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Necessities Salon & Spa - It's All About Self Care

Updated: Oct 11






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Purchased by Desiree Pederson in 2010, Necessities Salon at 8 13th Street is a must-try experience. She spent 8 years on Selmser Avenue after buying the business from Bonnie Peterson before purchasing a commercial building at 8 13th Street. Before coming to Cloquet, Desiree worked in Duluth, the Twin Cities, and learned hands-on education techniques related to skincare, hair, and more. She saw an ad for a sale of a salon in Cloquet on Craigs List miscategorized under the appliances section and had an interest in moving back north (being a native of Cook, MN). She pursued the ad, purchased Necessities from Bonnie Peterson in 2010, and has worked in the industry for 22 years.

With the new commercial building on 13th Street, she has 1,200 square feet of space (instead of the former 600 square feet), allowing for separate areas and energy moods to respect the needs of her clients. She provides spa and massage services (29% of clients: massage and bodywork, hands and feet, pure soy waxing), hair care (49% of clients: design cuts, color services, enhancements), and skin care (22% of clients: facials and skin esthetics, enhancements, beauty finishing). She limits herself to no more than three massages daily.


Desiree is known for providing individualized care that is one on one customized in the space of confidentiality. She prides herself on providing a sanctuary where people feel comfortable during their appointment, and the door remains locked for one person at a time. Her motivation daily is to make a difference and leave this place better than she found it in the morning, it’s all art, and she is an artist and musician at heart. Her daily music list is based on the energy of the day. As a small business owner, she loves her ability to set a schedule that allows her a three-day weekend.

The pandemic shutdown was brutal, and now is the time to feel energy again and bring that back into her practice. She’s taking new clients; however, with limited daily massage appointments, you may have to wait!



Necessities Salon and Day Spa

8 13th St

Cloquet, MN 55720


Phone: 218-879-5959


Business Hours: By Appointment Only


Terms of Payment: Visa, Master Card, Discover


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