Take a Break: Opt for Some ‘Me Time’ at Lash L’Heureux Coterie

May 23, 2018 | Humans of Highland Park Blog | Take a Break: Opt for Some ‘Me Time’ at Lash L’Heureux Coterie | 

When somebody tells you to relax, it’s easier said than done. Life can get pretty hectic for the most of us — from juggling work, school, children, daily commutes, among many other tasks — all we have to do is take a breath and find a moment for some ‘me’ time. Recently, I was invited to experience a facial at Lash L’Heureux Coterie. Esthetician Leslie McRae took great care of my skin and I felt like a brand new person. After receiving my facial treatment, I walked away with tips and methods on improving my skincare routine. It’s hard to explain how relaxed one will feel after the pampering is over with. Shockingly, I took a nap on a Friday night at 6 o’clock because of how relaxed I felt. All a person wants to do is relish the experience by throwing on some comfy pajamas, having a glass of wine, and totally vegging out.

I recently sat down with Brian L’Heureux, owner of Lash L’Heureux Coterie, for an exclusive Q&A about his boutique salon in Downtown Highland Park.

Tell us about Lash L’Heureux’s humble beginnings and where did the name come from?

When I, Brian L’Heureux, along with my mother, Dottie L’Heureux, decided to open our business back in 2010, we knew exactly what we would call it… Lash L’Heureux Coterie. Let us break down the name and tell you a little more about who we are:

  • Lash… Yes, we do lash extensions — but ironically my father, Adrian L’Heureux, was given the nickname Lash L’Heureux at a young age. There was a popular Western motion picture star of the 1940s and 1950s named “Lash LaRue”— and that is how you pronounce our last name. The name stuck with him his entire life. Often times, I get called “Lash” from those that are familiar with the Hollywood cowboy.
  • L’Heureux…Our family name is from French descent. The translation means “the happy one.”  The name is very fitting to our personalities. We love positive energy and want to bring a little bit of happiness to our family, friends and clients. Nothing makes us happier than having a few laughs with a client and see them leaving the salon with a smile on their face.
  • Coterie…the definition is “an exclusive group of people with a common interest, a high-end set, a clique.”  Beauty comes in all shapes and forms and “coterie” displays our common interest. Everyone deserves a little luxury and we want to bring that to our clients in the services we offer and the salon environment itself. If you aren’t aware of it yet, you will be. Our clients love beauty in every detail and are like a secret society that believe it is high maintenance to be low maintenance! The services we offer (lashes, brows and facials) give our customers an ease to their everyday routines because of the regular maintenance done at our salon.

What will a customer expect when receiving a facial?

When we moved into our larger location at Renaissance Place, we had room to expand our services and started to offer facials. Our top esthetician, Leslie McRae, is at the top of her game and provides the experience that is above and beyond a typical facial. She is knowledgeable and customizes each facial to each individual’s needs and goals. Using state of the art DermaSound and Ultrasonic Technology, Leslie treats skin conditions — from aging to acne and everything in between. She is also a very intuitive massage therapist that can sense a client’s tensions. While your enzyme treatments are doing their work, Leslie makes sure her touch puts you at ease. It is hard to describe the level of relaxation — it is something you just have to encounter yourself. Our custom facial experience costs $125 and is recommended every four weeks for both short-term skin care goals and long-term preventative maintenance.

Describe Leslie’s experience:

Leslie is a licensed esthetician and massage therapist with over 25 years of experience in both fields. Her extensive training is not only in the salon setting, but also in the clinical and medical fields. Her facials and massages provide our clientele with the best experience of achieving results and relaxation, all in one session. She is passionate about educating and empowering her clients on methods to better care for their skin, body, and overall wellness. Leslie creates both inner and outer beauty by balancing both health and beauty with her nurturing approach combined with the essentials of science.

What does it mean to own a business in Downtown Highland Park?

We have always had a connection to Chicago’s North Shore and have always felt at home here. Downtown Highland Park has always had an active, community feel. Our clients come from all over the North Shore, the City of Chicago, the Western Suburbs, and even some travel from out of state. We take pride in the services we offer, but if it weren’t for our vibrant community, clients might not be quick to travel so far. That is why we chose Downtown Highland Park to open the premier lash salon on the North Shore.


Contact Info:

For more information / to book an appointment, visit www.lashlheureux.com or call 847-748-8749.

Lash L’Heureux is located in the Renaissance Place at 1849 Green Bay Rd. Highland Park, IL 60035.

Questions? Email Brian@LashLHeureux.com.


Written by Ariana Pup, Marketing Director of Downtown Highland Park

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Pulling Down the Moon Adds New Acupuncture Practitioner

Pulling Down the Moon is increasing their days of service, hours of availability, and number of practitioners at their downtown Highland Park office!

Christina Livas, Licensed Acupuncturist

Highland Park: Tuesday & Thursday 4-7 PM (starting 5/22/18)

Christina holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from National University of Health Sciences. There she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Salutatorian. Christina is a nationally certified Diplomate of Acupuncture through NCCAOM. She is also certified in cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation. Christina has been practicing since 2012 and during that time has worked with patients suffering from emotional issues, infertility, pain management, and PTSD.

Through her internship and practice, Christina has helped many men and women with infertility issues to conceive both naturally and in conjunction with IVF/IUI. Along with helping patients conceive she has helped numerous women with pregnancy support. Christina’s goal is to help people achieve and maintain health and wellness through natural medicine.

