Best Massage 2015 | Martin Ibarra | Shopping & Services | South Florida

Martin Ibarra is a mobile masseuse who is so talented with his hands, you might forget your name at the end of the session. Ibarra specializes in a gentler, meditative "Muscle Energy Technique" as well as deep-tissue and Swedish massages. So basically, he can deliver it hard, soft, or a little of both, whichever you prefer. At the end of the session, he'll gladly offer tips and tricks for how to improve your posture during your day-to-day to keep those aches and pains gone for good. A half-hour massage starts at $60; one hour runs $100; a 90-minute trip to heaven will cost $150. For the convenience of having him come to your house and give you his undivided attention for an hour, it's the best $100 you'll spend on yourself all year.

Tiffany Nail and Foot Spa delivers on the high-end promise of its Las Olas address. From the front door, it looks peaceful, designed to ease your mind. Most people who walk in are quick to notice that the red, black, and mostly white decor is detailed and clean and that the shop doesn't reek of polish remover. This full-service spa offers full body massage, eyelash extensions, waxing, and alternative medicine such as acupuncture. There are grumpsters who will complain that it takes a million bucks to have a good time on Las Olas, but one trip here and just $45 later (the cost of a standard mani/pedi that includes a ten-minute reflexology massage), you'll know they're lying.

Readers' Choice: Boca Raton Resort & Club

Every hour is happy hour at Pour and Polish Nail Salon and Wine Bar in Boca Raton. Choose from 16 bottle selections and sip on some wine while you get pampered. After ten visits, you'll be sent home with a whole wine bottle as a reward for keeping your cuticles nice and pretty. Yet this upscale nail salon is not just about pouring and polishing; every nail technician is a unique artist with her own signature statements. Whether you want Minnie Mouse or a Monet on your nails, they can do it all. You're not going to find better nail art anywhere else in South Florida — or a cleaner salon. And hey, if you are going to invest in some striking acrylics, you might as well be sipping a Pinot at the same time.

Readers' Choice: Venitian Nail Spa

Unless you've opted to shave your head, what you do to your hair matters an awful lot. Which is why people search for stylists like Dice-K (real name: Daisuke Matsunaga), master stylist at Sha La La Salon. Though he started in Japan, Dice-K ended up in South Florida after putting in years working in New York. Bringing the attitude and expectations of the Lower East Side to Fort Lauderdale, the stylist has men and women willingly sitting in his chair for three hours, if that's what it takes, while he works down to individual strands perfecting your 'do. Call ahead for an appointment, and leave a few hours in your schedule. Both your time and your money will be well-spent.

Readers' Choice: Incognito Hair Salon

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AnnMarie Macko, an Irish-American belle from Michigan who's more gorgeously known as "Retro Red," is hell-bent on "making the world pretty, one pinup at a time," as her mantra states. You don't have to idolize Marilyn Monroe or Bettie Page to walk into her beauty shop at the Kreepy Tiki, but Macko believes everyone looks good with classic hair and makeup — go ahead and try it on! Macko has been practicing hairstyling since she was 3. She can dye yours, cut it, blow it, curl it, tease it... and then spray it so it lasts you for days. She also lives for makeovers, so try a whole new look with makeup, fashion pointers, and some good, old-fashioned lady advice. At this sweet stylist's one-of-a-kind beauty shop, you're never treated like just another stranger in a chair.

Roses are red. Violets are blue.

You forgot her birthday. Now what do you do?

You could make her a meal, or write her a book.

But you barely can read, and you simply can't cook.

But wait, an idea just came to your mind!

Pop in The Notebook to buy you some time.

Get in the car, and step on the gas.

Head to Kathy's Florist, and make it real fast!

Now get out your wallet and grab a bouquet,

and thank Kathy's Florist for saving the day.

At the corner of NE Seventh Avenue and Dixie Highway sits a bright-orange building with a rough mural of the sun over the ocean's horizon. You might be fooled and think it's a day care or a finger-painted summer-camp wall, but the poster for 1800 Silver Tequila to its right will tell you that's a tequila sunrise and that this place is for grownups only. In fact, that's why they keep a bell on the door and buzz every customer in. Here you will find everything from Four Loko ($7.99) to IRU Vodka ($10.99) to four-packs of Nicki Minaj's line of moscato ($9.49). They even have a cooler to chill their stock of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, which comes in sizes ranging from "Sneaking at the Movies" to "She Dumped Me and Kept the Ring." And if your dip in the Liquor Fountain leads to hangover hell, they also offer a wide selection of glassware and water pipes for your morning-after "tobacco."

If you leave the Bahia Mar Marina on one of Sea Experience's two boats, the journey will take you through the Intracoastal Waterway, along the mansions on Millionaire's Row, through the inlet, and past Fort Lauderdale's miles of gorgeous shoreline. That's the kind of view you want before taking a look below through the glass-bottom boat and finally jumping in the water at one of a few carefully selected snorkel and dive spots. Staff make two trips daily to check out the three natural reef systems along our coast. A standard open-water dive course will run you $579. Sure, you could get certified for cheaper at a lesser shop, but this one comes with pool sessions, a full four dives, PADI certification, and instructors who can't be beat. Most of the captains and instructors have been doing this for so long that the fish swim over to say hello as soon as the boat drops anchor. And we bet ya a million dollars the entire friendly crew would jump in and save you from any rabid manatees or attacking giant sea squids.

During the 2014 midterm elections, medical marijuana fell short of hitting the required 60 percent in Florida by a lousy 2 percent. Two percent! That's only, like, the size of the Sunday-afternoon crowd at the Swap Shop. But when the next round of voting rolls through Florida and medical marijuana is once again staring at us from our ballots, chances are it will pass. And when it does, will you be prepared? When Federal Highway is overflowing with bushels of Purple Haze and OG Kush, will you be busy trying to MacGyver a bong out of an apple, or will you be sitting back on your couch with some high-quality pieces courtesy of Puff Puff Pass? We hope, for you and your apple's sake, that you hit up the colorfully graffitied shop some time before the next election. It's always good to be prepared.

Readers' Choice: Peace Pipe

Looking to spark up a good old stogie? If so, Cigar Outlet might be a place you want to check out. This place has the lowest prices on the sticks or humidors around and plenty of selections to puff on. The best thing about Cigar Outlet is that it's known for friendly salespeople who remember you from your last visit and ask you how you enjoyed your last choice of cigar. If no such enjoyment was had, they will tinker with your taste buds and find something that suits your preferences better. Cigar Outlet has repeat customers for a reason.

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