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2010 Black Friday Weekend Sales Encouraging

The traditional four-day sales kickoff for the holiday season had many positive signs, and the big winner was the online category.
The results are in for the holiday kick-off weekend, and they’re encouraging. It is estimated that 212 million shoppers visited a store or website over the four-day Black Friday weekend, an increase of 8.7% from last year, according to National Retail Federation reports. Average spend was also up about 6%, and the combination of higher spend and more traffic yielded...

Showtime has ended...

Reports on makeup trends and spring and holiday products from IECSC Ft. Lauderdale.
Attended IECSC in Ft. Lauderdale or missed it? It was a great show. I’m not just saying it, I mean it! I am a little late in reporting as I came back with a respiratory infection and laryngitis, which lasted weeks. But better late than never! The IECSC show, now in it’s second year it has truly arrived and had...

ISPA 2010 Conclusion

Last two days of ISPA Conference are too busy! Trying to visit all of the vendors and see all of the breakouts is not humanly possible, but I did my best.
By the third day of the ISPA Conference, things feel like they are moving so fast! This is the last day for the Expo; breakfast was served in the hall at 8am to facilitate early browsers, and there are no morning breakouts to create conflicts. Those who got onto the floor early were able to get a lot done by...

Ingestible Beauty a hot topic with Spas!

The current climate of innovation and social media is leading consumers to consider new beauty routines, including ingestible products.
With my recent attendance at both Spa Exec’s Fort Lauderdale Show and this week’s ISPA 2010, I have come to learn that ingestible beauty is a hot topic and I believe it will soon become a critical component to the spa philosophy. Why is this? Well, based on my interaction at these shows, I observed the following; 1) The New...

ISPA2010 Day 2 Inspires & Motivates

The second whirlwind day of conference educates and inspires the 2000 attendees.
Second full day of conference began with early morning Professional Development Sessions. Well, truth be told, it actually begins even earlier in the morning in the Precor Experience Center, or at the Greet the Day session, but due to the all of the parties and dinners the previous night, 6:30am does not have a lot of takers. Excellent morning sessions...

ISPA 2010 Conference, 20th anniversary edition.

First day of 2010 ISPA Conference opens at the Gaylord in National Harbor, MD, with an upbeat vibe.
Spa industry executives and vendors from around the globe are gathered in Washington D.C. for the 20th annual ISPA conference. The conference is an annual "must-attend" for many due to the high quality educational breakouts, motivational keynotes, and networking opportunities. Monday offered 10 Professional Development Sessions on a variety of topics. Barry Moltz gave an impassioned presentation entitled "Customer Service...

A Unique Korean Spa Experience - In Texas?

You never know what surprises you can find in some unexpected places! Dori takes us along on a Korean spa journey, stateside.
While visiting Myong Chong, the President and CEO of Hanna Isul Skin Care and Medi Spa in Fort Worth, Texas, she invited me and another friend to experience a Korean spa in Dallas. Have you experienced a Korean Spa? Even though I was in Korea last year, I did not have an authentic Korean experience. Go figure… a Korean spa...

Great social media insights at SpaExec Ft. Lauderdale

The last SpaExec event of the year featured presentations by Jamie Ginsberg, social media strategist, and a panel discussion of what lies ahead for 2011.
On the eve of the IECSC show in Ft. Lauderdale, SpaExec welcomed attendees to the Hilton Marina for another exciting networking and vendor showcase event. Over 60 local and regional Spa Directors, owners and staff members enjoyed meeting with the 21 vendors displaying their latest wares. The educational portion of the evening consisted of a keynote presentation by social media...

Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010 Gala & Winners

The best spas of the Asia-Pacific region 2010 are honored at the annual Crystal Awards at the Wellness Summit in Singapore.
While the entire Wellness Summit is a rich, stimulating experience, the highlight of the conference is always the gala Crystal Awards evening, and this year was no different. This year, nominees and guests gathered amidst the lush greenery of Fort Canning Park to enjoy each others company and await the announcement of the winners for 2010. Now in its seventh...

Market Watch – Weight Loss & Spa

Paula Simpson discusses why spas are the perfect venues for weight loss programs. By combining weight loss programs with spa, you are helping your clients become healthier, feel better and maximize their outer beauty too!
In this past month, 3 weight loss products (2 pharmaceuticals and 1 nutraceutical,) have been denied or pulled from the market due to potential health risks they may pose. This got me thinking....with the uncontrollable obesity rates that we face today, is the magic bullet approach in the best interest for long term success? Healthy weight management goes beyond nutrition...