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Massages Now Available at Walgreens


NEW YORK, NY (May 02, 2005) − Spa Finder, Inc., the global spa resource, announced today that Spa Finder Gift Cards are now available at the 4,700 Walgreens drugstores in the United States -€“ just in time for Mother's Day gift giving. Walgreens is the first retail chain to add the new Spa Finder card to its gift card selection. The card is available in denominations of $25 and $50 and can be used at thousands of the world's finest spas for any spa treatment, service or product. Select Walgreens locations will also carry Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, the leading spa lifestyle publication.

"We are excited to launch the Spa Finder Gift Card program with Walgreens, a company key to our expanded distribution network," said Spa Finder, Inc. Chairman and CEO Pete Ellis. "Our partnership with Walgreens gives consumers all over the U.S. convenient access to the world's most popular spa gift card."

With the largest network of spa partners and the largest consolidated spa consumer audience, the Spa Finder Gift Card program sits at the center of the unfolding healthy living phenomenon that has made spa-inspired products and services part of daily American life. According to a Gallup poll, 33% of leisure travelers cite access to a spa as a primary consideration when making their travel plans. Between 1994 and 2004, the number of U.S. spas has quadrupled and 52% of men and women said they received a spa treatment in 20031. Gift certificate sales at Spa Finder have doubled each year for the last three years and the company anticipates similar success for sales of the new Spa Finder Gift Card.

Consumers can use Spa Finder Gift Cards for a vast range of spa treatments, products and services, such as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, fitness classes…even toward a spa vacation or retreat. Participating spas are located throughout the U.S., making Walgreens an ideal distribution point for the gift cards.

"Millions of consumers in thousands of communities now have immediate access to Spa Finder Gift Cards through Walgreens," said Ellis. "We look forward to working with Walgreens to meet the exploding demand for the gift of spa."

1 International Spa Association 'State of the Industry Surveys 1999-2004 (in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown)

About Spa Finder, Inc.:

As the world's largest spa marketing and media company, Spa Finder reaches millions of health conscious consumers via its award-winning website, Spafinder.com. The company publishes Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, the trusted authority on luxury spas and associated lifestyles, and The Spa Enthusiast, the leading publication for active spa-goers. Spa Finder also operates the world's largest spa gift certificate and incentive programs as well as the Spa Distribution Network, the Internet's first online spa booking program.

About Walgreens:

Walgreen Co. is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2004 sales of $37.5 billion. The company operates 4,761 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico, and plans to open about 450 new stores nationwide in fiscal 2005. Walgreens also provides additional services to pharmacy patients and prescription drug plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives (a pharmacy benefits manager), Walgreens Mail Service, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy and Walgreens Home Care.

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