Best of Orlando 2018 - Health & Beauty

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Jose Perez

Roberto Gonzalez

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A Friendly Throwback

Jose Perez loved the barbershops he grew up frequenting in New York City. The barbers were funny, friendly and everyone felt comfortable, no matter their age, gender or ethnicity. Over the 20 years he’s been cutting hair in Orlando, Perez says he’s seen more profanity and loud music in local shops. When he opened The Eastside Barbershop—named after its location in east Orlando—in 2015, he aimed to re-create the community hub he missed. “It’s tough to find a good group of guys so that you can have fun, create a good, family atmosphere but not so square where it’s boring. We just have a really good balance,” Perez says. People are so comfortable at Eastside, Perez says, that parents drop their children off for haircuts while they run errands. Women are welcome as well; he says he has a few groups of women who make their appointments together to socialize. “They pull up chairs afterward and crack up. Then I have some older guys stick their heads in to talk about the game. It feels like the shops I grew up in.” — M.S.


1 The Eastside Barbershop
 Union Park
Facebook, search for Eastside Barbershop

2 Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
Six Orlando-area locations

3 Kennedy’s Barber Club
Winter Park and Lake Mary


1 SizzorS Salon

2 Salon Ciseaux​
Winter Park

3 Stella Luca
2 Winter Park locations


1 The Woodhouse Day Spa
Dr. Phillips Area

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Multiple Orlando-area locations


1 Stella Luca
Two Winter Park locations

2 SizzorS Salon

LP Nails & Spa
Colonial Marketplace


1 Hardcore Fitness
Winter Park

Multiple Orlando-area-locations

3 LA Fitness
Multiple Orlando-area locations


Dancing Under the Stars

Studio K on International Drive was born in 2010 after owner and CEO Kristin Weissman had gained 70 pounds from a stressful public relations job. The lifelong dancer recalls a conversation with her doctor about regaining fitness: “He said, ‘What do you like to do?’ I said, ‘I like to dance.’” But in the land of lithe theme-park dancers, Weissman couldn’t find a judgment-free dance studio. So she opened one. “No matter your shape, size or level of ability, the floor is yours at Studio K,” she says. The studio offers about 15 classes each week, ranging from ballet done to rock music to light-saber fitness to fight choreography to specialty workshops based on famous dance routines or musicals. Participants from ages 15 to 80 dance under twinkle lights to reduce body awareness. “It lets everyone enjoy the class 10 times more. You shut the door and dance your heart out and have a great time,” Weissman says. “This studio is my dream. My goal is to have them all over the country.” — C.H.


1 Studio K
International Drive

2 Orlando Power Yoga
Three Orlando-area locations

3 Sunlight Yoga
Lake Nona

​Rise Above Tattoo (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


Rise Above Tattoo
Mills 50 District

Trinity Tattoo Company

Built 4 Speed Tattoo
Colonialtown, search “built 4 speed tattoo”


1 22 Health
Three Orlando-area locations

Adam Stewart Stewart Wellness & Chiropractic

3 Lonnie Meade-39 Health


Thomas Fiala-Fiala Aesthetics
Altamonte Springs

George Pope-Orlando Plastic Surgery Center

Brian Joseph-Park Avenue Plastic Surgery
Winter Park


Mark & Karen Perry- Vision Health Institute
Milk District

2 Thanh (Kai) Nguyen-  You & Eyes
Avalon Park

John Nowell- Southwest Orlando Eye Care
Dr. Phillips area

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