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Phyllis Pfeiffer | PUBLISHER Lorine Wright | EXECUTIVE EDITOR Claire Harlin | EDITOR Karen Billing | SENIOR NEWS WRITER Don Parks | AD DIRECTOR Anna Mitchell, Teri Westover, Rosie Avina | ADVERTISING Beau Brown | ART DIRECTOR Jennifer Mikaeli | GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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North Coast BEST NEW RESTAURANT 1 Smash Burger 2 Zels Del Mar 3 Orange Blossom BEST BREAKFAST 1 Claires On Cedros 2 The Original Pancake House 3 Champagne Bakery BEST LUNCH 1 Del Mar Rendezvous 2 The Fish Market 3 Fidel's Little Mexico BEST TAKEOUT 1 Leucadia Pizzeria 2 Sammys Woodfired Pizza 3 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill BEST BRUNCH 1 The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 2 Karl Strauss Brewing Company 3 Poseidon BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT 1 Sammy's Woodfired Pizza 2 Souplantation 3 Fidel's Little Mexico BEST OUTDOOR RESTAURANT 1 Pacifica Del Mar 3 The Beach House 2 Posideon BEST BURGER 1 In & Out 2 The Counter 3 Five Guys BEST DESSERT 1 Champagne Bakery 2 Nothing Bundt Cakes 3 Cupcake Love 3 Del Mar Swirls BEST MARGARITA 1 En Fuego Cantina & Grill 2 Fidel's Little Mexico 3 Chevy's Fresh Mex BEST PIZZA 1 Leucadia Pizzeria 2 Pizza Port 3 Sammy's Woodfired Pizza BEST SANDWICH 1 Board & Brew 2 Milton's 3 Jersey Mikes

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Congratulations to our 2011 ‘Best of’ Contest Winners and Nominees This special section features the Gold, Silver and Bronze place finishers in the popular 2011 “Best Of” contest for various businesses and professional services in Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Solana Beach. Congratulations to all those who won honors and were nominated. Not only is this a very competitive field as the North Coastal area boasts many of the top businesses and professionals in San Diego, the country’s economy over the past few years has made it more of a challenge than ever for businesses to thrive. For these businesses to not only thrive but excel is a tes-

tament to the skill, dedication and expertise of their owners and staff. Thanks, also, to the many readers of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News and Solana Beach Sun for taking the time to vote and show these businesses that the quality of their services are admired and appreciated. Businesses are the foundation of the American economy and an integral part of every community. With this special section we salute the businesses and professionals that serve our communities so well!

Cathedral Catholic High School Tops Again BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL: CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – GOLD Cathedral Catholic High School is honored to have been selected as “The Best Private School” by San Diego’s North Coast readers in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Cathedral Catholic High School is a Catholic faith community serving students with a strong college preparatory education, while providing the character formation necessary for responsible global citizenship. A four-year Catholic preparatory school in the Diocese of San Diego for young men and women, 98 percent of Cathedral Catholic High School graduates are college bound. Co-curricular programs, sports and Cathedral Catholic High School “Student Ambassadors” service activities are offered. StuChurch. Our goal is to develop a community of learners dents enjoy memberships in 47 social clubs. More than 75 dedicated to generative, lifelong learning that teaches stupercent of students participate in team or club sports. CCHS dents to assume responsibility for their own educational and won six CIF Championships during this past school year. spiritual growth. We pursue this goal by partnering with parAdditionally, students raise funds for charitable causes and ents to facilitate this educational process and by modeling participate in campus drama productions. intellectual and Christian behavior. Our rigorous program of education is offered in a nurCathedral Catholic High School. 5555 Del Mar Heights turing community based on the teachings of the Catholic Rd., San Diego CA 92130; (858) 623-4000.

Beasley Cleaners: Generations of Excellence BEST DRY CLEANER: BEASLEY CLEANERS – GOLD Thank you to all our customers for voting us #1 dry cleaner in the 2011 Readers’ Choice “Best of” awards. Everyone at Beasley Cleaners is so excited to receive this award for the third consecutive year. We are very fortunate to be a part of such a special community, and truly appreciate our customers every day. The Beasley family has been in dry cleaning for four generations. Terry Beasley has more than 40 years experience, and has been in Carmel Valley for the last 20 years.

