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

Posted April 25, 2008 8:05 a.m. EDT

— 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.