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BEST OF OAKLEY

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HE OAKLEY PRESS IS PROUD TO present the 2009 Best of Oakley as voted by our readers. Inside you’ll find nearly 150 categories describing the best places to get your car fixed, find a meal for under $10 or take a visitor to show off your home town. Who are the snappiest pizza delivery guys, who’s a reliable electrician, and where should you go to get those pearly whites polished? You’ll find them right here. As Oakley’s population continues to grow, the options for where to get the things you need and want can get bewilderingly large, too. Take the advice of your friends and neighbors who cast thousands of votes for their favorite spots and use this lineup to find the best goods and services Oakley has to offer. If you were among our dedicated voters, compare your picks with those of your fellow balloteers – you might find some gems you didn’t know existed. Look for the distinctive Best of Oakley 2009 star on the door of local establishments and know they’ve been painstakingly singled out as the stars of the community.

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Lifestyle Awards................................ 4 Best Shops & Retail Services .............5 Best Professional Services............... 14 Best Eats & Drinks............................ 25 Index to Advertisers ........................ 31

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VERY YEAR, WE WAIT ON THE receiving end of all those Best of Oakley ballots like surfers paddling prostrate on their boards, bracing for the monster wave building up and bearing down on them. We know we’re about to take a wild ride – and we wouldn’t

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have it any other way. Thousands of votes were cast by you and meticulously counted by us. Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out a ballot, three of whom were $100 winners of our random drawing. From left to right, they are: Christine Kriston, who plans on

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cashing in her winnings by taking her kids out on the town; Larry Malicoat, who’ll be sinking his $100 into helping his daughter reupholster her truck; and Kathy Dickson, whose taste for spending gravitates toward going out for a special dinner. Congratulations, everyone!


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Best Shops & Retail Services Auto Dealer – Used FIRST – Contra Costa Auto Sales 3021 Main St., 679-8880 www.contracostaautoinc.com A family-owned business in Oakley since 1998, Contra Costa Auto Sales gives you the big-dealer quality of car without big-dealer sales pressure. Whether you have excellent credit, bad credit or no credit, Contra Costa Auto Sales’ knowledgeable and polite staff offers a host of financing plans to help you get behind the wheel of a quality used automobile. This company boasts low prices and a high rate of return customers. And because they believe it’s important to spend time with family, Contra Costa Auto Sales is closed on Sundays. HONOR – JJ’s Auto Sales 3739 Main St., 625-9989 www.jjsautos.com JJ’s low overhead equals big savings. Check out its large selection of vehicles and financing options, where nobody is turned down. Auto Parts & Accessories FIRST – Kragen Auto Parts 100 East Cypress Road, 625-0822 Kragen’s friendly, bilingual associates are eager to go that extra step to get you the right product, and provide tips on performance, accessories and troubleshooting. Store Manager Dorothy Sanchez will be celebrating 25 years with Kragen in ’09, and assures that her staff will give you “110

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percent effort” in your search for that perfect part or accessory.

Press readers to name it among Oakley’s Best.

HONOR – Auto Zone 2595 Main St., 625-8643 www.autozone.com Auto Zone has been serving the public at its Main Street location for about 10 years, and its expert staff can help you with everything. “Guaranteed Satisfaction is what we promise our customers,” says Juan. “If they’re not satisfied with something, they can return it – even if it’s used.

Auto Repair – Muffler FIRST – MJ Automotive 5780 Main St., 625-8303 When you want your muffler replacement done right the first time, turn to MJ Automotive for quality aftermarket or dealer parts and expert repair work. MJ’s 16 years of professional, honest, efficient and dedicated service inspired Oakley Press readers to name it the Best.

Auto Repair – Brakes FIRST – Les Schwab 88 Carol Lane, 625-4532 www.lesschwab.com Customers trust Les Schwab’s expert technicians to do brakes right: make quality repairs and take the time to explain what they’re doing. Those customers consistently give Les Schwab high ratings for quality of service, safety and expertise on brakes, wheel alignment, shocks and tires. Les Schwab makes sure you’re back on the road soon – and most importantly, safely.

Auto Repair – Oil Change FIRST – Oil Can Henry’s 2435 Main St., 625-1410 Time for an oil change? Tool on over to Oil Can Henry’s and get that sludge replaced before your car gets all choked up. This is the place that’ll keep your vehicle properly lubricated and keep you from suffering major repairs.

HONOR – MJ Automotive 5780 Main St., 625-8303 When you want your brake repairs done right the first time, turn to MJ Automotive for quality after-market or dealer parts and expert work. MJ’s 16 years of professional, honest, efficient and dedicated service inspired

HONOR – King’s Auto Repair 5295 Neroly Road, 706-2886 Giving Oakley expert and prompt oil changes for 17 years, King’s uses quality parts, performs scheduled maintenance, and gets your vehicle back to you in a timely manner – all with competitive prices and outstanding customer service. Auto Repair – Smog Shop FIRST – Wayne’s Smog Inspection Station 3605 Main St., 625-8303

If you’re looking for experience, you’ll find it at Wayne’s Smog. Jeff’s been in business since 1985 and has relied on his excellent reputation for new business. It’s no wonder Press readers continue to name Wayne’s the Best Smog Shop in Oakley. HONOR – MJ Automotive 5780 Main St., 625-8303 When you want your smog inspection done right the first time, turn to MJ Automotive for top-notch diagnostic service. MJ’s 16 years of professionalism, honesty, efficiency and dedication continue to impress Oakley motorists. Auto Repair – Tune-up FIRST – King’s Auto Repair 5295 Neroly Road, 706-2886 Tuning up Oakley’s foreign and domestic autos and light-trucks for 17 years, King’s uses quality parts, performs scheduled maintenance, and gets your vehicle back to you in a timely manner – all with competitive prices and outstanding customer service. HONOR – MJ Automotive 5780 Main St., 625-8303 When you want your auto tuned right the first time, turn to MJ Automotive for quality after-market or dealer parts and expert work. MJ’s 16 years of professional, honest, efficient and dedicated service continue to impress Oakley motorists.

Thank you, Oakley, For Voting Us Best Grocery Store, Bakery, Seafood Department, Wine Selection and Deli. Thanks to the readers of the Oakley Press for this recognition. We couldn’t be more proud!


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Best Shops & Retail Services Apartment Community FIRST – The Commons at Oak Grove Apartments 59 Carol Lane, 625-4161 Offering senior and family apartment homes at reasonable rates, The Commons at Oak Grove Apartments’ warm and welcoming staff will be happy to show you uncommonly inviting one-, two- and three-bedroom spaces featuring energy-efficient appliances and granite countertops, plus the complex’s business center with Internet access, Clubhouse with entertainment center and more. In the market for an apartment? Oakley Press readers insist you check out this new and attractive community. Auto Tires FIRST – Les Schwab 88 Carol Lane, 625-4532 www.lesschwab.com Customers appreciate Les Schwab’s supermarket selection of tires, plus fast, friendly service, convenient credit and warranties in writing. Those customers consistently give Les Schwab high ratings for quality of service, safety and expertise not only on tires, but on the brakes, wheel alignment and shocks that extend the use of those tires – and their vehicles. As one of the first companies to introduce tire disposal and reuse programs, and as a pioneer in steel wheel weights to replace lead weights, Les Schwab also shares the Oakley community’s desire to protect the environment.

Bakery FIRST – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 The Oakley Raley’s bakery is second to none. From freshly baked breads to custom-decorated cakes, this place has it all. A proud member of the Oakley community since first opening its doors 20 years ago, Raley’s is known for high-quality products and a commitment to healthy lifestyles, and continues to serve customers and communities through its Food For Families program, which provides food assistance to hungry families in the area.

service. The shop is open for walk-ins Tuesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment on Wednesdays. HONOR – Great Clips 2589 Main St., 679-0279 Need a haircut? This is the place for you – and the whole family. Efficiency is Great Clips’ middle name, and they’re the last name in customer service. Walk-ins are always welcome.

HONOR – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505 Lucky’s offers an array of baked goods sure to please your palette: donuts, cakes, croissants and muffins, among many others. And when you need to wash it all down, don’t forget about Lucky’s superb coffee. Our readers consider Lucky’s bakery among Oakley’s Best.

Beauty Salon FIRST – Designer Cuts 2065 Main St., 625-5669 Serving Oakley for 20 years, all of Designer Cuts’ hair stylists have been with the company for at least 10 years – a nice feature for the salon’s many repeat customers, who appreciate continuity in their hair care. Open seven days a week, Designer Cuts carries its own line of products – Melánge – another highlight of Designer Cuts that inspired Oakleyites to vote it the Best.

Barber Shop for Men FIRST – Center Barber 3100 Main St., Suite 270, 625-1241 After 20 years in business in the same location, Center Barber is a traditional, old-fashioned shop where the atmosphere is still old-school and the talk is sports and music. If you need a flattop or style cuts, have long or short hair, or even need family haircuts, come see the folks at Center Barber. Their work is quality and it’s all done with great

HONOR – DK Salon 1625 Main St., 679-9089 www.dk-salon.com DK provides an upscale yet quaint and secluded atmosphere that’s perfect for unwinding and forgetting the day’s stress. DK’s highly trained stylists specialize in contemporary cuts, professional coloring and exceptional customer service, and are equipped with an extensive product line. You’re sure to love your experience.

