Heather Mikesell

Farm-to-Treatment-Table Trend Takes Hold of the Industry

What New Trend is Sweeping the Industry?
Although I'm often asked about spa trends, I've found it difficult, lately, to pinpoint any that are truly original. One, however, that has been gaining momentum recently is the farm-to-treatment-table trend. A variation on the farm-to-table concept found at restaurants, it fits well with the industry's efforts to be greener. The Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods,...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Waxing
Thanks to the growing popularity of Brazilian and Hollywood waxes, manscaping, and the desire for smooth hair-free skin, wax-specific spas are carving out a prominent niche within the industry. Waxing, once considered painful, is now being made fun by today’s on-trend waxing studios, which entice clients with inviting decor, cheekily named services, and creative marketing ideas that inspire the imagination and push the envelope. What many of these specialty wax shops have in common is a refreshing take on hair...

Sunset Salutations

Discover how a New York City hotel is tempting New Yorkers to strike a pose.
It’s no secret that New Yorkers love their rooftop bars, but those who want to opt for a healthier option can now check out Z NYC Hotel’s new rooftop yoga series. Taught by yoga instructor Dina Ivas, the Vinyasa-style classes ($25), suitable for all levels, take place the first Tuesday of the month from June through September at 7:30pm. Located...

Primed to Perfection

Opening during a rather fragile economic time, Stript Wax Bar , a spa devoted to waxing and other related services, debuted its first location on Union Street in San Francisco in 2009. The company has since grown to seven locations in California and will soon be adding an eighth in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. Featuring a modern boudoir setting, the spas are all outfitted with custom-designed tufted furniture, chandeliers, and damask wallpaper. Each, however, reflects the distinct character of its...

Swiss Spectacular

A lavish new spa in a hotel and residential complex in the Alps is spoiling spa-goers in the lap of luxury.
When it comes to posh Swiss villages, most people usually think of Gstaad or St. Moritz. That may soon change, however, thanks to the recent debut of The Chedi Andermatt (Switzerland). This five-star contemporary hotel and apartment development in the Urseren Valley is bringing renewed interest to the timeless village. Designed to blend seamlessly with the stunning Alpine scenery, the...

Garden Glory

Relaxation is in full bloom at this new Texas spa, which entices spa-goers with its enchanting garden setting.
Located in Texas Hill Country, the Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek (Kyle) overlooks 89 acres, which are teeming with wildlife. “We are surrounded on all sides by open space,” says innkeeper Amy Dolan. “The property is close to Austin, but it feels like we are truly in the middle of nowhere.” This ultimate Texas getaway recently underwent a renovation...

Hormonal Havoc

Menopausal Skin
For most people, there are certain life stages that prove more troublesome to the skin than others. The teenage years usually provide the first hint of the role hormones play as we age. Menopause is another. With so many spa-goers over the age of 50, it stands to reason that menopause is an issue that needs to be addressed. Many spas and skincare companies have already begun to tackle the topic with programs, workshops, and even specific product lines formulated...

The Lush Life

A new eco-friendly resort spa on Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula takes guests on a sensory journey that captures the heart and soul of the stunning locale.
Thanks to its pura vida (pure life) attitude and eco-friendly philosophy, Costa Rica has proven itself to be an ideal setting for today’s healthy retreats. Home to a number of noteworthy spas, it continues to cement its reputation as a popular wellness destination with the recent debut of Onda Spa at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica (Guanacaste). “The...

Software Solutions

Learn how spa software can help manage your spa’s inventory and more
Running a spa is rarely easy, but today’s spa software can certainly help make it less stressful. From streaming operations to offering innovative features that can help your spa stay organized, software is an invaluable piece of the operations puzzle. Inventory management, for example, is one area that can be greatly improved upon with the right software. According to Frank...

Radiating Beauty

A San Francisco day spa draws on its European roots to create a skincare legacy that continues to bloom.
Establishing a thriving skincare destination in downtown San Francisco in 1976, esthetician Galina Rovner later joined with her daughter, Angelina Umansky, to expand the business, renaming it Spa Radiance and moving its location to the Marina District in 1997. It wasn’t long before it was attracting an A-list crowd, drawn by the skincare expertise of Rovner and Umansky. Today, the spa, which recently underwent a makeover, has expanded to include nine treatment rooms and 28 employees. Jay Jeffers, founder of...

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