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Big Sixes & Baby Grands IT WAS MERELY A CENTURY AGO that Marinites’ health-and-fitness regimens consisted of motor-powered “body stimulators” that were designed to shake the flab right off, and daily enemas that John Harvey Kellogg insisted were digestion’s “most effective service.” And while we may still eat Kellogg’s corn flakes, today’s county residents have far more reliable means of earning their “big sixes” and “baby grands” (those are Jazz Age slang for musclemen)—from state-of-the-art pools and health clubs to the finest in muscle-toning Pilates, martial arts and yoga studios. These days, the “road to Wellville” is best traveled on a freshly toweled running machine.

BEST GOLF COURSE Executive Director Jennifer Kim knows that the San Geronimo championship golf course is a great place to play a round (Greenbrae’s own Zack Miller, new to the PGA Tour and ninth-place finisher in this year’s Pebble Beach tourny, holds the course record), but she wants to emphasize that it’s so much more—a place for weddings and banquets and charity fundraisers. Assistant General Manager Chris Bright stresses the beauty of the place and the wildlife—the salmon, bobcats, deer, owls, wild turkeys and egrets, as well as bluebirds in the houses they’ve put up. Of course, he cautions, non-golfers who want to come out to birdwatch “do need to check in with the pro shop.” And while new chef Richard Treglia concedes “there are a lot of birdies on the course,” he’s all about the food, which, since his arrival, emphasizes fresh, local ingredients and sustainable products. Treglia will harvest blackberries from the course for some of his dishes: “You can’t get more local than that.” San Geronimo still offers one of the

best deals in all of Marin—a Friday buffet supper with live dance music for $10. ---------------------------------------------San Geronimo Golf Course

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BEST HEALTH CLUB Osher Marin JCC’s health facilities have been offering Marinites several terrific reasons to get fit since 1991, and the options have expanded exponentially since the place was renovated four years ago. “We have new cardio equipment, three fitness studios, one of them dedicated to group cycle, a full-court gymnasium, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and on-site childcare, plus massage, Pilates and personal training,” says operations manager Barbra Rosenstein. Membership includes 80-plus group fitness classes per week, and the club’s demographic ranges from teenagers to one especially sprightly 10332 > year-old. “Our staff makes every MARCH 25 – MARCH 31, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 31

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March 18, 1922— Mohandas K. Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for sedition against the British Empire. He is released after 23 months.

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Prohibition, speakeasies and the making of the American mob ies, illicit, tucked-away establishments with passwords and secret exits and hard liquor, some of it palatable. For the first time women ventured into saloons without escorts, attracted by the naughtiness and their own newfound emancipation. Hot jazz performed by many of its finest practitioners was another attraction, and some of the first interracial jam sessions took place on the premises. Even the lousy liquor had its upside: Bartenders mixed the stuff with tonics and juices to mask the often raw, harsh flavor, and some of today’s favorite cocktails—the Sidecar, the French Marin’s relative seclusion made it a great place to steal 75, the Aviation—were born. away for a drink—speakeasies lined the streets of On the other hand: To fill the deTiburon, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Fairfax and Larkspur mand for contraband hooch, organized crime, which had been a minor t ’s b e e n p r ove n t i m e a n d t i m e part of American life since the 1870s, again—if you want people to want entered the bootlegging distribution something, tell them they can’t have racket in a big way, netting untold milit. This basic law of human nature was lions of dollars in revenue and becomtragically ignored by the upright citi- ing one of the outstanding business zens and legislators who pushed the successes of the 1920s. Al Capone, an 18th Amendup-and-coming ment—the gunman at the prohibition beginning of on “the manuthe decade, facture, sale dominated the or transportaEast Coast rumtion of intoxirunning trade cating liquors” and controlin the United led Chicago’s S t a t e s — 10,000 speakthrough Coneasies by the gress in 1919. time of the As a result, milSt. Valentine’s lions of t ypiDay Massacre cally rebellious of 1929. Other teetotalers and Prohibitioncasual drinklinked murders ers took to the ran to nearly bottle to find a thousand out what all in the Windy the fuss was City alone. about, just as (Urban crime their descendacross the U.S. ants puff on a increased by joint, not be- The Temperance Movement of the early 20th century paved the 24 percent cause they ac- way toward Prohibition—and a helluva lot more drinkin’. between 1920 tually like the and 1921.) Ristuff but because nobody, goddammit, vals and colleagues like “Bugs” Moran, is going to tell me what to do. Ultimate New York’s Lucky Luciano and Detroit’s outcome: rampant alcoholism, home- Purple Gang (not to mention Boston brewed booze that could blind or ac- political patriarch Joseph Kennedy) tually kill you, the rise of Joe Kennedy flourished as well, and by the time and Al Capone and the thoroughgoing in- Utah, of all places, ratified the 21st tegration of organized crime in Ameri- Amendment in 1933, thereby repealcan life. ing the 18th, organized crime had all Things weren’t all bad. Some of the capital it needed to flourish in the coolest bars in the country—the other areas of racketeering and enter 21 Club in New York, the Mayflower the bloodstream of American life. in D.C., Bourbon and Branch in San —Matthew Stafford Francisco—started out as speakeas-

