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Redux: A RESOURCE GUIDE TO THE BEST OF MARIN


Buy Your Boxes & Supplies - Store Your Belongings

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Thank you for voting us Best of Marin!

What our customers wrote: We enjoyed renting from Bellam. You Always good service. It’s the only guys run a tight ship! 5/8/12 D. B. facility I use when I need storage. 5/31/12 K.O’R Best place ever! 7/27/12 D.G. Love this place, safe & clean You all are great, very professional, organized, and environmentally aware. & helpful!! 5/3/12 B.K. 7/10 D.H. Thank you so much! The facility is well lite, + clean + everyone that works Great doing business with y’all. I’ve here is super nice + helpful. recommended your services often 7/5/12 U.L.

4/7/12 J.K.

I can’t thank you enough for all the help & support you have given us- You run a great ship and we will always be grateful to you for taking such good care of us.

Fantastic Service beyond call of duty! 7/12 R. A.

Great safe clean location. Thank you. 7/12 L.R. 4/18/12 R. Mc You guys are great! 3/12 K.P. I love this place and will actually miss Extremely helpful & kind. 6/12 P.S. having my stuff here!!! 5/4/12 G.N. Thank you for all your kindness, profesAlways appreciate the friendly, professional, flexible people @ Bellam! sionalism + support! 6/12 L.V. + Cleanliness of facility, “Green’, etc. 6/5/11 E.Y.

Awarded 2012 Green Business of the Year by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Celebrating our 7th Year of Being Certified Green & 100% Solar Powered!

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Best San Rafael Restaurant

901 & 903 Lincoln Ave. 811 4th St. – Sit on Our Patio! All in San Rafael Eat in • Take Out • Delivery

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Best of Marin Redux 2012 Design and Production Art Director/Production Manager Missy Reynolds Graphic Designers Stephenny Godfrey, Michelle Palmer

Advertising Advertising Director Linda Black Display Sales Tim Connor, Linda Curry, Helen Hammond, Katarina Wierich Proofreader Julie Vader Traffic Coordinator Stephenny Godfrey

Pacific Sun www.pacificsun.com

Member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies

Ad Directory For 80 years, one company has stood the test of time…

Thank You, Marin, for your ongoing patronage & support.

Celebrating 80 Years in 2012!

(415) 454-7400

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Atlas Window & Carpet Cleaning........16 Bellam Self Storage & Boxes ................ 2 Bikram Yoga San Rafael......................21 Bradley Real Estate............................ 24 Cains Tires.......................................... 5 California Motors...............................17 Cheap Pete’s....................................... 6 Five Little Monkeys..............................19 Good Earth Natural Foods................... 7 Il Davide............................................. 8 Kunst Bros. Painting.............................19 Lotus Cuisine of India........................... 6 Marin Beauty Company......................10 Marin Color Service............................. 9 Marin Joe’s........................................ 11 Martin & Harris Appliances.................17 Mill Valley Massage............................. 9 Molly Maid......................................... 7 Mulberry Street Pizzeria...................... 11 Ongaro & Sons................................... 4 Optique De Fleur................................10 Rafael Floors....................................... 4 Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine............... 3 Toyota Marin......................................15 Vintage Oaks Shopping Center............13


CAINS TIRE Thank You Marin! We are the only tire dealer to be voted into the Pacific Sun Hall of Fame!

That says “Cains is a No Nonsense Tire Dealer” Pat’s Tire Tip: Be careful of mileage guarantees and free flat repairs. Most deals cost you money! Let the buyer beware!

Three Generations Working to Serve You Extremely Honest, Caring and Helpful Family Owned Since 1957

1531 4th St. s San Rafael s 453-2942 www.cainstire.com We Do It All!

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2012 Hall of Fame 1st YEAR â?&#x20AC; BEST ANTIQUE STORE A Dove Place

160 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1490

BEST BAKERY Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 924.7478

BEST CARPET CLEANING

Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning

118 Auburn St., San Rafael 256.8321

BEST CLEANING SERVICE Molly Maid of Marin

424 Irwin St., San Rafael 454.3600

BEST GIFT SHOP Great Acorn Co.

