Best of the Twin Cities 2011
Variety is the spice of life, right? Sure, but we think the wondrous mix of things to do, eat, drink, buy, and enjoy in the Twin Cities is better described as, well, pretty sweet. It’s a veritable Candyland out there, and on the following pages we highlight the things that make us feel good as gumdrops. The tastiest focaccia (the best Dara’s ever eaten). The hippest cover band (they know Weezer’s The Blue Album front to back). The most honest auto-body shop (they do exist). And, yes, the best candy store. Admit it, we’re spoiled rotten here. And that’s a good thing.
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HEALTH AND SELF
Stacie and Chris Clark, Tiger Athletics
Chris and Stacie Clark will kick your butt, but only because they care. In 2007, the personal-training gods opened Tiger Athletics, letting us mere mortals in on their secret for six-pack abs and a bikini-worthy derrière. Since then, they’ve assembled a team of the state’s fittest fitness buffs and expanded their business to include weekly classes, sports-team training, one-on-one sessions—they even teach three-year-olds how to maneuver a soccer ball. As for the secret to looking as good as this dynamic husband-and-wife duo? Lots of hard work—and equal amounts of fun.
New Yoga Studio
Sweat, stretch, and save the earth, all in one workout. At Moksha Yoga, being environmentally conscious is just as important as striking the perfect Warrior pose. The eco-friendly studio also cares about the community: proceeds from weekly karma classes go toward a different charity each month. If that’s not enough, radiant heat panels keep the workout room to a toasty 105 degrees, ridding your body of toxins, clearing your mind of stress, and leaving you feeling like the superhero you are.
☛ 3252 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-920-3004, mokshayogampls.com
Licensed nutritionist Teri Rose doesn’t buy into cleanses or gimmicky diets. Instead, she believes in the value of a good veggie or two. After some consultations and meal-planning (which take into consideration both nutrient density and portion size), your skin will start to glow and you’ll suddenly begin thinking about running that marathon after all. By following these lifestyle changes, you’re less likely to contract certain types of cancers, diabetes, or have a heart attack. Talk about preventive medicine. Don’t believe us? Just pick up one of her Wellies, a delicious (no, seriously!) granola-bar-like snack that will keep you full for half a day.
☛ 2822 W. 43rd St., Suite 200, 612-920-2822, Mpls., perfectlyproduce.com
Barre at Align Pilates
Just because your career as a ballerina ended in kindergarten doesn’t mean you can’t still have a rock-hard dancer’s body. During Align’s hour-long barre class—a combination of the stretching and toning movements of Pilates and yoga, the strengthening and sculpting principles of ballet, and a high-energy cardio workout—small isometric movements target and tone every muscle in your body. You’ll squat, curl, squeeze, sweat, and shake, but those areas you thought would never be taut again? They’ll be looking mighty fine.
☛ 3021 Holmes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-343-7500, alignpilates.com
Total Body Elixir Vichy Treatment at Juut Wayzata
This is the spa treatment you want when you need to be spoiled from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes. Beginning with a hot-oil hair treatment and scalp massage, the service also covers a facial cleanse, full-body exfoliation, and foot massage before moving into an oil-and-vichy-shower massage, ending with a hydrating moisturizer. The therapeutic warm water and steam chill you out, but also cocoon you against the deep freeze outside.
☛ 1125 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 952-404-9955, juut.com
Justine Hornick and Mark DeBolt
Here’s a team that covers both sides of the river: Justine Hornick wields her color brush at Root Salon in St. Paul, and Mark DeBolt works his painterly magic at Haus. The connection is that they are both Wella (a brand of professional hair dye) educators, meaning they are on top of trends and teach stylists how to create gorgeous hues on any client. Their sherbet hair collection, launched early this summer and just now showing up on runway models, somehow takes tones like tangerine, lilac, and rose and makes them wearable, even for the corporate cube-dwellers among us. Talk about talent.
☛ Root, 499 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-0200, rootsalons.com; Haus, 4240 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-4287, haussalon.com
Erin at Phresh
937 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-288-4040, phreshspasalon.com
Nell Rueckl at Spot Spa
401 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls.; 1600 W. Lake St., Mpls.; spotspas.com
The Beauty Room
4300 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-4111, thebeautyroommpls.com
1121 Town Centre Dr., Eagan, 651-686-6686, solimarspa.com
On the Cheap
53500 W. 35th St., Mpls., 952-562-5200, centerpointmn.com
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Best Workout Spot
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