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April 12, 1922— A San Francisco jury finds movie comedian Fatty Arbuckle not guilty of murdering actress Virginia Rappe during a party at the St. Francis Hotel.

aches) in the county for more than 16 years. Hands-on owner Allegro works with clients one-on-one and teaches classes—ensuring that her studio continues to meet the needs of clients, as well as her own standards. Part of the draw is Allegro herself, a dynamic individual who manages to engage clients while working them hard. She attributes much of her success to the trust of medical professionals who refer patients to her as an adjunct to or after physical therapy. Clients appreciate that there is no onesize-fits-all approach here: Workouts are designed to suit the interests and needs of participants—full swing Pilates for golfers, Fit Pink in connection with Marin Cancer Institute, pregnancy Pilates and more. And, for the motivated, Allegro’s blog offers exercises aimed at preparing its readers for various activities (skiing, etc.) to do at home. Employing trainers certified by various Pilates methods benefits everyone here: Techniques and exercises 36 > MARCH 25 – MARCH 31, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 35

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BEST SWIMMING POOL (HALL OF FAME: MARIN JCC) North Marinites like the convenience of summer swimming, splashing and socializing at the Novato High School pool. The program, which has been administered by the YMCA, is drop-in, requiring no prepaid registration or regular fees. And Y members in good standing get in free. Last year the pool was open weekdays from mid-June through the first week of August, 11:30am-3:30pm, with fees ranging from $4 for city residents 1 year and older to $5 for those 16 and up; non-residents paid $7-$9. The Novato

August 22, 1922— Irish rebel leader Michael Collins is assassinated in County Cork. school district, which does not have the money to open and run a summer swim program, is hoping the YMCA will be back to continue help Novatans have fun and stay cool. ---------------------------------------------Novato High School Pool

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BEST BEAUTY SUPPLY COMPANY as Moroccan Oil, Dermalogica, Enjoy, For the third year in a row Marin Beauty Company customers have voted this longtime local business the best beautysupplier in Marin, and owner Sheri Dunne and manager Lesley are very grateful. As are their customers—the shops carry a dazzling array of beauty products, as well as salon services and pedicures in big lounge chairs. Big, comfortable chairs. “Sometimes the ladies just fall asleep,” says Lesley. Three locations in Marin are stocked with many lines of beauty products and expert advice to determine what is the best for your particular hair/skin/ face/gestalt. They are always up on the latest information and won’t carry products of questionable origin or utility. Marin Beauty Company not only provides local jobs for college kids, they have a staff of longtime employees who know their field. They are always looking for and trying out new products to join their lines such

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PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ As Edwardian architectural styles faded and Home Sweet Home to 1920s families was more often a concrete-walled California bungalow rather than a turn-ofthe-century wood-framed shotgun shack, Marin’s master builders were desperate for the assistance of dependable craftsmen and reliable sources for quality tools, furnishings and repair services. If they’d have asked us, we’d have advised those hammerin’ hepcats to hold off a few years to sneak a peek at Pacific Sun readers’ choices for excellence in home-and-garden services—nine decades may seem like a long time to wait for a good plumber, but these Best of Marin winners are worth it.

