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October 29, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Beauty bar, nap room debut at Virgina spa
    Tranquility Day Spa and Salon in Haymarket, Va., recently added features that serve two different needs: Customers' wish for express-service beauty treatments and their yen for a bit of shut-eye. The spa offers a beauty bar that serves wine and snacks along with quick hand or eye treatments and also has added a sleep lounge, where clients who get longer massage or other services can nap afterward. Today (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hot bamboo sticks roll muscle tension away
    Okura Spa in downtown Bangkok is offering a new signature treatment: Hot bamboo massage. Using heated, oiled rods of bamboo, therapists roll and knead clients' muscles. The therapy is part of ancient Japanese and Chinese healing techniques. AsiaOne News (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Guests' impulse to lift small room items opens a marketing window
    Hotel operators should view the items they lose daily to impulsive souvenir-taking guests as an opportunity to strengthen guest loyalty, says Rob Kwortnik of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. "Is it possible that when people take things, it's actually driven more by the desire for keepsake value? Once I leave, the experience is gone. But when I take something ... I've kept something that's part of the experience," Kwortnik says. (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Why money isn't the secret to employee happiness
    The best way to motivate workers isn't through money but through finding out what makes them feel good while working, Geoffrey James writes. For example, try connecting employees with happy customers, because employees "feel better about themselves, and therefore happier, when they can see that what they do is making a positive difference in the world," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top tips for leasing office space
    Don't rent more space than you truly need. Interview several brokers before you settle on one. And examine the agreement's terms as closely as you do the rent price. Those are among the tips offered by Bill Armstrong, treasurer of the National Association of Realtors, for entrepreneurs ready to lease office space. Another piece of advice: Negotiate with the landlord up front about the help he or she may provide in upgrading the space. Entrepreneur magazine (10/2012), FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Small business may be hit hard by sequester cuts
    Small businesses are bracing for the so-called "fiscal cliff" the nation is approaching at year's end, and some may see significant impact from sequestration cuts to government spending. The automatic, across-the-board deficit reductions could eliminate up to 2 million jobs, writes Anita Campbell, founder of Small Business Trends. Small Business Trends (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Man -- still living -- interrupts his own wake
    Brazilian Gilberto Araujo interrupted a wake that his family was holding after they believed he was dead. The police told Araujo's family that he had been murdered, but Araujo had been confused with another man who looked like him and also worked as a car washer. The Telegraph (London) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Save the Date for Las Vegas! - Oct. 21 - 23, 2013
    Be sure to mark the dates Oct. 21 to 23, 2013, on your calendar because you don't want to miss the 2013 ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in fabulous Las Vegas. The 2013 event is sure to be amazing with powerful speakers and education, spa products you'll want in your retail area and world-class connections. To view inspiring recaps from this year’s event, visit the ISPA Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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German-American abstract expressionist painter

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