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declared in four groups : Places to Go , Things to Do , People to Meet ; Health & Beauty ; Shopping & Services ; and Food & Drink . Radiant guest emcee CELINDA ORTEGA , Miss New Jersey USA , read the nominees and congratulated the winners from the stage .
These included past favorites such as SAL LAURETTA FOR MEN ( BEST MENSWEAR ) and BOB and KAYLA PRESS ( BEST MEN ’ S AND
WOMEN ’ S HAIR STYLISTS ,
CHANGING HEADS SALON ), and new ones such as LT BAR & GRILL ( BEST NEW RESTAURANT ), SKIN & LASER CENTER OF NJ ( BEST
COSMETIC PROCEDURE ) and TED ’ S NORTH DELICATESSEN ( BEST FRIES ).
The Bergen advertising team and ( 201 ) editorial staffers , including editor-in-chief LIZ JOHNSON , editor CINDY SCHWEICH HANDLER and VP of production GLENN GARVIE also attended . Art director JORAM MUSHINSKE and food writer REBECCA KING interviewed guests as they arrived .
“ After what the community has been through the last two years and what local businesses have had to endure , it ’ s great to have an event where we can celebrate them in person ,” says JOHN FLYNN , the ( 201 ) Magazine content and creative director who opened the ceremony .
In asense , everyone in the packed ballroom left awinner : After two years of the pandemic , guests described being in the same place to celebrate the Best of Bergen as along-awaited treat . ■
THE BEST OF BERGEN ( Clockwise from top ) Changing Heads Salon ’ s Bob Press , Cheryl Press , Shaylyn Press , Kayla Press Sagliocca and Anthony Sagliocca ; Elite Salon & Spa ’ s Anano Elchibegashvili , Gosia Butas , Magdalena Piwaworski , Martha Mehlmann , Lou Mehlmann , Ewa Boksz , Marzenna Bazel and Iryna Demchak ; Miss New Jersey USA Celinda Ortega announces the winners ; Favorite 2021 ( 201 ) cover Xen Sams ( middle ) with her husband Brad Feinstein and Melissa Polo Landau .
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