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an the pandemic stop Good Times’ long tradition of honoring this area’s greatest people, places and things in the Best of Santa Cruz County? No, it can’t, and you know why? Because the pandemic can’t stop Santa Cruz County. It’s become a cliché in the last year to say that something or other is “most important than ever” now, but when it comes to honoring the incredible restaurants, shops, venues and other businesses here, I think the phrase takes on new meaning. Take a look at the places that thousands of our readers voted as the best in any given category, then go out and discover—or rediscover—those places for yourself, because without your support, we could lose them.

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the era of quarantines, lockdowns and the other safety measures that have made many of us feel isolated and disconnected since last March. Let’s hope that continues—and as it does, I am proud to say there is no better way to rediscover Santa Cruz County than the magazine you are holding in your hands right now. Let’s all celebrate our best with a new appreciation for everything they bring to our lives. Oh and yes, we did get a little help from Bigfoot for this issue. After our GT cover story on the local museum dedicated to him, we got a little obsessed, so you’ll find him pointing the way throughout these pages. He’s a little shy, but very helpful—and a shooin for Best Cryptozoological Celebrity. STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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winners Acai Bowl SAMBA ROCK ACAI CAFÉ 291 Water St., Santa Cruz, 458-2224 RUNNERS-UP

AMAZON JUICES, CAFÉ BRASIL

Appetizers SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com RUNNERS-UP

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL, THE CROW’S NEST

Bagel BAGELRY

320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 429-8049; 1636 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-8550; 4763 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 462-9888, bagelrysantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

FIREFLY COFFEE HOUSE, HOLEY ROLLER

Bakery GAYLE’S BAKERY

504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 462-1200, gaylesbakery.com RUNNERS-UP

THE BUTTERY, COMPANION BAKESHOP

Best Outdoor Dining During the Pandemic

CROW’S NEST

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The name comes from the small perch high on the mast of a ship that is used as a lookout. Like its namesake, the Crow’s Nest offers incredible views.

The Crow’s Nest has been part of the Santa Cruz dining scene for more than 50 years. There are four different outdoor dining areas—two upstairs in the bar, one enclosed patio downstairs, and a beach tent. Famous for its award-winning calamari—often copied but never duplicated— that is probably the hardest appetizer to share in the entire county.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and has a Beach Market that offers ice cream, pizzas and sandwiches, along with beer and wine. ANDREW STEINGRUBE

Barbecue APTOS ST. BBQ

8059 Aptos St., Aptos, 662-1721, aptosstbbq.com RUNNERS-UP

MISSION ST. BBQ, COLE’S BBQ & CATERING

Bar Food PARISH PUBLICK HOUSE 841 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-0507; 8017 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 708-2036, theparishpublick.com RUNNERS-UP

THE CROW’S NEST, SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

Bread COMPANION BAKESHOP

2341 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 252-2253; 7486 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 612-6655 companionbakeshop.com RUNNERS-UP

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■ The way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other. We are so grateful for our relationship with our many loyal friends and clients. For the last 74 years we have committed ourselves to keeping romance alive, making eye contact over dinner, and creating warm memories. Special celebrations have always been our key focus, or on making an evening out something truly memorable. And now we are more eager than ever to get back to our journey of promoting relationships between family members, new romances, and our business clients. Shadowbrook has resisted many trends, weathered many economies, adapted to new regulations, and yet retained its warm appeal and vintage roots. A constant presence in a sea of rapid transition, Shadowbrook always steps up to keep its menu contemporary and healthy . . . while keeping some old indulgences fresh! We are especially humbled that our local community has honored us so generously even while we have been closed due to the pandemic. We are ever more determined to make your next meal with us something to rave about! And the wonderful news is that we can celebrate our most recent awards with you soon, as we have recently reopened for both indoor and outdoor dining every day of the week starting at noon! Thank you so much for your vote, and for your love and support! Delighted to see you soon! Sincerely, Ted Burke and Shadowbrook staff of 125

Best Restaurant in Capitola Best Date Night Restaurant in Capitola Best Patio Dining in Capitola Best Restaurant Desserts Best Seafood in Capitola Best Appetizers Best Steak Best Wine List

Best Happy Hour Best Small Plates Best Bar Food Best Fancy Cocktails Best Wedding Venue Best Soup Best Burger in Capitola Best Outdoor Dining during the Pandemic

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Breakfast Santa Cruz

WALNUT AVENUE CAFÉ

BURGER.

7941 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 662-2811, burgerlovesbeer.com

106 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 457-2307, walnutavenuecafe.com

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ZACHARY’S RESTAURANT, HARBOR CAFÉ

Capitola

Aptos / Soquel

BETTY BURGERS

RED APPLE CAFÉ

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 685-1224, redappleaptos.com RUNNERS-UP

CAFE CRUZ, PARISH PUBLICK HOUSE APTOS

1000 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-5901, bettyburgers.com RUNNERS-UP

EAST END GASTROPUB, SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

SUNRISE CAFÉ, CAFE SPARROW

Scotts Valley/SLV

Capitola

MALONE’S GRILLE

GAYLE’S BAKERY

504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 462-1200, gaylesbakery.com RUNNERS-UP

AVENUE CAFÉ, THE COOK HOUSE

Scotts Valley/SLV

HEAVENLY ROADSIDE CAFE 1210 Mt Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, 335-1210, heavenlyroadsidecafe.com RUNNERS-UP

AUNTIE MAME’S, ROCKY’S CAFÉ

Watsonville

COWBOY’S CORNER CAFÉ 946 Main St., Watsonville, 761-8996, cowboycornercafe.com

4402 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 438-2244, malonesgrille.com RUNNERS-UP

Watsonville

EL FRIJOLITO

11 Alexander St., Watsonville, 724-8823 RUNNERS-UP

SUPER TAQUERIA, RANCH MILK

Calamari THE CROW’S NEST

2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 476-4560, crowsnest-santacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

STAGNARO BROTHERS, WEST END TAP & KITCHEN

Caterer BARBARA & COMPANY

Watsonville

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WOODEN NICKEL

1819 Freedom Blvd., Freedom, 724-2600 RUNNERS-UP

FAT BOY BURGERS AND GRILL, KONG’S BURGERS & CAFE

Burrito Santa Cruz

TACOS MORENO

1053 Water St., Santa Cruz, 429-6095

RED APPLE CAFÉ, BEACH STREET CAFÉ

TAQUERIA VALLARTA, TAQUERIA LOS PERICOS

Brunch

Aptos/Soquel

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TAQUERIA VALLARTA, MAYA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

2431 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-6051, barbara-company.com

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535 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-4948, harborcafesantacruz.com

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FELTON MUSIC HALL, COWBOY BAR & GRILL

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HARBOR CAFÉ

TAQUERIA LOS GORDOS 7488 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-0911 RUNNERS-UP

EL CHIPOTLE, MANUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

FIVE STAR, FEAST FOR A KING CATERING

Cheap Eats CHARLIE HONG KONG

1141 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-5664, charliehongkong.com RUNNERS-UP

TAQUERIA VALLARTA, MONSTER POT

Cheese Selection SHOPPER’S CORNER

622 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1398, shopperscorner.com RUNNERS-UP

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKET, CHEESE SHOP 831

Chinese Cuisine PANDA INN

THE CROW’S NEST, CHAMINADE

Capitola

Burger

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Suite 5, Aptos, 688-8620, pandainntogo.com

TACOS MORENO

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Chocolatier

Santa Cruz

BETTY BURGERS

1601 41st Ave., Capitola, 464-8810

TAQUERIA VALLARTA, MIJO’S TAQUERIA

505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8190; 1222 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7056, bettyburgers.com

Scotts Valley/SLV

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18 Victor Square, Suite. A, Scotts Valley, 439-9803

JACK’S HAMBURGERS, BURGER.

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Aptos/Soquel

LOS GALLOS TAQUERIA

SHUN FENG, CANTON

MACKENZIES CHOCOLATES 1492 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-1492 RUNNERS-UP

DONNELLY FINE CHOCOLATES, MUTARI

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Best Pub

Best Bar

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Best Burger

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Clam Chowder

shadowbrook-capitola.com

STAGNARO BROTHERS

CAFE CRUZ, EAST END GASTROPUB

Food Event GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, 423-2180, stagnarobrothers.com

Scotts Valley/SLV

Downtown Santa Cruz

RUNNERS-UP

RISTORANTE CASA NOSTRA

GRAZING ON THE GREEN, CLAM CHOWDER COOK OFF

THE CROW’S NEST, RIVA FISH HOUSE

Coffeehouse (Independent)

CAT & CLOUD

3600 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz; Abbott Square, 725 Front St., Santa Cruz, catandcloud.com RUNNERS-UP

VERVE, LULU CARPENTER’S

Cookies PACIFIC COOKIE COMPANY 1203 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-6905, pacificcookie.com RUNNERS-UP

THE BUTTERY, GAYLE’S BAKERY

Cupcakes BUTTERCUP CAKES & FARMHOUSE FROSTING

1411 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 466-0373, farmhousefrosting.com RUNNERS-UP

French Fries

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BETTY BURGERS

SCOPAZZI’S, THE CREMER HOUSE

Watsonville

CALIFORNIA GRILL

40 Penny Lane, Watsonville, 722-8052, californiagrillrestaurant.com

OSWALD, THE CROW’S NEST

Aptos/Soquel

CAFE SPARROW

8042 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-6238, cafesparrow.com

YOGURTLAND

GARDEN DELI

1815 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 475-9191, scgardendeli.com

RUNNERS-UP

JUICY SWEET

ZOCCOLI’S, ERIK’S DELI

Greek

Desserts (Bakery)

VASILI’S GREEK RESTAURANT

GAYLE’S BAKERY

504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 462-1200, gaylesbakery. com RUNNERS-UP

(Restaurant)

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

1501A Mission St., Santa Cruz, 458-9808, vasilisgreekrestaurant.com RUNNERS-UP

ZAMEEN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE, NICK THE GREEK

Hawaiian Cuisine PONO HAWAIIAN GRILL 120 Union St., Santa Cruz, 426-7666, ponohawaiiangrill.com

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com

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Hot Dog

Donut Shop

GARY’S OLD FASHIONED SNAPPY DOGS

BITTERSWEET BISTRO, CHOCOLATE

FERRELL’S DONUTS

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL, ALOHA ISLAND GRILLE

2227 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 457-2760

930 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz; 334 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz

RUNNER-UP DUNLAP’S DONUTS, DONUT STATION

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BITTERSWEET BISTRO, HOME

Falafel

Capitola

ZAMEEN

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511,

1955 41st Ave Suite A4, Capitola, 462-3100 1487 Main St #102, Watsonville, 761-1500

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SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

JACK’S HAMBURGERS, CARPO’S RESTAURANT

Deli

Date Night Restaurant

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Frozen Yogurt

Desserts

101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 423-4545, lailirestaurant.com

1000 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-5901; 505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8190; 1222 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7056, bettyburgers.com

RUNNER-UP ELLA’S AT THE AIRPORT, CILANTROS PARRILLA Y CANTINA

THE BUTTERY, THE FARM BAKERY & GIFTS

LAILI

RUNNERS-UP

9217 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, 609-6132, ristorantecasanostra.com

THE BUTTERY, CUTESY CUPCAKES

Santa Cruz

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851 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 713-5520, zameencuisine.com RUNNERS-UP

FALAFEL OF SANTA CRUZ, FALAFEL HOUSE

TAYLOR BROS HOT DOGS, BURGER.

Ice Cream MARIANNE’S

1020 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 458-1447; 218 State Park Drive, Aptos, 713-4746; 104 Stockton Ave., Capitola, 479-8888, mariannesicecream.com

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PENNY ICE CREAMERY, MISSION HILL CREAMER

Indian Cuisine AMBROSIA INDIA BISTRO

207 Sea Ridge Road, Aptos, 685-0610; 6006 La Madrona Drive, #D, Scotts Valley, 713-5594, ambrosiaib.com RUNNERS-UP

MUMBAI DELIGHTS, ROYAL TAJ

Italian Cuisine LILLIAN’S ITALIAN KITCHEN 1148 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-2288, lilliansitaliankitchen.com RUNNERS-UP

RISTORANTE ITALIANO, TRAMONTI

Juice Bar / Smoothies AMAZON JUICES

1066 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 854-2225, amazonjuices.us RUNNERS-UP

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKETS, STAFF OF LIFE

Kid-Friendly Eatery CARPO’S

2400 Porter St., Soquel, 476-6260, carposrestaurant.com

Best New Restaurant

RUNNERS-UP

MENTONE

Kombucha/ Probiotic (Local)

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The restaurant is named after Menton, a town on the French Riviera close to the Italian border that is known for its French/Italian hybrid culture and Mediterranean climate.

