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story.lead_photo.caption Monique Jensen has opened a new business, Salt-Teas Spa & Boutique, in downtown Fulton. The business's soft opening was Saturday. The business expects to be fully open Thursday. Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

Salt-Teas Spa & Boutique, a new business located at 603 Nichols St., hosted a soft-opening Saturday.

Owner Monique Jensen has hurried to ensure the business is ready in time to participate in the upcoming chocolate crawl through the Brick District on Thursday.

The business's main attraction is an infrared sauna lined with pink Himalayan sea salt. During 15-30 minute sessions, the sauna reaches temperatures of 100-150 degrees. Inside, the sauna is lit in colorful hues.

The second side of the business is focused on tea. Before using the sauna, customers have the option of soaking their feet in tea. The business also has a station where people can make their own cup of tea.

"I've always been interested in teas," Jensen said. "Most people drink coffee. I got into tea because my grandparents were missionaries when I was kid."

While overseas, Jensen's grandparents became tea lovers.

"I was about 10 when my grandparents moved back, and we had tea time," she said. "To me, tea was a fallback instead of coffee, and it reminded me of hearing the stories of grandma and grandpa."

As an adult, she became interested in the health benefits of tea.

"When I lived in Kansas, I had an actual tea room and restaurant," Jensen said.

In August, Jensen moved to Fulton to work as the innkeeper at the Loganberry Inn.

"I love it, but there's also downtime," she said. "This kind of fills the gap — I get to do what I love."

Jensen said she's an entrepreneur at heart.

"I do this everywhere I go," she said. "Having a business is just my thing I guess."

The business will also sell the work of local artists, such as wooden walking sticks carved with scripture or natural skin care products.

"This is somewhere for like-minded individuals that kind of have the same feelings about stuff that I do — focusing on the natural and health related," she said.

Jensen is still working out exact businesses hours, but she plans to be fully open Sunday-Wednesday starting Thursday.

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