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December 3, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Australian spas in tune with nature
    Spas set amid mountain views, near coral reefs or within the leafy luxury of a rainforest: Three retreats in and near Queensland, Australia, offer therapy and indulgence in eco-rich settings. Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa offers treatments in the treetops and a private waterfall, while Hayman Spa provides "ocean massage" near a coral reef, and O'Reilly's Lost World Spa offers mountain hiking in Lamington National Park. (Australia) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lansing, Mich.-area salons give back
    Two Lansing, Mich.-area salons are focused on enriching their communities even as they cultivate new clients. The Douglas J and Zoƫ Life Spa & Salon are putting a special emphasis this season on running promotions that support the arts and women's needs. "I wanted to do something aside from the typical discount-discount-discount holiday promotions," says Scott Weaver, who runs Douglas J. "We feel our promotion allows people to feel good about shopping and helps those in need, too." The Greater Lansing Business Monthly (Mich.) (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Rundown 
  • Study: Younger U.K. consumers favor fair-trade items
    Beauty products labeled "fair trade" are considered trustworthy by U.K. consumers, and those 44 and under are most likely to buy them, a new study shows. The study from Canadean Consumer found that fair-trade health and beauty items are becoming more mainstream and that 4 in 10 purchasers said they'd pay more for such products. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nails go deeply dramatic
    Vampire-esque dark reds and inky shades of navy are among the hot trends for nail color this season, says an expert, who sees the wine-dark trend also including metallic finishes. The flip side of dramatic is ultra-pale makeup, which makes the gothic look of dark nails even more dramatic. The Daily Star (Lebanon) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Column: Content marketing, hotel websites will drive demand in 2013
    Hotel-website and content-marketing efforts will be the most vital tools for hotel marketers as consumers increasingly seek direct bookings and engagement with hotel firms when they shop for travel, writes Robert A. Rauch, president of R. A. Rauch & Associates. Travel demand will increasingly come from emerging markets such as China, Brazil and India, and mobile devices will continue to integrate more fully with the social media platform, Rauch writes. Hospitality Net (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • How to make workers' pay track performance
    Turning a company's compensation structure into one in which workers' pay is directly connected to business performance means aligning an employee's own job goals with retail commission, writes Denise Dubois, owner and president of Albany-based Complexions Spa. "Employees naturally perform better with incentives," she writes. "The harder they work, the more they can earn - it's a win-win situation." Skin Inc. magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  Finance and Economics 
  • How to leave your business with cash in hand
    Every business owner should plan his or her departure from the business and know how to maximize profits in the process, say financial experts. They suggest getting a valuation on the business, planning early on for its eventual sale, documenting company procedures and planning for taxes on the sale. Fox Business Small Business Center (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Disconnect to find balance in your life
    Aim for better work-life balance this holiday season by disconnecting from your gadgets at a certain time each day, delegating more and going "completely off the grid once a week," Meghan Biro writes. "Life can be beautiful, but you'll never notice if you're checking your email, tweets or Facebook updates," she writes. Forbes (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • Help ISPA with the theme for 2013
    Inspire, Believe, Celebrate and Simplify -- these are just a few of the past ISPA Conference & Expo themes. Help ISPA with the theme for 2013 by submitting your ideas no later than Dec. 19. And, make sure to save the date for the 2013 ISPA Conference & Expo, which will take place Oct. 21 to 23 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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