Boat Repair FIRST – Top Jimmy’s Motorsports 2938 Taylor Road, Bethel Island, 765-4403 Top Jimmy’s Motorsports offers a variety of services ranging from mobile marine services and accessories to automotive customizing, audio and repair. “We have a great reputation and affordable prices, which keep our customers coming back,” says owner Jim. “We know our customers are here for a good time, not a hard time.” Top Jimmy’s also provides expert repair services in both outboard and inboard, from performance cars to custom cars and daily drivers, plus pick-up, delivery, and vehicle transportation. Top Jimmy’s will make sure you’re taken care of during the week so you’re ready to play all weekend long. HONOR – Diablo Boat Works 2616 Taylor Road, Bethel Island, 684-3344 Diablo Boat Works provides quality marine services, including boat repair and maintenance, and excels in custom woodwork, special projects and restorations of all types. They handle it all – even up to 40 tons. Come on out to the yard, say hello, and be assured of your complete satisfaction. Butcher & Meats FIRST – CentroMart 3110 Main St., 625-0345 CentroMart is your friendly neighbor-


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Best Shops & Retail Services hood grocer who has been in business for 62 years, stocking the best meats and deli products, and providing the best butcher service in town, all at competitive pricing. See why Press readers named CentroMart Oakley’s Best.

you up with the wireless equipment, especially a cellular phone, tailored to your needs. And Extreme’s expert staff takes customer service seriously. They make “extremism” a watchword for quality cellular equipment and service.

HONOR – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 A prominent member of the Oakley community for 20 years, Raley’s takes pride in its butcher service and fine meat products. Need steaks, ribs or chicken for a special barbecue? Get your grill items custom cut right here.

HONOR – Radio Shack 2591 Main St., 625-1054 www.radioshack.com Radio Shack offers cellular phones, cameras, TVs, GPS systems, Bluetooth and MP3 players from carriers such as Sprint, AT&T and Virgin Mobile. Knowledgeable, friendly associates welcome you to stop in; be assured, you’ll leave with exactly what you were looking for.

Car Wash FIRST – Arco AM/PM 4501 Main St., 679-1388 The Arco AM/PM car wash is fast and user friendly – a great place to get that East County grime off your vehicle and hit the road all bright and shiny. The people at the Arco AM/PM “take great pride in serving such a wonderful community. We love the city of Oakley.” They value their customers, and you’ll value their quality car wash and low price. HONOR – Chevron 101 East Cypress Road, 625-1126 Cellular Phones FIRST – Extreme Wireless 3330 Main St., 679-0200 What’s so extreme about Extreme Wireless? Its dedication to setting

Convenience Store FIRST – 7-Eleven 2437 Main St., 679-9041 Food, snacks, coffee, gas – and, of course, slurpees – 24 hours a day, there’s nothing you won’t find here. The 7-Eleven Convenience Store prides itself on customer service and cleanliness, and is involved in school and community events. HONOR – Arco AM/PM 4501 Main St., 679-1388 The Arco AM/PM’s many products and services are offered in a clean, fresh and friendly facility. The people at the Arco AM/PM value their customers, and you’ll value their competitive prices and great customer service.

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Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa picked up First Place for Best Health & Fitness Club. Its 17 tennis courts also helped it pick up a United States Tennis Association event, above, held at the club in June.

Thank You! Thank you for voting Bank of the West as the best bank in Oakley. Thank you for voting Coralee Kirkman-Lundberg best banker. Oakley Branch | 2195 Main St, Ste D | (925) 625-2211

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Best Shops & Retail Services Copy/Print Shop FIRST – The UPS Store 2063 Main St., 625-0221 www.theupsstore.com The UPS Store has been part of Oakley for almost 14 years and has gained many loyal customers. It offers a wide range of products, from shipping and mailing, packaging, faxing, copying and printing to mailbox rental, notary service, fingerprinting, passport photos, office supplies and greeting cards – all in one convenient place. The staff invites you to think of the UPS Store not just as your shipping store, but as your center for all office services. You might not be able to do it all at once, but you can do it all in one place. HONOR – FedEx Kinko’s Office & Print Center 2170 Main St., 679-0615 www.fedex.com Copy and print services, signs and graphics, direct-mail services, personalized products, photo services, business documents, packing/shipping service, notary services and Internet access – FedEx Kinko’s offers lots of products and services in one convenient location. Esthetician FIRST – Tami Raney, Skin Aesthetics 679-0883 Esthetician Tami Raney’s professionalism and outstanding customer service combine to create visible results – that

beautiful skin you desire. She offers personalized, custom facials, microdermabrasion, skin peels and waxing, plus a non-surgical age-management program you’ll love. That’s because, as Tami puts it, “I love what I do.” Family Recreation Center FIRST – Pump It Up of Oakley 5351 Neroly Road, 978-1420 www.pumpitupparty.com/Oakley Conveniently located right off the Bypass, Pump It Up prides itself on providing fun and healthy activities for the whole family in a clean, private and safe environment. It offers a host of party and special-events options but is always willing to tailor an event to your specific needs. Let Pump It Up’s staff take care of all the details. The popular Special-Needs Family Jump Night is an example of Pump It Up’s emphasis on unique and community-oriented fun. HONOR – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa is an extraordinary private club that includes 17 tennis courts, a beautiful three-pool/two-spa aquatics complex and large recreational/picnic area. The 57,000-square-foot club hosts a 17,000-square-foot fitness center, two group exercise rooms, group cycling studio, full-court gymnasium, Kids’ Club, Children’s Play Center and Youth Exercise Center.

When it comes to superb hotel accommodations, Press readers agree: Comfort Suites, located at 5549 Bridgehead Road, is Oakley’s bestkept secret.

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Your One Stop Shop. • UPS® shipping • Postal services • Mailbox services • Fax services • Office supplies • Passport photos

• Greeting cards • Rubber stamps & name badges • Personalized license plate frames • Notary services

• Fingerprinting (includes live scan) • Black & white/color copies • Printing services • Binding & laminating • Key duplication • House Account Program

2063 Main Street (near Raley’s) 925.625.0221 Tel 925.625.5592 Fax M-F 8:00 - 6:00 Sat 9:00 - 5:00


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Best Shops & Retail Services Fireplace FIRST – Oakley Stove 3510 Main St., 625-2912 www.oakleystoves.com Serving the community since 1969 and under the ownership of Lyle Schlosser since 2004, Oakley Stove provides personalized, hands-on service and quality products. Our readers appreciate the advantage of heating the entire house without the expense and upkeep of turning on the furnace. And Oakley Stove’s dedication to quality makes it happen. “The bitterness of poor quality,” says Lyle, “remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” Florist FIRST – Good Scents Florist 3513B Main St., 625-5550 Good Scents is a full-service florist where you can take advantage of the staff’s unique creativity for weddings, funerals, or just a beautiful arrangement to send anywhere worldwide. Good Scents Florist also offers a wide variety of affordable and unique gifts. “I think our customers voted for us because we have been faithfully serving them for 18 years and they have come to know our consistency,” says Holly. “We do what we say.” Gas Station FIRST – Arco AM/PM 4501 Main St., 679-1388 The Arco AM/PM’s high-quality gasoline is the cheapest in town – and that formula of excellence and competitive

pricing applies to all of Arco’s many products and services, offered in a clean, fresh and friendly facility. The people at the Arco AM/PM “take great pride in serving such a wonderful community. We love the city of Oakley.” They value their customers, and you’ll value their prices and customer service. HONOR – Bridgehead Shell 5545 Bridgehead Road, 778-1754 Golf Course FIRST – Bethel Island Golf Course 3303 Gateway Road, 684-2654 If you love to play golf, Bethel Island Golf Course – now under new management – is the place for you. Bethel Island’s well-manicured course and challenging layout is fun for golfers of all ages and abilities. Professional instruction is available to help you be the best golfer you can be. After your exciting round, you can socialize and relax with friends or family at the full cocktail bar and lounge with stunning views of the course. Golf Practice Range FIRST – Bethel Island Golf Course 3303 Gateway Road, 684-2654 Here’s the ideal place to tune up before you step onto the first tee. Whether you need to just loosen up or spend a couple hours honing your game, the Bethel Island Golf Course practice range has it all – including professional instruction.

Grocery Store FIRST – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 Raley’s has been a proud member of the Oakley community since first opening its doors 20 years ago. Known for high-quality products and a commitment to healthy lifestyles, Raley’s continues to serve customers and communities through its Food For Families program, which provides food assistance to hungry families in the area. The Oakley Raley’s bakery, deli, full-service meat and seafood departments, natural foods, produce and pharmacy are second to none. HONOR – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505 www.luckysupermarkets.com Lucky’s is a full-service grocery store complete with a bakery, deli and pharmacy, offering a tradition of quality, service and value, including the highest quality master-cut beef and seafood. Lucky’s high-quality produce is delivered fresh six days a week and is purchased locally, regionally and nationally whenever possible, ensuring the freshest California produce. Hair Colorist FIRST – Nicole Vengely, Oakley Super Beauty 2068 Main St., 325-0796 Nicole Vengely of Oakley Super Beauty Store, Salon & Spa has 15 years of experience in satisfying her clientele and is trained in Scruples & Goldwell,

to name a few. “I listen to the requests of my clients and do my best to give them exactly what they’re looking for,” she says. “I’m as loyal to my clients as they are to me, and I want to thank all who voted for me.” HONOR – Chris Welch, Oakley Super Beauty 2069 Main St., 625-3605 With 36 years of experience in hair and skin care – 13 at Oakley Super Beauty – Chris continues to educate herself in all the latest trends and up-to-date styles. She uses only topof-the-line hair coloring products and gives her clients a nearly full-body experience, incorporating a relaxing massage of the hands and feet into her treatments. The relationship Chris establishes with her clients in Oakley Super Beauty’s relaxed atmosphere is like family. Hardware Store FIRST – Oakley Ace Hardware 310 Fourth St., 625-2449 www.acehardwareoakley.com As the world leader in customer service, Ace values all its customers and treats them as they’d treat a dear friend. Helping you is the most important thing the staff at Ace does each day, whether with paint sundries, lawn and garden supplies, plumbing and electrical, barbecue and outdoor accessories, paint mix and matching, key cutting, lock re-keying, pipe and cutting, and screen repair.

