Jennifer Barnes

Just Keep Running

Check out expert tips for marathon weekend in New York City
Heading into the office this morning I shared the train and the streets with a number of elite running teams in town for the TCS New York City Marathon. Running a marathon is an incredible accomplishment, and for me it’s a thrill just to stand along the sidewalks and cheer on the tens of thousands of speedy runners. This year...

Squash at Your Service

Check out this season’s pumpkin-infused treatments
Pumpkins are a sure sign of autumn outside the spa and I personally love carving a Jack (or Jill) O-lantern each October. Now, thanks to the many skincare benefits of pumpkins, they are a treatment room mainstay now too. Here are a few treatments that don’t require any tricks, just pure pumpkin, to make clients glow from head to toe...

Fill the Shelves

Discover more gift-worthy items for spa retail.
All year round you’ll hear us shouting the praises of a good retail strategy ( here and here , for example) and what an impact retail sales have on your spa’s bottom line. That’s never truer than around the holidays when spa-goers are already thinking about gifts for loved ones. If your spa's retail area is well-stocked and inviting, you’re...

Spooky Spa Specials

Discover how resort spas celebrate Halloween
The many pop-up costume warehouses on the streets of New York City make it impossible for me to forget Halloween is coming soon. Though I don’t go all out anymore, a jack-o-lantern and some treats hit the spot., it’s still fun to be festive. The trick-or-treating holiday may not be as top of mind for spa-goers, but it presents a...

Fall Nail Fashion

Learn how to recreate a popular pattern on nails
Argyle has come a long way from the moth-eaten sweaters I remember in vintage stores, and it is not just for the early-bird special crowd. Stylish lines at all price points are bound to have a few pieces marked by the popular pattern this season. It's not limited to clothing either, as nail artist Rita Remark shows in her design...

Beauty Business Milestones

Dive into the history of top professional skincare lines.
In the last year a number of top professional skincare companies have reached significant milestones. Jane Iredale-The Skincare Makeup celebrated 20 years as did John Masters Organics . Valmont looked back upon 30 years . Yon-Ka Paris feted 60 years . Deborah Lippmann honored 15 years in the nailcare business. XpresSpa and HydroPeptide both marked 10 years in the business...

Indulgent Apple Creations

Discover creative culinary and spa twists for National Apple Month
Earlier this month, I ventured to Amish Country in Pennsylvania for a friend’s wedding and to soak up the best of fall. After a drive through farmland and quaint towns, I stumbled upon a bustling apple orchard and pumpkin patch. There I got my fill of autumn activities plus a hefty bag of straight-from-the-tree apples and hand-selected pumpkins for carving...

Supplement Surge

Learn new tips on effective selling techniques.
In general I eat a balanced, nutritious diet like many of your spa-goers (healthy recipes ideas here and here ). It gives me consistent energy, and I enjoy the many natural flavors of produce. Even better, when I nosh on fresh fruit and vegetables regularly, I do notice a significant change in how my hair and skin look. Busy lifestyles...

Skin Cancer Statistics

Stay informed about the facts that affect clients and their skin.
October brings well-deserved awareness to the research efforts, organizations, and people working on a cure for breast cancer and helping those affected by it. Check out retail products that give back in Think Pink (in the current issue) to step up your spa's charitable contribution. For example, Gotham Skincare (New York City) offers a Pink Cranberry Facial ($99) and donates...

Cold Season Cure

Whip up an all-natural immunity booster for spa-goers.
Fall is in full swing, and with the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds and keep the immune system at its best. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate...

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