Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 16

dallasobserver.com dallasobserver.com Best Cheap Massage Sole Therapy Massages are great any way you can get them, but there’s nothing better than a spontaneous rubdown. Spas are expensive and require appointments well in advance, so when you’re feeling particularly tense af-ter a long work day, unless you can convince your unenthusiastic significant other to help you out, you’re massage-less. Enter Sole Therapy. For $35, the reflexology joint next to a Tom Thumb in a strip center will give you a great hour-long, deep tissue, full-body massage, no appointment necessary. You’re fully clothed and in a room with other people, but if you can adapt to the ec-centric aspects of the experience, you’ll find plenty to like, like the green tea foot soak to start and the healing hands ironing out those knots in your neck. 10455 N. Central Expressway, No. 114, 214-234-0551 what you’re tempted to buy for yourself. How about some glitter pens for your office? Or a LEGO model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water? Play on! 6025 Royal Lane, No. 225, 214-265-9971, thetoymaven.com about $100 and have your car looking like it just came off the lot. 5415 Forest Lane, 972-385-1533, forestcarwash.com Best Toy Store Toy Maven Whether you have a kid or just know one who needs bribing, Toy Maven has the goods. Say you’re rushing to a 4-year-old’s birthday party and have no clue what a fun or age-ap-propriate gift looks like. The staff here can quickly guide you to the perfect plaything based on the interests of the small human in question. You might even be surprised at Best Dry Cleaner Sunshine Laundry and Dry Cleaning Some stains just can’t be washed out at home. If you need dry cleaning, special laundering or help with damaged garments, Sunshine Laun-dry and Dry Cleaning has about 75 years’ ex-perience. They’ve been on Maple Avenue this whole time (their current location is across the street from their original home), with the same iconic sign and expert service. The staff knows at a glance how to handle fancy fabrics. Turnaround time is quick, if you need it. They also have a (very affordable) tailor on site. 4114 Maple Ave., 214-521-9921, sunshinedallas.com Best Car Wash Forest Car Wash & Detail There are car washes all over the city, but where do you go when there’s 6-month-old Slurpee muck lining the bottom of your cup holders … with pennies stuck in it? In times of auto-interior distress, Forest Car Wash & De-tail has all kinds of wash and wax packages, but the most thorough will run you only SPORTS/RECREACTION | | stage NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | | Night+day FOOD/DRINK CULTURE/PEOPLE SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | Movies | Culture | feature | | sChutze | uNfair Park | | the thread | CoNteNts | Best Hardware Store Staff Lakewood Ace Hardware Everybody in East Dallas living in an old house or apartment building held their breath when Lakewood’s Ace Hardware got kicked out of its longtime location in the Lakewood Shopping Center across from Whole Foods. Sure, other places have hard-ware. But nobody has the experienced, knowledgeable staff that proprietor Khandoo Nagar had assembled over the years at Lake-wood Ace. For a year or so, the store was in semi-sketchy quarters while a brand-new building was being constructed. But now they are at home in a slick, conveniently located new space at Gaston and East Grand avenues. And they still know what you mean when you say you need one of those “prongy-type deals” to hold the lampshade up. 7331 Gaston Ave., Suite 120, 214-821-5680, acehardware.com Best Old-Fashioned Jeweler Ralph Austin Jewelers Figure anybody can sell you some shiny gew-gaws. But what do you do if the jeweled piece you thought was perfect for your sweetie turns out to get shrugs and winces when you hand it to the recipient? No need for psycho-drama over whose taste is better. Take it for a makeover to Ralph Austin Jewelers, an un-prepossessing little shop in the Skillman Shopping Center in East Dallas. They’ll take that ring (or bracelet or necklace) and modify it, or melt it down, make a new design, 3-D print a model, create a mold, cast it anew and, using your gold and stones, give your sweet thang the hunk of jewelry of his or her dreams. Prices are reasonable. Service is 24-karat friendly. Yep, this place is a gem. 1905 Skillman St., 214-827-3371 DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER UNIQUELY RENAISSANCE, DISTINCTLY DALLAS Asador, the Renaissance Dallas Hotel’s cutting edge restaurant, captures the true flavors of Texas. Asador focuses on local seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, ranchers, & artisans. Award-winning chef Brad Phillips’ passion for sustainable and seasonal cuisine, combined with his mastery of open fire cooking, brings to life a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Dallas. ASADOR 2222 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207 t: 214.267.4815, asadorrestaurant.com @asador_dallas S EPTEMBER 24-30, M onth XX–M onth 2015 XX, 2014 Best Veterinarian The Vet House A “cookie” by any reasonable definition, is not an amorphous slab of pseudo-meat. It is 4 16

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