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Jesse’s Shoes & Repair 5915 Calle Real, 964-3414 “You bet I’m happy we won,” said Jesse Holder Jr. (pictured), who has been elegantly retreading footwear for 42 years in the Goleta territories. “I’m happy we won every year since you started this thing. I think people like us because we do good work at a good price,” he said. Holder said that the strangest thing he ever had to repair was a woman’s favorite bra (he did it, and she was happy) and that most people don’t know that his business hinges on precision orthopedic work — prescription footwear. “Some people come to me for their orthopedic shoes and then move away. A lot of them come back to me to get work done even if they live somewhere else,” he said. FINALIST
Aqua Nail Bar 3455 State St., 687-8483 “I’m really super happy we won,” said Aqua owner Claudia Cordova. “Partly because we have so much added competition — there are at least three other new places that seem to have the same business model as us. But I think people like us because we’ve established relationships in the last eight years. We’re different than a lot of salons; we’re professional and organized. Somebody greets you when you walk in. I think if you’ve never been in here before, that’s what would surprise you. This place
is like a cross between a salon and a spa, and all of the changes we’ve made have been because of customer feedback.” FINALIST
Angels Nail & Spa
FLOAT Luxury Spa
has been good, and this is a word-of-mouth town. But most of all, I think people are surprised when they come in and see how big we are. From the street, it looks like there’s only one room, but [people] don’t know about the salons, the lounge, and even an outdoor patio. We’re thrilled that they voted for us again this year,” she said. FINALIST
Bacara Resort & Spa
18 E. Canon Perdido St., 845-7777 “I think we’ve won this category because we have the best massage therapists and the best aestheticians in town,” said owner Natalie Rowe. “I think over the years, the word of mouth
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Evolutions Medical & Day Spa 350 Chapala St., 687-0212 Whether it’s a back rub or a fractional CO2 resurfacing, Brian Perkins is grateful that his medical spa was reader-considered to be the best. He is the son of Dr. Terry Perkins, who began the business initially concentrated on the kind of medical rejuvenations and therapies that doctoring had to supply from sandings to serious cosmetic surgery. In the meantime, however, Perkins’s popular spa decided to move next door to Avia, also a frequent Best Of winner for more traditional rejuvenation practices, but they sadly went out of business. “Most people don’t know that we now have the day spa where Avia used to be,” said Perkins. Evolutions still offers medical treatments but now has massage tables, Vichy showers, locker rooms, and most of the other amenities of a real spa. It’s a healing place now and a nice escape, like Switzerland on Chapala Street. FINALIST
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Cominichi’s 410 E. Haley St., 962-1413 “I would say that people like us because we have a fun store,” said Cominichi’s assistant manager Valentina. “We have old stuff; we have new stuff; we have wacky stuff. The thing that always surprises people is how big the store is. From the outside, it looks like a small store. Then it’s really exciting for them because they anticipated a lot less.” FINALIST
Jessica Consignment 2008 De la Vina St., 687-2755 “I know what our secret is,” said Jessica Cashman, owner of Jessica’s. “Longevity. Come this January, we’ll be open for 25 years. That and the good sources we have and a good system to rotate the clothes, with a backroom for marked-down items. We sell high-end clothes, nice-quality clothes, and Santa Barbara is the kind of place where you can mix your wardrobe. A nice outﬁt with a $1,200 bag that you paid $500 for. But I think people also like us because it’s nice here — easy with a fun atmosphere.”
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Ablitt’s 14 W. Gutierrez St., 963-6677
Being taken to the cleaners is not usually a pleasant experience. But our readers seem to enjoy Ablitt’s year after year. Maybe because it’s a family business in its third generation — wasn’t always Ablitt’s or always here — or maybe it’s the fact that you don’t have to take anything to the cleaners; their trucks come to you, if you prefer, for free. An S.B. favorite for decades, it’s one of those chores that a small town makes easy and almost pleasant through neighborly traditions.
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Tony the Tailor
4141 State St., 967-5728 Lee Thompson knows the secret. “Here we never stop trying,” said the owner of the 22-year-old business that routinely tops our charts. He’s tailored everything imaginable, even put a zipper into a pair of shoes once. “We keep doing things a little bit better; we try to make it always better. We’re very happy that they vote for us.”
