Here are SFGN's "Best of 2016" winners in the business category in Broward County.
Best Hair Salon
Dick’s Service Station
3528 N.E. 12th Ave.
The new kid on the hair shop block, Dick’s Service Station, is where you’ll find caring and skillful barbers and stylists. Opened in March 2016, Dick’s aims to deliver “a cut above the rest.” The shop has a handsome auto garage theme and the crew sports auto mechanic wear that plays on the theme.
Haircuts start at $9.99 and cost $14.99 with an appointment, for those looking for no-wait. Aside from great haircuts, services at Dick’s includes nose and ear waxing, body shaves, and manicures (AKA hand jobs) designed for men. The passionate team prides themselves in making their cliental feel good. Giving back to the community is part of the shop’s culture as they are involved in local causes like the Humane Society and the South Florida Flag Football League. Come for the great haircuts and service, and stay for the fun atmosphere.
2209 N.E. 26th Street
For the third year in a row, readers of SFGN awarded Best Spa to Cabanas Spa.
Located in Wilton Manors, Cabanas Spa offers a wide array of packages and treatments from massages and facials to grooming and pedicures. Owner Norman Lachance earned his certification from Dr. Babor in Germany and has operated spas in Europe, Canada and South Florida.
He’s owned Cabanas for eight years and understands the importance of providing rejuvenation and well being to his clients.
“We have a very strong and experienced staff,” Lachance said. “We’re here to help people who may have low energy or depression.”
Deep tissue massages, Lachance said, are the most popular request. There is also demand for waxes, trimming and shaving – from eyebrows and ears to legs, bottoms and backs.
Clint Bridges oversees daily operations at the spa, which employs licensed massage therapists David Morais, Oscar Gomez and Mario Martinez and aestheticians Jimmy Nichols and Robbie Stegall.
Appointments at the spa give you access to the grounds of Cabanas Guesthouse, which includes pools, hot tub and steam room. Both the spa and guesthouse are for men only.
Hours: Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Best Pet Groomer
Wilton’s Manor Doggie Daycare
2155 N Dixie Hwy.
Kimber White takes his Yorkshire Terrier, Benji, to Wilton’s Manor Doggie Daycare Resort & Spa because they treat Benji like he treats Benji – “family.”
“It is great for daycare and the grooming is very good. They know the pet’s name after the first visit and truly care. I take Benji on occasion for play day so he can socialize in a safe, clean environment with other pets.”
Josh Meneses and his partner, Alan Aghazadian, started Wilton’s Manor a little over five years ago. Since then, they’ve won Best Grooming every year.
Meneses said the recipe for success is 50 percent his groomer and 50 percent the rest of his business.
“I think we’ve always had amazing groomers that work for us. Jody Arrington has been grooming for over 20 years.”
Meneses said it’s been great having Arrington because she knows how to groom every single breed, even uncommon ones. “She always knows what to do. She’s just amazing. She’s definitely our secret weapon.”
The other 50 percent, he said, is “amazing” clients who come in for the daycare or boarding and wind up trying the grooming. After that, he said, they’re fans of the grooming as well.
“It’s a one stop shop.”
2209 N.E. 26th Street
There is no shortage of gay guesthouses in South Florida. Getting to the top of the list takes hard work and a loyal following. For the third year in a row, readers of the SFGN have placed their trust in Cabanas Guesthouse.
“Travelers certainly have a multitude of choices and we appreciate them choosing us time and time again,” said John Dorry, co-owner of Cabanas.
The guesthouse’s close proximity to Wilton Manors makes it an ideal spot for vacationers. Dorry and his partner Bill Barnish have owned the Cabanas for 18 years. It’s a tropical setting with heated salt water pools, 10-man Jacuzzi, aroma therapy steam room and canal access for kayakers and paddle-boarders.
Guests can relax in an all-male, clothing optional environment. Locals can purchase day passes and make appointments for massages or facials at the spa.
Tripadvisor awarded Cabanas its Certificate of Excellence in 2015.
Rooms range from one and two bedroom suites to standard rooms with queen and king size beds. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast, DVD library, secured off-street parking and high speed internet access.
Best Place to Workout
3500 N Andrews Ave
For the second year in a row, Oakland Park’s own Crunch gym takes the award for Best Place to Workout. With a large variety of clean equipment — including its own cross training area — the gym stands out from other workout places near Wilton Manors.
Fans of Oakland’s Crunch like the staff, who they know by name. “Really friendly and welcoming,” said one gym-goer on Yelp. “You don't always get greeted that nicely when you walk into a gym, esp (sic) when you're just there for a day pass.”
The gym is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. on weekends.
Amenities include a group fitness studio, an online nutrition program, tanning, hydro-massage and even babysitting. Each week is also jam-packed with classes. The schedule updated each season with learning opportunities for every day of the week.
Try out a free one-day guest pass or get a membership starting at $9.95 a month. Refer friends to get a free month’s due for each one you bring in.
Best Movie Theater
AMC Dine-in Theaters Coral Ridge 10
Coral Ridge Mall
3401 NE 26th Terrace
These days, when many people would rather watch Netflix than go out to the movies, AMC Coral Ridge 10 offers many local moviegoers a few great reasons to leave the house. Winning this Best Of award is a coup for AMC. Since 2011 the Classic Gateway Theatre has been named as Best Movie Theater.
Nationwide, all AMC theaters were upgraded last year with several amenities. Coral Ridge was no exception. The most notable change are comfortable, leather chairs that fully recline provide a comfortable way to watch movies. If you buy tickets online or at the theater’s box office, you can select your seats before the movie begins. No more searching around in the dark for seats.
In addition, there’s in-theater dining with menu offerings that expand beyond popcorn and candy. Patrons can eat burgers, salads, sushi and much more while enjoying the show. Movie prices vary by show time, but average about $10 for adult tickets.
Best Live Theater
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale is the region’s premier venue to take in live theater. The Broadway in Fort Lauderdale series brings in the latest hits from the Great White Way and Slow Burn Theatre Co.’s new residency there has given audiences opportunities to see critically-acclaimed local productions of big Broadway shows like “Big Fish” and “Heathers.”
But what makes the Broward Center special are the hundreds of other performances each year audiences can also enjoy—jazz, classical and world music concerts, comedy and more. And, the Broward Center is committed to the local LGBT community, serving as the home for the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT and allies concert band, and a venue for LGBT entertainers like Peter Bisuito, creator of “My Big Funny Peter.”
Also, this year the Center nurtured the development of a new show, “Diego and Drew Say I Do,” a hugely successful interactive dinner comedy that is sure to be produced in other cities across the country. As the 2016-17 season picks up, the Broward Center will continue to be a favorite destination for LGBT audiences seeking the best in theater, music, comedy and dance.