Though we all know it’s heavily frowned upon, just a stroll past the window of Duxiana has the power to lure even the most caffeine-fueled, alert and normal person to sneak through the front door, past the attentive sales staff and into the cozy comfort of the luscious beds displayed throughout the store. And Duxiana doesn’t just sell beds. With a full stock of quality pillows, linens, bed pads and even products specific for the sneezy allergic types, Duxiana is sure to get you sleeping in heavenly peace. “Duxiana customers know we offer a high level of service and products to make their sleep experience the best ever, year after year,” says owner Sharyn Johnson. And bonus! For all customers purchasing new beds in April, Duxiana offers a complimentary goose down comforter and pillows. Zzzzzzzz...

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901 A St., San Rafael 459.0365 2ND Mary’s Futons, San Rafael 3RD Natural Mattress Store, San Rafael

BEST ANTIQUE STORE Robin and Wayne Wechsler have been voted

Best of Marin six times in a row for their remarkable business, A Dove Place, which sells antiques but is also a consignment and estate sale operation. Known for fair, honest pricing and their sensitivity in dealing with people who are, at times, in wrenching circumstances after the death of a loved one, the Wechslers know how to handle an entire estate or a single silver spoon. They invite everyone to come to their store to sell or buy beautiful objects; Robin specializes in evaluating estate jewelry, and both Wechslers urge anyone who is thinking about maybe, perhaps, I-don’t-know exploring the chance of doing something about some old Chinese porcelain or silver shoved back in the cupboard to talk to them—the market is very good for those objects right now. The Internet has turned the antique game into a global business, and A Dove Place’s website reaches customers everywhere.

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160 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1490 doveplaceantiques.com 2ND The Pavillion Antiques, San Anselmo 3RD Angel Estates Antiques, San Rafael 53 > MARCH 25 – MARCH 31, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 51

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2010 TOP PRODUCING TEAM MEMBERS ON THEIR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

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BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY Started in the humble beginnings of a basement in San Anselmo, Bradley Real Estate now has one commercial and nine residential real estate ofÀces. Locally owned and operated by Melissa and Robert Bradley (who both grew up in Marin), Bradley Real Estate is having a banner year in the midst of an economic downturn. The Bradleys attribute the success to their terriÀc employees and agents and to their clients, who keep coming back and giving them referrals. One thing that sets Bradley Real Estate apart from the competition is the fact that upper management is local and available at all times. These days, brokers have to get more involved in the loan process and the access to management makes BRE well-suited to provide legal and business advice.

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BEST CARPET CLEANING AND BEST WINDOW CLEANING

‘An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous’—Henry Ford

Dual winners this year, owner Elliot Atlas of Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning is honored to get the recognition and is grateful to his loyal clientele for their votes. This is the Àfth time that Atlas has won for carpet cleaning, so it’s obvious that clients

with regular cleanings. Call today for an introductory special.

