Best Day Spa 2014

First place: European Experience Luxury Facials & Massages

Owner Sonja Brulez is on a mission to help clients 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 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 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