Marc and Company Hair Design Studio named as one of Salon Today Magazine's "Salons of the Year"

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (June 1, 2004) - MARC AND COMPANY HAIR DESIGN STUDIO in Lake Forest, California, has been named a "Salon of Distinction" in the revenue category: $250,000 to $499,999 in the nationally acclaimed "Salons of the Year" interior design contest sponsored by SALON TODAY, the leading business owner publication of the salon industry.

The salon, owned by Marc and Jan Thompson, distinguished itself among 126 entries received and is featured in the June 2004 issue of SALON TODAY magazine.

"We had outstanding submissions this year," says Laurel Smoke, editor of SALON TODAY. "Choosing just 20 was a difficult task for us and for our panel of expert judges. The winning salons are the cream of the crop."

Salons competing in the annual "Salon of the Year" contest were either newly constructed or remodeled salons that opened between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003. Salons were divided according to four categories: revenues up to 249,999; revenues $250,000-$499,999; revenues $500,000-$999,999; and revenues $1 million and up. Three to four finalists and one winner named in each of the four categories with one overall winner chosen among all the categories as "Salon of the Year."

Salons were judged in six design categories: Use of Color, Lighting, Flooring, Efficient Use of Space, Consistency of Design and Overall Aesthetics. This year's panel of judges included Jonpaul and Cathy Leskie, co-owners of last year's grand-prize winning salon, Jonpaul's Tonsorial; Susan Tierney, owner of Seventeen Studio.Spa.Salon in Plano, Texas which took honors in its revenue category in last year's contest; Randall Whitehead, San Francisco-based lighting consultant; Steve Kaufman, editor of design magazine, VM+SD; Melissa Yamaguchi, co-owner of Yamaguchi Salon and Coastal Day Spa, president of The Salon Association and feng shui expert; Vi Nelson, founder of her namesake beauty-focused public relations firm in Chicago; Cincinnati-based architect Jay Kratz; and Vidal Sassoon's North American regional creative director, Martyn Duff.

SALON TODAY magazine, published by Lincolnshire, Illinois-heaquartered Vance Publishing, is the leading business publication written for salon owners and managers. Its sister publications include MODERN SALON, PROCESS, and RENEW magazines.