800 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.2990

BEST GLASSES AND EYEWEAR 20/20 Optical

1127 4th St., San Rafael 453.2020, 5800 Nave Dr., Novato 892.2020

BEST HEALTH CLUB Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael 444.8000

BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT Fairfax Scoop

63 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax 453.3130

BEST MASSAGE

Mill Valley Massage

61 Camino Alto Ste. 102, Mill Valley 381.1855; 1007 C St., San Rafael 460.1855

BEST MEAL UNDER $20 Sol Food

901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 451.4765

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Thank You for Choosing Molly Maid!

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Reasons you’ll be glad you did!

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spend time doing the things you want to do. Have your home cleaned the way you want – we listen and we care. People Notice – your friends and family will comment on how fresh and clean your home is. No contracts – and we guarantee to put a smile on your face with every cleaning. Our reputation – Molly Maid has been cleaning Marin homes since 1988!

(415) 524-7222 Call For Your our Free Estimate

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BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST PLACE TO BUY A SPA/HOT TUB

Rafael Film Center

1118 4th St., San Rafael 454.1222

Creative Energy

BEST MOVING AND STORAGE Johnson & Daly Moving Storage

110 Belvedere St., San Rafael 491.4444

BEST NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER Sloat Garden Centers

700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield 454.0262; additional locations in Mill Valley, Novato and San Rafael

3815 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael 471.7727

BEST SPORTS SHOES AND APPAREL Arch Rival

150 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae 461.6588; 206 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.0275

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

BEST PAINTING CONTRACTOR

Thep Lela Thai Restaurant

76 Belvedere St., San Rafael 456.4044 kunstbros.com

BEST YOGA STUDIO

Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.3444

BEST PIZZERIA

Bikram Yoga

101 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael 472.7272

❀ 2nd YEAR ❀

1295 2nd St., San Rafael 453.9642

Mulberry Street Pizzeria

BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Bananas at Large

1504 4th St., San Rafael 457.7600

BEST CHINESE CUISINE

Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine

120 Vintage Way, Novato 892.8838

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BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE Good Earth Natural Foods

720 Center Blvd. Fairfax 454.0123

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Easy Street Cafe

Thank you Marin! for voting us

Best Paint Store

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1984

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS Sunrise Home

631 B St., San Rafael 456.3939

BEST PLACE TO BUY APPLIANCES Martin & Harris

2158 4th St., San Rafael 454.2021

BEST SWIMMING POOL Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael 444.8000 www.marinjcc.org

BEST TOY STORE A Child’s Delight

105 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera; 945.9221; Northgate One shopping center, San Rafael 499.0739

You make us number one!

Marin Color Service Serving Marin County since 1948 With the largest selection of green paints and products in the Bay Area

Two convenient locations … SAN RAFAEL NOVATO 770 2nd St Corner of 2nd & Lincoln 453-4065

703 Grant Ave Old Town 897-9411

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Food & Drink

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BEST BAKERY Rustic Bakery

1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 925.1556; 1407 Grant Ave., Novato 878.4952; Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Cir. Ste. 20, Larkspur 461.9900 2ND Sweet Things, Tiburon 3RD Arizmendi, San Rafael

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BEST BREAKFAST Half Day Cafe

848 College Ave., Kentfield 459.0291 halfdaycafe.com 2ND Dipsea Cafe, Mill Valley and San Rafael 3RD Marvinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, Novato

BEST BREW PUB/SPORTS BAR Marin Brewing Company

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Marin Country Mart, 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 461.4677 marinbrewingcompany.com 2ND Moylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery and Restaurant, Novato 3RD Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, Fairfax

BEST BURGER JOINT 2

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924 Diablo Ave., Novato 898.8294; 2202 4th St., San Rafael 456.0866 phyllisgiantburgers.com 2ND M&G Burgers and Beverages, Fairfax and Larkspur 3RD Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phatburger, Mill Valley

