About The Team
Sara May Baumgartner - Owner and Esthetician
Sara had been waiting for the perfect moment to bring her vision to life.
And here she is, with hers truly: The Darling Den.
A place to have personalized skin and body services in a nurturing setting. This project was originally going to take place in her home away from home, Venice, CA. But her love for family, and a growing family of her own, cleared the path to find her way back to her real hometown here in St. Paul.
Sara gained an immense amount of knowledge on her 20-year journey in skincare and now she gets to blend all her favorite things into her very own shop. Sara is grateful for the experience and guidance she gained along the way, working for some of the best of the best in the business, including Damone Roberts in Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. She has appeared on numerous talk shows and publications including E!, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, and many more.
But all that aside, one of the things she values the most is creating a space that feels inclusive, private, and safe. She understands that insecurities can arise with certain services and it is her mission to make you feel at ease, in a setting that will always be comfortable.
And so it begins... The Darling Den... a place of acceptance, peace, and glowy, dewy, healthy skin.
Markus - Massage Therapist
Markus’ massage journey started in 1999 when he became an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and used his skills to treat horses of all kinds on their paths to recovery and performance enhancement . A few years later, he decided to get his massage therapist license and start using his skills to help people! Since Markus has always loved learning new skills, he decided to attend nail school and received his manicurist license in 2009. Markus has worked at some of the top spas in the Twin Cities metro area building up a loyal clientele and recently opened up his own salon, Marvel & Markus in St. Paul.
In 2012, Markus was recruited by ORLY International of Los Angeles, CA, one of the top 5 nail manufacturers in the world, to be an educator for nails. In 2013 he also joined SpaRitual, a sister company of ORLY, as an international educator for nails and massage/body training.
During his time with ORLY and SpaRitual, Markus has become a sought after educator traveling the world teaching the latest body and nail techniques, and helping individuals perfect their skills and find their passion for the beauty industry. Some of the spas Markus has had the privilege educating include the prestigious Kohler Spas located in Wisconsin and Illinois, Sandals and Beaches resorts located throughout the Caribbean and the Wynn and Encore hotels located in Las Vegas. Some of his international teachings have been given in Dubai, Kuwait, Barcelona, Prague, Sydney, and Auckland, New Zealand.
Markus is beyond excited to bring his passion for the spa industry and massage experience to The Darling Den! His massages are intuitive, comforting and effective. Markus uses a variety of massage modalities to customize each massage for the guest. Book now and let Markus help you on your self care journey!
Danielle - Advanced Esthetician and Reiki Practitioner
After completing the Esthiology Program at the Aveda Institute in 2018, Danielle started her skin care journey at a small organic spa in Minneapolis. Since then, Danielle has built her skills in providing clients with positive energy to relax and meet their skin care needs. Danielle values creating a safe, relaxing, and inclusive space for everyone to feel beautiful.
I help people accomplish their health goals, including living with less pain and more functionality.
I listen carefully to diagnose and effectively treat whatever is preventing you from being the best version of yourself. If I can’t help, I will work to connect with you other providers who can. The world needs you to move toward your highest good. Your wellness matters.
You can count on me for:
- Expert diagnosis and treatment planning
- Chinese herbal formula modification
- Gentle, effective acupuncture and bodywork
- Somatic Experiencing to restore nervous system resiliency
- Intensive nutrition/ lifestyle counseling and microbiome rehabilitation.