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625-4822 DOWNTOWN OAKLEY Lic. #1005759 Barney has worked in the HVAC industry for our three decades. He learned the trade from his father when he started working at the same company at the age of 16. He started his own company in 1991 where Trevor learned the same way he did, from his dad. Wanting to work with his son, they opened Sabford And Sons Mechanical Services in 2015 and are grateful to have the privilege of working together in a community that they love.

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Brookfield Residential Named Best Homebuilder of 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Building on a 50-year legacy of experience as a premier lifestyle provider, Brookfield Residential has received the Gold Medal Award for “Best Homebuilder in Oakley” for the fourth year in a row. A passion to build the best places to call home inspires outstanding craftsmanship, innovations and customer service, resulting in exciting neighborhoods like Laurel and Citrus at Emerson Ranch and Easton and Southport at Delaney Park coming soon. Visit BrookfieldResidential.com to explore our other communities in Northern California and across America.

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Welcome to the 2019 Best of Oakley Winners’ Guide! Voted on by our loyal readers, this year’s magazine features their favorite restaurants, services, businesses, parks and more. Ballots OAKLEY PRESS are carefully tabulated by OA KLEY the Best of Oakley staff and recorded here for readers to peruse and enjoy throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a new restaurant, recreation destination or business service it’s all right here in the pages of The Best of Oakley! Look for the iconic Best of Oakley 2019 sticker on the doors, windows and vehicles of an Oakley business and know they have been voted The Best in the community!

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Relocate Ironhouse pipeline Pedestrian trail (along perimeter of Emerson Parcel) Preserve existing vineyard/ cultural resources area

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Best Shops & Retail Services

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Index to Advertisers

Lifestyle Awards Breach levee and build bridge

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OAKLEY’S 12TH ANNUAL READERS’ CHOICE

Our voters win too! The Best of Oakley’s Readers’ Choice Awards are a reflection of the community’s favorite businesses, restaurants and recreational facilities, and each year our readers answer myriad questions about their favorite places in Oakley. As a thank-you, we place their ballots into a random drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Providence Bar & Eatery. So this year we have one more question: What do you love most about the businesses in Oakley?

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PUBLISHER Greg Robinson MANAGING EDITOR Ruth Roberts PROJECT MANAGER Connie O’Neill

I freaking love the hometown vibe! We are so close to Brentwood and other nice areas, but Oakley currently retains its ‘mom & pops’ feel. It’s a feeling that’s not replicated by any other city — and I love that. Excited for what’s to come!

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What I like most about the businesses in Oakley would be that they all support each other. Being a new business owner I have got so much support from other businesses that are always so willing to help each other. #shoplocal

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SALES MANAGER Gloria George CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lonnie Tapia SENIOR DESIGNER Sherrie Hamilton GRAPHIC ARTISTS Eric Kinnaird, Anne Ray EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Deanna Gordon ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Rebecca Porterfield, Kevin Larroque ADVERTISING SERVICES Sharon Finerty, Dorothy Croffet SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Michele Chatburn

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What I love about the businesses in Oakley is the small town feeling and kindness and compassion of the workers.

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Antique Shop

Auto Dealer – Used

GOLD – Rancho Co-Op 5685 Main St., 420-5178 www.ranchoco-op.com Rancho Co-Op is Oakley’s vintage mall with over 30 vendors under one roof. People from all over the Bay Area and beyond come to Rancho Co-Op for one-ofa-kind furniture, home decor, antiques, gifts, jewelry and more — they are also now selling CBD products. At Rancho Co-Op, you will find vintage, farmhouse, shabby chic, rustic, French, midcentury, industrial and garden styles of furniture and decor at the lowest prices in town. With something for everyone, come see for yourself why Rancho Co-Op is everyone’s favorite store! See ad on page 11.

GOLD – Contra Costa Auto Sales 3021 Main St., 679-8880 www.contracostaautosales.co Contra Costa Auto Sales gives its customers bigdealer quality without big-dealer pressure. The knowledgeable and polite staff offers a variety of financing plans to help you get behind the wheel of a quality used automobile. In addition to being Oakley’s only new car broker, Contra Costa Auto Sales also boasts low prices and a high rate of repeat customers. See ad on page 12.

Auto Parts & Accessories GOLD – O’Reilly Auto Parts 100 E. Cypress Road, 625-0822

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OAKLEY’S BEST SELF STORAGE TWO YEARS RUNNING

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Best Shops & Retail Services SILVER – Kings Auto Repair 5295 Neroly Road, 706-2886

Auto Repair – Brakes

Auto Repair – Muffler

GOLD – Les Schwab Tire Center 89 Carol Lane, 625-4532 www.lesschwab.com Customers trust Les Schwab’s expert technicians to do brakes right, make quality repairs and take time to explain the work being done. Oakley voters give Les Schwab high ratings for quality service, safety and expertise on brakes, wheel alignment and tires. Don’t forget Les Schwab’s Best Brake Value Promise – 25,000-mile or 36-month warranty, including parts and labor. See ad on page 19.

GOLD – Oakley Muffler & Auto Repair 150 E. Acme St., 625-9052 SILVER – Ward’s Auto Service Center 120 Second St., 625-7283

Auto Repair – Oil Change GOLD – Valvoline Instant Oil Change 2435 Main St., 625-1410 SILVER – Fast Eddies 5265 Live Oak Ave., 679-8554

Auto Repair – Smog Shop GOLD – Wayne’s Smog Inspection Station 3605 Main St., 625-1818 If you’re looking for experience

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in smog inspection regulations and restrictions, you’ll find it at Wayne’s Smog. Jeff Wayne has been in business since 1985 and is known for being prompt, efficient, honest and reliable. His excellent reputation brings in new business, and his exceptional knowledge and customer service keep customers coming back. It’s no wonder Wayne’s has earned a STARcertified status and Press readers continue to name them The Best smog shop in Oakley. See ad on page 18. SILVER – East Bay Smog 5660 Main St., 679-8269

Auto Repair – Tune-Up GOLD – Paul’s Automotive Center 5060 Neroly Road, 522-8367

SILVER – Kings Auto Repair 5295 Neroly Road, 706-2886

Auto Tires GOLD – Les Schwab Tire Center 89 Carol Lane, 625-4532 www.lesschwab.com Voters appreciate Les Schwab’s selection of tires and its fast, friendly service. Les Schwab offers its Best Tire Value Promise, lifetime tire and mileage care and free Peace of Mind Tire Protection. Customers consistently give Les Schwab high ratings for quality service, safety and expertise on tires, brakes and wheel alignment. Les Schwab also shares Oakley’s desire to protect the environment. See ad on page 19.

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The Delta’s Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Pro Shop OPEN Mon.-Sat. 8am-6pm Gun Dept. 9am-6pm

Sun. 8am-4pm Gun Dept. 9am-4pm

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Thank You for Voting us #1 for 11 years running! Pompei Nursery • • • • •

Ornamentals & Fruit Trees Palms • Vines & Shrubs Annuals • Perennials California Native Plants Fox Farms Products

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GOLD – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com With a commitment to the community and a promise of fresh and quality products, Raley’s is about real food and real value. Specially

SILVER – Giant Donuts 2059 Main St., 625-2324

Barber Shop GOLD – True Edge Barbershop 3639 Main St., 383-6212 www.trueedgebarber.com Open since 2011, True Edge is a family-oriented barbershop that embraces traditional homegrown hospitality with a modern touch by some of the best barbers in the area. Although

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the barbers specialize in shaves, designs and gentlemen’s haircuts, ladies are also more than welcome! You can also purchase quality products to compliment your new ‘do when visiting the shop. Take a step into comfort and give True Edge Barbershop a try! See ad on page 12. SILVER – Great Clips 2589 Main St., 679-0279

Beauty Salon GOLD – Pompadours Beauty Parlor 3663 Main St., 237-6319 SILVER – House of Beauty Hair Salon & Spa 4700 Main St., 420-5645

Boat Repair GOLD – Delta Watercraft 3025 Gateway Road,

Bethel Island, 684-2620 www.deltawatercraft.com Delta Watercraft has been repairing Personal Watercraft and boats on the Delta since 1998. With over 25 years’ experience, Delta has the expertise and knowledge to quickly and accurately diagnose Sea-Doos, Yamahas and Kawasaki PWC, as well as Mastercraft, Bayliner and almost any make and model of boat. Fair pricing and quick turnaround times make Delta Watercraft a proven repair shop that gets the job done right the first time. See ad on page 14. SILVER – Johnny’s Boat Works 6301 Bethel Island Road, 684-2066

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SILVER – Cutino’s Tire & Feed Supply 3770 Main St., 625-2765 www.facebook.com/ CutinosFeed In business for more than 51 years, Cutino’s is a mainstay in downtown Oakley. Head in and outfit your vehicle with tires from Cutino’s, where service excellence is a standard operating procedure. See ad on page 18.

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GOLD – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com Raley’s, a family-owned supermarket, is the destination for the best fresh products, affordable offerings and personalized service. As a trusted source for food, nutrition and wellness, Raley’s helps customers make more informed and healthier food choices. Those in need of fine meats should venture to the butcher, which Oakley patrons have voted The Best. See ad on page 43.

GOLD – Oakley Chevron 101 E. Cypress Road, 625-1126 www.chevron.com In business for more than 22 years, Oakley Chevron is owned by the same folks who served Oakley as S&S Gas, Liquor & Food, which was transformed to its current operation in 2008. Oakley Press readers love Chevron’s thorough and snappy car wash. See ad on page 20.