BEST BURRITO High Tech Burrito

118 Stawberry Village, Mill Valley 388.7002; 942 Diablo Ave., Novato 897.8083; 484 Las Gallinas Ave., Terra Linda 526.2188; hightechburrito.com 2ND Grillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, Fairfax and Mill Valley 3RD Lucindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Food To Go, Mill Valley

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Forks & Fingers

372 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. #M, Novato 883.1900 forksandfingers.com 2ND Delicious Catering, San Rafael 3RD An Affair to Remember, San Rafael


BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Yet Wah

1238 4th St., San Rafael 460.9883 yetwahsanrafael.com 2ND Pingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mandarin Restaurant, San Rafael 3RD Tommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wok Cuisine, Sausalito

MULBERRY STREET PIZZERIA Food Network Gold Medal

BEST DELI Comforts

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 454.9840 comfortscafe.com 2ND Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sourdough, Novato and San Rafael 3RD Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, various locations

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Left Bank Brasserie

507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 927.3331 leftbank.com 2ND Le Garage, Sausalito 3RD Le Chalet Basque, San Rafael

BEST FROZEN YOGURT Swirl Frozen Yogurt

417 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 388.2636; 916 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 451.0190 2ND Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yogurt Place, Mill Valley 3RD Double Rainbow, San Rafael

BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE

Dr. Insomniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee and Tea

800 Grant Ave., Novato 897.9500 2ND Emporio Rulli, Larkspur 3RD Aroma Cafe, San Rafael

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Lotus Cuisine of India

704 4th St., San Rafael 456.5808 lotusrestaurant.com 2ND Avatar, Sausalito 3RD India Palace Restaurant, Mill Valley

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Il Davide

901 A St., San Rafael 454.8080 ildavide.net 2ND Il Fornaio, Corte Madera 3RD Poggio, Sausalito

Thank You Pacific Sun Voters For voting us into the Hall of Fame! www.ReallyGreatPizza.com Lunch: Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri 11:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2pm Dinner: Every Day from 5pm Dine in or Carry Out

415-472-7272

101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael

Best Place to Take the In-laws to Eat

Best Place to Dine Alone Best Place to Dine after Nine

Best Martini

Best Caesar Salad Best Burger

Best Place to Get Stuffed

Best Burger

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2004, 20

Best Restaurant Over 20 Years Old

For 58 Years Voted the Best for Everything that Matters to You in Dining Thank you to all of our loyal customers and thank you to all of our treasured employeesâ&#x20AC;Ś whose careful and precise execution of every satisfying and delicious dish makes every Marin Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining experience a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Romano, Paul & Ralph Della Santina $"4"#6&/"%3t$035&."%&3"  tXXXNBSJOKPFTSFTUBVSBOUDPN 2012BestofMarinRedux 11


BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT

BEST MILL VALLEY RESTAURANT

107 Caledonia St., Sausalito 332.3620 sushiran.com 2nd Sushi to Dai For, San Rafael 3rd Robata Grill and Sushi, Mill Valley

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley 331.2600 buckeyeroadhouse.com 2ND Bungalow 44 3RD Piazza D’Angelo

Sushi Ran

BEST LOCAL WINERY

Point Reyes Vineyard Inn & Winery

12700 Highway One, Point Reyes Station 663.1011 ptreyesvineyardinn.com 2ND Pey-Marin Vineyard, San Anselmo 3RD Starry Night Winery, San Rafael

BEST MEAL UNDER $20 Joe’s Taco Lounge & Salsaria

382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley 383.8164 2nd Crepevine, San Rafael 3RD Dipsea Cafe, Mill Valley

BEST ROSS VALLEY RESTAURANT, BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT, BEST ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT

Buckeye Roadhouse

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 2011 El Paseo House of Chops

17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley 388.0741 elpaseomillvalley.com 2ND Bar Bocce, Sausalito 3RD Pizza Orgasmica, San Rafael

