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125 posts categorized "Beauty and nails news"

March 13, 2015

Long-time beauty salon to close its doors

Di7zMMxi9So the Answer Man reported today that a Rochester hair salon icon is closing its doors on Saturday, after 55 years of curling, cutting, dying and styling in the Med City.

Don Williams and Nick Bowlus founded the Fashion-aire Beauty Salon back in 1960. Now the shop at 1121 Seventh St. NW is closing.

The answer Man says that the salon receptionist confirmed that owner Tonya Westrom is closing the business.

A reader dropped me a note saying his wife, who had gone to Fashion-aire for many years, was just notified that her long-standing Monday appointment has been cancelled.

March 06, 2015

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post. Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my sixth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More  than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to businesPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11s in southeastern Minnesota.

It'syou, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years. 

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post.Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my siPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11xth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to business in southeastern Minnesota.

It's you, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years.  

September 08, 2013

New med spa to open soon in S.E. Roch.

Looks like Fat Willy's has a new neighbor - Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa.

IMG_20130907_180106_468I guess I haven't been paying close enough attention to that area for a while. It looks like Posh is very close to opening. In fact, Posh's website says they hope to open by Thursday, Sept. 12.

Stephanie Kriener, who's an ICU nurse, is the owner of this new venture.

Posh will offer a variety of facials, Botox treatments, waxing and tinting.

Now that center is completely full with the expanded Fat Willy's and the Hexum Cos. office sandwiched in between them.

September 03, 2013

Two new businesses in Valhalla Plaza

VahallasignsIt looks like Valhalla Plaza has a couple new businesses.

Guess I better check in with the guys at Braasch Commercial Real Estate to see what's shaking on Rochester's Elton Hills Drive.

Chickadee Music Studio sounds particularly intriguing.

March 26, 2013

New salon concept ready to launch in south Rochester

A new twist on hair salons is ready to roll into south Rochester.
Austin and Kari Lucas are setting up a Sola Salon Studios franchise in 5,200 square feet of space in Shoppes on Maine. Sola Salon is taking most of the strip of empty spots along the north side of the complex that houses MGM Liquors and the former Best Buy store.

1The concept is more like a mall than a traditional beauty salon. It will be a collection of 26 private studios that will be available for lease by licensed stylists and professionals in related fields. Three sizes of models will be available.

"We're not in the salon business," explained Austin Lucas. "We're in the business of putting people into business."

Each studio is its own independent operation with its own name, retail products, prices and hours.

"They keep all of the money. They can start their own salon without any of the usual headaches of starting a business," he said. "This is several steps further than stylists renting a chair, like you see in many salons."

If everything goes as planned, construction should begin soon. The hope is to have the studios ready for tenants by early to mid-summer.

Besides a space, Sola Salon provides the hydraulic chairs, sinks and whatever other basic equipment that is needed.

Access to the studios is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That allows the tenants to be open when they want to work.

Three Sola Salon Studios are open in the Twin Cities, and two others are under construction. This will be the first one outside of the metro area.

January 20, 2013

Spa spin-off is open after extreme makeover

Essence Med Spa, a spin-off of the original Essence Skin Clinic, is open for business in downtown Rochester at 23 Second St. S.W. in the former Odd Fellows building.

01-20-13essencemed1While construction crews are still putting the final finishing touches on the massive renovation project, owner Jennifer Sanneman opened the new Essence last week at corner of Second Street and First Avenue S.W.That's the spot by the legendary Eagle Drug Store, where Think Mutual Savings Bank used to have a branch.

Essence offers services such as permanent cosmetics, laser hair removal, chemical peels, liposuction, one-hour "face lifts," tattoo removal, Botox and other skin-related treatments.

Though it is only few blocks away from the first Essence, this location will allow Sanneman and her staff to better serve Mayo Clinic employees and patients as well as others who work downtown, she says.
 The plan is to focus on less invasive services, such as Botox, filler, facials and massages at the Med Spa. The more intensive and time-consuming procedures, like liposuction and skin re-surfacing, will be the emphasis at the original Broadway clinic.

During an earlier interview, she said, "It's just better to have two. We really love this space."

June 29, 2012

Rochester gains new weight loss center

A new option for people looking to lose weight will soon launch in Rochester.

Look for a Medifast Weight Loss Center to open its doors on July 16 at 2048 Superior Drive N.W., next to Home Federal Savings Bank, says Emily Gausman.

The Medifast program focuses on healthy eating and one-on-one counseling.

Owner Minnesota Weight Control Inc. already has six Medifast centers in the Twin Cities and one in Eau Claire, Wis.

So why oMedifastpen one in Rochester?

"It was just a natural progression from the Cities," says Gausman, of Cuneo Advertising, which represents Minnesota Weight Control.

Expect six to eight people to work in the 2,500-square-foot center, she says. Plenty of staff and room is needed to provide clients with one-on-one counseling.

This is the weight loss place that my esteemed colleague, The Answer Man, wrote about in May in response to a reader's question.

He was first to track this project, and he beat me to the punch with the first bad pun about it.

"Some dieters can hardly weight," he wrote.

I'd say that was on the same scale as a Kiger joke.

January 03, 2012

Maplewood Square nails down new tenant

A new business has nailed down a spot in the Maplewood Square shopping center in northwest Rochester.

Construction is under way to transform a 2,000-square-foot space there into a new nail salon.

0000950134-04-010237_C86519C8651900Its name is still a bit up in the air, but its owner, Linda Thai, hopes to call it Diamond Nails or something similar. She hopes to open her new shop by this spring.

This is not a new industry for Thai. She has worked at her husband's Rochester salon, Lucky Nails, for many years. That business is on South Broadway, where it re-located after being displaced by a fire in the Crossroads Plaza commercial center a few years ago.

"I've been in the business a long time," Thai says. "I really enjoy it. I'm expanding, because of the following I have from my loyal customers."

Look for her new shop to offer a full range of nail services.

Including herself, she expects to have about five people on staff when the salon opens.

Maplewood, which is owned by IRET and anchored by Hobby Lobby and Ashley Furniture, also has another new tenant building out space.

Signs recently went up for National American University, which hopes to offer classes there this spring. The South Dakota-based private university offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in health care and business. It has 34 campuses in the Midwest, with five in Minnesota.

If everything goes as planned, Rochester will be its first campus in Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities area.

December 09, 2011

Eclipsed tanning salon to rise and shine again

Here's one part of my tease about two businesses with changes "heating up" in Rochester.

Look for the whole column in today's print edition.


While it has been eclipsed for about eight months, a north Rochester location of a local tanning salon chain is on the rise.

381199_186940501393618_100002330077970_432167_569770127_nLook for Sun Place Tanning to re-open its salon at 4200 U.S. 52 North by the end of December. That will bring the Sun Place back to the full strength — three Rochester locations — it had before they all closed in March.

In April, Jennie and Geno Rebellato acquired the business and re-opened the salons in the Crossroads Shopping Center a187453_100002330077970_8114789_nnd on Wellner Drive Northeast next to Andy's Liquor.

And now it is time for the third one to heat up again.

"Customers have been asking about it. It's time to bring it back," says Jennie Rebellato.

She says the revived U.S. 52 North salon will have 17 tanning units, bringing Sun Place's total tanning units to 47.