It must be good. The anchor store of Paseo Nuevo has always coexisted with another famed major department, yet Nordstrom almost always wins these three categories. It’s maybe easy to ﬁgure the men’s fashions, which have always been sketchily represented in town — where else should you go for so many designer lines under one roof? Shoes are also an easy call. Nobody collects such a range of fashion and price in one place, and the store’s vaunted return policy makes shopping easy. What the store ought to be proud of is its annual landing of the women’s category in a town where couture and sportswear have always mattered — a town of elegance — and Nordstrom’s, a department store, keeps winning the prize that keeps it that way. PICTURED: Best Of author D.J. Palladino. FINALIST
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revolutions — from unisex to boutique barbers — at the male bastion hangout. The man who prefers to be known as Richie the Barber said the whole isn’t difﬁcult to understand. “We’re very, very happy to win. We have just a few things: regular haircuts, trims, and shaves. It’s a pretty simple concept, and guys are pretty simple creatures,” said the Barber. FINALIST
Two locations Occhiali has numerous ﬁne recommending factors: great customer service, a comprehensive and tastefully fashionable array of frames and optical accoutrements, and friendly stores. But its chief asset is owner Irwin Eve, who would object to such adulations. Blessed with grace and taste, Eve also has an uncanny memory for customers who feel like friends, even though visits stretch between months and years. Eve insists his staff be noted for their passion about eyewear and making customer ﬁts, which is an easy call. He also prizes his long association with photographer Kim Reierson, who provided “many years of creative ad designs and awesome work.” But the best part of Occhiali is its dependable quality overall — and the readers have never missed a chance to vote on that. FINALISTS
Float Luxury Spa
Walter Claudio Salon Spa
Alpha Thrift Store
11 W. Figueroa St., 963-7579 Perennial winners, Walter Claudio prides itself on pampering your gestalt, even if they’re only whittling away at your split ends. Actually, Claudio’s staff, whose talents are continually honed at conferences and other classes, are most encouraged to listen to their clients and then take the concept to a place where bad-hair days are hard to remember. FINALIST
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Skin Deep Salon
1187 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 845-9701 This is the second year in a row that this new Montecito shaveand-a-haircut place has won the number one spot in a town where at least three dynasty shops have long held up despite the many
stay on the cutting edge of skin and hair care, while never forgetting it’s the personal touch that makes a visit to Skin Deep worth repeating — 33 years to be exact! They have a committed staff and faithful clientele — it’s like a great big Santa Barbara neighborhood ﬁlled with familiar faces. “Faces we are glad to see and even happier to offer the best facial possible. Thank you to Santa Barbara and The Independent. We can’t wait to show them off!”
3405 State St., 687-9497 “I won’t lie; it feels great to win again and again, year after year!” exclaimed owner Tina Hasche. At the Deep, they obviously strive to
Two Locations Alpha has become synonymous with Thrift Store here in Santa Barbara. It’s the go-to store for Halloween costumes (they save them for the season), as well as being a great place to treasure hunt the rest of the year. They rotate the stock, have colored-tag sales, and the $2 rack outside should never be missed. The staff is courteous and helpful, and with the addition of the third store on Milpas Street, they were able to widen aisles and make it all more organized and pleasant to shop. Books, toys, clothing, electronics, and shoes — there’s something for everyone; you just have to look. FINALIST
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The Winehound 3849 State St., 845-5247 Funny thing is, there used to be a lot more wine stores in this town back when it was becoming commonplace for people to understand the depths of pleasure available beyond Italian Swiss Colony and Lancers. In fact, most of those very good wine stores in town were a lot like The Winehound, run by avid enthusiasts who enjoyed drinking a lot more than collecting and who could tell you an awesome deal on wines you might never guess. We hope The Winehound, new to this uptown location, maintains its vintage status as a store that reminds you what fine experiences can come to those with grape expectations. PICTURED: owner Bob Wesley. FINALIST
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The French Press Two locations The definition of a coffee house can be very fluid, if you think back to bohemian Santa Barbara in the days before Starbucks conquered every corner. The French Press, with its new two-locale identities, expresses both ends. The first on State Street is mostly indoors and has no-nonsense get-me-to-work service with a little space for poets and boulevardiers to park, while the new gigantor French Press in the industrial building that old-timers remember as the Day Old Bread outlet is airy, sundrenched, and has caffeine as a party drug. Either way, it’s coffee in its mighty incarnation, strong in flavor and quality — not cheap but worth it. FINALIST
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in here and taste the tea before they buy it.” Wildenborg recommends wandering among the less-common leaves like the organic golden monkey and the coconut pouching varieties. “But what’s nice is that this is a nice, quiet neighborhood,” he said, a tiny place where you can taste your way around the world. FINALIST:
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Enterprise Fish Co. 225 State St., 962-3313 “We are excited, very,” laughed general manager Eliana Britton. “I think people like us because of the combo of food and drink specials,” she said, enumerating at length a school of bargains including raw oysters, steamed clams, and poke. The other big obvious benefits are the hours; Enterprise observes an enhanced number of them — 4-8 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. until the bar closes. “The best thing I think is the crowd. It’s a nice place, and people get together at tables. Friends share; it’s a community.” FINALIST
