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Arizona Spa Girls Unleashes 2013 Summer Spaaah Series

Arizona Spa Girls is a local business that was launched in 2002 by Lisa Kasanicky. The website and its team of passionate spa advocates provide an informative guide to Arizona’s best spas, salons, beauty and wellness making them the new voices for a new generation of spa-goers.

Talking-Stick-Spa-Relaxation-LadiesThe site offers exclusive spa and salon deals, product reviews, do-it-yourself home spa treatments and a fantastic collection of articles that cover all the important topics of health and beauty. It truly is the little pink book to looking and feeling your best.

Kasanicky says, “Previously, I had the perception that it was just for wealthy people with nothing better to do. Not so! It’s for us “normal” people who work hard and are plugged into too many devices.”

With a writing career that spans more than 20 years, Kasanicky really knows her stuff. For her great work at the “Spastress,” Kasanicky was named among the coolest people in the Valley by Phoenix Magazine in 2008. Kasanicky has developed spa and travel guides from the Arizona Office of Tourism, The Arizona Republic’s family of lifestyle publications and currently contributes to local and national publications.

Summer Spaaah Series

As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Kasanicky is currently in midst of the annual Summer Spaaah Series Events. Founded in 2006, the award-winning events unite relaxation seekers with top Valley relaxation destinations.

Agave-Facial“We actually have eight events throughout the summer that range in cost from $75 to $130, says Kasanicky, “All events include a super chic tote bag courtesy of Drybar and filled with products from our generous sponsors. Event guests also receive a certificate to come back to the spa and have a true spa day with a select treatment of their choice.”

Now in the eighth season, the 2013 Summer Spaaah Series celebrates the fantastic vendors of Arizona Spa Girls with eight luxury events packed full of value for both the consumers and the local businesses all mixed in the spirit of charity and celebration. The Series also raises funds throughout the night for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation of Phoenix.

The VIP Fresh Start Kick-off Celebration open house-style event is on May 3, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., at the Jewell McFarland Lewis – Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Resource Center in Phoenix. Guests will enjoy refreshments, tours and a chance to win tickets to the first Series event at Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix on May 17. Free to attend, RSVP by April 26.

The 2013 Summer Spaaah Series includes:

May 17: Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort, 6 – 9 p.m., $125

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018

May 31: Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician, 6 – 9 p.m., $125

6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

June 14: Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Gainey Ranch 6 – 9 p.m., $125

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., 
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

June 28: Dolce Salon & Spa Arrowhead, 6 – 9 p.m., $75

8385 W. Mariners Way, 
Peoria, AZ 85382

July 12: Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort, 6 – 9 p.m., $125

6902 E. Greenway Parkway
, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

July 26: Joya Spa at Montelucia Resort, 6 – 9 p.m., $130

4949 E. Lincoln Drive, 
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

August 9: The Spa at Talking Stick Resort, 6 – 9 p.m., $110

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd
., Scottsdale, AZ 85256

September 6: Dolce Salon & Spa, 6 – 9 p.m., $75

6340 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253

More details can be found out at summerspaseries.com.


Summer Spa Events and Specials

Scottsdale’s Hottest Spa Events, Specials

The summer heat might have us running for cover, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spoil ourselves. What better way to stay cool than by indulging in some of Scottsdale’s hottest spa events and spa specials?

Luxurious spas in and around the greater Phoenix area are coming together to celebrate this blazing season (in the air-conditioned shade, of course) and, in the process, will raise money for a wonderful cause.

Noteworthy spa events and specials in Scottsdale this summer include:

7th Annual Summer Spaaah Series

Arizona Spa Girls will host its seventh annual Summer Spaaah Series, a line-up of seven resort spa events, with a percentage of ticket sales targeted towards Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

Fresh Start is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women through the services of the Jewell McFarland Lewis-Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center in Phoenix.

Tickets for the Summer Spaaah Series start at $110 and include an evening reception, featuring an excellent wine selection and scrumptious samplings of the chef’s picks. Guests receive a beach bag stuffed with luxury spa and beauty products, a charity raffle ticket and, of course, mini spa services.

Each attendee will receive a “Spaaah” certificate valid toward one full spa treatment, along with use of the spa amenities on a day of their choosing, within 30 days of the event.

2012 dates and destinations for the Summer Spaaah Series:

6/15: Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch
7/13: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at the Wigwam, Litchfield Park
7/27: Arizona Biltmore Spa, Phoenix
8/10: Agave, The Arizona Spa at Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale
8/24: Amara Spa at Amara Resort Hotel, Sedona

For information on purchasing tickets, visit summerspaseries.com/store.