Best Novato Restaurant Boca Steak and Seafood

340 Ignacio Blvd. 883.0901 bocasteak.com 2ND Hilltop 1892 3RD Finnegan’s Marin

BEST PIZZERIA Pizzeria Picco

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 457.7700 insalatas.com

316 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 945.8900 pizzeriapicco.com 2ND Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, San Rafael 3RD LoCoco’s Pizzeria, Terra Linda

Best Ross Valley Restaurant

BEST SAN RAFAEL RESTAURANT

Best Mediterranean Restaurant

903 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael 451.4765 solfoodrestaurant.com 2ND Il Davide 3RD Panama Hotel, San Rafael

Insalata’s Restaurant

2ND Marche Aux Fleurs, Ross 3RD Marinitas, San Anselmo

2ND Picco, Larkspur 3RD Falafel Hut, San Rafael

Best Organic and Sustainable Restaurant 2RD Rustic Bakery, Novato, Larkspur & Larkspur Landing 3RD Picco, Larkspur

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Celia’s Mexican Restaurant

1 Vivian St., San Rafael 456.8190 celiasrestaurants.com 2ND Las Camelias, San Rafael 3RD Joe’s Taco Lounge and Salsaria, Mill Valley 12 BestofMarinRedux2012

Sol Food

BEST SAUSALITO/TIBURON RESTAURANT Poggio

777 Bridgeway, Sausalito 332.7771 poggiotrattoria.com 2ND Le Garage, Sausalito 3RD Sam’s Anchor Cafe, Tiburon

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Fish

350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito 331.FISH 331fish.com 2ND Yankee Pier, Larkspur 3RD Pacific Cafe, Kentfield


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www.shopvintageoaks.com Over 50 stores and restaurants, conveniently located off of Highway 101, Rowland Boulevard exit. 2012BestofMarinRedux 13


BEST THAI RESTAURANT

BEST FOREIGN AUTO REPAIR

1230 4th St., San Rafael 456.4455 mythai.com 2ND Orchid Thai, San Anselmo 3RD Royal Thai, San Rafael

747 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael 457.1688 2nd Neuhaus Service, San Rafael 3rd Mellow Motors, San Rafael

My Thai

Easy Automotive

Best TWIN CITIES restaurant

BEST TIRE SHOP

320 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 924.0300 restaurantpicco.com 2ND Left Bank, Larkspur 3RD Marin Joe’s, Corte Madera

1531 4th St., San Rafael 453.2942 2ND Toscalito Tire & Automotive, Corte Madera, Novato, San Rafael 3RD H&J Tire, Novato and San Rafael

Restaurant Picco

Cain’s Tire

BEST WEST MARIN RESTAURANT

BEST USED CARS

43 Arenal Ave., Stinson Beach 868.1272 parksidecafe.com 2ND Station House Cafe, Point Reyes Station 3RD Osteria Stellina, Point Reyes Station

10 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael 457.3325 2ND Jack L. Hunt Automotive, San Rafael 3RD Marin Imports, San Rafael

Parkside Cafe

BEST WINE BAR Rick’s Wine Cellar

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera 927.9466 rickswinecellar.com 2ND Sabor of Spain, San Rafael 3rd123 Bolinas, Fairfax

California Motors

Home Improvement BEST APPLIANCE REPAIR Mike’s Appliance Service

Automotive

Novato 883.8899 2ND National Appliance, San Rafael 3RD AAA Appliance Repair, Mill Valley

BEST CAR DEALER

BEST BEDS AND BEDDING

445 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 456.7071 2ND Marin Honda, San Rafael 3RD R.A.B. Motors, San Rafael

901 A St., San Rafael 459.0365 2ND Mary’s Futons, San Rafael 3RD Warm Things, San Rafael

Toyota Marin

Duxiana

BEST AUTO BODY REPAIR/ DESIGN

BEST HARDWOOD FLOORING AND CARPETING

31 Bay Street, San Rafael 459.6115; 86l Vallejo Ave., Novato 897.8824 blakesautobody.com 2ND Bertolli’s Auto Body, San Rafael 3RD G&C Autobody, San Rafael, Novato

