Liz Gonzalez-Lara is opening L Style Bar, a beauty bar offering hair styling, makeup and airbrush tanning.
“L Style Bar will be a blow-out bar, a place to get a special look for a special occasion,” said Gonzalez-Lara, a Stapleton resident since 2010. “Blow-out bars, which don’t offer cuts or coloring, are popular in New York and other cities. We’ll fit in well with the beauty-related businesses on the second floor of the Stanley.”
Since 2007, Gonzalez-Lara has headed Beauty on Location Studio, which takes beauty services out to homes and venues. “We have a team of 10 stylists who do almost 100 weddings a year,” Gonzalez-Lara said. “We love it; it’s wonderful to spend the happiest day of someone’s life with them. We get great comments from brides.
“But our relationship ends on their wedding day. L Style Bar will be a sister business where people can come to look their best for all occasions like parties, baby showers and photo shoots.”
Gonzalez-Lara said her space at the Stanley is about 800 square feet. “We’ll have a lounge, an airbrush tanning room, four to five stations for hair and makeup, and retail space. The look will be elegant and inviting, with chandeliers, nice music and comfortable seating.
“I love the character of the Stanley building and also the vision for building community. We’re here to help each other. I want to help the Aurora community too, like by mentoring high school girls.”
For more information, see Lstylebar.com, beautyonlocationbyliz.com or call 720.301.3784.
Specialty Foods Market
Mondo Market started as an online specialty food store in 2008. Owners Nicolas Farrell and Michael Davis opened their first public market at The Source food market in the River North District in 2013.
“Our space at the Stanley will be 2,000 square feet, double the size of our Source location,” said Farrell, a Park Hill resident since 2005. “And there will be space for people to sit down and eat in the common area.”
Mondo Market will offer foods from all over the world. “Our goal has always been to make the ingredients used by professional chefs available to the public,” Farrell said. “We offer Olio Verde olive oils and spices the professionals use. Our cheeses are hand-selected from all over planet, including Blu ’61 soft blue cheese, and Basajo sheep’s milk cheese from northern Italy. We’ll offer salumi [dried, cured meat] that you won’t find at King Soopers, like a dried, cured pork loin from Spain.
“Unlike the big-box stores, our offerings are hand-selected. But we’re not too expensive. We want people to try cool stuff without breaking the bank.”
Farrell and Davis were inspired to open a public food market after they visited markets in Vancouver, Mexico City and San Francisco. “The grocery experience is much different than at big-box stores. The energy of shoppers and merchants goes beyond just consuming—it’s more like a community where you make a day of it.”
For more information, see mondofood.com or call 720.722.0566.