The ISPA Foundation Receives Research Donation From Red Door Spas

November 14, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The International SPA Association Foundation is pleased to announce that Red Door Spas, a national day and resort spa operator, has donated $10,000 towards the research initiatives of the ISPA Foundation. The donation has been contributed in order to support new consumer research for the spa industry.

“The ISPA Foundation is dedicated to continually providing research initiatives, like the consumer study, which are vital to the growth and success of the spa industry,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “The research will give us insight into spa-goers and non-spa-goers perceptions of the spa, and address important questions dealing with stress.”

The new study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, will reveal data on consumer’s thoughts and preferences. These key elements are essential for spas while planning out treatment menus and developing new offerings. Consumer research not only provides insight into spa-goer trends, but also reveals how non-spa-goers are behaving. The study will shed light on why non-spa-goers aren’t visiting the spa, if they’ve ever considered visiting a spa and what misconceptions they may have about the spa.

“As the leading North American day spa operator and globally recognized spa brand, Red Door Spas is proud to support the ISPA Foundation and their research efforts in advancing the spa industry, promoting creativity and innovation within the space and enhancing the spa experience for both professionals and consumers through interactive education and training,” said Todd Walter, CEO of Red Door Spa Holdings. “We have seen tremendous growth and opportunity in the field and look forward to an active partnership with the ISPA Foundation to help strengthen the industry’s professional network and increase awareness about the healing benefits of spa treatments for optimal health and wellness.”

More information regarding the progress of the consumer research will be available during the 2011 ISPA Conference & Expo, held November 7-9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. ISPA has released groundbreaking studies and research tools since the early 1990s. To learn more about ISPA’s research and business tools, visit

About Red Door Spas

With its renowned beauty expertise based on the fundamental elements of day spa pioneer Elizabeth Arden, Red Door Spas operates 31 day and resort spas nationwide. Committed to enhancing the lives of its guests through beauty, harmony, and well-being, and to providing pioneering techniques, quality treatments, and advanced services, Red Door Spas will continue to expand, innovate, and remain the leader in the day spa industry for years to come.

About Red Door Spa Holdings

Red Door Spa Holdings is a privately-held company backed by North Castle Partners, a private-equity firm specializing in investments in the healthy living and aging sector. Red Door Spa Holdings owns and operates spas and licenses trademarks from the publicly-traded global prestige beauty products company, Elizabeth Arden Inc., and is a separate corporate entity.

Red Door Spa Holdings currently owns and operates 50 full-service salons and day spas across the United States. This includes 31 Red Door Spas in freestanding locations and upscale resort and hotel properties, 18 Chicago-based Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas, and one prototype location of the newest division, Simply Face & Body, in Ramsey, NJ.

About the ISPA Foundation

Created in 1999 to serve the educational and research needs of the spa industry through endowments, curriculum development and scholarships, the ISPA Foundation is the nonprofit 501(c)3 arm of ISPA. The ISPA Foundation’s mission is to improve and enhance the value of the spa experience while supporting its vision of sustainable health and well-being through the advancement of spa culture. For more information on the ISPA Foundation and opportunities for involvement, please visit

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