822 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 456.3656

Blake’s Auto Body

BEST DOMESTIC CAR REPAIR D & K Auto Services

34 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera 924.3510 2ND Jack L. Hunt Automotive, San Rafael 3RD Neuhaus Service, San Rafael 14 BestofMarinRedux2012

Rafael Floors

Best Hardwood Flooring: 2ND Marin Hardwood Floor Center, Greenbrae 3RD Ken’s Carpets and Flooring, San Rafael

Best Carpeting:

2ND Ken’s Carpets and Flooring, San Rafael 3RD City Carpets, San Rafael


Best Auto Dealer

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Toyota Marin Sales: (800) 608-6193

445 Francisco Blvd East, San Rafael, CA 94901

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BEST CLEANING SERVICE

BEST HAULING

299.2743 2ND Housekeepers of Marin, Novato 3RD Maid Brigade of Marin, San Rafael

3060 Kerner Ste. F, San Rafael 1.800.468.5865 2ND Hurricane Hauling and Demolition, San Rafael 3RD Got Hauling?, San Rafael

Marin Cleaning Services

1-800-Got-Junk?

BEST COMPUTER REPAIR

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS

328 Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae 925.0200 2ND North Bay Computer Systems, San Rafael 3RD PC Plus, Novato

419 Corte Madera Town Ctr., Corte Madera 945.9288 2ND Wooden Duck, San Rafael 3RD Cabana Home, Mill Valley

Computer Connection

Harvest Home

BEST DECKS AND FENCING

BEST HOME ORGANIZER

117 Mitchell Blvd. Ste. A, San Rafael 444.5554 2ND Marin Fence Company, San Rafael 3RD Novato Lumber & Fence Co.

P.O. Box 629, Sausalito 461.6257 2ND California Space Organizers, San Rafael 3RD A Space for Everything, San Rafael

Clough Construction

BEST ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Integrity Electric, Inc.

3817 Redwood Hwy. Ste. A, San Rafael 499.8844 2ND W. Bradley Electric Inc., Novato 3RD Hazelton Electric, Sausalito

Changing-Places

BEST KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELER

Lamperti Contracting and Design

1241 Andersen Dr., San Rafael 454.1623 2ND Novato Kitchens & Bath 3RD Marin Kitchen Works, Novato

ATLAS WINDOW and CARPET CLEANING

BEST CARPET CLEANERS FIVE TIME WINNER!

BEST WINDOW CLEANERS 2012

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BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN Cynthia Egger Landscape Design

149 Humboldt St., San Rafael. 460.0858 2ND Heritage Landscapes, San Anselmo 3RD Simmonds & Associates, San Anselmo

BEST LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Bank of Marin

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

BEST LOCKSMITH

Transbay Locksmith Service

2018 4th St., San Rafael 456.3860 2ND Marin Lock & Safe, San Rafael 3RD Novato Lock

BEST MOVING AND STORAGE Earl Farnsworth Express

2111 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 459.6683 2ND Ahmed’s Moving Express, San Rafael 3RD Aloha Moving and Storage, San Rafael

BEST PAINT STORE Marin Color Service

770 2nd St., San Rafael 453.4065; 703 Grant Ave., Novato 897-9411 2ND Tamalpais Paint & Color, Corte Madera 3RD Jackson’s Hardware, San Rafael

Marin, CA | Since 1997

Northern California’s Premier Car/Truck Dealer Best Used Car Dealer Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles BBB Honor Roll Over 15 Years in Business Warranty Programs Two Location to Serve You Financing Trade-ins Consignments

Go to CaliforniaMotors.com to view our featured cars

415 457-3325

10 Bellam, San Rafael

For Home Appliance Sales & Service

BEST PAINTING CONTRACTOR McCarthy Painting Company

126 Front St., San Rafael, 383.2640 2ND Scott Hurd Painting, Fairfax 3RD North Bay Painting and Wood Preserve, Novato

Over 50 years experience and 5 Best of Marin wins

BEST PLUMBER Ongaro & Sons

243 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.7500 2ND Peter Levi Plumbing, San Rafael 3RD O’Connell Plumbing, San Rafael

