The Best of the Best: Kansas City Services

Couples massages, coiffured pets, the blonde whisperer and workouts that will leave you breathless it’s all good in this hood.

Best Upside Down Workout

 

Aerial and Acrobatic Class — KCAA It’s not easy hanging off a trapeze or getting your body swaying in silks. In fact, it’s a mega workout that will give you killer abs and arms so impressive you may never wear sleeves again. Which begs the question, if you’ve never done a “hammock drop,” have you ever really worked out? kansascityaerialarts.com

 

kcaa, photo courtesy of aerial and acrobatic class-kcaa 


Best Yoga

 

Darling Yoga  Owner Emily Darling has created a yoga dream team. Darling started her yoga studio in 2007 and has been spreading the joy of yoga to newbies and experienced yoga aficionados for more than a decade. What makes Darling Yoga a standout is the balance of yoga poses with a deeper inner-connection leaving you feeling better both mentally and physically. It’s Namaste all day. darlingyoga.com


Best Dog Groomer

 

Sydney’s Pet
Resort AND Spa 

If you take your dog to Sydney’s, there’s a good chance he or she has a better stylist than you do. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Groomers like Rena are experts at clipping, brushing and cooing as your pooch gets the full glam treatment. Prepare for compliments as you walk your dog and the neighbors comment on how dashing your four-legged BFF looks. sydneyspetresortandspa.com

 

Pet Spa

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Best Curly Hair Stylist

 

Janice Pancake Curly hair has a life of its own and is usually not fond of being forced into something it’s not — straight hair. Stylist Janice Pancake respects and understands curly hair. She can take a mane of corkscrew curls that would intimidate other stylists and love on them until the curls are so shiny and gorgeous you’ll never use a flat iron again. rootsandbrancheskc.com

 

BEST 5:30 A.M. WORKOUT

 

Fusion Fitness Fusion doesn’t mess around with any morning niceties. It’s right to work with cardio and music that will wake you up and help get your heart rate pumping faster than a Starbuck’s Venti Pikes Peak. Instructors Brooke Degnan and Liz Wallace are two of the morning favorites and if you can make it through their classes, the rest of your day will be a breeze because you will have already accomplished the hardest part. fusionfitness.com


Best Place to Stock Your Wine Fridge

 

Rimann Liquors  From wine aficionados to folks looking to upgrade their two-buck-chuck, Rimann Liquors is there for you. Their incredibly knowledgeable staff provides guidance without any attitude and with their vast selection of wines, you'll find what your looking for every. single. time. It's no surprise that "Food & Wine" magazine has consistently picked Rimann's  as one of the "top wine shops in America." Bonus: the attentive staff will even carry your purchases out to your car. Let's all toast to that. rimannliquors.com


Best Bridal “Do”

 

Posh KC Blow Dry Bar  If it’s your “big day,” consider Posh the wedding planner for your face. From makeup to blowouts to updos, Posh has the Navy SEALs of bridal teams. Extra points for knowing how to do bridal makeup that looks good in person and in photographs. No smokey-eye gone full raccoon by the reception on the Posh watch. poshkc.com

 

Posh KC

posh kc, photo by austin kuehl


Best Barbershop

 

Purple Label It’s an old-school barbershop with a hipness factor that’s off the charts. Barber DeJuan Bonds knows his way around a pair of scissors and a razor. His talents attract everyone from the elementary school set to professional athletes. Bonds has the unique skill of being able to make a haircut change not just your appearance, but your attitude. It’s a good day when you’ve been “Dejuaned.” @purplelabel_barbershop


Best Couples Massage

 

Spa on Penn  A couple’s massage can sound vaguely creepy, but at the Spa on Penn, the experience is idyllic. Their restorative massage for two is just the right amount of pressure and bliss. If you really want to heighten your experience, add in the couple’s dead sea mud treatment. All of this takes place in a zen-inducing environment that will leave you feeling expertly pampered. spaonpenn.com

 

Best Bikini Wax

 

The Glam Room KC It takes a special person to perfect the art of slathering hot wax on a person’s nether regions and making it almost painless and not a bit embarrassing. Elissa at The Glam Room is just that person. With a light touch and an attention to detail that one appreciates in that (ahem) area, this waxing goddess makes an extremely personal situation almost comfortable.
theglamroomkc.com


Best Hair Cut

 

Sarah Minks  A great haircut has the power to change your life and if that sounds too much like hyperbole, well then, you’ve never had a great haircut (or a bad one for that matter). Sarah Minks at Coco’s Style Salon takes into consideration your face shape, hair texture and has no fear telling you when a certain style or (alas) your current style, is a “no can do.” Once she works her magic, you’ll leave the salon knowing you’re having your best hair day ever. @cocosstyleloungeLS

Shears

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Best Cycling Studio

 

Cycle Bar It’s the theme rides that make Cycle Bar a standout. From 80s mix tapes to Throwback Thursday and even pedaling to One Direction — you’ll have so much fun you’ll forget you’re getting a heck of a workout, too. Cycle Bar also has a spa-ish vibe with lockers, free shoes and snacks. cyclebar.com


 Best Fitness Instructor Whose Kicking Your Butt Without You Knowing It

 

Amber Jacobs Pilates instructor Amber Jacobs lulls you into a killer workout. This fitness guru is all about your form, alignment and proper technique. As her lovely voice tells you to correct your posture, point your feet or “focus on your obliques,” you start to notice you’re not just working out hard, you’re working out muscles you didn’t know existed. You’d give up and maybe take a “water break,” but that would be letting Amber down and no one wants to do that. For her most challenging class, take the “Reformer Flow 2.5” and for a class that will leave you feeling very chill “Amber style,” take the “Restore” with a focus on foam rolling and myofascial release. clubpilates.com/southop

Club Pilates

amber jacobs-club pilates, photo by austin kuehl


Best Fitness Instructor That Will Kick Your Butt

 

Stephanie Ruch Dumbbells, Bulgarian bags, weighted medicine balls, gliders, weight plates and rowing machines — Stephanie Ruch is not messing around. Her fitness classes are hardcore with a big following. Ruch’s most popular classes are GRIT at the Woodside Health & Tennis Club and HIIT at Health House in Prairie Village. Peeps who take her classes call it “fierce fitness.” Ruch is also an acclaimed dancer, nationally known choreographer and teacher. She’s all about keeping your body moving. clubwoodside.com, healthhousekc.com


Best Colorist

 

Heather Bosler Bosler is the blonde whisperer. She intrinsically knows what shade of blonde is best for you and if you just want highlights, she’s a master at them — making your hair look like it’s been sun-kissed instead of chemically processed. If you want that “born-with-it” blonde look, Bosler is the boss. bluskysalonsuites.com

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