Best of 417 Awards 2007

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Services

Best Customer Service (Retail Shopping)
Town & County
Dillard’s (chain)

Runners-up:
Staxx Apparel
2 Doors Down

Customer service is frequently abysmal. Not at these establishments. Winner Town & County is known for knowing the fashions on sale in and out. Ditto for Dillard’s and the runners up (one of which, 2 Doors Down, is under the same ownership as Town & County... coincidence? No way.) Congratulations!

Best Florist

Linda’s Flowers
Runners-up:
A New Leaf
Price Cutter (S. National Ave.)

Linda’s flowers has been the place to go in Springfield for arrangements for more than 30 years. As of this month, A New Leaf no longer creates the everyday variety bouquet. It now focuses on event-specific arrangements for occasions such as weddings and funerals.

Best Gym or Health Club

Club Nutrition & Fitness
Runners-up:
Ozark Fitness
YMCA

Club Nutrition & Fitness has a lock on trendy, young, southside Springfield, while Center City types head to the downtown Y or the northside Ozark Fitness. Notably absent from the list: The Meyer Center, last year’s winner.

Best Hair Salon

Studio 417
Runners-up:
ViVo
Details

Details won last year, but Studio 417 wins it this year (check our profile on Studio 417 owner Paul Catlett here—which we assigned before editors were aware of the Best of 417 reader votes). ViVo, a new place on Republic Road, is making a big entrance.

Place for a Massage

Grove Spa
Runners-up:
Esthetiques
Spa Valencia
Chateau Spa

Grove Spa has been doing many types of massage therapy since 1995. They’ll even do office visits.


Best Place for a Manicure

Esthetiques
Runners-up:
Grove Spa
Details (tied with Spa Valencia)
Spa Valencia (tied with Details)
Chateau Spa

Esthetiques won last year as well, while Spa Valencia and Details were also runners-up. The other runners-up are both new but already popular.

Best Personal Trainer

Brandon Musick, formerly of Club Nutrition & Fitness
Runners-up:
Heather Bittinger, Ozark Fitness
Kevin Walker, Club Nutrition & Fitness

The honorees here track precisely with the Best Gym or Health Club winner and runners-up.

Best Spa

Grove Spa
Runners-up:
Esthetiques
Spa Valencia
Chateau Spa

Grove Spa wins this year, unseating 2006 winner Spa Valencia. Esthetiques is a runner-up again this year, and again, Chateau Spa is already making waves.
 

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