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Spa News: LocBox Announces Spa Marketing Advisory Board

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LocBox, a leading online marketing platform for the spa and salon industry, recently announced the formation of their new Spa Marketing Advisory Board whose mission is to work with the LocBox management team to optimize the value and benefits spa owners gain from the innovation and performance advantage of the LocBox offering.

“The Spa Marketing Advisory Board is charged with helping LocBox innovate new ways to quickly help spas and salons grow their business while simplifying their online marketing process,” said Rick Kawamura, VP of Marketing. “We are excited to be working with five of the best in the spa business – award winning spa business owners, spa management and business consultants, and retail experts. We look forward collaborating with our Advisory Board to best understand the needs and nuances of spa business owners and marketers to create the most compelling marketing solutions in the spa and salon industry.”

LocBox Spa Marketing Advisory Board:

  • Peggy Wynne Borgman: Peggy is Principal and Executive Consultant for Wynne Business as well as founder and past owner of Preston Wynne Spa, one of the first day spas in the nation. An author and educator for the industry for the past 20 years, Peggy’s management seminars have trained spa directors for brands such as Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Peninsula Hotels, as well as independent and medical spas. She has three times been named a Favorite Spa Consultant in American Spa Reader’s Choice Awards. She is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Paul Jones: Paul is the Founder and Managing Partner of two award-winning Elements Laser Spa and has received “Best of Austin” four years running for laser hair removal. Paul is a savvy spa owner who has grown Elements through great customer service and a strong passion for online marketing that helps drive customer loyalty and repeat business.
  • Benjamin Nissanoff: Ben is the President and co-founder of ME! Bath, a bath and body care line available at high-end spa and retailer locations in the US and internationally. ME! Bath was incubated at Stanford Business School and more recently has grown to include Me Spa, a collection of seven high-end spas in the US. Ben is a former executive specializing in marketing, advertising, and media, and is located in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Dori Soukup: Dori is Founder & CEO of InSPAration Management. Dori’s work encompasses consulting, coaching, and educating spa entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders globally. She is the recipient of the American Spa Preferred Educator award and is a sought after speaker and a published author. Her articles and insights are featured in national and international trade publications and you can find her book Spa Business Secrets to Increase Profits on Amazon. Dori also is the host of, an online source for spa and salon professionals to tap into bite-sized training that is easily implemented within the spa and wellness industry. InSPAration Management is located in Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Stephen Dill: Stephen is the Owner of Elements Massage Sunnyvale in Sunnyvale, CA, which has five stars on Yelp and is the #1 ranked massage studio in that city. He is also the Area Director for Elements Massage in the Bay Area, helping to develop new studios and grow Elements Massage into a leading brand in the Bay Area. Stephen is an investor, entrepreneur, and previously was a technology and internet researcher. He has numerous patents and papers to his credit, covering social media, email, search, analytics and collaboration software.

“I am pleased to be a founding member of Spa Marketing Advisory Board and to provide my retail, spa management, advertising and marketing expertise in collaboration with the other members of the Board,” said Benjamin Nissanhoff, President and co-founder of ME! Bath and seven Me Spa locations across the US. “I’m impressed with LocBox’s product and services and believe there is a strong need among Spa owners to have a higher performing, economical, all-in-one online marketing solution to help them grow their businesses.”

The LocBox Spa Marketing Advisory Board will be holding its first think-tank gathering at the International Esthetics, Cosmetics, and Spa Conference (IECSC) Spa & Wellness Show in March, 2015 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, where Mr. Kawamura will be presenting on “the New ERA of Performance Marketing: Engagement, Reputation, and Attraction” as part of the Spa Business & Wellness track of the show.

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Spa News: Give Back This Season with Nitespa's SpaKarma

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In case there wasn’t enough reason to get spruced up for the holidays, nitespa, Los Angeles’ alterna-spa experience, is proud to announce spaKarma, a giving back beauty program for the holidays.

Throughout the month of December, nitespa has committed to donate 10% of all net profits into a fund to give beauty and spa treatments to cancer patients. Conceived of by nitepa owner Julia Martin, spaKarma is lovingly dedicated to the memory of her mother Dolores Lolita Martin, whom Julia lost to colon cancer in 2002. In the last month of her life, Dolores received a complimentary spa retreat and, for a brief moment, forgot that she was ill. It was this experience that inspired Julia to start nitespa as a place where all can receive the joys and respite of therapeutic beauty and wellness treatments without pretense by caring therapists.