The employees at Beasley Cleaners have almost 100 years of combined experience, and many have been with Terry for at least 10, and some even 20 years. We take pride in our work and look forward to serving you with all your dry cleaning needs. For more information, call Terry Beasley 858-792-7578 or visit www.beasleycleaners.com. Beasley Cleaners is located at 3840 Valley Centre Dr., # 605, San Diego, 92130.


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Dan & Julie Sherlock with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Honored by First Place Win for 2011 Reader’s Choice Award BEST MORTGAGE CONSULTANTS – GOLD

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North Coast BEST SUSHI 1 Nobu 2 Zenbu 3 Sushi Station BEST SEAFOOD 1 The Fish Market 2 Pacifica Del Mar 3 Jake's Del Mar BEST AMERICAN 1 Bully's Del Mar 2 Pamplemousse Grill 3 Beach Grass Café BEST ASIAN FUSION 1 Del Mar Rendevous 2 Zip Fusion 3 East Village Asian Diner BEST CHINESE 1 Del Mar Rendevous 2 P.F. Chang's 3 Double Happiness BEST FRENCH 1 Mille Fleurs 2 Champagne Bakery 3 Addison-The Grand Del Mar BEST ITALIAN 1 Vigilucci's 2 Il Fornaio 3 Trattoria Trulli BEST MEXICAN 1 Fidel's Little Mexico 2 Tony Jacal 3 En Fuego Cantina & Grill BEST THAI 1 Taste of Thai 2 Spices Thai Café 3 Bankok Bay Thai BEST BAKERY 1 Champagne Bakery 2 Village Mill Bread Company 3 Thyme in the Ranch BEST CAFÉ 1 Pannikin 2 Champagne 2 Thyme in the Ranch 3 Pacifica Breeze Café BEST COFFEE 1 Starbucks 2 Petes Coffee & Tea 3 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Dan and Julie Sherlock would like to thank the readers for voting them the 2011 Readers’ Choice “Best Mortgage Consultants.” They are honored to receive this award from their community. Dan and Julie have been members of the Carmel Valley/Del Mar community since 1988. They live, work, raise their kids, and volunteer in this great coastal area. Dan and Julie have worked as home mortgage consultants for over 25 years. They work as a team at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and understand the challenges of today’s real estate market and finance industry. Dan and Julie are dedicated to providing their customers with top customer service and innovative financing solu-

tions to meet their homebuying and refinance needs. Even after they close the loan, Team Sherlock’s service to their customers still continues. From your first home purchase, to a refinance, to the purchase of a second home or investment property, they are with you all the way. Dan (NMLSR ID 453574) and Julie (NMLSR ID 455249) are conveniently located in the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office in the

Vons Shopping Center next to Avis; 3890 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92130; (858) 997-9300. Call, stop by their office, or visit their website at www.sherloans. com today. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. ©2011 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. NMLSR ID 399801 AS821380 9/11-12/11 An Equal Housing Lender.

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Del Mar Floral & Gifts: Serving North County for over 30 yrs BEST FLORIST: DEL MAR FLORAL & GIFTS – GOLD Del Mar Floral & Gifts is a familyowned, local florist operated by Anne Engert, now the second generation in the European-born Engert family. The business has been serving coastal North County for over 30 years. We take pride in our unique designs, our professional staff, and in providing excellent customer service. We welcome custom orders of any kind, fresh or artificial. Our succulent gardens and European plant gardens are made right on the premises. We carry a large selection of tropical flowers, as well as imported and locally-grown prodDel Mar Floral & Gifts has been serving coastal North County for over uct. We always have unique and beautiful 30 years. orchid plants, seasonal blooming and green by phone, fax, or place your order online. We are here to plants, as well as gift items, soft and cuddly stuffed animals, serve you seven days a week. Contact: 858-755-0303; 800and balloons. Our fruit and gourmet baskets are made-to-or221-3842; www.delmarfloral.com; aengert@delmarfloral. der with only the freshest products available. com. Let us help you with your floral gifts today! Contact us

