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Beauty school drop-ins get a deal

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: March 2, 2010 - 11:22 AM

Everyone in the Twin Cities lives close to a beauty school. We have one of the highest number of schools per capita in the nation. I suppose that means we also have among the highest number of beauty school dropouts. That's sad, but here's a pick me up.

Minnesota School of Beauty in Lakeville has the following March specials:

Back Facial   $15.00 (reg. $18)
* 35 - 45 minutes  
* Relaxation Massage 
* Mask   
* Skin toning  
Spa Manicure   $12.00 (reg. $15)
* Aroma Therapy  
* Mask   
* Massage  
* Polish   
* Pariffin Dip extra product charge ($5)
Basic Pedicure $11.00 (reg. $14)
* Polish   
* Massage  
* Pariffin Dip extra product charge ($5)

Check with a beauty school near you for monthly specials.

"Pay what you can" ticket offer on sale now at Children's Theatre

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: January 11, 2010 - 9:47 AM

The Children's Theatre will release the tickets at 10 a.m. today (Monday) and they'll sell out quickly. call 612-874-0400. patrons can purchase up to six tickets. All sales are final for the performances including Jan. 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 5, 12 and 19 at 7;30 p.m. Tickets are regularly $14 to $32.

Mr. McGee is a series of six whimsical stories created by patch Theatre Company in Australia.

Cheap haircuts, perms and color

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: October 13, 2009 - 9:41 AM

In today's Dollars & Sense I mention a few specials found in local beauty schools this month, including hair relaxers for $26 and straightners for $48. At Minnesota School of Beauty (20186 Heritage Dr., Lakeville, 952-469-4545), coupon specials this month include all over color for $27.50, haircuts with shampoo and blow dry for $8, and perms for $22. Print coupons from the site.

Kids consignment sales are hot, trendy

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 14, 2009 - 12:53 PM

It's better than a garage sale and Once Upon a Child say the buyers and sellers seeking out the consignment sales held twice a year by franchises such as From Yours to Mine, Just Between Friends, Munchkin Markets, Spoiled Little Rascals and Go Fish. Henriette Roe of From Yours to Mine describes the sales this way on her site Twin Cities Kids Sales:

"Kid's Consignment Sales is a very fast growing trend in the Twin Cities Area and it's not hard to see why. The organizer(s) of the sale event brings together sellers, often over 100, and shoppers to one big sale. The sales events are usually only for two or three days in the spring and fall with season appropriate items. Some sales also offer a holiday sale around December that specializes in toys and holiday clothes. 
 Consignors (sellers) prepare their own items and make their own prices. They keep a higher percentage of their sales compared to traditional consignment stores and they don't have to go through the hassle of advertising and working their own garage sale, or posting their items one by one on Craigslist or e-bay.
    Shoppers can find a wide variety of Kid's items all under one roof that are usually screened for quality. They don't have to drive around town to different garage sales where it's a hit-or-miss on what items they might find, and in what shape, as the sales have quality standards.
    The average sale has everything from strollers, highchairs, bouncy seats, swings, excersaucers, cribs and changing tables, any kind of toy you can think of, to diaper bags, bedding, infant and kids clothes, and maternity clothes. Where appropriate for the season you can also find snow pants, winter coats, snow boots, and Halloween Costumes."

Check out the calendar of sales on the site for the four sales happening this week. What's been your experience either buying or selling at one of these sales? Call me at 612-673-7633 or email me at


Pay 50 percent less at acupuncture student clinics

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 11, 2009 - 3:10 PM

The idea of students with sharp needles might freak out some patients, but others might be willing to give a student a break to save money. At the Edith Davis Teaching Clinic at the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, 952-885-5450,, patients pay $35 for 60 to 90 minute sessions. Licensed practioners charge $60 to $120, said Mark McKenzie, dean of the Minnesota College of Acupuncture. Some of the most common ailments that acupuncturists try to relieve are back, neck or joint pain, headaches, female fertility and stress reduction. Before students can poke the public, they spend about a year and a half in a supervised clinical program learning needling anatomy and practicing on each other, said McKenzie. The clinic is part of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.

The other acupuncture school in the Twin Cities is the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It has two student clinic locations in Uptown (2930 Emerson Av. S., Suite B, 612-823-6650) and Roseville (1925 W. County Rd. B2, 651-631-0204). Prices are $32 per hour but print a 50 percent off coupon at and scroll down to “Intern clinics half-price coupons.”



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