3558 State St., 687-7196 “We have great selections of all kinds of loose teas,” said Henry Wildenborg who co-owns the popular spot with Blue Booth. “But one of the things people really like is that they can come
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of a Rhône complexion. Open weekdays 11 a.m.5 p.m., the winery charges less than the cost of a bar drink for tastings and welcomes groups of eight or fewer to drop in (larger groups should schedule private tastings.) Oh, and another thing: The wine is award-winning and full of what they call “an uncommon intensity of flavor and aroma.” FINALIST
5925 Calle Real, 967-0128 Here’s another place with a great, long happyhour tradition, but the category this place takes is for the sheer number of beers that pump out fresh from kegs. It tops the nearest contender four to one, according to general manager Tony Blankenship. “But the other thing people don’t know about us, or don’t guess, is how great the kitchen is; we have food to complement all these beers — much better than you might imagine in a bowling alley,” he said. FINALIST
VALLEY TASTING ROOM
Sunstone Winery 125 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 688-9463 There is much to recommend Sunstone Winery, from its commitment to organic growing to the loveliness of its surroundings, a villa of the Tuscan variety, which somehow goes perfectly with wines
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Municipal Winemakers 22 Anacapa St., 931-6864 Every year we think this is the year in which the Funk Zone will emerge as a vital link to the city’s future life. If it does happen, it seems likely now it will start on Anacapa Street, where a number of hot eateries, wine bars, and this fun place have suddenly taken off. (Suddenly after a decade, that is.) Municipal is finally getting reader recognition. “It’s kind of a fun place,” said tasting-room manager Jen Santarosa. “It’s relaxed, indooroutdoor, dog friendly, and we have very nice wines in French style, very drinkable, reasonably priced, and sourced in Santa Barbara for Santa Barbara people.” FINALIST
Corks n’ Crowns
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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Two locations “Primarily, it’s the beer,” said Figueroa general manager David Esdaile. “If it wasn’t the beer, then we would be in the wrong category. We have eight beers, from a pilsner to a stout, though we do make seasonal beers. I ﬁnd that our beers are very drinkable,” said Esdaile. “I grew up in England, where you just went down to the pub and had a beer. It wasn’t really all about whatever quality the beer had,” he said. The brew wasn’t criticized for its hoppiness or fruit ﬂavors. “It was what you drank with your mates.” PICTURED: assistant general manager Kami. FINALIST
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
S.B. WINE TOUR COMPANY
S.B. COUNTY WINERY WHITE WINE
Santa Barbara Adventure Company
The Brander Vineyard
720 Bond Ave., 884-9283
Without question, said Brander’s Jeff Butler, the white wine that the readers mean is their sauvignon blanc. “Unequivocally,” confirmed Butler, who likes to think his ofﬁcial title at the vineyards is marketing guy and beekeeper. “It’s our 36th vintage, and in 1975, Fred Brander ﬁrst planted the grapes.” In 1977, he said, Brander won an award for the wine at the L.A. County Fair, thereby ofﬁcially putting Santa Ynez wines on the map. If history isn’t enough, there is the wine itself. “It’s great and a benchmark of value. Twothirds of our total wine sales are the sauvignon blanc.”
“Oh yes, we are very happy to win,” said Adventure Co. guide Rachel Harvey. “We think we do offer the best wine tours with very knowledgeable and very fun tour guides,” she said. The best part of the tour is the company’s ﬂexible attitude. With all their knowledge and contacts, they are quite willing to customize the experience to the groups who go out in 14-passenger vans. “We listen to our guest’s feedback, and it changes the way we give tours.” FINALIST:
Sustainable Vine Wine Tours
2401 N. Refugio Rd., Los Olivos, 688-2455
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Jaffurs Wine Cellars 819 E. Montecito St., 962-7003 “We’re pretty stoked about winning,” said owner Craig Jaffurs. “It’d have to be our Santa Barbara Syrah,” he continued. “It’s powerful, full of fruit, and everybody loves it. It’s got good tannins; it’s a good mouthful of wine. It’s our 20th harvest, and we are grateful the readers voted for us. Yahoo!” FINALIST
RESTAURANT WINE LIST
Wine Cask 813 Anacapa St., 966-9463 It runs 16 pages, and there are glasses of wine to be had and a jeroboam of Château Margaux 1995 for $1995. Surprisingly, there are no Château D’Yquems, but there is Cristal. A bottle of Beaulieu Vineyard 1968 “Burgundy,” a wine that we would’ve fetched at the grocery store in the mid-1970s if we were desperate, is now $195. If we had a lot of money to spend celebrating, though, we would order dinner and put ourselves in the hands of the sommelier here because, where else in this town has such a collection that has been accumulated over time by so many people who have intelligence credentials and
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DRINKING taste? And we’ll have the burgundy for old wines’ sake. FINALIST
except to note that high-quality agave tequilas are employed in the mix. It could also be the casual elegance of the place, muy rapido service, and a guitar plunking outside that help complete the illusion that the real world can wait while we convene with our city’s best traditions. FINALIST
The Neighborhood Bar & Grill
La Playa Azul Café
235 W. Montecito St., 963-7600
Harry’s Plaza Café 3313 State St., 687-2800 What needs to be said about Harry’s martini? In a place where all the drinks are strong, can one then presume that the martini — the one in which ice is brieﬂy introduced to gin, swirled with a sip of dry vermouth, and poured into a glass that best shows off its clarity, its utter pungency — is obviously strongest? The readers did not gin up any facts in their stirring pronunciation: Harry’s drinks are made strong, so you don’t have to be. FINALIST
Carlito’s Café y Cantina
“When you think about it, there really aren’t a lot of big neighborhood bars,” said David Burkholder, who is currently beefing up his own through expansion and new construction. “They usually
