Monday, December 28, 2009

Tips on Tipping

When it comes to tipping, how much is enough or too little? What is appropriate for outstanding service versus regular? Do you tip the gentleman holding the door, then the driver, then the other doorman? Should I carry a pocket full of singles on a daily basis? Goodness! Where do you draw the line? Here are some general guidelines surrounding the etiquette of tipping.

When dinning at a restaurant you consider standard and casual you should expect to leave tips around 15% of your bill. This goes for breakfast, lunch and dinner; whether you had a salad or a steak. If service was particularly good, take that into account and let the tip reflect it. When eating at a place that offers self-service options, you can leave less since you're doing the work.

At a fine dinning restaurant tips for your waiter should be at or surpassing 20%. Service tends to be more complex and the quality of your experience is higher. If you are covering the bill for a large party, the tip is often included, but if your stay was above and beyond the norm let your head waiter's tip reflect it.

When you do go out to an up-scale restaurant there will often be many other people besides your server involved. Doormen, a coat-check, Valet, Maitre d' and possibly a Sommelier all play their respective roles that garner tips. For doormen and coat-check positions a dollar or two is standard. If it's raining or a taxi is called adjust accordingly. If the valet parked your car in a good spot or was particularly timely exceeding five dollars is okay, otherwise that is sufficient. As far as the maitre d' is concerned their primary job is to welcome you, seat you and maybe check in later in your meal. Often a smile is all they receive. However, if it is your first time in a particular restaurant a tip after being seated will make you a remembered guest for future visits. If you are a regular at a favorite spot, a small tip and warm "thank you as always" is often exchanged on the way out. Five to ten dollars is customary, fifteen or more is generous. If you are a lover of wine conversing with a Sommelier is a must. Discussing what you plan to eat and requesting the proper pour will only enhance your night out. Sommeliers are incredibly knowledgeable and welcome assisting or answering your questions. A tip of 10% of the wine costs is standard, but consider 15% or more when ordering multiple bottles or receiving extraordinary suggestions/service. Always tip bartenders at least 15% of your bill. Other staff members such as bathroom attendants usually get a dollar or two depending on your interaction. If you stained your shirt or need aspirin for a headache, these people are life savers.

If you were drinking, or are out of town and traveling by taxi, leave your driver 15% of the total fee. If you are at an airport or hotel and the driver assists you with your bags go a little further. When you are late for work and a driver hustles through traffic, show your appreciation!

All of these people are working hard for you, trying to make your stay as smooth as possible. Nothing is better than be recognized for your work, so when you go out and have a great time, be sure to take care of the people that are making it happen.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Fun Facts-Fall/Winter

Commonly Asked Beauty Questions

What is an antioxidant and why will it help my skin?

An antioxidant is a nutrient that stops the harmful effects of free radicals. When an antioxidant and free radical come in to contact the free radical is stopped dead in its tracks and cannot cause further damage. This helps your skin as free radicals if left to cause damage age the skin.

Why does my makeup ware off by noon???

The # 1 rule of make up application is cream on cream , powder on powder.
Most people do not realize that makeup must have a base to grab on to. If you are using a powder shadow or blush and do not have a powder base, it will be off by noon. This is because the oils in your skin e or the moisture in you foundation will soak up the powder products. So before you use your powder colors set your face with a powder of choice. Oppositely if you are using cream colors you must have a cream base to work on or they will become streaky and uneven. Always remember your base must be the same as your products then you will have makeup that lasts all day.

Stay tuned for more Fun Facts on health, beauty, fashion, hair and more! And don't forget our Savings Card's and Gift Certificates for less this holiday season! Swing by http://www.salonandspapromotions/ for the perfect gift this time of year or any time of year!
Happy Holiday's from Salon and Spa Promotions! We wish you days that are merry and bright!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Just in Time for the Holidays, Exciting News from Salon and Spa Promotions!

Salon and Spa Promotions is proud to announce the launch of our new website, which is live today! This has truly been a large undertaking as S and S got a whole overhaul and and a new face lift. We are happy to say that this new version of our site is by far, more user friendly and will help you find what you are looking for, fairly quickly.

Not only can you find great deals on a new salon, you can also view our featured salon, find gift certificates for less or even view current trends in beauty and fashion! Are you a salon looking to build your business? You can join our program right on our website! Or maybe you are a stylist looking for a job....check out our job listings.

So swing by and check us out now. Email us with feedback. We at Salon and Spa Promotions would love to hear from you! And starting Monday, look for our new commercials! Salon and Spa Promotions, premium salon services for less!

