SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce, which advocates for Businesses in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights, honored Skin Deep Salon and Spa as Business of the Year at its Eighth Annual Service Awards Awards Dinner at The Grand Summit Hotel. 

Skin Deep Salon and Spa opened their doors in New Providence in 1994. "With three expansions and many lessons learned, I can comfortably reflect back and say that after 25 years in business since we opened, Skin Deep is finally where I would like it to be," said Susan Barbaglia, owner of Skin Deep. "We have a strong talented staff -- without their toxic energy, hard work and their dedication, this business would not have flourished and grown as it did."

Chamber Board Chairwoman Marcella Gencarelli presented Barbaglia with the award. She said she met Barbaglia through community outreach. Geneceralli, a banking executive, coordinated financial fitness days at the spa. "You need to be fit in every way in order to be financially fit -- they go hand in hand, so we started financial fitness day and she has been a wonderful partner." 

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Barbaglia credits her staff and family for being the pillars that keeps her moving forward.  She also thanked her loyal clients. "Their loyalty and devotion are making us who we are today. I consider my clients to be family and this award is a celebration to them as well."

She told a story of a particular client that came into her life. Her client's four year old child was battling pediatric cancer. "My heart wept for her. My exhaustion was no comparison to what this woman was dealing with," said Barbaglia. "With a newly grounded mind, I knew that at this time we could help. This was a turning point for me and for Skin Deep. After that, we have had multiple benefits to raise money, and together as a team, Skin Deep was able to raise over $80,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research."

Barbaglia's philanthropic work continues with giving back to the community. "I took this experience and chose to incorporate it into my work." She added, "I started to make food and clothing drives as a part of yearly rituals. We collect and deliver over 150 gifts for children who would not have gifts for Christmas." She also provides cancer patients with a day of beauty and lunch and gives back to local schools and non-profits.

"As a business owner, I feel that I have a distinct social responsibility to be a leader, not only in my work culture, but in everyway possible," Barbaglia said. "I always knew I wanted to give back to my community, and it took Julian to make me realize exactly how I wanted to do that. It was my faith that this client came into my life. -- We have the opportunity in our businesses with our resources to make a differences in peoples' lives and that can start today."

Skin Deep Salon and Spa is both a full-service spa and salon. Their team of dedicated professionals, trained in the European methods of advanced skincare and hair care technology, are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and beauty to last a lifetime. Barbaglia prides herself on her continued education, inspiring her to train with the industry's best and brightest talent, such as Babor's advanced training in Germany; annual intensive training with Biosthetics in Paris and New York City; and participate in Master Skincare seminars with Repechage. To learn more about the services offered at Skin Deep Salon and Spa visit their website or call 908.508.1800.

Along with Skin Deep Salon and Spa, the honorees awarded in front of a filled to capacity room of 250 guests were:

  • President's Award: Jim DiMaio of Derco Print
  • Silver Service Award: Diane Swett
  • Good Neighbor Award: Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  • Organization of the Year: The Brooke Healey Foundation
  • Citizens of the Year: Drew Maldonado and Jude Avelino