August 10, 2017 09:17 PM
Lice. That word can strike fear into any parent's heart.
But two women from White Bear Lake have created a business that will take the stress out of the situation for you.
It's called The Lice Lounge, which opened in January. And it's absolutely beautiful inside, reminding you of an upscale salon or med-spa.
Jess Fleming is one of the co-founders. She told us, "We want to take the stigma out of this. Lice is not a dangerous thing. It doesn't spread disease. But we do want to take care of it."
Her own children and those of co-founder Kelly Merriman have all had lice.
"Going through this as a mom, what I needed is to not feel icky. I wanted somebody to tell me it's OK, and we'll help you and it's not nearly as big of a deal as you feel it is right now," she added.
Their technicians have been trained in the Shepherd's Method, which basically is a very careful combing and picking strategy.
"We don't use chemicals," she added.
Families can come and get their children checked for lice, or even treated for lice. The head lice check is $30, and the treatment is $80 an hour.
A treatment can take 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
They have plenty of things to keep kids distracted, like tablets and snacks.
Afterwards, the Lice Lounge offers two follow-up recheck appointments, free of charge.
And they have a give-back program. If a child gets a treatment, the Lice Lounge will donate 10% back to the child's school, to keep in a so-called "bank account." Then, if families in need get referred, the money from that account can be used.
"Anyone can open a bank account with us," Fleming said.
The Lice Lounge is located downtown in Duluth, at 113 N. 2nd Avenue W. Their number is: 218-382-5423
Here's the link to their website:
The original Lice Lounge opened in White Bear Lake in January of 2016.
Updated: August 10, 2017 09:17 PM
Created: August 10, 2017 03:44 PM
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