Two new businesses aim to boost confidence
This week's Business Matters report shines the spotlight on two new businesses open in the northwest metro.

SheK Lash and Glow Studio in Osseo

It's fitting when we entered Osseo's latest business, SheK Lash and Glow Studio, we found Sheila Johnson working on Kristen Honts' eyelash extensions because that's how the two women first met.

"Sheila was lashing at a studio and had a really great career going for her. I was in the corporate world, and I just had that dissatisfaction of not doing what I was passionate about everyday," said Kristen Honts, co-owner of SheK.
The two women combined their talents, and SheK Lash and Glow Studio was born in downtown Osseo.

"I think for most women, it's the feeling of waking up and feeling great and not having to take the extra 15 minutes to put on mascara," said Sheila Johnson, co-owner of SheK.

Just in time for prom and wedding season, this new business offers custom airbrush spray tans, with a solution that's plant derived, and the business offers eyelash extensions, using synthetic and cruelty-free mink lashes.

Each lash is attached to the natural eyelash with a tiny dot of glue to create the extension, and then the synthetic or mink eyelash sheds in time with the natural eyelash. Most full set extensions last between two to three weeks.

The lash extensions range in price from $50 to $190 for a full blended set of mega volume lashes. Fills are available as well.

"I have on the clusters, which are just the temporary, 3 to 5 days, and these are a little more natural looking," said  Johnson.

Kristen likes the glam look, and she has ever since day one.

"I thought it was going to be a treat yourself kind of movement, and it was going to be a one-time thing for me, but once I had them on, I was like, 'nope, I'm coming back,' and three years later, I still have them," said Honts.

Clothing line Zuma Blu works to prevent bullying

A new line of women's activewear is how Lea Leopold is choosing to fight bullying.

"I had a hard time in high school, was bullied for about two years, pretty relentlessly, and I know what it feels like, and I know that it doesn't leave you," said Leopold.

The Plymouth mom and her husband Brian recently had a launch party for their Zuma Blu clothing. It's a line of women's activewear sold online and named in honor of the Leopold's favorite southern California beach, where
year-round outdoor activity inspires versatile clothing.

"It's very approachable, nothing is too wild or scary, but it's things that are going to make you feel very comfortable and confident," said Leopold.

Ten percent of all annual Zuma Blu profits will benefit bullying prevention charities.

Alexandra Renslo reporting
Twitter: @alexrenslo

April 3, 2017


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