Best Of 2022

Best Insurance Agency

Winner: USAA


3. Leal Insurance Services


And yet, we bloom, Corner of E. Houston and Navarro streets. Artist: Kat Cadena

Winner: Kim's Alterations

1155 Harry Wurzbach Road

(210) 821-6005

2. Wah Tee Tailoring

7700 Broadway

(210) 637-0785

3. Sunny's Alterations

19903 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 113

(210) 462-1683

Winner: Mike's Hair Lounge

258 Tarasco St.

(210) 313-4340

2. Puro Handsome Barbershop

228 E. Houston St.

3. Traveler Barbershop

Multiple locations

(210) 600-3344

Winner: Peterson Chiropractic

4230 Gardendale #201

(210) 864-5220

2. The Nest Chiropractic and Wellness

Multiple locations

(210) 323-2163 

3. Cross Timbers Chiropractic

14802 Jones Maltsberger Road, Suite 2201

(726) 245-2210

Winner: Alamo Plastic Surgery

19016 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 240

(210) 670-5302

2. Hill Country Plastic Surgery

9150 Huebner Road #162

(210) 658-3555

3. Dr. Christopher Micallef

18322 Sonterra Place, Suite 107

(210) 495-5771

Winner: CryoFit Alamo Heights

6486 N. New Braunfels Ave.

(210) 375-9087

2. Sweat Equity Infrared Saunas

809 S. St. Mary's St.

(210) 375-5319

3. Restore Hyper Wellness

Multiple locations

Winner: Dr. Kara Tapangan, Sonterra Dental

255 E. Sonterra Blvd. #150

(210) 341-3222

Unlike most people, Harlingen native Dr. Kara Tapangan loved going to the dentist as a kid. "I didn't realize how much people hated it until I went into practice," said Tapangan, 30. "At Sonterra, we try to make it as comfortable and easy as possible." Tapangan enjoys working in dentistry because it's one of the few medical fields where same-day pain relief is possible. "It's really humbling to know that I have the ability to help people in that way," she said. "It's also really amazing to be able to give people full smiles or teeth to function with, which is really life changing." Last year, Tapangan exported her capacity to change lives by traveling to the Dominican Republic to provide free implants for patients. She's a member of the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association, among other recognized dentistry organizations. "It's a beautiful practice," she said. "There's nowhere else I'd rather be."

2. Dr. Kaci Tibbetts, KLT Dentistry

3223 Thousand Oaks Drive #102

(210) 496-5422

3. Brook Hollow Family Dentistry

15068 San Pedro Ave.

(210) 494-7681

Winner: Dermatology San Antonio

Multiple locations

2. Alamo Heights Dermatology

131 W. Sunset Road #101

(210) 255-8447

3. Vista Dermatology

27511 I-10 West, Building 2, Boerne

(210) 698-0500

Winner: Five Star Cleaners

Multiple locations

With more than a dozen locations across San Antonio, we're guessing Five Star's convenience factor plays into its Best of San Antonio win. Beyond the chain's ubiquity, all its locations offer same-day service, and many also offer drive-thru and drop boxes as well. Five Star also offers a locker service where the cleaner brings the service directly to customers. Plenty of the company's five-star reviews also mention its friendly staff and dedication to service.

2. Comet Cleaners and Laundry

Multiple locations

3. Culpepper Cleaners

Multiple locations

Winner: Look Salon

7701 Broadway, Suite 139

(210) 826-5665

It was always a dream of hairstylist Damian Gonzales to open his own business. While he had experience working at other area salons, he wanted to manage and teach his own team. So, in 2018, he opened Look Salon. "It's something I always want to do, and I realized it was time," said Gonzales, 44. "I love making the clients happy on a day-to-day basis." Look's two "big-ticket items" are balayage and hair extensions, the former a technique where a stylist hand-paints highlights onto hair to create a natural gradation of lightness. Gonzales considers it an art form. "It's like you're painting a canvas," he said. A 1996 graduate of South San West Campus High School, Gonzales said stylists — besides knowing how to style hair — should bring a terrific personality to the job. That combination of know-how and personality may explain why he's booked six to eight weeks in advance. "You get to know people very well," he said. "You become friends with most of them."

2. Elena Salon Studios

2193 NW Military Highway

(210) 467-2562

3. Pretty Chic' Salon

238 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 205

(210) 410-4684