It’s something Debi Lamparelli never thought in a million years she would own, but when you walk inside it feels like a place that was destined to be hers all along.
It’s Little Diva’s Day Spa, a special place for children between the ages of 2 through 13.
When you enter Little Diva’s Day Spa, a smiling, blonde woman in a black suit greets you, a big green feather tucking her hair behind her ear as she and her 3-year-old daughter Adeline welcome you.
The walls are painted pretty in pink, with hanging glass butterflies and a rack of white gowns and tiaras for the children to dress up in.
Adeline was sitting on a great big black sofa where her mother explained that is where young girls sit while they get their pedicures and facials.
“I rest their heads on these great big pillows and then put lemons in the water for their feet to rest in,” said Lamparelli. “The girls love trying to balance the lemons on their feet.”
What prompted Lamparelli to open this unique business in Hamburg?
“I got this whole idea from my niece,” said Lamparelli. “She wanted a spa party and I was going out of town so I gave her the key to my old hair salon and she and her friends threw the party there. This whole idea stemmed from that.”
Lamparelli has no regrets opening the facility, which is located at 515 Sunset Drive in the Village of Hamburg inside of the Holiday Village Plaza at the corner of Sunset Drive and Camp Road.
It’s the best job I could ask for,” said Lamparelli. “I was originally only doing it part-time while trying to maintain my full time job at the hair salon but then I realized that I can’t constantly be turning customers away throughout the week. How am I supposed to get business doing that?”
Lamparelli’s mother serves as an employee, allowing the mother-daughter combination to bond while they work.
“It’s something fun for me and my mom to do together,” said Lamparelli. “My niece is 10 years old and wants to be a nail designer so she comes in a lot to help me and show me some ideas she’s come up with.”
The Sun’s recent visit to Little Diva’s Day Spa found Adeline wearing one of her cousin’s designs: watermelon toenails.
“I just had a party where all the little girls got dressed up in the gowns and wanted to go outside,” she said. “The mother was a little reluctant of the gowns getting dirty but I told them to go ahead. They looked like a bunch of runaway brides. It was the cutest thing.”
Lamparelli loves to be around young people, making her job very enjoyable.
“I love children and would love to celebrate a special time in their lives,” she said. “I love dressing girls up and making them feel like divas.”
One of the spa customers thought so much of what is offered at the spa that she submitted information about the business to WGRZ-TV Channel 2’s “Mommy and Me” website.
In addition to the beauty treatments, cookies and sparkling grape juice served in wine glasses are presented to each customer as refreshments.
Lamparelli said it is through the support of many that she was able to open the business and continue to offer the unique services to children.
“I would like to thank all my family and friends who have supported me through this whole process of running my own business, the ones who believed in me and encouraged me the whole way,” said Lamparelli. “I don’t know how I would have done it with out them.”
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