The annual meeting of the Washington Spa Alliance will be held at the new Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, on Sunday, November 17th. New members can register at www.washingtonspaalliance.com
WSPA launched their fourth season last week at Washington's Mandarin Oriental hotel, welcoming new spa director Brandon Coffing. Previously with Mandarin Oriental spas in San Francisco and Las Vegas, Brandon said he was pleased to discover a vibrant spa community in Washington.
Penny Kriel, who ran the Mandarin Spa for seven years, brought news from her new post at Salamander Resort & Spa. Members of WSPA will be treated to a taste of Virginia wine country on November 17th, with an optional overnight and spa program. Penny says she is still recruiting therapists for Salamander Spa, which has been busy since opening day in August. Meanwhile, preparing to move into a new home with her photojournalist husband Justin and two kids.
Suppliers for Salamander networked during the event. Michael Scholes said he created the spa's signature scent at his Laboratory of Flowers in Sterling, Va. with notes of tobacco and tree bark symbolic of the region. Ada Polla introduced Alchimie Forever skin care from Switzerland at Salamander.
Gathering in beautiful places like Salamander and the Mandarin Oriental Washington, WSPA members meet old and new friends, learn about job opportunities, and what's happening around the Capital region. Plans for their fourth annual symposium, scheduled March 18, 2014, at the National Press Club will be presented at the November meeting by chair Sharilyn Abbajay of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas.
Regardless of the federal shutdown, WSPA is buzzing with energy.
- Bernard Burt, chairman emeritus