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are satisÀed. All the carpet cleaning is done using unique tools that remove more soil than the competition. They are experts at stain elimination, going over, above and beyond. One fantastic value that sets Atlas apart from all other carpet cleaners is that they give their clients a very special spot and stain removal system that includes four different products and instructions. This is to help between cleanings. Many customers have saved a lot of money by handling their own tough stains. For windows, Atlas has two dedicated teams that only “do windows,” providing quality work at a fast pace. They were the Àrst company to offer a residential maintenance plan, which combines good value

so they are up-to-date on the latest trends in product and installation techniques. Rafael Floors says, “Thank you for your confidence in us” to all Pacific Sun readers.

for new moms and anyone else who would rather come home to a clean home. ----------------------------------------------Molly Maid of Marin

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Best Hardwood Flooring

BEST CARPETING AND BEST HARDWOOD FLOORING Winning this year for both Best Carpet and Best Hardwood Flooring, Rafael Floors continues to please Marin customers. In business for 52 years, their success is due to the professional, well-trained salespeople and their in-house installation force. At Rafael Floors, they are always looking for the latest technologies to meet clients’ demands. So this spring they are getting a Bona dustless sanding system for refinishing hardwood floors without the mess. The 5,000-square-foot showroom carries all the latest green products, such as carpet made from corn, real linoleum, recycled carpeting, wool, bamboo and cork. Customer satisfaction is paramount and they appreciate that 80 percent of their business comes from referrals and returning patrons. Employees train to complete certifications

2ND Ken’s Carpets and Flooring 3RD Eureka Valley Floor Company, San Rafael

BEST CLEANING SERVICE “The cost is not that big when you consider the peace of mind you get as a result,” says Pat Belardi of Molly Maid of Marin. “Even a one time a month deep cleaning makes a big difference in your lifestyle.” And she’s right. Anyone who has ever—even just once—had someone other than a reluctant spouse or sloppy child remove obnoxious dust bunnies, relocate the spider colonies in the laundry room and wipe crumbs and coffee stains from kitchen counters, knows the joy of stepping into a clean house at the end of a long day. Molly Maid of Marin continues to offer this reliable and timesaving service with stellar reviews and loyal, long-term customers. Molly Maid is available for one-time cleanings, regularly scheduled cleanings and gift certificates

BEST COMPUTER REPAIR Apple computers may be highly reliable, but people still drop them and spill coffee on them and overload them with pictures and applications and godknowswhat and dogs chew up the AC adapters and data is lost and that’s where Steve Beale comes in. A one-man-band at MacRepair, Beale has been fixing Macs since 1989. He says he works “all the time” and the biggest complaint his customers have is that he’s hard to get a hold of (try email—steve@macrepair. com—of course). More and more of his business is nursing old beloved computers back to health; when the Sun called he was working on a newfangled computing machine made in 1996. His shop is something of a Mac museum; Beale tries to hold on to at least two of every model for spare parts. Because you never know when that next old Apple will come through the door.

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Clough Construction has been around for 23 years, but Deanne Clough says she and husband Scott are â&#x20AC;&#x153;grateful, humbled and honoredâ&#x20AC;? to be recognized by our readers and their customers. Citing service as the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 priority, Deanne says the â&#x20AC;&#x153;business is only as good as our customers.â&#x20AC;? And Clough Construction has plenty of repeat customers and referrals to back that up. A huge plus is the showroom, where clients can see the choices available (not to mention the connection to an actual person when ďŹ rst calling). But what Deanne is most excited about now is taking her passionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;making a difference on the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and putting it into business practice. In other words, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;doing whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for both customers and the environment. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on creating green options for all their products. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all set to carry FSC (Forest Steward CertiďŹ ed) lumber. Even the scrap wood is remilled. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to it than that; obviously, if the design isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what the customer envisioned or the construction good, then great service isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to keep customers happy. Cleary, Clough Construction has been hitting all the right notes. -----------------------------------------------Clough Construction

117 Mitchell Blvd. Ste. A, San Rafael 444.5554 cloughconstruction.com 2ND Marin Fence Co., San Rafael 3RD Just Fences, Novato

your artwork or will cut a mat or glass while you wait. The salespeople are all designers and are well-equipped to offer advice on color and style to suit every budget. Cheap Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a local, familyowned business and has been around for 38 years. For the best selection and service for all your framing needs, Cheap Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the answer.

