The Ultimate Beauty Spa found a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and the 10-year anniversary of the Ultimate Beauty Spa now located in Squirrel Hill. On May 8 at the elegant and historic Omni William Penn Hotel, ladies were invited to don their favorite chapeaux for a spot of tea.

POSING FOR THE CAMERA—Carol Lacy, Sabrina Clark and C. Denise Johnson.

Leslie Askerneese (owner and manager of the Ultimate Beauty Spa) and Donna Baxter (Web mistress and owner of were the perfect hostesses to a relaxing and fun afternoon. Guests sipped on English Breakfast, Xiao’s Blend, Hibiscus Blend, Earl Grey with Bergamot and Black Currant tea while they enjoyed chicken waldorf, smoked salmon and roasted vegetable sandwiches.


Howie Alexander and Bob Johnson provided the music for socializing and models strutted in fashions from Fedora Pittsburgh, New Attitude Dress Salon, T. J. Maxx and Marshalls. Other vendors included Lia Sophia jewelry and AP Photography. The centerpiece of the afternoon was “Retr­ospect,” a play ­written and directed by Kym El. “Retrospect” was witty and fun and surely made one think. Cheryl El Walker, Kym El and Jacqueline Flowers played sisters who discussed how to honor their mother on Mother’s Day.

C. Denise Johnson penned and recited a tribute to the late Dorothy Height entitled “Hats On.” Height, “the matriarch under the wide, portrait brim; she was the lady in the milliners masterpiece of horsehair, ribbons and peacock feathers.”

Even though the ladies were in their fabulous finery, there was time for a Roland Ford line dance demonstration and a little health talk from Lora Ann Bray from the Center for Minority Health.

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