Moms bring glam to Steveston

Diana Trueman and Kathryn Donabedian are the moms behind a sparkly one-year-old business on First Avenue.  - Matthew Hoekstra
Diana Trueman and Kathryn Donabedian are the moms behind a sparkly one-year-old business on First Avenue.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra

A small business on First Avenue in Steveston is just the right shade of pink.

But salmon isn’t on the menu here. It’s a place where popular offerings have names such as “Dancing Queen,” “Fashion Diva” and “Glitter Girl.”

Glow Tween Spa and Party Boutique lies in the heart of the fishing village, a place which hosts girls’ birthday parties—a specialty—along with offering spa services for young customers.

The glam business is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend.

“We’re really happy to be a part of this community in Steveston. We love it. Everybody is very supportive. We’re just trying to have fun and have a great place that the kids enjoy going to,” said co-owner Diana Trueman.

Trueman and business partner Kathryn Donabedian are both local moms with daughters who envisioned a place where kids could have fun, be pretty and feel good about themselves. Born was Glow, a place rooted in fun and positivity.

Parties start at $199 and offer typical fare, such as pizza and punch, but also give girls dream celebrations with manicures, dance parties, fashion shows and glitter—lots of glitter.

“They love getting their nails done and all that, but there’s all these sparkly pretty dresses. They walk out on the carpet, the lights are going, they do a fashion show. It’s amazing how some of them just light up. They love it,” said Trueman.

A typical two-hour party can accommodate up to nine girls (larger groups need more time for the spa). Depending on the party option, girls can create their own shimmer lotion, enjoy glitter hair treatment and experience spa services such as a facial or mini mani. Loot bags can also be arranged.

Party planners Trueman and Donabedian—who just might know the words to a few One Direction and Katy Perry songs by now—aim to take the weight of party-planning from busy parents. Said Trueman: “We try and make it as easy as possible here for the parents.”

Find Glow Tween Spa and Party Boutique at 12115 First Ave. and at

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