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The Best of the Best

Melinda Taschetta-Millane September 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Best of the Best award

This beautiful glass statuette was give to all winners of the 2008 Skin Inc. magazine Best of the Best Awards.

2008 marked the third year that Skin Inc. magazine has been holding its Best of the Best Awards competition. This year, we reformulated the Industry award categories and added a voting process to increase reader involvement.

What a success this turned out to be! Nearly 100 spas submitted entries for the five categories and, of those, the top five entries in each category were determined by our panel of neutral industry experts. From there, we posted those top five on, and invited all of our readers and Web users to vote for their top picks. More than 20,000 votes were received, showing the passion and dedication each of the winners and finalists offer. Plus, a significant portion of those people also lent their voices to nominating entries for the Supplier award categories.

Voting for both the Industry and Supplier sides closed on July 13, 2008, and, after much tabulating, those companies with the most votes were named the winners. By using this reader-driven voting system and your input, the Best of the Best Awards is the most unbiased, prestigious honor given in the industry today.

With that, I am proud to announce our 2008 Best of the Best Award Winners. Please note that our finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Our congratulations go out to all of the above listed spas and companies—you are all winners. Your commitment and dedication to this industry is admirable. This year’s winners will receive a beautiful crystal award to display in their place of business, and all finalists will receive a frameable certificate to showcase their outstanding achievement.

Be sure to read the stories behind the 2008 award entries in Abby Penning’s article in the October issue and check back at the newly redesigned for information on the 2009 Best of the Best Awards. Congratulations to all!



Industry Winners

Best Spa Marketing Campaign

Winner: ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare, Pittsburgh

Finalist: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, worldwide locations

Finalist: facelogic Spa, Clovis, California

Finalist: Red Mountain Spa, Ivins, Utah

Finalist: Tranquility Day Spa & Salon, Manassas, Virginia

Most Employee-friendly Spa

Winner: facelogic Spa, Clovis, California

Finalist: Arabella Vitall Day Spa, Puyallup, Washington

Finalist: Blue Water Spa, Raleigh, North Carolina

Finalist: Dolce & Companies Corporation, Chandler, Arizona

Finalist: Relâche Spa at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee

Best Medical Spa

Winner: Body Perfect LLC, Springfield, Illinois

Finalist: De Paola Lowrance Clinical Skin Care & Laser Center, New York

Finalist: In Your Own Skin Skin Therapy Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Finalist: Innovations MedSpa by Bill J. Johnson, MD, Dallas

Finalist: U. Boutique & Med Spa, Plano, Texas

Best Green Spa

Winner: Silken Tent, Glenview, Illinois

Finalist: Green Spa NY, New York

Finalist: Natural Body Spa and Shoppe, Ashburn, Virginia

Finalist: Natural Body Spa and Shoppe, West End, Washington, D.C.

Finalist: The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York

Best New Spa

Winner: Euro Med Spa, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Finalist: Avanti Day Resort, Manalapan, New Jersey

Finalist: facelogic Spa, Clovis, California

Finalist: Majure Skin Care and Wellness Center, Mt. Airy, North Carolina

Finalist: Silken Tent, Glenview, Illinois

Supplier Winners

Best Body Line

Winner: Aviva Labs, Inc.

Finalist: BIOTONE Professional Massage & Spa Therapy Products

Finalist: M’Lis

Best Cosmetics Line

Winner: Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

Finalist: Athena Cosmetics/RevitaLash

Finalist: gl¯oProfessional

Best Industry Equipment

Winner: Bio-Therapeutic, Inc.

Finalist: Edge Systems Corporation

Finalist: Syneron

Best Facial Line

Winner: Bioelements

Finalist: Éminence Organic Skin Care

Finalist: Pevonia Botanica

Finalist: Repêchage

Best Spa Tools & Accessories Line

Winner: Scandle

Finalist: Clarisonic

Finalist: Universal Companies

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