BEST LOCAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE Bradley Real Estate

8 Marin County offices bradleyrealestate.com 2ND Frank Howard Allen, various locations 3RD Marin Modern Real Estate, various locations

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BEST ROOFER

Best Children’s Clothing

P.O. Box 2727, San Rafael 456.7663 2ND DeMello Roofing, San Rafael 3RD Marin County Roofing, San Rafael

Strawberry Village, Ste. 310, Mill Valley 383.3110 2ND Secret Garden, Greenbrae 3RD Mill Valley Baby & Kids, Mill Valley

McLeran Roofing

Kidiniki

BEST SELF-STORAGE

BEST HOBBY SHOP

24 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael 454.1983 2NDHeirloom Storage, Novato 3RDSan Rafael Storage, San Rafael

300 Entrada Dr., Novato 883.0388 2ND Dauth Hobbies, San Anselmo 3RD Gamescape North, San Rafael

Bellam Self Storage

BEST TILE AND STONE STORE Ceramic Tile Design

846 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 485.5180 2ND CTW Designs, Novato 3RD Italics, San Rafael

BEST WINDOW AND DOOR SHOWROOM

Charles Window & Door Company

1505 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 888.219.4159 2ND Novato Glass, Novato 3RD Glass & Sash, San Rafael

BEST WINDOW CLEANERS

Atlas Window and Carpet Cleaning

118 Auburn St., San Rafael, 256.8321 2ND Smart Window Cleaning, Novato 3RD Ken’s Crystal Clear Windows, San Rafael

Kids & Pets BEST PET STORE

Woodlands Pet Food & Treats

701 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 388.7387; 296 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae 461.7387 2ND Pet Club, Corte Madera 3RD Pet Arcade, San Rafael

BEST ART SUPPLY STORE Rileystreet Art Supply

1138 4th St., San Rafael 457.2787 2ND Perry’s Art Supplies & Framing, San Anselmo 3RD Doodlebug, San Anselmo

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Dollhouses, Trains & More

BEST KID-FRIENDLY, NON-CHAIN RESTAURANT Toast

31 Sunnyside Ave. #1, Mill Valley 388.2500; 5800 Nave Dr., Novato 382.1144 2ND Wipeout Bar & Grill, Greenbrae 3RD Bubba’s Diner, San Anselmo

Best Overnight Summer Camp

Walker Creek Camp Soulajoule

1700 Marshall-Petaluma Rd., Petaluma 491.6602 2ND Camp Tamarancho, Fairfax 3RD Girl Scout Camp—Camp Bothin, Fairfax

BEST PET GROOMER Doggie Styles

401 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 381.1777 2ND Who Does Your Dog?, Novato 3RD Pride and Groom, San Anselmo

BEST PLACE FOR A KID’S PARTY Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd., Fort Baker 339.3900 2ND Doodlebug, San Anselmo 3RD Country Club Bowl, San Rafael

Best Summer Day Camp Steve and Kate’s Camp

Bacich Elementary, Kentfield; Old Mill Elementary, Mill Valley; Lu Sutton Elementary, Novato; and 21 other Bay Area locations 389.5437 2ND Tiburon Adventure Camp 3RD Marinwood Summer Camps


Best Toy Store Five Little Monkeys

852 Grant Ave., Novato 898.4411 2ND Toy World, Greenbrae 3RD Dollhouses, Trains & More, Novato

Green Business

Thank You Marin!

