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December 31, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Seoul spas offer winter treatments
    The Grand Hilton Seoul’s La Clinique de Paris Aging Management & Spa’s singing bowl therapy treatment has Tibetan roots and features ringing eight silver and gold bowls while a guest is lying on his or her back and again on his or her stomach, along with a hot stone massage. SPA G offers the RG (Red Ginseng) Time, which includes a steam bath and red ginseng applied to the body. The Korea Herald (Seoul) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Steamy spa bliss at Stowe's Snowflake
    The Spa at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vt. offers steamy saunas and other relaxation for skiers and others seeking winter bliss. The spa has an outdoor hot tub along with a Hungarian mineral pool, "aqua solarium" that come complete with a waterfall, and a eucalyptus steam room that can clear stuffed sinuses. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  • Icy blondes, burnt browns: Hair trends for 2013
    Ombre-shaded hair is still out there, but new hair trends are coming for the new year, say experts. Among them: Icy-white blonde shades for people with very fair skin or coppery, "burnt" browns that warm the complexion. Other trends: Hair coloring that creates a "veil" of contrast on one side of the face and red coloring that avoids rust tones in favor of true red. The Daily Mail (London) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Michelle Obama goes bold with neon nail polish
    During Christmas festivities in Hawaii, First Lady Michelle Obama was photographed with a brilliant shade of neon yellow pedicure, a move noted by fashion followers. According to the White House, Obama was wearing Artistic Nail Design's Vogue shade. NBC News/ (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Happier workers in 2013: Top tips for bosses
    Filter Web access so employees can shop online during their lunch hour. Give frequent recognition for a job well done. And make sure colleagues have comparable and appropriate paychecks. Those are among the 13 top ways bosses can make employees happier and more effective in 2013, experts say. Among the other tips: Offer flexible work schedules, customize benefits and boost pay. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Online moves for better customer service
    Small and mid-sized businesses can sharpen their customer service by ensuring that their website is clear, up-to-date, and user-friendly, writes business expert Lisa Fugere. Add to that, they must exploit social media to support sales and the customer service -- and be sure to follow up with customers after they've made purchases. B2C Marketing Insider (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Get in an exercise routine that works
    Four to six weeks of consistent behavior can form a habit, and then action becomes ingrained, experts say. With fitness routines, it can take a real wake-up call to launch a new habit, but then after some time, the behavior will become automatic, say fitness professionals, who offer advice on getting a new routine in gear. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Benefits that Balance -- ISPA 2012 U.S. Spa Industry Study
    Research can help spa professionals take their business to the next level. The 2012 U.S. Spa Industry Study is just one of the benefits ISPA members have full access to immediately after joining. This comprehensive study offers invaluable insight into the state of the U.S. spa industry. For access to this study and other consumer and industry research, become an ISPA member. Visit to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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