Swirls Frozen Yogurt: Here We Grow Again! BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT: DEL MAR SWIRLS – GOLD Evan Wilensky, a 2002 Torrey Pines graduate and CEO of ESW Investments, Inc., does it again! Swirls Frozen Yogurt was voted #1 for “Best Frozen Yogurt” in this newspaper group’s 2011 Readers Choice contest. The opening of Del Mar Swirls in 2008 was an instant success, with 52 non-fat and low fat rotating flavors, including Cake Batter, Red Velvet, Dulce De Leche , Tart Pomegranate, Cookies and Cream and many more flavors, along with 24 dry toppings AND fresh fruit bought and prepared fresh daily. Evan continued his success by opening Encinitas Swirls in 2009 and now Evan will be opening his third location this fall, Carmel Valley Swirls (in the Del Mar Highlands Center). “I love interacting with my customers, serving a healthy quality product and making sure that every one of my customers has a great time and experience at all of my Swirls locations,” Evan said. Please contact us at www.DelMarSwirls.com or www.EncinitasSwirls.com.

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Fleischer & Associates: The Family Law Experts BEST LAYWER: MYRA CHACK-FLEISCHER – GOLD Fleischer & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are “The Family Law Experts.” Every member of our legal team possesses the rare skill set allowing them to be a lamb, a pit bull and a fox on your behalf. Getting you through this tough time fast and easily is our goal. We start by informing you so you know and fully understand your rights. Then, our expert family law attorneys explore your options. From here, we get right to work and work hard to protect you and get closure. This is why we are unlike any other family lawyers.

Not sure where to start or what to do with your family law situation? Take advantage of a FREE, no obligation 30-minute consultation with an attorney. We will help make sense of the confusing legal jargon and explore your options. Fleischer & Associates can assist with any of the following: Divorce/Dissolution, Custody, Support, Division, Agreements, Appeals, Estate Planning &Taxation, Immigration and Bankruptcy. We can be contacted at 858-720-8250 or visit our website at www.fleischerlawoffice.com.

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BEST SENIOR LIVING: LA COSTA GLEN – GOLD Ideally situated at the base of verdant coastal hillsides in scenic Carlsbad, La Costa Glen is a continuing care retirement community that offers security, independent living and more. Sitting on a sprawling 55-acre campus, our expansive community boasts a number of amenities and accommodation options, and a variety of onsite services designed to help you live better, for longer. Plus, our adjacent Health Center is Medicarecertified and has been awarded its highest rating (Five-Star) for excellence and care, offering assisted living, skilled nursing care and memory support. Please call us today at 1-800-375-3499 to schedule a personal tour and lunch, or visit us online at www.LaCostaGlen.com.

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT: MILLE FLEURS – GOLD Rancho Santa Fe’s renowned Mille Fleurs restaurant was awarded the 2011 Gold Medal for Best French Restaurant by the readers of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News and the Solana Beach Sun. The beloved North County restaurant has updated its look and cuisine just in time for fall, boasting a newly renovated patio and creative casual/bar menu crafted around the season’s harvest. Featuring Chef de Cuisine Martin Woesle’s highly acclaimed French Californian fare, the nationally-regarded restaurant has once again proven to be one of San

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Mille Fleurs Contiunued from Page 6 Diego’s culinary gems. Visit Mille Fleurs Sunday through Thursday for the $40 prix-fixe menu or enjoy the restaurant’s new casual/bar menu nightly in the fountain room and bar area. The appetizingly affordable casual/bar menu features fall-inspired menu items ranging from $8 to $19. Mille Fleurs is located at 6009 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. Reservations are welcomed and can be made by calling 858-756-3113. For more information, visit www.millefleurs.com or connect with Mille Fleurs on Facebook and Twitter.

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Savor and Save with The Fish Market’s Flavorful ‘Early Catch’ Menu BEST SEAFOOD: THE FISH MARKET – GOLD

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North Coast BEST DELI 1 Milton's 2 Harvest Ranch Market 3 Tip Top Meats

BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT 1 Del Mar Swirls 2 Golden Spoon 3 Baskin Robbins BEST VEGETARIAN 1 Naked Café 2 Souplantation 3 Zinc Café BEST PHARMACY 1 CVS Pharmacy 2 Rite Aid 3 Vons BEST FURNITURE 1 Birdcage 2 Lawrance Furniture 3 Nettle Creek BEST FLOORING 1 Coles 2 MJ Flooring 3 Metro Flooring BEST BANK 1 Bank of America 2 Wells Fargo-RSF 3 Union Bank BEST HOTEL 1 L'Auberge Del Mar 2 The Grand Del Mar 3 Rancho Valencia BEST MEN'S APPAREL 1 Jos. A. Bank 2 Gary's Studio 3 Patrick James BEST WOMEN'S APPAREL 1 Ronda's Closet 2 Ooh La La 3 Studio 1220 BEST EYE WEAR/SUNGLASSES 1 Sunglass Hut 2 Optical Illusion 3 Vision Boutique BEST JEWELRY 1 Highland Jewelers 1 Robere's Fine Jewelry 2 Diamond Boutique 2 Martin Katz 3 RSF Estate & Fine Jewelers

The Fish Market Del Mar offers a special $12 fixed-price “Early Catch” menu between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. “Early Catch” entrees include mesquite-grilled skewered combination — pacific cod, tiger shrimp, scallops, bell pepper, onions; mesquite grilled Pacific Red Snapper and tartar sauce; Panko-style Fish and Chips served with fries and coleslaw; Bay Shrimp Louie salad containing field greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, egg and homemade Louie dressing; crispy Dijon crusted Tilapia topped with nectarine salsa; and mesquite grilled Cajun-style Sea of Cortez Prawns with melted butter. Entrees are served with a choice of appetizers, two sides and The Fish Market’s irresistible sourdough bread. The Fish Market won first place for Best Seafood and second place for Best Lunch in the “2011 Readers’ Choice Best of North Coast” poll. The Fish Market is located at 640 Via de la Valle, across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Call (619) 755-2277 for more information.

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Highlands Jewelers at Piazza Carmel Continues to Shine BEST JEWELRY: HIGHLANDS JEWELERS – GOLD Highlands Jewelers has been a prominent business in Carmel Valley since 1989. Its owner and jeweler Victor Manoushakian is always busy repairing, designing or creating new pieces every day. He takes much pride in taking care of each and every customer — Victor is well known for his honesty and customer service. Victor is a craftsman who got his start working in his uncle’s workshop. Over the years he has studied in Lebanon, Montreal, and San Diego. His vast experience and knowledge is what he loves passing on to his customers. Recently, he was in Lafayette, Louisiana, learning the process of “Laser Soldering,” and purchased the laser machine. This method requires no heat; therefore, there is much less stress on the precious pieces he works on. He works on yellow and white gold and Platinum, and can repair silver and other metals as long as they can be repaired. We do all repairs and designing on the premises.

Highlands Jewelers provides services in watch repair, appraisals, and jewelry repair. They buy old gold and diamonds. Thank you to our community for your unconditional support and loyalty, once again voting us the best jewelry store in town. Highlands Jewelers is located at 3830 Valley Center Dr., ste.706, San Diego, 92130; 858-481-9193; fax 858-481-3723; highlandsjewelers@yahoo.com; www. highlandsjeweler.net.

