The Best Haunts in and Around Rochester, Minnesota

The color of the leaves have begun to change, the wind has begun to blow, and there is a certain crispness in the air that is prompting you to break out the boots and scarves, even if it might be a tad bit early.

Autumn is officially here, and with it comes nights with a chill that might be more from just the drop in temperature.

As the little spooks begin to emerge in their costumes, here are six local places with true haunts will follow you through the night.

The Kahler Hotel

The Kahler Hotel

A former Mayo clinic, visitors to this hotel have reported cool breezes in warm hallways, odd smells, and the sounds of women crying in corridors.

If you are looking for a frightening overnight stay, book early to experience this haunted hotel in person.

Quarry Hill

Beneath the Trap Door

A change from the normal hotels and homes, this public park is reportedly one of the most haunted in the area.

The site of the former State Hospital Cemetery, visitors to this park have reported hearing voices, seeing shadows and even having electronics flicker in and out.

The park closes at ten, so make sure to plan your adventuring early.

Mantorville Opera House

Mantorville Opera House

This building has been everything from a theatre to a speakeasy and even a skating rink. Through all of those transitions, they have picked up quite a few haunts along the way.

With reports of steps in empty hallways, formless shapes of a woman nicknamed “Ellen”, and lights that turn off and on all by themselves, this place has its fair share of haunts.

Mrs. B’s Bed and Breakfast

The River Song Room at this Minnesota staple has been witness to quite a view sightings over the years. Figures have been seen standing at the foot of the bed, objects and even furniture mysteriously rearranging themselves.

In several other rooms there have been reports of the sounds of a guitar, a child bouncing a ball, and even the ghostly sound of laughter and singing.

With multiple reports, and even audio and video released by the hotel, your chances of a good old fashioned haunt is high.

St. James Hotel

The 150 year old building is said to be haunted by a few spirits, including a hostile beast that has been known to slam doors in the middle of the night. With several different formed ghosts, including a woman in white and a man in overalls, this hotel is especially active in paranormal.

Because of the sheer amount of apparitions and reports, this hotel is popular, especially in the fall. Don’t miss out on your chance to be truly scared out of your wits.

West Hills

West Hills Orphanage

A state run orphanage for almost 75 years, this campus was home to over 12,000 children.

Today it is a museum where visitors have reported seeing the floor warp and move, been surrounded by the heavy aroma of cigar smoke and seen and heard the voice of multiple children.

They are open for tours daily, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to experience the fear for yourself.

Do you believe in ghosts and haunts? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

As we get closer to Halloween night, we hope you will all stay safe, and have a wonderful time trick, treating, and perhaps even haunting.

Where Can I Work As a Cosmetologist?

Whether you have known it since you were a child, sneaking makeup out of your parents’ bathroom, or it’s a recent discovery fueled by social media and a certain coming of age; you feel it in your bones.

Everything you do revolves around the beauty industry, and you constantly find yourself trying new trends and styles on your friends and family. You know beauty is your future, and you are ready to take the steps to make it your career!

If you are still searching for the perfect school to call home, call The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester today, and schedule your personal tour.

While you decide on your school, you are probably facing a bigger question: what careers are open to you once the schooling is done? Here are five great careers you can obtain as a cosmetologist.

Salon Specialist

The first job that comes to everyone’s mind is, of course, working in a salon. With many different types of salons available, in many different locations around the world, you are sure to find something that fits your creativity and maybe even your adventuring soul. If you loved the atmosphere of cosmetology school then we’re sure you’ll love being a salon specialist.

Platform Artist

woman giving a woman a makeover
If you love innovating and working with some of the biggest names, and the biggest brands, then becoming a platform artist may be the perfect fit for you.

Touring around the country on behalf of brands and stylists, platform artists visit schools and trade shows to educate and demonstrate new and unique techniques with some of the biggest product lines available. While obtaining one of these coveted positions can be a challenge, with hard work you could reach this goal and tour the world in the name of beauty.

Personal Stylist

girl smiling in closet
Your beauty obsession goes beyond hair. From nails to clothes, to makeup styles, you obsess over every detail, and you love creating the perfect look for people around you.

While a personal stylist can seem like a career that is just out of reach; with skill, hustle, and passion you could build yourself a book that extends from local business moguls to some of the biggest names in media.

Cosmetology Educator

salon worker

If you love teaching, and after spending a few years working in a salon, you’ll probably be looking to work more in the education field. With a little bit more education you could become an instructor yourself! You could be training the future generation of cosmetologists and infecting them with your passion.

Salon Owner

female salon owner smiling in salon
You love being in charge. You are eager to build your own brand, and you know exactly the type of salon you want to run. Owning your own salon is the dream of many cosmetologists and one that you can easily reach! Hard work, passion, and never giving up. Those are the skills that are needed to become a salon owner.

Multimedia Artist

makeup for photography

When many people think of their dream job in hair and makeup, they think of movies, television, and photography. These jobs are high energy, high creativity and, while they are highly sought after, there are many opportunities to pursue this career and stretch your imagination and creativity on a daily basis.

