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Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2011: Health, Recreation & Beauty


Readers’ Picks
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Critics’ Picks
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La’Lli Hair Lounge's Laura Cordaro. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)

Readers’ Picks

Place for Kids >>> Young Sports
133 Sugartown Road, Suite B, Wayne; (610) 687-2737, young-sports.com.

Salon (Online poll) >>> La’Lli Hair Lounge
30 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore; (610) 649-8600, lallihair.com.



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After-School Cool >>> School of Rock – Main Line

Move aside, Guitar Hero, this is the real deal. Open to kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels, School of Rock’s summer, winter and Spring Break music boot camps cover the basics of performance, fine-tune skills, and even touch on songwriting and the recording process. Industry pros teach guitar, drums, keyboards, bass and vocals, combining weekly private lessons and group rehearsals. 511 Old Lancaster Road, Suite 4, Berwyn; (610) 647-2900, schoolofrock.com/mainline.

Bar Games >>> McKenzie Brew House
Dubbed the “Underground Pub,” McKenzie’s downstairs game room features pool, foosball, shuffleboard, darts, the Golden Tee Golf videogame, trivia nights with Quizzo and Music Match, karaoke, and more. Great for groups, parties or just a few close pals enjoying some McKenzie suds. 451 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 361-9800; 240 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 296-2222; mckenziebrewhouse.com.

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Springton Dance Academy owner/instructor Kim Forlini, with student Laura Patterson. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Coloring Treatments >>>
Swarthmore Hair Studio

Swarthmore Hair Studio’s Patricia Ukropec doesn’t mind cleaning up the color mishaps of stylists from other salons—whatever it takes to get it just right for her clients. She’ll do all the required damage control, then set up a game plan to get your hair looking better than it did pre-catastrophe. Next time, just save yourself the trouble and make Ukropec your first choice. 4 Park Ave., Swarthmore; (610) 544-6620, swarthmorehairstudio.com.

Dance Program for Kids >>>
Springton Dance Academy

Now almost 20 years old, Springton covers ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary forms—even musical theater and acro dance. Little ones attend pre- and kinder-dance, while older students compete and perform at venues like Center City’s Merriam Theater. Grads have earned scholarships to the University of the Arts and other esteemed institutions, or made it onto dance teams at Saint Joseph’s and Villanova universities. 5050 West Chester Pike, Edgemont; (610) 325-2003, springtondanceacademy.com.

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Best Eyebrow Shaper: Valerie Peoples, Polished Salon and Spa. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Eyebrow Shaper >>> Valerie Peoples, Polished Salon and Spa
Polished Salon and Spa’s eyebrow shaper extraordinaire takes those brows—furrowed or otherwise—seriously, meticulously examining the face, tracing an exacting outline and getting to work with the wax. Then, after plucking a few stray hairs, she’ll send you on your way with brows that make your eyes pop. 221 Conestoga Road, Suite 100, Wayne; (610) 688-4181, thepolishedspa.com.

Eyelash Tinting >>> Fuzion
A growing number of local women are making Fuzion a mandatory part of their beauty regime. At this Narberth salon, a unique vegetable dye keeps top and bottom lashes the perfect hue for up to six weeks. They look fuller—and eyes brighter—without the curler or mascara. 137 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth; (610) 668-0590.

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Facials >>> Zsuzsanna’s Salon & Spa
For a glowing, more youthful complexion, look no further than Zsuzsanna’s Salon & Spa. Its skincare experts offer a full menu of anti-aging facials that target pesky wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Some even include extra pampering—like soothing hand and foot massages. You’ll be amazed by the results. 241 Conestoga Road, Wayne,(610) 688-3969, dayspabyzsuzsanna.com.

Hair Extensions >>> Salon Ziza
Walk into Salon Ziza, and you won’t be able to tell who has the hair extensions—we swear. It’s a testament to the talent of owner Liz Stelmach and her amazing staff. Stelmach and her team of stylists consult with each client in detail, offering honest, realistic recommendations for what will look the most natural. You’ll think you were born with great hair—and no one will argue. 6 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; (610) 642-5200, salonziza.com.

Health Club >>> Main Line Health & Fitness
You gotta love MLH&F for its diversity and the fact that it does everything well—whether it’s strength and personal training, pilates, Tae Bo, or spinning. The club also offers physical therapy, plus exercise options for pregnant women, Dragon Boat competitors, and people fighting osteoporosis and scoliosis. Tailored 30-minute routines, 200 fitness machines, childcare, massage, nutrition counseling, the health-conscious Cafe 931—it all adds up to rewarding results. 931 E. Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-2200, mlhf.com.

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Hip-Hop Classes for Kids >>> Liberty Me Dance Center
The hip-hop dance classes at Liberty Me Dance Center are super-fun, which is why they’re always the first to fill up. Instructors encourage students from first grade through high school to let loose and “dance like no one is watching.” Kids even choreograph their own dance routines. 19 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr; (484) 380-3777, libertyme.com.

