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Hudson welcomes Klass cosmetics, a line with a River Falls start

Dr. Tim Knotek, Crystal Knotek and Nick Raehsler show off some of the products featured at the new business Klass in Hudson. Located on Second Street, the three recently opened shop. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia

River Falls cosmetic company Klass has found a new home in Hudson at 155 Second St.

The makeup and skincare company started back in 2014, when Nick Raehsler teamed up with his employers Crystal and Tim Knotek of River Reflections Med Spa and Salon.

"We just knew that this is what God wanted us to do," Crystal said.

The company's line, from primer to lip gloss, focuses on natural ingredients, many of which are made in the U.S. All cosmetics are also cruelty-free.

Product are given names with personal meanings—from their faith and family.

"It's fun for them to relate to a product name," Tim said.

The Hudson location adds a new aspect to the company that sells in stores across the country and in Canada. Hudson, with its potential for businesses and supportive people, was a great location for them, Crystal said.

"Hudson we know is a great community and it's growing," Crystal said.

The store is located in one of the two newly-constructed buildings on Hudson's Second Street, with the shop's large windows looking out towards the St. Croix River.

"It's just a great venue where I think people can come and have a night out," Tim said.

The three owners want that to be a real possibility, and are in a unique opportunity to provide a one-stop shop. In addition to the Klass shop, their area also has a handful of suites for rent by other businesses. A couple are already filled with a hairstylist in one and clothing store and photographer in another. Others are still open for other potential business owners.

"Our goal is to help their dreams come true by letting them have their business here," Crystal said.

Giving back was one of the main focuses for the three when the company started, and continues to be with the new shop. For every purchase, they give back to an organization that supports women, including Turningpoint in River Falls. At Turningpoint, women at the shelter are welcomed with a gift of lip gloss. Though a small gift, Raehsler said it has meaning.

"It means that someone else cared," he said.

Klass will host a grand opening 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. At the opening the company will also launch its partnership with Love Your Melon, which uses sales of its hats and other apparel to benefit children with cancer. The two companies will be selling hats with both the Klass and Love Your Melon logo.

They hope it will be the first of many gatherings and are planning on opening the store for spa parties, bridal parties, ladies nights and more.


Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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