Friday, August 7, 2009

You need to grow your business and knows how to make it happen!


You need to grow your business and knows how to make it happen.

With you can discover what the most successful salons and spas already know – the best way to increase your bottom line is promotion, promotion, promotion.

Here are some of the most effective promotional strategies used by highly successful businesses:

1. Promotional Pricing
2. Referral Programs
3. Reward Programs

1. Promotional Pricing

New salon owners are often surprised to learn that their biggest competitors – even large, upscale salons – consistently offer special pricing to entice new clients. The most successful businesses know once a client is sold on services, they will return again and again – at full price. But, first, you must get them in the door! provides a special pricing tool that drives business to you – our 50% off Savings Card. The Savings Card offers an entire menu of services at 50% off to first-time clients.

Use the Savings Card to expand business with existing clients too. For all those clients who come to you for just one or two services, now is the time to promote your business by introducing them to additional services with the Savings Card.

Both you and your clients win: you increase your business; clients save as they try services new to them.

Fact You Need to Know: 61% of potential clients try a new business on promotional pricing only.(ref. A.C. Neilson)

2. Referral Programs

Word of mouth is the best source of business, so don’t be shy, ask your clients to spread the word. You know they like your services and a satisfied customer is a great testimonial. Remember, too, most people like to be helpful but may not think to tell others about you. They just need a little nudge. Ask! They’ll be happy to tell their family and friends about you.

When a client does send business your way, be sure to say “Thank you,” for the referral. helps you create effective referral programs that show your appreciation.

Fact You Need to Know: Word of mouth accounts for 65% of all new business. (ref. A.C. Neilson)

3. Reward Programs

A good reward program increases business. Reward programs fosters client loyalty, encourage clients to try new products or services, and say, “Thanks for your business.” Today’s economy is scary and competition is fierce. That makes it more important than ever to show your clients that you are grateful they chose you. creates reward programs that give clients added value and we tailor reward programs to your marketing needs.


Watch for a future blog on self promotion:
“Self-Promotion – The Best Promotional Tool is You”

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Online Newsletter

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We will never share or sell your email address. You can be sure that when you sign up for our beauty news, it is coming straight from us! Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Promo code for Mothers day

If you follow us by mothers day on facebook or twitter use code type in code # md001 for 5.00 off a beauty passport. Perfect for Mothers day! Show Mom you care with the gift of beauty!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mothers Day Is Coming Up

With Mother's Day right around the corner, you might be feeling a bit panicked about what to get dear old Mom! Never fear, Salon and Spa Promotions has just the thing for your wonderful Mother, Beautiful Wife or Sassy Sister. Stop by and check out our Beauty passports!

How does it work?

Click here

1. Pick your region
2. Select your Salon/Spa
3. Purchase your passport for just $25.00

• A Passport is a savings card.

• You pay just $25 and get 50% off ALL the services listed on the Passport.

• The Passport is used exclusively at the salon/spa you select.

4. Check your mailbox
• You will receive your Passport by US mail, usually within one week.

5. Redeem your passport

Surprising that special lady in your life just got a lot easier and a lot friendlier on your wallet. Stop in and see us today!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Our Faq Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When I purchase a Passport can I use it at any of your member salons and spas?

A. Each Passport is your ticket to great savings for a variety of services at one specific member salon or spa. You may use a Passport only at the location specified on the Passport.

Q. If I have used a Passport at one of your member salons or spas does that mean I can never use a Passport at any other of your member salons or spas?

A. You may purchase a Passport to each of our member salons and spas. However, you may use only one (1) Passport per location.

Q. Do I have to use all the Passport services on the same day?

A. You may use one or more services per scheduled appointment. Member salons and spas may limit the number of services you can schedule on the same day. Please check the details on the back of your Passport.
Note: You have 12 months from the date of the Passport to receive the Passport services.

Q. Can I purchase a Salon and Spa Passport for a friend?

A. Of course you can. Or, you may wish to purchase a Passport Gift Certificate and let your friend select the salon or spa of his or her choice.

Q. Can I use a Salon and Spa Passport Gift Certificate to purchase services or products at member salons and spas?

A. Passport Gift Certificates can be redeemed for Passports only. Passport Gift Certificates may not be used to purchase services or products at member salons and spas.

Q. How has Salon and Spa selected its member salons and spas?

A. Salon and Spa uses the highest standards to guide our member selection process. As stated in our Mission “...we include only salons and spas that demonstrate high standards of excellence and provide the finest professional services. All our member salons and spas offer attentive client care, inviting interiors and premium products.”