A new spa has opened in Sumter that caters to children by pampering and making them feel like princesses.
CEO and founder of Dazzling Pearls Kids Spa Kyeisha Hopkins was a stay-at-home mother in Georgia and decided that she no longer wanted to drive to Charlotte to take her daughter to get her nails done at a kids' spa.
"I am relocating from Georgia," Hopkins said, "and I started thinking about doing a kids' spa about five years ago when I took my daughter to the one in Charlotte, and I always said, 'I'm going to open a kids' spa.'"
Hopkins decided to turn her dream into reality, first as a mobile spa in April.
She said that the mobile spa was keeping her busy, but she wanted to find a space to permanently host her spa.
"I used to drive back and forth on the weekends to do this spa in Sumter," Hopkins explained. "It wasn't a chore to drive because I saw the expression on the little girls' faces, and it made it completely worth it. I just wanted to give the girls in Sumter something to look forward to."
What started as a mobile spa for little girls has grown into a larger business because of the popularity Hopkins saw while hosting the mobile business.
Dazzling Pearls Kids Spa hosted a V.I.P. Princess Explosion Party for its grand opening on Saturday and, at the party, girls were given manicures, pedicures, personalized "bling" T-shirts, an opportunity to dance in the "party room" with multi-colored lights and music and paint while enjoying pizza, punch and sweets.
The spa, at 830 S. Pike W., has all the staples of a regular spa in miniature form.
There are pink chairs for the girls to sit in while soaking their feet and getting a pedicure, a nail station to get their nails painted and a nail-drying fan so the new polish does not smudge.
Hopkins said her precious clients are thrilled to be given an opportunity to be pampered, dolled up and treated like mini-adults.
"I just like getting my mani and pedi done," 5-year-old Kaliah Franklin said. "It makes me feel like a princess."
A basic manicure with pedicure at Dazzling Pearls Kids Spa comes with the color of choice and a $25 price tag. Alone, the manicure is $12, and the pedicure is $15.
For special days, the spa offers birthday packages and will close to the public for special V.I.P. princess attention at the event.
To book an appointment or party, visit Dazzling Pearls Kids Spa on Facebook or contact Hopkins at (803) 883-4388.
Walk-ins are welcome, and the hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 6:30 p.m.