Best Acupuncturist


We the People Community Acupuncture
With an open setting and a sliding scale for treatment based on what patients can afford to pay ($15-$40), the clinic’s radical approach to the value of access for all makes it a sure win. Plus, you keep your clothes on while you wait for the needles to work.

1406 2nd St., 982-3711

We the People Community Acupuncture
We the People Community Acupuncture | Peter Sills

2. Alix Bjorklund

2019 Galisteo St., 982-5156

3. Blue Lotus Integrative Care

1532 Cerrillos Road, 986-9109

Best Aesthetic Treatment


Ten Thousand Waves
Skin care in the ultimate pampering environment happens at this Japanese-themed spa tucked among the mountain piñón. Choose from signature facials, salt glows, herbal wraps and specialty massages that make the distinction between inner peace and outward beauty seem blurred.

3451 Hyde Park Road, 992-5007

2. Santa Ana Skin Care Clinic

2205 Miguel Chavez Road, Ste. E, 954-4422

3. Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique

502 W Cordova Road, 471-1008

Best Auto Repair


Mike’s Garage
A specialty in independent Subaru repair puts Mike Griego’s place on the map for Santa Fe’s big crowd of Subaru drivers, and you can rest assured they know what they’re doing, because that’s the only kind of vehicle they work on. Griego, a native of the city, has been on the job for 30 years.

1501 5th St., 983-6577

2. Toy Auto Man

4774 Airport Road, 983-9463

3. Alex Safety Lane

1370 Pacheco St., 983-5577

Best Bank


Los Alamos National Bank
Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory got help from local politicos and even President John F Kennedy to found the bank as an independent entity in 1962, and its assets have continued to mount. One of its charter members, George Cowan, still serves on the board of directors.

At three locations in Santa Fe, 662-5171

2. Century Bank

At five locations in Santa Fe, 995-1200

3. Del Norte Credit Union

At three locations in Santa Fe, 988-3628

Best Barbershop


Johnny’s Classic Barbershop
Get a straight razor shave and a hot towel, plus a straightforward hair cut with free between-cut touch-ups at this institution, now located in the Lofts. Johnny, who prides himself on being a “classic craftsman,” is also likely to offer you a beer.

3600 Cerrillos Road, Ste. 714G, 982-6154

Johnny's Classic Barbershop
Johnny's Classic Barbershop | Peter Sills

2. Nick’s Barber Shop

839 Camino Sierra Vista, Ste. 3, 983-3558

3. Guadalupe Barber Shop

321 Aztec St., 988-2434

Best Boutique Spa


Ten Thousand Waves
Natural light pours into treatment rooms, including places where couples or friends can each receive a four-hands massage from two therapists at once. Sit by a pond and waterfall and watch the koi swim while you sip on cucumber water, or join others in a communal tub.

3451 Hyde Park Road, 992-5007

2. Ojo Caliente

50 Los Baños Drive, Ojo Caliente, 583-2233

3. Santa Ana Skin Care Clinic

2205 Miguel Chavez Road, Ste. E, 954-4422

Best Car Dealer


Toyota of Santa Fe
Reliable and long-lasting like its autos, this dealer brought a brand-new name with a succession of ownership that keeps the original Beaver Toyota spirit alive. General Manager Buddy Espinosa is a Santa Fe native who has worked at the dealership for more than a quarter-century.

1500 St. Michael’s Drive, 982-1900

2. Honda Subaru of Santa Fe

4480 Cerrillos Road, 471-7007

3. Great Little Cars

500 W Cordova Road, 992-8122

Best Chiropractor


Connerly Chiropractic Acupuncture & Physical Group
John C Connerly’s name is on the sign of the clinic in the St. Michael’s Drive corridor, but the hands-on spinal manipulation practice to address neck and back pain includes services from chiropractor Larry Widmer, a team of massage therapists and others.

1892 Plaza Del Sur Drive, 988-8017

2. Bobby O Perea

431 St. Michael’s Drive, 982-6886

3. Morgan Chiropractic

1904 Kiva Road, 820-0706

Best Credit Union


Del Norte Credit Union
Now available to a large swath of members, Northern New Mexico’s member-owned nonprofit credit union was once two separate institutions for federal workers in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. It also offers a scholarship program for members who are graduating from high schools in the region.

At three locations in Santa Fe, 988-3628

2. State Employees Credit Union

813 St. Michael’s Drive, 983-7328

3. Guadalupe Credit Union

At four locations in Santa Fe, 982-8942

Best Dentist


Patrick J McQuitty
With a long-established office in the South Capitol, Dr. McQuitty is a Farmington native who has been in practice for 13 years, mostly serving adults, but also catering to families with children. Staff say he’s a people person, known for making connections before he gets into a patient’s mouth.