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Not only is owner David Kinch a world-renowned, three-Michelin-starred chef, but he’s also w been a Santa Cruz resident for more than 20 years. Known for its world-class artisan pizzas, and offers cuisine that draws on influences from France, Italy and California. It is family-friendly and kid-friendly, and dogs are not only welcomed, but encouraged.

By the way, it’s pronounced “Men-tawn-eh.” ANDREW STEINGRUBE

EASTSIDE EATERY, BURGER.

BEER THIRTY BOTTLE SHOP & POUR HOUSE 2504 S Main St., Soquel, 477-9967, beerthirtysantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

MELOMELO KAVA BAR, PRETTY GOOD ADVICE

Late-Night Eatery SATURN CAFÉ

145 Laurel St., Santa Cruz, 429-8505, saturncafe.com RUNNERS-UP

CREPE PLACE, CHARLIE HONG KONG

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ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPING Thank you Santa Cruz, for your voting us

BEST LANDSCAPER!

EARLY SPRING GARDENING TIPS √ ASK US ABOUT FIRESCAPING:

√ MAKE YOUR GARDEN USEFUL:

√ GARDENS ARE A SACRED SPACE:

√ PLANT TOMATOES NOW FOR A JUNE HARVEST:

There’s no doubt, we must learn to live with fire. We can reduce risk and help protect your property with firescaping strategies and tactics. We’d love to help.

Gardening is healthy for body, mind and spirit. Breathe deep the fresh air, and smell the flowers. But maybe you just want to enjoy the garden--not work in it. Either way, we can support you with design and coaching or do the work for you. Call for a free consultation on our design, installation and Tread Lightly™ maintenance and gardening services.

√ INSTALL A GREYWATER SYSTEM NOW:

California’s long dry season is just around the corner. You can enjoy a greener landscape with water re-use, and it’s ideal for all your fruit trees, roses, shrubs and hedge plants. Greywater is a safe, easy and affordable lifestyle change to reduce climate change and acidification of the ocean. Also, more water means more blooms –and the pollinators love all that color as much as we do. Call for a free greywater consultation today.

Outdoor areas can be living spaces or “rooms.” Consider creating (for example) an outdoor dining room or social space, an outdoor office or even a yoga deck.

Take advantage of early spring and plant your veggies now for a longer harvest period. Fresh, diverse varieties of tomatoes and peppers from June to November? Yes! Cukes and squash and melons from home? Yes! Call for a free consultation on edible landscaping, food forests or kitchen gardens.

√ PUT DOWN MULCH:

Little oxalis bulbs are multiplying exponentially, and knotweed, bermudagrass and friends are on the move. Make maintenance easy this spring by sheet mulching. What’s that? Ask us. Or just mulch. Thickly. At least four inches. (Side benefit: Your plants will love it.)

√ COLOR THERAPY:

For early spring color, plant annuals like hybrid poppies, baby blue eyes, tidy tips and clarkia—now. It’ll gladden your heart—soon.

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Mexican Cuisine

Patio Dining

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

EL PALOMAR

THE CROW’S NEST

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

CREPE PLACE, LAILI

Scotts Valley/SLV

Aptos / Soquel

Aptos / Soquel

MANUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

BITTERSWEET BISTRO

REDWOOD PIZZERIA

1336 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-7575, elpalomarsantacruz.com

TAQUERIA LOS PERICOS, EL JARDÍN

261 Center Ave., Aptos, 688-4848, manuelsrestaurant.com

2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 476-4560, crowsnest-santacruz.com

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 662-9799, bittersweetbistro.com RUNNERS-UP

Capitola

PIZZA MY HEART

2180 41st Ave., Capitola, 475-6000; 209 Esplanade, Capitola, 475-5714, pizzamyheart.com RUNNERS-UP

PLEASURE PIZZA, VILLAGE HOST PIZZA & GRILL

6205 Hwy. 9, Felton, 335-1500, redwoodpizza.com RUNNERS-UP

BOULDER CREEK PIZZA & PUB, PAPA MURPHY’S

CAFE CRUZ, MENTONE

EL CHIPOTLE TAQUERIA, TORTILLA FLATS

Watsonville

Capitola

Capitola

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

CASSIDY’S PIZZA

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EL TORO BRAVO

1400 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, 724-2271

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com

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ZELDA’S ON THE BEACH, PARADISE BEACH GRILLE

Restaurant

TACOS MORENO, TAQUERIA VALLARTA

Scotts Valley/SLV

Santa Cruz

Scotts Valley/SLV

RISTORANTE CASA NOSTRA

OSWALD

123 Monterey Ave., Capitola, 476-1553, eltorobravorestaurant.com RUNNERS-UP

MAYA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

3115 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 438-7004, mayasv.com RUNNERS-UP

9217 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, 609-6132, ristorantecasanostra.com RUNNERS-UP

COWBOY BAR & GRILL, MALONE’S BAR & GRILL

CORRALITOS PIZZA, SLICE PROJECT

121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7427, oswaldrestaurant.com RUNNERS-UP

LILLIAN'S ITALIAN KITCHEN, THE CROW’S NEST

LOS GALLOS, TAQUERIA VALLARTA

Watsonville

Aptos/Soquel

Watsonville

CILANTROS PARRILLA Y CANTINA

CAFÉ SPARROW

CILANTROS PARRILLA Y CANTINA 1934 Main St., Watsonville, 761-2161, elpalomarcilantros.com RUNNERS-UP

JALISCO RESTAURANT, EL FRIJOLITO

Middle Eastern LAILI

101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 423-4545, lailirestaurant.com RUNNERS-UP

ZAMEEN, MOZAIC

New Restaurant MENTONE

174 Aptos Village Way, Aptos, 708-4000, mentonerestaurant.com RUNNERS-UP

COPAL, VIM DINING & DESSERTS

1934 Main St., Watsonville, 761-2161, elpalomarcilantros.com RUNNERS-UP

ELLA’S AT THE AIRPORT, JALISCO RESTAURANT

Pizza

8042 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-6238, cafesparrow.com RUNNERS-UP

CAFE CRUZ, BITTERSWEET BISTRO

Capitola

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

Santa Cruz

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com

PIZZA MY HEART

RUNNERS-UP

1116 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-2511, pizzamyheart.com RUNNERS-UP

WOODSTOCK’S PIZZA, UPPER CRUST PIZZA & PASTA

Aptos/Soquel

PIZZA 1

253 Center Ave., Aptos, 684-1110, pizza-1.com RUNNERS-UP

MENTONE, VILLAGE HOST PIZZA & GRILL

EAST END GASTROPUB, PARADISE BEACH GRILLE

San Lorenzo Valley

RISTORANTE CASA NOSTRA 9217 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, 609-6132, ristorantecasanostra.com RUNNERS-UP

FELTON MUSIC HALL, COWBOY BAR & GRILL

Scotts Valley

AMBROSIA INDIA BISTRO

6006 La Madrona Drive, #D, Scotts Valley, 713-5594, ambrosiaib.com

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BEST OF <<< San Lorenzo/SLV

Capitola

SCOPAZZI’S

SUSHI GARDEN

3101 N. Main St., Soquel, 431-6131, homesoquel.com

RUNNERS-UP

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RUNNERS-UP

Watsonville

RUNNERS-UP

BRUNO’S BAR AND GRILL, OTORO SUSHI

Soquel

HOME

CAFE CRUZ, TORTILLA FLATS

Watsonville

ELLA’S AT THE AIRPORT

100 Aviation Way, Watsonville, 728-3282, ellasinwatsonville.com RUNNERS-UP

CALIFORNIA GRILL, CILANTROS PARRILLA Y CANTINA

Salad CAFE CRUZ

2621 41st Ave., Soquel, 476-3801, cafecruz.com RUNNERS-UP

THE CROW’S NEST, CARPO’S

Sandwich ZOCCOLI’S

RUMBLE FISH, RISTORANTE CASA NOSTRA

THE FISH HOUSE

972 Main St., Watsonville, 728-3333 RUNNERS-UP

CALIFORNIA GRILL, MARISCOS EL NAYARITA

Small Plates BARCELONETA

1541 B Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 900-5222, eatbarceloneta.com RUNNERS-UP

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL, SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

Soup ERIK’S DELI

1664 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 462-1919, eriksdelicafe.com 1475 41st Ave., Capitola, 475-4646

1534 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1711, zoccolis.com

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

GARDEN DELI, SURF CITY SANDWICH

Steak

Seafood

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

Santa Cruz

STAGNARO BROTHERS

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, 423-2180, stagnarobrothers.com RUNNERS-UP

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT, ZAMEEN

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com RUNNERS-UP

HINDQUARTER BAR & GRILLE, CAFE CRUZ

Sushi/Japanese

THE CROW’S NEST, RIVA FISH HOUSE

Santa Cruz

Aptos/Soquel

AKIRA SUSHI

820 Bay Ave. #148, Capitola, 464-9192, sushi-garden.com

GEISHA JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND TEA HOUSE, NAKA SUSHI

Scotts Valley/SLV

OTORO

235 Mt. Hermon Road #G, Scotts Valley, 440-9040 RUNNERS-UP

RUMBLE FISH, SUSHI GARDEN SCOTTS VALLEY

Watsonville

IMURA

1994 Main St., Watsonville, 761-8799, imurasushi.com RUNNERS-UP

MIYUKI, SUSHI GARDEN WATSONVILLE

Taqueria Santa Cruz

TAQUERIA VALLARTA

608 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 457-8226; 1221 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 426-7240, taqueriavallartaonline.com RUNNERS-UP

TAQUERIA SANTA CRUZ, TACOS MORENO

Aptos/Soquel

TAQUERIA LOS GORDOS 7488 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-0911 RUNNERS-UP

EL CHIPOTLE, MANUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Capitola

TACOS MORENO

1601 41st Ave., Capitola, 464-8810

1222 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7093, akirasantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

MOBO, SHOGUN

Scotts Valley/SLV

CAFE CRUZ, SCRUMPTIOUS FISH & CHIPS

Aptos/Soquel

LOS GALLOS

Capitola

AKIRA SUSHI

CAFÉ RIO

131 Esplanade, Aptos, 688-8917, caferioaptos.com RUNNERS-UP

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com RUNNERS-UP

PARADISE BEACH GRILLE, THE FISH LADY

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13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, 338-6441, scopazzisrestaurant.com

105 D Post Office Drive, Aptos, 708-2154, akiraaptos.com

RUNNERS-UP: SUSHI GARDEN APTOS, DELUXE FOODS OF APTOS

TAQUERIA VALLARTA, MIJOS TAQUERIA

243 Mt. Hermon Road #A, Scotts Valley, 439-9507 RUNNERS-UP

TAQUERIA VALLARTA, TAQUERIA LOS AMIGOS

Watsonville

EL FRIJOLITO

11 Alexander St., Watsonville, 724-8823

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BEST OF <<< RUNNERS-UP

SUPER TAQUERIA, MI TIERRA CARNICERIA Y SUPERMERCADO

Tea House HIDDEN PEAK

1541 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-4200, hiddenpeakteahouse.com RUNNERS-UP

WELL WITHIN SPA, TEA HOUSE SPA

Thai Cuisine SAWASDEE

101 Main St., Santa Cruz, 466-9009, sawasdeebythesea.com; 5050 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 462-5051, sawasdeesoquel.com RUNNERS-UP

REAL THAI KITCHEN, SABIENG

Vegetarian DHARMA’S

4250 Capitola Road, Capitola, 462-1717, dharmasrestaurant.com RUNNERS-UP

CAFÉ GRATITUDE, SATURN CAFÉ

Winery BEAUREGARD

Best Hawaiian Food

PONO HAWAIIAN KITCHEN AND TAP

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Pono has been owned for over 10 years by Timmy Hunt, who grew up on the Hawaiian island of Maui and turned his family recipes into Pono’s delicious and locally renowned menu.

