Hot spot tanneries are the best way to get the most bang for your buck, according to a study that found some of the country’s best salons can open at the drop of a hat.
The study, conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology, looked at the locations of more than 3,600 tanning shops in the United States and found that about half were open at least three hours a day, and about one-third were open 24/7.
In some cases, the businesses were open less than that.
To be considered a “hot spot” tanning shop, a business must be located in a town that has an average of two or more salons per square mile, and the business must offer a range of products and services.
Hot spots were defined as places where more than two salons were available in a 24-hour period.
Hot spot tannery owner Mike Waddell, who runs a business called Tanning Salon and Salon Spa in Scotts Valley, said his business has opened at least once every three weeks since the recession began, but he’s not surprised that the demand is so high.
“The demand is there,” he said.
“It’s just people are getting tired of being stuck in traffic, they’re not getting paid enough, they have nowhere else to go, and they’re desperate to find something to get away from all that.”
Waddell said he sees some of his customers come to his shop to get a fresh tan, which can cost $150 to $300, and he believes the demand for such services is outstripping the business’s ability to pay people.
Waddel said he’s been doing business for more than 30 years, and although he’s gotten a few calls in recent years, the demand has always been there.
“I’m a little worried that the economy will come down,” he told AZCentral.
“I’m not sure what the economy is going to do.”
The recession has slowed the economy and lowered the cost of hiring employees.
Waddel expects the recession to slow demand for new employees, but the industry has not been affected.
He said the demand of people looking for a fresh, tan is what drives his business, which is not a luxury item.
“We get people who want to be healthy and looking good,” he added.
“They’re looking for that new piece of clothing that will help them do what they’re doing.”
Wadell said the economy has helped him and other salons in the industry by lowering costs and hiring more people, but that it’s not the only reason why they’re opening.
He said his shop does not take a cut from any sales.
“There are a lot of other factors, like we get people coming from other states that are looking for jobs, that have lost their jobs,” he explained.
“So the business model is very different.
It’s a business model that’s not in your control.”
Wang’s Tanning & Spa in Phoenix opened its doors in December.
A few weeks ago, the salon hired two more salvers, and another two more are expected to open soon.
“It’s not just about the cost, but it’s about the quality,” said co-owner Lola Wang.
“We don’t have the overhead or the overhead of other salon, so it’s all about the customers.”
W Wang said her business was once only a few hours away, but she has seen it grow and grow.
“A lot of the time, people want to get that extra benefit of being able to take the extra steps,” she said.
She said her customers often come in to see her because they’re tired and want to try something different.
“They’re just trying to make it work,” she explained.
Wang said her clients are usually from the East Coast, and she expects that to change soon.
“In a year or two, I think they’re going to come from California, or the Northeast,” she added.
Wadel said the majority of his business’s income comes from rent.
He estimated that his business will earn about $10,000 a month in revenue next year.
He also plans to expand and expand.
“One thing I’m doing right now is, we’re opening up more places,” he laughed.
Wads’ Tanning Spa was established in 2013.
Wads is an artist and works with clients to make them look more beautiful.
Wadel also helps to design clients’ tattoos.
“In the end, it’s a lot more fun for us,” he admitted.
“As long as we keep doing what we’re doing, the customers keep coming back.”