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221 3rd St., San Rafael 455.8055 2ND Fastframe of Novato 3RD Frame Crafters Gallery, Greenbrae and Mill Valley

BEST GIFT SHOP Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new at perennial Best of Marin winner the Great Acorn Co.? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still fabulous,â&#x20AC;? says Judy Morris, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owned the store with Mary Rathbun for 15 years. In a place ďŹ lled with an eclectic mix â&#x20AC;&#x153;from the sublime to the funnyâ&#x20AC;? of wind-up toys, novelty items, ďŹ ne art and ďŹ ne jewelryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; really, truly Something For Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;?Customers are always saying it takes three visits to really see everything,â&#x20AC;? Morris says. Whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for underwear for hands (believe it or not, a big hit this Christmas) or a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece, Great Acorn is the place to ďŹ nd it. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wrap it up for free. It all makes for a very happy place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A large group of regular customers, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten to know them and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become friends,â&#x20AC;? Rathbun says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never dread going to work.â&#x20AC;?

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The motto at Cheap Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun, Fast and Affordableâ&#x20AC;? and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what customers experience when they walk in the San Rafael store. Carrying the largest selection of ready-made frames and mats available, Cheap Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makes beautiful framing available to the masses. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see exactly what you want, the staff will help customize a mat and frame for

800 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.2990

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BEST HAULING Paul Sonnabend and David Sherman, coowners and operators of Hurricane Hauling, know they aren’t a three-time Best of Marin business for simply picking up stuff in a truck and taking it away and dumping it. “We’re growing the deconstruction side of Hurricane,” says Sonnabend. They reuse materials they find on job sites, sometimes repurposing materials for nonprofits, and run their equipment on recycled biodiesel. Nothing goes directly to a landfill, and they say about 79 percent of materials they haul in Marin are recycled—a number they want to improve even more. They handle the dirty work in a clean, green way. “People like having not to work so hard to get a simple thing done,” says Sonnabend, and with their experience and expertise, Hurricane is in a position to handle the problems. “We have a strong repeat client base,” says Sherman which, in a way, means their customers are recycled as well.

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BEST HOME FURNISHINGS (HALL OF FAME: SUNRISE HOME) Mary’s Futons carries anything you can sleep on except a mattress and box spring, as well as a wide variety of furniture. From factory-second wall beds to memory foam futons, you can Ànd it at Mary’s. The extensive selection of frames and covers, sofa beds and Murphy beds allows for ultimate Áexibility in style and decoration. Mary has everything in inventory so there is no waiting, and deliveries can be made on the spot, if necessary. Best of all, Mary’s prides itself on having helpful employees who have fun at their jobs. Mary’s Futons is community minded and supports the Mountain Play and LGBT Spectrum. The store hosts book signings, comedy shows and dances. This spring Mary’s Futons will have a Karaoke Sing-along to beneÀt the Mountain Play.

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BEST ily located, unfortunately, many of us are not wired that way and need help, big-time. That’s when a call to California Space Organizers is in order. Marin residents Vasillis and Effie Fourakis say their “systems are designed to the size and shape of the home or office space the customer wants to address so that there are sections, partitions, cubbies, drawers, shelves, etc., to place and store things.... In a child’s room, if there is a drawer dedicated for Lego toys, it’s likely that’s where the toys will be stored. Same for tools in the garage and files in the office.” After a customer’s storage needs are evaluated, the materials, colors, finishes, hardware and accessories are chosen; professional installers then do their thing and voila!, even the organized-challenged can enjoy a sensible system and place to store every important item. California Space Organizers handles everything from 360 units in a condo building to a small cottage, and have worked in every part of Marin. The Fourakis’s say that with their 21 years in business in San Rafael, clients know they can rely on this “service-oriented company with very competitive prices.”