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: A Variety of Choices BEST BRUNCH: THE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE – GOLD Our “Hotel Gift Cards” is a fantastic way to surprise a friend, loved one or colleague with a memorable luxurious sleeping accommodation or dining experience at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, where the natural beauty of the surroundings couldn’t be more romantic. For more information about purchasing our gift card please visit our web site at www.theinnatrsf.com or call 858-756-1131. Innfusion Restaurant: Enjoy the charm and romance of “Innfusion,” the Inn’s signature dining room featuring the finest and freshest organic local ingredients with California along with “East Meets West” cuisine. You can purchase Executive Chef John Beriker Inn Cookbooks, call 858-756-1131 or visit the front desk. Cooking Lessons: Award-winning Executive Chef John Beriker also specializes in children and adult private cooking lessons. Chef John conducts hands-on techniques with all the ingredients of great success, fun, entertainment, education and food preparation. Weddings: The Inn is a truly romantic and unique designation specializing in weddings, special events and conferences with the utmost in personalized service and cuisine. Come Home For The Holidays by calling us for your dining or private party reservations during Thanksgiving

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe walkway and Christmas. Our Executive Chef has specially-created holiday menu buffets featuring all of the freshest local ingredients to make your dining experience unsurpassable. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is located at 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe; 858-756-1131; www.theinnatrsf. com.


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Kitchen 1540 Redesigns and Ups the Ante with New Menu BEST HOTEL: L’AUBERGE DEL MAR – GOLD

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Chef Paul McCabe’s AAA four-diamond KITCHEN 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar recently unveiled its third incarnation, with credit going to the interior design helm of Andre Kikoski, erudite General Manager Brian LaFontaine and the renowned mixologist Darby Kelly, from Wynn, Las Vegas.Quips LaFontaine, “This building is a restaurant that happens to have a hotel attached to it, so if you overindulge you can stay the night.” The new upholstery and wall coverings make the room more vibrant. There are sleek modern honey-gold chairs from France that give the room the added pop of color it’s been missing. Says McCabe, “There is now fresh artwork, different lighting, new uniforms, and a menu makeover — so the look and feel of it,

and the way people come in to dine, is completely different.” Unlike no other, the White Flag menu, as it’s called, has no written menu — rather, the servers gather information from the guests: food preferences, dietary restrictions, or whether they are looking for opulent ingredients like foie gras or caviar. Then the kitchen builds a completely spontaneous menu. They keep sending out food-paired with cocktails, beer or wine-until you wave the white flag or surrender. Then they send out two dessert courses. Now taking reservations. For more information, please visit www.laubergedelmar or www.kitchen1540.

BEST FLORIST 1 Del Mar Floral and Gifts 2 Rancho Santa Fe Flowers and Gifts 3 Flower Hill Florist BEST MARKET/GROCERY 1 Henry's Farmers Market 2 Seaside Market 3 Jimbo's Naturally BEST TRAVEL AGENCY 1 World Class Vacations 2 Gayle Gillies Travel 3 Worldview Travel BEST HAIR SALON 1 Rocco's Hair Design 2 Beauty Bundles 3 V's Barbershop BEST DAY SPA 1 La Costa Resort & Spa 2 L' Auberge Del Mar 3 Rancho Valencia 3 The Grand Del Mar BEST HEALTH CLUB 1 Pacific Athletic Club 2 Frogs Fitness 3 Curves BEST YOGA 1 Haute Yoga 2 Sculpt Fusion 3 Yoga Del Mar BEST SENIOR LIVING 1 La Costa Glen 2 Emeritus 3 La Vida Del Mar BEST ART GALLERY 1 Del Mar Art Center 2 Timmons Galleries 3 Lux Art Institute BEST LAWYER 1 Myra Chack-Fleischer 2 Nancy Bickford 3 Haymes Law Group

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Royal Dance Academy Thanks Loyal Supporters BEST DANCE STUDIO: ROYAL DANCE ACADEMY – GOLD The Royal Dance Academy was voted best dance studio AGAIN! And owner Francine Garton offers a sincere thank you to all the wonderfully loyal supporters that voted for her studio this year. “I am really delighted and proud of all the good things we offer at the RDA. I can’t thank the parents and students enough for their loyal support and commitment to our studio. We have a wonderful, friendly, family atmosphere and we work tirelessly to nurture that. I owe a debt of gratitude to all those who took the time to vote and thank all of them for showing another element of their support and recognition of our studio,” commented Francine. The award is a timely one, as the RDA is just opening the doors of its brand new studios (situated next to Hallmark in the Piazza Carmel Shopping Centre) in Carmel Valley. The four-studio facility has evolved from the architect’s plans to reality in three months. The ultra-modern and

