Each editor is assigned a best practice category (or two) to evaluate, and it is their responsibility to read all the applications entered in that category, including the data points and the essays. They are asked to score each application, and get back to me with a ranking of applicants in that category from highest to lowest. I then use the rankings to name the 200 honorees. Because this judging process requires quite a bit of focus and concentration, we allow editors who work in our corporate office to work from home while evaluating the applications. We've found even those of us who work from home offices on a regular basis have developed some hermit-type behaviors to get the job done. Flip through the slideshow at the bottom of this story, to see each one. I want to thank this team who give it their all year after year to not only evaluate each application, but who help compile the information from the 200 honorees to create our special January/February issue and all relating digital stories and email newsletters! We couldn’t do this without each and every one of them!!
On December 2, we sent an email alert to each applicant, letting them know whether or not they made the SALON TODAY 200 list this year. And, starting on December 3, we will be celebrating the “12 Days of the SALON TODAY 200,” when we post each category—one by one—revealing this year’s honorees in that category. Log onto salontoday.com or check our Facebook page daily to see the winning salons and spas in each category.