are very small with a small clique of people who h go to them. Where we are and what we do makes everybody feel like this is their neighborhood bar. And some of the reasoning behind this was actually on purpose. I’ve stayed away from things like a sports bar and music. From the start, we were going to be unlike any other place. This award helps us feel like we’re doing the right thing.” FINALIST
Joe’s Café 536 State St., 966-4638 Since 1928, there has been a Joe’s restaurant, and since 1935, they served booze. Back then it was Acme Beer, which, apparently, had nothing to do with the Road Runner’s demise. Ever since the late 1950s, Joe’s drinks have been justly celebrated for high alcohol content. This means you spend less of your evening’s budget on spirits, theoretically. Don’t believe this? Suit yourself, though we advise the constant testing of theories, responsible drinking, and above all else the return of Acme Beer. FINALIST
Harry’s Plaza Café
1324 State St., 962-7117 A Fiesta tradition since the late 1970s, this is also a place where people go to fuel up before a long stint at the Arlington or Granada, bracing themselves for high culture with tequila. Past attempts to elicit the margarita recipe have been met with disdainful silence from management,
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Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood Two locations For oldsters, one of the subliminal joys of eating at Holdren’s downtown is its location, the storefront for the original Joe’s; thankfully, the family has had the decency to preserve the atmosphere and the strong drinks to keep them subconsciously happy. The rest is an honest menu full of prime bovine cuts cooked remarkably well and served with dramatically delicious sauces. It’s what you want from a steak house, no cut corners or fancy-pants celebrity gawking to come between the cut and the knife. It’s what’s for dinner, though they do serve lunches, too. PICTURED: chef Guillermo Gil. FINALIST
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Lazy Acres Market 302 Meigs Rd., 564-4410 In our brave new world, there are numerous stores where the feckless health pilgrim can score some spirulina, dandelion kale smoothies, and gluten-free pasta dishes. Likewise, the ardent gourmand might in any town you name be able to purchase quail eggs, trufﬂe oil, or even a bottle of Grand Cru burgundy on a sudden whim. But not many stores offer both in a seamless and ultimately forgiving package like Lazy Acres does. (The clerks won’t laugh at either the vegan or the carnivore.) Since 1992, the gigantic Mesa hangout and emporium has been a one-stop shop for people who want exotic ﬂavors mixed with holistic dreams, a place where açaí and asparagus breathe the same sea air. FINALIST
Whole Foods Market
FRESH FISH MARKET
Santa Barbara Fish Market 117 Harbor Wy., 965-9564 “I would say that people vote for us primarily because of the connection we have with the ﬁshing community,” said S.B. Fish Market owner Brian Colgate, who always hopes that people realize that even though they are in the harbor, his small busy store is not synonymous with the Santa Barbara Fisherman’s Market, which takes place every Saturday morning. They do offer a lot of the same catch, as well as fresh ﬁsh from outside these waters, too. “I would say that most people don’t know that we deliver fresh fish overnight; it’s just a click away. You can have seafood that was swimming in the ocean just 36 hours ago delivered to any doorstep.” FINALIST
Tri-County Produce 335 S. Milpas St., 965-4558
ICE CREAM SHOP
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams Two locations Growing up Santa Barbaran means a lot of seemingly incidental magical things: the Zoo train, the Kernohan’s bear, and, especially, McConnell’s Ice Cream. Of course, now the old State Street store with its sticky round of ﬁne-art postcards is forgotten, and the Mission Street big-windowed room (no-nonsense but still full of the sugary smell of ice cream and chocolate sprinkles) is more likely the stuff that ice-cream dreams and headaches are made of. A new shop on lower on State Street will probably create a new source of Santa Barbara iconic pleasure. FINALIST
Rori’s Artisanal Creamery
FROZEN YOGURT SHOP
Yogurtland Two locations Maybe it’s a franchise, but who wouldn’t want to wake up in Yogurtland? It has deﬁnite advantages over that hipster fro-yo place that started in Los Angeles, including better pricing and the clear superiority of self-serve on the toppings. It’s real yogurt, it’s real clean and nice inside, and it’s won this category since the year it opened across the street and down from the hipster place. FINALIST
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Chocolate Maya 15 W. Gutierrez St., 965-5956 “I think it’s because we are authentic. We’re not just selling chocolate foo-foo,” giggled Maya Schoop-Rutten, who was the on the phone from Hawai‘i, where she swears she was giving a class on chocolate making. “We’re very educational. We talk about the farmers and the process and also walk people into the store while I’m actually making chocolate. They love that, and they know this is my passion.” FINALIST
Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels Many locations This being California, the toasted bagel with cream cheese and a regular-coffee diet peculiar to urban East Coasters was soon and widely found inadequate. Somehow, the schmears became more elaborate — jalapeño migrated onto the mix — but more importantly, the bagel itself became a platform instead of an end product. There are bagel pizzas and bagel sandwiches and even bagel Benedict. This small chain restaurant offers a perfect California adaptation of the boiled and then baked chewy delight, featuring elaborate omelettes with bagels in lieu of English muffins. Yet with all of this distraction, the voters still eye the basics and approve — voted best bagel plain and simple for over 12 years. If you want they should add Benedict, it’s a free country.
Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro
Many locations This was just a little storefront next door to Harry’s Plaza Café in the Loreto Plaza. (Which, by the way is a magical address for winning Best Of awards — four ﬁrsts and a second within an easy walk.) Today, the French patisserie begun by Renaud and Nicole Gonthier is in three locations, including the corner of the fancy Gelson’s (also in Loreto Plaza, naturally.) “I think people like us because they like anyone who is committed to doing something well, and we are committed to this,” said Gonthier.
