Menlo Park's elegant Rosewood Hotel is a classy place — evidenced, if not by the telltale exotic car show in front of the hotel's entrance, then maybe by the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant, Madera, or the Alex Chases Salon and Sense Spa on the premises. Perhaps most impressive, though, is that it's got real cloth squares for drying one's hands in its bathrooms. (Not that we'd recommend going there just for the toilets. That would be uncouth!) Years after being outed in a 2013 Vanity Fair article as a Cougar Night hotspot, the hotel now boasts another "how Silicon Valley" claim to fame: Its on-site jewelry store, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, is the first jewelry store in the world to accept cryptocurrency as payment, according to a recent KPIX story.
2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park | (650) 561-1500 | rosewoodhotels.com
Menlo Park Barber Shop, which opened in November 2015 on Avy Avenue, near Alameda de las Pulgas, has all the fixings of an old-fashioned barber, complete with red-blue-and-white striped pole out front, plush barber chairs arranged in rows and a squad of barbers who go way back: Shop founder Sam Valero and fellow barber Woody Jackson went to the same high school in the Central Valley. They are joined by Yvonne Soliz as three veterans of the now-shuttered Golden Shears barber shop, a Santa Cruz Avenue hair-trimming mainstay that operated in Menlo Park for 53 years before it closed in early 2016. Open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or by appointment.
2100 Avy Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 391-9008 | menloparkbarbershop.com
Olive Hill Salon has been voted favorite hair salon for the fifth time. Owner Arlene Tascian-Russell says the salon's "clients are the most important part of our business, and we strive to make everyone's experience the best it can be." The Woodside salon features Aveda and Kerastase, specializing in cut, coloring and extensions. The experienced team of stylists is up on the latest trends and designs a personalized look for each client. "Our goal is to create beautiful results and maintain healthy hair," Tascian-Russel says. "We love getting to know our clients and work to build lasting relationships based on trust and integrity."
2920 Woodside Road, Woodside | (650) 851-1150 | olivehillsalon.com
Menlo Park's A Touch of Elegance has won the Almanac's Readers' Choice Award for best manicure and pedicure for the fourth year in a row. In addition to regular manicures and pedicures, A Touch of Elegance also offers waxing and massages. A Touch of Elegance prides itself on its customer service and consistent services.
1150 Crane St., Menlo Park | (650) 321-0679
Bella Schneider's La Belle Day Spas and Salons has won the 2018 Readers' Choice award for favorite day spa. Clients say they love their clinically advanced in-house facials and cosmetic formulations as well as advanced beauty expertise. They also love the familiarity of long-term staff who often know not only them but sometimes their children or grandchildren, by name. From facials to makeup, hairstyling, foot soaks and massages, La Belle offers the full range of spa services. It also offers brides and attendants hair and makeup services, as well as massages to restore calm after all of that last-minute planning. Two Palo Alto locations:
36 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto | (650) 326-8522 | and 95 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto | (650) 327-6964 | labelledayspas.com
FITNESS CLASSES, GYM, YOGA
Triple-prize-winning Studio Rincon has what it takes to keep our readers happy year after year. The fitness studio offers all levels of classes from beginner to advanced, and also offers classes based on age group. There's a boot camp, and classes include yoga, pilates, hip-hop and zumba. Studio Rincon recently opened a boutique on Santa Cruz Avenue called Yogarok Living, offering activewear and fitness clothing.
3536 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park | (650) 861-0242 | studiorincon.com
It's the fourth year for Ladera Cleaners topping the list in the category for best dry cleaner. Located in the Ladera Shopping Center along Alpine Road for at least 16 years, the dry cleaner has been using eco-friendly cleansers and offers custom tailoring and advice on how to care for clothes and other belongings that need dry cleaning, including coats, comforters, draperies and handmade quilts. Other services include laundry washed and folded, reweaving and cleaning and alteration of wedding dresses.
3130 Alpine Road, Suite 260, Portola Valley | (650) 854-2291 | laderacleaners.net
Once again, customers of Tom Ramies' Portola Valley Garage have put the facility in the top spot for the Best Auto Repair category. "I want to thank this fabulous community for voting for us to be No. 1 nine years in a row!" Ramies said in an email. "Tom and his team really know what they are doing — and almost even more important, they really like what they are doing!" said Sven B. from Palo Alto in a website testimonial. Portola Valley Garage offers 36-month, 36,000-mile nationwide warranties and repairs of super-car brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche.
4170 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | (650) 851-7442 | pvgarage.com
Guy Plumbing & Heating, a Menlo Park institution that has no shortage of Readers' Choice awards from years past, has taken the prize again this year in the best plumber category. "This is a special year for us as we celebrate our 70th anniversary in business and remain family-owned and operated in Menlo Park," Camille Guy writes in an email. "They are the best," Teresa T. from Palo Verde writes in an online testimonial. "They fixed my broken faucet on my kitchen sink on Xmas eve when I had 26 people coming for Xmas dinner." The company continues to offer water-sense products accredited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, whether for DIY or new construction.
1265 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 323-8415 | guyplumbing.com