Alison Youngs considers Red Wing home. She worked in Rochester for a few years but decided that she wanted to work close to her home, so Youngs opened S.W.A.T. That's Salon with a Twist.

"I wanted to offer something to Red Wing that Red Wing didn't already have," Youngs explained.

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The "twist" in the salon's name represents a couple of things that make S.W.A.T. special. One is that S.W.A.T. has 11 employees so most customers can find someone that they really like and work well with.

"We just have a really cool environment," Youngs said. "Where everybody can feel like themselves."

That may be one reason Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce members voted S.W.A.T. the 2018 beauty, health and wellness business of the year.

S.W.A.T. is also unique because of the wide variety of services that it offers, including hair, nails, tanning, skin care (facials, chemical peels, light therapy, etc.), waxing, massages and Botox injections. Youngs likes that her business has a full menu and a variety of specialized treatments that cover numerous cosmetic and health needs.

When Youngs learned that was one of the finalists for the local honor, she assumed that S.W.A.T. would not win because they were running against some big names, including Mayo Clinic Health System.

"I was like, 'Oh, OK, it's definitely going to Mayo," Youngs said.

Youngs said she really appreciates how salon staff members are proud to work there.

"We just love what we do and everybody that comes in can tell."

S.W.A.T. is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 651-327-2100 or visit