Small Business Saturday: St. Paul's Summit-University Neighborhood

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Our new studio, on a quiet street in the middle of the Summit-University neighborhood, is part of an amazing community of small businesses that I love and admire—businesses where I feel at home, and businesses that keep alive the spirit of the thriving Rondo neighborhood that used to stand here.

Next time you’re at Omari getting your brows done or your lashes lifted, take a detour after your appointment for a cup of tea, a bowl of pho, or the perfect holiday gift.

Ngnon Bistro- my go-to spot for amazing pho and Vietnamese food in nearby Frogtown. 

Heritage Tea House- On a cold day, there’s nothing better than a cup of one of Heritage’s 25 tea options. I admire Raeisha, the owner (another woman of color business owner!)

Golden Thyme Coffee Shop- This true mom and pop coffeeshop is like home to me. Michael and Ms. Stephanie have operated Golden Thyme for over ten years, and it’s a pillar of theRondo neighborhood. Ms. Stephanie—the light of the coffeeshop—knows everybody. I am also proud to see them grow their business. The will be going into new construction just across the street from their current location.

Rachel Farganis- Omari’s next door neighbor! Rachel is a fabulous photographer with a distinct eye for capturing the precious moments of newborns and families (she will be shooting my sons and I this Sunday.)

Great Harvest- No words can describe the deliciousness that comes from the Great Harvest ovens. Just go there. And when you get a sample be sure to use the butter. Thank me later.

Root Salon- If you’re looking for an esthetician, I recommend Vanessa 

Ten Thousand Villages- One of my favorite places for fair trade and unique finds

Highland Nursery- Not exactly in the area but worth the short trip for beautiful holiday arrangements

Omari Brow Studio—gotta give another plug for Omari. Treat your people to the gift of beautiful brows and a moment of self care with an Omari gift card!

Threading for Clients Using retinol, Retin A, or Accutane

Everyone wants to know – what’s the advantage of threading over waxing? First and foremost there is preference – some people choose threading because they find that it takes longer for unwanted hair to grow back. For others, threading is their choice for hair removal because they are using skin creams, taking medication, or antibiotics that cause their skin to become thin and sensitive – like retinol, Retin-A, Accutane, or other topical acne medications. In this case, I highly recommend threading because no chemicals or heat is used to remove the hair. The additives and heat in wax can irritate sensitive skin, and unlike threading, waxing removes the top-most layers of skin. Threading is more gentle on the skin, and even more sanitary that waxing. You won’t hear me say threading is better than waxing for everyone – however, if you're using medicated skin creams, Retin-A, or taking antibiotics threading is the safest bet.