Best Acupuncture: Annie Wang Acupuncture


Annie Wang Acupuncture packs a punch for her clients in search of pain relief, fertility and overall wellness. Staff members offer precision and treatment that is on point when catering to a client’s needs. All treatments are customized and tailored to each individual’s health with the use of traditional Chinese medicine. Clients can expect a comfortable, clean and safe environment.
895 Sherwood Ave., Suite 101, Los Altos, 650-468-3636;

Best Auto Care: Laurie and Larry Moore, owners of Larry's AutoWorks.

Auto Care

Larry’s Autoworks continues to provide the best predictive maintenance in town, according to readers of both the Mountain View Voice and the Palo Alto Weekly. Its highly trained specialists offer repairs, service and tire care, as well as a warranty that covers all parts and labor for three years or 36,000 miles. “We work with people to make their cars work over time, “ owner Larry Moore said.
2526 Leghorn St., Mountain View, 650-968-5202;


Health Logic utilizes modern chiropractic equipment technology that helps clients achieve a healthy lifestyle. Staff members offer preventative care, help in healing injuries and knowledge on managing chronic pain. Also offered are corrective exercises, bone density screenings and lifestyle advice.
633 Menlo Ave., Suite 100, Menlo Park, 650-853-1800;

Day Spa

The soothing sound of water, the steam of a sauna and a cold-water plunge are the perfect antidote to a stressful workday or ingredient for a weekend unwind at Watercourse Way. The multi-year Best Of winner, 2013 included, offers reasonable rates that make an hour-long hot tub soak or massage affordable for anyone. Try one of the specialized treatments: Zen Harmony with Japanese mint oils to stimulate the skin, Champagne Chocolate with a truffle body wrap, Moor Mud to open the pores and replenish the skin or a hot stone massage with warm oils to reconnect the body and spirit and a “salt glow” exfoliating treatment.
165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-2000;


Brush, floss, rinse and repeat. Christine Hansen’s dental office standard of excellence has definitely been noticed due to the staff’s expertise in restoring and enhancing the smiles of many with personalized care. Dental service also includes educating patients on preventive care. With this win under their belt, employees at Christine Hansen’s dental office now have even more reason to smile.
416 Waverley St., Suite A, Palo Alto, 650-326-3290;

Dry Cleaner

Dresses, coats, pants and shirts, whatever it may be, Charleston Cleaners is equipped to handle delicate clothing. Since 1985, Charleston’s has brought award-winning service to the Palo Alto area, including alterations and a laundry service. Stains, loose seams and wrinkles will be nonexistent once out the door.
3900 Middlefield Road, 650-424-1113;

Best Fitness Classes: The Bar Method

Fitness Classes

Ellen Burr Leonard has been raising the bar since opening her first fitness establishment in 1992. The Bar Method exercise classes help students tone and slim down their bodies, while they complete a fun and challenging workout. The exercise techniques were fine-tuned with the help of a physical therapist, speaking to its mission of providing consistent quality to its patrons.
151 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-329-8875;

Frame Shop

You’re an adult now, and tape and push pins just won’t cut it anymore. Luckily, Aaron Brothers has you covered with frames in a wide variety of sizes and styles at reasonable prices — a selection for which Palo Altans chose the store as 2014’s best frame shop. The national chain also offers quality paper, canvases and art supplies, as well as custom framing services. So whether it’s a piece gifted by an artist friend, or a frayed but coveted poster from your college days, the Bros. can help to make it look great and last.
1680 El Camino Real, Redwood City, 650-366-4266;

Best Gym: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center


The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center cemented its status this year as Palo Alto’s most popular gym by offering wide menus of heart-pumping options to anyone looking to shed pounds, firm up or simply bask in the post-workout buzz. In addition to the usual gym trappings — dumbbells, treadmills, stationary bikes — the world-class facility offers two swimming pools, basketball courts, a steam room, personal trainers and more than 100 exercise classes, from Zumba and Pilates to cycling and cardio workouts. With a friendly staff and a clean, comfortable setting (including private showers), the JCC gym is a refreshing reminder that keeping a New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be a chore.
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-223-8700;

Hair Salon

There is no winner in the Hair Salon category this year, as the results were too close to call between four contenders. See the Hall of Fame winner for Hair Salon.


Set on 16 acres within view of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Rosewood Sand Hill has become a destination in the area; it celebrated its fifth anniversary in April. Community members as well as guests enjoy socializing at the hotel’s lounge and Michelin-starred Madera restaurant, and for those who want to stay longer, the hotel is currently renovating its extended-stay villas with decks, improved yards and enhanced living areas.
2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, 650-961-1500; Menlo Park


Set foot into La Jolie Nail Spa and experience instant relaxation beneath a gently arched ceiling, Greek Revival architecture and warm-toned tiles and draperies. Each guest receives a hot neck wrap upon settling down in a luxurious massage chair, creating a soothing spa experience — and even a temptation to drift off to sleep. While La Jolie’s steel pedicure basins ensure cleanliness, a multitude of spa manicure and pedicure treatments fit both express and leisurely time frames. It’s the ideal place to request nail art as well, with two expert design technicians happy to adorn a nail or two with stunningly detailed floral patterns.
364 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 408-424-9110;