2 3

Pono means “righteousness” in Hawaiian, and the restaurant’s goal is to share tthe aloha spirit with the community in a pono manner.

Known for its poke bowls, the most popular of which is named after the owner (Braddah Timmy bowl) and comes with sashimi grade ahi and other traditional ingredients such as pickled ginger, seaweed salad, alaea sea salt and furikake seasoning.

4 5

Has a great selection of craft and microbrew beers on tap as well as kombucha, hard ciders and wine.

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Offers super traditional and uniquely Hawaiian items like Spam rolls and poi, as well as desserts like Haupia coconut pudding and chocolate Macadamia nut brownies. ANDREW STEINGRUBE

10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz, 425-7777, beauregardvineyards.com RUNNERS-UP

BARGETTO WINERY, SOQUEL VINEYARDS

Wine List SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com RUNNERS-UP

SOIF, BITTERSWEET BISTRO

Wine Selection (Retail)

SHOPPER’S CORNER

622 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1398, shopperscorner.com RUNNERS-UP

SOIF, DEER PARK WINE & SPIRITS

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ELLA’S AT THE AIRPORT “FROM THE ROOT TO THE FRUIT!”

Homegrown Goodness in the Heart of our Central Coast! ELLASINWATSONVILLE.COM

Best of

Restaurant (Watsonville) Date night restaurant (Watsonville) Patio dining (Watsonville) #ELLASATTHEAIRPORT

831.728.3282

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Thank You for Voting for Us! Best Thai Restaurant Delicious Thai Cuisine Two Locations to Serve You By the Mountains or By the Sea

9 2017

Sawasdee Soquel 5050 Soquel Drive 831.462.5051 or 831.431.6988 Sawasdee by the Sea 101 Main St., Santa Cruz 831.466.9009 Catering and to-go orders available Order online at sawasdeesoquel.com or sawasdeebythesea.com 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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BEST OF

winners Adult Store CAMOUFLAGE

1329 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7613, shop-camouflage.com RUNNERS-UP

FRENCHY’S, GOOD VIBRATIONS

Alternative Health Services THE HEALTHY WAY 3251 Mission Drive, Santa Cruz 462-5900, thehealthyway.us RUNNERS-UP

SANTA CRUZ INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE, THRIVE NATURAL MEDICINE

Antiques CENTER STREET ANTIQUES 3010 Center St., Soquel, 477-9211, centerstreetantiques.com RUNNERS-UP

WISTERIA ANTIQUES & DESIGN, ATTILIA’S ANTIQUES

Arts and Crafts PALACE ART & OFFICE SUPPLY 1407 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-1550; 1501 41st Ave., Capitola, 464-2700, stores.gopalace.com RUNNERS-UP

LENZ ARTS, BEVERLY’S FABRICS & CRAFTS

Best Hotel

DREAM INN

1 2 3 4 5

The pandemic-inspired Vertical Concert Series allows you to spend the night and watch some live music from your balcony. In 2020, they had Los Lobos.

Originally built in 1965, all 165 rooms were upgraded in 2017, including a wall of vintage surfboards in the lobby. In Patti Smith’s memoir, The Year of the Monkey, she refers to the Dream Inn as “The Dream Motel.” Its restaurant is named after Santa Cruz legend and inventor of the wetsuit Jack O’Neill.

Speaking of Los Lobos, the band will be back poolside for the Vertical Concert Series in May. DNA

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Auto Dealer TOYOTA OF SANTA CRUZ 4200 Auto Plaza Drive, Capitola 462-4200, santacruztoyota.com RUNNERS-UP

OCEAN HONDA, SUBARU OF SANTA CRUZ

Auto Repair SPECIALIZED AUTO

2415 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, 462-3458, specializedautos.com RUNNERS-UP

GLENN’S AUTO, RUSTY’S REPAIR

Bank

(Local, Non-Credit Union)

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK 7775 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 662-6000; 819 Bay Ave., Capitola, 464-5300;

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anniversary mixed 4-packs brewed by Alvarado Street Brewery

available

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BEST OF <<< 75 River St., Santa Cruz, 457-5000; 2020 North Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-4000, 4604 Scotts Valley Drive # 10, Scotts Valley, 461-5000;595 Auto Center Dr, Watsonville, 761-7600; sccountybank.com

Bank (Credit Union) BAY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 3333 Clares St., Capitola; 48 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos; 2028 Freedom Blvd., Freedom; 420 River St., Santa Cruz; 255 Mount Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley; 1481 Main St., Watsonville; 479.6000, bayfed.com RUNNER-UP

SANTA CRUZ COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

Barbershop GET FADED BARBERSHOP 907 Cedar St #3801, Santa Cruz, 600-8958, getfadedsc.com RUNNERS-UP

MONTGOMERY’S BARBERSHOP, WAVES & FADES

SHOPPER’S CORNER 622 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1398, shopperscorner.com RUNNERS-UP

EL SALCHICHERO, FREEDOM MEAT LOCKERS AND SAUSAGE CO.

Car Wash WHALERS CAR WASH

790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz, 423-1213, chardonnay.com RUNNERS-UP

O’NEILL YACHT CHARTERS, STAGNARO CHARTER BOATS

Carpet Cleaning CONNOISSEUR

476-9721, santacruzclean.com RUNNERS-UP

QUALITY CARPET CARE, APTOS CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, 479-3449, simchapreschool.org RUNNERS-UP

FAMILY NETWORK PRESCHOOL, ROCKING HORSE RANCH

Computer Repair CLICK AWAY

303 Potrero St., Santa Cruz, 420-1200, clickaway.com RUNNERS-UP

SANTA CRUZ TECH EXCHANGE, NERD BY NIGHT

Bookshop (new)

Consignment Clothing

BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ

THE CLOSET SHOPPER

1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-0900, bookshopsantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

TWO BIRDS, KELLY’S BOOKS

Bookshop (used) BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-0900, bookshopsantacruz.com

RUNNER-UP TWO BIRDS, BAD ANIMAL

MOUNTAIN SPIRIT

6299 Highway 9, Felton, 335-700, mountainspiritstore.com RUNNERS-UP

SERPENT’S KISS, WORLD OF STONES AND MYSTICS

LENZ ARTS

CRUZ CAR WASH, MASTER CAR WASH

SIMCHA PRESCHOOL

CHARDONNAY SAILING CHARTERS

Crystals/Rocks/ Stones

RUNNERS-UP

WESTSIDE BEAUTY SUPPLY

Boat Tour

MANDELLA CONSTRUCTION, TALMADGE CONSTRUCTION

Custom Framing

Beauty Supply

RUNNER-UP GOLDEN BEE APOTHECARY

RUNNERS-UP

2001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-0676, whalerscarwash.com

Children’s Day Care

3555 Clares St., Capitola, 479-1026; 550-B River St., Santa Cruz, 459-8450, westsidebeautysupply.com

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Butcher

1203 41st Ave., Capitola, 476-1565, theclosetshoppersantacruz.com RUNNER-UP

JET SET BOHEMIAN, ENCORE RESALE BOUTIQUE

Contractor ELITE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES 225 Ocean View Ave., Santa Cruz 234-5052, discoverelite.com

142 River St., Santa Cruz, 423-1935, lenzarts.com RUNNERS-UP

YORK FRAMING GALLERY, FRAME CIRCUS

Dry Cleaners CLASSIC VAPOR

285 Water St., Santa Cruz, 423-4646; 809 Bay Ave., Capitola, 479-0650 RUNNERS-UP

ALMAR CLEANERS, MASTER CLEANERS

Eyewear EYEQ

1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 466-3937, eyeqsantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

SPEX, PLAZA LANE OPTOMETRY

Fabric HARTS FABRIC

1620 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-5434, hartsfabric.com RUNNERS-UP

BEVERLY’S FABRICS & CRAFTS, MODERN HANDMADE

Feed Store MOUNTAIN FEED & FARM SUPPLY 9550 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond, 336-8876, mountainfeed.com RUNNERS-UP

GENERAL FEED & SEED, APTOS FEED & PET SUPPLY

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MAHAL NUI LOA

for your vote

2021 best hawaiian restaurant 3744 capitola road | capitola , ca | ph: (831) 476-7458 | ponohawaiian.com 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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BEST OF <<<

Financial Planner

854-2490, ethossantacruz.com

ALISON MCCLURE-OHANA WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Grocery Store (local)

2901 Park Ave., Suite B1, Soquel 216-5519, ohanawealthmanagement.net RUNNERS-UP

DIG GARDENS, ALIBI INTERIORS

SHOPPER’S CORNER

GARY PEZI, RACHEL WEDEEN

622 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1398, shopperscorner.com

Flooring

RUNNERS-UP

BAY AREA FLOORS

2617 41st Ave., Soquel, 662-3000, bay-area-floors.com RUNNERS-UP

WAREHOUSE DIRECT FLOORING OUTLET, WESTERN DESIGN FLOORING

Flower Shop THE FLOWER SHACK

614 S Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-3877, flowershacksc.com RUNNERS-UP

ACE’S FLOWERS, SUSI’S FLOWERS

Furniture SC41 FURNITURE 2701 41st Ave., Soquel, 464-2228, sc41.com RUNNERS-UP

NATURAL SELECTION FURNITURE, ILLUMINÉE

Garden Supply/ Nursery SAN LORENZO GARDEN CENTER

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKETS, STAFF OF LIFE

Grocery Store (natural) STAFF OF LIFE

1266 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8632, staffoflifemarket.com RUNNERS-UP

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKETS, WILD ROOTS MARKET

Hair Salon THE NOOK

920 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz 295-6233 RUNNERS-UP

KEPARE, KINSHIP HAIR COMPANY

Hardware Store ACE HARDWARE

1214 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 457-2222; 72 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, 662-0222; 849 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-7650 RUNNERS-UP

OUTDOOR SUPPLY HARDWARE, SCARBOROUGH ACE HARDWARE

235 River St., Santa Cruz, 423-0223, sanlorenzolumber.com/garden-center

Headshop

RUNNERS-UP

KINDPEOPLES

DIG GARDENS, THE GARDEN COMPANY

Gift Shop ZINNIA’S GIFT BOUTIQUE

Graham Plaza, 219 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, 430-9466, zinniasgiftboutique.com RUNNERS-UP

DIG GARDENS, BOTANIC & LUXE

Green Retailer THE ZERO SHOP / ETHOS 101 Capitola Ave., Capitola,

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RUNNERS-UP

3600 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 471-8562 533 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 515-4114 RUNNERS-UP

PIPELINE, SANTA CRUZ NATURALS

Home Decorating WARMTH COMPANY 140 Post Office Drive, Aptos 688-3200

Hotel DREAM INN

175 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 740-8069, dreaminnsantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

HOTEL PARADOX, CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA

House Cleaner DYNAMIC HOUSE CLEANING 5736 Soquel Drive, Soquel 662-0656, dynamichousecleaning.com RUNNERS-UP

LAURA DOLORES, CHRISTI’S GREEN CLEANING

House Painter ANDSON PAINTING

295-0532, andsonpainting.com RUNNERS-UP BRENT GARVEY PAINTING

Hydroponic Supplier THE GROW BIZ

2450 17th Ave., Suite 100, Santa Cruz, 475-9900, thegrowbiz.com RUNNERS-UP

SPECIALTY GARDEN SUPPLY

Insurance CHRIS BUICH, STATE FARM 2222 E Cliff Drive, Suite 200, Santa Cruz 464-4300 RUNNER-UP

EDNA VILOZNY, FARMERS INSURANCE, TEDSEN INSURANCE AGENCY

Internet Service Provider (local) CRUZIO

877 Cedar St., Suite 150, Santa Cruz, 459-6301, cruzio.com RUNNER-UP

GOT NET

Jewelry DELL WILLIAMS

1320 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-4100, dellwilliams.com RUNNERS-UP

TREASURES FINE JEWELRY, JOHN’S JEWELERS

RUNNERS-UP

ILLUMINÉE, BOTANIC & LUXE

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Award-winning Santa Cruz family business! Serving you for over 50 years with

Art Materials Picture Framing

142 River Street • Santa Cruz • LenzArts. LenzArts.com com Art Materials 423 423-1 -1935 935 • Picture Framing 425 425-711 1111

10% of profits go back to the community

thanks for VOTING FOR US Runner-Up for Best Natural & Local Grocery Store, Cheese Selection, and Juice Bar/Smoothies.

