Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Announces Partnership with David’s Bridal

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Growing Massage Franchise Helps Brides Say “I Do” to Wellness and Relaxation this Wedding Season

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Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, a leader in providing convenient facials, expert massage, and wax-free hair removal services, announced an exclusive partnership with David’s Bridal, the leading U.S. bridal and special occasion authority outfitting more than one in three American brides. The two brands are teaming up to help brides across the country relieve wedding planning stress by incorporating massages, facials and bridal spa parties into their wedding mix.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a recognized and fantastic brand in the wedding space this year,” said Todd Leff, president and CEO of Hand & Stone. “We hope brides will enjoy the ‘me’ time they deserve by taking advantage of our network of franchisees, their incredible therapists and Hand & Stone’s customized massages and healthy skin facials.”

Hand & Stone franchisees will have access to brides in David’s Bridal stores and will offer brides exclusive coupons and bridal spa parties for their guests. Together they will enrich the bridal experience as she finds the wedding dress of her dreams and keeps her entire bridal party relaxed and feeling their best during the planning process.

“David’s Bridal is excited to partner with Hand & Stone in order to offer our brides a new way they will be able to decompress during the wedding planning process,” said Peter Campbell, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for David’s Bridal. “We know that many women find the experience of planning a wedding to be overwhelming, and hopefully when she visits our stores she will not only be able to find the perfect gown for her walk down the aisle but also find a little peace and serenity during a hectic time in her life.”

Hand & Stone surpassed $185 million in system wide sales for 2015, up from $125 million in 2014, fueled by strong comparable store sales and new unit growth. In 2015 the Hand & Stone system achieved another year of 20% plus comparable store growth, the fourth straight year of comparable sales growth in excess of 20%.

Hand & Stone has grown quickly beyond its East Coast strongholds and now has over 250 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The Company expects to open another 70 locations in 2016.

Leff attributes the rapid expansion to Hand & Stone’s emphasis on customer service, as well as its affordable month-to-month Lifestyle Program, which gives clients the ability to add regular massages to their monthly routine at a price that matches their budget.

“Before Hand & Stone offered spa services to the middle market, many people perceived the services we provide as an indulgence,” Leff said. “Now that we offer the same therapeutic services that guests receive at day spas, at a far lower cost – and more conveniently – our customers can see for themselves the benefits that adding a regular massage or facials to their health and wellness regimen.”

Hand & Stone’s Founder, John Marco, launched the brand in 2004 with a mission to bring massage therapy and quality facial services to the masses, affordably and conveniently. Using technological innovation, a high-quality guest experience, and strong partnerships like the one with David’s Bridal, the brand is perfectly poised for even more rapid growth in 2016.

“We have proven that our model is extremely effective for both our owners and guests of the spas,” said Leff. “With strategic partners such as David’s Bridal, I’m confident we can introduce the Hand and Stone experience to a whole new audience of customers.”

ABOUT HAND & STONE
Hand & Stone is a 250 unit massage and facial spa chain with a mission to bring massage and facial services to the masses. Launched in 2004 by a passionate physical therapist, John Marco and now led by franchise veteran Todd Leff, Hand & Stone now has locations in 28 states and Canada. For more information on Hand & Stone, visit http://www.handandstone.com.

ABOUT DAVID’S BRIDAL
Known for outstanding value, fashionable designs and the ease of one-stop shopping, one out of every three brides in the US chooses to walk down the aisle in a gown from David’s Bridal. With more than 60 years of experience dressing women for all of life’s special occasions, David’s Bridal has stores located in the US, Canada, UK and Puerto Rico offering an extensive selection of gowns and dresses in her size in a variety of silhouettes and styles. To learn more about David’s Bridal, visit http://www.davidsbridal.com and connect on social media through Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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