STORE BUZZ: Burt’s Bees is opening a store and showroom within its factory space in Durham, N.C. While plans are still in concept form — store square footage has not been determined — Roxanne Quimby, the company’s president, said the store would open some time next year. The idea for a store and showroom was driven by Burt’s Bees’ frequent plant tours by school groups, clubs and tourists. “We thought it would be a good idea to offer products for sale after people finished their factory tour,” Quimby said, adding that the store will also provide an opportunity to experiment with merchandising, point-of-purchase display and promotional ideas. The store will most likely be designed by the firm’s in-house art department, and will likely be a one-of-a-kind. When asked whether the store would serve as a prototype for future locations, Quimby said, “Definitely not. We don’t think we are retailers.”

NEW BLOOD: Mary Albanese has been named director of creative and communications at Zotos International, reporting to Richard Stella, vice president of marketing and communications. Albanese’s responsibilities include directing all creative services for Zotos and ISO marketing, sales and education programs, as well as public relations duties. Most recently, Albanese served as communications director for Wella Professional. She replaces Dina Elliot, who left the company. Also in Zotos news, Judie Maginn has been named vice president of marketing for Joico. Maginn will oversee all marketing activities for Joico’s hair care, hair color and texture products and will report to Robert Seidl, president and chief executive officer of Zotos. Maginn most recently served as vice president of marketing for Matrix.

ROOM TO GROW: Extracts, the trade show for aromatherapy, fragrance and personal care, has outgrown Exhibit Hall A, the building adjacent to the Jacob Javits Convention Center and is holding its fall show in Hall 1C, within the center’s main building. The 14th semiannual event, scheduled for Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, will continue its on-site spa and feature nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world.

GETTING THE WORD OUT: Colomer USA has launched an extensive outdoor advertising campaign to better target its multicultural customer. Buses, billboards and subways in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Memphis, Houston and Washington D.C. now feature the ethnic beauty company’s message to support its Revlon Realistic relaxer systems and Crème of Nature permanent hair color line. An outdoor campaign is scheduled for Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Orlando this month.NEW LOOK: Katherine Frank Creative Inc. has been contracted to create a new cohesive design image for The Wella Corp., including the Wella, Sebastian and Graham Webb brands. New graphics, banners and signage are part of the effort. Tammy Marinis will lead the program for the Lombard, Ill.-based creative group.

FIT FOR A DUCHESS: The Waldorf-Astoria has opened Plus One Spa, a 4,000-square-foot space on the hotel’s 19th floor. Specialty beauty treatments, such as The Chocolate Pansy, a chocolate sugar exfoliation followed by a milk and honey cocoon wrap, have been designed exclusively for the spa. In addition to treatments for men and women, the spa also offers private showers, personal fitness training, yoga classes and nutritional counseling. Plus One Spa uses the Naturopathica botanical skin and body line of products.

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