Best Fitness Club
Runner-up: Planet Fitness
Fifty years in the fitness business is certainly nothing to scoff at, and Gold’s shows no sign of slowing down. Offers yoga, zumba, mixed martial arts classes and more. Pro tip: Do not skip leg day.
Honorable mention: barre3 Columbia, Pure Barre, Carolina Fitness Studio
Best Hair Salon
Bombshell Studio Salon
Runner-up: Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar
Kudos to Bombshell for winning a super-crowded category. Whether it’s a color, cut or curl, the talented, friendly and eclectic staff at Bombshell will always give you a style you’ll be excited about.
Honorable mention: Urban Nirvana, Five Points Salon, Cappelli Salon, Gore Salon, Process, Adorn Salon Studio
Best Hair Stylist
Robin Gottlieb - Bombshell Beauty Studio
Runner-up: Mark Ziegler -
Five Points Salon
Robin Gottlieb once again claims the top spot in the Best Hair Stylist category, and, just like in 2014, she edges stylist Mark Ziegler for the honor. When people find a stylist they like, they tend to remain loyal. Apparently that goes for entire cities, too.
Honorable mention: Gregory Garrett - Metropolis Salon and Dry Bar, Beth Dickerson -Capelli Salon, Amy Schaming - Metropolis Salon and Dry Bar, Coye Jones - Adorn Salon.
Best Day Spa
Runner-up: OCCO Skin Studio
With locations in Columbia and Lexington and a menu of services that includes massage, waxing, facial treatments and more, Urban Nirvana is a great place to pamper yourself.
Honorable mention: Pura Wellness Spa, Body Sugaring and Wellness Spa
Best Massage Therapist
Brad Rasmussen - Urban Nirvana
Runner-up: Vicky Corbett - Urban Nirvana
The great poet Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.” Brad Rasmussen knows the power of touch, specifically the benefits of massage and the physical and spiritual rebirth it can trigger.
Honorable mention: Andrew Touzel - Fuse Massage Therapy, Pamela Swanson - Pura Wellness Spa, Lawdan Mazloom - Urban Nirvana, Allison Morris - AMR Massage
Kelli Gibbons - Urban Nirvana
Runner-up: Stacey Overstreet - staceyO studiO
If you’re unhappy with the way your skin looks, head over to Urban Nirvana in Lexington and talk to Kelli Gibbons. She’ll set you on the right path to have your skin feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Honorable mention: Jessica Lundy - OCCO Skin Studio, Mandy Applegate - Pura Wellness, Lindy Helms - OCCO Skin Studio, Angela Heaton - Hutchinson Center for Aesthetic Medicine
Best Makeup Artist
Lindy Helms - OCCO Skin Studio
Runner-up: Mikel Thompson Rumsey - Bombshell Beauty Studio
Lindy Helms was the runner-up in this category last year. This year, she’s the winner. Sounds like a person who is consistently excellent at her craft.
Honorable mention: Kevin Daniel Price - Bombshell Beauty Studio, Tyson Keanum - Gore Salon
Best Yoga Studio
Runner-up: barre3 Columbia, Bikram Yoga (TIE)
With so many yoga studios to choose from, people still keep voting City Yoga the best place in town. That’s because it has smart, experienced instructors and nurtures your brain, body and spirit.
Honorable mention: Pink Lotus Yoga Center, Yoga Masala
Best Tattoo Artist
Shannon Purvis Barron - Indigo Rose Tattoo
Runner-up: Shane Anderson - Animated Canvas
Shannon Purvis Barron, who owns Indigo Rose Tattoo, continues to expand our understanding of a tattoo artist’s role in the community. Whether it’s her work tattooing the mastectomy scars of breast cancer survivors, her nurturing of other artists, or simply her careful and beautiful day-to-day tattoo work, she’s someone Columbia is lucky to have.
Honorable mention: Darcy Del Priore - Devine Street Tattoo, Steve Phipps - Vision Quest
Best Tattoo Studio
Runner-up: Indigo Rose Tattoo
Have you ever gotten a crappy tattoo? In addition to being a waste of money, they can make you look like a complete clown. At Animated Canvas, you can get yourself inked by some of the finest artists in town. Each artist even has an online portfolio of past works to give you an idea of their skills and specialties.