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Thank You Santa Cruz! And Thank you to our wonderful staff at ASU! We could not have made it this far without you!

1ST PLACE BEST SANDWICH 1534 Pacific Ave. Downtown Santa Cruz 831.423.1711 • zoccolis.com Open Mon - Sat 8-6, Sun 10-6

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Sign up for swim classes or join us on an adventure at asudoit.com

303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz 831.458.3648 • asudoit.com


Weight & Lifestyle Solutions

Handcrafted Sparkling Wines in the Heart of Santa Cruz YOUR LOCAL EXPERTS FOR 35 YEARS!

Thank you

Good Times readers for your continued support & trust with your health!

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH SERVICES

NUTRITIONIST

LIFE COACH

VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS

At Equinox, we strive to make high quality méthode champenoise wines from locally sourced grapes, and provide a welcoming and memorable tasting experience for our guests. Open for Tasting & Curbside Pickup Thursday-Monday 12-6 Closed Tuesday & Wednesday 334-C Ingalls Street | Santa Cruz equinoxwine.com 831-471-8608

Santa Cruz 831.462.5900 www.thehealthyway.us 3251 Mission Drive - near Dominican Hospital 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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BEST OF RUNNERS-UP

JULIA HAMILTON

Lawyer DINA C. HOFFMAN

740 Front St., Suite 305, Santa Cruz 423-1411 RUNNERS-UP

ED NEWMAN, LEE ANN SHENKMAN

Life Coach SANDY JACQUARD RUNNERS-UP

MELANIE SARGENT, HEALTHY WAY

Lighting RIVERSIDE LIGHTING & ELECTRIC

Best Barbershop

300 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7411, riversidelightingandelectric.com

GET FADED

1 2 3 4 5

RUNNERS-UP

ILLUMINÉE, OM GALLERY

Owner Jose Moya graduated from San Jose Barber College and is using his entrepreneurial talents to see his business through the pandemic.

Moya uses a straight-edge razor for close shaves and hair design —don’t sneeze. Has partnered with Buena Vista Brewing, meaning you’ll be able to order a four-pack of some tasty Bien Faded to go. A brand-new product called Get Faded Pomade is now available.

One-stop shop for the entire family, with braids, hair coloring, perms, fades and beard trims available, plus a lot more. DNA

Lingerie CAMOUFLAGE

1329 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7613, shopcamouflage.com RUNNERS-UP

AMOUREUSE, FRENCHY’S ADULT STORE

Mani/Pedi TRACY’S NAILS

1440 41st Ave., Capitola, 462-2292, tracysnailspa.com RUNNERS-UP

OPAL SPA & BOUTIQUE, RED CARPET SALON

Massage School

<<<

Kids’ Clothing

Landscaper

JELLI BEANZ

TERRA NOVA ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPING

2555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 462-6700, jellibeanzonline.com RUNNERS-UP

1119 Pacific Ave., #300, Santa Cruz 476-2115, cypresshealthinstitute.com

RUNNER-UP FIVE BRANCHES UNIVERSITY

RUNNERS-UP

Men’s Clothing PATRICK JAMES

TOQUE BLANCHE

Laser Hair Removal

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

LASER HAIR AND SKIN SOLUTIONS

HOPSCOTCH, LITTLE PEOPLE

Kitchen Store 1527 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-1351, mytoque.com

OUTSIDE-IN, JONES & BONES

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425-3514, terranovalandscaping.com

CYPRESS HEALTH INSTITUTE SCHOOL OF MASSAGE

K&D LANDSCAPING, THE LANDSCAPE COMPANY

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., #71b, Aptos, 689-9830

7538 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-2105, patrickjames.com

BERDELS, PACIFIC WAVE

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BEST OF <<<

Men’s Shoes SOCKSHOP & SHOE COMPANY 1515 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-6101, sockshopandshoeco.com RUNNERS-UP

OLD SCHOOL SHOES, PACIFIC WAVE

Mortgage Brokerage JERI SKIPPER-PACIFIC INLAND HOME LOANS 5161 Soquel Drive, Soquel 818-0299, jeriskipper.com

RUNNER-UP ALL CAL FINANCIAL, OPES ADVISORS/ FLAGSTAR BANK

Music Instruction EVERYONE’S MUSIC SCHOOL 3627 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, 902-0650, everyonesmusicschool.com RUNNERS-UP

APTOS FEED & PET SUPPLY, WISHBONE

FARMERS’ MARKETS

FRANK’S PHARMACY

SUNNYSIDE PRODUCE, SHOPPERS CORNER

7548 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 685-1100, franksrx.com RUNNERS-UP

HORSNYDER, WESTSIDE PHARMACY

Photo Developing BAY PHOTO LAB

715 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-1100; 2959 Park Ave., Soquel, 475-6090; 920 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, 475-6686; bayphoto.com

Piercing Studio AMORY BODY ARTS 1720 Brommer St., Santa Cruz, 600-7801, amorybodyarts.com RUNNERS-UP

STAIRCASE TATTOO, MISSION STREET TATTOO & PIERCING

Musical Instruments

Plumbing Company

1521 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 427-1917, sylvanmusic.com RUNNERS-UP

THE STARVING MUSICIAN, JANSEN MUSIC

Pet Grooming BED & BISCUITS/ GROOMINGDALES

2625 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-1580, bedandbiscuits.com RUNNERS-UP

COAST VETERINARY SERVICES, EARTHWISE

Pet Sitting

EXPERT PLUMBING

2551 S Rodeo Gulch Road, Suite 7, Soquel 316-7338, expertplumbingca.com RUNNERS-UP

BELLOWS PLUMBING HEATING & AIR, DUNCAN PLUMBING

Portrait Photographer DEVI PRIDE

1060 River St., Studio #103, Santa Cruz, 600-6055, devipridephotography.com RUNNERS-UP

JANA MARCUS, BEN INGRAM

GODOGZ

Pre-Owned Auto Dealer

RUNNERS-UP

ARGUS

824-4694, godogz.com

WOOFPACK, BED & BISCUITS/GROOMINGDALES

Pet Store PET PALS

3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 464-8775, epetpals.com

Produce

Pharmacy

BE NATURAL MUSIC, MUSICSCOOL

SYLVAN MUSIC

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905 Water St., Santa Cruz 457-1900, thearguscompany.com RUNNERS-UP

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Real Estate Agency SOL PROPERTY ADVISORS

4401 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley 713-5220, solpropertyadvisors.com RUNNERS-UP

SERENO GROUP - SANTA CRUZ, DAVID LYNG REAL ESTATE - PLEASURE POINT

Real Estate Agent SHIRI GRADEK SERENO GROUP

460-1100, serenogroup.com RUNNERS-UP

LAUREN SPENCER - COLDWELL BANKER, GREG LUKINA - DAVID LYNG REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Team SERENO BREZSNY ASSOCIATES

720 Front St., Santa Cruz, 818-1431, brezsnyballantyne.com RUNNERS-UP

KROFT & HULSEY TEAM, DAVID LYNG REAL ESTATE

Record / CD Store STREETLIGHT RECORDS 939 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9200, streetlightrecords.com

RUNNER-UP METAVINYL

Roofers DADDARIO ROOFING

930-4445, daddarioroofing.com RUNNERS-UP

TURK THE ROOFER, KNOX ROOFING

AUTO TRADE CENTER, SUNSET AUTO

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S FOR THANK UPPORT! YOUR S EAP EATS ! H BEST C IGHT EATERY N & LATE

Thank you for voting Erik’s!

Best Soup

1141 SOQUEL AVE, SANTA CRUZ | 831.426.5664 OPEN DAILY 11AM - 10PM | CHARLIEHONGKONG.COM

Runner Up

Erik’s DeliCafé

Real Food Healthy & Affordable Organic Noodles and Rice Bowls

Best Deli

Dog Friend yl Patio

Aptos • Capitola • Santa Cruz • Scotts Valley • Watsonville www.eriksdelicafe.com 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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Senior Home Care LIFESPAN

600 Frederick St., Santa Cruz 469-4900, lifespancare.com RUNNERS-UP

SAFE AT HOME, COMFORCARE

Senior Residential Community DOMINICAN OAKS

3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz, 462-6257, dominicanoaks.com RUNNERS-UP

SUNSHINE VILLA, LA POSADA

Solar Company ALTERRA

207-B McPherson St., Santa Cruz 425-2608, allterrasolar.com RUNNERS-UP

SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, SANDBAR

Tanning GLIMMER & GLOW

153 S. Morrissey Blvd., Santa Cruz, 469-4569;266-L Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, 471-8201; glimmerandglow.com

Best Women’s Clothing

PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY

1 2 3 4 5

Locally owned women’s clothing store began hosting walk-through appointments in 2020 for maximum pandemic safety.

Owner Carolyn Heinrich runs the business with her two daughters Anandi and Rama. All three women love Santa Cruz, gardening, birds, good food and the perfect pair of jeans. If an item has a Look Closer logo on it, the brand makes a difference environmentally, ethically and socially.

Opened in 1972, the company has weathered earthquakes, fires, flood and a pandemic—and to this day, greets customers with a smile. DNA

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PARADISE TANNING CO.

Tattoo Studio GOOD OMEN TATTOO 1025 Water St., Santa Cruz, 425-1107, goodomentattoo.com RUNNERS-UP

FREEDOM TATTOO, STAIRCASE TATTOO

Thrift Store THE ABBOT’S THRIFT 6164 Highway 9, Felton 335-0606, theabbotsthrift.org RUNNERS-UP

GREY BEARS, CAROLINE’S THRIFT STORE

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THANK YOU from the BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!

2017

CASSIDY’S PIZZA

1400 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville

The best pizza in town

Thank you to our strong, resilient community for supporting Companion Bakeshop

BEST BREAD & BAKERY

We

Baking for You

OUR CURRENT OPEN HOURS ARE : Tuesday-Sunday 8AM-3PM at our Bakeshops www.companionbakeshop.com go to our website to see our weekly farmers markets, products we make & projects we love 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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Tires LLOYD’S TIRES

303 River St., Santa Cruz, 219-4122; 311 Capitola Road Ext., Santa Cruz, 346-1897; 5310 Scotts Valley Drove, Unit C, Scotts Valley, 777-5711; lloydstire.com RUNNERS-UP

PASILLAS, WHEEL WORKS

Toy Store (kids) WONDERLAND TOYS

19 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos 316-7261, wonderlandsantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

CHILDISH, JELLI BEANZ

Video Game Shop LEVEL UP

113 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 295-6329

RUNNER-UP RETRO ATTACK

Vintage Clothing COGNITO CLOTHING 821 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz 426-5414, cognitoclothing.com RUNNERS-UP

MOON ZOOM, TOMBOY

Waxing EUROPEAN WAX CENTER

Best Gift Shop

ZINNIA’S

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Zinnia’s has a wide selection of puzzles to fill in the missing pieces of your life.

Love is expressed best with its artisanal chocolate bars and wide array of sweets.

RUNNERS-UP

THE SKIN BAR, THE NOOK

Women’s Clothing PACIFIC TRADING COMPANY 1224 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-3349; 504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 476-6109 RUNNERS-UP

Offers the widest array of designer face masks in all of Santa Cruz.

STRIPE, TIPSY GYPSY

Owners Tim and Dedra Bennett pivoted from the corporate world to providing the county with gifts that our readers love.

SOCKSHOP & SHOE COMPANY

Also has online events where they show off their latest inventory. DNA

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1955 41st Ave., Capitola, 477-9331, waxcenter.com

Women’s Shoes 1515 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-6101, sockshopandshoeco.com RUNNERS-UP

SHOE FETISH, BECK’S SHOES

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SC41 Sleep Solution Center

Our mattresses are built in America, with a unique blend of support and comfort, tailored to individual needs. • Independent flexible coils • Breathability with all natural wool • Targeted support tailored to each body • Optimal comfort for pressure reduction ING BEST OUTDOOR DINMIC DURING A PANDE

Additionally, our line of mattresses are hypoallergenic, long lasting and affordable.

