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72 BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY® 2023 shopping and services Best Place For Skin Care Spa On The Plaza 201 Alvarado St., Monterey (831) 647-9000, They say the first step toward beautiful skin is relaxation. All you need to do is step inside Spa on the Plaza (located just across the pedestrian-only end of Alvarado Street from the Portola Hotel) and sip a cup of tea or cucumber-infused water while you wait for your appointment in a plush bathrobe. Whatever your face and body crave, they’ve got it here—from a seaweed wrap to a full-body sugar scrub, these treatments are designed to get your skin hydrated and glowing. Or keep your clothes on and choose one of a variety of facials to calm and clean the skin. Best Nail Salon Top Nails 596 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey (831) 643-0697, A tortured novelist needs a handsome set of hands to gaze upon while they avoid writing, right? Maybe that’s why the artistic souls of Monterey County chose Top Nails as the Best Nail Salon. Try a glamorous set of acrylics or opt for a classic French manicure—this salon can accommodate any request and often on the same day. Don’t forget your feet! You’ll need a nice pedicure to help carry you on your next adventure. Best Salon - Women Euphoria Salon + Spa 499 Pacific St., Monterey (831) 717-4375, For some the pen is mighty, but Euphoria Salon + Spa considers themselves to be artists with a pair of scissors…and foils, waxing strips and serums. Rave reviews shout out their favorites by name, featuring poetic paragraphs describing years-long relationships with a stylist, facialist, or esthetician who help boost a client’s daily confidence or doll them up for a special occasion. Once again, this Monterey salon is considered the top choice. Best Haircut - Men Phill's Barber Shop 610 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove (831) 334-0698 Steinbeck was remarking upon finishing a book, but he might as well have been talking about a great haircut when he opened: “A writer puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.” Phill’s gives a shave and a haircut that is worth writing home about and that will have people talking about your dapper looks even after that 5-o’clock shadow has returned. Plus, it’s in a charming, old-timey setting. Best Pharmacy Central Avenue Pharmacy 133 15th St., Pacific Grove (831) 373-1225, Central Avenue Pharmacy is a compounding facility. Which means they have doctors of pharmacy who can customize dosages and create dye-free, Best Haircut - Men | Phill's Barber Shop