SILVER – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505

SILVER – Arco AM/PM 4501 Main St., 679-8611 www.ampm.com The staff at AM/PM values customers’ needs and provides excellent service, competitive pricing and clean facilities. As one of the

top-performing Arco AM/ PM locations in Northern California, it’s no wonder Oakley Press readers believe they get the most value when it comes to getting their vehicles sparkling. See ad on page 7.

Cellular Phone Store GOLD – Metro PCS 2055 Main St., 625-9600 SILVER – Verizon 6041 Lone Tree Way, 626-3480

Convenience Store GOLD – Arco AM/PM 4501 Main St., 679-8611 www.ampm.com Arco AM/PM offers a full coffee bar with cappuccino, fresh fruit, baked goods, cookies, and hot food to go. Staff takes great pride in their

customers’ needs and provide excellent service, competitive pricing and clean facilities. It’s no wonder Press readers believe they get the most value in Oakley at Arco AM/ PM. See ad on page 7. SILVER – Oakley Chevron 101 E. Cypress Road, 625-1126 In business for more than 22 years, Oakley Chevron is owned by the same folks who served Oakley as S&S Gas, Liquor & Food, which was transformed to its current operation in 2008. Oakley Press readers love Chevron’s thorough and snappy car wash. See ad on page 20.

Copy/Print Shop GOLD – The UPS Store 2063 Main St., 625-0221

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GOLD – Brownstone Gardens 91 Brownstone Road, 418-4532 SILVER – La Grande 1799 Carpenter Road, 435-7334

Family Recreation Center GOLD – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 www.sparetimeclubs.com Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa is an extraordinary private club with 17 tennis courts; a beautiful three-pool, two-spa aquatics complex; and a large recreation

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“The Weekend Warehouse” OPEN EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY • 10AM - 4PM 392-8699 3647 Main Street, Oakley

SILVER – Pump It Up 5351 Neroly Road, 978-1420 www.pumpitupofoakley.com Don’t wait for the next birthday party to pump up the action! Check out our events calendar to see all the ways you can put some inflatable fun into your normal routine. Pump it Up offers multiple daily jump sessions including weekends. Check the online calendar for available times and to sign- up.

Florist GOLD – Good Scents Florist 3513 Main St., 625-5550 www.goodscentsflorist.com Good Scents is a full-service florist with a talented and creative staff. Good Scents’ customers can count on a team of experts to create that perfect arrangement for any special occasion or event. Readers applaud Good Scents for its 27 years of outstanding service. When words fail, flowers don’t. SILVER – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com The Raley’s Floral Shop has a vast array of colorful bouquets, potted plants and fresh-cut flowers. For those special occasions, you’ll find

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Thank You Oakley for voting BEST NEW BUILDING! Full Service Event Center Hassle-free hosting for your next celebration, meeting or special event. • Corporate Meetings • Family Reunions • Wedding & Baby Showers • Birthdays

• Bar Mitzvahs • Craft Fairs • Business Conventions • Up to 250 people!

1250 O’Hara Ave, Oakley

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SILVER – A&G Printing Oakley, 487-6383 www.aandgprinting.com Established in 2016, A&G Printing is a full-service print and mail house that can help you design your marketing piece and direct mail. Award-winning graphic artists are part of the team, and their job is to make your company look good. Locally owned and operated with more than 20 years of experience, A&G offers fast, friendly and reliable service with quick turnaround, taking the worry out, because the staff does it all – design, print and delivery. See ad on page 26.

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Best Shops & Retail Services GOLD – AAAA Garage Door Co. 625-2098 SILVER – Your Garage Door Guys 308-6011

Gas Station GOLD – Arco AM/PM 4501 Main St., 679-8611 www.ampm.com The staff at AM/PM takes great pride in catering to customers’ needs and providing excellent service, competitive pricing and clean facilities. As one of the top-performing Arco AM/ PM locations in Northern California, offering 16 brand new pumps, it’s no wonder Oakley Press readers believe they get the most value at Arco AM/PM. See ad on page 7.

SILVER – Oakley Chevron 101 E. Cypress Road, 625-1126 In business for more than 22 years, Oakley Chevron is owned by the same folks who served Oakley as S&S Gas, Liquor & Food, which was transformed to its current operation in 2008. Oakley Chevron’s service and highquality reasonably priced gasoline makes it one of our readers’ favorites. See ad on page 20.

Grocery Store GOLD – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com Raley’s is about real food and real value. Every day, you’ll find great prices on fresh, local produce and quality meats and seafood. Whether you’re

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GOLD – Good Finds "The Weekend Warehouse" 3647 Main St., 392-8699 Just opened in 2019, Good Finds offers brand new furniture, home decor, pet beds, decor pillow and area rugs for your home. The store gets new merchandise every weekend, hand-picking unique items customers can’t find at other retailers, keeping up with the hottest trends and styles. Come visit this “Weekend Warehouse” on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and see why The Press readers voted it The Best! See ad on page 14.

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Dutch Slough Restoration Project: preserving Oakley’s open space The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration project, an effort that will restore nearly 1,200 acres of wetlands is currently underway in Oakley, and will accommodate a 55-acre park for the City of Oakley. Dubbed Oakley Community Park, the site is currently a collection of ramshackle buildings that only those addicted to “This Old House” could love, overgrown pasture land and muddy fields. In the future the site could feature baseball fields, an event center, hiking and equestrian trails and a launch ramp for kayaks and canoes. Developing the park to its full potential is expected to take decades, and that extended timeline necessitates careful planning and staging. "This isn’t even the beginning of it,” said Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura. “It began with the concepts and the ideas long before. This is still the beginning stage 20 years later.” Administered by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) the Dutch Slough project has officially broken ground and the project encompasses three parcels of land –

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the Emerson, Gilbert and Burroughs parcels – that will be restored to a combination of wetland, upland and open water habitats. The Emerson parcel will include recreational features like bike and pedestrian trails, shoreline access and fishing opportunities. It also includes the city’s 55-acre parcel that will be developed by the city independently from the state’s project. In the late ’90s, the county planned to purchase and develop all three parcels. The intent was to build up to 6,000 homes. That plan changed with Oakley’s incorporation in 1999. “The restoration area was slated for homes by the county, but when the city incorporated, the city council voted to designate that 1,200 acres as open space,” explained Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery. “I’m not sure there is another city our size that has designated so much land for open space.” The cost of developing the city park is estimated by Montgomery at $1 million an acre, which does not include building restoration or demolition. Montgomery admits that is a lot for a

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Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura, left, is excited about the future of the Dutch Slough project. The current state of the property, above, includes old buildings and structures. Below, a tentative Dutch Sloug outline of the project.

city the size of Oakley. For that reason, city officials are looking to partner with organizations like the East Bay Regional Park District to seek grant money to help fund the park’s development. Proposition 68 was passed last year and made $4 billion available for state and local parks and other environmental projects. It could be a source of grant money for the city. “There are two large grant opportunities,” said Montgomery. “One of them could be up to $8.5 million, which is rare. The largest park grant we’ve had around here is $500,000 for the dog park. That was federal money too ... we’ll ask for $8.5 million, but if we could get $5, 6 or 7 million, we could do something cool to start.” Alaura believes it will be several years before the property is open to the public, but the first steps will include cleaning the site and creating parking and walking trails. “This is a project that’s maybe going to outlast some of us on council as it has with the previous council,” said Alaura. “But it’s cool to be a part of it at this stage.”


Best Shops & Retail Services looking for something delicious for dinner or have questions about your prescription, staff is here to help. Visit your Oakley Raley’s and start saving today! See ad on page 43. SILVER – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505

Hair Colorist GOLD – Angelina Santana – Santana Beauty 301-6924 SILVER – Rachel Walden – Secret Garden Salon 3663 Main St., 565-6893

Hardware Store GOLD – Oakley Ace Hardware 3100 Main St., 625-2449 Oakley Ace has is delighted to receive the Best of Oakley Award continuously

since 2008, offering great customer service and knowledge about their thousands of products. Under new management since April, their services include propane, lock and screen repair, key cutting and free popcorn! Oakley’s Ace also carries a full line of Carhartt, Wolverine and Dickies work apparel, along with Traeger, Weber and Green Mountain grills, Yeti coolers and accessories, and Stihl outdoor and power products. But Oakley Ace doesn’t rest on their laurels; they just expanded their housewares and gifts section, after revamping work apparel, bird niche, BBQ offerings, and nursery departments. See ad on page 15.

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GOLD – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 www.sparetimeclubs.com Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa is an extraordinary private club with 17 tennis courts; a beautiful three-pool, two-spa aquatics complex; and a large recreation and picnic area. The 57,000-square-foot club hosts a 17,000-square-foot fitness center, two group exercise rooms, a 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 and enjoy impeccable personalized service, exciting social

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Home Builder GOLD – Brookfield Residential Northern California 679-8831 www.BrookfieldResidential. com Brookfield Residential stands out from the multitude of northern California homebuilders by focusing on what matters most — lifestyle. More than just building homes and basic amenities,

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SILVER – Claremont Homes 332-7281 www.claremonthomes.com Claremont Homes understands that purchasing a home is one of the most important decisions you will make. The team’s reputation for building superior residences of lasting value has stood the test of time. Earning the trust of

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GOLD – Sugar Barge RV Resort & Marina 1440 Sugar Barge Road, Bethel Island, 684-9075 www.sugarbarge.com Offering a two-lane launch ramp, 50 covered boat slips, valet tractor launching, enclosed and covered storage for boats and RVs, and a marina bait shop, Sugar Barge RV Resort & Marina covers it all. You can even find boat rentals for a half or full day. See ad on page 40.

