Best Of 2016

Best salon with a side of art: LUX Studio

Charley Soderbergh and happy client Sylvia Rusche.

Way out west on St. Pete’s Central Avenue there’s an aqua blue oasis disguised as a salon. Proprietor and hairstylist Charley Soderbergh is not only a wizard with scissors and haircolor, he’s a painter — and, as befits his profession, a genial expert at the art of conversation. (A knack for dialogue runs in the family; his brother is writer/director Steven Soderbergh). He moved here from Atlanta just a few years ago, and it didn’t take long before he attracted a loyal clientele of both women and men. With local artists like Chad Mize on the walls (as well as artworks by Soderbergh himself), a peaceful garden out back, and expert colleagues Reneata Collins, the highly skilled “facial guru,” and Arielle Lane, a nail technician who also paints, draws and plays the musical saw, Charlie has cornered the market on full-service beauty, inside and out. 5337 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-433-5230, luxstudio.com. —David Warner