Begin Your Career!

With so many options and possibilities available in this field, you are sure to find yourself in a future worth dreaming about. Are you ready to begin your journey into a beautiful future in cosmetology? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester, we are ready to support you through this new adventure. Contact us today to schedule your tour, and to meet the staff who are committed to you, and your future.

How Much of a Massage Enthusiast Are You? Test Your Knowledge With Our Quiz!

Are you a self-proclaimed massage addict? Do you love not only giving, but receiving massages? Do you think you know everything there is to know about massage?

Don’t worry, you are not alone! Massage is easy to love, not only for its relaxing nature, but for its health benefits.

If you are a lover of massage, take our quiz to test your knowledge and find out how deep your passion runs through your veins.

massage therapy knowledge quiz

Are you interested in taking your passion to the next level? Discover the Massage Therapy program at The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester and see how you can change your future into a healthier, calming reality.

TSPA Rochester Open House

Open House

Co-Owners Daniel Link and Jessica Amos

As of August 1st, 2016, Daniel Link, President of Marc Daniel Salon, Maple Grove and Jessica Amos, Owner of Hair Studio 52, Rochester bought the Rochester School of Hair Design and then partnered with The Salon Professional Academy. Over the last year we have been working hard on updating curriculum to be a Redken endorsed academy, adding massage therapy program, and remodeling our building. We are excited to partner with TSPA because,

TSPA is a certified Redken Business Resource and are the only beauty schools in the country awarded the ‘Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education’ designation.” 

On September 11, 2017 we invited the community to join us at our Open House where we wanted to showcase the transformation in becoming The Salon Professional Academy of Rochester! We wanted to share with the licensed professional community our location that we will be having advanced classes available to become the education hub. We also want local salons to know what they can expect from our graduates as they move into the workforce.  In addition, we want future students to know more about our Cosmetology and Massage Therapy programs, and welcome them to meet current students and educators. We loved bringing guests from the community  to learn more about our school and that they are welcome to come in to receive a full menu of services for hair, makeup, nails, and massage at discounted prices.

Jill, Guest Services Coordinator, waiting to greet guests at our Open House!

As guests walked into TSPA Rochester (The Salon Professional Academy of Rochester) on Monday evening they were greeted with friendly faces and wonderful gifts. The fun didn’t  stop there, as they moved around our newly renovated space they had opportunities to speak with students, educators, staff, and owners. We over-heard many incoming guests exclaim  how much they loved the remodel and decor. Guests had the opportunity to learn about the cosmetology program and see some of the student work displayed. Students had prepared before and after pictures of their work as well as special occasion styles on mannequins. They also were able to enjoy complimentary chair massages by our current massage students. Open House attendees enjoyed appetizers, beverages, and were entered into drawings through out the evening. They even had the opportunity to stop at our Selfie Station to snap a pictures of themselves to post on social media with #tsparoch for the chance to win a night out! We rounded out the evening by enjoying a presentation by Redken on a smoky ombre color trend and had the chance to hear from co-owners Daniel Link and Jessica Amos about the transition of the school. The co-owners along with Sally from Salon Centric then had the chance to draw the winners from each category, which you can find below.

We were eager to introduce all of our staff and educators as we have added some new faces to our growing team! You can find updated headshots information about our team here. We are excited to currently have 3 Cosmetology Educators, 2 Massage Therapist Educators, along with the rest of our staff. If you did not get a chance to meet everyone on Monday evening, make sure to stop in and introduce yourself soon!

Head on over to our Media Gallery to see more fun images from our Open House!



At TSPA Rochester we think all of our guests, students, and staff as winners! But, we love to share some extra love with prizes to all of our guests and students that came to our Open House as a thank you for supporting and welcoming us into the community.

Student Winners

Sierra – Regular Size Redken Product

Mariah – $25 Target Gift Card

Lauren – $25 Target Gift Card

Tuyet – $25 Target Gift Card

Heather – $25 Target Gift Card


General Public Winners

Mary S. – $25 Gift Certificate for services at The Salon Professional Academy

Natasha C. – $50 Gift Certificate for services at The Salon Professional Academy

Chance S. – $100 Gift Certificate for Services at The Salon Professional Academy

Erin K. – A Redken Gift Bag valued at $75

Jen H. – Night Out Package from the Selfie Station: Dinner at Victoria’s and 2 passes to Unraveled Escape Room


Licensed Professional Winners

Sara H. – Pillar Program Class

Rita –  Sam Villa Flat Iron

Brenda H. – 1 Lake Geneva Ticket

Nickule B. – 1 Lake Geneva Ticket

Madison M. – A Redken Gift Bag at $75

Amy B. – Pillar Program Class


Don’t Be Left Out!

We do not want you to feel left out here at TSPA Rochester! Even if you missed our open house, we would love to open our doors for you.  Whether it is to get a service from one of our cosmetology or massage students or meeting with Taylor in admissions for becoming a student, TSPA Rochester is the place for you!