Pairing our Oxygen Pillow with the mattress system can mean the difference between no rest and deep rejuvenating sleep.

Come in for a free mattress fitting

BEST RESTAURANT

Thank You Santa Cruz! !

Best Italian

Business Hours:

Patio Dining: Tuesday-Sunday 4:00-8:00 Friday and Saturday 4:00-9:00

Online ordering at:

2647 41st Ave, Soquel (Top of 41st Ave., at Highway 1)

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831.464.2228 sc41.com 2017

(831) 425-2288 1148 Soquel Ave 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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18 YEARS IN BUSINESS

2800 Daubenbiss Ave, Soquel 831.476.8780 | Interiorvision.biz

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm & Saturday: 9am - 2pm The Beauty of Cork

Natural Beauty of Wool

Todd Ivy, Sales/Estimator Our Newest Team Member

Marmoleum the Natural Linoleum

Prices to Fit Every Budget!

Visit Our Full–service Showroom Let us assist you from concept to competition

SALE

oring Laminate Flo sq 9 .9 in stock

Property managers, contractors, residential, realtors, commercial, welcome! Hardwood • Luxury Vinyl Plank • Laminates • Carpet • Shutters • Wool • Sisal • Linoleum Cork • Custom Area Rugs • Custom Draperies • Window Shades Featuring Both Graber & Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

THINK GREEN

Deborah Cypert Owner

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Environmentally Friendly Products CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN SOQUEL VILLAGE

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Bobbie Frandeen Sales/Estimator


Surf City Original

Cannabis Shop

2649 41st Avenue, Soquel 95073

(831) 325-7299 Shop Hours 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Delivery Hours 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Hepzibah Dahl

Daily Specials

with Ideal Lending

Monday: 15% off Edibles Tuesday: 15% off Flower Wednesday: 15% off Concentrates Thursday: 15% off Tincture/Topicals Sunday: 15% off Cartridges ONLINE ORDERING & MENU

C10-0000659-LIC

SENIOR LOAN OFFICER

(831)234-0353

hd@dahlmortgage.com dahlmortgage.com NMLS 1464362 DRE 02087751

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DYNAMIC HOUSE CLEANING

We Clean.

You Relax

SERVING SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SINCE 1980

Cleaning is no fun. Luckily for you, we love to clean. It's basically all we do!

Residential & Vacation Homes 5736 Soquel Dr, Soquel 831.662.0656

✓ VA Loans

✓ Jumbo Loans

✓ Conventional Loan

✓ Reverse Mortgages

✓ FHA Loans

✓ Hard Money Financing

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Thank You Santa Cruz for choosing Bed & Biscuits Groomingdales as

Best of 2021 for Pet Grooming and Pet Sitting!

GROOMING

BOARDING/DAYCARE

TRAINING

• Staffed by a team of dedicated, experienced and industry trained professional pet stylists

• Customized stays to fit the needs of your pet

• From Canine to Good Citizen!

• Top quality and full range of grooming services for all breeds and types of grooms

• Staff on duty 24 hours a day • Outdoor play areas

• Day Train

(One coupon per client)

• Walk in Nail Trims available Mon. - Fri. 8am-2pm Sa. 8am-1pm

• Staff has advanced pet care training in Canine Body Language, Pet First Aid and CPR • Safe and Secure fencing

THIS COUPON IS GOOD FOR 1 OF THE FOLLOWING: • One night of Boarding (includes 1 extra service) • One day of Daycare (includes Evaluation) • 50% Off Dog Grooming/Bathing appointment • FREE Dog Training Consultation

• Board and Train • Puppy Preschool bedandbiscuits.com/training

STOP BY FOR A TOUR!

Monday-Friday 10am-2pm

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bedandbiscuits.com i@bed_and_biscuits

831.475.1580 | bedandbiscuits.com | 2625 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95065 Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BandBHotelfordogs 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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BEST OF RUNNERS-UP

ED PENNIMAN, LAUREN RINGELMAN

Author (Local) K.M. RICE kmrice.com RUNNERS-UP

JONATHAN FRANZEN, DUNCAN MCCOLLUM

Dance Lessons (Studio)

TANNERY WORLD DANCE AND CULTURAL CENTER

1060 River St., Suite #110, Santa Cruz, 332-1398, tanneryworlddance.com RUNNERS-UP

MOTION PACIFIC, SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE

Festival (Art/Film)

Best Poet

SANTA CRUZ FILM FESTIVAL

ELLEN BASS

CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL, BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

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RUNNERS-UP

Bass studied with Pulitzer-Prize-winner Anne Sexton at Boston University.

Her book Courage to Heal is an international bestseller and has been called the bible of the survivor’s movement. In 2013, Bass founded the Poetry Program at Salinas Valley State Prison, which offers weekly workshops to incarcerated men. One of her favorite poems she has written is called “Ode to a Pork Chop.”

Bass lives in Santa Cruz with her wife Janet Bryer. DNA

winners Art Event CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

capitolaartandwine.com RUNNERS-UP

OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR, FIRST FRIDAY

Art Gallery (Retail) ARTISANS & AGENCY

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

cabrillomusic.org RUNNERS-UP

CAPITOLA TWILIGHT CONCERTS, MOUNTAIN SOL,

Festival (Street) GREEK FESTIVAL

facebook.com/santacruzgreekfestival RUNNERS-UP

CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL, CAPITOLA TWILIGHT CONCERTS

Kids’ Art Program MON AMI ART STUDIOS

monamiartstudios.com RUNNERS-UP

1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8183, artisanssantacruz.com

STUDIO SPROUT, WATERSHED ARTS/LINDA COVER

RUNNERS-UP

Movie Theater

RADIUS GALLERY, R. BLITZER GALLERY

Artist (Local) MARIE GABRIELLE

mariegabrielle.com

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Festival (Music)

NICKELODEON

210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 359-4523, landmarktheatres.com/santa-cruz RUNNERS-UP

DEL MAR THEATRE, RIO THEATRE

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Outdoor dining patio Covid responsible Outdoor big screen tvs

VOTED FAVORITE BAR!

413 seabright ave. 11 am to 10 pm outdoor patio Indoors open until Midnight or later as permitted 21+ 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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Mural/Public Art MISSION ST. OCEAN MURAL RUNNERS-UP

BLACK LIVES MATTER, SHOPPER’S CORNER

Museum MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

705 Front St., Santa Cruz, 429-1964, santacruzmah.org RUNNERS-UP

SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, SANTA CRUZ SURF MUSEUM

Photographer (Local)

SHMUEL THALER

shmuelthaler.com RUNNERS-UP

DEVI PRIDE, JANA MARCUS

Poet (Local) ELLEN BASS RUNNERS-UP

RACHELLE ESCAMILLA, GARY YOUNG

Radio Personality (Local)

“RALPH ANYBODY” JEFF JULIANO

Best Dance Lessons

TANNERY ARTS CENTER

1 2 3 4 5

During quarantine, dance teachers have given students a chance to build confidence, leadership skills and the ability to glide across the floor.

Has been providing affordable space to artists and dancers for over 10 years. Focusing mainly on youth, their programs in the spring will be a hybrid of in-person and outdoor classes. Learn ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop, choreography and video performance with some of the best teachers in the state.

Their amazing Diaspora Performance Project gives voice to Artists of the African Diaspora and makes deep and meaningful connections to our community. DNA

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“SLEEPY” JOHN SANDIDGE, ROSEMARY CHALMERS

Radio Station KPIG-FM

107.5

RUNNERS-UP

88.1 KZSC, 90.3 KAZU

Theater Company JEWEL THEATRE jeweltheatre.net RUNNERS-UP

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE, ACTORS THEATER

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OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Now with TWO locations! JET S ET B O HEM I AN specializes in designer and fine label clothing on consignment. Our ever changing inventory includes pieces from Eileen Fisher, Free People, VINCE, Joe’s, COACH, Johnny Was and more. You’ll also find shoes by Donald J Pliner, Kate Spade, and Dansko — just to mention a few!

Come in and check out our latest treasures at Jet Set Bohemian! 8049 Soquel Dr. | Aptos | 831.685.3156 1121 Soquel Ave. | Santa Cruz | 831.515.7275

Thank You Santa Cruz for Voting Us Best Antique Store

IT’S A DESTINATION

Vintage Furniture, Architectural Enhancements, Cottage Decor, Garden Design & More 3010 Center Street, Soquel (831) 477.9211

Mon-Sat 10-5:30 • Sun 11-5 Winter Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5 • Sun. 11-5 centerstreetantiques.com

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ART CLASS, CAMPS, RE WORKSHOPS & MO

TS KIDS, TEENS & ADUL

245 SEA RIDGE ROAD, APTOS CA

r 10% off Best'21 fo : e d o C Use Camps. Summer 1-5/1/21 4 ode /1/2 Active C Website: Monamiartstudios.com Follow us on IG & Facebook @mon_ami_artstudios Email: monamiartstudios@gmail.com

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Thank you

to all the amazing young artists!

WATERSHED ART STUDIOS

ART OUTSIDE • CAMP TANNERY ARTS All art classes are held at The Tannery Arts Center

Best Kids Art Program www.LindaCover.org

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WAMM Phytotherapies We Salute the Best of Santa Cruz!

Valerie Corral is a tireless advocate for cannabis freedom. After being arrested multiple times for cultivation in Santa Cruz County, but not convicted of any crimes due to her medical necessity defense, Valerie co-founded the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) back in 1993. The groundbreaking collective grew a garden where patients tended plants and processed their own flowers, making edibles, capsules and tinctures. After a devastating DEA raid in 2002, WAMM fought back, suing the Federal government and ultimately winning an injunction that allowed their work to continue. Currently, WAMM is relaunching as WAMM Phytotherapies in order to compliantly serve their community in Santa Cruz and beyond. Farmer and the Felon is proud to support these efforts with our Partner Series collaboration. Find Farmer and the Felon and WAMM Phytotherapies cannabis at your favorite local retailers. Visit farmerfelon.com and wammphytotherapies.org @farmerandthefelon

@wamm_phytotherapies Kind House C11-0000937-LIC

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winners Bar PARISH PUBLICK HOUSE 841 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-0507; 8017 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 708-2036, theparishpublick.com RUNNERS-UP

RED ROOM, BRADY’S YACHT CLUB

Bartender CLIFF NELSON @ BITTERSWEET BISTRO RUNNERS-UP

JEFF DEROSA & SEVERINO’S, JOSH YOUNGBLOOD @ OSWALD

Comedy Spot DNA’S COMEDY LAB 155 S. River St., Santa Cruz 900-5123, dnascomedylab.com RUNNERS-UP

THE CROW’S NEST, BLUE LAGOON

Craft Brewer (local) DISCRETION BREWING 2703 41st Ave., Suite A, Soquel, 316-0662, discretionbrewing.com RUNNERS-UP

HUMBLE SEA, SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES

Best Margaritas

EL PALOMAR

1

Opened in 1983, El Palomar focuses on recipes from the Michoacán state of Mexico. You should definitely try the Oaxacan Margarita with the strong smokey flavor of mezcal, fresh lime juice and muddle pineapple.

2 3 4

They offer both traditional and innovative margaritas to satisfy any mood.

BLUE LAGOON

923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7117 RUNNERS-UP

MOTIV, THE CROW’S NEST

Fancy Cocktails 515 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS 515 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 425-5051, 515santacruz.com

They have three dining areas: the main dining area, cantina and taco bar.

RUNNERS-UP

The building El Palomar currently resides in was once the luxury Hotel Palomar. El Palomar retains much of the original design elements of the fancy hotel, including the mission-style architecture.