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Best Shops & Retail Services Health & Fitness Club FIRST – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 Diamond Hills is an extraordinary private club that includes 17 tennis courts, a beautiful three-pool/two-spa aquatics complex and large recreational/picnic area. The 57,000-square-foot club hosts a 17,000-square-foot fitness center, two group exercise rooms, group cycling studio, full-court gymnasium, Kids’ Club, Children’s Play Center, Youth Exercise Center and luxurious locker rooms complete with steam and sauna. Come enjoy Diamond Hills’ impeccable personalized service, exciting social activities, results-oriented fitness programs and friendly, professional employees. HONOR – Delta Family YMCA 1250 O’Hara Ave., 692-2325 www.mdrymca.org The Delta Family YMCA offers a variety of services, from fitness and child care to a full-scale aquatics program, youth and adult sports, community education classes and more. The Y treats its members and the community like family, and welcomes everyone – from infants to its oldest member. The staff is pleased and honored to be serving the Delta area and proud to make Oakley home. Health Food Store FIRST – GNC 2581 Main St., 625-6149

The people at GNC are dedicated to providing the best selection of nutritional products at exceptional values to help the Oakley community lead longer, happier and healthier lives. GNC offers vitamins, herbs and mineral supplements, sports nutrition supplements, diet and energy products, natural beauty and personal care products, home gym products and other wellness accessories, and a wealth of information relating to sports nutrition, fitness health and wellness. HONOR – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 A prominent member of the Oakley community for 20 years, Raley’s takes pride in its wide selection of quality health-food products. Whether you’re looking for healthy supplements, snacks or beverages, you’ll find the finest at Raley’s. Home Builder FIRST – Pulte Homes, Magnolia Park 245 Lavendar Way, 625-5131 Nearby freeway access, shopping, parks and recreation, plus included features and interior and exterior details that create a unique and beautiful streetscape all make award-winning Magnolia Park one of East County’s most attractive communities. And Pulte’s staff is dedicated to guiding you smoothly through the buying process. In fact, 44 percent of Pulte homeowners find their way to Pulte homes through friends, family or other refer-

rals. In today’s market, that’s what the people at Pulte are most proud of, and what inspires their Customer for Life philosophy. HONOR – Shea Homes, Summer Lake Cypress and Summer Lake Drive, 888-209-3859 www.sheahomes.com Summer Lake homeowners love their community and appreciate the great customer service provided by the Summer Lakes sales team. Living at Summer Lakes – with its pool, Canoe Club, six miles of paved bike trails and 17-acre sports park – is like being on vacation every day. Shea Homes ranks at the top of JD Power homebuyer satisfaction surveys, and Shea Family companies, in business since 1881, emphasize quality and strive to be the most respected builder around. Home Alarm Company FIRST – Scheer Home Systems 3460 Main St., 625-7580 www.scheerhomesystems.com Scheer Home Systems installs reliable home alarm systems with a professionalism that’ll put your mind at ease. Its staff stays well informed by attending vendor training sessions and personalized classes. Scheer’s pricing and product lines are very competitive, and its showroom is open five days a week. Check out Scheer’s audio/video and home theater systems, too. Scheer handles all types of cabling, and can set you up with a complete home network

using a combination of hardwire and wireless. HONOR – The Wire Guys, Inc. 240-9977, www.thewireguysinc.com The Wire Guys have nine years of experience in the sales, service and installation of security systems (ADT Dealer), home theater, structured cabling, networking, telephones, intercoms and central vacuum systems. They offer custom installation to every customer, no matter how large or small the project – as well as 90 days free service on all installations. Hotel/Motel FIRST – Comfort Suites 5549 Bridgehead Road, 755-1222 The friendly and personable staff at Comfort Suites goes out of its way for local and out-of-town guests, and can answer questions regarding any of your needs: meeting space, guest rooms, group rooms with group rates, specialty suites with fireplaces or hot tubs, romance packages or holiday rates. Comfort Suites’ guests consider this jewel of a hotel Oakley’s best-kept secret. Livestock Feed & Supply FIRST – Cutino’s 3770 Main St., 625-2200 In business for more than 50 years, Cutino’s Feed and Supply is a mainstay of downtown Oakley. Come in and pick up your livestock feed and supplies at Cutino’s, where service excellence is standard.


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Best Shops & Retail Services Liquor Store FIRST – El Sombrero 3380 Main St., 625-0927 In business since 1995, El Sombrero treats customers like family, and thanks all its loyal customers for recognizing that fact with this award. Come on in to El Sombrero for the best wines, beers and liquors. You can also transfer money, cash checks, purchase money orders and even bait. Marina FIRST – Big Break Marina 100 Big Break Road, 679-0900 www.big-break-marina.com Located on Big Break Road off of Highway 4/Main Street, Big Break Marina serves as host to many world-class fishing tournaments and provides the most convenient location on the Delta, the best customer service and the lowest prices and rates available. Big Break Marina offers covered and open slips, a large concrete launch ramp, secure dry storage, large event areas with courtesy docks and yacht clubhouse. This marina is run by true boating people, with more than 40 years of sail and power yacht experience in ocean and Delta cruising. HONOR – Russo’s Marina 3995 Willow Road, 684-2024 Russo’s covered berths, dry storage and launch ramp, plus a convenience store open seven days a week, provides everything you need for a memorable day on the Delta. Launch your boat for

only $10, and take advantage of Russo’s annual launch passes. Motorcycle Dealership FIRST – Oakley Sport 3725 Main St., 625-4390 www.oakleysport.com For the past 24 years, Oakley Sport has provided a friendly atmosphere and given customers the best value possible. Its service, parts and accessories departments carry or can order almost all your powersport needs. You’ll find tools, lubricants, parts, riding gear, even sunglasses and beach towels here. The sales department offers a full line of Suzuki motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVS, Honda power equipment, Yamaha ATV and Waverunners, Sea-Doo personal watercrafts and trailers for hauling your PWCs. HONOR – California Extreme Cycle 5300 Live Oak Ave., 679-1200 New Store FIRST – The Clothesline 3330 Main St., 625-4400 Open since February, The Clothesline has already got Oakleyites talking about – and voting for – its name brands, designer labels and broad range of sizes available, all at quality pricing. Step inside and browse The Clothesline’s women’s specialty shop and jewelry section. You won’t be assailed by high-pressure sales staff, because the people at The Clothesline care about your complete satisfaction.

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Best Shops & Retail Services Nursery FIRST – Pompei Nursery 4701 Main St., 625-7330 www.pompeinursery.com Family owned and operated Pompei Nursery is a complete garden center providing consultation, installation and a vast variety of ornamental fruit, nut and citrus trees, shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials, plus birdbaths and statuary. Pompei manager Fred’s 20 years of experience, agricultural research and gardening across the United States helps him guide you through the world of low-water and California native plants. Landscape design and monthly gardening classes are also available. Getting married? Pompei Nursery is the perfect venue for your small wedding or special events. HONOR – Rite Aid Pharmacy 2555 Main St., 625-7440 www.riteaid.com Rite Aid is more than your friendly neighborhood drugstore. Its garden center offers products and services that’ll help make your landscaping beautiful – and keep your pocketbook bountiful. Pet Boarding FIRST – Tail Wag Inn 4901 Bethel Island Road, 684-2862 www.tailwaginn.com In business since 1999, Tail Wag Inn is a full-service veterinary hospital with a boarding facility. Going on vacation? Let your pets kick back at Tail Wag Inn, where they’ll be pampered like part of the family. The Inn offers indoor and outdoor kennels as well as exercise periods. Don’t forget: pets need vacations, too. Pet Grooming FIRST – Hairy Hounds 3807 Main St., 679-0308 Specializing in dog bathing and grooming, the staff at Hairy Hounds treats your dog like a part of the family. A small hometown business staffed mostly by family members, Hairy Hounds educates dog owners on coat maintenance and care. Pet Store FIRST – Cutino’s 3770 Main St., 625-2200 In business for more than 50 years,

Cutino’s Feed and Supply is a mainstay of downtown Oakley. Come in and pick up your pet supplies at Cutino’s, where service excellence is standard. Pharmacy FIRST – Rite Aid Pharmacy 2555 Main St., 625-7440 www.riteaid.com Fast, efficient and personal, Rite Aid is your friendly neighborhood drugstore. Its knowledgeable, caring associates work together to provide a superior pharmacy experience, and offer everyday products and services that help its valued customers lead healthier, happier lives. HONOR – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505 Lucky’s pharmacy is staffed by professionals who will fill your prescription with efficiency and expertise. Your wellness is their first concern. From cutting-edge drugs to generic equivalents, Lucky’s pharmacy has it all. Produce Stand FIRST – Dwelley Farms 725 Delta Road, 634-6508 Throughout the growing season, Dwelley Farms offers a progression of the bounty of East County. Our readers say the Dwelley family provides the freshest, tastiest produce in the area. Stop by and sample some todie-for East County sweet corn. You’ll come away with a bagful. Produce Store FIRST – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505 Lucky’s high-quality produce is delivered fresh six days a week and is purchased locally, regionally and nationally whenever possible, ensuring the freshest California produce whenever it’s available. HONOR – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 Known for a commitment to healthy lifestyles, Raley’s features a section stocked with produce from local farms and orchards. Produce doesn’t get fresher than at Raley’s. RV Storage FIRST – Wilbur Avenue Storage 3635 Wilbur Ave., Antioch, 778-5799 Providing RV, boat and mini storage

