We Heart STL: Beauty + Fitness
Well never stop spreading the love for all of the local spots that help us love ourselves.
Workout We Love: Burn 1000
When burning 50, 100 or 500 calories just won’t cut it, it’s time to strap on the sneakers for an interval-training workout at Burn 1000. Owner Liane Levy’s studio accommodates 24 students per class for a workout combining strength, core, athletic-based and practical training methods. Break a sweat at the studio and take advantage of complimentary towel service, showers and the convenient proximity to nearby shopping. Town & Country, 636.220.1010.
Best Gym to Join Now: Santé at the Chase Park Plaza
If you want to work out in style, there’s no better place than Sante? at The Chase. It’s known for its jam-packed selection of classes and services like fusion training, nutritional counseling and more. Depending on your membership packages, perks include locker service, assessments, covered parking, wellness consultations and even discounts at The Chase’s restaurants and outlets. Central West End, 314.633.3020.
Best Yoga Studio: Southtown Yoga
Yogis of all backgrounds, skill levels and ages flock to Southtown Yoga for its community atmosphere and quality classes. The studio also offers classes like “big yogi, little yogi” for parents and kids to find their Zen together, while prenatal and postnatal moms (and dads) can participate in “yogahour-MOMS.” And with classes as early as 6:15am and as late as 7:45pm, there’s no excuse not to fit a calming session into your busy schedule. Lafayette Square, 314.353.1004.
Best Trainers: The Fitness Edge
It’s no wonder Fitness Edge founder/ owner Mike Jaudes is lauded as an award-winning fitness professional. He and his team of 30 trainers go beyond basics to truly tailor their plans: sports-specific training, training during pregnancy, medical-specific training and even training with teenagers and young adults. If you’re not into one-on-one, the Fitness Edge offers group training sessions, as well as the FE Boot Camp Training program, which focuses on complete cardiovascular conditioning. Creve Coeur, 314.993.3343.
Best Class to Take with a Friend: The Dailey Method
A workout free from peer pressure, competition and stress, The Dailey Method is based on the idea that balance, core strength and overall alignment is key to health and well-being. The Dailey Method instructors give a hands-on approach to improving your posture, physique, fitness and even mental health. True balance is evident in how the classes are run, what types of tools and movements are practiced and even in the availability of childcare during select classes. Ladue, 314.569.9073.
Best Boot Camp: Complete Fitness Results
If you enjoy getting your “boot”-y kicked on the reg, you’ll want to check out Complete Fitness Results. The group-training option features a nutrition plan, access to nutrition classes and unlimited email support, as well as initial assessments and screenings that help prepare trainees for their fitness goals. Flexibility is key at this gym, so participants can adjust their boot camp schedules according to what their time or budgets allow. Webster Groves, 314.402.2238.
Best Salon: KINK Hair Salon
You know you can trust the experts at KINK to give you the type of salon service you simply can’t live without. “Headmaster” Josh Nichols and the staff at his trendy Clayton salon go above and beyond the cut: Each client is treated to an in-depth consultation with a stylist who offers unique attention to detail and ensures you leave the chair happy and looking fabulous. And KINK isn’t afraid to break the mold: No matter whether you’re after a classic or a funky style, KINK gives you that signature edge with a personalized cut, color and style and first-rate experience that will keep you coming back—every six to eight weeks, of course. Clayton, 314.721.5465.
Best Colorists: Dominic Michael
It’s tough to find a colorist you trust, but we have all the trust in the when it comes to owner/stylist Dominic Bertani and his team of colorists. Staying focused on the new while honoring the classics is the DM mantra, which is why you’ll see the best foil applications being done next to the ultra-trendy balyage “free hand” highlighting. Other services, like manicures, skincare, hair treatments and special-occasion styling, are equally top-notch. Multiple locations, dmsalon.com.
Best Blowout: Breeze Blow Dry Bar
Blow-dry bars are oh-so-trendy right now, and Breeze’s extensive menu, with options including a full blowout (wash, dry and style), dry style, updo style, makeup services and more, makes Breeze the perfect stop for a quick pamper while running errands solo or prepping for a girl’s night out. Sip a glass of complimentary bubbly while getting your ‘do, and don’t forget to ask about add-ons like braids, power shots, deep-conditioning treatments, false lashes and children’s services (“Itty Bitty Breeze”). Ladue, 314.692.2569.
Best Spa: Spa & Salon at the Four Seasons
When it’s time to treat yourself, look no further than the luxurious setting at the Spa & Salon at the Four Seasons. Looking for the ultimate in pampering? Order the Four Seasons Signature Massage, which includes thermal back exfoliation and a facial massage. Or, treat yourself to the Taste of Spa Package, featuring an express facial, massage and shampoo and blow-out. Downtown, 314.881.5800.
Best Mani-Pedi: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa
Ginger Bay offers great hair treatments, facial options and waxing, but it shines when it comes to its manicure and pedicure selection. Dedicated to the idea that nails should both look good and be healthy, Ginger Bay adds on to its nail color and nail art services by offering skin-renewing services, stress-reducing treatments and paraffin, reflexology and hot stone treatments for both hands and feet. Multiple locations, gingerbay.com.
Best Massage: Indigo Massage & Wellness
Where some might see massage as an occasional treat, the folks at Indigo believe massage is a lifestyle—and who could argue with that? Their philosophy also incorporates education, self-care and empowerment. Here, you’ll find a variety of massage options with different time frames and discounts for veterans, seniors and those in the restaurant industry. Our favorites include hot stone therapy, Reiki energy work, acupuncture, yoga classes, Thai bodywork and even relaxing foot soaks. Benton Park, 314.276.9882.
Best Men’s Grooming: Notch
This upscale barbershop gives men’s grooming the respect it deserves, thanks to owner Josh Nichols (also of KINK) and his passions for hair treatment and design. Top services include beard shaves, razor line-ups and trims, brow grooming, ear and nose waxing, hair color, haircuts and hairstyles. The hotspot also offers an impressive beard oil treatment and basic services for women and kids, too. Tower Grove, 314.764.5113.
Best Beauty Products: Blissoma
Blissoma founder Julie Longyear wanted to use her chemistry background and love for botanicals to create products for those who wanted to both feel and look good. With options that are vegetarian, cruelty-free, environmentally friendly and derived from organic ingredients, this local line is as effective as it is charming. Shop for anything from cleansers, lotions and soaps to yoga mat cleaners, stress-reducing serums and aromatherapy candles online or at local retailers. Hyde Park, 314.802.7687.
Best Place to Pamper Your Pet: Treats Unleashed
Treats Unleashed started as a kiosk offering pet guardians the top-quality homemade treats, food and supplies, and now the company has taken off in a big way, even baking custom birthday or gotcha-day cakes for STL canines and felines alike. It’s easy to see why “the natural place for pets” has expanded to multiple locations in Ladue, Des Peres, Chesterfield and Oakville. Multiple locations, treats-unleashed.com.
Photo credit: Jennifer Silverberg