Georgia Cirese has been in the medical aesthetics industry for 20 years and opened Georgeous Aesthetic Bar, the first of its kind in Kansas City, in October 2019 with her daughter, Mary Kate.
“Business has always been something I’ve been interested in, just not really knowing what,” Mary Kate says. “It has been something I was actually encouraging my mom to do more because she’s opened up a couple of medspa, skin care practices for other people. I was like, ‘Well you’ve done this for other people, why not for yourself?’ It’s funny, I joke and say that she’s the talent, and I’m the brains [laughs].”
Mary Kate has a degree in business administration, with an emphasis in management, from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a background of working with nonprofits and associations. This, paired with her mother’s extensive experience, made the timing of opening their own aesthetic bar seem just right.
The duo cultivated a close relationship while Mary Kate was growing up and showing horses, and they would drive to shows together two to three weekends a month. She notes they’ve always been close and able to have open communication, a key component in their working relationship today.
“We have a good time,” Mary Kate says. “We know how to have fun, and we just seem to work together pretty well. We mesh well. We try to stay in our own lanes. It just seems to work out because we’re both pretty easy going and open to new ideas.”
While an aesthetic bar falls underneath the medical spa umbrella, Gorgeous Aesthetic Bar aims to provide a different experience. It offers a variety of services such as injectables, fillers, facials, microneedling, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser hair removal.
“We have the philosophy—a good procedure is one that is undetectable,” she says. “We want people to be natural. Each person is different, so they’re going to look different. Everyone is not going to have the same set of lips for example.”
According to Mary Kate, they won’t just hop on any trend.
“Georgia is very science based. She likes to have the facts—she likes to see things be FDA cleared and approved,” she says. “So patients trust her, and trust is just a really big aspect of a lot of this. They know they’re not going to do something that isn’t really going to work or doesn’t have any science behind it or isn’t backed.”