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Nursery GOLD – Pompei Nursery 4701 Main St., 625-7330 www.pompeinursery.com Owned and operated by Phyllis and son Nino, Pompei Nursery is celebrating 12 years of serving Oakley. The nursery is a complete garden center providing consultation; installation; a vast variety of ornamental fruit, nut and palm trees; shrubs, vines, annuals and perennials; and synthetic turf and putting greens to save

SILVER – Muddy Paws Grooming 2103 Main St., 813-0685 www.muddypawsspa.com As one of Oakley’s newest stores, Muddy Paws Grooming offers cage-free drying, ear cleaning, blueberry facials

you water and money. Pompei also has a complete line of Fox Farm products, hydroponic systems and growing lights. The nursery offers free, monthly gardening classes on the third Saturday of each month – check the website for upcoming events and topics. See ad on page 11. SILVER – Oakley Ace Hardware 3100 Main St., 625-2449 www.acehardware.com Just in time for spring planting, Oakley Ace dug in deep for their commitment to their nursery section, and neighbors recognized them with a Silver Best of Oakley Award in the Nursery Category! They’ve been under new management since April. See ad on page 15.

Outdoor Recreation Store GOLD – Hook, Line & Sinker 3100 Main St., 625-2441 www.hookproshop.com Hook, Line & Sinker’s 5,500-square-foot flagship store in Oakley has become the leading supplier of fishing, firearms and hunting equipment on the Delta. The store boasts a full line of the latest tackle, rods and reels to outfit the pro or help with your child’s first rod, as well as hosts local and national bass tournaments from Bethel Island. The store offers sales, service and installation of state-of-the-art boating equipment, including MotorGuide, MinnKota, Lowrance and Hummin’bird,

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Pet Boarding GOLD – Delta Dog Camp 1315 Main St., 625-4600 www.deltadogcamp.com Whether your dog is staying for the day or a week, everyone becomes part of the pack at Delta Dog Camp. The camp prides itself on one-on-one attention, helping your dog become confident with other dogs and humans. Camp staff keeps the dogs on a daily routine, and these pooches never get bored – just tired. Rain or shine, the

pups play all day! Another full-service Delta Dog Camp facility is also open in Antioch. See ad on page 17. SILVER – Tail Wag Inn 4901 Bethel Island Road, 684-8684

Pet Grooming GOLD – Hairy Hounds Dog Grooming 3807 Main St., Suite E, 679-0308 Hairy Hounds Dog Grooming is family owned and operated, offering excellent customer service and top-of-the-line products in its full-service pet salon. At Hairy Hounds, your furry friends are treated with the same love and affection you give them at home while receiving haircuts, baths, nail trimming, tooth brushing and ear cleaning.

Offering exceptional grooming techniques and qualified in pet CPR certification, it’s no wonder Hairy Hounds has won The Best 12 years in a row! See ad on page 1. SILVER – Muddy Paws Grooming 2103 Main St., 813-0685 www.muddypawsspa.com Established in 2016, Muddy Paws Grooming offers cage-free drying, ear cleaning, blueberry facials and more for your pets. The groomers hand-dry each pet in their one-on-one, same-day appointments. Muddy Paws Grooming offers friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable pet CPRcertified professionals. See ad on page 23.

Pharmacy GOLD – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com Raley’s, a family-owned supermarket, is the destination for the best fresh products, affordable offerings and personalized service. As a trusted source for food, nutrition and wellness, Raley’s helps customers make more informed and healthier food choices. If you have questions about your prescription, staff is there to help. “Our vision at Raley’s is to infuse life with health and happiness.” See ad on page 43. SILVER – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505

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RV Repair GOLD – Paul’s Automotive Center 5060 Neroly Road, 522-8367

GOLD – Oakley Executive RV & Boat Storage 5220 Neroly Road, 679-9033 www.oakleyrvboat.com Oakley Executive RV & Boat Storage is a highly maintained facility with exceptional customer service. Amenities include a dump station, power washer and free ice, water and air, and they will fill propane tanks on-site at the going rate. Spaces have fully paved carports with wide-row access of multiple sizes.

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Seafood Department GOLD – Lucky Supermarket 2545 Main St., 625-7505 SILVER – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com Raley’s, a family-owned supermarket, is the destination for the best fresh products, affordable offerings and personalized service. As a trusted source for food, nutrition and wellness, Raley’s helps customers make more informed and healthier food choices. The store offers personal shoppers and high-quality products at

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SILVER – Oakley Self Storage 4700 Main St., 625-7867 www.oakleyselfstorage.com Oakley Self Storage is Oakley’s newest self storage, which opened for business in January 2018. This safe and secure facility features computerized gate access, individual unit alarms, climate-controlled units and an on-site resident manager. Oakley Self Storage prides itself on providing outstanding customer service and giving back to the community. Along with being a first-class facility, Oakley Self Storage’s GO

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SILVER – Journey RV Center 1189 Main St., 754-4005 Journey RV Center provides a wide range of services for your RV, trailer and truck needs. They have six acres of prime location property where they provide RV, boat and trailer storage, full inventory of RV, boat and truck parts and accessories, as well as select repairs and installs. They also provide easy drive-through propane service. Storage has a gated key-card entrance that is fully fenced, protected by an armed security guard and K-9 unit, cameras and LED lighting. See ad on page 21.

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GOLD – Oakley Self Storage 4700 Main St., 625-7867 www.oakleyselfstorage.com Oakley Self Storage is Oakley’s newest self storage, which opened for business in January 2018. This safe and secure facility features computerized gate access, individual unit alarms, climate-controlled units and an on-site resident manager. Oakley Self Storage

SILVER – Premier Self Storage 2150 Main St., 679-8877

Shipping & Mailing Service GOLD – The UPS Store 2063 Main St., 625-0221 SILVER – Oakley Post Office 400 Del Antico Ave., 625-5687 www.usps.gov Your friendly neighborhood post office is open Monday

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Best Shops & Retail Services through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oakley residents count on their hometown USPS for everything from shipping packages and buying money orders to taking and processing passport photos and renting P.O. boxes. See ad on page 23.

Shoes & Boots Store GOLD – East Bay Work Wear 1530 Neroly Road, 325-4884 SILVER – Guepardo Comfort & Safety Footwear 3675 Main St., 625-1286

Shopping Center GOLD – Cypress Square/ Sierra Pacific Properties, Inc. 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.spprop.com

Anchored by Raley’s supermarket, which is known for its quality meats and fresh produce, Cypress Square Shopping Center offers much of what makes Oakley great. The businesses of Cypress Square are some of the finest in their industries and fields, and all are welcome to experience what makes the center so special. If you’re interested in adding to Cypress’ businesses, contact Bob Garrison at 925-609-6228 or bgarrison@spprop.com for leasing inquiries. See ad on Inside Back Cover.

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SILVER – Oakley Ace Hardware 3100 Main St., 625-2449 www.acehardware.com Just as Oakley Ace celebrated their Silver Best of Oakley Award for Work Apparel, they also finished an expansion within their award-winning Apparel department - adding Life is Good and California Republic clothes to their existing Carhartt, Wolverine and Dickies lines. Oakley Ace has received the Gold Best of Oakley Award continuously since 2008 for Best Hardware Store, likely because the team offers great customer service and knowledge about their thousands of products. They’ve been under new management since April. See ad on page 15.

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GOLD – Cypress Cleaners 2027 Main St., 625-0250 SILVER – By Yvonne 936 Carpenter Road, 625-2879

Appliance Repair GOLD – Contra Costa Appliance Service 634-0179 SILVER – Gold Coast Appliance Service 354-0858 An active Brentwood Rotarian, Liberty High School graduate and Gold Coast Appliance Service owner, Jason Fletcher and his team have the knowledge and expertise to keep your appliances in top condition. Gold Coast specializes in kitchen and laundry appliance service,

as well as barbeque repair. Clients appreciate Gold Coast’s reliable, fair and honest work, and each repair is backed by a guarantee. See ad on page 39.

Attorney – Business GOLD – Morgan Legal Services 3775 Main St., 392-8663 www.morganesq.com Susan Morgan has 21 years of experience as an attorney in both large and small firms and has also founded two companies of her own. Susan and her staff offer affordable startup and corporate law services to entrepreneurs, including entity formations, business agreements, mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance and

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Best Professional Services stock option plans. Morgan Legal Services has won awards in this category seven years running. “From an entrepreneur, for entrepreneurs” is more than just a motto – it’s who they are, and it’s why Oakley residents voted them The Best. See ad on page 25.

that has been handling its customers’ assets for decades. Providing the financial services most folks need and want, it covers everything from mortgage loans to investments. Outstanding, personalized service is a priority at Bank of the West, the one-stop shop for all your financial needs. See ad on page 37.

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SILVER – BAC Community Bank 1070 Laurel Road, 625-4990 www.bankbac.com Innovation and personalized service are hallmarks of BAC Community Bank. Founded in East Contra Costa more than 50 years ago, BAC provides financing and banking services for longtime locals and

GOLD – Law Office of Thomas R. Woelfel 4664 Sandmound Blvd., 977-9600

Bank GOLD – Bank of the West 2195 Main St., 625-2211 www.bankofthewest.com A longtime business fixture in Oakley, Bank of the West is a full-service financial institution

newcomers alike. Home loans, equity lines and business loans are just the beginning. BAC’s free Kasasa® checking rewards account holders for banking local – no matter where they may travel – and the free MobiMoney mobile app keeps their debit cards secure in real time. Enjoy free mobile deposit, mobile bill pay and more, all from your award-winning local community bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. See ad on page 27.