Spa Nordstrom

This summer, Spa Nordstrom is offering its heavenly Grapefruit Ice Pedicure for $60 (normally $70). This hour-long pedicure includes an aromatherapy feet soak along with a grapefruit and walnut shell leg/foot exfoliation.

Also, anyone who purchases an hour-long facial can also receive a pedicure simultaneously, for an additional $55.

And, Spa Nordstrom is now carrying the fabulous Moroccan Oil Body Line!

Spa Nordstrom
7055 E. Camelback Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 429-167

Bliss Spa

For those who plan to visit Bliss Spa at the W Hotel in the near future, be sure to ask about the Summer Spa Pass. For $300, you can choose three different services from its list of offerings, all targeting different areas of the body.

W Hotel

7277 E. Camelback Rd., 
(480) 575-0164

Spa Lamar

Looking for the perfect gift this summer that promises more bang for your buck? Fear not! At Spa Lamar, when you purchase a $100 gift card, you will receive a $25 gift card for your own personal use.

Spa Lamar
5115 N. Scottsdale Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 945-7066

Jurlique Spa

Just in time for the summer sizzle, Jurique Spa of Firesky Resort is boasting an all-new summer “de-stress for less” menu of services and prices. This special offer menu is available June 1st through September 30th.

Jurlique Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., 
(480) 424-6072

Joya Spa

Need to renew and replenish from the exhausting heat? Joya Spa presents its exclusive summer special: buy one, get one half off! Enjoy the luxurious list of services, along with access to Joya’s lavish, private terrace pool.

Montelucia Resort

4949 E. Lincoln Dr
., Scottsdale
(888) 691-5692

VH Spa for Vitality + Health

VH Spa at Valley Ho resort might offer the mother-load of summer savings! June and July offer massage and body treatments at a heavily discounted price.

On top of monthly deals, VH also has weekday summer specials. Check out its website for a complete list of the discounted services.

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St
., Scottsdale
(480) 248-2000

Blu Sol Spa

Talk about a super summer bargain — this boutique spa offers an hour-long massage for just $39, or an hour-long organic facial for $69! Call for more upcoming deals and specials.

Blu Sol Spa
7105 E. McDowell Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 423-0145

Dolce Salon Spa

Dolce has overhauled its menu to offer client’s special deals and discounts this month. Save big on some of your spa favorites and ultra indulgent party packages.
Also featured, a Father’s Day gift card package, which you definitely don’t want to pass up!

Dolce Salon Spa
6166 N. Scottsdale Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 722-0500

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Spa, known for delivering the star treatment, is now offering a 50-minute pedicure for only $58 (regularly $70). Choose from three flirty colors to soften and brighten your toes, all while sipping your favorite summer drink.

Also available Sundays through Thursdays, guests can chose from one of the following body treatments for just $89: Desert Lavender Massage, Sweet Mesquite Body Polish, or the Repair and Prevent Facial.

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 850-4065

What are you waiting for? Stay cool, do something nice for yourself, and help a very worthwhile cause. A list this long guarantees a spa experience you’ll not soon forget.


Dolce Salon & Spa

Dolce Salon & Spa's Hot Chocolate Stout Shave Rejuvenates

How Sweet It Is: An afternoon at Dolce Salon & Spa has this guy relaxed and rejuvenated

OK, men. Let’s sack any talk that spending an afternoon at a spa is well … unmanly.
After all, in these tough times, aren’t all we all a bit more stressed out than say, 10 years ago?

That was my mindset recently when I visited Dolce Salon & Spa in Scottsdale. I had an appointment for a 40-minute spa manicure and the “Hot Chocolate Stout” shave.

Dolce Salon & SpaThe timing of my visit couldn’t have been better. Things were pretty hectic at work, and although the week was winding down (my appointment was on a Thursday), I still had a lot to do at the office.

Leah was the nail specialist who did my manicure. She said that recently she has noticed more men coming in for spa services, including manicures. What surprises her, she said, is that men don’t have all those bad habits of which we’re accused, such as biting our nails and not really taking care of them.

Mine were in decent shape, so her suggestion was a trim, buff, cuticle procedure and hand scrub.

Leah proceeded with the manicure, constantly massaging my palms and making me feel at ease. After a wonderful scrub, she wrapped my hand all the way up to my forearms in hot towels. It was a blistering 108 degrees outside, but you don’t know just how nice those hot towels felt.

