Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2010

Our readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Beauty, Health & Recreation

Classes for Triathletes: Todd Parker Training Programs at Main Line Cycles
For anyone who thinks bicycling should be relegated to Sunday afternoon pedals around the park, Todd Parker proves just how intense it can be. His hourlong fitness class aims to improve participants’ leg speed and strength, with the primary goal of elevating the lactate threshold, allowing the cyclist to exert more intense activity for a longer period of time. 717 Montgomery Ave., Narberth; (610) 664-1970,

Best DIY Gardening Workshops (Photo by John Lewis)Colorist: Betty Sy at Noel Sy Art in Beauty
If you’re about to make a major decision like going from brunette to blonde, or adding highlights to virgin hair, you want to be sure you put your mane in the most talented hands you can find. Betty Sy, co-owner of Noel Sy Art in Beauty, is your lady. Sy’s coloring skills are worshipped by a legion of local fans who rave about her ability to discern exactly which hue will most complement skin tone as she devises just the right color combination. 32 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd; (610) 667-8777,

DIY Gardening Workshops:
Terrain at Styer’s

At Terrain, workshops are hardly one-sided affairs, where you sit back and watch the experts do it all. Participants are required to get their green thumbs dirty as they work alongside the instructors, who answer any and all questions. The varied schedule includes everything from a beginner’s gardening series to window-box workshops. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; (610) 459-2400,

European Spa Treatments: La Difference Salon & Day Spa
Airbrushing may well be the ultimate Hollywood illusion, but that doesn’t mean regular girls can’t lust after it all the same. The next best thing photographic tinkering may well be the Ionthermie body treatment at La Difference. Among the benefits: the reduced appearance of cellulite, improved skin texture and the loss of at least one inch around the waist—all after the first treatment. 830 Paoli Pike, West Chester; (610) 429-1808,

Leah Troiano and daughter Sophie enjoy this year's Best Family-Friendly 
Workout. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Facials: Harmonia Healing Arts Spa
Whether your goal is to feel renewed, fight aging or simply to look fabulous, there’s a facial to fit your needs at Harmonia Healing Arts Spa. Not sure what to choose from among the more than 20 signature treatments? Owner and skin-care guru Ilona Csaky and her team will assess your situation, listen to your concerns and always choose what’s best for you. 413 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-1007,

Family-Friendly Workout: Hooping
What was once a ’50s-era recreational icon is back in action as a family-friendly way to break a sweat and have some fun in the process. Loopdihoops fosters an environment where physical activity is enjoyable and accessible to all ages. Classes are available, as are workshops and parties for youngsters who love to get their hoop on.

*Fitness Program for Kids (Readers’ Pick): Verge Yoga
250 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 971-0518,

Free Fun with the Kids: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
An outing at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens brings family fun back to the basics with a good-old trek through nature’s finery. Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa can easily lead the gang through a 1.2-mile, self-guided walking tour—and turn it into a real adventure as the little ones explore native flora, fauna, insects and a pond. Even better, admission is free. 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon; (610) 647-8870,

Hair Coloring in a Pinch: Swarthmore Hair Studio
Swarthmore Hair Studio’s Pat Ukropec swears by the Infrared Rollerball Color Processor, which orbits around the head for a mere 10 minutes as your color is processed. The machine can be digitally adjusted for time and heat based on the condition of your hair to avoid over- or under-processing. And there’s another bonus: as the color sets, the hair is deep-conditioned, resulting in silky, glossy strands. What more could you ask for? 4 Park Ave., Swarthmore; (610) 544-6620,

Hairstylist: Joseph Ferrer at Jay Michael Salon and Spa
If he’s not creating fabulous hair for the season finale of Project Runway, or at Bryant Park styling the coifs of models for big-time fashion designers like Zac Posen and J. Mendel, you can find master hairstylist Joseph Ferrer behind a chair at Jay Michael in St. Davids. Ferrer’s loyal clients rave about his charming manner and unmatched ability to get their cut and style just right—every time. 595 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids; (610) 964-0800,

*Health Club (Readers’ Pick): Main Line Health & Fitness
931 E. Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-2200,

Hidden Hike: Sweetwater Farm
Veiled in the Brandywine Valley countryside, Sweetwater Farm bed and breakfast offers 50 acres of pure peace and quiet. Its short-but-sweet hiking trail is an unexpected adventure for B&B visitors. Wind through trees and along the stream, or grab hold of the rope hanging from a tree and start your exploration up the steep incline. Sweetwater appeals to nature lovers of all types—including pets. 50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills; (610) 459-4711,

Hope for the Future of Lacrosse: Lacrosse Evolution
Though “soccer mom” may be the norm among parents with active kids, this Downingtown sports sanctuary could very well succeed in adding “lacrosse mom” to the list. Lacrosse Evolution is doing its part to help the sport find the mainstream, promoting camps, tournaments and clinics for all skill levels. 417 Boot Road, Downingtown; (610) 873-9910,

Kid-Friendly Fitness Center: ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center
Adventure Central, ACAC’s latest addition, has increased the facility’s size to more than 130,000 square feet. This new children’s wing—an astounding 40,000 square feet—includes an indoor “jump” zone, a game room, and an exercise and two-story climbing area known as Spider Mountain. All of which makes for a nice air-conditioned break from the facility’s ever-popular water park. 1130 McDermott Drive, West Chester; (610) 431-7000,

Makeup Artist for Brides: Béke Beau
Behind every flawless, blushing bride you’ll find a wiz like Béke Beau. After an apprenticeship with celebrity makeup artist Laura Geller in New York City, Beau brought her talents to the Main Line. She has a knack of making up a woman without making her look “made up.” Along with brides and bridesmaids, Beau will even (if asked) put the finishing touches on grooms and groomsmen, ridding them of dark circles under the eyes and unsightly blemishes. (610) 220-0042,

Manicures and Pedicures: Main Line Nails
Open seven days a week, Main Line Nails prides itself on always having enough friendly, experienced technicians to service clients—especially after work and on weekends. And with its reasonable prices, it’s no surprise that MLN continues to grow its empire, with 10 salons throughout the area and counting. Various locations,

Massage: Day Spa by Zsuzsanna
Zsuzsanna offers a full array of massages, from stone therapy to aromatherapy. You can’t go wrong opting for the classic Swedish massage, designed to promote relaxation by stimulating the superficial soft tissue of the skin and muscles, while boosting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. 241 Conestoga Road, Wayne; (610) 688-3969,

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