Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2012: Beauty, Health & Recreation

Main Line Today’s readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Local Garden ➙ Skunk Hollow Community Garden
Credit organizers Sara Pilling and Katrina Ogilby for having the foresight to envision a community garden where a weed-choked field once stood. Located on the site of the defunct Radnor CSA, Skunk Hollow offers township residents space to grow fresh vegetables, hang with fellow gardeners and maybe even pick up a tip or two about organic pest control. For a nominal fee, local folks can rent three four-by-16-foot, raised beds. Don’t know what the heck you’re doing? No problem—advice is plentiful and free.
Willows Park, Wayne; (610) 688-8202,

Local Theater Group ➙ Narberth Community Theatre
For more than 50 years, Narberth Community Theatre has brought musicals and plays to life in the tiny borough. Though many of the performers have theater experience, most also have day jobs—and all work for free. It’s truly a labor of love, and good theater, too.
206 Price Ave., Narberth; (610) 352-4823,

Manicure ➙ Zazen
Sanders and acrylic fumes don’t have to put the kibosh on your relaxing spa day. Stocked only with organic and all-natural nail products, Zazen is the spot for a gorgeous, incredibly long-lasting manicure in a lovely environment free of harsh chemicals. The complimentary cocktails served at Friday’s happy hour don’t hurt, either.
200 E. Gay St., West Chester; (610) 430-1400,

Massage ➙ Miriam Gerber at Polished Spa & Boutique
As if giving the best manicures and pedicures around weren’t enough, Polished’s Marina Selverian has added amazing massages to her treatment menu. As a seasoned massage therapist, Gerber has a natural knack for discerning what the body needs, applying just the right amount of pressure to troubled areas and kneading out those pesky stress knots without leaving you sore an hour later. You’ll feel rejuvenated and somehow lighter after just one session, which explains why so many clients have standing appointments.
221 Conestoga Road, Wayne; (610) 688-4181,

Maternity “Me” Time ➙ Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates Classes at Belly Pilates
Kelly McBride’s Pilates program boasts obvious physical benefits while relieving stress and boosting energy. She has a nurturing way about her, making new moms and moms-to-be feel confident and understood.
100 Chetwynd Drive, Suite 201, Bryn Mawr; (610) 608-5883,

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