BEST BIKE STORE Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes

836 4th St., San Rafael 454.3747; 1 Gate 6 Rd., Sausalito 332.3200 2ND Mt. Tam Bikes, Mill Valley 3RD Sunshine Bicycles, Fairfax

BEST BUSINESS THAT PROMOTES GOING GREEN Good Earth Natural Foods

720 Center Blvd., Fairfax 454.0123 2ND Marin Sanitary Service, San Rafael 3RD Fairfax Lumber and Hardware, Fairfax

Best Painting Contractor

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BEST NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER West End Nursery

1938 5th Ave., San Rafael 454.4175 2ND Sunnyside Nursery, San Anselmo 3RD Green Jeans Garden Supply, Mill Valley

BEST ORGANIC PRODUCE Marin Agricultural Institute

Marin Civic Center Farmers Market (Thursdays and Sundays year-round), Novato Farmers Market (Tuesdays May-September), Fairfax (Wednesdays May-September) 472.6100 2ND Good Earth Natural Foods, Fairfax 3RD United Markets, San Rafael and San Anselmo

BEST PERSONNEL AGENCY Nelson Staffing

18 Professional Center Parkway, San Rafael 479.5101 nelsonstaffing.com 2ND Career Professionals, San Rafael 3RD Perfect Timing, Larkspur

BEST RESALE/CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING SHOP Stella’s Fine Consignments

224 Greenfield Ave. Ste. 3, San Anselmo 453.6191 2ND Encore, San Rafael 3RD Swan Dive, Corte Madera

BEST SOLAR SUPPLIER SolarCraft

285-D Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato 382.7717 2ND Real Goods Solar, San Rafael 3RD SPG Solar, Novato

Beauty BEST BEAUTY SUPPLY Marin Beauty Company

417 3rd St., San Rafael 454.4500; 140 Vintage Way G-11, Novato 892.3600; 800 Redwood Blvd. Ste. 120, Mill Valley 381.6275 2ND Beauty Store and Salon, San Rafael 3RD Beauty Magic Supply, Mill Valley

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BEST DAY SPA AND BEST MASSAGE Evo Spa

800 Redwood Hwy., Ste. 216, Mill Valley 383.3223

Best Day Spa:

2ND Stellar Spa, Corte Madera 3RD Cavallo Point, Sausalito

Best Massage:

2ND Stellar Spa, Corte Madera 3RD F. Joseph Smith, Mill Valley

BEST FACIAL Jessa Skin Spa

503 D St. #1, San Rafael 342.3413 2NDEvo Spa, Mill Valley 3RD Stellar Spa, Corte Madera

BEST FLORIST

Natalie & Daria’s Flowers & Gifts

479 Entrada Dr., Novato 883.0522 2ND Hearts & Flowers, Tiburon 3RD Grant Avenue Florist, Novato

BEST GLASSES AND EYEWEAR Rims & Goggles

606 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 383.9480 2ND Marin Eyes, San Rafael 3RD Marin Optometry, Mill Valley

BEST HAIR SALON

Brewer Phillips Hair Design

1027 C St., San Rafael 485.1437 brewerphillips.com 2ND Cooper Alley, Larkspur 3RD diPietro Todd, Mill Valley

BEST JEWELER

Johann Paul Jewelers

272 Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae 461.1866 2ND Julianna’s, Corte Madera 3RD Stephan-Hill, San Rafael

BEST LINGERIE

Pleasures of the Heart

1310 4th St., San Rafael 482.9899 2ND Chadwicks of London, Mill Valley and San Anselmo 3RD The Lingerie Shoppe, Larkspur


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BEST MEN’S CLOTHIER

BEST PILATES

800 Redwood Hwy., Ste. 306, Mill Valley 383.2174 2ND Gene Hiller Exclusive Menswear, Sausalito 3RD Louis Thomas Fine Men’s Apparel, Corte Madera

639 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley 380.8787; 1530 Center Rd., Novato 895.5965 2ND Fit First Pilates, Corte Madera 3RD Sky Frog Studios, Corte Madera

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Body Kinetics Health Club and Spa

BEST NAIL SALON

BEST TENNIS CLUB

963 Grand Ave., San Rafael 454.9662 2ND Polish Nail Spa, San Rafael 3RD Nails by Kim, San Rafael

1 Larkspur Plaza Dr., Larkspur 924.6226 2ND Harbor Point Tennis Club, Mill Valley 3RD Rolling Hills Tennis Club, Novato

Three Sisters Nails

Mt. Tam Racquet Club

BEST SHOE STore

BEST YOGA STUDIO

890 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 258.9954; 2239 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 461.6226 2ND Sole Desire, San Rafael 3RD Shoes at Bon Air, Greenbrae

