Best Auto Care
Advanced Motor Works
Founded in 2008, Advanced Motor Works 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; advancedmotorworks.com; 650-328-6537
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
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. The organization works
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 offers facials, spa treatments and hot tub service as well as massages in private indoor rooms or in an outdoor setting.
What's new: "We also now offer outdoor massages in our gazebo garden."
165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto; watercourseway.com; 650-462-2000
Christine Hansen DDS & Roberta Jurash DDS
Going to Christine Hansen, DDS & Roberta Jurash DDS is like going to a spa for your teeth. This dental practice offers private consultation rooms, blankets, your favorite music, as well as expert advice on how to solve your dental problems. This dental practice offers state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry treatments including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and implants, among its services.
416 Waverley St. Suite A, Palo Alto; denstistpaloalto.com; 650-326-3290
Best Dry Cleaner
Established in 1962, AJ's Green Cleaners provides eco-friendly cleaning for everything from shirts and shoes to draperies, bedding and carpets. The family-operated business offers door-to-door pickup and delivery service. Same day service is available for items dropped off by 10 a.m.
AJ's Green Cleaners
3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; ajscleaners.com; 650-494-1550
Best Gym, Best Personal Trainers
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. The center offers around 100 exercise classes, from zumba and pilates to cycling and cardio workouts, including group classes and personal training sessions outdoors at the center's outdoor training area at Freidenrich Community Park .
What's new: The outdoor fitness center that opened in response to COVID-19 safety protocols will remain open long term, essentially doubling the center's workout options. Outdoor exercise options include a strength and conditioning gym, group exercise classes and a lap pool.
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto; paloaltojcc.org; 650-223-8700
Best 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. The salon specializes in precision haircuts, color and touch-ups, highlights, eyebrow threading and shaping, and facial threading.
232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto; hairintl.com; 650-324-2007
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley provides a five-star escape for those who want to feel pampered. Located on the East Palo Alto-Palo Alto border, the property offers luxury accommodations, creative events, seasonal pop-ups and contemporary fine dining at its Quattro Restaurant, which serves homemade pastas, pizzas and flatbreads.
What's new in 2022: Weekend garden brunch at Quattro Restaurant and Soulful Saturdays at QBar.
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 "express mani" (clean, shape, buff and polish) to the ultra-luxurious "Rose & Champagne" pedi (a moisturizing foot bath with a splash of champagne and fresh rose). In addition, the salon has more than 1,000 gel nail colors and 600 dip colors and provides door-to-door service for groups of 10 to 20 people.
364 California Ave., Palo Alto; la-jolie-nail-spa.business.site/; 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. Its 16 therapists are professionally trained and certified. Since 2011,readers have selected the center as a Best Of winner.
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 at 480 University Ave. While the building undergoes renovations, customers can expect the same service and ambiance at the shop's temporary location on Hamilton Avenue.
486 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto; 650-325-5229
Mid Peninsula Orthodontics/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
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 House of Rohl.
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 Spas & Salons 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. LaBelle's custom-designed facials that are created from ingredients from the salon's own Bella Schneider Beauty Skincare line are a customer favorite.
What's new: LaBelle has remodeled, expanded and opened a new location in Town & Country Village, where all of its services are now located.
Town & Country Village #33 & #95, Palo Alto; labelledayspas.com; 650-327-6964
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 exotic and furry friends to stay healthy and happy. Pet owners also are often allowed to stay with their pets for many treatments.
What's new: Adobe has expanded its LiveChat and TeleVet services to remotely assist with prescriptions, appointments and health questions seven days a week.
4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos; adobe-animal.com; 650-948-9661
Best WiFi Hot Spot
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Best Yoga Studio
YogaSource Palo Alto offers more than 70 remote and in-person classes a week, including Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Hot Pilates, Hot Yoga, Barre and Restorative and Sound Healing. Students of all levels are welcome. The studio attributes its success over the past few challenging years to its loyal clients, brilliant staff and management team, and phenomenal instructors.
158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; yogasource.com; 650-328-9642