Best Auto Care
Advanced Motor Works
Founded in 2008, Advanced Motor Works (formerly 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; davesauto830.com; 650-328-6537
Integrated Health Care
Integrated Health Care tailors wellness programs specifically targeted to each client's needs using a variety of methods, including chiropractic care, corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional assessment, spinal and postural screenings and physiotherapy.
480 California Ave., #103, Palo Alto; achiropracticwellnesscenter.com; 650-321-7193
Stanford Chiropractic Center
Stanford Chiropractic Center provides non-invasive pain relief and pain prevention programs aimed at helping patients boost their immune system and achieve physical strength. The center uses a variety of wellness methods, including nutritional advice and corrective exercise programs.
489 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; stanfordchiropractic.com; 650-326-7000
* Two businesses tied for first place in this category
Best Community Services Resource
Second Harvest Foodbank
Founded in 1974, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation. During the pandemic, the nonprofit made significant operational changes to meet double the need. It went from serving about 270,000 people a month to 500,000 - an 85% increase. Just after the shutdown, the organization distributed 12 million pounds of groceries in one month through a network of more than 300 partners at drive-thru and walk-up sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
Mailing address for donations: 4001 N. First St., San Jose; shfb.org; 408-266-8866
Best Day Spa
Inspired by the natural hot springs of Tassajara, Watercourse Way is open for outdoor gazebo massages, facials and spa treatments as well as indoor massages and hot tub service. All rooms are equipped with Dyson air purifiers and UV lights. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the building.
165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto; watercourseway.com; 650-462-2000
Palo Alto Dental Group
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. The practice has been consistently voted a Best Of favorite.
511 Byron St., Palo Alto; paloaltodentalgroup.com; 650-323-1381
Best Dry Cleaners
Established in 1962, AJ's Cleaners provides eco-friendly cleaning for everything from shirts and shoes to draperies, bedding and carpets. The family-operated business now offers door-to-door pickup and delivery service, automated billing and 90-day storage at no extra charge. Same day service is available for items dropped off by 10 a.m.
3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; ajscleaners.com; 650-494-1550
Oshman Family JCC
The Oshman Family JCC offers a wide menu 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. During the pandemic, the center pivoted to on-demand and livestream exercise classes and opened an outdoor fitness center, which will remain open indefinitely to provide clients more workout options.
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto; paloaltojcc.org; 650-223-8700
Best Hair Salon
Midtown Hair Studio
Whether looking for a simple haircut or a complete makeover, Midtown Hair Studio is dedicated to making clients look and feel their very best. The full-service beauty salon offers everything from waxing, manicures and makeup applications to Brazilian blowouts and facials.
2786 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; 650-462-9856
Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto provides a five-star escape for those who want to feel pampered. The hotel has reopened with new health protocols and enhanced business and fitness programs. New amenities include a private fitness suite equipped with a Tonal Machine, Peloton and other equipment for travelers who want to workout in the privacy of a suite; hybrid meeting and virtual event studio options; more outdoor dining space; and work-from-hotel business packages.
2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto; fourseasons.com/siliconvalley; 650-566-1200
La Jolie Nail Spa
La Jolie Nail Spa offers a wide range of mani/pedi options, from the quick <0x201C>express mani<0x201D> (clean, shape, buff and polish) to the ultra-luxurious <0x201C>peppermint pedi<0x201D> (including a mint oil bath, shea butter massage and paraffin dip).
364 California Ave., Palo Alto; yelp.com/biz/la-jolie-nail-spa-palo-alto; 650-322-8882
Massage Therapy Center
As one of the largest and oldest massage bodywork facilities in California, Massage Therapy Center provides clients a variety of massage therapies, including Swedish, clinical deep tissue and sports trigger point therapy. The center is operating with new safety protocols, including the use of high-quality, medical-grade HEPA air purifiers in all rooms.
368 California Ave., Palo Alto; massagetherapypaloalto.com; 650-328-9400
Best Men's Haircut
The President Barbershop
From the striped barber pole out front to the television in the corner tuned in to news or ESPN, the independently owned President Barbershop has maintained its old-school vibe for multiple decades, drawing customers from throughout the region. Although the shop has temporarily relocated from its longtime home at the President Hotel on University Avenue while the building undergoes renovations, customers can expect the same service and ambiance. The shop is scheduled to move back to 490 University Ave. by fall 2022, according to the shop's Instagram page.
486 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; 650-325-5229
Mid Peninsula Orthodontics, Dr. Stacey Quo
Mid Peninsula Orthodontics has provided state-of-the-art orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics services to the community for more than two decades. Dr. Stacey Quo and her team incorporate SureSmile technology into the process, programming wire adjustments into an off-site robot that can bend wire more precisely than a human hand. From the first consultation to the final day of braces, Quo and her team maintain an upbeat, supportive atmosphere with contests and a kids' club for young patients and a family care program.
965 High St., Palo Alto; orthoquo.com; 650-328-1600
Best Personal Trainers
Oshman Family JCC
See Best Gym
Best Pivot to Online Workouts
Oshman Family JCC
See Best Gym
Best Plastic Surgeon
Hessler Plastic Surgery
Hessler Plastic Surgery specializes in the surgical and non-surgical refinement of the face, eyes, nose and neck. Before performing a procedure, Dr. Jill Hessler meets with clients for an in-person or virtual consultation.
320 Lambert Ave., Palo Alto; hesslerplasticsurgery.com; 650-799-9009
Guy Plumbing & Heating
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; guyplumbing.com; 650-323-8415
Best Shoe Repair
Midtown 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; midtownshoerepair.com; 650-329-8171
Best Skin Care
LaBelle Day Spas & Salons
For decades, LaBelle 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. At the height of the pandemic, the spa created customized home service kits designed by individual service providers so that it could meet clients' needs even while being closed.
Two locations: 36 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-326-8522; Town & Country Village #95, Palo Alto, 650-327-6964; labelledayspas.com
Adobe Animal Hospital
Adobe Animal Hospital provides pets of all varieties a wide range of quality services. The facility, which has a 24-hour intensive care unit, is equipped with an in-house diagnostic laboratory and endoscope and ultrasound machines, among other essential tools to help your furry friends stay healthy and happy. During the pandemic, the hospital launched a "tele-vet" program, which enables clients to visit with a veterinarian for minor health issues via video conferencing from the comfort of their own home.
4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos; adobe-animal.com; 650-948-9661
Best Yoga Studio
YogaSource Palo Alto offers in-person classes as well as more than 40 virtual classes a week, including Vinyasa, Power, Hot 26, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Sculpt, High-intensity interval training Pilates, Core+Strength and Barre.
158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; yogasource.com; 650-328-9642