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July 2007
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Paraffin dips, sugar scrubs, spray-on tans, and downward dogs. Where to go in the city to get your body and mind in order.


EDITORS' CHOICE Robert Cook, Berenices
3500 E. 12th Ave., 303-399-9156, www.berenicesdenver.com
When a 5280 staffer told stylist Robert Cook she felt bad about leaving her "nice" hairdresser to start seeing Robert exclusively, his response completely won us over: "Nice doesn't give good haircuts." Amen, brother! Sometimes we get so attached to our stylists that we don't realize our hair is pretty darn bad. Especially if said stylist is still giving you that circa-1997 layered do we've dubbed "the shelf"—also known as "the Rachel." (Hint: You know you're getting a shelf if your stylist still uses a razor to texturize your hair. Yikes!) But after just an hour under the skilled scissors (never razors) of Robert Cook, your hair will transform from bubbly and dated to shaped and sexy. That's why he's earned this nickname in our office: The Shelfinator. Dear Robert, here's to getting hair right! (Finally.)

READERS' CHOICE Ty Tomlinson, Blanc the Salon
1133 Bannock St., 303-572-1133, www.blancthesalon.com
You can't be attached to your current haircut when you pay a visit to Ty—his vision inevitably trumps your comfort zone. Nor can you be averse to thumping music or the occasional four-letter word. But if you're looking for something oh-so fresh, oh-so now, you should think about getting on Ty's waiting list.


EDITORS' CHOICE Floyd's Barbershop
Multiple locations, www.floydsbarbershop.com
Floyd's knows men's hair. Whether it's for a quick trim or major hair overhaul, this modern-day barbershop is the place to go. The vibe is retro-cool. And we like that you can peruse the Internet while you wait or get a quick shoulder massage while you're in the barber's chair.

1550 Platte St., 303-477-9700, www.metroboom.com
Metrosexual mania may be over, but the idea of queer-eyeing an average Joe into a perfect gentleman is far from extinct. Or at least that is what Jung Park thought when he launched MetroBoom in 2005. Unlike the bare-bones feel of a traditional barbershop, MetroBoom is a stylish one-stop shop—get a quick buzz, stock up on upscale grooming products, and pick up trendy custom shirts and jeans. Think of it less as a barbershop and more an outpost for all things gentlemanly.

Spa Treatment

EDITORS' CHOICE Head-to-Toe Delight, St. Julien Hotel & Spa
900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696, www.stjulien.com
The spa at St. Julien leaves little to be desired, including indulgent locker rooms and all-around great service. And with treatments like the Head-to-Toe Delight ($190), you'll want to book a repeat visit straight away. You'll start with a Babassu sugar scrub that leaves your skin soft and rejuvenated. Next you'll be wrapped in a warm, moisturizing buttermilk and honey wrap while your therapist administers a goose-bump-inducing wild sage scalp massage. The highlight of the treatment comes at the end: a soak in a hydrotherapy buttermilk bath.

READERS' CHOICE The Quencher at TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon
997 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, 303-670-4444, www.tallgrassspa.com
If Colorado's arid climate has your skin feeling a little like sandpaper, you need to drench yourself in moisture with the Quencher (three hours, $235)—a superhydrating, ultramoisturizing spa treatment that includes an antioxidant facial, a sinful mocha body scrub, a damage-remedy hair and scalp renewal, and a paraffin dip for those overused and undernourished hands.


2625 E. Second Ave., 303-333-4014
Although there are plenty of places to get a full-blown spa manicure with paraffin and a glass of wine, we generally feel like manis should be clean, quick, and cheap. For a place that you can visit regularly (read: not a $55 trip), check out Cherry Creek North's Coco Nail Salon. A bright room, adept staff, walk-in availability, and $15 manis make this spot perfect for a spontaneous afternoon indulgence.

READERS' CHOICE TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon
997 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, 303-670-4444, www.tallgrassspa.com
Like everything else at TallGrass, the manicures are indulgent. Plus, there's more to choose from. While the Regular Manicure (35 minutes, $35) is fab, readers opt for the Spa Manicure (50 minutes, $40) or the Caribbean Therapy Manicure (50 minutes, $45) for their ultraluxurious treatments and extra-special attention paid to the cuticles and skin.


EDITORS' CHOICE Jessica Garduño, Grand Salon
1435 Wazee St., 303-572-1435, www.grand-salon.com
She's relatively new to the hair biz, but Jessica Garduño knows her color. We've gone from natural-looking highlights with a little bit of pop on one visit to a bold and dramatic statement the next, and every time she gave us just what we needed. Want shine? No problem—just ask. Garduño is more than happy to whip up a potion of lovely smelling Phyto oils to follow the color application. She also does balayage, a method of painting hair color onto the hair without foils that results in a softer, more natural look. Even after partial highlights (only $65!), we felt like a million bucks.