ISLA VISTA RESTAURANT
Freebirds World Burrito 879 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, 968-0123 Say what you will about the burrito bar in Isla Vista, but there is no other restaurant in the county that has half-block-long lines at 2 a.m. Spending its days silently feeding the supercasual I.V. student in between classes or waves, the versatile Mexican fast-food stand becomes a center of the community, a rallying point, and a late-night provision to the equally studied and partied-out crowds who turn to it in hours of need. It’s not particularly cheap fast food, but it is hearty, delicious, and surprisingly authentic. FINALIST
Blenders in the Grass It took us years to realize that the name of this place was a Wordsworth reference and not a drug joke. This reﬂects badly on us, we know, though the sense of the work alluded to (“Intimations of Immortality”) initially threw us since that poem mainly complains about losing “the hour / Of splendor in the Grass.” This Santa Barbara–bred chain of healthy liquid-refreshment stands can never be lost: There are 12 locations between Orcutt and Santa Maria, and half of them are in S.B. So we get hours of splendor (8am-9pm), full of fruits, vegetables, supplements, and even coffee and ice cream blended to splendid ﬂavor, anytime and almost everywhere. So sing ye birds, sing, sing a joyous song.
Since it ﬁrst opened, Lucky’s has held its place at the pinnacle for restaurants in which to be seen and to see are as important as the ﬁne eating. There are movie stars and otherwise famous people often, there are circles of attainment like the old Casa Sevilla, and to be seated next to the fireplace in the inner room is an unstated indicator of arrival. General manager and executive chef Leonard Schwartz believes it’s much simpler than that, though. “It’s very ﬂattering we won this award, and I think the reason we did is that we’ve tried very hard to make sure that people are happy here.” People don’t know that Lucky’s has as great a selection of fresh fish and seafood as they do famous steaks, he said. But the crucial part is the overall experience. “My goal is that when people leave here, they leave happy,” he said.
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Beachside Bar-Café 5905 Sandspit Rd., Goleta, 964-7881
There’s a great paradox that haunts this 60-yearold, open-to-the-elements store — like the smell of fresh-squeezed orange juice that floats around the cashiers in front. Nothing seems to have changed here in the last half century when hippie kids and other health-food nuts mixed with the likes of Julia Child, shopping for food as the store motto says, any fresher and it would still be in the ﬁelds. But obviously, if the freshness part is true — and nobody doubts that — nearly every item in the store bins has to change nearly every day. It’s big, friendly, and much cheaper than the boutique health markets in town — with fresh juice, bulk staples, and a whole lot more: a sweet permanence of variety. Santa Barbara Farmers Market
Real ocean-view dining is a lot more scarce than most of us want to admit. This is seafood with a sunset over the ocean from a heated patio with a couple of very convincing side dishes. For starters, there’s a great happy hour. For more of a main reason, consider this: It’s off the beaten track, so even when tourists are around, they aren’t usually there. And best of all, it’s the perfect place to enjoy nice food just before a UCSB show or if you have to wait for Uncle Fred’s ﬂight in from Des Moines. Just don’t take him there, so we can keep having the Beachside to ourselves.
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Trattoria Grappolo 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 688-6899
“People are always surprised to find such authentic Italian cooking in such a small town,” explained Grappolo’s event coordinator and manager, Elisa Arriaga. Maybe it’s true, but the Santa Ynez Valley in the last 10 years has evolved rapidly from wine-and-cow town to gourmet central with restaurants, tasting rooms, and boutiques that almost shame the bigger beach city to the south. Even in those circumstances, Grappolo keeps winning this honor. “It’s probably the exceptional food and personal service. When people come in here, they feel like they are at home,” said Arriaga.
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Milk & Honey 30 W. Anapamu St., 275-4232 Some illusion of elegance mixed with a lot of pleasure principle, perfect for this place, the idea of Spain haunts a California beach town reality. Date w/ a Pig, for instance, is bacon-wrapped dates. There are Brussels sprouts roasted in olive oil with bacon (always with the bacon?). How about lamb served on a Hawaiian roll with raisins? The Corazon Verde is grilled hearts of romaine with a balsamic reduction over blue cheese and shallot sauce. There’s drunk mushrooms and tuna tartare with jalapeño. This is bar food worth a ginger whisky-sour chaser. You can have Pabst Blue Ribbon and pretzels at home. FINALIST
Cajun Kitchen Many locations The funny thing about this place is how pretentious it isn’t. Sure, there is gumbo, Andouille sausages, and jambalaya, too. But nobody will ever urge your bon temps to rouler. More likely, they’ll ask if you need more coffee and how crisp you want the hash browns. Or was it home fries this week? Grits? Well, of course you can have them, and if you don’t want wholewheat toast, corn bread with homemade apple butter is guar-an-teed delicious. The Bourbon Street Chili is good with eggs. A town favorite for over 30 years. FINALIST