tastefully designed studios will provide students with the ideal place to learn all disciplines of dance and acting. All four new dance studios have every conceivable accessory to assist and enhance the dance experience. New sprung floors, full mirrors on all walls, professional new music systems and lighting, closed circuit TV and viewing windows for parents, full-time office staff to assist at all times with all dance matters, and an extensive choice of classes for dancers of all ages and levels. More than 150 classes are available, including classes for recreational dancers, competition teams, serious ballet students (R.A.D. examinations included) and a new acting and theatre program led by Carol Irwin, an acting professional and agent from Los Angeles. The new Royal Dance Academy studios are ready now to welcome you. For information, call 858-350-9770 or visit our webpage at www.royaldanceacademy.com


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Smoot, Sadrian and Hollan Voted Top Plastic Surgeons BEST PLASTIC SURGEON: DR. SMOOT – GOLD The Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News and Solana Beach Sun’s 7th annual 2011 Readers’ Choice poll have awarded the plastic surgery practice of Smoot, Sadrian and Hollan the number one Gold winner “Best Cosmetic Surgeons” in San Diego’s North County. The practice specializes in plastic surgery procedures, laser treatments and skincare at its state-ofthe-art, private surgical facilities and skin care center on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Dr. John Smoot is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, and Dr. Wendell Smoot has been peer-voted Top Doctor in San Diego for five consecutive years. Dr. Carol Hollan is San Diego’s first female board-certified plastic surgeon, while Dr. Reza Sadrian is one of only a few plastic surgeons in the country dually

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Ronda’s Closet BEST WOMEN’S APPAREL: RONDA’S CLOSET In an area filled with expensive designer boutiques, cookie-cutter department store chains, and very little inbetween, finding a fashionable, unique wardrobe without breaking the bank can be a real challenge. But Ronda Chowaiki, a 30-year veteran of the retail, wholesaling and merchandising industries, made it a bit easier in October 2004 when she flung open the doors of Ronda’s Closet.

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Ronda’s Closet is a women’s and girls’ fashion mecca filled with affordable treasures retrieved from as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as New York and Paris. Highlights range from a wide variety of denim and tops, to dresses in every color and shape. There’s also a complete line of distinctive accessories, such as Liquid Metal mesh bracelets, purses of every size and an abundance of Ronda Chowaiki earrings and necklaces you can’t get enough of. Archipelago & Votivo candles fill the air with scents you have to have. Some might say that this retailer is an extension of Ronda’s own closet: it is full of reasonably priced, contemporary pieces. “I know what I like to spend on myself and my kids, so 90 percent of the items in the store are under $100,” said Ronda, who has three daughters who shop at the Closet. “My mission is to find the best quality at the best price and to pass that on to my customers.” Of course, anyone who knows Ronda knows that they are in knowledgeable, trustworthy hands when they visit her shop. In fact, many of them have been seeking out her fashion expertise for years. “When I moved here from Los Angeles 11 years ago, I sold clothing out of my home on an appointment-only basis. It was the perfect career for a stay-at-home mom,” she said. “Soon, I built a name for myself in Carmel Valley. I had 500 customers after awhile.” When a 1,200-square-foot retail space opened up within walking distance of Ronda’s home, she pounced on it and her loyal customers followed her. “I really wanted to find something close to home, and when I saw this place, I knew it was the store for me,” Ronda said. Ronda holds events in the store for a number of different charities, including The Children’s Hospital and Team in Training, and breast cancer awareness. She provides wine and appetizers and gives a percentage of the proceeds to the charity. “I love to donate. Our events are so much fun. It gives women a chance to get away and have fun with their girlfriends, and it’s for a good cause!” Ronda’s Closet is located in the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center (3860 Valley Centre Dr # 407, San Diego, CA 92130-3312); (858) 350-0071; www.rondascloset.com.

