Best of 2011: The Best Services

The Best Services

By Amanda Millward


Yoga Studio
Down Dog Yoga
After experiencing firsthand the healing power of yoga, Patty Ivey opened the first Down Dog Yoga Studio in 2003. Today, the one studio has grown into three studios, with locations in Georgetown, Bethesda and Herndon. The studio is proud of having expert yoga teachers and knowledgeable managers that can help clients if they have questions or concerns. Ivey says, “This recognition is a testament to all of the love, attention and consideration we put into all that we do at every level.” 12973 Highland Crossing Drive, Suite A, Herndon; 703-437-9042;

Inner Power Yoga
Since opening in December of 2009, Inner Power Yoga instructors have been working to not only know the names of their students but, also, the reasoning behind why their students are practicing yoga, and where the students are within the practice. Inner Power Yoga participates in the community by holding fundraisers, the most recent for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The studio also holds donation-only yoga classes for people who do not have the funds to attend regular classes. 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Suite 205, Potomac Falls; 703-795-8400;


Pilates Studio
The Pilates Center at the Madeira School
Situated on the campus of the Madeira School, an all-girls boarding and day school, instructor Alexandra Buss serves the general public in their Pilates practice. Buss, a third-generation student of Joseph Pilates (the founder of the exercise), believes that anybody can practice Pilates. She has students ranging from 13- to 85-years old. 8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean; 703-556-8369;


Gladiator Fitness, boot camp

Gladiator Fitness (Photography by Jonathan Timmes)

Boot Camp
Gladiator Fitness
After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, Gunny Barker wanted to keep fit and active. As a kid, he always played sports, and as a Marine Gunny trained and earned his black belt in the martial arts. He started Gladiator Fitness as a way to help others meet their fitness goals. Gunny’s approach includes having his clients use their body, dumb bells and kettle bells for strength training, and cardio training for resistance. He also helps his clients understand portion control and healthy eating habits.


Zumba Studio
Fit Body ‘n Mind
A mother-daughter founded and operated business, this duo believes that anyone can participate in zumba. “I have a motto that there are no mistakes in zumba, just unexpected solos,” says Melissa Athie, co-founder and zumba instructor. Athie’s mission and goal is to have people come to her classes to get a great workout and leave with a huge smile on their face. And it’s not just zumba they offer. Fit Body ‘n Mind also offers hooping, yoga and pregnant yoga at their Springfield and Lorton locations. Multiple NoVA locations;


Dance Studio
What was supposed to be a part-time business almost five years ago has now turned into a local phenomenon. Lisa Peklo, founder and instructor at DivaFit, not only helps women work out their entire bodies using pole dancing techniques but also gives women a chance to feel fit and sexy. Classes are offered for beginngers up to Level 5, and focus on the sexy movements of pole, lap and chair dancing, and use exotics and silks (use of fabrics). DivaFit also offers private instruction. Multiple NoVA locations;


Barber Shop
Open since 2007, Micki’s has been providing great customer service and great haircuts. The majority of their clients—men, women and children—hear about Micki’s by word of mouth or strolling through Purcellville, a true testiment to their service. All technicians know their customers by name, and no one ever feels like they do not belong. It’s the type of environment where everyone is talking and having a good time. 717 E. Main St., Purcellville; 540-338-7727


Karin’s Florist

Courtesy of Karin’s Florist

Karin’s Florist
Family operated since 1956, the tightly knit staff of Karin’s Florist has prided themselves on giving customers the highest-quality products and highest-quality customer service possible for over 50 years. Today they have the best floral designers making sure that each arrangement is a little bit different from the rest and adding a little bit of flair to the finished product. Karin’s Florist also makes sure to follow through with the customer from the start of the order to delivery. 527 Maple Ave. E, Vienna; 703-281-4141;


Interior Designer
Andrea Olsen
Andrea Olsen does not call herself an interior designer; she actually prefers to be called a design consultant. With over 28 years of experience, Olsen works within a client’s budget and listens for what they want to accomplish. “When I work with clients, I want to achieve the vision they have for the project they’re doing,” says Olsen. She is also a certified aging-in-place specialist, with vast experience in designing living spaces for seniors. 703-978-0662;


