Spa News Stories

PRIVATE EQUITY COMPANY ACQUIRES MEDICAL SPA CHAIN OUT OF BANCRUPTCY

Goldin Capital Management, L.P., a New York-based private equity firm, has acquired the assets of Skin Nuvo International, LLC, in a $15 million bankruptcy auction. The new company, re-branded as 'Lumity(TM),' includes a chain of 37 medical spas in the Western U.S., with prime locations in regional malls and shopping centers in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Lawrence J. Krule, a managing director of Goldin Capital Management, states: 'Once we complete the restructuring of the company's financial and operational infrastructure, Lumity will be well-positioned for excellent financial performance over the long term.' According to Krule, the new company will support...

CATERING TO THE 'NEW LUXURY' CONSUMER

Today consumers everywhere at every income level want more luxury and are willing to pay for it. "Luxury is no longer something 'out there,' restricted by income levels, personal wealth, or spending budgets," say luxury expert Pamela Danziger in her latest book, Let Them Eat Cake: Marketing Luxury to the Masses—as Well as the Classes . (Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2005)."It's an experience everyone wants and believes they deserve." The one dominant definition of luxury among all the luxury consumers and luxury company executives researched by Danziger is "that which no body needs but desires." The word luxury comes from the...

SPATRADE'S SALES WITH SOUL WEBINAR RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS FROM ATTENDEES

Over 300 SpaTrade members registered for Holly Stiel and Peggy Wynne Borgman's webinar Sales With Soul . Comments from attendees were a good indication that web-based seminars will become increasingly popular. Kim Boss, brand specialist for Universal Companies wrote in: "Holly and Peggy were fantastic! The Power Point slides really put this webinar head and shoulders above other teleconferences I have attended in the past." Another attendee commented: "The webinar was great! I have been present at a couple of Peggy's live presentations and this was just like being there! Great information, very insightful." The first of a two-part series,...

SUNDARA INN & SPA RECEIVES SPAEXCELLENCE(SM) CERTIFICATION FROM SPAQUALITY LLC

Sundara Inn & Spa, a luxury destination spa located in Wisconsin, is the first spa in the world to achieve certification in The International Standards of SpaExcellenceSM from SpaQuality LLC. SpaQuality LLC is an independent observer of the spa industry and offers certification upon reaching rigorous criteria in several categories. 'This was thrilling news, given how diligently we've worked since opening our doors two years ago to create a culture of excellence, without compromise, in all we do,' said Kelli Trumble, CEO of Sundara Inn & Spa. 'All the insights from the SpaQuality program are already being put into play...

ISPA MEDIA EVENT FEATURES ELABORATE SPA EXPERIENCES

More than 170 top journalists attended ISPA's Media Event July 28th event at the Sheraton Towers in New York City. Twenty-two different hotel companies and individual spas wowed attendees with their newest products, treatments, and facility developments. This year, less vendors were featured, and more spas got more creative with branded treatments, private label products, and elaborate experiences that replicated the spa environment. Here's a taste of what happened inside this exclusive event: Exhale Spa in New York City featured an "Acu-lift Facial" treatment using acupuncture needles strategically placed to yield immediate results. One magazine editor swore her chin was...

INTERNET BEST WAY TO MARKET BUSINESS TO BUSINESS

The Internet is the best way for advertisers to market to business decision-makers, according to a recent poll. A survey of nearly 1,000 people by Minnesota Opinion Research found 60% agreeing the Web was persuasive. Fifty percent said it influenced them to make a purchase. 'Business decision-makers have told us that the Web is the best place to reach them,' said Chris Schroeder, CEO of Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive. 'Most importantly, they've made it clear that what they're seeing on the Web is leading directly to purchases.' Fifty percent said the Internet influenced them to make a purchase. 'Business decision-makers have...

PACKAGED SERVICES SELL HYDROTHERAPY -- FEEDBACK RESEARCH'S NEW REPORT ANALYZES THE MARKET

It's hard to resist the allure of packaged spa treatments. Imagine 'The Perfect Day' at Safety Harbor Resort And Spa or 'The Revitalizer' from Bramham Spa. The Grand Floridian's 'Peaceful Nights Bath' promises bubbling jets of water to relax every muscle. Most spa directors consider hydrotherapy to be extremely important, citing high demand for pedicure and tub services. In some spas, hydrotherapy accounts for 20% of total service volumes. As one manager noted, 65% of her spa's 2004 hydrotherapy revenues were generated by packages. Combining hydrotherapy with massage and other treatments gets people started, and the benefits induce loyalty. 'The...

HEALING TOUCH SUMMER SPA PARTY AT HOTEL LOS GATOS!

Want a great excuse for a wonderful Girls Night Out? Don't miss the second annual Healing Touch Spa Party on Thursday, August 18th, at the gorgeous Hotel Los Gatos & Spa in downtown Los Gatos, California. Benefiting San Jose-based Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, a truly heroic agency, the fundraiser is not your mother's rubber-chicken charity dinner. The 2004 event was a sellout success, attracting over 200 women for a fabulous and empowering evening of what The Today Show called 'pampering with a purpose.' "We had a blast last year, and reviews were overwhelmingly positive," said Peggy Wynne Borgman...

FORMER RITZ CARLTON PRESIDENT HORST SCHULZE LAUNCHES LUXURY BRAND

Former Ritz-Carlton president and COO Horst Schulze--now president and CEO of Atlanta-based West Paces Hotel Group--has launched the Solis Hotels and Resorts luxury brand with an initial six properties set to open through 2008. Following the expiration of a non-compete clause with Ritz-Carlton, Schulze--along with a management team of former Ritz-Carlton executives--is developing high-end hotel properties in such markets as Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio and Frankfurt, Germany. The first property and only conversion in the Solis portfolio is slated to open in Chicago next year with 454 luxury guest rooms and suites, followed by four new builds expected...

CUTTING EDGE FITNESS SPA OPENS IN BEVERLY HILLS

'I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier.' - Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86 ALLURE PILATES SPA Beverly Hills: A True Fitness Spa Pilates, Yoga, Martial Arts & Full Service Body & Beauty Therapies "Body & Face, All in One Place"Ô Beverly Hills, CA — Visits to spas and fitness clubs have long been thought of as a luxury for the lucky. But now that spas have grown from 50 in the U.S. to nearly 10,000 in the...

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