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for 18 years, Wilbur Avenue Storage offers reasonable rates, on-site security, longer gates hours and wider spaces. Coming soon: Wilbur Avenue Storage will be selling utility trailers and opening an RV and trailer parts store. Wilbur’s customers appreciate the continuity provided by the same property manager for 15 years, which is why they keep coming back. RV Repair FIRST – Bill’s Auto & Truck Repair 3960 Main St., 679-8217 In business since 1991, Bill’s has built a strong and trusting relationship with its customers. Bill’s specializes in all phases of mechanics for auto, truck and RV, and does them with great customer service and honesty. Got a hot rod? Bring it in; Bill’s works on them, too – and rents Budget trucks. HONOR – Dave’s Trailer Services 625-3622 In business for 37 years, Dave’s is a mobile service catering to your needs – and your timetable. Dave takes pride in his work and has established a reputation for satisfying his customers’ needs and answering all their questions promptly. Seafood Department FIRST – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 Ever since opening its doors in Oakley 20 years ago, Raley’s has been known for high-quality seafood, part of the store’s commitment to healthy lifestyles. Drop by the seafood department and you’ll see why. Raley’s selection of freshwater and deep-sea fish and shellfish will keep you coming back for more. HONOR – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505 www.luckysupermarkets.com From salmon to scallops, tuna to trout, you’ll find it at Lucky’s, a locallyowned, family-owned company built on valued relationships and more than 55 years of experience. Lucky’s staff strives to provide the highest-quality seafood with friendly and engaging service. Shipping & Mailing Service FIRST – The UPS Store 2063 Main St., 625-0221

www.theupsstore.com The UPS Store has been part of Oakley for almost 14 years and has gained many loyal customers. It offers a wide range of products, from shipping and mailing, packaging, faxing, copying and printing to mailbox rental, notary service, fingerprinting, passport photos, office supplies and greeting cards – all in one convenient place. The staff invites you to think of the UPS Store not just as your shipping store, but as your center for all office services. You might not be able to do it all at once, but you can do it all in one place. HONOR – FedEx Kinko’s Office & Print Center 2170 Main St., 679-0615 www.fedex.com Packing/shipping and direct-mail services, signs and graphics, personalized products, photo services, business documents, notary services and Internet access – FedEx Kinko’s offers lots of products and services in one convenient location. Shopping Center FIRST – Cypress Square/Sierra Pacific Properties, Inc. Main Street and Highway 4 Serving Oakley residents since 1989, Cypress Square offers a variety of shopping and dining destinations. Anchored by Raley’s supermarket, known for its fine meats and fresh produce, customers of Cypress Square can find much of what makes Oakley great. The businesses of Cypress Square are some of the finest in their industries and fields, and welcome all to come experience what makes Cypress Square so special. HONOR – Oakley Town Center 2581 Main St. Oakley Town Center offers a wide variety of great spots for eating and shopping. You can drop off your dry cleaning, visit the dentist, see your doctor, rent a video, buy a cell phone or pick up car parts. You can even stop by to enjoy breakfast, lunch or take dinner home. Oakley Town Center has it all. Sporting Goods Store FIRST – Hook, Line & Sinker 3100 Main St., 625-2441 www.hookproshop.com

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Best Shops & Retail Services Visit Hook, Line & Sinker’s newly expanded, 5,500-square-foot store for everything you need for hunting and fishing on the Delta. As an authorized firearms dealer, is sells new and used handguns and long guns, and conducts handgun safety certifications and firearm transfers. With a full line of the latest tackle, rods and reels, the staff offers personalized service and can help with your child’s first rod and reel – or the professional’s needs. Stop in today and see why the new “Hook” is truly the “Sportsman’s Paradise on the Delta.” Video Store FIRST – Hollywood Video 2515 Main St., 679-1446 www.hollywoodvideo.com Hollywood Video has been at its Main Street location for about 11 years and store manager Ann Marie for nine. She says the thing that sets Hollywood Video apart is personal relationships: “We make our customers’ experience personalized. When they walk through the door, we know them by name.” Hollywood Video also offers the PowerPlay program, giving you lots of exciting options for enjoying your favorite flicks in the comfort and privacy of your own home. HONOR – Video Cinema 3100 Main St., 625-0088

Serving Oakley for 26 years, the Video Cinema’s knowledgeable staff is always glad to help you find that special movie you’re looking for. Choose two or three movie rentals for the price of one theater ticket. Video Cinema offers free rental days, big discounts and an extensive selection of new releases – as well as older titles – so students can usually find what they need for schoolwork. Western Wear FIRST – Two Amigos 3853 Main St., 679-3849 Two Amigos’ genuine and expertly crafted ropes, beltbuckles, hats and boots of every style, plus its large selection – from child to adult items – will make you understand why Press readers voted it the Best. Two Amigos’ pricing is very competitive, and its customer service is second to none. When you need Western and work wear, this is the place to go. Wine Selection FIRST – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 Raley’s knows that Californians are sticklers for good wine, so the store offers an impressive selection of bottles in a wide range of prices. Raley’s runs specials on select wines every day. Whether you need an elegant champagne or a casual cabernet, you’ll find it on Raley’s shelves.

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Best Professional Services Alterations FIRST – By Yvonne 936 Carpenter Road, 625-2879 www.byyvonne.com In business since 1984, Yvonne meets her customers’ needs with attention to detail and excellent service. She does all alterations herself, including beadwork, and even makes custom garters for weddings and proms. Attorney FIRST – Law Office of Thomas R. Woelfel 4664 Sandmound Blvd., 977-9600 Thomas Woelfel, with more than 23 years of litigation experience, provides legal services in personal injury and hands-on client representation. Not only can he meet with you in either Oakley or Walnut Creek and schedule visits at hospitals or your home; he also provides prompt service and returns phone calls. These qualities and more are what keeps Thomas Woelfel’s clients satisfied and why they voted him Best Attorney. Bank FIRST – Bank of the West 2195 Main St., 625-2211 A long-term business fixture in Oakley, Bank of the West is a full-service financial institution that has been handling its customers’ assets for decades and provides the financial services most folks need and want, from mortgage loans to investments. Outstanding, personalized service is the goal of all the

people at Bank of the West, the onestop bank for all your financial needs.

nia. His staff has been preparing tax returns in Oakley since 1982.

HONOR – Chase Bank 2535 Main St., 625-9502 Chase provides financial products to fit the needs of every customer, consumer or business, offering free checking (no monthly service charge) with no minimum balance, plus other free services, including money orders and ATM withdrawals – and free smiles. You’ll appreciate the Chase staff’s receptiveness to your needs and their ability to make complex financial matters simple to understand.

Carpet Cleaner FIRST – Patriot Carpet Cleaning 625-9625 www.patriotcarpetcleaning.com Patriot’s commitment to high-quality work guaranteed at a fair price, coupled with a willingness to please the customer, makes it our readers’ choice for Best Carpet Cleaner in Oakley. Patriot also specializes in stone restoration. The name “Patriot” was inspired by owner Tony Deluna’s oldest son, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps following 9/11, served two tours of duty in Iraq – and returned safely home.

Banker FIRST – Coralee Kirkman-Lundberg, Bank of the West 2195 Main St., 625-2211 Coralee enjoys working with people, and in her 16 years of service with Bank of the West, has developed a wonderful rapport with her customers. She gives them outstanding service with a smile, which is why they voted her Best Banker in Oakley. Let Coralee marshal Bank of the West’s impressive resources to meet all your financial needs. Bookkeeper FIRST – Richard D. Callister 2029 Main St., 679-1111 If you need bookkeeping assistance, this is the man to see. With more than 1,100 clients in 23 states, Richard D. Callister is one of the largest-volume single CPA tax preparers in Califor-

Chiropractor FIRST – Dr. Michael Painter 3478 Main St., 625-1881 Oakley Chiropractic offers a variety of services ranging from full-service chiropractic, sports physicals and fulltime massage to animal chiropractic. The community knows and trusts this family-owned practice that has served East County for 26 years. “We always put the customer first,” says Dr. Painter. “This is not just a job; I love doing it and I think that comes across – 90 percent of our business is referrals. We strive to provide cutting-edge chiropractic care with 24-hour support. It has been a pleasure to support the community for the last 26 years.” HONOR – Dr. Rick Junnila

5351 Neroly Road, 978-2225 Dr. Junnila provides a complete health, fitness and rehabilitation facility, offering classes and 24/7 training access, chiropractic, sports medicine, therapeutic cold laser and massage therapy. Computer Repair FIRST – MacSveen Technical Services 933-6333, www.007popups.com MacSveen Technical Services is a mobile computer repair service that comes to you at your convenience. MSTS services the areas of Oakley, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Antioch, Pittsburg and beyond, specializing in the removal of adware, spyware, malware, viruses and other unproductive software. MSTS also performs hardware repairs, upgrades and sales. Whether you need help with a PC or an Apple/Mac, MSTS can provide consulting, setup, custom built systems, wired and wireless networking solutions, data backup and recovery, system restoration and electronic recycling. Contractor FIRST – Samson’s Masonry 766-3396 HONOR – The Brickman 628-5462 Cosmetic Dentist FIRST – Delta Family Dentistry 2817 Main St., 625-2616 Making Oakleyites’ teeth sparkle for more than 20 years, Delta Family

