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Best of Palo Alto 2012 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; charlestoncleaners.info That neighborhood feeling. Need to get some dry cleaning turned around quickly? The staff at AJ’s 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. AJ’s also has a location on California Avenue. 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-1550; ajsquickcleaners.com

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; uforiastudios.com

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-andoperated 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, 650-3283500; universityart.com

Gym 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 kidfriendly 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; paloaltojcc.org

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; hairintl.com

Hotel 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; gardencourt.com

Manicure/Pedicure 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

Watercourse Way made a splash as the Best Day Spa and is in the Hall of Fame for Best Massage (pictured: Nathan Hanley and Ren Young of Watercourse Way).

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Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly