Charles and Debra Penzone are finalists for a new National American Hairstyling Award. Photo contributed by Charles Penzone Salons.

The owners of Charles Penzone Salons have been nominated for a national award that honors cutting-edge salons.

Charles and Debra Penzone are up for a Salon Master of Business Award presented by the Professional Beauty Association. The four other finalists are scattered across the country, including Lunatic Fringe in Salt Lake City, Utah; Atelier Aveda Salonspa in San Jose, California; Rejuvenation Spa in Madison, Wisc.; and Mane Attraction in Phoenix, Ariz. The winner will be announced at a North American Hairstyling Awards ceremony July 18 in Las Vegas.

"We are thrilled to be recognized as a finalist during the inaugural year of the award," Debra Penzone said in a news release. "We are truly honored to be among the other highly-respected finalists from all across the nation for this new and prestigious award."

The finalists all run very profitable salons and were selected after submitting an application that detailed demographics, retail and sales promotions, incentive programs and employee recruitment.

--Dana Wilson