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Best Professional Services Dentistry’s friendly and gentle staff uses state-of-the-art equipment to provide Zoom 1-Hour Whitening, NiteWhite Take-home kits, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants, in addition to cleanings, fillings, root canals, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery and pediatric dentistry. Press readers appreciate this office’s family orientation, in which each patient is considered part of the family. Whether you’re 2 or 102, come in for a checkup and you’ll understand why Delta Family Dentistry was voted Best of Oakley. HONOR – Diablo Vista Dental Care 3631 Main St., 679-9999 www.dvdental.com This is Diablo Vista Dental Care’s second year of recognition in Best of Oakley. The reason? They really care. If you want caring dentists plus stateof-the-art dentistry, call today for an appointment. Mention the Best of Oakley and you can schedule an introductory appointment that comes with complimentary X-rays and exam. CPA/Accountant FIRST – David T. Louie 1625 Main St., 625-1150 For Quickbooks accounting and payroll services, plus individual and business tax preparation, David T. Louie is your go-to guy. Dance Studio FIRST – Step 2 This Dance

2101 Main St., 625-4699 step2thisarts@aol.com Teri and Amber, a mother-and-daughter team, provide quality dance instruction for ages 2 and up. In the belief that children are our future, they focus on children’s development into adulthood and help them learn life skills – as well as cool dance moves. As Teri and Amber put it, “If you believe it, you can achieve it!” Daycare FIRST – A Child’s Place 3405 W. Main St., 625-9795 www.achildsplace123.com For the second year in a row, Press readers have chosen the Place that’s served Oakley children for more than 20 years. A Child’s Place provides a loving environment and low child-toteacher ratio. All its daycare children, ages 2 through 8, are also enrolled in the preschool program. Teachers at A Child’s Place are experienced, state qualified, personal and caring. HONOR – Little Wonders Preschool 614 Gingham Way, 625-5134 Little Wonders Preschool cultivates a loving and caring atmosphere and a positive emotional climate that enhances every child’s self-esteem and respect for one another. One of only a few nationally accredited programs serving families in the Delta area, Little Wonders offers a fully structured year-round program for children 2½ to 5.

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Best Professional Services Dentist’s Office FIRST – Oakley Dental, Dr. Richard Dare 2571 Main St., 625-8050 As Oakley has grown, Dr. Dare and his friendly and caring staff have maintained a small-town outlook on the patient/doctor relationship, always focusing on the patient’s interests first. And in doing so, they’ve been able to nurture many long-term relationships. Dr. Dare is honored that so many Press readers have given him this vote of confidence. “I will strive to meet those expectations,” he says, “and provide the best possible care for years to come.”

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HONOR – Diablo Vista Dental Care 3631 Main St., 679-9999 www.dvdental.com This is Diablo Vista Dental Care’s second year of recognition in Best of Oakley. The reason? They really care. If you want caring dentists plus state-of-the-art dentistry, call today for an appointment. Mention the Best of Oakley and you can schedule an introductory appointment that comes with complimentary X-rays and exam. Dry Cleaner & Laundry FIRST – Custom Cleaners 2575 Main St., 625-4084 With a belief in honesty and integrity, Custom Cleaners gives outstanding customer service. Come in for same-

day service; all dry cleaning is done on the premises. Owned since 1990, Custom Cleaners will clean, launder and do alterations, including leather and suede. Electrician FIRST – Lawrence Electric & Construction Company 625-7597 www.lawrencelectricandconstruction. com Lawrence does electrical construction that includes ceiling fans, attic fans, whole house fans, recessed lighting and landscaping lights. Its general construction expertise covers kitchen or bath remodels, drywall and more. It’s a one-stop shop for your remodeling needs. Mention the Best Of Oakley and receive 15 percent off labor. Facials FIRST – Chris Welch, Oakley Super Beauty 2069 Main St., 625-3605 With 36 years of experience in hair and skin care – 13 at Oakley Super Beauty – Chris continues to educate herself in all the latest trends and up-to-date styles. She uses only top-of-the-line facial products and gives her clients a nearly full-body experience, incorporating a relaxing massage of the hands and feet into her treatments. The relationship Chris establishes with her clients in Oakley Super Beauty’s relaxed atmosphere is like family.


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Best Professional Services HONOR – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 Diamond Hills Spa is a magnificent 3,500-square-foot, full-service European day spa open to the public, a place where you can immerse yourself in warmth and comfort. Services include massage, skin and nail treatments, Botox and Restylane medical treatments. Spa guests can take advantage of exclusive retail products from Jan Marini, Yonka and Obagi – and Diamond Hills’ excellent babysitting facility and staff. Gardener FIRST – A Landscaper Who Cares 261-9032 Home Theater Installer FIRST – The Wire Guys, Inc. 240-9977, www.thewireguysinc.com The Wire Guys have 10 years of experience in the sales, service and installation of home theater, security systems (ADT Dealer), structured cabling, networking, telephones, intercoms and central vacuum systems. They offer custom installation to every customer, no matter how large or small the project – as well as 90 days free service on all installations. Horse Stables FIRST – Triple J Ranch 4370 Franklin Lane, 679-1532 www.triplejranch-oakley.com Providing the newest and nicest barn

around, Triple J emphasizes cleanliness as well as friendliness. The staff cleans the stalls and paddocks every day and feeds three times a day. Triple J also provides boarders with their own lockable, attached tack room. And the 180x180-foot lighted, covered arena, in which you can ride all year until 10 p.m., makes Triple J East County’s premier boarding stable. Looking for unique lessons in which you can learn how to become one with your horse? Look to Triple J for expert instruction. HONOR – Oakley Equestrian 1270 Kay Lane, 625-4841 www.oakleyec.com Oakley Equestrian is a full-service horse care facility offering riding and jumping lessons. Come and see its Arabian and Half Arabian horses, available for sale. Mary, the manager, is a registered veterinary technician with a bachelor of science degree in animal science from U.C. Davis. House Cleaning Service FIRST – Lilia’s House Keeping 2471 Oakley Road, 625-9793 Lilia’s House Keeping has been offering bi-weekly, weekly, monthly and on-call house cleaning services for more than 25 years. With the tightknit group of happy-go-lucky ladies who strive to treat all of their clients with respect and a smile, Lilia’s House Keeping provides quality services at a low rate.

HONOR – Molly Maids 2045 Main St., 679-1300 www.mollymaid.com Your home is unique, and that’s why Molly Maids tailor their house cleaning services to your home and lifestyle. You tell them what you want and they’ll give your home the individual attention of a local maid service – but with more reliability. Heat/Air Company FIRST – Fairview Heating & Air Conditioning 625-4963 www.fairviewair.com Oakley Press readers believe that when you need experts to keep you cool or toasty, 625-4963 is the number to call. HONOR – CPS Heating & Air 308-4901 CPS is committed to providing the gold standard in customer service, quality of equipment and finest workmanship. Insurance Agent FIRST – Tom Stephens, Farmers Insurance 3663 Main St., 625-7720 www.farmersagent.com/tstephens1 A proud member of the Oakley community, Stephens Insurance Agency is a full-service provider of home, auto, life, business and health insurance. You can also count on Tom for financial needs such as

IRAs, ROTH IRAs, 401k rollovers and college savings plans. As Tom puts it, “We are here because of you and for you.” Give him a call or stop by and say hello. He values your business. HONOR – Mark Murray, State Farm Insurance 2051 Main St., 679-1500 www.markmurray.org Mark Murray is your good neighbor and treats everyone as family, providing a top-rated insurance product at a competitive price. The Mark Murray team is bilingual and its mission is to build lifelong relationships, one policyholder at a time. The office is open 24/7 – if the doors are closed, Mark provides a live person to give an auto quote or take a claim. Landscape Contractor FIRST – Professional Landscape & Construction 679-0350 HONOR – Hortiscope Landscaping 634-6574 Hortiscope has been providing comprehensive landscape design and installation services to Oakley since 1986. Its staff brings a passion for horticulture, a philosophy of creative cooperation with the homeowner, and a commitment to providing the best materials and service available. Call Hortiscope today for your free consultation.


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Best Professional Services Loan Officer FIRST – Linda Edwards LoGrasso, American Pacific Mortgage 625-2844 ledwards@apmcbrentwood.com www.apmcbrentwood.com American Pacific is a direct FHA/HUDapproved, equal-opportunity lender bolstered by Linda Edwards LoGrasso’s many years of real estate experience, from corporate relocation and appraisals to residential finance. Linda is devoted to consistently learning and growing in this ever-changing market by attending classes on a regular basis. Her business is built on repeat business and referrals from years of satisfied customers. Linda has focused on building relationships with her clients to determine what their shortand long-term needs truly are, and offering valuable advice on how to meet those goals. Manicure FIRST – Denise Taylor, Oakley Super Beauty 2069 Main St., 679-0393 Denise stays educated in all the latest trends and tries lots of new and fun things. She uses the best products available and guarantees her work for two full weeks. If there’s a problem, she resolves it for no charge. Denise always tries to accommodate your schedule by coming in early or staying late when needed. Making you happy about your nails is what’s most important to her, and is why she

