The Sugar Parlor is owned and operated by Minique "Mini" Rice, a Detroit Native and a graduate of Michigan State University (GO GREEN). After graduation, it was hard to find a position that captured Mini’s passion. She became a mother in 2014, and it became mentally straining being away from her family and working long hours at a telecommunication company. Mini had always been fascinated by the beauty industry. So, she tapped into her real passion and decided to attend beauty school. Little did she know, she'd fall in love with hair removal. She delve deep into this specialty and began exploring different methods. She came across the all-natural sugaring hair removal method. This method particularly caught her interest due to its reigning benefits over traditional wax. She did extensive research on the method, created her own homemade batches, and trained herself in different techniques.
Mini graduated beauty school and received licensure in Oct 2016. She began her esthetic career working at a boutique beauty bar in Eastpointe, MI. Along with other services, she offered sugaring hair removal and because sugaring was unfamiliar to most, she continued to offer wax to reel clients in. She quickly began to notice, not only was she convincing all of her clients to try sugaring, but it became preferred over wax among all of her clients. At that point, Mini focused her marketing heavily on the sugaring method. She became increasingly popular for this specialized service that was not widely offered in the Metro Detroit area.
After building her clientele and realizing her talents Mini wanted to completely step out on her own. She decided to move her business to her own private suite in the more central location of Royal Oak, MI. Here she operated as M. Elle Beauty. Her clientele grew tremendously and shortly after she decided it was time to take the ultimate risk and expand her business to become Metro Detroit's first sugaring hair removal studio.
In August of 2017 she completely re-branded to The Sugar Parlor. She worked diligently and saved funds to invest in a larger location. In December 2017, she signed a lease to a 1500sqft space in Berkley that needed a major facelift. Due to being a new business and not having much experience Mini was not able to secure a business loan and grants were hard to come by. Faced with no other option, Mini was able to create a cost efficient renovation plan and she along with her husband Darryl, worked diligently and completed the entire renovation themselves. Finally, April 2018 The Sugar Parlor opened its doors and the goal of becoming Metro Detroit’s first sugaring hair removal studio was finally a reality.
Meet Our Team
MINIQUE “MINI” RICE
OWNER OF THE SUGAR PARLOR
MANAGER OF THE SUGAR PARLOR / SUGARING EXPERT