Randy Angel

Best Neighborhood Gym: Studio Pulse

Convenient to the South Bay in the Whole Foods Plaza in Redondo Beach, Studio Pulse, a Mad Dogg-licensed studio, offers Spinning(r), Strength Training, Core and Stretch classes. The window-lined, second floor Spinning room provides a great view from the saddle and the doors are open all day for fresh air circulation. Their calorie-busting Spinning classes […]

 Randy Angel

Best Health Club: Spectrum Athletic Clubs

Spectrum Athletic Clubs is a repeat winner that offers an array of amenities including pools, saunas, certified personal trainers, group fitness classes, a wide variety of exercise equipment and an Interactive Kids Club. The South Bay facility offers boxing and indoor cycling studios and a women’s only workout area. The club in Redondo Beach features […]

 Randy Angel

Best Personal Trainer: Trent Mitchell

Best Personal Trainer: Trent Mitchell

Training men and women, Mitchell is certified in a numerous area and uses a synergistic approach designed specifically around a person’s specific goals and needs. This is accomplished through proper medical screening, body diagnostics, performance testing, and finally placement into the correct program for each individual. Mitchell stresses the importance of all-around fitness. “When I […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Wax: European Wax Center

The European Wax Center keeps customers coming back because of their 100 percent beeswax that’s made especially for their locations. They have many repeat guests because of the way they take care of the skin by cleansing, protecting and rejuvenating, all done in clean, professional, full-privacy wax suites. For first time visitors they offer a […]

 Esther Kang

Best Dance Studio: You Can Dance

You Can Dance is home to “Dancing with the Stars” duet Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts. The studio is owned by Trebunskaya and her mother Irina Trebunskaya, both Hermosa Beach locals. The team of 10 instructors teaches a variety of dancing classes and programs for all skill levels, including salsa, cha cha and tango, foxtrot, […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Pet Grooming: Bubbles Pet Spa

Best Pet Grooming: Bubbles Pet Spa

Bubbles, a full-service grooming facility is located in the heart of Manhattan Beach. They specialize in hair cuts for dogs and even brave cat cuts. They offer full service bathing and are known for their pet spa experience. Prices range from $28 – $200. Bubbles Pet Spa: 2110 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach. 310-545-5294. Runner up: […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Nail Salon: Angel Nail and Hair Design

Best Nail Salon: Angel Nail and Hair Design

Locals rave about the hand massage and friendliness of the staff at Angel Nail and Hair Design. A new trend that they specialize is gel nails that start at $30. They also do facials, hand and foot treatments and waxing. “They’re so much fun and take really good care of you,” weekly customer Rita Cote […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Women’s Hair Dresser: Jerry Madrid

Best Women’s Hair Dresser: Jerry Madrid

A third-generation hair dresser Jerry Madrid’s been in the South Bay cutting both men and women’s hair for over seven years. “I try to make everything custom to fit an individual,” said Madrid. “I listen to them and don’t try to tell them what they need. I give them my professional outlook, but at the […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Wax: European Wax Center

The European Wax Center keeps customers coming back because of their 100 percent beeswax that’s made especially for their locations. They have many repeat guests because of the way they take care of the skin by cleansing, protecting and rejuvenating, all done in clean, professional, full-privacy wax suites. For first time visitors they offer a […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Tanning Salon: Cop-a-tan

Customers enjoy Cop-a-tan’s clean and abundant beds as well as their upgrade options. Their multiple locations help members get a glow from anywhere in town. There are often special offers and also offer sunless tanning. Cop-a-tan: 1133 Artesia Blvd, Suite B. Manhattan Beach. 310-372-6022 and 413 N. Pacific Coast Highway #100, Redondo Beach. 310-921-1001.www.copatan.com Runner […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Men’s Barber: Alan Bailey at Mint

Alan Bailey’s attention to detail is why his customers keep coming back. “I love what I do and I have been doing to for more than 10 years,” said Bailey. “My clients come in on a regular basis and I give them top-notch service as well as something to look forward to when they come […]

 Special Contributor

Best Pilates studio: White House Pilates

Pilates for your bodies! For the third year in a row, our readers voted White House their favorite place to practice the flowing, centered, breath-oriented exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates. White House boasts instructors that teach other Pilates instructors, and White House guests rave about the notably small class sizes and attractive studio spaces. […]

 Special Contributor

Best yoga studio: The Green Yogi

Our readers loved The Green Yogi, a beautiful, serene boutique studio pumping with high-energy power yoga classes. Readers cited the studio’s clean, beautiful, peaceful aspect, fun atmosphere and personalized attention from expert instructors. Mary Strong had spent 15 years in broadcast journalism — covering news for NBC and CNN, and football for Fox Sports Net […]

 Special Contributor

Best weight loss, diet center: Weight Watchers

Our readers recommended shedding the pounds with Weight Watchers, which has been around for 50 years, and was named the nation’s best weight-loss plan by U.S. News and World Report. Weight Watchers meetings take place throughout the South Bay, and there’s a Weight Watchers store in Manhattan Beach. Weight Watchers boasts that its sensible approach, […]

 Special Contributor

Best medical spa: Murad Inclusive Health Spa

Dr. Howard Murad is known as “the father of internal skincare” for his clinical studies in “the science of cellular water.” He discovered that the primary marker of youthful good health is the ability of cell membranes to hold water. He created a multi-disciplinary approach aiming to create a stronger, healthier body by creating stronger, […]