With a new school year comes a crop of high school dances to prepare and plan for – homecomings, winter formals and proms. The hunt for a perfect dress, flattering hairstyle and memorable outing prior to the big dance can make the most level-headed teen (and their parents) overwhelmed. Turn the madness into an easy and fun experience with the following local businesses. They are all great resources for economical and stylish pre-dance prep.
10495 University Ave. N.E.
Blaine, MN 55434
FLOWERAMA 195 is a great place to get reasonably priced corsages, boutonnieres, hair pieces and bouquets quickly and easily. If you need a custom-made headpiece to match your dress and corsage, no problem. The florists work with you to enhance your school dance ensemble while staying within your budget. Stop by the store in Blaine for on-site help from friendly staff or order online and get your flowers delivered throughout the metro area and beyond.
8362 Tamarack Village
Woodbury, MN 55125
Lexi Nails is a great place for a walk-in manicure or pedicure. It always has plenty of friendly staff on hand and open seats available. This makes for an ideal setting to bring your girlfriends to get your nails done together before the dance. The prices here are very affordable and Lexi offers student and group discounts, as well as coupons in many local flyers.
Albertville Premium Outlets
6415 Labeaux Ave. N.E.
Albertville, MN 55301
For a local one-stop shop for your dress, shoes, jewelry, purse and more, visit Albertville Premium Outlets. Not only are there tons of brand-names like Charlotte Russe and BCBG Max Azria to snag for less on a daily basis, you can also score more deals by checking out its website. Regular mall-wide events and sales are posted here, plus individual stores also list their latest promos. Signing up for the VIP Shopper Club online will also get you coupons and let you in on more insider deals. All of these discounts will result in a fab outfit for the big dance without breaking the bank.
Minnesota School of Cosmetology
1425 County Road 101 N.
Plymouth, MN 55447
Heading to the Minnesota School of Cosmetology is an inexpensive way to indulge in your pre-dance beauty rituals like facials, hair coloring or up-dos. The services are provided by students of the school with the supervision of instructors so prices are more discounted than at a regular salon. The good news is that many of the students are younger which means they are usually on-trend and familiar with the latest styles for high school formals. The Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s website frequently posts coupons, packages and discounts. Walk-in appointments are available for both the Plymouth and Woodbury locations.
2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Chino Latino makes for a fun, exotic and sophisticated pre-dance outing in the cities. This Uptown eatery serves street food from areas of the world like Polynesia, India, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean with a chic, upscale vibe. While it’s probably outside the average high schooler’s normal go-to restaurants, it makes for a fun special-occasion stop without being ridiculously overpriced. Chino Latino also has community seating for groups of up to 30 people, so call ahead if the entire gang wants to dine together.
Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.