2. Philip O Rivera

6 Calle Medico, Ste. 2, 982-4686

3. Haley Ritchey

1 Caliente Road, 466-0999

Best Doggy Daycare


Santa Fe Tails
From overnight stays to a few hours, the off-leash play groups and TLC at this business in the St. ­Mi­chael’s Drive corridor give you peace of mind that Fido’s not home tearing up the sofa. But it’s not just a doggy daycare. Check out grooming services and training classes, too.

2109 Warner Circle, 820-0731

2. Paws Plaza

1416 4th St., 820-7529

3. Barks and Bubbles

1311 Calle Nava, 820-2275

Best Electrical Company


Busy Bee
Electrician Patrick J Chavez doesn’t have a storefront for his business that’s been open since 2000, but he stays as busy as a bee with word-of-mouth referrals, a simple website and an ad in Names and Numbers. Call him for troubleshooting, new lighting installation and general home or business projects.

2. Alive Electric

7504 Avenger Way, Ste. G, 438-9707

3. GL Runner Electric

Best Electronics Support or Repair


Dotfoil Computer Service
Avoid the spinning wheel of death with service for your Mac and PC from these trained techs who are located next door to the Candyman and who say they can help stretch the life of a computer. Plus trade in old computers and trust the team to restore broken parts and burned-out guts.

851 St. Michael’s Drive, 954-9955

Dotfoil Computer Service
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2. Santa Fe Computer Works

1214 Camino Carlos Rey, Ste. 2, 473-2739

3. 4Leet

1343 Cerrillos Road, 428-6351

Best Facial


Ten Thousand Waves
The spa gave up its former signature nightingale bird-poo facial about three years ago and replaced it with a pair of specialty face treatments that are even better. Try the oxygen facial or the Japanese organic massage facial, which employs a technique like tango dancing with fingers on your cheeks.

3451 Hyde Park Road, 992-5007

2. Santa Ana Skin Care Clinic

2205 Miguel Chavez Road, Ste. E, 954-4466

3. Seventh Ray Skin Care

2019 Galisteo St., #N8, 982-9865

Best Financial Institution


Los Alamos National Bank
Local loan servicing from actual people across the desk or on the other end of a phone call makes for happy homeowners. The bank based in the city on the hill also offers personal loans, auto financing, construction capital and retirement planning from its Santa Fe offices.

At three locations in Santa Fe, 662-5171

2. Del Norte Credit Union

At three locations in Santa Fe, 988-3628

3. State Employees Credit Union

813 St. Michael’s Drive, 983-7328

Best Frame Shop


Frontier Frames
We’ve lost count of how many years the frame shop has taken top honors in the category, but they say it’s 15 years running. Bravo! Find a large selection of frames and a staff who are ready to find the perfect fit for your art, photographs and mementos.

2008 St. Michael’s Drive, 473-1901

2. Valdes Art Workshops

1006 Marquez Place, 982-0017

3. Justin’s Frame Designs

1221 Flagman Way, 955-1911

Best Gym


Genoveva Chavez Community Center
New weight machines arrived this year at the city recreation complex that also includes a year-round ice skating rink, cardio equipment, a massive indoor pool, walking track and basketball courts. Fitness classes that cross the spectrum from spin to yoga to country line dancing are also offered for rock-bottom rates.

3221 W Rodeo Road, 955-4000

2. Santa Fe Spa

786 Calle Mejia, 984-8727

3. El Gancho

104 Old Las Vegas Hwy., 988-5000

Best Hair Salon


NV Aveda Salon
Owners Brian Wolfanger and Juan Gomez have kept it simple for a dozen years at the Southside salon that uses the well-known line of natural products. Gomez still regularly works as a stylist, offering jovial entertainment and an artistic eye for cuts and care for men and women alike.

3545 Zafarano Drive, Ste. B, 424-8616

2. Rock Paper Scissors

Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma St., 955-8500

3. Salon del Mar

1221 Flagman Way, 490-2278

Best Hands-on Healing


Ten Thousand Waves
The staff at the renowned spa on the mountain are ready to take care of you from head to toe, including the ashi anma foot treatment, which provides exfoliation from the knee down and a special technique to manipulate muscles. Massage therapists get annual instruction from a shiatsu master to refine Japan’s best practice.

3451 Hyde Park Road, 992-5007

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2. Santa Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar

102 W San Francisco St., Ste. 14, 660-9199

3. Scher Center for Well-Being

1602 4th St., 989-9373

Best Hotel Spa


Ten Thousand Waves
Overnight stays at the Waves are available to just 13 lucky parties, who sleep within walking distance of the pools and spa at this mountain getaway, also the closest lodging to the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Room décor touches on an East-meets-Southwest with Japanese artwork and kimonos on display as well as bancos and kivas.