Best Massage: Massage Therapy Center


Consecutively voted the best massage in Palo Alto for three years, the Massage Therapy Center is the local destination for top-notch rest and relaxation. Each advanced therapist has received a minimum of 400 hours of training on how to ease aching muscles, restore injured joints and minimize stress. Book a massage now, arrive early and enjoy the complimentary sauna and tea.
368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9400;

Men’s Haircut

Even in the heart of Silicon Valley, the luster of old school hasn’t completely faded. The President Barbershop in downtown Palo Alto — which has been family owned and operated since 1949 — keeps on snipping, serving clean-cut looks not likely to go out of style anytime soon. The winner of previous Best Of awards in 2012 and 2013, the President offers the complete barber shop experience, with striped poles, push brooms and sports banter included.
490 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-5229

New Service Business

SoulCycle has sparked a passionate following by combining intense cycling, an upper-body workout and high-energy musical beats. This winner in Best Of’s new service business category is no ordinary spinning class. Instructors come with big personalities and musical preferences of their own. Buy a session, put on your biking shoes and bring it on!
600 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-784-7510;


Dr. Stacey Quo and her team at Mid Peninsula Orthodontics provide state-of-the-art treatment and a smile-worthy patient experience from the first consultation to the final day of braces. Quo, now in her 20th year of practice, incorporates SureSmile technology, programming wire adjustments into an off-site robot that can bend wire more precisely than a human hand. Treatment time is in turn shortened by six months, and each patient receives a celebration — Martinelli’s included — upon leaving braces-free. The office maintains an upbeat, supportive atmosphere with contests, weekly staff dress up themes, a kids’ club for young patients and a family care program.
965 High St., Palo Alto, 650-328-1600;

Personal Trainer

See complete listing for Oshman Family Jewish Community Center under Gym.


Voted the best plumber for the second year in a row, Palo Alto Plumbing Heating and Air has reliably handled plumbing maintenance, installation and repair for more than 30 years. Customers can expect reasonable rates and occasional sales on a number of services. The business also has a 24/7 emergency line to help address urgent issues and get things running smoothly again. Now that’s peace of mind.
716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto, 650-856-3400;

Shoe Repair

Since 1979, the Village Cobbler has served Palo Alto in keeping its shoes shiny and in one piece. Today the business can repair shoe linings, soles and heels — as well as other items like luggage, handbags, belts or even baseball gloves. It also has a selection of sandals and flip-flops for sale from brands like Rainbow, Reef and Flojos. Maybe it’s time to take that pair of battered dress shoes out of the closet, and see if the Village Cobbler can give them new life.
825 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-328-7698;

Skin Care

Bella Schneider has been formulating clinical skin-care products since 1976, and La Belle Day Spa and Salon has helped Silicon Valley clients to look and feel their best from head to toe. Moisturizers, serums and oils; treatments for problematic skin conditions such as rosacea; scrubs, toners and eye care — everything for the face and body is available here with a one-on-one approach. Book a massage for that inner glow or take the wear and tear off hands and feet. La Belle offers brides and attendants hair and makeup services, as well as massages to restore calm after all of that last-minute planning. Two locations:
36 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-326-8522; #95 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-327-6964;

Travel Agency

AAA’s Forest Avenue location has long served as a pivotal destination for locals looking to get away. The agency offers maps, discounts and expert advice to help maximize one’s time and budget. Whether planning a family trip to Disneyland, booking a trans-Atlantic cruise or drafting an itinerary for a fortnight in Europe, AAA is committed to guiding travelers throughout the process.
430 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, 650-262-3870;

Value Hotel/Motel

The Creekside Inn has extended its stay in Best Of to a fourth straight year. The boutique hotel runs along Matadero Creek amid a charming thicket of gardens and oak trees. Visitors to the area or business travelers can retreat from the frenzy of Silicon Valley while enjoying easy access to Stanford University, Stanford Shopping Center and downtown Palo Alto. The hotel also boasts a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and a rooftop patio.
3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-493-2411;

Best Veterinarian: (left to right) Brian Maxwell, Jane Johnson and Jennifer Koga at Adobe Animal Hospital.


A mainstay in the area since 1964, Adobe Animal Hospital provides around-the-clock care and emergency services for pets. With more than 20 veterinarians, and at least one on call at all times, Adobe Animal Hospital offers both scheduled appointments and walk-in emergency support. It’s no surprise that Adobe Animal Hospital has made it to Best Of again, since its services are relied on by many doting pet owners throughout the area.
4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos, 650-948-9661;

Weight Loss Center

At Weight Watchers Palo Alto, staff offer expert advice and support to start community members on their journey to a slimmer, healthier body. A visitor can learn how to properly diet while consuming tasty meals, as well as design a concrete weight-loss plan that works for his or her personal lifestyle. Watch the numbers on the scale decrease with guided motivation and care.


You know a yoga studio is good when people flock to an almost sadistically challenging hot Pilates class week after week. Hot Pilates is only one of the many popular Yoga Source classes taught by quality teachers that know how to simultaneously push and calm beginner and advanced yogis alike. The Best Of winner offers Bikram, Vinyasa, Jivamukti (flow yoga plus chanting, music and a focus on enlightenment for the more spiritual customers), power and restorative yoga as well as heated “Hour of Power “ (more upper body than Bikram) and yin yoga ( “gentle “ floor poses are held for up to five minutes at a time with the muscles relaxed — the ideal “yin “ to the “yang “ of more intense, muscle-working practices).
158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9642;