Beauty Collection to Open a Boutique in Marina del Rey, California

Beauty Collection's sixth brick-and-mortar site in Southern California will be in Marina del Rey. The grand opening has been set for May 14.

It will be a 2,100-square-foot boutique at 4722 Admiralty Way (90292). The same services (facials, massages, waxing bar, makeovers, etc.) and key beauty brands (with just a very few exceptions) will be offered as the regional salon/spa-store chain's other sites in Manhattan Beach, Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, Malibu, West Hollywood and Calabasas.

CPNA 2016 to Debut DISCOVER Green Program

Cosmoprof North America is launching DISCOVER Green, a special area on the show floor this year for companies dedicated to green, eco-friendly, clean, organic and/or natural beauty products.

CPNA officials say that the decision to include a new “green” section comes on the heels of increased consumer awareness about the environmental impact and ingredient safety from the products—including in beauty and wellness—that they purchase.

2016: The Year of Retail Redefined

This is the third installment in a three-part series on high-tech shopping trends.

This year, 2016, is the year of retail redefined. When I say redefined, I mean forever changed. It’s no longer about product on the shelf. Retail is about telling a story. Retail shelves are the new-age magazine cover.

Speaking of stories, ecommerce was the big story of holiday shopping. MasterCard SpendingPulse reports ecommerce grew roughly 20% during the season, compared to 2014. The report also shows overall spending rose 7.9% (1). However, the retail news is not all rosy. As I’m writing this piece, Macy’s, Gap and JCPenney announced store closures.

Editor's Note: Natural-Hair Movement Keeps Driving Sales

Do you sell multicultural/ethnic haircare products in your beauty business? New research from Mintel about the United States—where African-Americans and others continue to embrace the natural-hair movement—can certainly help you make more money.

According to the market-intelligence agency’s “Black Consumers and Haircare US 2015” report, from 2013 to 2015:

Tengram Capital Partners Invests in Cos Bar

Luxury specialty cosmetics retailer Cos Bar has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to receive an undisclosed investment from private-equity firm Tengram Capital Partners.

Cos Bar, founded by Lily Garfield in 1976, has 14 stores. Its product assortment includes skin care, color cosmetics, fragrance, bath and body, hair care, men’s, and tools & accessories.

Cos Bar’s partnership with Tengram includes numerous objectives, including to fund store expansion into new and existing markets.

[Image: Cos Bar]