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Massage Heights Announces First Family and Friends Event

Massage Heights , a family-owned franchise massage and skin therapy company, announced its first-ever Family and Friends Event. Now through August 31, Massage Heights members can share the benefits of their membership with their family and friends, valid Monday through Thursday from 9:00a.m. until 3:00p.m. Member benefits include member pricing on all massages, facials and elevations, and more. Massage Heights offers a variety of custom massage modalities, including deep tissue, swedish, sports therapy, prenatal and reflexology, as well as custom dermalogica skin treatments, and more. “We understand that summertime is one of the busiest times of year for our members—they’re...

Moroccanoil and Avon Products Settle Trademark Dispute

Moroccanoil and Avon Products have resolved all disputes regarding Moroccanoil's challenge to Avon's trademarks and trade dress for its Advance Techniques haircare products containing argan oil, as well as Avon's challenges to the validity of Moroccanoil's trademark registrations and oppositions to Moroccanoil's trademark applications. The disputes included a litigation in the U .S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and numerous proceedings in trademark offices worldwide. The conflicts have been established through a confidential settlement agreement that, both parties believe, will protect their respective rights and interests in the long term. Following the settlement agreement, the case...

Planet Beach Names David Mesa President

Planet Beach , a leader in automated spa services and creator of the automated spa concept announced the promotion of David Mesa to president of franchise operations. Committed to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic management team, Mesa will be responsible for overseeing and managing the company’s various franchise operations, both domestic and international. “David’s experience in taking a strategic vision and executing on that vision will strengthen Planet Beach’s position as the industry leader,” says Stephen P. Smith, CEO of Planet Beach. “With a proven track record for successfully leading large scale initiatives and driving innovation, David’s leadership...

Babor Cosmetics Announces New North American Headquarters

Babor Cosmetics , a leader in luxury professional skin care, is relocating its North American headquarters to Delray Beach, Florida as a result of the company’s growth and performance in the last 24 months, resulting in the need for an expanded center of operations. The 12,000-square-foot headquarters will house executive offices, customer service, a training and education academy, as well as a state-of-the-art distribution center. The space combines cutting-edge design in a fitting nod to the German label’s affinity for luxury and innovation. The new office space includes flex desks; open collaboration environments for team members to converse, debate, and...

Atlantis Paradise Island Joins Marriott International's Autograph Collection

Marriott International announced that the Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas will become part of its Autograph Collection , a growing portfolio of more than 60 independent hotels in key locations across the globe. The 3,400-room Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas will operate under a franchise agreement with Marriott. This marks the collection's first member resort in the Bahamas and will be the largest hotel in the portfolio. The property, which is owned by Brookfield Asset Management and independently managed, is expected to officially join the Autograph Collection in the fall. "Having Atlantis Paradise Island join our Autograph Collection is a milestone achievement...

L’Oréal Acquires Decléor and Carita Brands

L'Oréal USA has acquired global skincare brands Decléor Paris , a leader in aromatherapy skincare, and Carita Paris , an anti-aging skincare line. Formerly held by the Shiseido Group , both companies have been integrated into L'Oréal’s Professional Products Division. With a portfolio of 28 existing beauty brands and a presence in hair and nail salons across the U.S., the addition of Decléor Paris and Carita Paris marks L’Oréal’s entrance into new distribution channels within the professional beauty market, including day, resort, and destination spas.

Green Spa Network Introduces Sustainability Assessment Tool

The Green Spa Network (GSN) released its first Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT) and Toolkit for the spa industry. Designed to help spas and industry resource partners measure their green progress and potential and understand the components of a more sustainable spa, the online tools are available free of charge for members of the spa industry. Available at www.greenspanetwork.org/toolkit , the SAT is an online questionnaire to assess a business’ sustainability across 15 categories, including water management, energy use, waste reduction, laundry processes, food and beverage, textiles leadership, and community connection. Upon completion, the user submits the results electronically and receives...

WTS International Wins Management Contract for Spa Evangeline at The Epicurean Hotel

The Epicurean Hotel (Tampa, FL) has become the first U.S. property to join the Autograph Collection of Marriott International .
 WTS International (WTS), a global spa consultancy and contract operator, was involved with the creation of the hotel’s Spa Evangeline , developing the concept for the spa. “We worked with the Epicurean on design and then went on to support the opening,” says Susie Hammer, vice president of spa operations at WTS. “This included the development of marketing materials, the menu, and other collateral, as well as the hiring and training of staff. Today, we continue our involvement by providing...

Massage Heights Announces New Chairman of the Board of Managers

Massage Heights , a family-owned wellness franchise, announced the appointment of David Humphrey, a franchise industry consultant and the former CEO of Massage Envy Spa , as chairman of the board of managers. Humphrey will help guide the growth of Massage Heights as it expands its service offerings throughout the U.S. and Canada while also preparing for a wider international rollout. Through his investment and advisory services firm, DTH Capital Ventures , Humphrey has consulted with a wide variety of franchise companies, and worked closely with several private equity firms that invest in the franchise industry. “I know what it...

Performance Health Acquires Thera °Pearl

Performance Health , manufacturer and marketer of TheraBand , Biofreeze , Perform , Cramer , Bon Vital' , and Hygenic branded products, announced their acquisition of Maryland-based Thera °Pearl , creator of hot and cold therapy products using its proprietary pearl technology. “Thera °Pearl brings proven strength and additional scale to our emerging retail business,” says Marshall Dahneke, president and chief executive officer of Performance Health. “The alignment for us is both natural and exciting as Performance Health is well positioned to introduce and promote Thera °Pearl’s unique portfolio more broadly while Thera °Pearl’semphasis on resolving pain and promoting wellness...

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