Hope for Live Music in Exton >>> “Live From Exton!” at Riverstone Café
Friday and Saturday nights, Riverstone Café gives customers a reason to stick around after dessert with a new live music series featuring a diverse lineup of some of the region’s most accomplished acts, including seasoned strummers Michael Flavinger, Jerry Watkins and Rob Vigg, plus a streamlined version of party band favorite Chico’s Vibe, dubbed Chico’s Mini-Vibe. Better tell the sitter you’ll be late. 143 W. Lincoln Highway, Exton; (610) 594-2233, riverstonecafe.com.

Kid-Friendly Fitness Center >>> West Chester Area YMCA
YMCAs throughout the area are well regarded for their exceptional programs for children, from day camps, daycare and swim clinics, to soccer, baseball and T-ball leagues, to gymnastics, dance classes and so much more. When the West Chester Y opened its new facility off Paoli Pike a few years back, the demand was so great that it kept its old downtown building and transformed it into the Youth Program Center. Over at the new location, kids flock to the small but elaborate indoor play area and (in summer) the first-class pool with three slides and other fun water toys. 605 Airport Road, West Chester; (610) 431-9622, ymcabwv.org.

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Listening Room Outside Philadelphia >>> Kennett Flash
A project of the nonprofit Historic Kennett Square foundation that relies on member donations, this BYO venue hosts many of the same touring singer/songwriters you’ll see in Philly, including WXPN faves like Steve Forbert, Kim Richey and Slaid Cleaves. This month’s schedule includes award-winning Boston blues guitarist Johnny A (July 9) and JK Rockets, featuring John Kay, guitarist for Delaware County-bred rock ’n’ roll legends Bill Haley and the Comets (July 23). 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square; (484) 732-8295, kennettflash.org.

Makeup Artist >>> Carie Brescia
Approachable, friendly and so darn good at what she does, Carie Brescia makes house calls to an A-list roster of Main Line clients, and her unmatched skill has earned her a spot as resident makeup artist for NBC 10. She even has her own makeup line, available at the Four Seasons and other high-end spas. Cariebrescia.com.

Manicure >>> Fiji Nails
Fiji Nails is everything a neighborhood nail salon should be: friendly, quick, convenient and affordable. A basic manicure will set you back a mere $10, but we recommend splurging on the gel version for $25. It’ll keep your nails chip-free for up to two weeks. 2310 Haverford Road, Ardmore; (610) 658-5980, fijinailsspa.com.

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Massage >>> Bodylogic Pilates
At Bodylogic, they come as much for the pilates as they do for the massages. Its practitioners home in on problem areas, kneading away at stress knots and aching muscles. Trust us—you’ll be back. 25 Elliott Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 316-5742.

Maternity “Me” Time >>> Belly Pilates
Looking to de-stress and enjoy a much-deserved Mommy’s day out? Head to Belly Pilates in Bryn Mawr to get mind, body and baby in synch at a private or semi-private Belly Pilates class. In the “Happy, Healthy Baby Belly” workshops, mothers-to-be design their own prenatal exercise routine, learn how to lose that baby weight, and discuss prenatal health issues. 100 Chetwynd Drive, Suite 103, Bryn Mawr; (610) 608-5883, bellypilates.com.

Mind-Body Workout Class >>>
Betsy Cast’s IntenSati Class at the Aquatic and Fitness Center

It’s unlike any other group workout class you’ve ever taken—and that’s the intent. Betsy Cast’s high-energy approach and boundless positive reinforcement makes her the perfect instructor for this fast-paced aerobic workout, whether you’re letting loose or practicing active meditation and affirmations. 601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd; (610) 664-6464, afcfitness.com/balacynwyd-index.php.

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Music-Meets-Sports >>> Rock ’n’ Bowl at Wynnewood Lanes
For $10-$15 every Friday-Sunday, Wynnewood Lanes turns on the cool lighting, state-of-the-art sound system and fog machines for a singing, slinging good time. Dance to a live band or DJ, or show off on karaoke. Giveaways include tickets to Flyers, Phillies and Eagles games, concerts, and amusement parks. 2228 Haverford Road, Suite 1, Ardmore; (610) 642-7512, wynnewoodlanes.com.

New Fitness Class >>> TRX Suspension Training at Ellis Athletic Center
Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick developed the first TRX training harness out of parachute webbing, which he and his fellow SEALS used in wharf-side warehouses and urban safe-houses, on ships, even inside submarines. Now available to the rest of us, this deceptively simple system has spawned hundreds of exercises that make the most of gravity and body weight to build core strength, increase joint stability, and improve balance, coordination and flexibility. Get acclimated with Michael Massafra’s intro course at EAC. 3819 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; (610) 355-7360, ellisathleticcenter.com.