Honorable mention: Devine Street Tattoo, 8 Sins Tattoo, Sickle and Moon
Best Piercing Studio
Immaculate Body Piercing
Runner-up: Knotty Headz
Safety and professionalism are key at Immaculate Body Piercing. The studio’s staff is fully trained not only in piercing techniques, but also in bedside manner, CPR, infection control and more. When you think of body piercing, safe, beautiful and gentle might not be the first things that come to mind, but that’s exactly what Immaculate Body Piercing offers.
Honorable mention: Ouch Piercings & Tattoos
Best Cosmetic Surgery Center
Healing Waters - Palmetto Health Parkridge
Runner-up: Dr. J. Smythe Rich MD
Tummy tuck? Breast augmentation? Face lift? The safe and lovely new Healing Waters facility at Palmetto Health’s new hospital is where you want to go.
Honorable mention: Carlin Plastic Surgery, Capital Plastic Surgery, Hutchinson Aesthetics
Runner-up: Palmetto Health Richland
Lexington Medical Center has long been known as a full-service hospital where patients can receive high-level care and treatment for just about any condition. Now the hospital is embarking on an aggressive growth plan — including the construction of a new $400 million, eight-story tower on its campus near I-26 and U.S. 378 — that will enable it to serve even more people.
Honorable mention: Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Parkridge, Providence Hospital
Best Urgent Care
Lexington Medical Center
Runner-up: Doctors Care
If you ever get bitten by an unknown insect while cutting grass, and your leg subsequently swells up like a beach ball, you can go to Lexington Medical Center’s urgent care facility and they will take really good care of you. Trust us. They can also take care of plenty of other medical surprises, both big and small.
Honorable mention: Parkridge Urgent Care, MEDcare Urgent Care
Best Pediatric Care
Runner-up: Palmetto Pediatrics
Whether it’s the sniffles, the flu, a broken leg or a serious disease, you need a pediatrician that you — and your kids — can feel comfortable with. Sandhills Pediatrics has 17 of them at five different locations.
Honorable mention: Lake Murray Pediatrics, Pediatric Associates
Dr. Adam Brantley - Devine Dentistry
Runner-up: Palmetto Smiles
If you find a dentist who does excellent work and can make you feel comfortable, you should stick with that dentist. Dr. Adam Brantley fits the bill, and he keeps his treatments up to date by continuously incorporating new advances into his practice.
Honorable mention: Dr. Greg Wych - Vista Smiles of Columbia, Carolina Smile Studio, Dr. Angela Schweiger - Rice Creek Family Dentistry
Best Eye Doctor or Group
Columbia Eye Clinic
Runner-up: Sansbury Eye Center
Whether you just need reading glasses or you’re going in for surgery, the Columbia Eye Clinic is an efficient, well-managed eye center whose professionals are fully up to speed on the latest developments in ophthalmology. Largest ophthalmology practice in the Midlands.
Honorable mention: Devine Eyes, 20!20 Vision, Eye on Gervais - Dr. Earl Loftis
Runner-up: Midlands Health Center
This joint aims to mend your ailing body with service that’s fast, friendly and affordable. They even have a YouTube channel that covers issues such as back pain and health-related myths.
Honorable mention: HealthSource of Columbia, Maximized Living, Greater Carolina Clinic of Chiropractic
Best Orthopedic Group
Runner-up: Midlands Orthopaedics
Sometimes in life, you get hurt. Maybe even break a bone or two. When that happens, go see Moore Orthopaedic.
Honorable mention: USC Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Lexington Orthopaedics
Best Physical Therapy Center
Runner-up: Carolina Physical Therapy
Frozen shoulder? Runner’s knee? Sometimes your body gives you problems, and you need a good physical therapist to help you get things back on track. You’ll find one at Moore Orthopaedic.
Honorable mention: Pinnacle Physical Therapy and Personal Training, Columbia Rehabilitation Clinic
Carolinas Dermatology Group
Runner-up: Palmetto Dermatology
Your skin covers your whole body, and it’s important to take care of it. From skin cancer removal to cosmetic procedures, Carolinas Dermatology Group has a full staff of highly trained professionals to help you review your options and guide you through the process.
Honorable mention: Dr. Asha James - Columbia Skin Clinic, Greta Zimmerman - Columbia Skin Clinic