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Cover Story - August 17, 2012


Auto Care

Fixing a car is rough work, so why not leave it to the qualified professionals at Dave's Auto Repair? You avoid getting your hands greasy and you can get expert advice from Dave's mechanics. From basic maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations to more involved repairs like brakes and transmission, Dave's has the tools and technicians to get it done. Dave's prides itself on "honesty, integrity and value" — the keys to award-winning auto care. 830 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, 650-328-6537;


The winning chiropractic office of 2012 specializes in looking into the cricks, cracks and crunches in your body. The chiropractors at Health Logic have treatments for a broad range of ailments — from auto accidents and slipped discs to allergies and ADHD. Health Logic also offers health and wellness tips, nutritional counseling and blueprints for corrective exercise. 633 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park, 650-853-1800;

Day Spa

Nestled in a quiet corner scant blocks away from downtown Palo Alto's bustling University Avenue, Watercourse Way has provided a tranquil respite to residents and visitors alike for more than three decades. The beautiful day spa with its Zen-inspired motif features enough amenities to soothe an entire football team. Watercourse offers nine different, private hot tubs rooms (with names like "Two Stones" and "Six Dragonflies"), many of which include saunas or steam rooms; spa treatments such as the Champagne Chocolate Truffle, Salt Glow and Tropic Tranquility; massage (including for couples); skin-care services and a shop brimming with stress-busting goodies. 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-2000;


Palo Alto Dental Group will certainly make you smile. Since 1934, it has strived to provide a relaxing environment for the best in dental care. All staff members attend seminars and courses on the newest procedures and technologies as well as office safety so their patients will receive the best oral and health care possible. Bring your teeth to the Palo Alto Dental Group and they will give you an award-winning smile. 511 Byron St., Palo Alto, 650-323-1381;

Dry Cleaner

Hall of Fame: Third Year

Conveniently located on a well-traveled corner and blessed with nearby parking, the family-owned Charleston Cleaners has been serving locals for years. If there's a line, there's a stack of magazines to browse, and once you get to the front, the owner will give you a kiss — a Hershey's chocolate kiss, that is. 3900 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1113;

That neighborhood feeling. Need to get some dry cleaning turned around quickly? The staff at AJ Cleaners will do what they can. Expect prompt and professional service at this busy Midtown location, set behind outdoor tables typically occupied by coffee drinkers from next-door-neighbor Philz. 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-1550;

Fitness Classes

With a name like Uforia Studios, it is hard to imagine you are going there to work out. Uforia seeks to infuse music and fun into all of their classes to replace the drudgery normally associated with workouts. The studio's liveliness and upbeat attitude will keep you coming back. From Zumba to cycling, Uforia offers classes for people of all fitness levels and takes care to make sure each of them lives up to their name. 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto, 650-329-8794;

Frame Shop

University Art has been a Palo Alto institution since 1964 and was named part of the "Ramona Street Block" Historic District in 1985. Beyond providing locals with quality art supplies and services (such as custom framing), University Art is also committed to serving the wider community, certified as a green business. Still a family-owned-and-operated business, University Art is dedicated to providing personal customer service while also keeping up with its Web presence in the digital age. If you're looking to create a masterpiece of your own, or just for a quirky gift for an artistic friend, University Art has you covered. 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-3500;


pstyle:newitem>The state-of-the-art fitness center at Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has all the ingredients for a perfect workout — from treadmills and yoga studios to basketball courts and two swimming pools. While these factors are enough to attract local fitness buffs to this Fabian Way complex, it's the small luxuries that set the JCC apart from other gyms: spotless locker rooms, private showers, saunas, a giant kid-friendly pool and a staff of friendly personal trainers who will help you hurdle over all your fitness goals. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-223-8700;

Hair Salon

The lead in luscious locks, Hair International, provides quick and professional service when it comes to making your hair look its best. Offering standard haircuts, coloring and styling for special occasions, the staff at Hair International is friendly and skillful. Its policy accommodates appointments and walk-ins, making it convenient at any time. This salon also offers Brazilian blow-dries, facial hair waxing and threading, and spa-style manicure and pedicure treatments, to ensure you look your best. 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-324-2007;


