Business: Sun Salons

Selling that Acapulco gold

According to its promoters, the hottest new franchise field around now is tanning clinics. These are shops equipped with ultraviolet-lighted booths and promising that regular sessions of 60 seconds or more will give winter-wan patrons a healthy summer glow. At least a dozen outfits bearing such names as Tantalize, Tantrific Sun and Tan Four Seasons have opened scores of the indoor bronzeries in the past twelve months.

The idea was born 18 months ago in Searcy, Ark. (pop. 11,000), when three entrepreneurs converted half of an old house into the first...

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