3451 Hyde Park Road, 992-5007

2. La Posada de Santa Fe

330 E Palace Ave., 954-9630

3. Wo’ P’in at Buffalo Thunder

20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, 819-2140

Best Independent Fitness


Undisputed Fitness
Located in the Baca Street portion of the Santa Fe Railyard, the gym now occupies the former home of Santa Fe Mountain Sports. Stop by for a cup of Caveman Coffee in the adjacent shop after you’ve gone through one of Tait Fletcher’s grueling and rewarding crossfit sessions.

1221 Flagman Way, Ste. B1, 992-2677

Undisputed Fitness
Undisputed Fitness | Peter Sills



Studio Nia

Move to music that taps into your personal path to wellness with the guidance of studio owners Mark Frossard and Kelle Rae Oien and a host of instructors, who also branch into yoga, Bodyflow and Journey Dance courses. Catch a special workshop this September on “Men of Nia.”

851 W San Mateo Road, 989-1299

2. Dance Conditioning Plus

901 W San Mateo Road, 660-8503

3. dkb Fitness

3201 Richards Lane, Ste. B, 984-9000

Best Legal Firm


Sommer, Udall, Suttin, Hardwick & Hyatt
Partners Kurt and Eric Sommer are joined by a larger team of partners and associates to carry on the firm established by their late father Joseph, focusing on estate planning, probate, real estate transactions, tax matters and general civil litigation such as contract and easement disputes.

200 W Marcy St., Ste. 129, 982-4676

2. Egolf + Ferlic + Day, LLC

128 Grant Ave.
123 W San Francisco St., Ste. 201, 986-9641

3. The Rothstein Law Firm

1215 Paseo de Peralta, 988-8004

Best Mani Pedi


Nail Experts
Located in the shopping center near Souper Salad!, it’s on the way to everywhere and has ample parking to bring the bling to toes and fingers with no hassle. Walk in any day of the week to get gel nails, silk wraps, artistic seasonal looks and more.

2438 Cerrillos Road, 474-6183

Nail Experts
Nail Experts | Peter Sills

2. Serenity Nail Spa

4056 Cerrillos Road, 471-2106

3. Nail Time

4350 Airport Road, 474-8020

Best Mortgage Company


Thousands of people in Northern New Mexico owe a debt of gratitude to a nonprofit that works to secure low-interest loans for refinancing and rehabilitation as well as for new homes. Plus, Homewise has developed several subdivisions in town and is working on a new project off NM 599.

1301 Siler Road, 983-9473

2. Los Alamos National Bank

At three locations in Santa Fe, 662-5171

3. Del Norte Credit Union

At three locations in Santa Fe, 988-3628

Best Motorcycle Repair


Santa Fe Harley-Davidson
Pearson brothers David and Jim, alongside Debby Pearson, David’s wife, have owned this spacious dealer and motorcycle repair shop adjacent to Santa Fe Place since February of 2014. While Harley owners make up the bulk of the repair customers, the service center also fixed other motorcycles and offers lessons for new riders.

4360 Rodeo Road, 471-3808

Santa Fe Harley-Davidson
Santa Fe Harley-Davidson | Peter Sills

2. Santa Fe Motor Sports

2594 Camino Entrada, 438-1888

3. OCD Custom Cycles and Repair

2859 Cooks Road, 428-0646

Best Pet Grooming


Barks and Bubbles
Advertised as a pet spa, restore your dog’s self-esteem and keep the couch cleaner with a visit to an expert groomer. Plus, find pet boarding and more dog treats than you can shake a stick at in the business located just off St. Francis Drive.

1311 Calle Nava, 820-2275

2. Paws Plaza

1416 4th St., 820-7529

3. Companions Grooming

239 Johnson St., 982-7882

Best Photographer


Jennifer Esperanza
An artist photographer with an eye for beauty who is a repeat winner of this category, readers might recall when Esperanza shot a memorable SFR Restaurant Guide cover at Tent Rocks featuring a woman in a ballgown holding man-sized flatware. She’s also known for her elevated environmental portraiture.

2. Kate Russell

126 Huddleson St., 820-0927

3. Anne Staveley

1715 W Alameda St., 577-1555

Best Place to Buy a Mattress


Denver Mattress Co.
With over 50 choices of mattresses from multiple USA-made brands, including their own factory-direct brand, Denver Mattress can custom fit you for a mattress and pillows, as their slogan says, "so you have better tomorrows."

1427 Avenida De Las Americas, 474-9398

2. Mattress Firm

Three Locations in Santa Fe, 216-2250

3. Sachi Organics

523 W Cordova Road, 982-3938

Best Pilates Studio


Pilates Santa Fe
Located near the Plaza, this isn’t just a place to stretch and tone, but also a facility that has been training and certifying Pilates instructors for more than two decades. Founder Raymond Kurshals brings a lifetime of experience as a dancer to the fitness and wellness regimen.

