Mellisa’s favorite activity was dancing. More specifically, she loved ballet. She began ballet when she was only four years old. She danced almost every day – and at the young age of thirteen began teaching her own classes at the renowned Marie Brach Studios. Around the age of 18, Mellisa was asked to run a dance studio at the Patchogue, L.I., N.Y. Music and Dance Studio. She became the studio director and taught 60 students for two years with the culmination of the teachings leading to her yearly dance recital – an event coordinated completely by Mellisa.
When not teaching dance, she also began to teach fitness classes at a local fitness center. After a while, this led to her working at a nearby Lucille Roberts – where she was quickly promoted to manager.
It was during her time at Lucille Roberts that she crossed paths with Raymond, our other co-founder – she just didn’t know it. He was a successful marketing executive at Pier 1 Imports, and had noticed her at Lucille Roberts while visiting the Pier 1 store next door. Ray was smitten. Day after day Ray found a reason to visit that one store, hoping to meet up with Mellisa. Finally, the two met in person. Call it kismet or love at first sight, but from that day they were nearly inseparable. Soon thereafter they were married.
But after a few years, Mellisa’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and in short order, she found herself owning and operating three New Horizons Exercise Studios in Long Island. Then Mellisa and Ray found themselves expecting. She worked during most of her pregnancy and returned shortly after giving birth with newborn in tow. She’d teach classes while her new son, Kortne, would sleep in his bassinet – or later as he looked on or slept in his playpen – always under the watchful eye of mom.
In no time at all, their son was heading off to high school and Mellisa yearned to embark on a new career path. That’s when fate stepped in, and she answered a newspaper ad for a sales position at a fledgling skin care company. Little did Mellisa know that skin care would soon become her passion.