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2011 Platinum List: Luxury - Ladue News: Special Features

2011 Platinum List: Luxury

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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:48 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE

Winner: Massage Envy

There’s no better way to spend a lazy afternoon than to head on over to the ubiquitous massage destination to loosen those muscles and melt the stress away. No matter your pleasure—Swedish, deep tissue, or hot stone—Massage Envy’s trained therapists will have you stress-free and smiling in no time. 

Runners Up:

2. Avani Day Spa

3. NutriFormance

4. Ginger Bay Salon and Spa

5. The Face & The Body


BEST GYM OR PERSONAL TRAINING FACILITY

Winner: NutriFormance

5K in your future? Or maybe concerned that last year’s capris aren’t stretch? The team of fitness pros at NutriFormance will motivate and guide you to the results you want. A team that includes certified personal trainers, registered dieticians and physical therapists, combined with a decidedly upscale studio, gave this gym a blue ribbon once again.

Runners Up:

2. J.O.E. Fitness Studio

3. Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa

4. Performax Training Center

5. Club Fitness


MOST CREATIVE FLORIST

Winner: Ken Miesner’s Flowers

Maybe there’s nothing new under the sun, but after 36 years at Plaza Frontenac, there’s still something new at Ken Miesner’s Flowers. Even if bird of paradise isn’t on your wish list, drop in and get the perfect Where did you find that? present or must-have accessory.

Runners Up:

2. Scott Hepper/Carriage House Florals

3. Mary Tuttle’s Flowers

4. Ladue Florist

5. Bloomin’ Buckets


COOLEST BEAUTY SALON

Winner: Dominic Michael

It’s not easy to feel cool with a full head of Medusa-like foils, but you can still chill if you’re in the salon voted ‘coolest’ by readers who know what they want. Dominic Michael has been making the world a bit more beautiful since 1982.

Runners Up:

2. Josh Nichols Studio

3. Ambiance Hair and Nails

4. Bella Gente Salon

5. Studio Branca


TOP SPOT TO BUY A LUXURY CAR

Winner: Plaza Motors

According to LN readers, Plaza Motors is their first stop for high-end luxury cars, including Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Offering an outstanding selection of both new and used vehicles, its friendly professional staff is committed to providing personal service to clients.

Runners Up:

2. Autohaus BMW

3. Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis

4. St. Louis Motorsports

5. Tri Star Imports


BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE

Winner: Ladue Nails

New Mischka sandals or a couple of carats to show off? Or do you just need to feel spoiled and indulged? The staff at Ladue Nails is our town’s favorite spot for every girl’s favorite indulgence—the mani-pedi.

Runners Up:

2. Dominic Michael Salon

3. Stonewater Spa

4. Ginger Bay Aveda Salon Spa

5. Studio Branca


BEST PLACE FOR PET PAMPERING

Winner: Kennelwood Pet Resorts

Ask any pooch, and they’ll tell you that there’s no place like Kennelwood when it comes to uber-luxurious pet pampering. Your furry babies can relax in the private villas, complete with a personal concierge and one-on-one play time, or they can join the fun at DayCamp.

Runners Up:

2. Lola & Penelope’s

3. Town & Country Veterinary Hospital

4. Petropolis Pet Center

5. Four Muddy Paws


BEST LUXURY WEEKEND GETAWAY

Winner: Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, or a big Cubs/Cardinals matchup? Who are we kidding! Everyone knows the real reason to visit Chicago is the shopping. Hop on the train, catch a plane, or just cruise up I-55 for a long weekend on Michigan Avenue.

Runners Up:

2. Four Seasons Hotel

3. New York City

4. The Ritz-Carlton

5. Big Cedar Lodge


MOST TRUSTED DRY CLEANERS

Winner: Marquard’s

Saying your vows in grandmother’s gown? Give her dress the same TLC she gave you and safeguard the treasured garment for your own daughter. In addition to cleaning and preservation services, Marquard’s also offers bridal heirloom restoration to remove stains and brighten vintage gowns.

Runners Up:

2. West Oak Cleaners

3. Frontenac Cleaners

4. Clayton Cleaners

5. American Cleaners


BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER

Winner: Commerce Bank

For Best Financial Planner, LN readers put their money on (or with) Commerce Bank and its wealth management services. For more than 140 years, Commerce Bank has provided financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the Midwest. Its more than 370 locations in the central United States region offer business and personal banking, financial planning and investments through its affiliated companies.

Runners Up:

2. PNC

3. U.S. Bank

4. Bank of America

5. Regions


BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

Winner: Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Buying or selling, you want solid professionals to negotiate the myriad of details and manage the emotion. If you remember Ira E. Berry and Gordon Gundaker, you know this is a team that knows St. Louis real estate.

Runners Up:

2. Janet McAfee

3. Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

3. Gladys Manion (tie)

4. Prudential Real Estate (all offices)

5. Laura McCarthy


BEST PLACE TO SPEND SPRING BREAK

Winner: Florida

One common thread runs through all of our top selections for spring break destinations: the beach. Well, Florida has beaches in spades, along with quaint shops, party hot spots, Disney World and anything else you could hope for on a springtime getaway. Whether you’re bringing the kids or looking for the MTV party, pack your sandals, sunglasses and swimsuit and get down there!

Runners Up:

2. Mexico

3. Hawaii

4. The Caribbean

5. California


BEST LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATION

Winner: Napa Valley, Calif.

We could write a sonnet about wine, and Napa Valley, Calif., is one of the best places in the world to experience beautiful vineyards at either large or family-owned wineries. The valley’s charm (and generous tastings) earn it bragging rights as LN readers’ favorite luxury travel destination. 

Runners Up:

2. Kauai, Hawaii

3. Venice, Italy

4. Paris, France

5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE A COSMETIC PROCEDURE

Winner: Ridenour Plastic Surgery

You could ask your hair stylist, or check out before-and-after pics. But if there’s a bit of tweaking in your future, why not get your referral from those who’ve been there and tweaked that?  Dr. Brock Ridenour has very happy patients who’ve chosen him as the go-to guy.

Runners Up:

2. Nayak Plastic Surgery

3. West County Plastic Surgeons

4. Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

5. Body Aesthetics

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