Posted on February 14 2015 by Teddie Kossof


LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (February 2015) – Teddie Kossof Salon Spa in Northfield, Illinois owned by Teddie & Alan Kossof recently was named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY magazine, the top business publication for salon and spa owners.

The magazine’s 18th annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2015 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.

The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including Advanced Education, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Environmental Sustainability, Philanthropy, Planned Profitability, Recruitment & Training, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Technology and Growth. Teddie Kossof Salon Spa was honored in the following: Technology

“It’s always a great feeling to receive recognition.  We thank Salon Today Magazine for this wonderful honor – our award for technology is proof that we are continuing to invest in our salon and innovate our clients salon experience.  Today’s client expects the businesses they patronize to evolve.  We have done just that;  by investing in the best technology available for our amazing staff & clients.  From our state-of-the-art Online Booking service to receiving text message reminders for upcoming appointments…Our Insta-Gift online gifting service (recently trademarked) allows users to print or send an electronic gift to anyone in the world!  Clients love getting their Teddie Points which can be managed online with our mobile-friendly website and there’s a lot more!” remarked co-owner, Alan Kossof.

“I was the first salon to have a computer” added Teddie Kossof.  He added “I believe is was 1986, you should have seen the size of that machine!  We were inputting client information and mailing letters & post cards before anyone else – I attribute that to our salon’s success.  Technology has evolved and Alan has helped our wonderful staff with his innovations.  A beauty experience today is not just about showing up to get your haircut.  With technology, our client experience starts well before our clients arrive for their appointment.”

“Our editors recognize that strong business leadership requires the mastery of a number of different best business practices,” said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY. “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2015 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational sales-building ideas.”

For a salon to be named to the SALON TODAY 200, it had to meet the following criteria: 1) The salon or spa opened on or before January 1, 2012. 2) The salon is a provider of professional salon services including one, or more, of the following: hair care, nail care, skin care, body care or spa treatments; 3) The salon or spa generated annual service and product sales revenues of at least $250,000 per year since 2012; 4) The owner provided statistical information about his or her business and completed at least one of the Best Practice category essay sections; and 5) The applicant submitted documentation to verify financials if he or she competed in the growth or planned profitability categories.

In the commemorative January/February 2015 issue, SALON TODAY profiled 200 individual salons, although these salons could be honored in more than one category. The 2015 SALON TODAY 200 honored 100 salons in Growth; 29 salons in Advanced Education; 32 salons in Compensation & Benefits; 30 salons in Customer Service; 17 salons in Environmental Sustainability; 18 salons in Philanthropy; 18 salons in Planned Profitability; 30 salons in Recruitment and Training; 31 salons Retail & Merchandising; 23 salons in Retention & Referral Programs; and 29 salons in Technology.


Salon Today is a division of Modern Salon Media, which is owned by Vance Publishing Corporation in Lincolnshire, IL.