Weekly readers seem to relish the prospect of staying in the heart of downtown, choosing the Garden Court Hotel in the bustle of Palo Alto as their favorite hotel this year. Or perhaps they're looking forward to setting up relatives or business clients with such amenities as marble bathrooms, private patios, fireplaces and spa tubs. Pets can get pampered at the Garden Court, too; for an extra fee, Fido can stay in the guest's room and even get his own turn-down service. 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto, 650-543-2211;


Lavande Nail Spa has been featured in numerous magazines, all of which have noted its spectacular customer service and soothingly affordable prices. Lavande offers nail care, facials, waxing and massage — all within its lavender-scented spa. You can also schedule a girls' day out or other special events with Lavande's party reservations. This summer, the spa is offering a double mint pedicure special, including a peppermint and eucalyptus footbath and massage. Lavande's serene environment will give you the relaxation of a spa retreat right here in Palo Alto. 240 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-289-0533;


Hall of Fame: Third Year

If relaxation were an Olympic sport, Watercourse Way would be wearing a gold medal. Massage is a specialty of the peaceful Palo Alto oasis, which is celebrating its third year in the Best Of Palo Alto Hall of Fame. Watercourse offers numerous styles of massage, including Swedish, Reiki and Shiatsu. Or try something a little different with a one-hour or 90-minute "hot stone" massage. 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-2000;

Even the toughest athletes need a soothing massage every now and again (who doesn't?). Fortunately, Massage Therapy Center on California Avenue has everything a body requires to get "past tense." The center offers a wide range of modalities, from Esalen and Feldenkrais to "clinical deep tissue" and reflexology. Expecting a baby? Book yourself a pregnancy massage. Gearing up for a big game? Go for a sports massage. The center also offers chiropractic and acupuncture services. 368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9400;

Men's Haircut

Hall of Fame: First Year

Five years of being dubbed the best place for a men's haircut has earned Hair International a place in the "Best Of" Hall of Fame. There is no cut the stylists at Hair International can't handle. The friendly and knowledgeable staff, affordable pricing and convenient locale have helped Hair International score its place in the hallowed Hall. 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650-324-2007;

Barbers are not unlike athletes — they have to be precise, sure-handed, observant and skillful. And the team over at the President Barbershop is something of an all-star squad when it comes to giving a great men's haircut. President has the tools and talent to provide the ideal hairdo, whether you're looking for a simple trim or something a bit more daring (mohawk anyone?). Each barber has a wealth of experience and a keen hand. You may walk into President shaggy, but you'll strut out looking sharp. 490 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-325-5229

New Service Business

Lightweight champion Elite Med Spa offers a comprehensive weight-loss program complete with one-on-one consultations on a weekly basis, meal and workout plans, and a long-term weight-maintenance program. The Spa, located within LaBelle, also offers cosmetic Botox injections and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. With Elite Med Spa's attentive and professional programs, you'll be sure to emerge looking and feeling successful. 95 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 650-327-6964;


Dr. Stacey Quo of Mid Peninsula Orthodontics will help make your pearly whites worthy of Mt. Olympus. Dr. Quo, an orthodontist who has worked in the Bay Area since 1994, currently lectures at both UCSF and Stanford. Praised for her professionalism and ease, Quo treats patients of all ages, outfitting them with braces and providing other orthodontic services. With Dr. Quo's help, your teeth will be as pretty as a gold medal. 965 High St., Palo Alto, 650-328-1600;

Personal Trainer

NoXcuses Fitness knows there is no "one size fits all" workout plan that works for every person. Rather, they take a personalized approach to fitness, customizing workouts for each client and allowing them to pursue their own goals. With trained instructors in a variety of different fitness areas, NoXcuses has a trainer with the expertise to fit every customers needs. If you are looking for a fitness program personally tailored for you, look no further than NoXcuses. 2741 Middlefield Road #102, Palo Alto, 650-325-1273;


