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Friday
Feb222013

This is what 12-year-old kids do with their free time these days

Emily and Gala, owners of "Spa Piggies." I'm too lazy to figure out which one is Emily and which one is Gala, though.

When I was 12 years old, I spent the majority of my free time outside of school watching television. It was 1994, or as I like to call it, "The Golden Age of Television." My So Called Life, ER, FriendsParty of Five, and Sister, Sister all premiered that year. Seinfeld, Fraser, Roseanne, Home Improvement, Mad About You, Murphy Brown, Blossom, Ellen, The Nanny, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Full House were the top sitcoms. Beverly Hills, 9.0.2.1.0. and Melrose Place served up steamy 90s soap realness. It was the heyday of the "T.G.I.F." lineup (Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step, and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper), the "Disney Afternoon" (TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck), and "SNICK" (Clarissia Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Roundhouse, The Secret World of Alex Mack, and All That). There were future cult favorites, like The Critic, Beavis and Butt-head, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. And then there was the best Saturday morning cartoons of all time. Animaniacs, Tiny Toon AdventuresDougX-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, Rocko's Modern Life, Bobby's World, The Tick, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There seriously wasn't enough time in the week to take it all in!

And keep in mind, this was pre-internet. Unless you count Prodigy, which we never got to use for long because my mother was always picking up the phone. 

Anyway, that was my life when I was 12 years old. Kids these days are a little more motivated, apparently. Like 11-year-old Gaia and 12-year-old Emily - two Park Slope tweens who founded and run their own homemade beauty product company, Spa Piggies. That's right - these little girls are business owners, making their own line of all-natural lip balms, bath salts, foot scrubs, and lotions. And they're selling them at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, in stores like Green in BKLYN, and on their website. 

I didn't even have a lemonade stand when I was a kid. Jeez. 

Park Slope Stoop has a nice piece on the pint-sized tween-trepreneurs. Apparently, they started the business back in September 2011 when the two friends made gift baskets for some relatives. Since then, they've researched products, perfected methods, and expanded into a full assortment of aromatherapy spa products. They even sell anti-aging lotions. 'Cause you know, turning 13 is like, soooo old. 

And while right now they're only in a few stores and showcasing occasionally the weekends, the girls hope to expand "as we get older." I expect to see them on Shark Tank by next season. 

I, for one, have never been a big fan of spa products. I also generally don't purchase things made by kids (Well, at least, not intentionally. If that Kathie Lee sweat shop scandal taught us one thing, it's that you never really know who's sewing that button on your coat). But I've got to hand it to these two girls for getting together and starting their own goddamn business! And if peer pressure is in Park Slope like it is everywhere else, how long will it be until we see kids selling homemade jam, mini cupcakes, hand-knit winter accessories, and/or artisanal cheese being sold on Park Slope stoops everywhere? Summer? Fall?

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