was voted Oakley’s Best. HONOR – Vicky’s Nails 2583 Main St., 625-4860 Vicky’s Nails has been serving Oakley for more than 11 years in everything from pedicures and manicures to facials and waxing. Vicky’s accomplished staff is proud to provide a family-like atmosphere that keeps clients coming back and referring friends and family. Martial Arts Academy FIRST – Oakley American Karate Academy 2039 Main St., 679-3368 www.oakleyamericankarate.com The people at Oakley American Karate Academy know that martial arts is more than just a method of self-defense. Its core is self-discipline, mental focus and personal improvement. Many academy students are surprised by the rapid improvement they feel and see after just a few months of training. And many parents remark that their son or daughter’s attitude has improved, or that they’re getting better grades, as a result of their time at Oakley American Karate Academy. See why it’s never too late to start training in the martial arts. Massage FIRST – Body Works Massage Therapy & Personal Training 864-9205 Offering Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, pre-natal and infant massage, plus in-

jury rehab and facilitative stretching, Body Works gives you outstanding treatment at low prices in a relaxing and homey atmosphere. Providing nearly a 24-hour service, Body Works’ Christine Kriston offers in-home care (when prescribed by a physician), takes calls for next-day appointments until 10 p.m. and can respond to an emergency in 30 minutes. You’ll appreciate how she can measurably improve your quality of life. HONOR – Kim Beede 586-6482 (by appointment only) Want to get rejuvenated and feel better? Go see Kim. Taught by a blind woman, she rarely even looks at the muscles, going by the feel of the muscles and body. She enjoys being a part of many people’s “way of life.” Make Kim’s massage a part of your monthly routine. Your body will thank you for it. Mortgage Office FIRST – American Pacific Mortgage 625-2844 ledwards@apmcbrentwood.com www.apmcbrentwood.com A full-service residential and commercial lender, American Pacific Mortgage is HUD approved for FHA and VA loans and offers conventional mortgages as well. American Pacific can assist seniors with reverse mortgages or help you build your dream home. American Pacific’s long history with the Oakley community is built

on its reputation for honesty, integrity, knowledge and top-notch service – plus a team concept in which everyone is committed to work for the good of the client. American Pacific Mortgage is also actively involved in the community and charitable activities. Newspaper FIRST – Oakley Press 634-1141, www.thepress.net Modesty prevents us from elaborating, but we thank our readers for giving their hometown weekly newspaper a big thumbs-up, and pledge to continue providing news that’s relevant to the life of the Oakley community. Painter FIRST – Dad’s Professional Painting 625-9177 HONOR – CPC Construction & Painting 112 Sandy Lane, 679-2982 In business locally since 1920, the Continente family’s CPC Construction can handle any job. Specializing in interior and exterior painting, remodeling, tenant improvements, crown molding, drywall, decking and fencing, landscape construction, electrical, concrete, patio covers, and commercial building repair and maintenance, CPC typifies the traditional mom-andpop dedication to service and quality that’s missing in today’s big-company operation.

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Best Professional Services Pedicure FIRST – Vicky’s Nails 2583 Main St., 625-4860 Vicky’s Nails has been serving Oakley for more than 11 years in everything from pedicures and manicures to facials and waxing. Vicky’s accomplished staff is proud to provide a family-like atmosphere that keeps clients coming back and referring friends and family.

634-2221 Tired of being bugged by pests? Our readers suggest a solution that’ll rid your house or business of those unwanted guests once and for all: call Discovery Pest Control. They’re licensed, bonded, insured – and experts in termite riddance and disposal of fleas, ants, roaches and other unwelcome little critters.

HONOR – Allyson Santy, Oakley Super Beauty Store, Salon & Spa 2069 Main St., 584-8589, 679-0430 In addition to superb pedicures, Allyson Santy offers a variety of services including manicures, waxing, massage, facials, body wraps and back treatments. Says Allyson, “I try to make my clients feel comfortable and provide quality services to them.”

Photographer FIRST – Blackdog Creations Bethel Island 783-4223 www.blackdogcreations.net Blackdog Creations offers expert location photography, Web design and graphic design. Blackdog’s experts love what they do, and do it with unique, outside-the-box thinking. They listen to their clients and keep their promises. Attention to detail is important to them – which is why Press readers named Blackdog Creations the top photographers in town.

Personal Trainer FIRST – Body Works Massage Therapy & Personal Training 864-9205 Need a full-scale personal trainer who comes to you? Body Works offers one-on-one training with attention to detail and a dedication to helping you reach your personal goals. At Body Works, you’ll find not only a personal trainer or massage therapist, but a friend that’s been where you are and really understands. Pest Control Company FIRST – Discovery Pest Control 275 Central Terrace, Brentwood

Plumber FIRST – Oakley Plumbing 625-0529, www.oakley-plumbing.com Family-owned and operated Oakley Plumbing has been serving the Contra Costa area since 1985, providing professional and fast service. Its experienced staff does the job right, whether it’s cleaning a sewer or drain line, or installing and repairing water heaters and kitchen and bath fixtures.

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Best Professional Services Pool Cleaning/Maintenance FIRST – Bulldog’s Pool & Spa Services 679-8299 Bulldog’s provides monthly pool service, minor repairs and spa service with outstanding, dependable service and good attitude. It’s a friendly and personal company locally owned and operated, with 16 years of experience. Preschool FIRST – Little Wonders Preschool 614 Gingham Way, 625-5134 Little Wonders Preschool is one of only a few nationally accredited programs serving families in the Delta area, offering a fully structured yearround program for children 2½ to 5. Little Wonders’ warm home atmosphere helps kids make the transition from home to school. The staff knows that children are naturally curious and excited to learn, and encourages an “I can do it myself” attitude in the children it serves. Director Nanette Sposito, a credentialed preschool teacher and certified in Zoo-phonics, has worked with young children for more than 17 years. HONOR – A Child’s Place 3405 W. Main St., 625-9795 www.achildsplace123.com Serving Oakley children for more than 20 years, A Child’s Place provides a loving environment and low childto-teacher ratio for preschool children ages 2 through 5. Teachers at A Child’s Place are experienced, state

qualified, personal and caring. Private School FIRST – Faith Christian Learning Center 5400 Main St., 625-2161 Faith Christian Learning Center is a K-12 affordable private school serving the Delta region for more than 15 years. Its goal is to work together with families and the church to help students become all that they can be, using biblical principles and a loving, caring environment. HONOR – Mountain View Christian Center 625-9570 Real Estate Agent FIRST – Pamela Stinnette, Keller Williams 191 Sand Creek Road, 392-4217 www.pstinnette.com Pamela works hard for her clients to help them attain their goals of home ownership or real estate investment. Her availability and responsiveness to their concerns are among the reasons so many voted Pamela the Best Realtor in Oakley. She’s also a strong negotiator, and helps her clients get what they want quickly and seamlessly. “It’s not about the house,” says Pamela. “It’s about the lives of my clients being enriched.” She’s proudest of the relationships she’s developed. “My clients become my friends,” she says. “You can’t beat that.”

HONOR – Lynnda Mitosinka, Morning Star Properties 3373 Main St., 625-7788 A licensed Realtor since 1977 and a licensed broker for almost 20 years, Lynnda Mitosinka loves her work, and works hard to ensure her clients not only achieve a good outcome in their transactions, but have fun in the process. As Lynnda puts it, “I love to give, and having Morning Star as a Christian-based business, I’m able to do what I love most: help others – both in and out of real estate. There are so many needs everywhere, and it is a true opportunity to be able to serve others whenever and however possible.” Real Estate Office FIRST – Coldwell Banker Amaral & Associates 3775 Main St., 625-5000 From its beginnings in San Francisco in 1906, Coldwell Banker has grown to become one of the nation’s premier real estate organizations. Coldwell Banker Amaral & Associates, Realtors was the first recognized brand in far East County offering all aspects of real estate, commercial, residential, property management and raw land sales. HONOR – Morning Star Properties, Lynnda Mitosinka 3373 Main St., 625-7788 A licensed Realtor since 1977 and a licensed broker for almost 20 years,

Lynnda Mitosinka loves her work, and works hard to ensure her clients not only achieve a good outcome in their transactions, but have fun in the process. Real Estate Team FIRST – Dan and Meghan Diehl, Keller Williams Realty 191 Sand Creek Road, Suite 100 698-6695 www.heartofthedelta.com The Diehl team helps people achieve their home ownership goals. Whether you’re buying or selling your first home or buying investment property, Dan and Meghan will assist you through every step of the process. They believe in putting your needs first in every situation and are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethics in the profession. Their high level of personal service and energy, combined with their firsthand knowledge of Oakley, are what make them unique. As Oakley residents, Dan and Meghan feel a connection and responsibility to their community. HONOR – Cindy and Jeff Reynolds, Morning Star Properties 3373 Main St., 240-SELL (7355) cindy@cindyreynolds.net Buying or selling a home can be tricky for most people, and Team Reynolds smoothes the process by providing integrity and outstanding service to their clients. As a mother and son team, they make every client


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Best Professional Services feel part of their family and 100-percent satisfied. Serving Oakley for 11 years, Cindy and Jeff Reynolds are committed to excellence and professionalism. “Let Reynolds Wrap Your Dream Home!” Roofer FIRST – Bell Roofing 634-5536 Bell Roofing has been shielding East County homes from the elements since 1979. The family-owned company makes the quality of work its highest priority, and is proud that for more than five years, Oakley Press readers have honored Bell Roofing with their votes. Self Storage FIRST – Premier Self Storage 2150 Main St., 679-8877 www.premierselfstorage.net Premier’s friendly staff, 24-hour video surveillance, electronic security gate, climate-control units, competitive rates and moving supplies make it our readers’ choice for Best in Oakley. HONOR – Public Storage 1625 Main St., 625-6938 Public Storage offers budget trucks, great rates, well-lit and fenced locations and online bill paying, plus packing supplies and electronic, extended-hour access. Swim Lessons FIRST – Diamond Hills Sports Club

and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 Diamond Hills offers an outstanding aquatics complex in a resort-like atmosphere, including a 25-yard/ eight-lane lap pool; an exclusive, covered 25-yard/four-lane lap pool; and a family recreation pool with an expansive teaching enclave for younger swimmers. Heated and kept crystal-clear year round, the pools host a complete array of aquatics programs, including swim lessons, youth recreational swim team, adult Masters and exercise classes. A balanced pool schedule accommodates lap and recreational swimmers and those participating in structured programs. Come enjoy Diamond Hills’ impeccable personalized service, exciting social activities, results-oriented fitness programs and friendly, professional employees. Veterinarian FIRST – Cyprus Veterinary Hospital 2037 Main St., 625-5330 Caring for Oakley pets for more than 20 years, Cyprus Veterinary Hospital is a true full-service hospital – not just a clinic – that provides the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for your pet. Cyprus’ knowledgeable staff, high-quality customer service and competitive pricing keep Oakley animal lovers coming back year after year – and prompted them to name Cyprus Veterinary Hospital the Best in town.