READERS' CHOICE Kenneth Seegrist, Blanc the Salon
1133 Bannock St., 303-572-1133, www.blancthesalon.com
Kenneth specializes in the very now, very bold school of hair. For a little bit of fun and a whole lot of pop, get your head over to Blanc.


EDITORS' CHOICE The Spa at the Inverness
200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, 303-397-7808, www.invernesshotel.com
This fledgling spa is pulling out all the stops to compete with the grande dames of Colorado's spa industry—and it's working. The facilities (complete with eucalyptus steam room and comfy lounging area) are decadent. The treatments also hit the right note, particularly the Swedish massages, which are expertly administered and leave you wishing you'd ordered the 80-minute version ($115) instead of the 50-minute one ($85).

READERS' CHOICE TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon
997 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, 303-670-4444, www.tallgrassspa.com
The massage menu at TallGrass includes your usual hot stone and therapeutic massages (which are great, by the way), but do yourself a favor and let this top-notch spa show you what it can do. For our money, the 80-minute Aromatherapy Massage ($115) using essential oils feels like a week's vacation. Or, if your bod really needs a good knead, try the Four Hands massage ($170), a treatment where two massage therapists work in synchronized rhythm to bring you to a deep level of relaxation.


EDITORS' CHOICE The Spa and Salon at the Brown Palace
317 17th St., 303-312-8940, www.brownpalacespa.com
The Brown Palace is every woman's little piece of heaven on earth. After all, where else can you eat a champagne brunch, indulge in high tea, and get a luxurious pedicure all under the same roof? The Classique pedicure ($55) is all you need to soothe your high-heel-weary toes, as the treatment includes a foot soak, exfoliating scrub, mineral foot masque, hydrating massage, and exquisite nail care.

READERS' CHOICE Tootsies, The Nail Shoppe
1021 S. Gaylord St., 720-570-0971
Manicure and pedicure places are becoming a dime a dozen in our fair city, but that doesn't mean they're all created equal. Take, for example, Tootsies on Old South Gaylord. With a super-retro vibe (think Audrey Hepburn artwork, funky crystal chandeliers, and pressed-tin and teal walls) and an easygoing staff, Tootsies certainly has a better atmosphere than most other nail spots. And, with its focus on cleanliness (no jets in the pedi tubs and new files for each person), Tootsies is miles ahead of the competition. Plus, the pedis are quick, competent, and long-lasting.


EDITORS' CHOICE Marianna's L'Esthetique
1215 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-415-0959, www.mariannaskincare.com
When you book a facial at Marianna's—the official spa of the Hotel Boulderado—you don't choose from a menu. Rather, your knowledgeable aesthetician uses a pretreatment consultation to build the facial around your skin's specific needs. We wouldn't expect any less, considering this ethereal Santorini-themed spa comes to us from skincare diva extraordinaire Marianna Ali—a 45-year veteran of the industry, who came to Boulder by way of Greece, London, Toronto, Houston, and Laguna Niguel.

READERS' CHOICE Bosali Skin Care and TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon Tie
Bosali: 8745 E. Bellewood Place, 303-741-6710, www.bosaliskincare.com; TallGrass: 997 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, 303-670-4444, www.tallgrassspa.com
It's all a matter of taste. Pam Boosalis runs Bosali Skin Care in the Denver Tech Center, offering patrons skin resurfacing, LED light therapy treatments, and eyebrow arching. At Evergreen's TallGrass, clients get gauzy robes, heated stones, and exfoliating scrubs. Both leave your skin glowing and rejuvenated.

Eyebrow Wax

EDITORS' CHOICE Michael Moore, Simply Moore
3000 E. Third Ave., 303-399-4151, www.simply-moore.com
If you're looking for brows like Julia Roberts', look no further than the deft hand of Michael Moore and his tool of choice: tweezers. That's right, the best brow wax in town involves no wax at all. One hair at a time, Moore brings out the natural brow shape without risking half of your eyebrow to a hunk of wax and a slip of the hand. Ouch, right? Not at all—he chats you up so you barely notice the plucking. And you can trust him. He's been in the cosmetics biz for almost 20 years, working with industry all-stars like Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and Estée Lauder.

READERS' CHOICE Sara DeLuca, Berenices
3500 E. 12th Ave., 303-399-9156, www.berenicesdenver.com
Another member of the "tweeze-only" club, Berenices co-owner Sara DeLuca (and brow archer for 12 years) just says no to wax. Tweezing allows her to shape the eyebrow naturally; she insists the best shape for your eyebrow is the "one you're born with."