The Blue Owl 5 W. Canon Perdido St., 705-0991 Maybe foodie magazines will declare that fusion food is over. The real reason we love Cindy Black’s revelation of storefront affordable and hedonistic imagination is her righteous refusal to abandon the twaining of East and West. A duck-and-pork sausage topped with kimchi in a homemade puff pastry? A green-curry burger with peanut-tamarind sauce and cilantro curry? Pulled pork with black-bean sauce and chili paste? At two in the morning, just when you thought the day’s pleasures were done? “I’m so grateful to win,” said Black. “This next year, though, I’m going to concentrate on my day menu, a lot more organic foods and salads and stuff that’s ready to eat,” she promised. We love Black’s Blue Owl place because it has vision. FINALIST
Savoy Café & Deli 24 W. Figueroa St., 962-6611 Forget the fad for gluten-free food for a second, and just consider the millions of people with diabetic conditions in this country. For them,
lunch — sandwiches, pizza, and more sandwiches — is always a problem, and great salad bars are one of the best answers. This one takes up half of a wall of the restaurant and, along with the usual suspects — peas, radishes, and red onions — offers complements like perfectly cooked chicken, candy-like beets, and artichoke. America, they say, is more like a salad bar than a melting pot. But it’s probably also true that if America ate more salad, a lot of waistlines, gluten obsessions, and diabetes might melt away, too. FINALIST
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China Pavilion 1202 Chapala St., 560-6028 Ever since Peter Chen devoted himself to improving the lot of those who like to dine authentically Chinese, this restaurant has proved itself an invaluable asset. Let’s just thank the universe we don’t need to drive to Los Angeles for a weekend dim sum ﬁx. Chen’s is reasonably priced and thoroughly delicious. His Chinese menu — available in English — offers dishes like twice-cooked pork made of pork belly the way it’s supposed to be. And ﬁnally, there’s the old bastion of self-reward, Peking duck, which was big in the 1970s with even non-Chinese diners but disappeared from most restaurant menus. Chen offers it in all its pancake-and-plum-sauce glory. Life is better served in a Pavilion. FINALIST
pastas with trufﬂe. The room is lively and usually full, but the waitstaff never seems annoyed by requests. And now with its own pizza place nearby, the Furlatti dynasty may prove itself unbeatable. FINALIST
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Los Agaves Two locations “I think the reason people like us is the way we change our menus all the time,” said Loss Agaves’ owner Carlos Luna, whose commanding ding Milpas Street success allowed him to open pen a second place on De la Vina Street this year. The salsa bar ranges from timid to roaring. “We always have different things whenever people come in. That is, we always have our regular menu so people can have their favorites, but we always have something new. Plus, this year we began improving the quality of the ingredients,” said Luna, who is using organic food whenever possible. “We are very happy that we won.” FINALIST
Flavor of India
3026 State St., 682-6561
119 Harbor Wy., 966-4418
Pride of place is second to pride of taste and flavors for the Joshan family, who has held down this corner of Santa Barbara’s ethnic row for 22 years. (On this part of State Street, you can walk from their Punjabi-inﬂuenced cuisine to two Japanese places, a Korean BBQ, and an East-German joint.) A steadfast exemplar of why family-owned places last so long in this city — the chefs are more or less constant — the family takes particular pride in the freshness of their ingredients and the longevity of their customer base. A long way from touristy Santa Barbara, Taste is one of those Best Of categories that never seem to change ﬂavor.
This awesome trifecta of seafood, clam chowder (New England, naturally), and Bloody Mary wins seems like the pinnacle of human accomplishment for those rooted in a ﬁshing village. Well, maybe we’re a little more diverse of economy than a real sea town, but when you’re in the harbor sitting in this perfectly picturesque and thrummingly lively upstairs room, the illusion of seafaring pleasures only needs a snippet of “Red Sails in the Sunset” on the jukebox to seem more perfect. This is also a trio of ﬁrst-place prizes that Brophy’s has managed to win every year for at least a decade, thereby proving that our voting readers must be hooked.
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37 E. Victoria St., 884-9419 Dario Furlatti’s continuing success in this category is all the more impressive if you’ve ever sampled the fare of his competition. This is a town, for some reason, long on elegant Italian food. (You have to go way uptown for the redsauce-and-red-checkered-tablecloth kind of place that used to reign here.) Ca’ Dario has proved itself steadfast in serving something as hearty as a Bolognese, but as delicate as immaculately roasted chicken or homemade
and yuzu juice. But wait, there’s more! Eel salad, clam miso soup, and something called a spicy thruster lifts you into realms where experimental endeavors pay off in foodie pleasure. Or you can have raw salmon on perfect rice with a dot of super fresh wasabi. This perennial winner has much to offer.
