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Home / Articles / Special Issues / Best of San Diego /  Readers Poll 2011
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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011

Readers Poll 2011

Your picks for the most killer restaurants, shops, parks, services, galleries, nightlife and more

Health, Fitness & Beauty

Best Barber Shop 

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop

Honorable mention: The Urban Shave, Two Roses Barbershop, Barber Surgeons

Best Boxing / MMA Gym


Honorable mention: City Boxing, The Arena, The Boxing Club

Best Work-Out Gym

Chuze Fitness

Honorable mention: Fit, North Park Fitness, Wavehouse Athletic Club

Best Martial Arts School

San Diego Combat Academy

Honorable mention: Kung Fu Academy, White Dragon Martial Arts, USA Freestyle Martial Arts

Best Chiropractic Center

Spence Chiropractic

Honorable mention: Chiropractique, Adams Avenue Integrative Health, Inner Balance

Best Day Spa

La Costa Resort & Spa

Honorable mention: Bella Tosca, The Knotstop, Therapie Day Spa

Best Hair Salon (guys)

Electric Chair Honorable mention: Happenstance, Disconnected, Hair Drezzers on Fire

Best Hair Salon (ladies)


Honorable mention: Hyde Edwards, Hair Drezzers on Fire, Salon Tonic

Best Hiking Spot

Cowles Mountain

Honorable mention: Torrey Pines, Mission Trails, Sunset Cliffs

Best Hospital

Scripps La Jolla

Honorable mention: Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Mary Birch, Rady Children’s Hospital

Best Lasik Surgery Center

La Jolla Lasik Institute

Honorable mention: San Diego Lasik Institute, Shiley Eye Center, Global Laser Vision

Best Tattoo Artist

Bill Canales (Full Circle Tattoo)

Honorable mention: Sulu’ape Angela (Big City Tattoo), Rob Benavides (Flying Panther Tattoo), Mike Stobbe (Avalon)

Best Tattoo Parlor

Full Circle Tattoo

Honorable mention: Avalon Tattoo, Adapt Studio Tattoo & Piercing, Flying Panther

Best Medical Marijuana Collective

Hillcrest Organics

Honorable mention: Bella Flora Collective, Ocean Beach Wellness Center, Organic Growth Patients Association

Best Place to Get a Massage

Massage Envy

Honorable mention: The Knot Stop, Adams Avenue Integrative Health, Therapie Day Spa

Best place to get a massage: Massage Envy

Photos by Alyssa Stocker-Keefe
Massage Envy, in a way, is the massage industry’s answer to Starbucks: No matter what part of the county you’re in, you’re never too far away from one of this chain’s clinics. The analogy continues: Readers tell us that Massage Envy spas are always cheap, clean and convenient, with long hours and an even longer menu of options, including Swedish massage, hot stone, acupressure, reflexology and deep tissue. In a city of spas catering to high-end tourists, Massage Envy (multiple locations, seems to have grabbed a major foothold offering many of the same high-end services, but with a more relaxed price tag (read: “under a hundred”). Also, we hear Carlos at the Point Loma location is pretty special.

—Dave Maass

Best Place to Get a Facial

Therapie Day Spa

Honorable mention: The Knotstop, Bergamot, Beauty Klinik

Best Place to Get Pierced


Honorable mention: Adapt Studio Tattoo & Piercing, Enigma, Church of Steel

Best Place to Get Waxed

The Undercarriage

Honorable mention: Pretty Kitty Waxing, Le Wax Boutique, Viva Brazil

Best Tanning Salon


Honorable mention: Tan Diego, Aztec Tan, South Coast Tan

Best Yoga Studio

Yoga One

Honorable mention: Pilgrimage of the Heart, Namaste Yoga Center, Ginseng Yoga,

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