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1241 Andersen Dr., San Rafael 454.1623 2ND Novato Kitchens and Bath 3RD Kitchens by Ken Ryan, Novato

BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGNER (HALL OF FAME: CYNTHIA EGGER LANDSCAPE DESIGN) In Marin, it’s not just the inside but the outside that counts. When it comes to the external design of your home territory, top-voted landscape architect firm Brian Powell & Associates is here to help. With 25 years in the business, Brian Powell is committed to classic design principles and honoring his relationships with people. During initial consultation, Powell will meet with the client, discuss goals and objectives, examine constraints and opportunities, and develop a few design plans that integrate additional factors, such as the architectural style of the house, existing vegetation and sun angles. After a design scheme is selected, Powell is there to assist 56 > with bidding contractors, obtain-

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BEST KITCHEN/BATH REMODELER After 45 years in Marin, customers remain loyal to Lamperti Contracting and Design. Specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, the company manages to stay afloat even in these tough economic times because of its reliability and dedication to providing professional, timely services. “We feel really blessed that we’ve been able to keep our business going through this economy,” says Greg Nelson. “We’ve even expanded into Sonoma County.” Consistent and reliable service has brought the Best of gold to Lamperti Contracting and Design two years in a row. -----------------------------------------------

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< 55 Puttin’ on the Ritz ing permits and overseeing construction. In addition to residential design, he and his team also take on public parks and housing projects—even wetlands restorations—always keeping sustainability in mind, which has become a vital concern in the county, but is a natural, lifelong imperative for Powell. As a kid, he loved the outdoors and wilderness areas, liked to draw, and wanted to do something with the environment. He now views his design work as a joyful way to take stewardship of the land, one lot at a time, and invites his clients to be stewards of the land themselves—starting right at home.

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BEST LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Ask Bank of Marin Central Marin Regional Manager Michael Kadel and Communications Manager Fabia Butler why their bank is the Best of Marin and they don’t just come up with a reason—they

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have a three-point presentation. “One,” Kadel begins, “commitment to community. Two, financial strength; three, company culture.” They’ll then go on to talk about the independent bank’s work with 250 local nonprofits, their rank as the number-one business bank in Marin and five-star Bauer rating for 43 consecutive quarters, their “teamwork” and five-year strategic plans and you may start to worry this is all much too much, then you glean that Bank of Marin offers a better deal on checking accounts than your current bank and, wham, just like that, they’ve roped in another customer. ----------------------------------------------Bank of Marin

10 branches in Marin 800.654.5111 2ND Redwood Credit Union, San Rafael 3RD Circle Bank, Novato and San Rafael

BEST LUMBER/HARDWARE STORE (HALL OF FAME: JACKSON’S HARDWARE) Pini Ace Hardware has grown and matured right along with Marin County. This venerable business, which started as a dry goods store, now boasts kitchen and bath design services, countertops, cabinetry, fixtures and supplies; a huge selection of lighting; just about any hardware, electrical item or tool a homeowner or handyman could ever need; paints and stains, includ-

ing nontoxic choices; a full line of housewares—even Cuisinart appliances and Le Creuset cookware and serving dishes; lawn and garden supplies galore; and automotive supplies as well. And don’t worry about wandering the aisles wondering where to find things, or how to use what you’ve found—knowledgeable and helpful staff ensures you’ll get just what you need. ------------------------------------------------

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BEST MOVING AND STORAGE “We stand behind our work,” says Mario Batz, general manager of Johnson &

Daly Moving & Storage. “We give you a price, we stick to it. If something breaks, we fix it.” The family-owned firm (est. 1979) has a fleet of two dozen trucks, 40plus employees with workers’ comp and a 150,000 square foot warehouse, the biggest in the North Bay. Their state-of-the-art moving technology includes piano and stair-climbing dollies and trucks specially built to tackle steep driveways. Their “soup to nuts” service ranges from packing, moving and storing your stuff as long as necessary to unpacking it and taking the boxes away. (They’ll even take digital pictures of your old setup and unpack the furniture in your new home exactly the way it was in your old place.) And thanks to its global team of destination agents, Johnson & Daly can handle moves across town or around the world. ----------------------------------------------Johnson & Daly Moving Storage