Banker GOLD – Sherry Quirnet – Wells Fargo 5859 Lone Tree Way, 755-5460 SILVER – Carla Combs – Bank of the West 2195 Main St., 625-2211 www.bankofthewest.com

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years of combined experience in the tax, business and finance industry. Hester Taxes & Bookkeeping treats its clients as family and is there for all tax and bookkeeping needs yearround. As an enrolled agent, it is able to represent clients before the IRS for any and all tax matters. Hester Taxes & Bookkeeping takes the fear out of taxes. See ad on page 12. SILVER – Hurst Bookkeeping & Tax 707-536-8639

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Children’s Dentist GOLD – Autumn Lake Dental 2199 Main St., 478-2735 SILVER – Diablo Vista Dental Care 3631 Main St., 679-9999 www.dvdental.com Diablo Vista Dental Care provides expert service from a friendly team their customers can trust. The team uses only state-

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SILVER – Lifestyle Chiropractic 5351 Neroly Road, 978-2225 www.DrRickJ.com Established in 2006, Lifestyle Chiropractic specializes in sports medicine, massage and spinal decompression. Dr. Rick Junnila is a chiropractor and former chief of staff for Sutter Occupational Health. He is certified in spinal trauma, MRI, biomechanical engineering and accident reconstruction. As a part of his team, he works with orthopedic specialists, accident reconstruction specialists and

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Best Professional Services neuroradiologists throughout the country. He teaches courses in MRI and spinal trauma for both medical doctors and attorneys. Lifestyle Chiropractic staff truly cares about their clients and the results show it.

Concrete Contractor GOLD – Liaison Landscapes 752-5906 www.liaisonlandscapes.com Liaison Landscapes, a U.S. veteran-owned business, takes pride in serving the greater Bay Area with top quality Design + Build Landscapes for both residential and commercial applications. Their experienced leadership and creative solutions make Liaison Landscapes service experience and finished products second to none.

They offer custom water features, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, concrete and all other elements of landscape development. Please reach out to East Bay Team Leader Mark Miguel to learn more about how they can help you achieve your next great project! See ad on page 37. SILVER – Old School Concrete 625-6282 For a concrete contractor with a solid foundation in old-school customer service, voters suggest calling Old School Concrete. The company offers all styles of stamped, colored, polished and stained concrete, masonry and stonework, too. You can design your fantasy entertainment space with

custom-built outdoor firepits, fireplaces, pizza ovens, outdoor bars and barbecues. Old School Concrete does it all and then some! See ad on page 35.

Cosmetic Dentist GOLD – Pristine Dental 2170 Main St., 679-3333 SILVER – Autumn Lake Dental 2199 Main St., 478-2735

CPA GOLD – Andrews Consulting 100 Cortona Way, 516-0022

Dance Studio GOLD – Stepz Dance Fitness Studio 3563 Main St., 727-3891 www.stepzdancefitness studio.com

Opened in December 2018, this faith-based establishment offers Zumba, World of Dance U- Jam Fitness, Zumba Kids and Teen Night. Stepz is a place where all cultures, ethnicities and ages come together with a love for dance and exercise cleverly disguised as fun. Customers enjoy the music, dance routines and positive vibes. See ad on page 33. SILVER – Step 2 This Dance & Performance Arts 1530 Neroly Road, 625-4699

Day Care GOLD – Imaginations Preschool 679-0566 Imaginations Preschool is designed to inspire young minds. It provides a positive,

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structured, safe and secure learning environment, promoting self-expression with an emphasis on socialization, plus letter and number recognition. For more than 19 years, Imaginations has made flexibility, yearround classes and wellbalanced meals a priority. Offering an accredited program and experienced, credentialed teachers, Imaginations is dedicated to preparing children for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning. See ad on page 25. SILVER – Sunshine House Preschool 875 W. Cypress Road, 625-5600

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3631 Main St., 679-9999 www.dvdental.com This is the 12th consecutive year Diablo Vista Dental Care has been recognized by Best of Oakley voters. Why? Because Diablo Vista Dental Care really cares, and provides expert service from a friendly team their customers trust. The team uses only state-of-the-art dental and orthodontic procedures. Call today to schedule an introductory appointment, complete with free X-rays and an exam when you mention The Best of Oakley. See ad on Outside Back Cover. SILVER – Autumn Lake Dental 2199 Main St., 478-2735

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GOLD – Misty Miguel – Mary Kay 595-3092 SILVER – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4580 www.sparetimeclubs.com Diamond Hills Spa’s services include customized facials – one of the spa’s most popular specialties – plus expert care for all facial needs, including anti-aging, acne, sun damage and rosacea. Diamond Hills Spa’s licensed staff helps you achieve your skincare goals. The spa also offers affordable home care products, and club members receive preferred pricing. Babysitting is available to spa guests. See ad on page 13.

GOLD – Stephanie Nelson – Stepz Dance Fitness Studio 3563 Main St., 727-3891 www.stepzdancefitness studio.com Customers feel Stephanie Nelson, owner of Stepz Dance Fitness Studio, is one of the most motivational instructors around. Opened in December 2018, this faith-based establishment offers Zumba, World of Dance U-Jam Fitness, Zumba Kids and Teen Night. Stepz is a place where all cultures, ethnicities and ages come together with a love for dance and exercise cleverly disguised as fun. Customers enjoy the music, dance routines and positive vibes. See ad on page 33.


Best Professional Services SILVER – Jenny Hartshorn – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 www.sparetimeclubs.com Jenny Hartshorn has been a group cycling instructor at Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa for over five years. Hartshorn’s classes are both challenging and fun, as she incorporates various drills to the beat of contemporary music. Members love her classes because in addition to being exhilarating, she sets goals for each class participant whether they are new or experienced riders. Her classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 4:45 to 5:30 a.m. and Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7 p.m. See ad on page 33.

Gardener GOLD – Arriaga Landscape 727-2797 SILVER – Mt. Diablo Gardening, Inc. 240-9498

General Contractor GOLD – CR Bert Construction 382-0027 SILVER – Raygoza Construction 497-3091

Handyman GOLD – Handydads LLC 587-3237 www.handydads.net Established in 2013, Handydads handyman services specializes in small household repairs and improvements, including TV mounts, ceiling fans, faucets,

outlets, tile, floors, paint and more. The experts treat their customers’ homes as if they were their own and are professional, respectful, courteous, honest and always punctual. They pride themselves on superior customer service. See ad on page 18.

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Heat/Air Company GOLD – Fairview Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 100 Brownstone Road, 625-4963 www.fairviewair.com Oakley Press readers know when you need experts to keep you cool or toasty, Fairview Heating & Air is the company to call. With more than 30 years in business, Fairview Heating & Air is the oldest HVAC company

SILVER – Sanford and Sons Mechanical Services 3900 A Main St., 625-4822 www.sanfordandsons mech.com Sanford and Sons Mechanical is a third-generation HVAC company with hometown values. Readers say customer satisfaction is the company’s first priority in Oakley and surrounding areas. Father and son – Barney and Trevor – opened Sanford and Sons in Oakley when Trevor, a thirdgeneration heating and air specialist, wanted to expand his role in the family business. As co-owners, Barney is proud to work next to his son, Trevor, who also hopes to work next

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I like to say, ‘I’m fighting unexpected bad news with unprecedented good, ... No matter where you live, there’s beauty all around you. If you choose to look and see it, you can find it.

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Lauren Huffmaster's Adventure Therapy Foundation, left, and Oakley Rocks, above, tied with readers for this year's Best Nonprofit.

Local community groups empower, strenghten, support Lauren Huffmaster can tell you from experience fear is the deteriorating agent that comes with a cancer diagnosis, which is why she’s designed a nonprofit to empower and strengthen those impacted. Adventure Therapy Foundation rolled out earlier this year and has since sent families on trips in which Huffmaster encourages the adventurers to take some kind of fun risk, such as zip-lining.   “I want to push people forward … Cancer puts so much fear on you, the practice of taking risks on your own terms, it starts exercising that muscle of tackling fear, so you learn how to face it as a family on your own terms in a positive way,” she said. “I hope it will help (the whole family) deal with the big fear of cancer that people take years and years of overcoming after their diagnosis.” The East County resident also called the trips “sustainable,” as destinations are only about two to three hours away – somewhere the family could visit again. “Some organizations will often fly you around the country, but there’s nothing where it can serve you in your own space,” Huffmaster explained. The mission for this project came on the heels of her own diagnosis and combating the feelings it sparked for the

young wife and mother of three. Living with a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis, she realized there also seemed to be few organizations focused on restoring unity to the core family impacted by the disease. “The more I thought of it, the more significant it became,” she said. “Even throughout all four years of my cancer, no one’s ever asked about my kids – no one’s ever asked about my husband. There’s a lack of understanding for the people around you and how cancer is impacting millions of people while no one is talking about what it’s doing to the next generation.” So she set to work, combining her love of travel and planning with a conviction to help others in a similar situation. Behindthe-scenes work for the nonprofit took about six months before Huffmaster could officially begin recruiting families. Churches have partnered with her mission, nominating those in need and also sponsoring events. Businesses such as Vale Resorts have pitched in as well, contributing supplies where needed. And along with various donations through word of mouth and Facebook, Huffmaster admitted financing the excursions – from food and gas to the trip itself – has not been an issue. She’s been able to place her main focus on providing the family with relief and adventure.

