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Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX, was named the number two destination spa in North America by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine in its annual poll. The resort ranked highly in categories of location and setting, guest rooms and cuisine. If you think your spa deserves recognition for its successes, the Skin Inc. magazine Best of the Best Awards are now open for nominations. Click here to obtain more information. 800-847-5637
In an effort to raise funds to help support nonprofit charitable and service organizations, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas has launched its Spa & Share program. Clients are provided with vouchers to use at various locations on designated days, then the spa donates 10% of the proceeds of products and services purchased by members or friends on those days. 847-202-4039
Clarice’s Creating Beautiful Looks in Wheaton, IL, is celebrating its 18-year anniversary. Owner and esthetician Clarice Loiacono runs one of the longest existing day spas in the area and offers signature treatments such as the Queen Pedicure and the Clarice’s Complete facial. Loiacono, who is an industry veteran of more than 25 years, has previously presented select treatments for Cosmetologists Chicago and the American Association of Esthetic Education. She also has been a speaker at Face & Body Spa & Healthy Aging Conference and Expo and taught skin care classes at the Illinois Cosmetology School Teachers Association. 630-690-2266
Michael Coe, former CEO of Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, passed away February 10, 2007, from liver disease. Memorials can be made in Mr. Coe's name to the University of Washington Medical Center Liver Transplant Program (1959 N.E. Pacific St., P.O. Box 356174, Seattle, WA 98195), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109) or Life Support Kittitas County (P.O. Box 264, Cle Elum, WA 98943).
The Banyan Tree Spa, Phuket was named “Asia’s Best Spa” in a travel poll conducted by Asiamoney magazine and ranked third in the category of “Favorite Asia Hotel Spa” in the Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader Spa Awards 2007. Also, The Banyan Tree Spa, Bangkok ranked second in the category of “Favorite Overseas Urban Day Spa” in the Traveler’s awards. Phuket location: 66-(76)-324-374, email@example.com; Bangkok location: 66-(2)-679-1052, firstname.lastname@example.org
The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology (SFIEC) is donating money to the American Forests conservation organization’s Global ReLeaf program each time an SFIEC student purchases a training kit. To date, the SFIEC has funded the planting of more than 50 trees. Students and teachers at the SFIEC also participated in a “Days of Beauty” event put on by On Lok SeniorHealth where they treated area senior citizens to a variety of spa and beauty services. 866-734-3244
Linda Brewer, industry pioneer and advisory board member for The Day Spa Associaton, passed away in February after battling ovarian cancer. She helped found both the American Cancer Society's Look Good ... Feel Better program and the Uniquely-U Organization, a charity that focused on rehabilitative cosmetic procedures. In leiu of flowers, donations should be sent to Uniquely-U, Commonwealth Bank & Trust, 1404 Evergreen Road, Anchorage, KY 40223.
The National Society of Paramedical Esthetic Professionals named Chere Holland its new director. 501-801-1607
The Mandarin Oriental, Miami, has debuted 16 spa lifestyle rooms designed to give guests a sense of balance and relaxation with the use of air purification systems, in-room fitness programs, personal lifestyle consultations and spa cuisine offerings. 866-888-6780, email@example.com
Helga Van Dyke, creator and CEO of the Helga Van Dyke Skin Care Company and ReViate skin care products, passed away on the evening of January 9, 2007, after battling a long-term illness. She was involved in the well-being of skin care for almost 40 years and had personally touched the lives of thousands of individuals across the country. Her son, David Van Dyke, continues as president of the company.