Arigato Sushi 1225 State St., 965-6074 Truth be told, this is more of a fusion restaurant than a sushi bar, but that doesn’t make it less than spectacular. Arigato is a scene; it’s crowded and not for those desiring intimate whispery evenings. On the other hand, you might find words failing you over the fresh and delectable tuna rolls or yellowtail. The sashimi starts getting more adventurous with mustards, jalapeños,
22 N. Milpas St., 966-5151 It makes sense, even if it sounds like the logic is reversed. “Maybe people like us because we cook so fresh,” said Kris Lertchareonyong, whose parents opened this restaurant in the early 1980s. (They’ve won this award since it began in the Santa Barbara News & Review.) “And because we’re so busy, we have to keep buying more ingredients, which are fresh. It’s my mom and dad’s recipes, and we haven’t changed anything very much.” FINALIST
Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant Two locations Certain restaurants cross over from an immediate and strict ethnic audience into mass-market approval. Vietnamese food, unbelievably, is still exotic in our town, and there are ﬁerce debates about why some little diner in Goleta offers a more “authentic” brand of pho’ (a complex broth and noodle soup, often featuring rare beef), ricepaper spring rolls, or the many curry and noodle dishes that most people think of as Vietnamese cuisine. The Lam family brought a very fresh, herby taste to their cooking; the pho’ has lots of fennel and basil tastes while the green-papaya salad refreshes the mouth with a combo of mint, cilantro, and basil. To each her own, but for the
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Sojourner Café 134 E. Canon Perdido St., 965-7922 Let philosophers divine why this place, known as S.B.’s classic healthy food restaurant, perennially gets awarded in our polls for its sweets. General manager Donna Mudge (pictured right) thinks she knows. “I think it’s because we have more variety than anyone else. We have our consistent sellers — they are like the baseline — but we’re also always doing different things.” Mudge credits baker Ashleigh Carracino (center) for all this variegated delectation. “People come in, and they get a wider variety of things to choose from. Plus, we are trying harder to make more vegan, gluten-free, and raw desserts, but you always indulge your decadent full-bore desserts, too.” ALSO PICTURED: cook Juan Bautista.
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South Coast Deli Many locations “I do believe that customers can sense that we are always striving for perfection,” said South Coast Deli operations manager Dorian Ulmer. The restaurant, which grew from a Goleta outpost to a citywide (and Isla Vista) takeover, features a number of big sandwiches but, in all truth, is equally prized for its ridiculously big and affordable salads. “One of the things that people may not realize about us,” said Ulmer, “is that we make great coffee. It’s one of the things that we take a lot of time doing for our customers. We’re very happy that they voted for us,” he said.
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Maybe one reason this burger wins is because there are three of them, suggests general manager Sara Clements. There are the tempeh burger, your basic soy burger, and something they call the Zen Burger, which makes more than one hand clap according to veg and vegan sources. “Something cool that people don’t know about us is that we make our own salad dressings fresh. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but a lot of places get their dressings in a jar,” she said. The place is just getting ready to celebrate 17 years in town, and the meatless hamburgers have been a hit the whole time — they’re naturals. FINALIST
The Habit Burger Grill
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Woody’s BBQ 5112 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 967-3775 Woody’s is another one of The Indy perennial
winners that puts a lot of stock in their winning and credits the customers for nearly everything. “We win because of our consistency and loyalty,” explained owner Gino Stabile, who bought the place from its original owners in 1992 and has made very few changes to the menu or cuisine, which he describes as a cross between Texas and California barbecue, and thus winning the customers’ hearts. “The people of Santa Barbara are not inclined toward change,” he said. “We’re absolutely glad we won.” FINALIST
Killer B’s BBQ
It’s not just for lunch anymore. In the last decade, the phenomenal, obvious spread of the breakfast burrito has made this proto-version of what the Anglo kitchens call “a wrap” part of every menu in town. But Cucas was a pioneer of the art of burrito enormity since it ﬁrst opened. There is more of everything in their version, whether it’s rice, beans, eggs, chorizo, carnitas, pollo, steak, or al pastor. The stores are part of growing up here, and with the recent development of breakfast takeover, they may soon be the preferred method of sustenance for every meal. It’s a great place to wrap. FINALIST
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Lilly’s Taquería BURGER
The Habit Burger Grill Many locations One of the oddest incarnations of this Goletabred chain is its reappearance in Isla Vista directly across the street from the original site. (Then the Hamburger Habit, the restaurant, which featured chili-smothered burgers and unreasonably cheap pitchers of beer, opened quickly after the Hollister Avenue store where it all began.) Now, I.V. lines up for the satisfying sandwiches made of fried burgers with caramelized onions on a toasted bun that pump out of windows all over town and now in Los Angeles, too. Maybe the chili doesn’t drool onto your shirt anymore, but the one hamburger that successfully challenges In-N-Out in this town is still the same as it ever was — delicious. FINALIST
310 Chapala St., 966-9180 Everybody knows by now how great this little tucked-away place is. The art of the taco is simplicity, a type of meat wrapped in a corn tortilla and garnished with sauces, onions, and cilantro. (Actually, Lilly’s now has veggie tacos, too.) These tacos are small, but that’s the whole point. Prices well under $2 allows for great improvisation and taste testing. The exotic variety of cuts, including cheeks, tongue, and eyes (actually meat near the eye) further enhances the opportunity to indulge possibilities. Steamed meats are a nice twist on usual taquería fare. Hungry folk can always order ﬁve or six and then get back in line if that’s not enough. Taste a cuisine that’s rare even in California — the joy of Mexican street food in a comfy, friendly, sheltered place. FINALIST