Happy Hour

5

Their house margaritas are made from 100% blue agave tequila. Smooth! AARON CARNES

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Dance Club

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT, VENUS SPIRITS TASTING ROOM

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL 221 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 426-4852, hulastiki.com RUNNERS-UP

THE CROW’S NEST, SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT

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New Thrift Store Hours: Open every day 9am-3:30pm

PHOTO CREDIT: JEREMY LEZIN

Thank You for your support! Together we:

+Recycling Centers

★ Deliver 2.9 million pounds of ★ Engage more than 500 amazing food and serve 36,000 meals volunteers ★ Reuse 1,500 tons of donated ★ Connect seniors in chair yoga, items in our thrift stores cooking classes, tech help, and support groups ★ Divert 6,500 tons of electronics, Styrofoam and recycling from landfills

• 2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Open Every Day, 7:30-3:30. Free Drop-off of e-waste, appliances, metal, styrofoam (EPS#6) & more. • Ben Lomond Transfer: Redeem your CRV, Mon-Sat, 10-2:30 • Buena Vista Landfill: Open Mon-Sat, 7:30-2:30

FAVORITE THRIFT STORE

HEALTHY FOOD PROGRAM • RECYCLING CENTERS • THRIFT STORE • BOOKS ELECTRONICS • CLASSES • EVENTS • REPAIR CAFÉS • VOLUNTEER • DONATE 2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz 95065

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Thank you, Santa Cruz for your VOTE of confidence! Functional Medicine is the FUTURE!

Thank You All For Your Votes We Greatly Appreciate It!

Get to the Root of Your Medical Condition • Autoimmune Conditions • Chronic Digestive Issues • Fatigue • Complex Pediatric Concerns • Hormone Balancing • Thyroid Disorders • Anxiety / Insomnia • Brain Health

Lonna Larsh MD

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Quality Transportation

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BEST OF Local Musician MIRA GOTO miragoto.com RUNNERS-UP

ALEX LUCERO, ELENA SHIRIN

Margaritas EL PALOMAR

1336 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-7575, elpalomarsantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

TORTILLA FLATS, MANUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

New Brewery GREATER PURPOSE BREWING 21517 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 713-5540, greaterpurposebrewing.com

RUNNER-UP WOODHOUSE BLENDING & BREWING

Best Local Band

Place to Play Pool

TSUNAMI

1 2 3 4 5

Tsunami plays songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, with danceability always an important component to their song selection.

The group has three lead singers, who often sing together to create rich harmonies. The five members of the band are all veteran musicians and have played in countless local bands over the years. Drummer Sid Thompson has played with a ton of legends, including Tony Bennet and Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Starship.

They sometimes throw in a few surprises, like a reggae beat in a Carole King song! AARON CARNES

Karaoke

RUNNERS-UP

BOARDWALK BOWL / COASTERS BAR & GRILL

Local Band

RUNNERS-UP

BRITANNIA ARMS

Live Music MOE’S ALLEY

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, 479-1854, moesalley.com

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4300 Capitola Road, Capitola, 462-1882 RUNNERS-UP

SURF CITY BILLIARDS, ONE DOUBLE OH SEVEN CLUB

Place to Play Darts ONE DOUBLE OH SEVEN CLUB 1007 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-9589 RUNNERS-UP

FAST EDDY’S, SURF CITY BILLIARDS

Pub PARISH PUBLICK HOUSE

<<<

115 Cliff St., Santa Cruz, 426-3324, boardwalkbowl.com/coasters-bar-grill

FAST EDDY’S

THE CROW’S NEST, CATALYST

TSUNAMI RUNNERS-UP

LIVE AGAIN, SOULWISE

Local Comedian DNA

841 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-0507; 8017 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 708-2036, theparishpublick.com RUNNERS-UP

BRITANNIA ARMS, OAK & ALE

Tap Room BEER THIRTY

2504 S Main St., Soquel, 477-9967, beerthirtysantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

WEST END TAP & KITCHEN, LUPULO CRAFT BEER HOUSE

RUNNERS-UP

KARIN BABBIT, MAC RUIZ

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WINNER

RUNNER-UP

BEST HEADSHOP

BEST EDIBLE

2019

2020

2021

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THANK YOU SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY FOR:

Interior and Exterior Painting Cabinet Painting and Refinishing Wood Staining • Floor Coatings • Pressure Washing #1001600

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winners Beach

SEABRIGHT BEACH East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz RUNNERS-UP

SEACLIFF STATE BEACH, CAPITOLA BEACH

Bike Ride WEST CLIFF DRIVE RUNNERS-UP

WILDER RANCH, EAST CLIFF DRIVE

Boardwalk Ride GIANT DIPPER

400 Beach St., Santa Cruz 423-5590, beachboardwalk.com RUNNERS-UP

CAROUSEL, LOG RIDE

Derby Girl EILEEN HILL RUNNERS-UP

UNLEASHED, AISHA STORM BROWN

BEST FARMERS MARKET

APTOS FARMERS MARKET AT CABRILLO COLLEGE

1

Way back in 1976, a tiny but tight group of farmers came together to sell their produce to the local community. Their grassroots effort gave birth to the Aptos Farmers Market—one of the grandest farmers markets in the county.

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Each week, the Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College boasts over 90 vendors offering everything from meats, cheeses, honey, plants, flowers, to artisanal breads and baked goods.

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The Aptos Farmers Market is held at Cabrillo College each Saturday morning from 8am to noon year-round, rain or shine. Make sure to arrive early for the best selection. Vendors close and pack up shop at noon.

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Farmers markets like Aptos’ are recognized as essential food outlets during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors are encouraged to do their shopping and go, without congregating too much. Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations are carefully placed throughout the marketplace.

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Coastal Living Magazine named it one of the “Central Coast’s Best Farmers Markets.” HUGH MCCORMICK

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Dog Park FREDERICK STREET 168 Frederick St., Santa Cruz RUNNERS-UP

APTOS POLO GROUNDS, CHANTICLEER

Farmers Market APTOS FARMERS MARKET AT CABRILLO COLLEGE 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 728-5060 RUNNERS-UP

DOWNTOWN, LIVE OAK

Local Athlete (non-Derby)

CARINA REID RUNNERS-UP

NAT YOUNG, ROHANNA SHULTZ

Local Hero BONNY DOON NEIGHBORHOOD BRIGADES RUNNERS-UP

OUR FIREFIGHTERS, CARINA REID

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Thank you for voting us

Best Martial Arts School in Santa Cruz!

Celebrating

41 years!

Traditional Karate for Ages 4+ and Adults Students learn practical self-defense in an environment that also teaches character development and life skills. Classes 6 days a week, separated by age and experience. We have Summer Camps for kids too! Special Offer for Goodtimes Readers:

2 Weeks of Classes, Introductory Lesson & Uniform. All for FREE!

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The only private medical practice in Santa Cruz County offering both natural and medical options for fertility, gynecology, and menopause care. Optimizing and supporting your health through your reproductive years and beyond.

Dana Ramsey CNM

831.515.7078

Website: WWW.NurturesaNtaCruz.Com

email: DaNa@NurturesaNtaCruz.Com

Thank you for voting Dream Inn Santa Cruz as the best hotel 7 years running

WWW.DREAMINNSANTACRUZ.COM

Over 30 Years in Practice!

Got the Blues? Come See Me!

Chiropractic Acupuncture Herbal Medicine Dakota Health Center 111 Dakota Ave, Suite 2, Santa Cruz

Charles M. Goodwin, D.C, L.Ac.

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We have EVERYTHING for your DREAM PATIO!

DINING SETS • LOVE SEATS • SOFAS • HEATERS & AWNINGS CHAISES • FIRE PITS • UMBRELLAS • CUSTOM CUSHIONS

COMPLETE PATIO FURNITURE RESTORATION & REPAIR cushions, slings, straps & powder coating FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED FOR 40 YEARS 831.423.2425 1118 Ocean Street

Santa Cruz

408.446.9350 944A Blossom Hill Road

San Jose

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BEST OF <<<

Neighborhood SEABRIGHT RUNNERS-UP

WESTSIDE, PLEASURE POINT

Nonprofit Group ROMERO INSTITUTE 210 High St., Santa Cruz 459-6135, romeroinstitute.org RUNNERS-UP

SECOND HARVEST, JACOB’S HEART

Place of Worship TWIN LAKES CHURCH 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, 465-3300, tlc.org RUNNERS-UP

TEMPLE BETH EL, HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH

Place to Walk/ Jog/Hike WEST CLIFF DRIVE RUNNERS-UP

BEST BEACH

SEABRIGHT BEACH

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Seabright Beach is a gorgeous half-mile stretch of pristine sand nestled between the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The beach and surrounding area were once known as “Castle Beach”—in honor of a now-demolished landmark, the Castle. James Pilkington built the Castle, a popular bathhouse, around the turn of the 20th century.

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Before you spend your day in the warm California sun, make sure to stop by the Museum of Natural History, located on Pilkington Street, just a block from the Seabright Beach entrance. You’ll find over 16,000 items including minerals, gems, and artifacts from native groups like the Ohlone Indians.

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Seabright Beach is the perfect spot to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July. It is also an amazing vantage point for the weekly Wednesday night sailboat races, which take place beginning with the start of daylight saving time.

NISENE MARKS, HENRY COWELL REDWOODS

Retreat Center LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA RETREAT CENTER 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, 462-8383, landofmedicinebuddha.org RUNNERS-UP

1440 MULTIVERSITY, MOUNT MADONNA INSTITUTE

Wedding Venue CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA 1 Chaminade Ln., Santa Cruz, 475-5600, chaminade.com RUNNERS-UP

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT, HOLLINS HOUSE

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At low tide, walk through the sandstone arch and cave leading to the mouth of the San Lorenzo River and the Boardwalk. HUGH MCCORMICK

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LASER HAIR & SKIN SOLUTIONS • DYSPORT • BOTOX • DERMAL FILLERS • B-12 Rosacea Treatments with Candela’s VBeam Laser

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

CANDELA’S GENTLELASE LASER

NEWEST FASTEST TECHNOLOGY BIKINI & UNDERARMS FOR ONLY

$275

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Suite 71B Aptos, CA 95003

THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US!

831.689.9830 James Kojian MD Karen Welsh RN Jody Work RN

Thank You for Voting Us Best Spa!

Best Spa

Best Medi Spa

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Best of

Personalized Quality Service With Compassion And Excellent Medical Care

Senior Home Care

Dr. Cori Phinn Dr. Erika Sullenberger Dr. Sierra Freidman Dr. Haleh Siahpolo Dr. Valerie Welch

Lifespan Aging Care Professionals wish to thank the Santa Cruz community, our clients and families, the entire team, and our local aging care partners for recognizing our dedication and passion for the services we provide.

2017-2020 www.LifespanCare.com – (831) 469-4900

HCO# 444700020

FULL-SERVICE HOSPITAL

Preventative care Dental cleanings Surgery Digital X-rays New modern facility Local family owned Experienced staff Experienced Veterinarians Ambulatory horse services

REHABILITATION

We our Simcha community! NOW ENROLLING for 2021/2022: Toddler, Preschool, PreK & K/1!

Play-based, kindness, and anti-bias curriculum…

Add Dr Cori Phinn Dr the Cheryl Dembner Thanks for Dr Tania Power love, Santa Cruz!

Acupuncture Water treadmill Laser therapy Physical therapy

PET GROOMING

Low-stress handling All natural products

5400 Scotts Valley Drive 831.707.4050 | Coastvet.net Introducing our NEW Sister Clinic

Dr. Cori Phinn Dr. Cheryl Dembner Same great team and medicine at a second recently remodeled, modern location!

Lisa Mendez, Director • lmendez@tbeaptos.org Facility: 440710119

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BEST OF Cannabis Delivery SANTA CRUZ NATURALS

9077 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-7266; 19 San Juan Road, Royal Oaks, 722-2018, santacruzcannabis.com RUNNERS-UP

3 BROS, KINDPEOPLES

Cannabis Dispensary KINDPEOPLES

BEST SURF SHOP

533 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 515-4114; 3600 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 471-8562, kindpeoples.org

O’NEILL

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RUNNERS-UP

TREEHOUSE, SANTA CRUZ NATURALS

Many people don’t know that Santa Cruz icon Jack O’Neill actually established his first store in 1952 in a garage in … San Francisco. Right next to his favorite bodysurfing break.

Cannabis Edibles

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BIG PETE’S TREATS

RUNNERS-UP

O’Neill moved to Santa Cruz at the end of the decade. His 500-square-foot O’Neill Surf Shop near the entrance to Cowell Beach quickly became an epicenter for Northern California surfing. It was, in fact, the first business to call itself a surf shop. The State Historical Resources Commission designated the spot as a California Point of Historical Interest.

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Jack O’Neill is credited with inventing the wetsuit, and his son Pat holds credit for inventing the leash on a surfboard. The neoprene wetsuits designed by O’Neill allowed surfers to extend their sessions in the frigid waters of Santa Cruz County.