In addition to the donation fund, nitespa is offering clients who want to contribute more the opportunity to participate in the ONE FOR ONE program. Each specifically designated spaKarma massage, reiki, detox facial, makeup lesson, or deluxe mani-pedi purchased will also donate a second service to a person going through cancer treatment (or similar invasive treatment or unforgiving disease) or their caregivers. All spaKarma ONE FOR ONE treatments are $120 and cover the cost of the purchaser’s treatment plus one for someone in need.

For more fun, Festive Friday Nights at nitespa on December 5 and 12 will feature SHOP SIP SPA – holiday parties to give back. Local craft makers, designers and artists will be on site selling holiday gifts, while music, cocktails and spa treatments are in full swing – the perfect opportunity to be social, check off some names on the gift list and get those beauty treatments.

Finally, to keep the spirit of giving going, nitespa is also dedicating its annual Holiday Beauty Bash on December 16 to spaKarma. With drinks, mingling, raffles, goody bags and shopping on offer a good time is guaranteed. But, more importantly, a full 20% of all appointments booked for that night – or booked on that night for future redemption (including gift cards and products purchased) will go into the spaKarma fund.

With high ceilings and an industrial loft vibe, the space is modern, clean, and streamlined. A balcony offers a breezy relaxation spot, and large, airy treatment rooms provide serenity. An open lobby with lounge and manicure area is a perfect spot for socializing and viewing a rotating gallery of local artists.

Nitespa offers day spa services with a twist. With late-night appointments and a mix of traditional and eclectic services (including an “After Party” detox facial, palm and tarot card readings, and budget-luxury membership options) - plus friendly staff and clients, wine on offer, and great music - nitespa offers a unique experience to its guests.

Always true to its name, nitespa takes appointments from noon to 10 pm, now daily. Clients can leave work and still treat themselves to a facial and mani/pedi without having to rush. Earlier or later appointments are taken upon request. Ideal for parties, bridal showers or just a girlfriends’ escape (though plenty of men are clients too!). For more information, please visit

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Spa News: Pantone Announces Color of the Year 2015

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Global color authority Pantone has announced its annual Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala, an earthy, dimensional, wine-red. "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Marsala colored the Spring 2015 runways this year, seen in everything from floral prints, to solid shades, to menswear. The rich hue accented jewelry and accessories, as well as the latest fashion trends.

Expected to be seen everywhere in beauty, from lipsticks and blushes, to nail polish shades and hair color hues, Marsala's rich, earthy tones go beautifully with nearly every skin tone. Because the shade is symbolic of nourishment, enrichment and wellness, adding touches of Marsala to any space creates an environment of robust fulfillment.

Spa News: Lydia Sarfati Holds a Press Conference on Safety, Health & Beauty at Dietl University

Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage CEO and Founder leads the conversation during press conference on “Safety, Health & Beauty”

Repêchage CEO & Founder, Lydia Sarfati, recently hosted a press conference at Dietl University for Polish media to discuss safety in the esthetics industry. Members of the press gathered to hear Sarfati speak on topics she feels very passionate about, having been in the beauty industry for over 40 years. During her time with the press, Sarfati discussed the importance of focusing on creating a national license and standardizing education with esthetics.

“Standardizing education and methods of practice for esthetics will protect both the consumer and the professional – as these will create safe practices for our industry," said Sarfati. "As a consumer, no matter where you may be, you should feel safe and comfortable with the beauty professional who’s hands you are in."

Sarfati is a strong believer in the development of education in esthetics, and serves as the Honorary Chairman for CIDESCO USA, an international beauty therapy association that represents the highest standards of esthetics and education in more than 30 countries, and 230 schools around the world.

Sarfati was joined by Director of Dietl University, Izabela Załęska and Dr. Anna Płatkowska of Medicus Lex.