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BEST PAINTING CONTRACTOR Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors have painted everything from the San Francisco Theological Seminary to Industrial Light and Magic to the ICB Building to the gold leaf on the stage of Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Auditorium, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;our bread and butter is peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes,â&#x20AC;? says owner Nick Kunst. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also painted just about every large church in Marin County.â&#x20AC;?) The business began in 1871 and has been in the same San Rafael location since 1959, and that 140 years of

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BEST PATIO FURNITURE Frellenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been in the Bay Area since 1960â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but two years ago it was taken over by Carls Patio West and their showrooms and website were spiffed up. They offer extensive lines of outdoor furniture in teak, wicker, wrought iron, aluminum and a heavy-duty â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? option of recycled plastic furniture by Generation Line. (This furniture can be green in another way, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for instance, you can order an Adirondack chair in any of 10 colors, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;mintâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;lime.â&#x20AC;?)You can get a really good idea of the options online or, better yet, go to the showroom and see for yourself. After all, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great climate simply begs for outdoor living areas, and Frellenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knows how to make the most of any space you have. --------------------------------------------Frellenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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BEST PLACE TO BUY A SPA OR HOT TUB What object could be more quintessentially Marin than a hot tub? The epitome of luxury and health, the home spas and hot tubs of Creative Energy have soothed the aching bodies and psyches of Marin’s high-powered and perpetually stressed for over 35 years. In fact, it was Creative Energy that spawned the original redwood hot tubs of the groovy, swinging ’70s, for which Marin earned something of a reputation. Family-owned and operated, San Rafaelbased Creative Energy teamed up with Hot Spring—the largest portable spa manufacturer in the world—in the early ’80s, and now boasts four locations throughout the greater Bay Area. Creative Energy also deals in saunas, masonry fireplaces, fireplace inserts, stoves and solar products. And they sell refurbished, pre-owned spas at low cost. But their No. 1 spa product is the Hot Spring “Jetsetter,” a quaint three-person spa that’s energy efficient, easy to maintain and satisfyingly therapeutic. According to the seemingly serene Creative Energy sales consultants—and their 20,000-plus customers possibly soaking in their spas right now—just 10 minutes in hot water with jets helps improve circulation, releases endorphins and reaps huge benefits to your daily life. But why take their word for it? The San Rafael showroom (marked by the infamous outdoor mannequin, “Svetlana”) with private testing rooms awaits! ----------------------------------------------Creative Energy

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BEST ROOFER DeMello Roofing has been sheltering Marin homes since 1927, and estimate they’ve roofed more than 50,000 houses in the county. Most of their work is on residential buildings, and their website helpfully explains differences in roofing materials, as well as giving advice on how to choose the right type and, most importantly, the right color for your house. But you don’t need to do it all on a computer. DeMello gives free estimates, of course, and don’t worry about being pressured: Their motto is “A call will bring a roofer...not a salesman.”

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BEST TILE AND STONE STORE Craig Anderson of CTW Designs says he knows why his store is the “caulk” of the town—“Good customer service, honesty, wide selection.” They’ve been in business 25 years, and see building and remodeling making a comeback in Marin, and with it, tile. New in the store is a line called Watermark—with tiles made in the USA, which are ultra-modern to traditional. CTW also carries bath fixtures, and Anderson sees the classic chrome finish making a comeback as well. If someone’s interested in exploring the possibilities for a bath or kitchen remodel or new construction, he or she should visit the website, or, better yet, drop into the store and talk to the expert staff at CTW. They know their tile style, can hook you up with an installer, and you can browse the selection until your eyes “glaze” over at the biggest designer showroom in Marin. ----------------------------------------------CTW Designs

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