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Today, O’Neill is one of the biggest wetsuit brands on the planet. The O’Neill brand was sold to a Dutch company in 2007, but the Santa Cruz-based O’Neill family continues to operate and own the wetsuit business.

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Over 100,000 children have participated in the O’Neill Sea Odyssey. Jack O’Neill founded the free, ocean-based program to educate young people about ocean ecology and the marine environment of the Monterey Bay. An afternoon aboard the impressive catamaran is basically the best field trip ever. HUGH MCCORMICK

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KINDPEOPLES, SANTA CRUZ NATURALS

CBD Product (Local)

AKASHA APOTHECARY akashaapothecary.com RUNNERS-UP

JADE NECTAR, SANTA CRUZ NATURALS

Chiropractor RHODES WALTON, DC

317 Potrero St., Suite C, Santa Cruz 425-9500, santacruzcore.com RUNNERS-UP

DUNCAN MCCOLLUM, DC; ARTHUR FAYGENHOLTZ, DC

Crossfit Studio

winners Acupuncturist/ Acupuncture Clinic

FIVE BRANCHES UNIVERSITY 200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, 476-9424, fivebranches.edu

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SEABRIGHT CROSSFIT RUNNER-UP

MOMO ACUPUNCTURE, CRAIG SAKIMOTO - SANTA CRUZ CORE

Bike Shop BICYCLE TRIP

1001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-2580, bicycletrip.com RUNNERS-UP

EPICENTER, ANOTHER BIKE SHOP

1619 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7867, seabrightcrossfit.com RUNNERS-UP

RESEARCH PARK, WEST FITNESS

Dentist MICHAEL RAFFO, DDS 2185 41st Ave., Capitola, 476-8700, drraffodental.com RUNNERS-UP

GARRETT KUBOTA, DDS; MICHAEL CARLTON, DDS

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Thank You Santa Cruz! Best Solar Company 2012 - Present

831.425.2608 • LIC# 847913

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Caroline's

The Beauty of Thrift

Brimming with beautifully displayed donated treasures, clothing, jewelry, furniture, and gorgeous handmade items. Total Gifted 2011-2020: $2,300,000.00 Thanks to the outstanding volunteers at Caroline’s and to our community of donors and shoppers, Caroline’s was able to donate $300,000.00 to the following local organizations: •Jacob’s Heart • Hospice of Santa Cruz County •Coastal Kids Home Care • Second Harvest •CASA • Monarch Services • Walnut Avenue •Community Bridges •Teen Kitchen Project •Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition (CCCC) •Big Brothers/Big Sisters SC •Pajaro Valley Shelter Services•NAMI •Diversity Center • Survivor’s Healing Center •For Kids Monterey Bay • Nourishing Generations •Shared Adventures • Camp Kesem USCS •Hope’s Closet • Salud y Carinos •The Community Bike Collective •Building for Generations

Open 7 days a week: Monday-Friday 11:00-6:00 Saturday 12:00-5:00

831.662.0327

402 & 408 Trout Gulch Rd. Aptos www.carolinesnonprofitthriftshop.org

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Thank you Santa Cruz

for voting us the "Best" Carpet Cleaner for the

13th time!

2017

Legendary Results and Customer Service. - Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning - Residential and Commercial - Tile or Stone Cleaning and Sealing - Premium Fiber Protection for Fine Rugs and Fabrics

10% off with mention of this ad

Good Times spec ial until 4/30

- Upholstery, Area Rugs, Vinyl and Wood! SantaCruz/Bay Area 831.476.9721 Carson/Tahoe 775.392.1275

Thank you for voting

GoDogz, LLC

Best Petsitting!

THANK YOU SANTA CRUZ!

2021

WINNER

Best Natural Grocery Store Best Vitamins & Supplements Winner: Best Natural Grocery Store Winner: Best Vitamins/Supplements Runner Up: Best Grocery Store Runner Up: Best Juice Bar/Smoothies

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s we celebrate another year of winning top honors in the Natural Grocery Store category and others, we’re truly excited to open our new store location in Watsonville. From Monterey to Santa Cruz, it carries on our tradition as truly the best choice for locally-owned, clean eating and healthy living. Come explore today!

LOCALLY OWNED FOR OVER 50 YEARS TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU

Pack Hikes Pack Runs On Track To Pack Training Overnight Petsitting Drop-in Visits Structured Socialization

SANTA CRUZ

1266 Soquel Avenue • 831-423-8632

OPEN NOW!

WATSONVILLE

906 E. Lake Avenue • 831-726-0240

www.GoDogz.com @GoDogzSC

LOCALLY OWNED FOR OVER 50 YEARS

www.staffoflifemarket.com

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THANK YOU

Santa Cruz for voting

GREATER PURPOSE BEST NEW BREWERY! 21517 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 | 831.713.5540 | greaterpurposebrewing.com 76

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CalSupOutlet.com

FIND US ON CRAIGSLIST PADDLE Boards & Surf Boards Find Us on Craigslist! Bamboo Sups $690 Cruisers & Touring Sups $790 Carbon Surf Sups $840 Inflatable Sup Packages $399

Best Price, Designs, Quality, Warranty, Service Over 250 Amazing Paddle Boards & Surfboards In Stock!

12 YEARS & 10,000 HAPPY CUSTOMERS!

CALL OR TEXT 831.332.8503 FOR ADVICE, QUOTES OR AN APPOINTMENT Open 8:00am - 2pm 7 days a week | 719 Swift St. #16 Santa Cruz 2021 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM | BEST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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Thank you for voting us BEST gift shop

Thank you for voting us

BEST THRIFT SHOP!

The Abbot’s Thrift would like to thank all those that donate, shop and recycle. Without their support - we couldn’t give back to the community like we do. We support education, community theater, food for the poor programs, shoes/ clothing/jackets/blankets for those in need. We are a charitable non-profit serving Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley.

ABBOT’S THRIFT

Open 9-7 Mon.-Sat. 12-5 Sun. 6164 Hwy 9 • Downtown Felton• Across from Rite Aid.

831.335.0606 • www.theabbotsthrift.org We love serving our customers and bringing joy to you every day especially through the year we have had as a country and as a community! It’s a delight to be able to serve our customers and we are happy that you all love us as much as we love you! This award means a little bit more to us this year because we take your health as well as that of our family and staff seriously. We are so grateful for the trust you have that we are able to keep you safe while still providing an amazing shopping experience! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for voting us BEST GIFT SHOP! See you soon! — Xoxo Dedra

Thank you Santa Cruz for your 42 years of local business! - TURK

ALWAYS FEATURING LOCAL ARTISAN TREASURES & APPAREL ALONG WITH YOUR FAVORITE BRANDS

For a FREE estimate, call Turk! 219C Mount Hermon Rd • Scotts Valley • (831) 430-9466 zinniasgiftboutique.com Always complimentary gift wrap

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BEST OF <<<

Doctor (MD)

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

Medi-Spa

Pilates

REJUVENATE MEDI-SPA

MONARCH PILATES

LONNA LARSH, MD; KAREN HARRINGTON, MD

304 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 226-2108, rejuvenatemedi-spa.com

Doctor (ND)

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

Midwife

Running Store

DANA RAMSEY, CNM

FLEET FEET

AIMÉE GOULD SHUNNEY, ND; IRENE VALENCIA, ND

2907 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, 477-2375, sutterhealth.org/pamf

Esthetician

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNER-UP

MELANIE MEYER @ THE SKIN BAR

Nutritionist

BRUCE EISENDORF, MD

Sutter Health, 2025 Soquel Ave., Second Floor, Santa Cruz.458-5524, sutterhealth.org RUNNERS-UP

TONYA FLECK, ND

736 Chestnut St., Santa Cruz, 477-1377, scnmc.com RUNNERS-UP

500 Soquel Ave., Suite A, Santa Cruz, 295-1277 RUNNERS-UP

DEANN NEFF @ STUDIO SPA, SUE BELL @ SIMPLY SKIN ESTHETICS

Golf Course DELAVEAGA

401 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz, 423-7214, delaveagagolf.com RUNNERS-UP

PASATIEMPO, SEASCAPE

Gym TOADAL FITNESS

113 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 423-3764; 1200 17th Ave., #108, Santa Cruz, 464-3764; 2929 Mission St. Extension, Santa Cruz, 466-3764; 269 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, 430-9200, toadalfitness.com RUNNERS-UP

SANTA CRUZ CORE, IN-SHAPE CAPITOLA

Martial Arts SANFORD’S MARTIAL ARTS 4626 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 475-9676, sanfordskarate.com RUNNERS-UP

GARTH TAYLOR JIU-JITSU & MARTIAL ARTS, ALLIED MMA

Massage Therapist CALA REMICK-RODRIGUEZ

317 Potrero St., Suite C, Santa Cruz, 425-9500, santacruzcore.com

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LILY WEBBER, ELLEN O’HANLON

ULTRADERM, YOSO WELLNESS SPA

SANTA CRUZ MIDWIVES; KELLY OLMSTEAD, CNM

HEALTHY WAY

3251 Mission Drive, Santa Cruz, 462-5900, thehealthyway.us RUNNERS-UP

JAIMI JANSEN, JOCELYN DUBIN

Orthodontist MARK JOINER

1773 Dominican Way, Santa Cruz, 475-5500, joinerortho.com

SANTA CRUZ CORE, HEALTHY WAY

6894A Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-8994, monarchpilates.com

PLEASURE POINT PILATES, SYNERGY

7960 Soquel Drive, Suite I, Aptos, 662-0886, fleetfeetaptos.com

SANTA CRUZ RUNNING COMPANY, THE RUNNING REVOLUTION

Sailing Charter CHARDONNAY

790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz, 423-1213, chardonnay.com RUNNERS-UP

O’NEILL YACHT CHARTERS, NOMAD

Skate Park SCOTTS VALLEY SKATE PARK 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

RUNNERS-UP

RUNNERS-UP

JOHN A. HEDRICK, NORTH COAST ORTHODONTICS

MIKE FOX, APTOS SKATE PARK

Outdoor Store

Skate Shop

OUTDOOR WORLD

BILL’S WHEELS

1440 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-1501; 136 River St., Santa Cruz, 423-9555, theoutdoorworld.com RUNNERS-UP

DOWN WORKS, PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

Personal Trainer CARINA REID

carinar@ymail.com, fuelphitness.com RUNNERS-UP

ROCKY @ ROCKY’S FITNESS CENTER, BEAU JANSEN @ SANTA CRUZ CORE

Vitamin/ Supplements STAFF OF LIFE

1266 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8632, staffoflifemarket.com

1240 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-0904, billswheels.com RUNNERS-UP

BOARDROOM, SKATEWORKS

Snowboard/ Skiing HELM OF SUN VALLEY 1408 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 462-6800, helmofsunvalley.com RUNNER-UP

PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

Spa (pampering) YOSO WELLNESS SPA 740 Front St., Suite 110, Santa Cruz 600-8053, yosowellness.com RUNNERS-UP

WELL WITHIN, CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA

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SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES

Keep your lights on during power outages and blackouts

Thank You Santa Cruz for your support!

LIC#932914

Easy to scan 1. Open Phone Camera 2. Point at QR Code 3. URL Link Appears!

(831) 777-5881

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April 2021 is

CAREER MONTH

Mark your calendar for the biggest virtual hiring event of the year! April is dedicated to supporting your career journey with FOUR amazing career fairs with local employers hiring full-time, part-time, and internship positions!

Thank You for Voting Us #1!

Serving Breakfast and Lunch ALL DAY!

CAREER FAIRS All career fairs will take

place from 3:00 pm–5:00 pm and are focused on the various Career and Academic Pathways (CAPS). y April 8 y April 15 y April 22 y April 29

Global and Human Studies CAP Entrepreneur & Business CAP AND Creative Arts CAP Health & Public Safety CAP STEM CAP

Point your smart phone camera at the QR code to register

Open every day from 8am-3pm Heated Outdoor Patio • Dog Friendly • Daily Specials

Order Online at RedAppleAptos.com Celebrating 33 Years!

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos Deer Park Marketplace above CVS (831) 685-1224

In Aptos Since 1988

Thanks for Voting Wonderland Best Toy Store!