1701 4th St., San Rafael 306.7904; 438 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 381.3724 2ND Yoga Studio, Mill Valley 3RD Yoga of Sausalito, Sausalito

Lark Shoes

BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE Viva Diva Boutique

1327 4th St., San Rafael 256.8380 2ND Bella, San Rafael 3RD Alice Becker Inc., Novato

Health & Fitness

Red Dragon Yoga

Arts &

Entertainment BEST ART GALLERY Art Works Downtown

1337 Fourth St., San Rafael 451.8119 2ND Seager-Gray Gallery, Mill Valley 3RD Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato

BEST HEALTH CLUB

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

1500 Los Gamos Dr., San Rafael 492.9622 2ND Elan Fitness Center, San Anselmo 3RD Body Kinetics Health Club & Spa, Mill Valley and Novato

842 4th St., San Rafael 226.0262 2ND 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley 3RD 19 Broadway, Fairfax

Marin YMCA

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO Practical Martial Arts

5768 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera 927.0899 2ND Marin MMA, San Anselmo 3RD Marin Dojo, San Anselmo

George’s Nightclub

BEST MOVIE THEATER Fairfax 6 Theatres

9 Broadway, Fairfax 453.5444 2ND Lark Theater, Larkspur 3RD CineArts Sequoia, Mill Valley

BEST MUSIC STORE Mill Valley Music

320 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 389.9090 2ND Bedrock Music, San Rafael 3RD Red Devil Music, San Rafael 22 BestofMarinRedux2012


BEST PLACE FOR A WEDDING

BEST GIFT SHOP

30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, 455.5260 2ND Cavallo Point, Sausalito 3RD Deer Park Villa, Fairfax

412 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera 924.2210 2ND Morris & Company, Novato 3RD Liquid Events, San Rafael

Marin Art and Garden Center

BEST PLACE FOR DANCING Rancho Nicasio

1 Old Rancheria Rd., Nicasio 662.2219 2ND George’s Nightclub, San Rafael 3RD19 Broadway, Fairfax

BEST .PLACE TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS The Magic Flute

182 Northgate One, San Rafael 479.3112 themagicflute.com 2ND Amazing Grace, San Rafael 3RD Marin Music Center, Novato

BEST THEATER COMPANY Marin Theatre Company

397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 388.5200 2ND Mountain Play, Mill Valley 3RD Ross Valley Players, Ross

Casual Shopping BEST ANTIQUE STORE Laurel House Antiques

Meadowlark Gallery

Best Lighting SHOP Lights of Rafael

4100 Redwood Highway, San Rafael 472.7292 2ND Light Express, San Rafael 3RD North Bay Lighting and Electrical Supply, San Rafael

BEST LOCAL BOOKSTORE Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 927.0960 2ND Point Reyes Books 3RD Depot Bookstore & Cafe, Mill Valley

BEST NEW RETAIL BUSINESS, 2011

Sans Gluten-Free Grocery

821 B St., San Rafael 454.8888 2ND Bliss Home Design, Mill Valley 3RD The Herban Garden, Fairfax

BEST TOWN OTHER THAN YOUR OWN Fairfax

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30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross 454.8472 2ND The Pavillion Antiques, San Anselmo 3RD Yankee Girl Antiques, San Anselmo

BIGGEST LOCAL NEWS STORY

BEST FRAME SHOP

2ND County battles PG&E over SmartMeters 3RD Feds crack down on medical marijuana; Marin Alliance evicted from Fairfax location

Cheap Pete’s Picture Frame Factory Outlet

San Rafael approves construction of Target

221 3rd St., San Rafael 455.8055 2ND Ringseis Designs, Fairfax 3RD Frame Crafters Gallery, Greenbrae

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