839 Paseo de Peralta, 995-9700

2. AB's Esclusive Fitness

3229-B Richards Lane, 316-0747

3. PilateZone

1704 Lena St., Studio B9, 989-9450

Best Place for a Massage


Ten Thousand Waves
Whether it’s après-ski or before the big day, the relaxation begins with the first step on the staircase through the trees. Get the hot rocks, a Thai specialty, deep-tissue shiatsu and other top-of-the-line treatments, then soak your way to success in a shared or private tub.

3451 Hyde Park Road, 992-5007

2. High Desert Healthcare and Massage

644 Paseo de Peralta, 984-8830

3. Massage Envy

3490 Zafarano Drive, 471-3689

Best Plumbing Company


Aranda’s Plumbing, Heating and Supply
Family owned for a brag-worthy four generations, the supply side offers DIY advice just off St. Francis Drive close to downtown, and the crew comes running for emergency house calls all over town. Also, pick up a snack at the newish Aranda’s convenience store.

600 Cortez St., 983-7391

2. Comfort Doctor Heating & Cooling

3205 Mercantile Court, 473-1095

3. Universal Plumbing

1603 Agua Fría St., 982-6604

Best Real Estate Agent


Philip Vander Wolk
After 23 years in the real estate business, Vander Wolk still says he loves his job and believes the city “is getting more and more desirable.” Partnered with Susan Loomis to provide service for buyers and sellers, he’s mostly focusing on residential property and vacant lots these days.

1000 Paseo de Peralta, 946-0457

2. Peter Van Ness

530 S Guadalupe St., 660-6409

3. Barbara Chavez

1526 Cerrillos Road, 204-4313

Best Real Estate Company


Santa Fe Properties
With offices located in the historic 100-year-old Jose Alarid adobe home near downtown, the company founded by fourth-generation Santa Fean Wally Sargent nearly 30 years ago remains a staple in the industry, with listings that cover Northern New Mexico homes, land and businesses.

1000 Paseo de Peralta, 982-4466

2. Sotheby’s International Realty

231 Washington Ave., 988-8808

3. Keller Williams Realty

130 Lincoln Ave., Ste. K, 983-5151

Best Solar Energy Company


Positive Energy Solar
Whether it’s adding solar panels to area fire stations or helping homeowners with small-scale projects, the company founded in 1997 has become the go-to for sun-based energy solutions in the city. Don’t just take our word for it, they’ve also garnered national awards for installation and creating a positive environmental change.

3209 Richards Lane, 424-1112

2. Sol Luna Solar

County Road 65, Dixon, (575) 758-0524

3. Affordable Solar

4840 Pan American Frontage Road N, Albuquerque, 944-4220

Best Storage Facility


A-1 Self Storage
Storage professionals can help you keep track of the boxes and baubles that you just can’t part with, all for a price and peace of mind that you can’t pass up at five locations, including one on either end of Rodeo Road.


2. Santa Fe Self Storage

1501 3rd St., 983-6600

3. Extra Space Storage

900 W San Mateo Road, 986-9068

Best Tattoo Artist


Crow B Rising, Talis Fortuna
Crow learned to tattoo without electricity, but her designs are far from rudimentary. Now running the private Talis Fortuna studio in the Twisted Cow Compound in the Baca Street Railyard with partner Jason Metka, she’s developed an unparalleled following and a diverse portfolio that includes intricate color.

931 Shoo Fly St., 820-3170

Jason Meetka and Crow B Rising, Talis Fortuna
Jason Meetka and Crow B Rising, Talis Fortuna | Peter Sills

2. Dawn Purnell, Dawn’s Custom Tattoo

901 W San Mateo Road, 986-0002

3. Kenny Vigil, The Dungeon

1632 Cerrillos Road, 983-8262

Best Tattoo Parlor


Four Star Tattoo
Mark Vigil’s long-standing ink business in the Hopewell-Mann neighborhood has the claim to fame of being New Mexico’s oldest custom tattoo shop. Make an appointment with Vigil or three additional artists who headquarter there for a personal work of art meant to last a lifetime.

825 Topeka St., 984-9131

2. Talis Fortuna

931 Shoo Fly St., 820-3170

3. The Dungeon

1632 Cerrillos Road, 983-8262

Best Yoga Center


Yoga Source
Directors Amy Spurlock and Wendelin Scott bring more than 15 years of yoga instruction to the community at two locations that offer public and private classes and special workshops daily from early morning to early evenings, including regular by-donation sessions, gentle and restorative classes as well as the intriguing ropes and chairs course.

901 W San Mateo Road; 815 Early St., 982-0990

Yoga Source
Yoga Source | Peter Sills

2. Santa Fe Community Yoga

826 Camino de Monte Rey, 820-9363

3. Genoveva Chavez Community Center

3221 W Rodeo Road, 955-4000