Abingdon, Va. — Virginia-based spa distributor Universal Companies is planning a grand opening for a first-of-its-kind Wellness & Beauty Learning Center. The Learning Center, which officially opened in October, provides classes and on-site training in the new 6,700-square-foot facility located in Torrance, California. Advanced continuing education and related events are offered for a broad range of wellness and beauty professionals, including spa and med-spa practitioners, estheticians, massage therapists, salon technicians, independent practitioners and solopreneurs.
“Today’s spa-goers are much savvier because of their extensive access to wellness and beauty knowledge,” said Brenda Elliott, CEO of Universal Companies. “Universal Companies’ mission is to help spas develop their businesses, and our Wellness & Beauty Learning Center will help provide them with the tools to keep abreast of the latest trends and advancements in treatments, beauty and wellness.”
The Grand Opening includes the following six events for different audiences spanning three days, February 22 – 24:
Education Open House | Monday, February 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
Education Partners Event | Monday, February 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST)
School owners, managers and administration will be welcomed with a tour and presentations that highlight the opportunity of lifelong learning in the spa industry. The Wellness & Beauty Learning Center is uniquely positioned to be a long-term partner for high-quality continuing education for educators and students. Free valet parking, refreshments, and multiple drawings on the hour for spa products, free classes and Universal Companies gift certificates.
Ribbon Cutting Event | Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST)
This event will feature speakers, including Marti Morenings, founder, and Brenda Elliott, CEO, Universal Companies, to commemorate the opening of the Center as the first campus of its kind in the spa industry. Speakers will share the importance for the community of developing a platform for continuing education and the benefits for spa professionals. Free valet parking and refreshments.
Vendor Preview Event | Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PST)
Vendors will get an exclusive first look at the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center, where they can become part of the ongoing educational opportunities, product and equipment showroom, events and unique cooperative marketing opportunities available. The Wellness & Beauty Learning Center will take co-branding to a new level. Refreshments will be provided.
Exclusive Preview Event | Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (PST)
This big event includes the VIP treatment and an exclusive preview of the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center. Attendees will learn more about the many classes and related events being presented at the Learning Center this year. Featured speakers will include Marti Morenings, founder, and Brenda Elliott, CEO, Universal Companies. Free valet parking, goody bags for all attendees, and multiple drawings on the hour for spa products, free classes, discounts and Universal Companies gift certificates. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar will be provided.
Open House | Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (PST)
Attendees at this event will learn about the many hands-on classes and exclusive events being presented at the Learning Center this year. Featured speakers will include Marti Morenings, founder, and Brenda Elliott, CEO, Universal Companies. Free valet parking, plus multiple drawings on the hour for spa products, free classes, discounts and Universal Companies gift certificates. Open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
A Place Where Spa Industry Professionals Can Connect
In addition to classroom space, the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center will feature two fully equipped spa treatment rooms for live demonstrations and hands-on training. A showroom for equipment, professional products and supplies will also be on-site, as well as meeting space for industry events. The new center will not only provide for a wide variety of educational opportunities, but will also provide a venue for after-hours special events where educators, customers, students, industry representatives and Universal Companies vendor partners can meet and network face-to-face.
For more information about the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center, call Universal Companies at (800) 558-5571. For class information, visit universalcompanies.com/WBLC.
For more than 30 years, over 30,000 spa professionals in 47 countries have trusted Universal Companies to be their single-source supplier, providing thousands of products to help them manage and grow their businesses. Located in beautiful and historic Abingdon, Virginia, the distributor offers furniture, fixtures, equipment, implements, supplies and spa apparel to customers from the largest spa to the independent practitioner. Universal Companies also offers professional skin and body products, retail items and merchandising tools. In addition, the company has teams of skin care, education, retail and spa development specialists who are happy to share their expertise with customers. Universal Companies provides spas with innovative consulting services, educational materials and training options, and recently opened a Wellness & Beauty Learning Center in Southern California. This 6,700-square-foot facility is the first of its kind, offering classes and on-site training to a broad range of wellness and beauty professionals. For more information about Universal Companies, please call (800) 558-5571 or visit universalcompanies.com.