Best of the Decade

Distilling 10 years of Best of Westchester issues into a must-have guide to everything stupendous, supreme, sublime, sophisticated, and superlative in the county. Our Best of the Best of Westchester.



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Health & Beauty

Where to go to feel beautiful—inside and out

Numi & Company
Scarsdale
(914) 574-6402
Not only do Numi owners Gabriel Abrams and Nuriel Abramov work magic on hair, they’ll perform their magic whenever you need it. Got to make a plane in the morning and want to look good when you land? They’ll be there at 6 am to help you out. And you will look good when you land.

Photo by John Fortunato

 

Oasis Day Spa
Dobbs Ferry
(914) 409-1900
Oasis has its fans—hardcore ones. Enough blissed-out patrons have extolled its praises that Oasis was named the best day spa in the whole country by the readers of Spa Magazine. And, after visiting ourselves, we can see why. The massages melt the muscles; the facials completely refresh. And the cool rooftop garden—often the site of parties and special spa events—has a funky, Zen-like charm, even while overlooking the Saw Mill Parkway.

Nevine Michaan is a local yoga legend.

Photo by Cathy Pinsky

 

 

 

Katonah Yoga Center
Bedford Hills
(914) 241-2661
This is not yoga for the dabbler or the faint of heart—it’s a serious workout taught by serious yogis. Around for decades, Katonah Yoga is headed by Nevine Michaan, who arguably has done more to promote yoga in the county than anyone. It’s safe to say that a majority of the teachers in the region learned their downward-facing dog, tree pose, and dolphin from Nevine or one of her many protégés. She’s legendary for a reason: she is the best. So is her center.

  

Paulo’s Atelier
Hair Salon
Bedford Hills
(914) 666-2800
There is hair color and there is hair artistry. The color pros at Paulo’s—owner Paulo Gregorio, Derrek Hawkins, and Best of Westchester-winning colorist Kathleen Troy—can transform drab and mousy into sexy and sensational. Each has an uncanny knack of conjuring up the perfect potion to complement your complexion and style. Who knows—you may be suppressing your inner redhead or brunette. Trust one of these three to coax it out.

Pink on Palmer
Larchmont
(914) 833-8955
Shopping at Pink on Palmer is like talking to that friend with the flawless skin and great makeup—the one who’s tried every product out there and can tell you what to skip and what to slip into your purse right away. Owner Judy Graham fills her crisp white shelves with products by Kiehls, Bliss, Mario Badescu, Darphin, and T. LeClerc, plus sweet-smelling perfumes, candles, and soaps. Graham knows her products and has chosen her stock well, so chances are anything you pick up here will be an essential addition to your makeup bag.

The Saw Mill Club
Mount Kisco
(914) 241-0797
Membership has its privileges. In this case, you get top-of-the line equipment, trainers and teachers so good they develop loyal followings, spa-like locker rooms, access to the newest workouts (Zumba kickboxing, anyone?), and, if you’re into it, the chance to see some celeb working out at the treadmill next to you. (Admit it—you’re into it.)

Shine Salon & Spa
Ossining
(914) 762-6675
Shine Salon is one of those rare salons that seems to be good at everything, from perfect pedicures to as-gentle-as-humanly-possible waxing. The salon has racked up heaps of Best of Westchester awards, including “Best Brazilian Bikini Wax” (2004), “Best Wax” (2005), “Best Manicure” (2007), and “Best Eyebrow Shaping” (2010). And, chances are, we’ll keep finding reasons to bestow awards upon it, just because, well, Shine has never let us down.

 

Vasken Demirjian Salon
White Plains
(914) 285 0800
Ready to have aficionados stop to admire the sheen, color, and precise cut of your hair? Book an appointment with Vasken Demirjian, whose name is forever associated with hair color (and for good reason). Not just any hair color—color that shines, that sizzles, and that inspires envy among us all.