New Performing Arts Venue >>> Black Box Theater at Wayne Ballet Studio
This state-of-the-art space accommodates audiences of up to 150, with flexible seating and performance configurations. Rental packages start at an affordable $500, so book early. 205 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-3904, wbcda.com.

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Outdoor Workout >>> Exercise Area at Ridley Creek State Park
When you finish your walk, hike, run or bike ride at Ridley Creek State Park, Picnic Area 17’s outdoor workout stations provide that final adrenalin surge you’re looking for. Sweat it out on the pull-up bars, pin your feet in the sit-up device, and more. There’s a variety of equipment, with instructions to guide you. 351 Gradyville Road, Newtown Square; (610) 892-3900, dcnr.state.pa.us.

Pedicure >>> Main Line Nails
Tough, callused heels, chipped polish and overgrown nails are all fair game at Main Line Nails. Settle into one of their comfy spa chairs and let a technician get to work buffing, exfoliating, grooming and polishing. It’s the best way to make sure your feet are in tip-top shape for your favorite summer sandals. Various locations, mainlinenails.com.

Pedicure Deal >>> Cinderella Nails
Once you find your way to one of the pedicure chairs at Cinderella Nails, you’ll be pampered like a princess. Before they get down to the necessary business of prettying up your toes, you’ll enjoy a relaxing foot and leg scrub, a luxurious foot, leg and hand massage, plus a hot-stone massage. By the time your polish is dry, you’ll feel like you’ve had a full spa treatment. And you did, really—all for only $35. 4363 Main St., Manayunk, (215) 482-4255.

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Rainy Day Hangout for Kids >>> BounceU
Tots, tweens and teens can bounce and play the best way they know how at this indoor escape filled with inflatable fun. Videogames, music and snacks are all on the menu, whether they’re attending a birthday party, an “Open Bounce” session or Family Bounce Night. BounceU also encourages healthy minds and bodies through “Create and Bounce” art camp and the “Pre-K & Play” crafts program. 99 Brower Road, Phoenixville; (610) 650-4500, bounceu.com.

Spa >>> Cole Wellness Spa
Once you walk through the door at Cole Wellness Spa, you’ll forget about bustling Lancaster Avenue just outside—and everything else, for that matter. Sample their menu of therapeutic skincare offerings and pampering treatments, or make an afternoon of it with the “Retreat” spa package, which includes a facial, full-body exfoliation and massage. 101 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-7546, colewellnessspa.com.

Specialty Body Treatments >>> Joseph Anthony Salon and Spa
Everything on Joseph Anthony’s treatment menu is amazing, but if we had to pick just one, we’d opt for the Soft Pack Float, the ultimate wrap experience. Indulge for a blissful hour in a warming treatment that feels like lying on the most luxurious water bed ever made, all while receiving a scalp and facial massage. You’ll never want to leave. 243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; (610) 459-4663, josephanthony.com.

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Tutors >>> Pearson Snyder Schoolwork and Tutoring
This private firm believes success is defined by more than high test scores. It’s also about enjoyment, boosting confidence and preventing future scholastic struggles. Pearson Snyder works to understand each student, their the way they learn best, and how to salvage troubled student-teacher relationships. They also helps kids excel at more obvious challenges, from SATs and ACTs to the college application process. 100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-1900, pearsonsnydersat.com.
Underrated Summer Festival >>>
Mushroom Festival, Sept. 9-11 in Downtown Kennett Square

You’d think that any fungi-centric event is going to be at a decided disadvantage on the summer circuit. But what the 26th annual Mushroom Festival lacks in glamour, it makes up for in sheer variety. Held Sept. 9-11, festivities include a carnival and parade, live music, a street festival, and an antique and classic car show, plus mushroom judging, a soup cook-off and other shenanigans focused squarely on the Kennett Square staple. And bring your camera: There’s even a grinning, life-size mushroom with legs. (610) 925-3373, mushroomfestival.org.
Yoga for Newbies >>> Verge Yoga
If you don’t know your “revolved triangle” from your “downward dog,” then Verge Yoga’s “Brand New Beginner” series is the answer. The series introduces first-time yogis to the practice in a non-intimidating way, with instructors who exude a Zen-like patience while offering one-on-one attention with every pose. You won’t want to ever leave your mat. 250 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 110, Wayne; (610) 971-0518, vergepoweryoga.com.
Yoga Studio >>> Bikram Yoga Main Line
Summer or not, they crank the heat seven days a week at Bikram as its legion of blissful devotees spend 90 minutes sweating away. Erin Cleary Cook and her team of instructors offer individual attention as they lead the way through 26 intense poses designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons. 511 Old Lancaster Ave., Berwyn; (610) 640-0305, bikramyogamainline.com.

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