Best Day Spa 2014

First place: European Experience Luxury Facials & Massages

Owner Sonja Brulez is on a mission to help clients feel relaxed and glow from the inside out. Trained in Holland, Brulez has an expansive knowledge on skin, beauty and health, and has created a menu tailored to the needs of both men and women. Feel rejuvenated after a signature facial, Swedish massage or a detoxifying wrap. 2225 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 6, Palm Springs, (760) 902-2751,

Second place: Studio M Salon & Spa, 2465 E. Palm Canyon Dr., #1025, Palm Springs, (760) 317-9000,

Third place: THE WELL at Miramonte Resort & Spa, 45-000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, (866) 843-9355,

-Beth Roessner

Best Fitness Center 2014

First place: Balanced Training Boot Camp

Blending cardio intervals, strength training and core conditioning, these high-energy boot camp sessions will liven up any fitness routine. The monthly camps have options to enroll in two or more classes a week and are held Monday through Friday. Early birds can start class at 5:30 a.m. outdoors at Freedom Park in Palm Desert, and an 8:30 a.m. is hosted at the Palm Desert Civic Center. Balanced Training Boot Camp, (760) 219-5245,

Second place: Jazzercise Palm Desert, 77-800 California Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 880-8547,

Third place: World Gym locations throughout the valley,

-Beth Roessner

Best Salon 2014

First place: Julian Bella Salon & Spa

Many women and men would agree: There is just something positively refreshing when an hour or two is spent getting pampered. All focus is put

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on you, beginning with the initial greeting with a trained stylist, and it doesn’t end until after the wash, cut and blow dry that ensures you’re red-carpet ready. 1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 305, Palm Springs, (760) 778-7770

Second place: Studio M Salon & Spa, 2465 E. Palm Canyon Dr., #1025, Palm Springs, (760) 317-9000,

Third place: Brien O’Brien Salon, 515 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 778-0333,

-Beth Roessner

Best Designer Consignment 2014

First place: Revivals Resale Mart

Long known for stylish options, the three Revivals stores have moved strongly into consignment and have a great selection of furniture, designer clothing, vintage accessories and more. New merchandise along with the 100 Women Boutique and a Children’s Center round out the offerings. If you’re thinking of consigning, they pay a 70 percent commission and all proceeds benefit Desert AIDS Project. 611 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs; 72-750 Dinah Shore Dr., Palm Desert; 68-401 Hwy. 111, Cathedral City; (760) 323-3662;

Second place: Angel View Thrift Marts, 10 locations in the Coachella Valley,

Third place (tie): Aunt Betty’s Attic, Mizell Senior Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, (760) 323-5689,

Third place (tie): The Fine Art of Design, 73-717 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert, (760) 565-7388,

-Lea Goodsell

Best Fine Jewelry Store 2014

First place: Leeds & Son

Since 1947, Leeds & Son has been a desert jewelry tradition, and has continued to build upon their reputation as an agent for many of the world’s top brands and designers, and have an extraordinary pre-owned watch department. They also offer on-site watch service as repair and custom design services for jewelry. 73-670 El Paseo, Palm Desert, (760) 568-5266,

Second place: El Paseo Jewelers, 73-375 El Paseo, Palm Desert, (760) 773-1040,

Third place: DeLuca Jewelers 73-655 El Paseo, Palm Desert, (760) 773-1763

-Lea Goodsell

Best Gold-Into-Cash Store 2014

First place: Rocky’s Pawn Shop

With four locations in the Coachella Valley and two more nearby, the family-owned Rocky’s Pawn Shop offers a great selection of jewelry, musical instruments, power tools, bikes and more. Started in the early 90′s by Rocky DiLucchio, many members of the family still work there along with Rocky. 68-435 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City, (760) 202-2820; 45-330 Fargo St., Indio, (760) 775-5626; 44-900 San Pablo Ave., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2567; 695 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 322-5748

Second place: Out of the Box Gold Store, 73-185 Hwy. 111, Suite C, Palm Desert, (760) 836-9247,

Third place: The Gold Store 190 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 832-9336

-Lea Goodsell