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Huffmaster said she believed altering someone’s path, even just the tiniest bit, could have a significant impact on their ultimate destination. “I like to say, ‘I’m fighting unexpected bad news with unprecedented good,’” she said. “ ... No matter where you live, there’s beauty all around you. If you choose to look and see it, you can find it.” For more information, visit AdventureFound.org. Glorie Illian and Albert DesRuisseau administer Oakley Rocks, an offshoot of the international group that encourages the practice of random acts of kindness. The group tied with Adventure Therapy Foundation for Best Nonprofit. The idea behind Oakley Rocks, is to paint colorfully decorated rocks and hide them throughout town for others to find and keep, or replace with one of their own. Oakley Rocks has over 2,200 members including four of Oakley’s mayors, and the colorful rocks have been found in Germany, Sweden, Japan, Peru, and multiple states," said Illian. "The corners of the earth they reach continues to amaze us and grows everyday." Anyone interested in joining this project can visit Facebook and search and join Oakley Rocks.


Best Professional Services GOLD – Beyond Sound 584-1319 Established in 2011, Beyond Sound specializes in camera systems, whole house automation, surround sound and networking with a focus on customer service. The team cares about customers’ needs and takes pride in offering reasonable prices. See ad on page 29. SILVER – Scheer Security 3460 Main St., 625-7580

Horse Stables & Boarding GOLD – Rafter D’s 8400 Byron Highway, 625-2656

House Cleaning Service GOLD – Absolute Housekeeping 234-0573 www.brentwoodhouse keeping.com Adriana Beddingfield’s attention to detail has kept Absolute Housekeeping as one of the Best of Oakley for 14 years running. Adriana and her staff are proud to be a part of the Oakley community and thank

SILVER – Elizabeth’s House Cleaning 516-7165

In-Home Assisted Care GOLD – HomeLife Senior Care 6440 Brentwood Blvd., 240-5770 www.homelifeseniorcare.com HomeLife Senior Care is an award-winning, licensed, nonmedical home care agency in the Bay Area, dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the best in comfort and reliability. Its personalized and affordable services are available seven days a week and can range from a few hours a day to 24/7 live-in care. HomeLife Senior Care caregivers are highly trained, fully bonded and state registered, and they are ready to help you and your loved ones with a variety of daily activities. HCO#074700003. See ad on page 28.

Insurance Agent GOLD – Jeff MacDonald – Allstate 2103 Main St., 625-3820 https://agents.allstate.com/jeff-

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Kitchen Remodeling GOLD – Limitless Kitchen & Bath 230-0556 www.limitlesskb.com Established in 2009, Limitless Kitchen & Bath offers a one-stop shop for design, products and labor. The business treats its employees like family and works hard to go above and beyond for customers so they feel comfortable when Limitless crews are in their home. See ad on page 26. SILVER – CPC General Construction & Painting 679-2982 www.cpcconst.com Established in 2016, CPC General Construction & Painting is third-generation family owned. Their work is hands-on for all phases of the job from start to finish. CPC does not only kitchen and bath remodels, but also commercial tenant improvements, painting interior and exterior and general construction. They will complete the job on time and on budget. Quality is paramount, and they take pride in all their work. See ad on page 38.

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Landscape Contractor GOLD – Liaison Landscapes 752-5906 www.liaisonlandscapes.com Liaison Landscapes, a U.S. veteran-owned business, takes pride in serving the greater Bay Area with top quality design and build Landscapes for both residential and commercial applications. Experienced leadership and creative solutions make Liaison Landscapes’ service experience and finished products second to none. They offer custom water features, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, concrete and all other elements of landscape development. Reach out to East Bay Team Leader Mark Miguel to learn more about

how they can help you achieve your next great project! See ad on page 37. SILVER – AJ’s Landscaping 382-2139

Loan Officer GOLD – Laura Cunha – Stonecrest Lending 2170 Main St., 625-1471 SILVER – Carla Combs – Bank of the West 2195 Main St., 625-2211 www.bankofthewest.com Customers feel Carla Combs’ customer service is The Best because she knows how to ask the right questions. Backed by BNP Paribas, its parent company, Bank of the West has a small-town bank feel large enough to take care of all its customers’ needs. See ad on page 37.

Thank you for voting Allstate best of Oakley! 6 YEARS RUNNING!

Manicure GOLD – Secret Garden Salon 3663 Main St., 565-6893 SILVER – 4G Nails 2583 Main St., 625-4860 www.4gnailsoakley.com What is the 4G (generous, genuine, glorious and glamorous) way to celebrate your special occasion? A private spa party at 4G Nails! Enjoy a little luxury, relaxation and pampering with a nail spa party designed just for you and your guests. Whether you are celebrating prom, a birthday, girls’ night out, bachelorette party, bridal shower, baby shower or other festive event, 4G Nails will make it a memorable experience for you and your guests. Please call 4G

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Martial Arts Academy GOLD – Team Dumdumaya Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3460 Main St., 510-304-7213 SILVER – Big Break Jiu Jitsu 5351 Neroly Road, 398-3201

Massage Studio GOLD – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4580 www.sparetimeclubs.com Diamond Hills Spa is a magnificent, 3,500-square-foot, full-service

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Mortgage Office GOLD – Stonecrest Lending 2170 Main St., 625-1471

Orthodontist GOLD – Autumn Lake Dental 2199 Main St., 478-2735 SILVER – Diablo Vista Dental Care 3631 Main St., 679-9999 www.dvdental.com Diablo Vista Dental Care provides expert service from a friendly team their customers trust. The team uses only state-of-the-art dental and orthodontic procedures. Call today to schedule an introductory appointment, complete with free X-rays and an exam when you mention The Best of Oakley. See ad on Outside Back Cover.

Painter GOLD – Straightline Painting 684-2898

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SILVER – Bright Ideas 5085 Lone Tree Way 978-1800

Patio Covers GOLD – Sunbusters Patio Cover Company, Inc. 625-0120 www.sunbustersinc.com Sunbusters is a full-line, patio-cover dealer, offering freestanding or attached pergolas, lattice, trellis, insulated roof, non-insulated roof and louvered-roof patio covers. High referral rates reflect Sunbusters’ exemplary quality and steadfast way of doing business. Customers are educated on all materials and options to ensure they will be satisfied long after installation. Sunbusters is the only company to offer golf ball protection applications for clients living on golf courses. See ad on page 24.

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Pedicure GOLD – 4G Nails 2583 Main St., 625-4860 www.4gnailsoakley.com What is the 4G (generous, genuine, glorious and glamorous) way to celebrate your special occasion? A private spa party at 4G Nails! Enjoy a little luxury, relaxation and pampering with a nail spa party designed just for you and your guests. Whether you are celebrating prom, a birthday, girls’ night out, bachelorette party, bridal shower, baby shower or other festive event, 4G Nails will make it a memorable experience for you and your guests. Please call 4G Nails to schedule a personal

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is high quality. Customers can trust Precision Plumbing with all their plumbing needs. See ad on page 25.

SILVER – Secret Garden Salon 3663 Main St., 565-6893

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GOLD – Unique Pest Control 625-9901 “We love what we do.” The people at Unique Pest Control pride themselves on customer service and professional knowledge to customize a program that will best fit your pest problem. Unique Pest Control can do it all, including specialty work – birds, bats and rodent trapping – and green applications. Unique Pest Control will do what it takes to solve your pest issues. See ad on page 29. SILVER – Clark Pest Control 634-7555

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GOLD – Precision Plumbing 8580 Brentwood Blvd., 240-0565 www.precisionplumbing1.com Since 2011, Precision Plumbing has offered service, repair, replacement and installation on residential and commercial plumbing systems. The company’s general contractor brings a wealth of expertise on building practices to projects. Plumbers have diverse commercial education and are cross-trained to increase their knowledge, ensuring all work

GOLD – At Your Door Pool Service 584-1928 SILVER – Heavenly Blue Pool 234-2898

Preschool GOLD – Imaginations Preschool 679-0566 Imaginations Preschool is designed to inspire young minds. It provides a positive, structured, safe and secure learning environment, promoting self-expression with an emphasis on socialization, plus letter and number recognition. For more than 19 years, Imaginations has made flexibility, year-round classes and well-balanced meals a priority. Offering an accredited program and experienced, credentialed teachers, Imaginations is dedicated to preparing children for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning. See ad on page 25. SILVER – Sunshine House Preschool 875 W. Cypress Road, 625-5600

Private School GOLD – Little Wonders Preschool 914-1583 https://lwpreschool.wixsite. com/lwpreschool As one of Oakley’s Best for 12 years in a row, Little Wonders has been preparing children for kindergarten by integrating


Best Professional Services their natural curiosity and excitement to learn with a program developmentally appropriate for them. For more than 17 years, it has provided a warm home atmosphere, self-esteem and respect-building activities. Low child-to-teacher ratios allow children to receive the attention and structure needed to prepare them for their next educational milestone. Director Nanette Sposito has more than 23 years of experience in early childhood development. Little Wonders will be relocating to a new space on the border of Oakley and Brentwood for the new school year, where they will have two brand new classrooms and a spacious playground for the children to play and learn in. See ad on page 21.

SILVER – Sunshine House Preschool 875 W. Cypress Road, 625-5600

buying, selling or investing, she is your resource and go-to realtor for all your real estate needs. See ad on page 31.