To book an appointment with Christina or to contact Pulling Down the Moon, visit pullingdownthemoon.com or call 312.957.6235.


We compiled a list of all the different ways you can spend time with mom this Sunday, May 13! Check out all the Mother’s Day happenings, gift ideas, and deals from our local businesses. Treat your mom, aunt, or grandmother (or all three!) to brunch at one of our restaurants or cafes and then explore downtown Highland Park!

Remember to always shop local > downtownhp.com/shopping.


Embrace the Race 5K Help make an impact and sign up for the Embrace the Race 5k. Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 8:00 am at 445 Central Ave, Highland Park , IL 60035. Embrace the Race is a fun and inspiring event to raise funds for breast and ovarian cancer research at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Beelows Brunch: Treat mom to something special this Mother’s Day! Brunch at Beelow’s 10AM to 2:30PM. Call (847) 780-3300 to make a reservation.

Bella Via Restaurant: Celebrate Mom for lunch (11am-2:30pm) or dinner (4:30-10pm) at Bella Via Restaurant. Complimentary mimosas for lunch! Call (847) 681-8300 to make a reservation.

Bottle & Bottega Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mom at our BYOB studio. Make something beautiful for her to remember! Seats are going fast! Sign up for an event and get complimentary Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes. BYOB: We’ll supply the Orange Juice….you supply the Bubbly. Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a 11×14 take-home canvas!

Pulling Down the Moon Virtual Wine Sip: Mother’s Day can be the hardest day of the year if you’re facing Infertility. Don’t face it alone! Join us the day before Mother’s Day instead. Pour yourself a glass of wine (or your favorite mocktail), hop online, and join Pulling Down the Moon and The Broken Brown Egg for a fun, friendly, and hope-filled afternoon as we decompress, inspire, and encourage one another. **Every registered attendee will be entered into a raffle for a special gift!** Space is limited, pre-register here.

Anthropologie: Stop by on Saturday May 12th from 12pm-3pm to shop locally made floral arrangements for Mother’s Day + Bring the kids for a hands-on craft + Enjoy Sips and Sweets while you Shop the new Spring/Summer collection + Complimentary Gift Wrapping for Mother’s Day! Featuring Chicago based Floral Designer, May Floral.  1780 Green Bay Road Highland Park, IL. 

Club Pilates Intro Class: Give Mom the gift of Beauty, Grace and Strength. Sign up with Mom for our complimentary Mothers Day Intro Class this Saturday, May 12 at 1pm. Come enjoy a sweet treat and the gift of Pilates!

Enaz: Check out our daily jewelry trunk shows happening this week & find the perfect mother’s day gift! Complimentary gift wrap as always!


Adesso: Find a gift that is iconic, stylish, artisanal, unique, fresh, essential, functional, and simply perfect.

Floral Gardens: Find the perfect fresh flowers for mom! To pick out a bouquet, visit the website or call (847) 432-3420 to place your order NOW.


Riche Organics: Need a last minute gift set for mom? Pick up one of our bath bomb gift sets. We offer pre-made sets, and on the spot customizable gifts that are handcrafted, cruelty-free, and organic!


Cos Bar: Relax with Facials! Enjoy a complimentary mini-facial from La Mer and receive a deluxe gift with your qualifying purchase on Saturday, May 12.


Gordon Salon: Treat Mom to a Gordon Salon experience this Mother’s Day! Choose from the luxury enhancement services like the beauty-on-demand mini facial or the perfecting plant peel, pramasana scalp treatment and more. Schedule your mother-daughter appointment today!


Love That Spice: Mother’s Day Sale at Love that Spice. Take 25% off any teapot, tea cup or tea tin gift set.  Offer Expires Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Alixandra Collections Shop earrings, ponchos, bracelets, handbags and more.Don’t forget…gift wrap is free!


Body Evolve: Celebrate Pilates Day and Mother’s Day at Body Evolve. Get two private pilates sessions for $140. * Purchase by May 14, 2018. Expires six months from date of purchase. One per family. 847-926-8490.

Betts: Happy Mother’s Day Shopping! Save 10% off  on Handmade Jewelry by Renata Mikota 14K, Gold Filled, Sterling, Semi Precious 5/9-5/12

NS Wellness: In honor of Mother’s Day, we are offering 50% off of any 60 or 90-Minute Massage for any first timers out there.  Give the gift of massage or use it for yourself! This promo is available from 5/4/2018 to 5/18/2018 and must be used by 5/31/2018.

Pulling Down the Moon: For Mothers…Past, Present and Future! Give them the gift of a $99 Wild Card Gift Card. Purchase this limited time Wild Card special, then choose from an Initial Acupuncture Consultation (save $51), Fertility-Enhancing Massage (save $26), or Initial Nutrition Consultation (save $51) for only $99!

Nozicka Center for Coaching & Hypnosis: An offer to all mothers: A one-hour relaxation session. Step out of the world for a truly wonderful time just for YOU! My special is $99.00 for one session! A savings of $50.00.

Nic + Zoe: In honor of Mothers everywhere, join us in our stores or online now through May 13th to receive a Free Gift with Purchase. Spend $250+ and receive our Signature Print Manicure Kit -OR- Spend $500+ and receive our Signature Print Cosmetic Bag + Manicure Kit.