Bikini Wax

EDITORS' CHOICE Wax in the City
1664 Market St., 303-592-2929; 7730 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village, 303-221-0081; www.waxinthecity.com
The worst part about getting a bikini wax isn't the wax (or the removal thereof); it's making the appointment. Particularly if you're making said appointment from your office cubicle with five male coworkers within earshot. That's why we think Wax in the City—where you can conveniently (and silently) make all your appointments directly on the website—is so great for working gals. Plus, its central locations (Market and 16th streets and in the Tech Center) make for easy lunchtime drop-bys. And then there's the no-tipping policy. Could they make it any easier?

Spray-On Tan

500 E. 19th Ave., 303-284-2550, www.revivespadenver.com
No one likes the pasty translucence of winter skin, but baking in the UVs doesn't sound that great, either. Solution? Sunless tanning at Revive Spa in Uptown. For those wishing to avoid Oompa-Loompa orange skin, streakiness, or missed spots, Revive's Magic Tan ($29 for clear, medium application) satisfies. Yes, the giant misting shower where you'll stand in four different positions is a bit intimidating at first, but the resulting bronzed skin is definitely worth it.

Multiple locations, www.darquetan.com
With five locations, Darque Tan offers convenience along with its fabulous (fake!) tans. Plus, at $20 a session (or three for $50) you can afford to bronze a few times before you break out the short shorts.

Health Club

EDITORS' CHOICE The Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place, 303-534-1211, www.denverathleticclub.org
Where else in the city can you take a spin class next to the city's top judges, lift weights beside a news anchor, and train on the elliptical next to the mayor himself? The Denver Athletic Club is where Denver's power brokers go to get their endorphin fix. Why wouldn't they? At the DAC it's all about the cherry-on-top approach to customer service—lemon wedges in your water and a shoe shine on your way out the door—all served up in that effortlessly casual, quintessentially Denver way.

READERS' CHOICE Cherry Creek Athletic Club
500 S. Cherry St., 303-399-3050, www.cherrycreekclub.com
With two gorgeous outdoor pools, state-of-the-art equipment, racquetball/squash/handball courts, even an in-house spa, the expansive 10,000-square-foot Cherry Creek Athletic Club offers the perfect mix of amenities for its eclectic roster of working professionals and active families. Hint: If you're single, you might want to check out the post 5 p.m. scene—a nice selection of yuppie eye candy for browsing.

Yoga Studio

EDITORS' CHOICE Samadhi Center for Yoga
639 E. 19th Ave., 303-860-YOGA, www.samadhiyoga.net
For the second year in a row, Samadhi reigns as top dog—the downward kind, of course. In Sanskrit "Samadhi" means to merge with the divine spirit. And that's exactly what hundreds of Denver yogis come to do at this Uptown spot. Samadhi has all the components for a meaningful practice—two beautiful studios, six to 10 classes a day, and qualified instructors who teach various styles, from Vinyasa and Anusara to Kundalini and Tantric Hatha.

277 Broadway; 333 E. 13th Ave., 303-863-9642; 1538 Wazee St.; 5004 E. Hampden Ave.; www.corepoweryoga.com
The Yoga Sculpt class, infusing dumbbells, body bars, and free weights into sun salutations, side angles, and warrior poses, is yoga for the city's fitness fanatics.

Hair in the 'Hood

Denver's top salons, by neighborhood.

Cherry Creek
231 Milwaukee St., 303-399-9469
It's one of our favorite salons in town because of the vibe: centered, clean, subdued, and very Zen, just like its co-owner (and renowned stylist) Charlie Price. Here, the client always comes first.

Golden Triangle
Blanc the Salon
1133 Bannock St., 303-572-1133, www.blancthesalon.com
The music pulses at Ty Tomlinson's concrete-and-mirror space on Bannock (the READERS' CHOICE this year). And the cast of stylists' personalities is almost as bold and vibrant as their hair color.

Salon Denver
1744 Platte St., 303-458-9823, www.salondenver.net
Whatever stylist or colorist you book at Salon Denver, you're guaranteed a fantastic hairdo. You'll like the central location plus the loftlike brick interior that feels very "downtown."

Luxe Salon
1743 Wazee St., 303-296-0166, www.luxesalon.com
Luxe has a fun, welcoming feel with good music, interesting art on the walls, and a skilled team of stylists you'll want to see again.

Matthew Morris Salon
277 Broadway, 303-715-4673, www.matthewmorrissalon.com
A crisp, white Aveda concept salon and spa brought to us by the very accomplished Matthew Morris. Not to be missed: the First Friday spa deals.

3rd Ave. Studio
5575 E. Third Ave, 303-355-8480, www.3rdavestudio.com
The quintessential neighborhood salon, 3rd Ave. Studio is a sunny space with even sunnier service. We love the interesting mix of clientele—retirees, mother-and-daughter duos, and working professionals—bopping in for low-key cuts and color.