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Thank You Oakley for your support!

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Best Professional Services HONOR – Sandra Lafferty, Oakley Veterinarian Medical Center 4526 Main St., 625-3722 www.oakleyveterinary.com Specializing in quality veterinary care in a comfortable and enjoyable environment for pets, Dr. Lafferty offers routine physical exams and vaccinations based on the latest AVMA recommendations to complex surgical procedures, including orthopedic and digital dental radiology. You’re invited to visit the staff of Oakley Veterinarian Medical Center in their new location so they can earn your vote, too. Waxing FIRST – Vicky’s Nails 2583 Main St., 625-4860 Vicky’s Nails has been serving Oakley for more than 11 years in everything from waxing and facials to pedicures and manicures. Vicky’s accomplished staff is proud to provide a family-like atmosphere that keeps clients coming back and referring friends and family. HONOR – Oakley Super Beauty Store, Salon & Spa 2069 Main St., 679-0430 Oakley Super Beauty Store, Salon & Spa offers massage, facials, waxing, nails, spa pedicure and body wraps, plus a full line of beauty supplies. The atmosphere is friendly and the “service with a smile” staff always aims to please.

Web Design FIRST – R&G Promotions P.O. Box 798, Oakley info@randgpromotions.com Since 1990, R&G Promotions has been helping local businesses look good both in print and online. From traditional direct mail to the latest in blogging and social networking technology, R&G offers innovative marketing approaches designed to reach your target audience. R&G can help you build your presence on the Internet by developing and maintaining your company’s accounts on such popular sites as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace and help you craft a message to appeal to today’s Web-savvy audience. R&G takes the guesswork out of promotions so that you have time to run your business. HONOR – Blackdog Creations Bethel Island 783-4223 www.blackdogcreations.net Blackdog Creations offers outstanding Web design, graphic design and location photography. Blackdog’s experts love what they do, and do it with unique, outside-the-box thinking. They listen to their clients and keep their promises. Attention to detail is important to them – which is why Press readers named Blackdog Creations one of Oakley’s best.

Succulent prime rib is one of the things that helped Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew walk off with several awards, including the Honor title for Best New Restaurant.

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Best Eats & Drinks Appetizer FIRST – Silver River 3100 Main St. 625-9783 Silver River’s owners have been at it for 18 years, and show no sign of slowing down. The staff aims to please, serving 100-percent authentic Chinese appetizers prepared from scratch daily – so pick up your chopsticks and dig in. Barbecue Ribs FIRST – Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew 2085 Main St. 625-0292 Mike’s always starts with fresh-cut – never frozen – ribs. You’ll love the tender texture and savory sauce slathered generously on these “bad boys.” Oakley rib lovers think they’re tops in town, and you’ll agree: Mike’s ribs are good right down to the bone. Bartender FIRST – Belinda Bittner, Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com Looking for a comfortable, relaxing place to hang out and unwind? Visit the Rusty Porthole and ask Belinda to make your favorite beverage while you take in the breathtaking views of the waterfront and enjoy live entertainment, including karaoke. Come by car or boat.

Breakfast FIRST – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com In the finest tradition of American diners, Black Bear provides a comfortable place for families and friends to meet up and enjoy classic breakfasts with large servings for a good value. The Black Bear staff goes out of its way to make customers feel like family, and the kitchen goes out of its way to make the best omelettes, pancakes, hash browns – you name it – you’ve ever tasted. Stop by Black Bear today and enjoy a spectacular breakfast and hometown hospitality. HONOR – McDonald’s 914 Main St., 754-6114 www.mcdonalds.com Whether you need your breakfast on the go or in a relaxed setting, McDonald’s is ready with hot McMuffins, hash browns, coffee – everything you need to start your day, and with snappy service. Burrito FIRST – La Costa 3100 Main St., 625-1515 Want an authentic Mexican burrito? Come join the crew at La Costa for dine-in, take-out or catering with outdoor dining and quality food. Squash your hunger with a meaty burrito the La Costa way. These people love serving their customers and strive to please daily.

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Best Eats & Drinks HONOR – Los Charros 2579 Main St., 679-8400 After 11 years of service, striving for great Mexican food at low prices, Los Charros has earned its status as creator of one of the best burritos in the city. Come see what everyone’s talking about. Caterer FIRST – Los Charros 2579 Main St., 679-8400 After 11 years of service, striving for great food at low prices, Los Charros has earned its status as Best caterer in the city. Plan your next event with Los Charros and see what everyone’s talking about. Los Charros thanks Oakley Press’ readers for their votes and for giving it the opportunity to serve them daily. Chinese Restaurant FIRST – Golden Chopsticks 2525 Main St., 679-9015 When it comes to authentic Chinese cuisine created from the freshest products and delivered with topnotch service, Oakley Press readers insist that you take your appetite over to Golden Chopsticks and explore the wonders of its imaginative menu. HONOR – Silver River 3100 Main St., 625-9783 Silver River’s owners have been at it for 18 years, and show no sign of slowing down. The staff aims to please, serving 100-percent authentic Chinese food prepared from scratch daily – so pick up your chopsticks and dig in.

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Deli FIRST – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 Raley’s deli has been a popular Oakley destination since the store first opened its doors 20 years ago. Known for high-quality products, Raley’s deli, bakery and full-service meat departments are second to none. Have your favorite sandwich built at the deli to help you get through your day. It’s the best in town. HONOR – Subway 2005 Main St., 625-5767 www.subway.com Subway’s friendly staff puts it all together. Deli sandwiches are Subway’s

specialty, and the store’s prices are as good as its product, built with freshbaked bread and fresh veggies cut every two hours. Start with a cup of soup and finish with a cookie. Desserts FIRST – Yogurt Island 3100 Main St., 625-1610 Proud to be serving the city of Oakley with a variety of fantastic flavors, Yogurt Island has been here for 20 years and loves serving ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, shaved ice and an alluring array of ice cream drinks. HONOR – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com Black Bear Diner makes the “beary” best pies in town plus delectable desserts such as Olga’s bread pudding, Grandma’s fresh cobbler and a hot fudge brownie that’ll send your sweet tooth to heaven. Donuts FIRST – Giant Donuts & Ice Cream 2059 Main St., 625-2324 Giant Donuts offers an array of items sure to please your palette: donuts, cakes, croissants, muffins, coffees, espresso, ice cream and smoothies. When asked why he feels his shop was voted Best place for Donuts and Honorable Mention for Ice Cream and Yogurt, Ming Chen answered, “We’ve been here a long time (18 years), and everything is baked fresh daily.” Giant Donuts is open seven days a week from 3:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. HONOR – Raley’s 2075 Main St., 625-0744 Sugared. Sprinkled. Glazed. Raley’s has it all when it comes to donut desires. Raley’s has been baking delicious donuts in Oakley for 20 years, so why not pick up a bite during your next visit to the store? Come on. You know you want to. Drive-thru Coffee FIRST – Caffino 1092 Main St., 706-2703 www.caffino.com Are you looking for coffee (roasted on-site), espresso, cappuccino and latte drinks, smoothies, shakes, frescos, pastries, breakfast sandwiches,

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Best Eats & Drinks biscotti and more in 60 seconds or less? Folks on the move love getting great coffee without getting out of their cars. At Caffino, you get quality products in 60 seconds or less – with a smile. HONOR – Starbucks 2190 Main St., 679-3247 www.starbucks.com When you roll up to the Starbucks drive-thru, you get more than a quality-brewed coffee drink– you get friendly and fast service. Starbucks’ employees are committed to providing consistent, legendary service to all their customers all the time. Fine Dining FIRST – GR Marshall’s Island Bistro 6277 Bethel Island Road 684-2500 GR Marshall’s serves not just quality food; it serves quality ambience. With a unique mix-and-match menu, banquet facilities for large or small parties, and the best service team around to treat diners like family, GR Marshall’s will give you the dining experience of a lifetime and keep you coming back again and again. French Fries FIRST – Burger King 2505 Main St., 625-0338 Oakley Press readers agree: You’ll find the most flavorful and crisp French fries over at Burger King these days. Order them with a burger or all by themselves; either way, you’ll get the Best in town. HONOR – Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew 2085 Main St., 625-0292 When you gotta have a bunch of fresh, hot and crispy fries, think Mike’s. You’ll appreciate the generous portion and the golden brown goodness of Mike’s fries. Hamburgers FIRST – Burger King 2505 Main St., 625-0338 The name says it all. The King has been flame-broiling sensational burgers for decades. Sink you teeth into Burger King’s magnificent Whopper and you’ll never want to go anywhere else.