Kissable Canine LLC
Unhappy with her previous job, Lisa Tudor, owner and trainer, opened her own dog training company in 2006. Since then, Kissable Canine—which focuses on obedience, house training and behavior modification—has always believed in putting the client first. “We train people to train their dogs, and we see the results from the dogs, but we also see it because we have happy clients,” says Tudor. 703-574-3383;



Courtesy of Woofie’s

Dog Walker
Opening Woofie’s in September of 2004, after careers in IT and healthcare, co-founders and owners Leslie Barron and Amy Reed have maintained steady business in Ashburn and Lansdowne. Servicing only the two areas, Woofie’s has over 900 clients and 35 independent contractors. “By staying in a small territory, we get to know our clients very well,” says Reed. “And for our clients to take the time to vote for us means a lot.” 571-426-6503;


Old Mill Boarding Kennel
Over 20 years ago, Old Mill Boarding Kennel opened its doors to the Northern Virginia residents and their furry friends, offering services such as boarding and grooming. So what makes Old Mill a place where their humane counterparts can be at ease leaving their four-legged friends? All workers have a passion to take care of animals, and the kennel provides top-notch customer service to humans as well as to the pets. 91 Lawson Road SE, Leesburg; 703-777-4183


Clocktower Animal Hosptial
Dr. Chris Carskadden, owner and veterinarian, believes that having a three-tiered system of client care, patient care and doctors are important to giving clients the care and attention needed. Carskadden says, “This is not an easy job; it’s emotionally and physically demanding. And when you get this and you tell your staff, ‘Hey guys we were voted by our clients as the best,’ and it just validates what we do.” 2451 Centreville Road, Herndon; 703-713-1200;


Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash

Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash (Photography by Jonathan Timmes)

Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash
Opening the first self-wash dog wash in 2006, owners Dani Weng and Pam Ahart saw a need for a place where people could go and get their dogs washed without paying high prices for groomers. While customers may choose to wash their own dogs, there are knowledgeable groomers on staff to help clients who need them for everything from lifting large dogs to selecting the right shampoo to use. Multiple NoVA locations; 703-437-WASH (9274);


Salon Cut and Color
Opened in 2003, the salon focuses on making customers feel comfortable and enjoy the atmosphere. When clients enter Maude, they will know why it was named “Best Salon,” because the technicians enjoy what they are doing and their love for the beauty industry is felt around the room. 775 Station St., Herndon; 703-464-5880;


Body Treatments, Massage, Waxing and Facials
Calvert Rejuvenations Spa
After winning “Best Facial” in 2009 and “Best Eyebrow Shaping” in 2010, Calvert Rejuvenations has done it again, but this time winning in four separate categories. This spa prides itself on soliciting client input. They ask every client every day what Calvert Rejuvenations could do better, and what the clients want most out of the spa. 485 Carlisle Drive, Herndon; 571-323-1088;


Best Mani/Pedi
Tiffany’s Nails
Multiple NoVA locations


Reston Valet
1476 Northpoint Village Center; Reston, VA 20194; 703-471-1414

Sam Torrey’s Shoe Service
5267 Lee Highway; Arlington, VA 22207; 703-532-4933


Tailor/ Dry Cleaner
Multiple NoVA locations;

Multiple NoVA locations;


Phone Network


Car Wash
Sonic Soft Car Wash
Multiple NoVA locations;


Lawn Service
Turf Masters
20725 Ashburn Road, Ashburn; 703-723-4197;


Maid Service
Merry Maids
Multiple NoVA locations; 877-492-0923;


McHandy Services
43043 Weatherwood Drive, Ashburn; 571-220-9723


Moss Building and Design
4265-D Brookfield Corporate Drive, Chantilly; 703-961-7707;


TWA Electric
Multiple NoVA locations; 703-450-4231 or 703-723-9253;


Paul Southwick
144158 Round Lick Lane, Centreville; 703-752-5870