Julie Keller Callaghan

Atlantic City Spas Present SpaTacular

Las Vegas spa offers a creative charity promotion that also boosts sales.
While Atlantic City may be best known for its casinos, it’s also gaining an excellent reputation as the site of some pretty spectacular spas. This month, the blissful buzz will be even greater, thanks to SpaTacular, a promotion presented under the Total Atlantic City umbrella of Caesars, Harrah's Resort, Bally's and Showboat. From Friday, December 9 to Friday, December 23,...

Aquae Sulis Debuts 12 Days of Giving

Las Vegas spa offers a creative charity promotion that also boosts sales.
One of my favorite holiday songs is the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” So when I heard about a cool fundraiser by Aquae Sulis as the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa that combines, spa, charity, and my favorite tune, I thought it was an inspired idea. This year, the spa is hosting “12 Days of Giving,” a holiday fundraiser...

OPI’s Holland Collection Kicks Up the Creativity

American Spa’s editors are intrigued by OPI's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Here at American Spa , we get pretty excited when we encounter inspired creativity. So when we received a press release about OPI’s Holland Collection, which will be released in Spring/Summer 2012, we fell in love with the new polish names. I’ve known for years that OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann is a wonder when it comes...

Surf’s Up

Guests can catch a wave of relaxation at a high-end spa resort in southern California.
Though Orange County, CA, has gotten its fair share of questionable press in recent years due to the popularity of such reality shows as Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” aficionados of the charming region will attest to the fact that there is much more to it than crazy catfights and...

Trendspotting 2012: Grooming & Personal Care Trends

Get the scoop on the next year’s hottest grooming trends.
As a spa owner, I think it’s important to keep your finger on the pulse of industry trends. That’s why I’m excited to give you an inside look at next year’s top trends when it comes to grooming and personal care, courtesy of the global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide . “Given the graying of the global population,...

TREND ALERT: SpaFinder Releases State of Spa Travel Stats

Ge the scoop on the latest trends in spa travel.
Some of the most popular requests I receive as editor of American Spa are those for stats and surveys related to our industry. So, I'm happy to pass along my most recent finding— SpaFinder 's fifth-annual State of Spa Travel survey. Released this week, the report from a survey of travel agents shows that travel to hotel, resort, and destination...

Preserving the Planet Tips: Reduce Food Waste During the Holidays

Just in time for Turkey Day, get some advice for making the season less wasteful.
I find the spa industry to be a pretty conscious bunch. So, with Turkey Day coming up in just a few short days (woo-hoo!), I thought you would all appreciate this list of 10 simple steps from Worldwatch ’s Nourishing the Planet Project that we can all take to make the season less wasteful and more plentiful. According to the...

Tempt Clients with A Fun Flower Ritual

A visual test from Lotus Wei helps determine guests’ state of mind.
I’m a bit of a sucker for tests. Send me something that involves my selecting my favorite color, flower, scent, or style as a window into my soul, and I’m inevitably on board. So when I got an email from Lotus Wei Flower Essences asking me to select the flower to which I was most drawn from the above options,...

Honoring Evelyn Lauder

A beauty industry icon and breast cancer awareness philanthropist succumbs to cancer.
We’re just a few weeks past October and Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I’m sad to report that one of the movement’s most iconic leaders has passed away. Evelyn Lauder, the creator of the famed pink ribbon, has died. Please take a moment to read her obituary from the Associated Press , and join me in honoring her life and...

The Surrey Brings Serenity to Holiday Shopping

A decadent new package combines shopping, spa, cocktails, and cookies.
Though Black Friday is the official start of the holiday shopping season, it’s certainly already kicked off with gusto in New York City. The subways are crammed, the sidewalks are jam-packed with tourists wielding shopping bags, and sale signs are populating countless shop windows. I, frankly, find it completely exhausting and am not at all excited about starting my holiday...

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