Studio 182 has gotten a makeover of its own after 10 years.
The hair design and skin care salon now has a new name — Lotus Salon and Spa.
Owners Melissa Jamison, Kim Nuss and Danielle Morrison kept the same people but moved to the top level of the Country Club Corners campus at Highway 115 and E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Jamison was a sales representative for Aveda before starting Studio 182 with Nuss and Morrison. It began as a hair studio, but with the new location more employees were added to offer additional services.
“The increased square footage has allowed us to provide more services to our customers seeking anti-aging, therapeutic, and beauty enhancing spa services,” Morrison said. “We believe we have exceeded our goals in the new location.”
The new space spans about 3,200 square feet and has separate rooms for treatments, pedicures and manicures.
Though consumer spending is showing signs of softening, retailers were still able to post modest gains with August retail sales, ending the pivotal back-to-school season with some momentum for heading into the holiday season.
Retail industry sales for August (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) rose 5 percent unadjusted over last year, according to the National Retail Federation
August retail sales figures from the U.S. Commerce Department show that total retail sales (which include non-general merchandise categories such as autos, gasoline stations and restaurants) increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from last month and 4.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
“High demand for iPods, cell phones and laptops as well as new school clothes and college furnishings helped retailers bring a solid end to the back-to-school season,” said NRF Chief Economist Rosalind Wells. “However, unfavorable credit and housing market conditions will force retailers to work extra hard to get consumers’ attention in the next few months as they begin the ever-important holiday season.”
Sporting goods, hobby, book and music store sales increased 8.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year and a 0.3 percent increase from last month.
Thanks to growing demand from college students, home furnishing stores got a boost with sales increasing 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted from July and 2.8 percent unadjusted over last August.
Electronics stores’ sales increased as well with a 0.4 percent increase seasonally adjusted from July and 3.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Clothing and clothing accessory stores saw strong year-over-year gains, posting a 7.1 percent increase unadjusted from last year, but decreasing 0.1 percent from July. Health and personal care stores increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from July and 6.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
The troubled housing market continues to put a damper on building material and garden equipment sales. Sales in that category dropped 1.0 percent seasonally adjusted from July and 1.0 percent unadjusted over last year.
Joan Johnson covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.