BEST HAIR SALON
Parlour - A David Stewart Salon
575 Marsh St., SLO
When it comes to the perfect haircut, you want the perfect stylist to pull it off. And at Parlour - A David Stewart Salon everyone has 10 to 25 years of experience when it comes to cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and the beauty parlor is conveniently located in downtown SLO. “We do nothing but hair,” salon co-owner Mark Padgett said. “And when you do something very specific, you get good at it.”
Runner-up: Bluebird Salon
BEST BARBER SHOP
781 Higuera St., SLO
For something a step above the normal haircut experience, pay a visit to The Ritual. From the open floor space to the classy interior design, stepping into this barbershop is an aesthetic treat. “The Ritual Barbershop strives to provide exceptional haircuts and hot towel shaves, while honoring the barbering tradition,” barber Sammy Mejia said. The haircuts and customer service provide an experience like no other, and the professional facial hair products take this barbershop to the next level. Those looking for a traditional barbershop experience will not be disappointed at The Ritual.
Runner-up: Mike’s Barber Shop Morro Bay
BEST NAIL SALON
774 Marsh St., SLO
Bright colors and sparkles are part of a vibrant lifestyle that Pinkies Up owner Yessie Nojas brings to her clients’ nail art. “As soon as you walk through the door, you feel like a princess, and my guests are welcomed with a friendly smile and a beverage of their choice,” she said. Clients are friends to Nojas, and she takes the time to know them and learn about how to accommodate their needs for future appointments. “I accommodate them with something as simple as playing music they love during their appointment or going next door to Scout to get their favorite drink,” Nojas said.
Kennedy Club Fitness
Paso Robles, Atascadero, SLO, Arroyo Grande
When it comes to working out in SLO County, there’s a clear standout: Kennedy Club Fitness. Live in Paso, but work in SLO? No problem for Kennedy members, who have four gyms across the county to drop in at. Bonus: It’s a locally owned business. “Barb and Kevin started their first gym in Atascadero in 1981,” Marketing Manager Debra Leonard Albert said. “It was always his vision to build multiple locations.” Members can expect to see new My Zone heart rate monitors available to wear during workouts, with their stats on screens.
Runner-up: Pismo Beach Athletic Club
BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
1215 Avila Beach Drive, SLO
Look for solace hidden in the oaks above Avila Beach Drive at the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. With the largest spa on the Central Coast, General Manager Charles Crellin said a person can feel the resort’s years of experience with every massage. “We have the finest therapists in the area that have been with the company for more than 15 years. We really focus on the highest qualified and great new talent,” he said. “You can get a good massage in any strip mall but you can unwind and really be evoked into this relaxed environment.”
Runner-up: Massage Envy
BEST PLACE TO GET WAXED
1375 E. Grand Ave., suite 101, Arroyo Grande
Owner Julie Irey said the secret to success is simple. “I tell my staff it’s all about making the client happy. We try to make everyone feel like they’re the only one.” Wax Me! does only one thing—hair removal, from brows to Brazilians (their specialty). “A Brazilian wax removes all hair from the private area, including crevices,” Irey said. “We use a soft wax made for sensitive skin that is imported from Italy, followed by soothing witch hazel.” Head-to-toe waxing is available for men as well as women at reasonable prices. “I hire good, genuine, happy people. We want our clients to come back,” Irey said.
Runner-up: European Wax Center
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Wally Hosn
1250 Peach St., SLO
For the past 15 years, Dr. Wally Hosn has practiced plastic surgery at the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center in SLO with services like facelifts, breast implants, tummy tucks, liposuction, Botox, and more. “We’ve provided confidential care for our patients in a private setting,” Hosn said. “We get results, safely.” And Hosn will soon be offering longer lasting fillers.
Runner-up: Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao
BEST PLACE FOR SKIN CARE
Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao
1035 Peach St., SLO
After years of serving the local community, Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao will semi-retire and shift to a part-time practice this fall, offering minimally invasive procedures like Botox and injectable fillers. “It’s a professional, honest, and realistic approach to what works and what doesn’t work,” Tsao said.
Runner-up: Dr. Bradley Kurgis