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Fidel’s Little Mexico BEST MEXICAN: FIDEL’S – GOLD Fidel’s Little Mexico has been a San Diego landmark since the early ‘60s when owner Fidel Montanez came up with the idea to serve tacos at his busy barber shop. The tacos sold like hotcakes and, before long, the place evolved into a neighborhood cantina. The business thrived and expanded as Fidel converted his two-story residence into three different levels, including a festive courtyard, a couple of bars and outdoor patios, and a taco bar. Today, Fidel’s ranks among the top restaurants in San Diego County. Fidel’s menu offers traditional favorites, as well as house specialties that will transport you and your party “South of the Border.” So whether you’re enjoying dinner with your closest friends or just hanging out at happy hour and munching on some chips and salsa while sipping on an icy margarita, Fidel’s offers a pleasant getaway. Visit us at 607 Valley Ave. in Solana Beach; 858.755.5292 or at www.fidelslittlemexico.com.

Dare To Be Different BEST AUTO SERVICE: AMATO’S AUTO BODY – GOLD Amato’s Auto Body doesn’t look anything like a collision repair facility—and that’s exactly the point. Driving by Amato’s Auto Body in San Diego, it’s unclear exactly what the place is. The cream Art Deco building, which features green, yellow and black accents, offers no prominent signage beyond owner Paul Amato’s last name in a neat black script. The facility looks like a vintage movie theater or restaurant and passersby often mistake it for one of the two. Most shop owners positioned next to a freeway that sees 300,000 vehicles a day would think it’s crazy not to advertise their shop’s services, but Amato thinks differently. Relying on quality work, customer referrals and an Art Deco–themed facility unlike any other, his 15,000-square-foot shop manages to pull in 125 cars a month and $6.5 million in annual revenue, with zero insurance relationships. “I wanted to stand alone, to be different,” Amato says of his vision for the shop. “We don’t need a fishbowl and plaques on the wall. We want people to come in the building and say, ‘This is really cool.’” A gradual move Amato, 53, started doing collision work in the mid1980s, after a stint in vehicle restoration. Back then he owned a more traditional-looking shop in an industrial area just down the street from his current location. He saw the new building, a former warehouse on a one-acre plot, on his way to work one day and quickly recognized its potential. He bought it for $1 million, picked up another nearby plot for the same price and moved in 1997. By that time, Amato’s had honed in on European vehicle repairs, which it still specializes in today. The shop is certified in Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin and Volkswagen. Small vinyl letters on the front door advertise those certifications, which are the only indication of what goes on inside the business. A reflection of clients Amato had to fully retrofit the new building, which he says only had enough electricity to power three light bulbs,

for collision repair. The back of the shop received paint booths, work bays and traditional repair equipment, but Amato decided to have fun with the front office. Inspired by his love of 1930s automobiles and art, he opted for an Art Deco theme, both inside and out. The exterior design was already perfect and only required paint (Amato also planted some palm trees), but inside, he wanted to use as much authentic Art Deco decor as possible. He scoured eBay for original items from the era, creating a classy design that he says serves as a reflection of his affluent clientele. When customers enter, they see an antique chandelier shipped from New York, vintage red theater seats, original paintings and newspapers from the 1930s, several period-correct desks, and a continuation of the green, yellow and black paint scheme. The theme carries into the bathrooms with antique sinks and soap dispensers and tile work done in 1930s designs. About the only items not from or reflective of the 1930s are the shop’s computers and a few iPads offered as a modern convenience for customers. And the theme extends beyond the building. The shop’s website opens with a slideshow of artwork, mixed with the words “art,” “passion” and “precision.” The words then align to form the shop’s motto: “When art, passion and precision collide.” Amato estimates he spent around $50,000 on his facility’s décor, but some of it was a bargain. One of his paintings, bought for $150, was appraised at $12,000. He sold a duplicate of another piece of artwork to an enthusiastic customer for a profit. “People come in and take pictures. They are very, very surprised,” Amato says of his creation, which he thinks has contributed significantly to the success of his business. After working in his unique facility for more than a decade, Amato says he’s learned a couple of things: Customers need the wow factor. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it drops jaws, Amato says. For more information please visit: http://www.amatosautobody.com.


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