to IPSA was the perfect spot.

Nathalie Jacoby and Brian Thomas (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nathalie Jacoby and Brian Thomas

Kaitlin Haggerty, Rebecca Coleman, Jackie Silvi, and Ashley Melton (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kaitlin Haggerty, Rebecca Coleman, Jackie Silvi, and Ashley Melton

Newly painted purple, the 18th century row house on Wisconsin Avenue in Upper Georgetown, now Nectar's flagship location, features a veritable United Nations of cult beauty products. To name a few, Paul & Joe Beaute from Tokyo (Bergdorf Goodman’s #1 selling make-up), Australian make-up by Becca Cosmetics, Butter London nails (recently in the news as Kate Middleton’s favorite), Italian skincare from Comfort Zone, GlamGlow (Hollywood’s favorite body mud mask) and PRTTY Peaushun, a “skin tight body lotion” from LA make-up artist, Bethany Karlyn, a #1 best seller at Bendel’s.

Esthetician Catherine Layrle (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Esthetician Catherine Layrle

Upstairs are two treatment rooms under the expert care of esthetician, Catherine Layrle (Nathalie Jacoby’s LashDip guru).  Spa procedures include Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion facials, Softsense gentle waxing from Italy, Nectar-exclusive pedicures and manicures “in the Thai tradition," Brian explained. And not to leave any body part unpampered, there’s airbrush tanning, brow shaping and makeup services.. 

Day one and Brian was already talking about adding product lines, and expanding. Reminiscing  about  growing up in Lubbock, Texas, Brian said “My mom would take me to the mall to get ‘Sunday shoes’ and every time I got measured and fitted, and a lollipop. It was always a special outing. I want to bring back the lost art of customer service. That’s the kind of experience I want Nectar clients to have here.”

Nectar Skin Bar in Georgetown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nectar Skin Bar in Georgetown

Nectar Skin Bar is  at 1633 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.333.4332

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Adrian Avila, formerly of the Erwin Gomez Salon and Spa, is at Nectar! He does the most amazing facials, skin care treatments and eyebrows..and he's the nicest person too! Good luck Adrian! :)


This is very exciting news! I have been in and out of the salon/spa industry for 25 years. I was so fortunate to have worked with Monica and Catherine. I can say they are among the best in our area. Nectar looks like a great place and I am looking forward to going! Good luck to all!

Dave Roffman

Isn't this the building where I used to take my dogs for a shampoo and manicure?


@Dave- you're thinking of The Dog Shop, perhaps? That is still 3 doors down on the same side of street next to Ipsa salon.