Real Estate Agent – Female

SILVER – Laurie Wexner – Better Homes & Gardens 5887 Lone Tree Way, 383-8732 Laurie Wexner has been in the real estate industry since 1986, licensed since 1997 and earned her broker’s license in August. The #1 agent in East County since 2000, she assists all her clients according to their individual needs. See ad on page 34.

GOLD – Laura O. Medina – Keller Williams 191 Sand Creek Road, 683-3645 www.lmedina.kw.com Laura Medina has been in real estate since 2008. It is her passion, and she loves to help people achieve their home ownership dreams. She also stays active in the local community and belongs to the nonprofit organization Friends of Oakley. Always available to answer questions, her clients are her top priority, often staying clients and friends for life. If you are interested in

Real Estate Agent – Male GOLD – Ollie Steinwandt – Blue Line Property Group 5087 Lone Tree Way, 565-0699 www.ollie.ccproperty finder.com

Established in 2004, Ollie Steinwandt of Blue Line Property Group will handle all real estate needs from start to finish for every client, creating the best possible experience. Steinwandt is always available to assist clients, putting them first and building relationships well after the transaction closes. He handles residential real estate as well as property management. See ad on page 31. SILVER – Aaron Meadows – A. Meadows Real Estate & Property Management 3373 Main St., 625-4900 www.ameadows realestate.com Aaron Meadows is a thirdgeneration Oakley business owner and lifelong resident with a passion for the

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The City of Oakley marked the grand opening of the Oakley Recreation Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, April 13.

Oakley Recreation Center brings together community, families Oakley may be celebrating its 20th anniversary of cityhood this year, but it is the community who is receiving the gift. City leaders opened the new, longawaited recreation center at 1250 O’Hara Ave. on April 13 with a ribbon-cutting and open house. The 9,000-square-foot facility, located south of O’Hara Middle School and north of the Contra Costa Canal and De Anza Trail, features a large banquet room with a dividing partition, commercial kitchen, stage, meeting and office rooms and a large turf field. City officials said that the future community hub has been a long time coming, discussed since before the city’s 1999 incorporation. It’s funded using years of projectspecific general fund monies, park impact fees and bonds paid for through facilities impact fees, said Nancy Marquez-Suarez, human resources

manager and assistant to the city manager. “This facility is something Oakley has longed for since incorporating as a city,” she said. “It will be a great amenity to serve our growing community.” The county acquired the site’s seven-plus acres from the Moura family for parks, recreation and related public purposes prior to transferring it to Oakley during its 1999 incorporation. The city jumped into an agreement with the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA in 2004, after the organization committed to installing five temporary modular buildings for recreation programming, with the intent to construct a large recreational facility within five years. But when Mt. Diablo YMCA vacated the property in 2010, the city acquired the buildings. The temporary units — the city’s only recreation facilities — have been

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used for recreation classes, summer camps, after-school programs and as community rentals, but are nearing the end of their useful lifespan, said Marquez-Suarez, who noted that one has been removed, and city officials are hopeful the remaining four can last another four to five years. The new center’s design was approved in 2017, and the project has been a work-in-progress ever since. “Replacing some of the aging buildings left to Oakley by the YMCA allows us to continue providing the recreation programs that kids have become accustomed to,” said City Councilman Kevin Romick, “with the added benefit of offering families and community organizations a place to hold activities and events.” For information on renting the recreation center for a special event, call 925-7041. See ad on page 14.


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Real Estate Office GOLD – A. Meadows Real Estate & Property Management 3373 Main St., 625-4900 www.ameadows realestate.com Established in 2001, A. Meadows Real Estate deals in residential and commercial real estate sales as well as leasing and property management. The owner is a lifelong Oakley resident from a family that has been in Oakley for more than 110 years. Customers return for the quality of service and reputation. See ad on page 4. SILVER – Morning Star Properties, Inc. 4605 Rose Ave., 679-2100 www.morningstar properties.com For more than 37 years,

Morning Star Properties, Inc. has successfully helped people sell their homes for top dollar and assisted new buyers in finding their dream homes. Broker-owner Lynnda Mori and her team guarantee you will know for certain you made the right choice when choosing Morning Star Properties, Inc. Call today for a free consultation. See ad on page 30.

Real Estate Team GOLD – Morning Star Properties, Inc. 4605 Rose Ave., 679-2100 www.morningstar properties.com For more than 36 years, Morning Star Properties Inc. has successfully helped people sell their homes for top dollar and assisted new buyers in finding their dream homes. Broker-owner Lynnda Mori and her team guarantee you will know for certain you made the right choice when choosing Morning Star Properties Inc., and our readers agree, which is why they voted Morning Star Properties Inc. as one of The Best when it comes to real estate teams. Call today for a free consultation. See ad on page 28.

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SILVER – Wexner Team 5887 Lone Tree Way, 383-8732 Led by Laurie Wexner, a top listing agent since 2000, the Wexner Team helps people build wealth through real estate, Offering support with an energetic and enthusiastic approach, always in a timely manner. See ad on page 34.

Solar Company GOLD – Del Sol Energy 378-4107 www.delsolenergy.com Del Sol Energy focuses on education, transparency and customer experience above all else. The team uses the highest quality products, offers a 25-year workmanship warranty and has a range of $0 down financing options for both residential and commercial, including purchase, lease and more. The company was formed by seasoned solar experts who bring together extensive experience in both commercial and residential as well as electrical, construction management, solar manufacturing and businessdevelopment fields. The two partners – Josh Aldrich, CEO, and Matt Turville, COO – bring more than 30 combined

years of successful work in the solar industry. See ad on page 9. SILVER – West Coast Solar 516-3900

Swim Lessons GOLD – Carson Swim School 2601 Anderson Lane, 634-7946 www.carsonswimschool.com Since 1985, Carson Swim School has taught more than 38,000 children and adults the joy of swimming. Their first goal is teaching children to love and respect the water. The lesson programs encourage self-confidence and skill building in a positive and fun environment. Teachers use unique strategies that make learning to swim a successful experience. Small class sizes and 90-degree water keeps all swimmers happy and comfortable. The school is open seasonally from May through August. See ad on page 29. SILVER – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 www.sparetimeclubs.com Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa offers an incredible aquatics complex

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Tax Preparation GOLD – Hester Taxes & Bookkeeping 4700 Main St., 679-8256 www.hestertaxes.com Hester Taxes & Bookkeeping is a family-owned and operated business specializing in taxes and bookkeeping for individuals, small businesses and partnerships. It has been in the industry since 1995 and has more than 37 years of combined experience in the tax, business and finance industry. Hester Taxes & Bookkeeping treats clients as family and is there for all tax and bookkeeping needs yearround. As an enrolled agent, it is able to represent clients before the IRS for any and all tax matters. Hester Taxes & Bookkeeping takes the fear out of taxes. See ad on page 12.

SILVER – Accutax 2053 Main St., 625-8000

Travel Agent GOLD – Vacations & Voyages Inc. 639-9194 www.vacationsand voyages.net Vacations & Voyages Inc. was established in 2015 as a one stop-shop for all travel needs: cruises, vacation packages and tours. Whether you need vacation inspiration or know exactly what you’re looking for, they will get you the best value. Offering clients knowledge and expertise, they are committed to the best service and getting you your ideal vacation to create memories that last a lifetime. No question or concern is too small; if it’s important to their client, it’s important to them. See ad on page 33. SILVER – Cruise Planners 420-3867

Veterinarian GOLD – Cypress Veterinary Hospital 2037 Main St., 625-5330 www.cypressvethospital.net Cypress Veterinary Hospital has been taking care of Oakley pets for almost 25 years. The highly-trained, professional staff members

at Cypress Veterinary Hospital treat your pet as if it were their own. Stateof-the-art digital radiology, ultrasound, laser therapy and in-house laboratory equipment ensure your pet gets cutting-edge care. Dr. “Meena” Shanmugam and Dr. Kristyn Dilley joined Cypress Veterinary this year. Both are great additions to their team of doctors, which still includes the well loved Dr. April Ervin. See ad on page 20. SILVER – Oakley Veterinary Medical Center 4526 Main St., 625-3722 www.oakleyveterinary.com More than 13 years ago, Oakley Veterinary opened its doors and invited in local furry friends and family. The members of its well-trained and knowledgeable staff are all pet owners, making them even more accepting of every patient – no matter the temperament or breed. Full veterinary hospital services include an in-house lab, comprehensive surgical procedures, oral health, digital radiography and referral for further diagnostic services. Our readers say to put your pet first with Oakley Veterinary Medical Center. See ad on page 38.

Waxing GOLD – Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa 1510 Neroly Road, 420-4575 www.sparetimeclubs.com Diamond Hills Spa hosts a team of California-licensed estheticians skilled in a unique variety of full-body, head-to-toe waxing. With more than 20 years of combined experience, they use only cutting-edge techniques to result in the safest, cleanest and most pain-free hair removal experience possible for clients. The spa is obsessive when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene – they never recycle wax, they do not “double-dip,” and they use only 100% disposable products. See ad page 13. SILVER – Sina’s Nails 4532 Main St., 679-8179

Window Cleaning GOLD – Make 'M Shine Windows 203-9592 SILVER – Rain Gutter & Window Cleaning 216-2961 Our goal is

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Appetizer GOLD – Providence Bar & Eatery 2085 Main St., 625-0292 www.provoakley.com Come in and enjoy Providence Bar’s grilled chipotle shrimp, chicken wings in a variety of flavors, fully loaded potato skins, mozzarella sticks and more. Head down for happy hour and treat yourself to some delicious chicken wings for 75¢ each in flavors like buffalo, barbecue, lemon pepper, chipotle, teriyaki and fire. Happy hour is 5 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Come see why readers voted it The Best! See ad on page 42. SILVER – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com

If it’s onion rings you’re craving, Black Bear has them, served with bacon ranch dressing. See ad on page 47.

