Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2009

Our readers and critics pick their favorites.

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Health & Beauty (Critics)

Park for Kids: Fenimore Woods
A favorite of the 5-and-under group, this newer park has a pint-sized play area for younger children and a larger play set for older children. Not too sunny, the park is nestled in the woods near Eastern and Cabrini colleges. Make sure to pack a lunch to enjoy under the covered picnic area and let your little explorer wander the nature trail around the duck pond—just watch out for the geese. Eagle and Paul roads, Wayne, (610) 688-5600

Personal Trainers: Vertex Fitness Personal Training Studio
It’s not enough to just show up at the gym and go through the motions. You need to bring a little game and check the whining at the door. And don’t even think about doing it wrong, or you’ll be pushing 20—extra pounds, that is. And whether you’re working out with owner Dwayne Wimmer or one of the other trainers on his staff, you’ll get it right—and get results. 24 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-6604,

Philly Fitness Craze to Hit the Main Line: Lithe Method
Last winter, Lauren Boggi opened an intimate boutique studio in Dr. Louis Bucky’s Ardmore office, bringing the famed Lithe Method regime to the Main Line. And while the names of the classes may sound frivolous—“Skinny Jeans,” “A-List Abs,” “Arm-istice”—the workouts are anything but, burning fat, sculpting muscle and shaping problem areas with remarkable efficiency. 200 W. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore, (215) 545-5144,

Pilates Instructor for Expectant Mommies
: Kelly McBride of Belly Pilates, Inc.
Kelly McBride is the only master Pilates instructor of pre/postpartum pilates in the Tri-State region. Her classes are intimate—usually no more than eight clients—so she can provide individualized attention throughout the workout. She’ll even make hospital or at-home visits, so you can continue your workouts right away. (610) 608-5883,

Pilates Studio: Symmetry Pilates Yoga Studio
Joey McLaughlin and her team are dedicated to making sure each client has a positive, beneficial Pilates experience. They’re patient with newcomers, and they never hesitate to challenge veterans with advanced moves. The studio offers both mat and machine (reformer) classes, depending on client preference. And because not everyone can spring for one-on-one training, Symmetry offers duet and triplet sessions so friends can workout together at a lower cost. 18 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 431-8990,

Place to Get Your Kids Off the Couch and Moving: Youth and Teen Wellness Center at Upper Main Line YMCA
UMLY’s Youth and Teen Wellness Center has a staff of dedicated fitness experts with access to cardio, strength-training equipment and exer-gaming (think Wii Fit). Children ages 10-14 are taught the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and including exercise in their daily routine—invaluable tips that will last a lifetime. 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Road, Berwyn, (610) 249-9622,

Pre-Wedding Pampering: Onde Spalon
Onde Spalon’s spacious spa can comfortably accommodate brides-to-be, friends and family for bachelorette parties, bridal showers or a day at the spa. Indulge in the Bridal Path package, with a full-body Swedish massage, a spa manicure and pedicure, and a professional makeup and bridal hairstyle. 224 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, (610) 356-4378,

Salon Customer Service
: Jude Plum Co. Salon & Spa
Jude Plum and his staff treat every client that walks through the doors like royalty. For years, he has catered to cancer patients, with private rooms for consultations and attractive, natural-looking wigs cut and styled to the client’s specifications. 821 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-1770,

Self-Tanning Treatment: Mineral Scrub with Body Bronzing at Toppers Spa/Salon
The mineral scrub with body bronzing is one of the most requested treatments at Toppers. A salt scrub leaves the skin silky smooth before technicians apply bronzer by hand for a healthy, golden glow you’ll be dying to show off in a sexy tank or sundress. 745 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 989-9660,

Spa Boutique: Polished Spa & Boutique
Marina Selverian’s Polished Spa & Boutique is known for its ultra-fabulous manicures and pedicures, and its reputation for perfection. Also worthy of recognition is the spa’s boutique, stocked with everything from soy candles and ornate frames to luxurious Italian lingerie, cashmere robes and tanks from Dana Pisarra. 221 Conestoga Road, Wayne, (610) 688-4181,

Workout Classes: Focus Fitness of the Main Line
The combo classes at this new boutique exercise studio are unlike anything else in the area. The YES class offers 30 minutes of spinning, followed by a half-hour of yoga, so you reap the benefits of intense cardio before stretching tight muscles with specific poses. If you’re up for a real challenge, try SAS, a 45-minute spin class, plus 30 minutes of strength and conditioning. 1111 E. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-5515,

Yoga Studio: RYAH Yoga and Health
At RYAH Yoga and Health classes are offered for all levels, whether you’ve never stepped on a mat or you consider yourself a true yogi. Instructors guide you through poses in an encouraging, nonjudgmental manner. Along with yoga, this tranquil spot offers massage, nutritional counseling, Pilates and a range of alternative medicine. 424 E. Elm St., Conshohocken, (610) 834-1551,

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