New yoga, calisthenics and other fitness classes are being taught not on floor mats, but on paddleboards. The thick, stable surfboards come with a long paddle and allow users to do exercises on calm, flat water.
Beauty products makers are putting a new emphasis on sustainability in both products and practices, according to market research firm Organic Monitor. "The beauty industry has historically received negative media publicity for unethical business practices, however green appears to have become the new black," the firm said in a release.
The Cliff House Resort and Spa’s solar thermal system powers the heat and hot water in the resort's 32 guest rooms and the spa's 10 treatment rooms. The Maine resort recently installed the system, the state's largest, to cut down on propane use and greenhouse emissions.
Spa Week specials may be just the ticket for accountants and their clients who are feeling tax-deadline stress. The $50 specials offered at many spas and salons April 16 to 22 are aimed at giving newcomers a taste of the relaxation and wellness treatments provide.
Founders who are willing to learn, close attention to new competitors, having a backup plan to gather capital -- those are among the best predictors of survival for a new company, experts say. Others include picking a big market in a growing field, offering customized service, and choosing established suppliers.