Palo Alto Plumbing Heating and Air/Dahl Plumbing has been serving the Bay Area for more than 31 years. The family-run business is available 24 hours a day for emergency services of all types. Testimonials from its customers laud its attention to detail and customer service, particularly its ability to make it to appointments on time, something anyone who has needed something fixed in the home will appreciate. Its motto tells all about its good humor and commitment to making customers feel at ease: "Don't cuss, call us!" 716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto, 650-856-3400;

Shoe Repair

Is the modern American world really a throwaway society, where people would much rather buy something new than take the time to get anything fixed? If you ask the repeat Best Of gold-medal winner Midtown Shoe Repair, the answer is "no." The folks here specialize in giving soles and purses and belts a second or third life. And, just in case you managed to swing a last-minute ticket to London, this place will repair your luggage, too. 2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-8171

Skin Care

Hall of Fame: First Year

So what if one doesn't have a body sculpted like an Olympic runner? In Palo Alto, there's still SkinSpirit. From body sculpting to hair removal and weight loss, SkinSpirit offers dozens of treatments for the skin and whole body, including physician-designed facials. 701 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 650-324-9600;

After running a marathon or a long, stressful week, Destino Spa is a first-place winner, offering exotic soaks and massages. This tranquil south Palo Alto spa with Eastern-cum-California-based traditions offers aromatherapy massages, custom organic facials and spa "rituals" with titles such as Bali Bliss and Tropical Tune Up for all occasions. Special men's massages and facials are also available. 4335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-947-0203;

Travel Agency

Sure, AAA may be best known as the place to turn to when you need to load up on maps, buy your car insurance or summon a tow truck to rescue you when your car breaks down on the side of the road. But one doesn't have to be a driver to appreciate the quiet AAA branch of Forest Avenue. With its generous offering of tour books, travel deals and good-old-fashioned advice, this Best Of winner has just cemented its status as the city's top stop for planning the next journey. 430 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, 650-262-3870;

Value Hotel/Motel

El Camino Real might be steps from its door, but Creekside Inn seems a world away with its quiet, inner-courtyard garden and location next to Matadero Creek. The inn offers 136 rooms and suites, many overlooking the gardens or inner-courtyard fountain. Relax beside the pool surrounded by lush greenery, stroll along the oak-studded creek or work out in the fully equipped fitness center. Rooms have eco-bath products, wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, voicemail and plush bathrobes. The inn offers special packages such as the "Stanford Get Well" package for hospital visitors and "Weekend Special" that is attractive for getaways and sporting events. 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-493-2411;


Hall of Fame: Third Year

Adobe Animal Hospital is known for top-of-the-line health care for all kinds of animals. From felines to amphibians, Adobe Animal Hospital takes the gold for its groundbreaking and innovative medical care techniques. 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos, 650-948-9661;

Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital (MPAH) prides itself in bringing human-grade health care to its furry counterparts. For more than 50 years MPAH has been a leader in technologically advanced veterinary practices, ensuring Peninsula pets are getting the best care possible. Its staff boasts some of the most educated assistants and nurses, most of which have earned their Registered Veterinary Technician certificates to give their patients the best care possible. In the last decade, MPAH expanded to include Scout's House, an animal-rehabilitation center that offers physical and post-surgical rehabilitation therapy. 1125 Merrill St., Menlo Park, 650-325-5671;


Hall of Fame: Second Year

Darshana Yoga is in the Hall one more year — though the studio closed March 31, saddening its fans. Owner Catherine De Los Santos cited the renovations being done to the downtown Palo Alto building. She still teaches private lessons in her home studio, and many Darshana teachers hold classes in other nearby locales.

Category winner YogaSource is a high-energy studio, offering classes in fast-paced power yoga and intense hot pilates, along with hot, hot, hot bikram yoga. Still, if intense cardio workouts aren't your style, you still have options: peaceful restorative yoga and meditation, or yin yoga, with its focus on harmony and flexibility. YogaSource also offers prenatal yoga and vinyasa flow. Classes start at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays, and students can drop in or buy multi-class passes. 158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-328-9642;


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