WE APPRECIATE YOU! Thank you from all of us at Fleet Feet Aptos, for voting us as the Best Running Store! We love our community and we are looking forward to another year running with you! fleetfeetaptos.com 831-662-0886 7960 Soquel Dr. Aptos

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Bes for voting us

Mani/Pedi!

Come by an d let us pam per you!

BEST RESTAURANT IN SANTA CRUZ

Tracy’s Nails 1420 41st Ave

WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMMUNITY FOR 20-PLUS YEARS OF SUPPORT!

Ste F, Capitola • 831-462-2292

Thank you Santa Cruz!

Best Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Tonya Fleck

SPECIALIZING IN: Thyroid Disorders Adrenal Fatigue Bio-Identical Hormones Holistic Care Preventative Medicine

BEST FANCY COCKTAILS

BEST BARTENDER JOSH YOUNGBLOOD

Serving our community in obtaining optimal health for over 15 years!

2017

BEST DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT IN SANTA CRUZ

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Open for Outdoor Dining and Take Out Wednesday-Saturday Outdoor Dining, weather permitting Lunch Wed-Sat Noon-4:00pm Lunch Sun Noon-6:00pm Dinner Wed-Thurs 4:00-8:00pm Dinner Fri and Sat 4:00-9:00pm

736 Chestnut Street Downtown Santa Cruz

www.scnmc.com (831) 477-1377

OswaldRestaurant.com 121 Soquel Avenue at Front Street, Santa Cruz 831.423.7427 CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY

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BEST OF Surf School BLACK SURF CLUB SANTA CRUZ blacksurfclubsantacruz.com RUNNERS-UP

RICHARD SCHMIDT, SURF SCHOOL SANTA CRUZ

Surf Shop O’NEILL

110 Cooper St. #100D, Santa Cruz, 469-4377; 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 459-9230; 1115 41st Ave., Capitola, 475-4151, oneill.com RUNNERS-UP

FREELINE, PACIFIC WAVE

Surf Spot PLEASURE POINT

BEST CANNABIS DELIVERY

RUNNERS-UP

SANTA CRUZ NATURALS

Swim School

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Offering one of just a few cannabis delivery services in Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Naturals is on a mission to provide cannabis in a green and sustainable way.

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Santa Cruz Naturals offers delivery service from both its Aptos and Watsonville locations using zero and low emission vehicles. Deliveries are available from 11am-7pm daily.

STEAMER LANE, COWELL’S

SEAHORSE SWIM SCHOOL 1505 Seascape Blvd., Aptos 661-5110, seahorseswimschool.com RUNNERS-UP

ADVENTURE SPORTS UNLIMITED, SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER

Therapist

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EMMANUEL DENIKE, LMFT

REBECCA ZULIM, LMFT; DONNA ILSTRUP, MFT

As a boutique, family-owned small business, Santa Cruz Naturals is proud to be a “Clean Green” business—voluntarily going through the one of the most rigorous nationally recognized cannabis certification programs out there.

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Some 70% of Santa Cruz Natural’s products come from local cannabis growers, small businesses and artisans.

Santa Cruz Naturals offers a daily 25% discount for veterans, and 10% for teachers, students, and senior citizens. HUGH MCCORMICK

RUNNERS-UP

Veterinarian ADOBE ANIMAL HOSPITAL 1600 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz 462-5293, adobevets.com RUNNERS-UP

COAST VETERINARY, WESTSIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Yoga Instructor

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Spa (soaking)

475-1988, playitagainsports-soquel.com

WELL WITHIN SPA

OUTDOOR WORLD, HELM

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BEST OF and turns of the trail through the dense forest make for a rewarding stroll. One of the treats along the way are the abandoned lime kilns of days past. TARMO HANNULA

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DVD TO GO AND SUSHI SAN After this past year, it’s difficult to land on a Saturday night plan that you can look forward to all week. However, the duo of Felton’s Sushi San and Scotts Valley’s DVD to Go never disappoints. My recommendation is the Guide Roll and Yam Yam Rolla paired with the 1999 film The Mummy. Linda, the all-knowing owner of DVD to Go, will approve of your choice and the quirk in her smile hints that she also finds Brendan Fraser swoon-worthy in the flick. (Be warned, DVD to Go is cash only!) Delight your taste buds with fresh combinations and reignite your passion for faux film archaeologists all in one evening. KATIE EVANS

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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and the same might be true for the stomach. Full Steam Dumpling is testing the theory by making everyone wait for specific pickup days. My first thought upon trying their vegan gyoza was, “Oh no,” because I knew I’d have to go back the next week. And the next. Find them at the Downtown Santa Cruz, Westside or Live Oak farmer’s markets, or order ahead for Wednesday and Friday afternoon pickups at the SC Food Lounge. If you absolutely must have their dumplings on an off day, they sell a few versions frozen. ERIN MALSBURY

I bet you thought I’d say Far West Fungi. But see, FWF is where you take the former fungi foe after they’ve had their mind blown at NahNa. In addition to their delicious mushrooms, the Eritrean food kiosk offers a range of other mouthwatering vegan and meat options. Pile a few choices onto the bubbly, homemade Taita flatbread and sip some warm tea while people-watching downtown. Find them at the kiosk on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street on Friday through Sunday afternoons or at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. ERIN MALSBURY

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Best Hidden Dining Gem in Watsonville

FALL CREEK It’s OK to be a lazy hiker; personally I always opt for easy trails like Fall Creek Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. It’s also easy to find: Head up Felton Empire Road out of Felton (less than a mile from Highway 9). Signage leads you into a small parking lot, and the trailhead is right there. A gentle downhill trail leads to Fall Creek, which sets a tranquil tone for the hike. The small wood footbridges, patches of wild mushrooms, and twists

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KONG’S BURGERS AND CAFE Tucked into Plaza Vigil in downtown Watsonville, just across the street from the City Plaza, is an overlooked but delicious Korean restaurant. Kong’s Burgers and Cafe, an offshoot of the nowdefunct Kong’s Market in Santa Cruz, is home to one of the best Bibimbap dishes—a heaping plate of rice, veggies, hot sauce and a choice of meat topped off with a fried egg—I’ve >>>

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GLENWOOD DRIVE IN SCOTTS VALLEY It’s late at night and thankfully your brights caught the gleam of that deer’s eyes. You know the one—relaxing in the bike lane like he was born there. You slow down, even as the image of dinner and your favorite spot on the couch rise in your mind. He just stares at you, like you’re the issue here, and the staring contest turns into a complete stop. While you’re debating the next move, he stretches a hoof out across the white edge line and winks at you. The contest is over, he turns, and trots back into the woods. You lose. KATIE EVANS

Best Outdoor Sushi

MOBO SUSHI This longtime Santa Cruz favorite has consistently delivered topshelf sushi, friendly help and comfortable patio dining, complete with plenty of heaters, during the pandemic. Even on a weekend night, we’ve only had to wait a few minutes to be seated. The udon noodle appetizer—a small, warm dish with tahini sauce, thinly sliced carrots and cucumbers—is a great start. Old faithfuls for us are their Tropi Maki and Futo Maki rolls. If we’re starved, we add hamachi, which are always carefully prepared.

Best Beer to Make You Pucker Up

FRUITION BREWING’S SOURS Before tasting Fruition’s sour beers, I was not a fan of that style of brew. Every other sour beer I had previously tasted was either so sour that I’d need a shower after, or so sweet that I’d have to down a bitter cup of coffee with it. Fruition’s sours, dubbed “double snacks,” have made me reconsider the style. My favorites are their olallieberry and apricot flavors. Like all of their sour beers, they’re packed with locally sourced fruits and ingredients—they use berries from Watsonville farms such as Coastal Moon and JSM Organics, and hops from Akiyama Hopyard in Royal Oaks. Fruition’s bottled beer runs $14-$18. They’re at the East Lake Shopping Center, 936 E Lake Ave., right next to the forthcoming Staff of Life Watsonville location. TONY NUNEZ

Best Sunset Spot

BLUFFS ABOVE THE MOUTH OF THE SAN LORENZO RIVER

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This has become my most-frequented spot in Santa Cruz, especially for sunsets. It amazes me how much the landscape of the river mouth changes with the tides, shifting sands and movement of the river. From those bluffs, you can see the UCSC campus, the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, the Walton Lighthouse, the Municipal Wharf, the full length of Seabright State Beach, the harbor mouth and a huge swath of the Pacific. Add a great sunset to that mix, and you’re set. TARMO HANNULA

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Sure, you got your shrubs, ground cover, perennials and mulch, but there’s only one garden and farm supply business that also has an animal vet, in a school bus, on the same property, and that’s Mountain Feed & Farm Supply in Ben Lomond (the vet is Dr. Gary Roussopoulos—same property, different hours, but the waiting room is outdoors and surrounded by incredible plants and smells). The staff at Mountain Feed are always knowledgeable and friendly, and they don’t mind your dog wandering around until it’s time to get on the bus. Perfect place to dream about your summer garden while getting Buddy his shots. DNA

This rebel has a cause: To get the perfect photo with the perfect man. He’s gorgeous, hair perfectly gelled, with a mischievous smirk and dreamy blue eyes. He’s also two stories tall, inanimate, and not much of a conversationalist. Make the scenic drive up Highway 9 and stop for the perfect selfie at Brookdale Lodge’s James Dean mural. Double check your photo’s background afterward; you might catch a glimpse of a ghost! KATIE EVANS

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TWIN LAKES STATE BEACH Santa Cruz has so many nearby trails that you could start running and never stop. Although that might sound tempting with the current state of the world, I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, the paths through Twin Lakes State Beach provide a nice, more temporary respite. The park offers shaded trails that wind through twisting oaks and past peaceful Schwan Lagoon— perfect for a quick midday nature getaway. ERIN MALSBURY

Best Things to Happen to Watsonville

THE SLOUGH TRAILS I’ve been working in Watsonville for 27 years now, and I firmly believe the 6.5 miles of slough trails the city created several years ago are the best thing to happen to it in that time. The glimpse they offer into the wetlands and the wealth of birds and other wildlife is tremendous. The trails are wide enough for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs and strollers to spread out. I’ve seen huge flocks of American white pelicans soaring about the various sloughs. One of my favorite trails starts from the remote corner of the West Marine parking lot (at the far rear). Informative signage dots the trails, and there are benches along the way. TARMO HANNULA

Best Vegan Eggroll Near a Saloon

THE RED PEARL It’s difficult for tourists to put together the idea of a mountain town, Chinese food and vegan specialties into one thought, but not only does it happen at Boulder Creek’s The Red Pearl, they also have a wide vegetarian and vegan menu. From Kung Pao Vegi-chicken to meat lover’s favorites like Sweet and Sour Pork, The Red Pearl truly has something for everyone. And while you’re waiting, walk the main hub of Boulder Creek and soak in that small-town feel. Be sure to say hello to Zhujiang, the dragon who guards the doors of The Red Pearl—he can be ferocious. DNA

the San Lorenzo Valley, the area is a photographer’s playground. For those interested in capturing the dreamy colors in a classic style, three Bay Photo Lab locations sell and develop 35mm and 120mm film. If photography tech-talk makes your head spin, ask an employee for their advice on getting that perfect shot. Go forth and make your out-of-town friends jealous. ERIN MALSBURY

Best Cup of Larry’s Famous Chai

THE WHITE RAVEN I don’t know who I expected to be the best chai maker in Santa Cruz, but I didn’t expect Larry. I won’t hold my surprise against him, as I’m rather glad he picked up the calling. Stop by the White Raven between 7am-4pm any day of the week to taste the tastiest, spiciest frothed beverage that Larry makes. Better yet, grab a bag to make at home as well. KATIE EVANS

Best Place for Watsonville Residents to Find Themselves

PAJARO VALLEY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Ever get caught staring at old family photos of relatives from decades ago? Who were these people? What did they do? Where did they come from? The Pajaro Valley Historical Association just down the street from Watsonville High School at 332 E. Beach St. is the perfect place to start this journey down your family’s history. There, an unsung staff of volunteers who love Watsonville and all its history can dive into decades of records, photos and newspaper clippings to help you trace your family’s history. TONY NUNEZ

Best Place to Get into Film Photography

BAY PHOTO Santa Cruz County is Instagram-worthy—nay, film-worthy. From summery surf vibes on East Cliff Drive to moody redwoods in

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