Julie Keller Callaghan

Spa Product Demand Stays Strong, Evolves

A survey at the recent Live Love Spa event reveals purchasing behaviors.
In my opinion, an increased demand for spa products and a trend toward updating spa menus mean good things for the spa business and provide yet more evidence of recovery in our industry. So I was pleased to get the results of a survey conducted of decision makers from Las Vegas and Utah at at Live Love Spa’s recent event...

DFW Debuts Walking Path

Airport visitors can take a hike while waiting for flights.
I travel quite a bit. And while I always have the best of intentions when it comes to being healthy while en route to my destination, I tend to fall back into the unhealthy habit of grabbing fast food or candy and sitting at my gate playing Words With Friends on my phone prior to my flight. There just aren't...

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Are you highlighting it at your spa?
Ask anyone who suffers from rosacea, and they'll tell you it can be a frustrating and painful disease. To alert the public to the warning signs of this chronic and often progressive condition now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, the National Rosacea Society (NRS) has dubbed April Rosacea Awareness Month. According to the NRS, rosacea usually first...

Underground at Le Parker Meridien to Entice NYC

Cool new wellness concept is on the horizon.
I always love it when someone takes a unique approach to spa and wellness. So I was thrilled when I got the chance to check out the cool new space at Le Parker Meridien on 56 th Street in New York City. I love the idea—basically any fitness, beauty, and wellness goals can be achieved at this subterranean one-stop-shop. There,...

Tips for Pampering Discounts

Help your frugal clients save money at the spa with these handy tips.
Clearly, the past few years have seen the bad economy negatively impact the spa market. While things are looking up, clients have become accustomed to discounts and are looking to you for solutions. To help them out—and perhaps even fill some of the less-busy time slots at the spa—I thought I would pass along these tips from Andrea Woroch, a...

CryBaby Brings Smiles to Lash-Challenged Clients

An editor test drives a semi-permanent mascara.
Perhaps it’s a case of always wanting what you don’t have, but I am obsessed with eyelashes. Without makeup, my blond lashes are pretty much invisible, so you name the mascara, lash extensions, or fake lashes, and I’ve tried them. So when I was invited to sample CryBaby , a professionally applied semi-permanent mascara, I was thrilled. Yesterday, I headed...

Calling All Spa Managers

Take a brief survey about your jobs to help the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
I find the members of our industry to be a rather cooperative bunch, so I wanted to pass along a research study in hopes that you will help out. The study is being conducted at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne by Veronica Waldthausen and Professor Demian Hodari and is evaluating the role of the Spa Manager. In order to have...

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Perks Up Pets with Yappy Hour

A monthly gathering of pups and owners raises money for charity.
OK, so I am the first to admit this headline isn’t particularly spa-inspired. But animals make people happy, and happiness is an important aspect of wellness. And I’m a giant animal lover who believes in bringing pets to social events (see the photo of my own party animal, Winson, at a recent Halloween party). As such, I thought that the...

Shibui Spa Opens Its Doors to Non-Hotel Guests

Manhattanies can now enjoy Robert DeNiro’s chic hotel spa.
A few years ago, I was luckly enough to spend the night at Robert DeNiro’s uber-cool Greenwich Hotel to experience Shibui Spa . I wrote a story on this cool subterranean retreat for the June 2009 issue and have fond memories of a fabulous treatment performed by Thuyen D. Nguyen. Since the hotel is a pretty exclusive NYC hot spot,...

SÁMAS, Sisley Offer St. Patty’s Day Special

Bergdorf clients can sample treatments from the acclaimed Irish destination spa.
New York spa lovers can experience the luck of the Irish March 12-16 at the Sisley counter at Bergdorf Goodman. There, two therapists from SÁMAS, a leading destination spa located at Ireland’s acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare , will be on hand to offer a range of facial treatments using Sisley products. Clients can sign up for a 45-minute treatment and...

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