When Saint Paul native Angie Hanson was pregnant, she found it difficult to buy moderately priced maternity clothes that still looked stylish and new. Her quest for economical outfits took her to Richfield, where a fellow new mother, Crystal Pollard, was consigning clothing out of her own Bellies to Babies shop. Inspired, Angie worked with Crystal to bring the business concept to the Twin Cities—and Bellies to Babies Saint Paul was born. At the shop, moms and moms-to-be can find maternity, nursing, baby, and toddler clothing for any season, including swimsuits.
Wax Kitten has smoothed the skin of all kinds of clientele, including men, women, and stars of the WE show Bridezillas. Skilled technicians remove unwanted hair from the full body—from brows to back, nose to navel, and upper lip to derriere. To reduce pain along the bikini area, they use hard wax instead of strips and divulge aftercare instructions to reduce irritation. The business also hosts waxing parties, where five or more friends may lessen waxing inhibitions by sipping from a complimentary bottle of wine or nibbling on waxed fruit.