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CND Hosts Third "I Heart CND" Event

CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold looking fabulous at the start of I

On Sunday, November 23rd, CND hosted its third-ever I Heart CND event at Skyline Beauty Supply in Falls Church, VA for Nail Professionals in the Washington, D.C. area. Featuring Fall/Holiday 2014 fashion trends and nail styles, this high-energy event transported over 200 Nail Professionals through the “CND Art Walk” with interactive stations and product demonstrations that brought CND’s Fashion Week artistry to the masses.

In between shopping for CND products, guests had the opportunity to meet and take photos with CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold, who signed personalized posters for eager salon owners and fans. At various stations throughout the store, CND Education Ambassadors demonstrated how to use CND SHELLAC brand 14+ day color, VINYLUX Weekly Polish and Additives from the Modern Folklore and Gilded Dreams collections to create artistic and wearable nail designs that would keep their clients coming back for more.

Some Nail Professionals in attendance headed upstairs for on-site CND SHELLAC Brand Pro Certification classes while others received information on other upcoming Education classes in their area. Guests dressed up to snap a few shots in the digital photo booth before heading off with a complimentary CND gift bag.

Earlier this year, CND hosted similar “I Heart CND” events in Los Angeles and Houston in conjunction with other loyal Vietnamese distributor partners like Skyline Beauty Supply.

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Éminence Celebrates 3 Million Trees Planted

Éminence Organic Skin Care celebrates a huge milestone since their launch of Forests for the Future. After only two years since the initiative began, Éminence has planted 3 million trees in 19 countries!

"We are so excited about reaching this milestone in such a short amount of time,” says Boldijarre Koronczay, President of Éminence Organic Skin Care. “This is truly a goal that we were able to reach in collaboration with everyone who touches an Éminence product – our distributors, our spa partners and our customers. It’s amazing to see what we can accomplish together and I look forward to seeing how much more this initiative can inspire others to be the change."

A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year, while also providing a habitat for biodiversity and helping to combat climate change. Éminence’s tree-planting partnership with Trees for the Future has already made an impact on developing communities in Burundi, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania.

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CA Botana Races for the Cure

CA Botana joins over 13,000 runners to for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

CA Botana's employees and their families joined over 13,000 runners in San Diego's Balboa Park for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This event, put on by the world's largest cancer research organization, raised $1.3 million with 75 percent of proceeds remaining in San Diego for treatment, education, and patient and family support.

CA Botana has participated in this event for over seven years and supports many other cancer awareness causes. In an ongoing effort to help cancer patients, CA Botana has donated countless jars of their Doctor D. Schwab Rescue Cream to doctors, hospitals, and individuals worldwide. This specially formulated cream significantly improves damaged skin conditions which often result from chemotherapy and radiation including dryness, cracks, blisters, and burns.

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Spa News: WTS Appoints Kim Matheson as Senior Vice President

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Global spa consultancy and contract operator, WTS International (WTS), recently announced the appointment of Kim Matheson as Senior Vice President. Matheson will work on business development, while also overseeing key spa accounts. She’ll also use her expertise in spa consultancy to create new spa concepts and advise WTS clients on retail sales and marketing. As part of a WTS expansion, Matheson will be based in New York City where she’ll develop the local market and oversee international accounts. Her work will include identifying new business opportunities.

Gary Henkin, President of WTS International, said, "We’re thrilled to welcome Kim to WTS. She brings a wealth of knowledge that we know will help expand our global growth. Her deep experience and qualifications in spa and leisure facility design and operations will be a tremendous asset to our clients."

Matheson was President of her own company, Natural Resources, for 15 years, offering spa consultancy services – including design and pre-opening support – for a diverse range of upscale clients. Projects included hotels, resorts, residential and real estate developments. She’s worked on a wide range of projects, including, most recently, Four Seasons Moscow and Dubai and Disney Orlando and New York. Other recent five star projects include Dove Mountain Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Princeville. Matheson has also worked for Montage, Rosewood Menlo Park, Kiawah Island and Doonbeg, Lapis at Fontainebleau.

“WTS has built market-leading capabilities within the leisure and hospitality markets,” says Matheson. “As a consultant, it’s exciting for me to leverage the powerful capabilities of WTS to provide the ultimate strategic, creative and design development services, as well as offering the highest levels of excellence in day to day contract management and operations.”