Openings & Expansions

Golden Nugget Biloxi Renovates Spa & Salon

Spa Development International , a spa and salon equipment and supplies distributor, has partnered with the Golden Nugget Biloxi (Mississippi) to provide new spa and salon equipment for their renovated spa and salon, opening this spring. Designed to provide a serene getaway from the casino’s energy, the property is located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The Spa ’s new locker room upgrades and supplies were designated to enhance the guest experience. “We love working with the Golden Nugget properties and the team at Landry’s with their renovations,” says Twila Caldwell-Kelly, founder and CEO of Spa Development International...

SpaEquip Opens New Office in China

SpaEquip , a leading supplier of spa equipment, announced the opening of its wholly-owned subsidiary in China, SpaEquip Co. Ltd . Based in Shanghai, the company will sell SpaEquip’s complete line of equipment and supplies to spas throughout China. “Our customers had been asking us to establish a presence in China for several years,” says Ed Johnson, president of SpaEquip. “China continues to be a booming market for new hotel construction, and has become the largest market for new spa equipment in the world.” The company has been one of the preferred sources for resort spas in China. “While continuing...

Dermalogica Introduces New Learning Center and Retail Space

Dermalogica announced the opening of their new learning center, Dermalogica à Montréal in Canada . The 1,500-square-foot location includes a classroom, a treatment room, and a retail space. Situated in the historic Montreal Old Port, the interactive space features a Montreal loft feel with original beams, stone and brick wall, and exposed pipes. The state-of-the-art facility includes a Face Mapping Skin Analysis zone, two MicroZone areas, and a treatment room, as well as a complete assortment of Dermalogica products. "We are so thrilled to officially launch our very first Immersive Learning Space in Canada,” says Melissa Daniels, general manager of...

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Unveils Onda Spa

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (Guanacaste, Costa Rica) recently launched Onda Spa . Elevated into the trees of Costa Rica's lush forest and spreading across 11,000 square-feet, the spa offers picturesque views across the Bay of Culebra. Offering an extensive spa menu, as well as customized programs, treatments at Onda Spa are tailored to each guest and incorporate the healing power of water, natural local ingredients, and organic Costa Rican ancestral remedies to invigorate the body and spirit. Prior to beginning each treatment, guests are invited to choose a soundtrack that best suits their mood from a music menu inspired by the...

Massage Heights Opens New Location in Iowa

Massage Heights , a family-owned membership-based massage franchise company, opened its 100th location, Massage Heights Iowa River Landing (Coralville, Iowa). The new location is the 49th body + face concept location to open, bringing the total percentage of locations offering custom dermalogica skincare treatments to almost 50 percent of the total franchise system. “In 2007, we opened our first franchise location outside the state of Texas in Iowa,” says Bret Franson, director of franchise development. “And we are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our 100th location and the growth of the body + face concept in the same state...

THANN Sanctuary Spa Celebrates Grand Opening at Castle Hotel & Spa

Joined by Gilbert Baeriswil, general manager at Castle Hotel & Spa (Tarrytown, New York); Tarrytown resident Kevin Plunkett, Westchester’s deputy county executive; Drew Fixell, mayor of Tarrytown, and Jiro Sato, president of Sankara Hotels & Resorts , cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially opened the new multi-million dollar THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa. Debbie Nigro of The Debbie Nigro Show , welcomed a crowd of local and regional friends, clients, and supporters, including Eileen Mildenberger, director of the Office of Economic Development in Westchester and Natasha Caba Caputo, director of Westchester County Tourism & Film , as well...

THANN Sanctuary Spa Introduces Private Yoga Classes

Gilbert Baeriswil, general manager of Castle Hotel & Spa (Tarrytown, New York), and Ryoko Ado, spa manager at THANN Sanctuary Spa (multiple locations), announced the introduction of small-personalized yoga classes at the newly opened Wellness Room at THANN Sanctuary. In response to guest requests for more intimate class sizes that will emphasize a more custom one-on-one class, Riverstone Yoga of Tarrytown will offer the specialized classes on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. According to Baeriswil, the addition of new classes was the ideal choice as they are in harmony with THANN’s approach to spa treatments based on the art of...

Austrian Software Vendor TAC Opens New Headquarters

After a construction period of 11 months, The Assistant Company (TAC), which specializes in the development of software solutions for the hospitality industry, opened its three-floor headquarters in Hartberg, Austria. To celebrate, the company provided its 400 attendees, which included employees, customers, and partners, with tours of the new office. “With the new TAC Business Center, we created a building that provides our employees with the necessary space for innovation, where feeling comfortable and being efficient is no contradiction and which reflects the personality of our company,” says Thomas Rössler, managing director at TAC. “That all industries that we serve...

NovaLash Eyelash Extensions Brand Expands to UK and Europe

NovaLash Eyelash Extensions launched in the UK with an event at the Metropolitan Hotel (London). During the event, celebrity lash artist Sophia Navarro applied lashes to models, highlighting the NovaLash technique. The company also showcased its signature retail line, patented AirNova drying machine, and Candied Lashes for the upcoming holiday season. NovaLash also opened its first international office in the UK and now offers monthly training and certification courses in central London. It plans to expand its monthly training to other regions of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 2014. The new UK office will sell products directly to certified NovaLash...

The World's Largest Massage Therapy Franchise Plans First International Development in Canada

Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and U.S. leader of affordable and convenient massage and spa services, announced today plans for its first international expansion in Canada. The company is seeking area representatives to develop locations throughout the country over the next several years, with an initial focus in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Currently, the company has more than 670 Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa locations in the United States, making it the largest system of franchised massage centers. Since its inception in 2002, Massage Envy has experienced tremendous growth in the U.S. and plans to continue to...

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