Bella Grace Salon’s master barber stylist Nedra Cano tames gentlemanly manes and rugged chin gardens with more than 25 years of experience, utilizing techniques acquired from her father and her years as a barber for the Navy. Handsome-enhancing experiences begin with a soothing scalp massage and shampoo. Once head jungles are cleansed, Nedra will work with each client to find an ideal style before cutting and styling, while mouths enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a light snack attack. Afterward, a traditional razor shave will instill faces with a long-lasting, irritation-free smoothness ideal for nuzzling even the most delicate of pet balloon animals.
Named Favorite Dry Cleaner by Modesto Bee readers in 2010, Del Rio Cleaners wins fans by treating attire and bedding using earth-friendly products and processes. The stain-busting staff can re-crisp men's shirts ($2.60) and refresh cozy sweaters ($7). Two-piece suits ($12.70) receive an extra dose of dapper, and freshness retires to bed following the thorough cleaning of comforters ($25), bedspreads ($23.75), and over-counted sheep. Legs can swing free and easy beneath rejuvenated dresses ($10.25), snuggle inside newly cleaned pants ($5.75), or envy arms ensconced in jackets ($6.25). Free of petroleum and air contaminants, the GreenEarth process cleans clothes without harming the air, water, or other colors' feelings.
Charleen "Char" Gagliardi owes her life to dry cleaning. In 1937, her parents bought a red bungalow on McHenry Avenue and opened up Deluxe Cleaners. The business kept Char's dinner plate full and her wardrobe natty as a youth, and it became her bread and butter 40 years later, when she left her career as a teacher to continue her parent's legacy. With the help of her husband, Carl, Char built a laundry room and initiated free pickup and delivery service, and the couple joined the Lions Club to share their work ethic and the free wattage emanating from their luminous smiles with the community.
Char and Carl now watch proudly as their daughter, Pam, follows a familiar path to happiness. Pam began learning the ins and outs of Deluxe Cleaners when she was 13. She has since modernized its gadgets with the support of her husband, and she designed an invisible fairy-wing steamer at the behest of her three children. Three generations of know-how inform their technique, which relies on petroleum-based solvent to clean fine garments and household textiles such as rugs and bedding without damaging the environment.
Patients at Gill Dental Group have the unique privilege of having their teeth looked after by a movie director. When he's not working on independent films, Dr. Param Gill makes sure teeth are camera ready by preventing cavities and improving smiles with cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and dental implants.
He founded Gill Dental Group, which now boasts multiple locations, alongside Dr. Lavanya Gill, a dental expert who has written more than 50 dentistry articles for local newspapers. If necessary the Gills can administer sedation or play a CD of Morgan Freeman singing whale songs to relax patients during dental treatments.
Sixteen years in the hair industry means a lot of scissor time, bowls of hair dye, and pin curls. That is Sonia Padilla’s world. As a master stylist and color specialist who keeps up with current techniques, she transforms clients’ hair into chic styles and executes trends from simple bobs to vibrant red coifs and blunt bangs. Her keratin treatments leave hair soft, shiny, and smooth, and her updos prepare clients for proms and half-birthday parties.