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(412) 782-3888

esspa.net

17 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215, USA

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ABOUT

Aesthetic Everything Awards Nominations

  • Top Aestheticians - Eva Sztupka-Kerschbaumer
  • Top Women Business Owners - Eva Sztupka-Kerschbaumer
  • Top Skin Care Centers - esSpa Organic Hungarian Skincare + Salon
  • Top Microneedling
  • Top Training Program
  • Top Consulting and Spa Design
  • Top Woman Business Owner

 

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In 1996, Eva Kerschbaumer sold her grandmother's jewelry and bought a plane ticket from Hungary to New York City. She arrived with literally nothing but $50 and the clothes on her back, no relatives and no real understanding of or ability to speak English. Via the kindness of an Amtrak conductor, she made her way to Pittsburgh (the $50 was spent on a taxi from JFK to Penn Station and a hamburger) where, after learning English by watching reruns of Gilligan's Island, Eva worked for a local salon and In 2002, Eva built and opened her own day spa - called ESSPA - which would become one of the 12 Founding Seed Spa Members of the Green Spa Network and remains the only Accredited GSN Spa in Pennsylvania.

 

About Eva's business - esSpa Organic Hungarian Skincare + Salon started with three employees operating out of 800 sq.ft in a renovated walk-in cooler at the local Yacht Club. In 2005, Eva relocated and built the spa's current 7,000 sq.ft. "Green Certified" sanctuary. Other than during the government mandated, Covid shutdown, this female, immigrant entrepreneur's business has experienced sequential YoY growth every year since opening, and is on track to have it's best year ever. With 15 treatment rooms, a team of 30+ professional therapists and support staff, Eva and her team will deliver over 17,000 spa treatments this year alone. Eva's establishment was named "The 3rd Best Spa in America" by The Industry Source Magazine, was selected as "Best Family Spa' by Travel + Leisure Magazine and has won 3 other national industry awards. Additionally, the spa is consistently named "The Best Green Spa", "The Best Organic Salon" and "Best Skincare" and "Best Massage" in Western Pennsylvania. Eva counts A-List Celebrities, Professional Sport Legends and a host of Fortune 500 executives amongst her client guests as well as her friends. The success of Eva's spa is directly attributable to her always putting her customer's needs above her own combined with her incredible work ethic and a hyperfocus to delivering the most effective, organic spa treatments to her guests. Eva continues her daily work as an professional esthetician and she sees 9-12 guests per day on a regular basis, spending well over 100 hours per week in the spa. As her reputation has grown, the best therapists from all over the country and the world have relocated to Pittsburgh specifically to work for and train with Eva. In 2022, in response to popular demand, Eva has expanded and is pleased to offer regularly-scheduled treatments in Delray Beach, FL.

 

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SERVICES

Eva and her esSpa Organic Hungarian Skincare + Salon offers a full-array of Spa and Salon Services. But she has an international reputation for her Traditional Hungarian Facials as well as her penetrating MicroNeedling RF Facials; Dermaplaning; LED/PDT Light Therapy and the latest Italian Peel as well as Plasma Fibroblast Tightening. Eva is known as using the controlled-trauma of very aggressive, naturally-sourced peels to thoroughly exfoliate and rejuvenate the facial composition of her customers.

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EDUCATION

Eva learned about Traditional Herbal Medicine from her Grandmother in Apostag Hungary. She was the Assistant to the CEO of Mercatura Cosmetics and Stagecolor in Bremen, Germany. For the 3 years before coming to America, Eva trained under Master Esthetician, Maria Baksay, at her facility in Budapest, Hungary. From 2004-2017, Eva was a member of DAYSPA Magazine's Board of Advisors. Eva is a Master Trainer for M.A. Dermaceutical and is the Director of Training for North America for Biopeptix Cosmeceuticals. Eva is a sought after speaker and educator for NASN, IECSC, IBS, ISSE, Face & Body and numerous other Industry Shows and Events.

 

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MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

GSN,
NASN,
DSA,
ABMP,
AMTA,
SIA,

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Best Spa in Pittsburgh (Pgh City Paper; Pittsburgh Magazine and Tribune-Review) - 2005, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19, '20, '21 and 2022
3rd Best Spa in America - The Industry Source Magazine
Best Family Spa - American Spa Magazine / Travel + Leisure Magazine
Diamond Award, Best Spa' - DAYSPA Magazine
Best Spa - Skin Inc Magazine

 

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TESTIMONIALS

a month ago
I have visited Esspa Kozmetika for a self-care day with my sister. I am a mother of 3 young kids & work full time as a nurse. This spa trip allowed me to take some much needed time
to relax! We each got the Happy, Healthy, Wise package including an organic champagne facial, a 90 minute massage as well as a "performance" pedicure. The services we received were fantastic! Carly provided me great tips on how to keep my skin healthy and limit the dryness. I enjoyed the conversations I had with Emily as she did my pedicure. She recommended great products as well as answered my questions on best techniques for home pedicures I do with my girls. While I was getting the pedicure I was offered champagne to drink. Kat provided me with the 90 minute massage. Unlike some people I am not a fan of deep tissue massage. She took the time to ask me what I preferred and continued to make sure I was okay with the amount of pressure applied. Everyone working was very pleasant
and offered service with a smile. Upon leaving, I felt rejuvenated. I highly recommend Esspa Kozmetika. My sister and I make it a point to come here at least once a year and we will continue coming back.
 
a month ago
I absolutely love this place. Every staff member is friendly and professional. I have gotten massages, facials, manicures and pedicures here over the past two years. The most recent visit, I brought my nine year old for a Mother/ Daughter day to celebrate her birthday. Each team member made her feel special and the services were age appropriate for her. We had a great relaxing day and can't wait to do it again. Five stars is not a high enough rating.
 
5 months ago
Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality

I have been going to this spa for probably 15 years. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is THE BEST SPA IN PITTSBURGH!!!! Everyone who works there is talented, highly professional and immeasurably kind. Every time I leave there, I feel renewed in body, mind and spirit. Do yourself a favor and go there. You’ll be glad you did. Just like me, you will be saying “I love EVA! She and her staff are the best!”

 
 
5 months ago
Had my first ever massage! Kat, my massage therapist, was sweet, kind, attentive to my needs, and was a miracle worker! If I could go every day, I would! The salon is gorgeous and relaxing. I can't wait to go back.
a month ago
My husband and I came for a baby moon before the arrival of our little one in April. It was the most relaxing experience. The maternity massage with Robert was beyond relaxing and worth another visit next month! My skin feels amazing from my facial with Alyssa. My mani/pedi with Emily turned out beautiful too rescheduled for another before the babies arrival with nail art this time! Lunch was spectacular as well. So happy we took the time for ourselves! Thanks Esspa Staff!
 
a year ago
Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality

I love Esspa. Eva (and Scott) run a fabulous day spa. Their people are well trained and friendly. And really good at their jobs. My son and daughter and I love all the services that we get there. The place is warm and inviting. In the time of Covid. I really appreciate the safety measures they put in place and enforce. I strongly recommend spending an hour (or 2) at Esspa to cure your troubles.

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PRODUCTS

Biopeptix Cosmeceuticals
Plasma MD+
HydroPeptide
WiQO
FactorFive Skincare
Pevonia
M.A. Dermaceuticals

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