Breakfast GOLD – Oakley Bistro Punahele Tonnelier 3530 Main St., 626-8177 SILVER – 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 enjoy classic breakfasts with large servings at a great value. Black Bear staff members go out of their way to treat you like family and so does the kitchen – cooking the best omelets, scrambles and hash browns you’ve ever tasted. Stop by today and try the

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Best Eats & Drinks special recipe, sweet cream waffles and pancakes served with hometown hospitality. See ad on page 47.

SILVER – Los Charros Restaurant 2579 Main St., 679-8400 Awarded for its Mexican food, salsa and unrivaled burritos, Los Charros is the place to go for fresh catering. Los Charros offers full-service catering for parties of 25 or more, drop-off or pick-up options and staff service for parties of 50 or more. Delight guests at your next party with the flavors of some of Oakley’s Best fresh Mexican food. See ad on page 42.

Burrito GOLD – La Costa Taqueria 3100 Main St., 625-1515 Craving an authentic Mexican burrito? Come join the crew at La Costa for dine-in or takeout. La Costa offers catering, outdoor dining and quality food. Satisfy your hunger with a meaty burrito the La Costa way. See ad on page 46. SILVER – Los Charros Restaurant 2579 Main St., 679-8400 Awarded for its catering services, Mexican food and salsa, it’s no wonder Los Charros is an Oakley go-to for burritos. For the past 21 years, the restaurant has been serving homemade family recipes, giving its burritos a delicious legacy all around town. Los Charros also offers full-service catering for parties of 25 or more with staff service, drop-off or pick-up options. See ad on page 42.

Chinese Restaurant GOLD – Uncle Wong Restaurant 2005 Main St., 625-0607 SILVER – Silver River 3100 Main St., 625-9783

Coffee GOLD – Dutch Bros. Coffee 1092 Main St., 331-0933 www.dutchbros.com Dutch Bros. Coffee is far more than a great cup of Joe. In addition to coffee – including the new white coffee, which is stronger than regular espresso – drink connoisseurs enjoy smoothies, hot chocolate, frosts, Dutch Bros. private label energy drink, Blue Rebel and teas. Check out its constantly changing

Caterer GOLD – Taquiza Limon 2170 Main St., 684-4102

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Deli Sandwich GOLD – Mr. Pickles 3080 Main St., 684-4060 SILVER – Raley’s 2077 Main St., 625-0744 www.raleys.com Raley’s works with local farms to source the finest produce within 50 miles of the store, which is why our readers voted them as one of The Best places to find a fresh and high-quality sandwich. The team members are knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated to providing world-class service. See ad on page 43.

Desserts GOLD – Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream 2581 Main St., 666-8915 www.polarbearrolled icecream.com Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream was established in 2018 and makes everything with fresh ingredients. There are

a variety of unique and bold flavors, which are offered in both ice cream and milkshakes. The ice cream is rolled into spirals, providing entertainment for customers. Each order is made right before your eyes. Come visit this family-owned, welcoming environment and get yourself a treat! See ad on page 45. SILVER – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com Those who crave sweet understand – when you can start your meal with a delicious, old-fashioned milkshake and end it with a warm fruit cobbler, life is good. Black Bear Diner offers desserts to tempt every palate with seasonal favorites to shake things up. From creamy and dense bread puddings and melting, decadent lava cakes, to sundaes and regular or fruitfilled Black Bear claws, leave room for dessert – you’ll thank us later. See ad on page 47.

French Fries GOLD – McDonald’s 914 Main St., 754-6114 www.mcdonalds.com Oakley Press readers agree that you’ll find the most flavorful and crisp French fries at the newly remodeled

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3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com Building a burger is serious business. Slapping a patty inside a bun might work for some, but Black Bear Diner knows that to be one of The Best, more has to be done. Its burger menu offers the traditional version, but fans can also indulge in the western barbecue, the Parmesan sourdough cheeseburger and the newest addition to the burger family – the California burger. See ad on page 47.

McDonald’s. Order them with a burger or all by themselves – either way, you’ll get The Best. See ad on page 45. SILVER – Providence Bar & Eatery 2085 Main St., 625-0292 www.provoakley.com If you haven’t tried The Prov’s delicious, crispy fries, you are missing out. Enjoy the crowd-pleasing original flavor or go all out and try garlic, sriracha, cheese or chili cheese fries. The fries make a great treat alone or paired with a triple-decker turkey club or juicy hamburger. See ad on page 42.

Happy Hour GOLD – Providence Bar & Eatery 2085 Main St., 625-0292 www.provoakley.com Happy hour at Providence is truly the happiest place

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Best Eats & Drinks in Oakley. Go alone, with a date or in a group and enjoy combo platters and pitchers or buckets of beer served by fun-loving, friendly and happy staff. Happy hour is every Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. See our ad on page 42. SILVER – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com With live music on the deck most Saturday and Sunday nights and karaoke Friday through Sunday, the Rusty Porthole is raging during happy hour and every other hour, too. Awesome views of the Delta, friendly staff and

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Italian Restaurant GOLD – Buon Appetito 3070 Main St., 626-5414 www.buonappetito restaurant.net Chef Martino brings more than 30 years of culinary arts to Oakley. Prior to owning his restaurants – including Buon Appetito in Hayward – Chef Martino worked at Il Fornaio in San Francisco for seven years. He takes pride in serving homemade Italian pastas, breads and scrumptious desserts. The kitchen is constantly whipping up something new with the finest ingredients possible. See ad on page 43.

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Live Music GOLD – Sugar Barge RV Resort & Marina 1440 Sugar Barge Road, Bethel Island 684-9075 www.sugarbarge.com The marina at Sugar Barge is hopping during its Summer Saturdays! Patrons can find live music every weekend from 4 to 8 p.m. Come down and tap your toes to the rhythm and enjoy East County’s beautiful summer nights by the water. See ad on page 40. SILVER – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com With live music on the deck most Saturday and Sunday

nights and karaoke Friday through Sunday, the Rusty Porthole is raging during happy hour and every other hour, too. Awesome views of the Delta, friendly staff and delicious menu items and cocktails add to the long list of reasons to head out to “rock the dock.” See ad on page 42.

Meal Under $10 GOLD – Taco Bell 2015 Main St., 625-2330 SILVER – La Costa Taqueria 3100 Main St., 625-1515 At La Costa, all menu items cost less than $10, so you can feed a family of four without breaking the bank. La Costa’s super burrito will fill you up without emptying your wallet. Along with the lowest prices around, you can choose to dine in or take out. If you’re

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Emerson Ranch Park took top honors by readers for Best Park.

Best of The Rest Not all of our Best of Oakley winners can be displayed in the window of a business or showcased on an office wall, but they are worthy of kudos just the same. We call them the Best of The Rest, an outstanding group that complements this year’s winners and highlights what is best about Oakley and those who call it home.

BEST PARK When it comes to Oakley’s popular parks, residents had no trouble picking their favorite; Emerson Ranch Park situated along East Cypress Road. The five-acre park features a walking trail encircling a lake with a fountain, as well as a play structure, baseball field, basketball half-court, a soccer field, BBQs and picnic areas. Emerson Park is so popular with residents, it also took silver honors by our readers who dubbed it the Best Place to Show a Visitor and Best Place to Walk a Dog. Readers also loved Heartwood Park and gave it a silver award for Best Park, including in their praise its great playground and family-friendly environment.

BEST HISTORIC BUILDING The quaint brick building at 2380 Main Street won gold this year for the Oakley edifice with the most historic value. Currently home to the Oakley Bistro Punahele Tonnelier restaurant, the 150+-year-old building is a cherished treasure and local landmark.

BEST VIEW East County is known for its spectacular views of the Delta region, so choosing The Best View in Town wasn’t easy, but readers this year voted hands down for Big Break Marina. Situated less than two miles from downtown Oakley, the area is a magnet for people of all ages and interests. Another popular spot in the Delta, The Rusty Porthole Restaurant garnered silver in the Best View in Town category. The beautiful waterfront location in Bethel Island is a popular attraction for patrons who enjoy the restaurant’s cuisine, amazing views and relaxed atmosphere.

MOST COMMUNITY MINDED Oakley voters gave a double thumbs-up to Imaginations Preschool as the Most Community-Minded organization in town. The popular preschool lends a helping hand to families and organizations throughout the city. Right behind them was Muddy Paws Grooming, agreed upon by readers as the silver winner for Most CommunityMinded with their community-centric approach to residents and their fur babies.

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The beauty of Big Break Marina was voted by readers as the Best View in town.

BEST PLACE TO WALK A DOG BEST PLACE TO SHOW A VISITOR With a variety of gorgeous Delta spots to visit in Oakley, readers gave top honors to Big Break Regional Park as the Best Place to Walk a Dog and Best Place to Show a Visitor.


