Best Hair Salon, Men's Hair Cut: Hair International

Auto Care

Founded in 2008, Dave's Auto Repair provides everything from basic maintenance and smog checks to complicated repairs. The shop offers EcoPower engine oil and recycles all used fluid, parts and new-parts packaging.
830 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, 650-328-6537;
Runner-up: Palo Alto Bimmer


Since 1978, Palo Alto Chiropractic Offices has worked with more than 35,000 individuals to help them achieve their health goals, including everything from wellness-oriented health care to relief from pain.
1691 El Camino Real #100, Palo Alto, 650-328-2100;
Runner-up: Vanderhoof Sports & Wellness Institute

Day Spa

Inspired by the natural hot springs of Tassajara, Watercourse Way features eight private hot tub rooms, messages, spa treatments and facials, including its new oxygen facial that applies cooling oxygen directly to the skin's surface to increase the absorption of special serums.
165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-2000;
Runner-up: LaBelle Day Spas & Salons


Located in the same building where its practice began in 1934, Palo Alto Dental Group has developed life-long relationships with multiple generations of patients and their families.
511 Byron St., Palo Alto, 650-323-1381;
Runner-up: Dr. Denise Henderson

Best Dry Cleaner: AJ's Green Cleaners

Dry Cleaner

Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, AJ's Green Cleaners provides eco-friendly cleaning for everything from shirts and shoes to draperies, bedding and carpets. The company also provides free pickup and delivery and same day service.
3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-1550; 395 California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-323-9068;
Runner-up: Charleston Cleaners

Fitness Classes

Palo Alto Family YMCA, Ross Road See Gym

Runner-up: Turbo 26


From canvas to paper, needlepoint to three-dimensional art, the master craftsmen at Great American Framing Company construct the best-quality frames to display customers' artwork, posters and other prized documents.
3866 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-327-4521;
Runner-up: Richard Sumner

Palo Alto Family YMCA offers more than 190 fitness classes each week. Courtesy of Palo Alto Family YMCA

Featured: Gym
Palo Alto Family YMCA

— Palo Alto Family YMCA offers swimming, youth sports, group exercise, recreational sports and personal training to help clients attain a variety of fitness goals.
— The gym features two indoor pools, a 25-yard lap pool and a water recreation and exercise pool.
— The Y has been operating in the area for 126 years.
— The Ross Road site offers more than 190 fitness classes each week.
3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto, 650-856-9622;
Runner-up: Oshman Family JCC

Hair Salon

The crew at Hair International is a diverse team of stylists experienced in working with all hair types. The salon matches each client with the most appropriate stylist who will provide the best style for a particular hair type.
232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-324-2007;
Runner-up: Snip-its

Best Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto


From the rooftop pool and romantic dinners at its Quattro restaurant to private massages and facials at the spa, Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto provides a five-star escape for those who want to feel pampered.
2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto, 650-566-1200;
Runner-up: Garden Court Hotel


La Jolie Nail Spa offers a wide range of mani/pedi options, from the quick "express mani" (clean, shape, buff and polish) to the ultra-luxurious "peppermint pedi" (including a mint oil bath, shea butter massage and paraffin dip).
364 California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-322-8882;
Runner-up: LaBelle Day Spas & Salons


As one of the largest and oldest massage bodywork facilities in California, Massage Therapy Center provides clients a variety of message therapies, including Swedish, clinical deep tissue and sports trigger point therapy.
368 California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9400;
Runner-up: Watercourse Way

Men's Haircut

Hair International See Hair Salon

Runner-up: The President Barbershop

Featured: Orthodontists
Larry Morrill, DDS and Associates

—From retainers to full orthodontia, Larry Morrill, DDS and Associates is dedicated to providing children and adults with personalized, quality orthodontic care in a fun and relaxed environment.
— The practice has treated generations of patients for the past 48 years.
— Dr. Morrill said: "I like very complex cases which take advantage of my experience."
— Dr. Morrill also serves on the staff at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, where he works with children with cranial facial anomalies.
1000 Welch Road, #201, Palo Alto, 650-322-2817;
Runner-up: Midpeninsula Orthodontics/Stacey Quo

Personal Trainers

Palo Alto Family YMCA See Gym

Runner-up: Oshman Family JCC

Best Plastic Surgeon: Illuminate Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon

Illuminate Plastic Surgery uses the latest treatments to help clients improve their appearances, whether they are looking to obtain a more youthful look, soften features or correct the devastating consequences of cancer or injury.
101 Addison Ave., Palo Alto, 650-433-8621;
Runner-up: Hessler Plastic Surgery


Guy Plumbing & Heating is a fourth-generation family-owned business that provides a wide range of services and operates a full-service showroom specializing in the sales and installation of Toto washlet bidet seats, as well as parts for Hansgrohe, Kohler and Grohe.
1265 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-323-8415;
Runner-up: He-Man Plumbing

Shoe Repair

Midtown Shoe Repair has been a Palo Alto fixture for 40 years. Since 1979, Robert Babekian has meticulously restored shoes, suitcases, purses, zippers — and practically anything made out of leather — in his quaint Midtown workshop.
2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-8171;
Runner-up: The Cobblery

Skin Care

SkinSpirit is the ultimate destination for all things skin and body. Co-founded in 2003 by a board-certified plastic surgeon, the clinic provides all the luxuries of a spa experience, including facials, injectables and lasers.
701 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-324-9600;
Runner-up: LaBelle Day Spas & Salons


From routine checkups, preventative care and surgical procedures to dentistry, grooming and boarding, Animal Hospital of Palo Alto provides a full range of services to keep pets healthy and happy year round.
4111 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 650-493-2738;
Runner-up: The Animal Doctors


Turbo 26 Studio allows anyone to drop in anytime for a workout during one of its 26-minute classes that start every half-hour all day long in the studio, which is heated to 98 degrees and pumped with oxygen. The studio offers yoga flow and yoga fusion in addition to its new Pilates and HIIT classes.
240 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-325-2626;
Runner-up: Palo Alto Family YMCA