Teens' Wish List: Cell Phone, Web Page ... Spa Treatments?

Posted April 25, 2008

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— These days, many teens have their own cell phones and Web pages. Now, they have their own spa.

"Teens Too" at Brier Creek offers a full menu of treatments for younger clientele.

Allison Werk, 15, said she and her friends like to unwind at the spa after a stressful day of “school and grades and deadlines."

Mackenzie Wall, 16, said she likes getting facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. Juliana, 15, said she enjoys pedicures as well. Plus, her mom doesn’t mind.

“Myself, I like to get pedicures, so I thought it was a great idea,” said Juliana’s mom, Maria Norment.

Directors at "Teens Too" say a bulk of their business comes from the youngest clients – mostly in the form of birthday parties for 4- and 5-year-olds.

Ray Gilmore said one of the reasons she treats her 4-year-old daughter, Mariah, to spa days is so she can keep makeup and nail polish off her carpet at home.

“I could be creating a monster, but I’m just preparing her for the world. I don’t think it’s outrageous,” Gilmore said.

Spa directors say the nail polish is safe for little ones’ fingers, because it’s made with a vegan formula that’s free of potentially harmful chemicals.

“There’s no animal by-products (in it). There’s no contaminants or chemicals in it. But we don’t cut (girl’s) cuticles or push them back,” said Director Laura Watkins.

Makeup applications are subtle, too, Watkins said. She said she wants "Teens Too" to be a place where girls can relax, be rewarded and just be girls.

Beginning Monday, Reporter Kim Deans starts a week-long series finding the best "Cheap Eats" in the area. She set out to find great meals at a great price. Everything – including meal, drink and tax – is under $10.


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  • jessb12 Apr 28, 2008

    i agree with bignick350.
    None of you know these girls and have NO RIGHT to judge them. Did you ever stop and think that just maybe these girls pay for their spa treatments with their own money? And the article just didn't mention it? It's very unfair to jump to conclusions. When you scold Allison Werk for expressing how stressed she is at school, who are you to judge whether she is or not? People stress at different levels. Yes, even though she doesn't "pay bills" or "cook dinner at night" doesn't mean she is not stressed out.
    Everyone is intitled to their own opinions, I just find it unfair when some of you judge these girls over what is written in a 5 paragraph article...

  • bignick350 Apr 28, 2008

    Its funny how everyone just loves to judge people from one little news segment. I happen to be good friends with Allison Werk and this is only the 2nd or 3rd time she has ever been to a spa. Of course WRAL likes to make it seem like she goes there every afternoon after school. This whole news piece was just a chance for she and her friends to get on TV and and receive a free massage as WRAL asked them questions. She is not the "material girl/trophy wife/spoiled brat" that you all are convinced she is.
    I hope others of you would remember that school can be a very stressful environment as well. Yes high schoolers are not paying taxes or trying to run a business but think about the stresses you had in high school and now double that and you pretty much get an idea of the stress high school can be today.

    But again, Im glad all of you are "experts" on these girls.

    And Allison and her friends would also like to pass on that they appreciate all the comments. ;)

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Apr 25, 2008

    Now I remember the "living in a van by the river" statement. It was a Saturday Night Live skit.

    Just too funny.

    The rich kids have fads. (ie. Starbucks, spas, soccer, etc). They will never know the true meaning of hard work.

  • mojokitty Apr 25, 2008

    HERES THE DIFFERENCE .. if you are teaching your child that things like this are to be EXPECTED that's a lot differnt than teaching them that it is an experience to be APPRECIATED..and, hey, it's OKAY to occasionaly show a litte appreciation of yourself. I would rather have my daughter knowing that she CAN take time out for herself then to think that she cant. That's not selfish, that's self care.. if taking my daughter to the spa makes her a "spoiled brat" does taking your daughter to McDonalds make her a hamburger? hmmmm???

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Apr 25, 2008

    A little spoiled, arn't we???

    These teens need to finish school and get a job to pay for their own cell phone, web pages, and spa treatment. Once they get a $500 cell phone bill every month, may be they'll get a clue... I doubt it.

  • Spirit Warrior BallReceptable Apr 25, 2008

    This is a class issue, definitely. It goes without saying that right now, the kids and parents doing this have the means and disposable income to do so.

    This is a snobby consumer trait of the affluent; People are opening businesses that cater to children, and customers are flocking to it.

    These are rich people with no class that turn this into a fad, which subsequently becomes a status symbol to be pursued by people with lesser means, which inevitably makes everyone look bad in the long run.

    For those people for whom disposable income is a scarce resource, this is abominable and wasteful (i.e spoiled brats).

    For people with more means and substance of character, it's just plain tacky, isn't it?

    Gotta love capitalism.

  • mmania Apr 25, 2008


    Yes, I'll be the first one to call you a spoiled brat. I rode a bus to school and had to buy my own car and didn't have that luxury until I was in my 20's. Kids today get everything HANDED to them and they don't know what it's like to have to work for anything, if they did they would appreciate it more.

  • mwood28 Apr 25, 2008

    What a closed minded soceity we live in today Raleigh. How sad one would think that a 5-year old who likes to get her toes painted for $15 will be the next knocked up teen or a future trophy wife. As a mom who enjoys taking her "pampered pincess" with her as you say (because I'm actually a mom who spends time with her daughter vs. the one who lets them eat chips in front of the tv all afternoon) what right do you have to judge what I spend my money on and how can you forcast how my daughter will turn out because she likes to play dress up and have lip gloss applied or have toenails to match mommies. Society has changed since we were young girls and while I certainly didn't get to have my 6th birthday party at the spa, why shouldn't my daughter play princess for the day. Our parents always said they had to walk 5-miles in the snow up-hill to school, well I drove to school, society changed btwn those generations, gonna call me a spoiled brat too??

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Apr 25, 2008


    Sorry, but I don't think high school girls are children. As for the 3 and 4 yr olds that go with their mothers, they are too young for make-up and why in the world would they need a massage? The mothers could stay at home and they could pretend to have a spa day at home and do each others nails. The money they saved could go into her college fund

  • mmania Apr 25, 2008

    designrrr (and I quote)

    "You are judging children and that is sad"

    It's not so much the children, it's the parents. You need to GROW UP. These are not positive outlet as you call it, it's an indulgence (sic) and quite vain. This shouldn't be an EXPECTED routine in any childs life. As one poster put it, it should be a treat like for birthday or Christmas. This only lets these children think it should be expected and that leads to selfishness.