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GOLD – Oakley Bistro Punahele Tonnelier 3530 Main St., 626-8177 SILVER – Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream

GOLD – Oakley Bistro Punahele Tonnelier 3530 Main St., 626-8177 SILVER – La Costa Taqueria 3100 Main St., 625-1515 Do you crave an authentic Mexican meal in a comfortable outdoor setting? Visit La Costa and savor quality food with a revitalizing side of fresh air. Enjoy dining al fresco next to the soothing sounds of the Oakley Plaza fountain. Folks at La Costa love serving you and strive to please daily. Well-behaved dogs are

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SILVER – Sabrina’s Pizzeria 2587 Main St., 625-2540

Pizza Delivery GOLD – Mountain Mike’s Pizza 2091 Main St., 625-0770 www.mountainmikes pizza.com Prompt delivery of quality pizza generously topped with the freshest ingredients makes Mountain Mike’s a logical choice for our Oakley Press readers. Mountain Mike’s

says, “Thanks for all your votes and support over the years!” See ad on page 46. SILVER – Round Table Pizza 2190 Main St., 625-1700 www.roundtablepizza.com Round Table has been a favorite in Oakley for 33 years. It delivers a full menu of products with something for everyone: pizza, classic wings, boneless wings, flatbreads, salad and garlic Parmesan twists. If it’s freshness, flavor and variety you crave – and punctuality you demand – Round Table delivers the goods to your home or office. See ad on page 47.

Pizza Variety GOLD – Sabrina’s Pizzeria 2587 Main St., 625-2540 SILVER – Round Table Pizza 2190 Main St., 625-1700 www.roundtablepizza.com Round Table makes its dough and sauce fresh daily and offers a wide selection of delicious specialty pizzas. You can also build your own masterpiece from three unique crusts, five flavorful sauces and more than 25 fresh toppings. The lunch buffet is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily, and Tuesday is family night buffet from 5 to 8 p.m. Round Table

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SILVER – Los Charros Restaurant 2579 Main St., 679-8400 Awarded for its unrivaled burritos, salsa and catering services, Los Charros is the place to go for fresh Mexican food. For the past 21 years, the restaurant has been serving homemade family recipes, giving its burritos and its newest chili verde dinners a delicious legacy all around town. Los Charros also offers full-service catering for parties of 25 or more. See ad on page 42.

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GOLD – La Costa Taqueria 3100 Main St., 625-1515 Want an authentic Mexican meal? Join the crew at La Costa for dine-in, take-out or catering. Satisfy your hunger with delicious burritos, enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas the La Costa way. See ad on page 46.

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Place for Karaoke GOLD – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com With karaoke every Friday through Sunday, the Rusty Porthole has Oakley voters heading down to take a turn on the mic. Awesome views of the Delta, friendly staff and delicious menu items and cocktails add to the long list of reasons to head out to “rock the dock.” Plan to join the Bethel Island regulars for a fun time singing and dancing on the waterfront. See ad on page 42.

Place for a Romantic Date GOLD – Oakley Bistro Punahele Tonnelier 3530 Main St., 626-8177 SILVER – Buon Appetito 3070 Main St., 626-5414 www.buonappetito restaurant.net Serving authentic Italian cuisine that everyone will fall in love with, Buon Appetito’s ambiance will provide an evening filled with flavors to please your palate and your experience. That’s amore! See ad on page 43.

Restaurant for Kids GOLD – Sabrina’s Pizzeria 2587 Main St., 625-2540 SILVER – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com

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Salad GOLD – Black Bear Diner 3201 Main St., 625-3555 www.blackbeardiner.com Black Bear Diner now has six yummy salads to choose from, including its Fit Focused Fresh Salads, all under 550 calories. See ad on page 47. SILVER – Mountain Mike’s Pizza 2091 Main St., 625-0770 www.mountainmikes pizza.com Mountain Mike’s offers only fresh vegetables and quality meat on its full salad buffet. For the ultimate all-youcan-eat experience, our readers urge you to check out Mountain Mike’s for the best salad. See ad on page 46.

Salsa GOLD – Los Charros Mexican Restaurant 2579 Main St., 679-8400 Whether your taste in salsa is mild or hot, red or green, you’ll find Los Charros’ salsa exploding with flavor. It’s made fresh daily from scratch, and you can taste the difference. Our readers urge all salsa lovers to experience Los Charros’ salsa along with its award-winning burritos and other Mexican food delights. See ad on page 42.

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GOLD – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island, 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com When it comes to soups, if

GOLD – Providence Bar & Eatery 2085 Main St., 625-0292 www.provoakley.com Check out Providence Bar’s new 82-inch TV, along with six other TVs to watch your favorite sports, including baseball, basketball or NFL Ticket. Come enjoy any game while ordering from the irresistible menu and full bar. See ad on page 42. SILVER – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com With live music on the deck most Saturday and Sunday nights and karaoke Friday through Sunday, the Rusty Porthole is raging during happy hour and every other

GOLD – Providence Bar & Eatery 2085 Main St., 625-0292 www.provoakley.com The Providence Bar & Eatery grills up USDA choice New York strip to your liking. Pair it with The Prov’s signature house potato salad, fries or a baked potato and drinks. Those with a sweet tooth can also grab a freshly made milkshake or decadent dessert. See ad on page 42.

Tri-tip Sandwich GOLD – Providence Bar & Eatery 2085 Main St., 625-0292 www.provoakley.com Grilled fresh daily and rubbed with The Prov’s secret spices, the tri-tip sandwiches have fresh thick slices of smoked tri tip piled high on top of a French roll. They are out-of-this-world good! See ad on page 42.

Waiter/Waitress GOLD – Tammy Schwiesow – Black Bear Diner

TIE – SILVER – Danielle Peeler – Rusty Porthole 3893 Willow Road, Bethel Island 684-3607 www.rustyporthole.com You may come in as a stranger but will leave as a friend, thanks to waitress Daniell Peller at the Rusty Porthole. Those who frequent the establishment in Bethel Island have come to know her as a happy and gracious individual. Stop by and see why the Best of Oakley readers voted Dani as an award-winning waitress! See ad on page 42. TIE – SILVER – Esmeralda Castro – 7 Mares Grill 200 W. Cypress Road, 679-3795

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SILVER – La Costa Taqueria 3100 Main St., 625-1515 What is a great Mexican restaurant without an authentic, flavorful salsa to go along with your meal? At La Costa, the exceptional salsa is made with fresh tomatoes, multiple varieties of peppers and some secret ingredients known only by a few. This is a perfect accompaniment to delicious menu offerings, but don’t take our word for it. Go try it for yourself! See ad on page 46.

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Advertiser Index 4G Nails ......................................... 38

Dutch Bros. Coffee .......................... 41

Oakley Chevron Inc. ........................ 20

A&G Printing .................................. 26

Fairview Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. .................... 5

Oakley Chiropractic ........................ 33

A. Meadows Real Estate & Property Management .................. 4 Absolute Housekeeping Services .... 20 Arco AM/PM .................................... 7 BAC Community Bank .................... 27 Bank of the West ............................ 37 Beyond Sound ................................ 29 Black Bear Diner ............................ 47 Brookfield Homes ............................. 3 Buon Appetito ................................ 43 C.P.C. Construction & Painting ........ 38 Carson Swim School ....................... 29 City of Oakley Parks & Recreation ......................... 14 Claremont Homes, Inc. ................... 23 Contra Costa Auto Sales ................. 12 Cutino's Feed & Tire ....................... 18 Cypress Square ........ Inside Back Cover Cypress Veterinary Hospital ............ 20 Del Sol Energy .................................. 9 Delta Dog Camp ............................. 17

Gold Coast Appliance Service.......... 39 Good Finds "The Weekend Warehouse" ............. 14 Hairy Hounds ................................... 1

Oakley Executive RV & Boat Storage ...... Inside Front Cover Oakley Post Office .......................... 23 Oakley Self Storage ........................ 10

Handydads LLC .............................. 18

Oakley Veterinary Medical Center ............................... 38

Hester Taxes and Bookkeeping ....... 12

Old School Concrete ....................... 35

HomeLife Senior Care ..................... 28

Ollie Steinwandt – Blue Line Property Group ............... 31

Hook Line & Sinker .........................11 Imaginations Pre-School ................. 25 Journey RV Center .......................... 21 La Costa Taqueria ........................... 46 Laura Medina – Keller Williams ..... 31 Laurie Wexner – Better Homes & Garden ................. 34 Les Schwab Tire Center .................. 19 Liaison Landscape .......................... 37

Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream ........... 45 Pompei Nursery ...............................11 Precision Plumbing & Contracting Inc. .............................. 25 Providence Bar & Eatery ................ 42 Raley's ............................................ 43 Rancho Co-Op .................................11 Round Table Pizza .......................... 47

Limitless Appliance & Design ......... 26

Rusty Porthole ................................ 42

Little Wonders Preschool ................ 21

Sanford and Sons Mechanical Services ......................... 2

Los Charros Mexican Restaurant .... 42 MacDonald Ins. Agency – Allstate ... 32 McDonald's .................................... 45

Stepz Dance Fitness Studio ............ 33 Sugar Barge Resort & Marina ........ 40

Morgan Legal Services ................... 25

Sunbusters Patio Cover Company, Inc. ....................... 24

Morning Star Properties, Inc. ......... 28

True Edge Barbershop .................... 12

Mountain Mike's Pizza .................... 46

Unique Pest Control ........................ 29

Diamond Hills Sports Club & Spa ... 13

Muddy Paws Grooming ................... 23

Vacations & Voyages Inc. ................ 33

Diaz Insurance Agency – Farmers ... 22

Oakley Ace Hardware ..................... 15

Wayne's Smog Inspection Station ... 18

Delta Watercraft ............................. 14 Dependable Carpet Cleaning .......... 26 Diablo Vista Dental Care........... Outside Back Cover

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