Every year the list is different. We don’t do categories, we don’t fill in forms, we don’t count votes. We just pick our brains and everyone else’s for the coolest, newest and unexpected superlatives in the Beehive State. Every year we surprise ourselves and are delighted at the discoveries. You too will be surprised and delighted. And, no doubt, disgruntled. Because we left out one of your favorites. Let us know.
Best When You Don’t Want to – Blo Dry Bar. It’s as plain as the hair on your head, oh wait, that’s the nose on your face, but this still works. Hair styling can be a chore and unless you’re a baby or bald, you’ve taken care of it daily pretty much for your entire life. Once in a while, isn’t it nice to let someone take over and do the heavy hairstyle lifting? Take a load off your shoulders, arms, wrists and hands and let the folks at the Blo Dry Bar take on your next full blowout, classic up-do, or create a fancy fishtail braid. 202 E. Wilmington Ave. Suite 150, SLC, 801-466-2090, blomedry.com
Best Beauty for All. Got Beauty. Aside from offering sought-after hair and skin care brands, like Eminence and DevaCurl, Utah’s own Got Beauty leads the pack for professional beauty and spa services. You can opt for a free makeup consult. And from spray tans to a Spa Queen manicure, you can adjust your price point by booking your appointment with an apprentice, a new artist or a seasoned professional. Something for everyone, including the guys—they got it, and we love it. 904 E. 2100 South., SLC, 801-474-2090, gotbeauty.com
Best Way to Beat the Clock – SLC Med Spa. Don’t be scared. Of needles, lasers or beautiful women. The SLC Med Spa has all of these, but after the work is done and the Botox does its thing, you’ll be looking years younger by the weekend. The rejuvenating effects continue with customized hormone-replacement therapy. Fifty is the new 40, and with the wisdom that only comes with age, taking it back has never been better. 2138 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-419-0551, slcmedspa.com
Best gourmet sandwich (ice cream, that is.) – The Penguin Brothers. If there’s one thing SLmag loves it’s a good sandwich. At their shop in Sugarhouse, The Penguin Brothers just swaps out the bread with fresh-baked cookies then crams in some gourmet ice cream. They offer really cool sandwiches like “Luigi’s Mansion” (double fudge with mint oreos) and “Frequent Flier” (snickerdoodle + biscoff). What’s better than break-up sex? Penguin Bro’s “The Breakup” of course. It’s their dark chocolate sea salt ice cream served in a little pie plate all ooey gooey with a warm double-fudge pizookie. 2040 S. 1000 East, SLC, 801-709-0599, thepenguinbrothers.com
Best Source for Sew it Yourself – Tissu Fine Fabric & Design. Don’t even think about the polyester gingham and calico prints available at most local fabric stores. If you’re going to go to the effort of creating your own original, you want the finest silks, chiffons, beading and brocade. Browse the bolts at Tissu, and don’t neglect the embellishments—beautiful buttons and details do make the dress. 1779 S. 1100 East, 435-896-7286, tissuefabrics.com
Best Sugar House Original – Everyday Elegance. Each piece of handcrafted jewelry from Pixel + Torch displays a simple, complete sense of design, confident in its minimalism and beautifully sensitive in its wearability. Johanna Kirk, owes her sensibility to time spent in Scandinavia, but the craftsmanship is purely hers. 2030 S. 900 East, SLC, pixelandtorch.com
See more of our Best of the Beehive winners here.