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Meet Theodora Koutsougeras of Reishi Beauty in Wicker Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theodora Koutsougeras.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a consumer entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant business including the running of highly acclaimed restaurant Wood since 2012. And over ten years in the salon industry catering to waxing and maintenance needs with multi-location, Trim. Motivated by a passion to achieve a level of quality in the market that is missing and a vision to offer something better.

Devoted to a health and holistic well-being lifestyle through learning, developing, improving, and sharing with others, it inspired my latest endeavor Reishi Beauty Rooted in Wellness. A contemporary holistic wellness spa that embraces acceptance of transience and imperfection. Offering an effective nature-based skin care, internal herbal remedies, holistic massage and acupuncture to nurture the inner and outer self to be fluid as one.

With quite the knowledge on detoxification, botany and herbal remedies, raw food science, macrobiotics science and being a licensed esthetician and massage therapist. I am very excited to be able to offer services that will enhance and align with those of the same lifestyle and contributing to an alternative in the weight loss and health food market.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I wish I would have started sooner, as I have always been inspired to do something more along the lines of my own personal beliefs, which encompasses Reishi Beauty.

Please tell us about Reishi Beauty.
At Reishi, we have been entrenched with the idea of wabi-sabi: the acceptance of transience and imperfection. This ethos has helped us embrace our ever-changing faces as we age, but just because we are embracing it doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the maintenance required to preserve the delicate nature of our skin.

We set out to make a wellness retreat center that incorporates effective nature-based skin care, internal herbal remedies, holistic massage, and acupuncture.

I believe that what sets us apart from any other spa or retreat center in Chicago is that by combining these elements nurtures your inner and outer self so the two can act as one fluid being. We also give our customers feedback on their overall lifestyle and self-care, which most other spas and retreats don’t do.

I am most proud of our wonderful staff who truly dedicate themselves to the customers.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started sooner!


  • 30 min: facial: $75.00
  • 60 min: facial: $145.00
  • 30 min: Fire-Cups: $45.00

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Shannon Steele

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