After Leah removed the towels, I was treated to a pleasant massage with cucumber and melon lotion. I could have opted for the more “manly” spice lotion, but I let Leah select her favorite … and a fine choice it was.

Totally relaxed from the manicure, I was ushered to the … Relaxation Room. I was greeted by soothing music, comfy sofas with over-sized pillows, muted lighting and the gentle sound of a waterfall. I was tempted to take a quick snooze, but then Katie, my stylist, walked in and took me upstairs for my shave.

Now guys, check this out. Here’s what the “Dolce Menu” says about the “Hot Chocolate Stout” shave: “Drink from the King’s cup with this hot chocolate shave that not only cleanses, but energizes as well.”

OK, there were no cold beverages included in this package, but to sit in a relaxing chair and have someone give you a scintillating, straight razor shave … well, it was downright intoxicating.

Katie first applied a layer of hot lather to seal in moisture and protect my skin. The lather was then painted on one more time before a warmed, straight razor worked its magic. (Incidentally, I didn’t shave for two days prior to my appointment so that Katie could have something to work with).

Once she was done with the shave, Katie applied a hot towel to my face. This was followed by soothing lotion in a cool towel to relax and seal my pores.

Because my appointment was right after lunch, I returned to my office to finish out the day. However, I went back to work relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for anything — even the stress and grind of what was left of the week.

Dolce Salon & Spa

6166 N. Scottsdale Road
(480) 722-9100

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Groupon success with business owners and consumers

Bargains Fuel Groupon’s Success With Business Owners And Consumers

Since its launch in Nov. 2008, Groupon.com has grown to become a phenomenon – both in the business world and among people searching for a steal.

Groupon.com uses the power of a group to get products and services at a 50- to 90-percent discount for its users. The discounts can be on anything from salon and photography services to deals at restaurants.

In order to be valid, the Groupon discount must reach a tipping point. The tipping point is the amount of people that must buy the Groupon in order for the retailer to make the discount valid. The tipping point is different for each discount.

Groupon offers Phoenix deals, and a separate venue for Scottsdale deals is on its way.

Groupon expanded rapidly. In less than two years the company has gone from seven employees at their headquarters in Chicago to 2,600 employees worldwide. Although Groupon has grown steadily since its inception, the company hit its stride in 2010, says Julie Mossler, Groupon spokesperson. In August, Forbes Magazine named Groupon the fastest growing company ever, Mossler says.

Harnessing Groupon’s power for your business is easy, Mossler says. The company started GrouponWork.com to help businesses learn how to work with Groupon. The site provides case studies on Groupon’s success and tips on how to successfully structure deals.

Dolce Salon & Spa is one Phoenix-area business that has taken advantage of the new marketing potential behind Groupon’s deals.

Dolce has offered two deals through Groupon.com and has seen a big return from it, says Dynelle Rodriguez, spokesperson for Dolce Salon & Spa.

Rodriguez said Groupon called them and suggested they strike a deal. The opportunity to market the salon and spa in a unique way intrigued her, she said.

Each day Dolce has a customer using a Groupon discount, Rodriguez says. Although the result has been greater than the company expected, Dolce isn’t looking to do another Groupon discount in the near future because of the long expiration dates on the company’s Groupons, she says. However, Rodriguez says she recommends Groupon to all businesses she deals with.

If you want to use Groupon for personal use, Mossler offers a few tips.

1. Let the excitement die down and wait a week before using the Groupon.
2. Tip on the full amount of the Groupon to thank the business for offering such a great discount.
3. If there are any problems, even if the merchant is the problem, give Groupon a call.
4. Connect with Groupon’s individual cities on Facebook or Twitter. Example: @GrouponPhoenix and facebook.com/grouponphoenix

In the future, Groupon is hoping to customize its bargain offerings even more than the gender- and location-specific deals the company currently offers.

If you think Groupon is going to save you tons of money, meet Josh Stevens, the Groupawn. He is living solely off of Groupon’s coupons for one year – and he applied for this job. He has to barter to pay for tax and tip and he must rely on strangers for transportation and lodging.

If Stevens is successful he will receive $100,000 at the end of his year. Stevens is about halfway through his journey and has yet to visit Arizona.

Mossler says Stevens’ plan was to venture West when freezing temperatures set in back East.

Keep your fingers crossed that Stevens sticks to his plan and hopefully we’ll see the Groupawn in Phoenix soon. It appears as if it’s getting cold in those northeastern states.

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