HONOR – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com As a bastion of classic American comfort food, you’d expect Black Bear to deliver a first-class burger – and you wouldn’t be disappointed. Ice Cream & Yogurt FIRST – Yogurt Island 3100 Main St., 625-1610 Proud to be serving the city of Oakley with a variety of fantastic flavors, Yogurt Island has been here for 20 years and loves serving ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, shaved ice and an alluring variety of ice cream drinks.

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HONOR – Rosita’s Mexican Grill 200 West Cypress Road, 679-3795 If you enjoy live mariachi music, stop by Rosita’s on Fridays for the ultimate combo plate: terrific tunes and tantalizing tastes. Our readers are sure you’ll come back for more. At Rosita’s, music is definitely on the menu. Meal Under $10 FIRST – Taco Bell 2015 Main St., 625-2330 When you’re looking for a value, look to Taco Bell’s Why Pay More menu, featuring delicious items priced at 79¢, 89¢ and 99¢. Oakley Press readers appreciate the bang for the buck they get at Taco Bell: great food in a great environment for a great price. It doesn’t get better than that.

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HONOR – Giant Donuts & Ice Cream 2059 Main St., 625-2324 Giant Donuts offers an array of items sure to please your palette: ice cream, yogurt and smoothies, plus donuts, cakes, croissants, muffins, coffees and espresso. Everything is baked fresh daily. Live Music FIRST – Broken Wheel 5620 Main St., 679-1384 The Broken Wheel provides a perfect setting for live music: an outdoor patio, fire pit, barbecue pit, waterfall, lawn area, lots of palm trees – and a friendly atmosphere. The music caters to every taste: young, old, Hispanic, American, hip-hop, top 40s and rock ’n’ roll. Check out the Broken Wheel’s VIP lounge upstairs, and don’t miss out on happy hour: 3 to 6 p.m. every day.

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Best Eats & Drinks unforgettable pizza at an unbeatable price. Pizza Delivery FIRST – Domino’s 3807G Main St., 625-5555 It’s not enough to order a greatsounding pizza; it needs to get to you fresh and hot – in other words, with great delivery – isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Locally owned and operated for 14 years and in the same location since 1989, Domino’s offers wings, salads, appetizers and drinks to bolster your pizza experience, all delivered on time and hot. HONOR – Mountain Mike’s Pizza 2005 Main St., 625-0770 www.mountainmikes.com If it’s the freshness, flavor and variety you crave – and the punctuality you demand – Mountain Mike’s delivers the goods. Pizza Variety FIRST – Mountain Mike’s Pizza 2005 Main St., 625-0770 www.mountainmikes.com If it’s variety you crave, stop by Mountain Mike’s for an unforgettable pizza at an unbeatable price. For sheer selection of toppings, Mountain Mike’s can’t be topped. HONOR – Aladino’s Pizza 2587 Main St., 625-4900 Aladino’s Pizza continues to serve a dazzling array of original-recipe pizzas with generous toppings in a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Place for a Romantic Date FIRST – GR Marshall’s Island Bistro 6277 Bethel Island Road, 684-2500 GR Marshall’s serves not just quality food; it serves quality ambience – a perfect atmosphere for romantic dining. And with the best service team around to allow romantic diners their privacy, GR Marshall’s will give you the dining experience of a lifetime and keep you coming back again and again. Restaurant for Karaoke FIRST – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com Looking for a place where you can

pitch in and provide the live entertainment? Warm up those vocal cords and drop by the Rusty Porthole, where karaoke is king. When you’re done wowing the crowd, enjoy the Porthole’s breathtaking views while you dine on the waterfront. Or just grab a drink at the bar with your friends or family. Come by car or boat. HONOR – Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew 2085 Main St., 625-0292 Grab that microphone and let ’er rip! Mike’s has created a gathering place for Oakley entertainers that promises uninhibited musical fun. Want to simply sit back and watch? You’ll see some of East County’s best karaoke practitioners take the stage. Restaurant for Kids FIRST – McDonald’s 914 Main St., 754-6114 www.mcdonalds.com Unless you’ve spent the last five decades on another planet, you know that McDonald’s has got its kid-friendly environment down to a fine art and science. Kids don’t just get great kid food at McDonald’s; they romp in a total kid world. Load ’em up and bring ’em on over. They’ll love it. HONOR – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com Black Bear Diner takes its kid-friendly status seriously. Kids get special attention – including their own Cubs’ menu – and lots of smiles. The staff doesn’t just tolerate kids; they love ’em. Restaurant for Seniors FIRST – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com In the finest tradition of American diners, Black Bear provides a comfortable place for seniors to meet up and enjoy classic comfort food with large servings for a good value. The Black Bear staff goes out of its way to make seniors feel like family, and enjoys making new friends – in addition to old-fashioned milkshakes and sundaes. Stop by Black Bear today and enjoy the food, the hometown hospitality, the gift shop, and the “beary” best pies in town.

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Best Eats & Drinks HONOR – Caffino 1092 Main St., 706-2703 www.caffino.com It’s not just the coffee; it’s the atmosphere that makes Caffino special, which is why our readers recommend it when you gotta have that special cuppa joe, espresso, cappuccino or latte. Steak FIRST – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St. 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com It’s not just the delectable variety of classic American comfort foods; our readers say that Black Bear Diner grills up the most sumptuous steaks in town. And the kitchen will make sure the degree of doneness you order is executed to perfection. While you’re feasting on your beef, Black Bear’s staff is going out of its way to make you feel like family. Stop by today and enjoy a steak and Black Bear’s famous hometown hospitality. HONOR – Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew 2085 Main St., 625-0292 When nothing but a juicy, perfectly cooked steak will do, Mike’s puts the Beef in Beef ‘n’ Brew. Mike’s serves only the finest, freshest steaks – never frozen. Got a craving for steak? Check out Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew.

Tri-tip Sandwich FIRST – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St. 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com Our readers agree: Black Bear Diner is Oakley’s ultimate destination for that classic American comfort food, the tri-tip sandwich. Made from the choicest tri-tip cuts and cooked to perfection, this is one sandwich you’ll go back to time and again. HONOR – Raley’s 2075 Main St. 625-0744 When you’ve got that glorious disease known as Tri-tip Sandwich on the Brain, Raley’s sandwich station will treat you with the classic cure.

Thank you Oakley for voting us Best Pizza Delivery!

Domino’s Pizza 3807-G Main St.

625-5555

Wine List FIRST – GR Marshall’s Island Bistro 6277 Bethel Island Road 684-2500 GR Marshall’s serves not just quality food; it serves quality ambience, and offers a wine list to make your dining experience memorable. With a unique mix-and-match menu, banquet facilities for large or small parties, and the best service team around to treat diners like family, GR Marshall’s will give you the dining experience of a lifetime and keep you coming back again and again.

Index to Advertisers 7-Eleven..............................................................26

Discovery Pest Control .....................................22

Oakley Sport......................................................26

A Child’s Place....................................................12

Domino’s Pizza ..................................................31

Oakley Stoves & Spas.......................................25

Ace Hardware......................................................4

Fairview Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc......14

Oakley Super Beauty Store .............................23

Arco AM/PM ........................................................6

Giant Donuts & Ice Cream ...............................31

Oakley Veterinary Medical Center .................19

American Pacific Mortgage ...............................2

Hook, Line & Sinker ..........................................18

Pamela Stinnette - Keller Williams Realty .....27

Bank of the West ................................................7

King’s Auto Repair ............................................25

Pompei Nursery ................................................22

Best of Oakley ...................................................30

La Costa..............................................................29

Pulte Homes ......................................................23

Best of Oakley ...................................................28

Lawrence Electric & Construction Co. ............15

Raley’s...................................................................5

Big Break Marina ..............................................24

Les Schwab Tire Center......................................8

Rosita’s Mexican Grill .......................................30

Bill’s Auto & Truck Repair .................................13

Little Wonders Preschool .................................14

SamSon’s Masonry ...........................................23

Black Bear Diner ................................................28

Los Charros Mexican Restaurant ....................29

Skin Aesthetics ..................................................24

Blackdog Creations ...........................................24

Lucky Supermarket...........................................10

Step 2 This Dance & Performing Arts...............4

Body Works Massage Therapy .......................28

MacSveen Technical Services ..........................27

Subway ..............................................................29

Best of Oakley Prize Winners............................2

Mark Murray - State Farm ...............................13

Taco Bell ...............................................................9

Bulldog’s Pool & Spa Services .........................13

McDonald’s ........................................................30

The UPS Store......................................................8

CPS Heating & Air, Inc. .....................................18

Mike’s Beef ‘n’ Brew .........................................29

Thomas R. Woelfel Attorney at Law..............20

Coldwell Banker Amaral & Associates ..16 & 17

MJ Automotive .................................................18

Tom Stephens - Farmers Insurance.................27

Contra Costa Auto Sales ..................................26

Molly Maid ........................................................11

Top Jimmy’s Motorsports.................................25

Cutino’s Tire & Feed Supply.............................18

Morning Star Properties ..................................20

Two Amigos.......................................................27

Cypress Square..................................................11

Mountain Mike’s Pizza .....................................29

Vicky’s Nails .......................................................28

Dan & Meghan Diehl - Keller Williams Realty .. 13

Oakley American Karate..................................25

Video Cinema ....................................................18

Dave’s Trailer Service ........................................26

Oakley Chiropractic ..........................................24

Wayne’s Smog Inspection..................................8

Diablo Vista Dental Care....................................3

Oakley Dental, Dr. Richard Dare .....................21

Wilbur Avenue Storage ...................................19

Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa ...............21

Oakley Plumbing ..............................................23


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