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Sly’s 686 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 684-6666 James Sly (pictured) has, as he puts it, been around. A long time ago, there was a place called the Reindeer Room, infamous in its scene-y blisses, and then sometime later he was the ﬁrst chef at Lucky’s Montecito. Now, he seems to be home in Carpinteria, holding down Linden Street with crafted comfort cuisine. “Or as I call it, tired old favorites,” laughed the mustachioed one. Don’t believe it for a second — the food is American done right, from steaks to abalone, meatloaf to sand dabs, and everything good in between. ”We’ll cook something for anybody,” said Sly slyly, recalling a woman who comes annually bringing ducks hunted from somewhere back home. He made them delicious for her. “I don’t think of myself as an artist but a craftsman.” FINALIST
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Moby Dick’s is not shaped like a whale. But Rusty’s restaurants are — there’s a lighthouse at the beach, an authentic English pub downtown, and a bank out in Goleta — you can eat in the vault if you call ahead. Whatever spirit of fun and disrespect for norms this may suggest — the franchise began in Isla Vista in the year of the uprisings, 1969 — it sheds rather quickly at the menu sites. This is really classic American pizza. The crusts are thin, but not trattoriastyle. Okay, they offer chorizo and hamburgers, but the cheese and pepperoni is what people get whether it’s inside a bank vault or in the comfort of your home. FINALIST
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The Palace Grill 8 E. Cota St., 963-5000 They call it “Team Service,” and what it means is that any server walking by and seeing a perplexed look or a dipping level of content will stop and ask to rectify the situation, whether or not he or she is your server. Somehow, you might expect help like that to be intrusive, but the Palace has been pulling off this award for over two decades, and they know the difference — when to top off an ice water and when to let customers chill. It’s a good place to eat if you enjoy pleasures. FINALIST
Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach
2981 Cliff Dr., 898-2628
Some codgers remember when this place was a burger stand and then a breakfast joint with a nice bar. Now the Boathouse, it’s prettier than ever, though the stunning remained the same. Primarily seafood with an emphasis on small plates, this is the perfect place to sit, sip, nosh, and gaze into fair eyes when not watching the seas crash on the strand. Either out on the heated patio or safe and warm behind ample plate glass windows, the view is beachy. FINALIST
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 1260 Channel Dr., 969-2261 The oldest of the luxury hotels still standing, The Biltmore has been a favorite place for more than 50 years. The beautiful locale across from Butterfly Beach might be enough to sell it alone, but The Biltmore is like an elegant Spanish-flavored mansion that is open to the public. The brunch has been a place of celebration since the mid-1970s, and it’s still going strong in popular imagination today, despite a lot of competition. Staying in the hotel implies
celebration or escape with its hushed décor, fantastic restaurants, and European-style spa. You don’t need to go to Beverly Hills to class-jump and be pampered. Lots of those folks come up here for a taste of SoCal sublime. FINALISTS
The Brewhouse (SUNDAY BRUNCH) The Canary Hotel (HOTEL/MOTEL)
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Spudnuts Two locations If it’s made from potato ﬂour, is it gluten free? Did I hear a billion voices groan at the ridiculousness of that question? It doesn’t matter what gimmick is observed, as long as the outside is lightly crunchy and the innards are more like a cloud than a cake. If it’s fry bread, a cronut, or a beignet, this is food that kick-starts you without supplying your RDA with anything besides deliciousness. Spudnuts has been the readers’ choice for over a decade now, and if it’s just a gimmick, or even if it’s good for you, it’s still holy American cuisine. PICTURED: owner Julie Change and Taylor Tran. FINALIST
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La Sumida Nursery 165 S. Patterson Ave., 964-9944 “People love La Sumida because it has been serving generations; its name is familiar,” said Dee Honer, one of the people who manages this classic nursery for the Sumida family. “And now that all the smaller nurseries have been concentrated into one locale, it somehow seems easier for people to come here,” she said. “Right now, people are here for planting trees and shrubs, though fall vegetables are big, too. What most people don’t know is that we grow a lot of the plants we sell, especially our hanging baskets and roses.” FINALIST
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Cost Plus World Market 610 State St., 899-8311 In the absence of a nearby Ikea store, we have the folk-music triumph of Cost Plus. Far more attractive to younger shoppers who are ﬁnally out to convert their apartments from orange crates and Isla Vista rescue couches to the ﬁrst level of respectability, Cost Plus has a surprisingly adventurous combination of modern-looking furniture and classic stuff. You can get a sleek leatherette couch for about $300 or a plump plaid ottoman for about $60. It’s warm décor at easy-toafford prices. And you can pronounce the names. FINALIST
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to rig any election at the time. The Santa Barbara boy, whose ofﬁce looks down on the Alameda Park playground where he hung out as a kid, thinks it helps being so in touch with a town. “And winning this is icing on my cake,” he said. FINALIST
Movegreen 1 N. Calle César Chávez, Ste. 130, 845-6600 “Absolutely we’re thrilled to win,” said Erik Haney, who thinks the company’s popularity began because of their environmental sensitivity but gets better because Movegreen involves itself in the community. And that includes a charitable golf tournament they host, which Haney was sharpening his cleats for as we spoke. “We’re also moving into a brand-new storage facility at 1 North Calle Real, with 17,000 square feet. We’re very happy the readers voted for us.” FINALIST
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Best Buy 7090 Market Place Dr., Goleta, 571-3999 Some people are good at shopping online. They know what they want, and they know how to navigate the morass of dealers to get a good deal. Then there are the rest of us who like to watch the TV, play with the keyboard, and heft the video camera before plunking down. Best Buy is for us. Oh yeah, and you don’t have to wait for the mailman; you can play with the toys today. FINALIST
Village Properties Many locations Ed Edick and Renee Grubb’s company is as well known around town for its stable of agents — many of them lifelong Santa Barbarians — as it is as a place that goes out of its way to do good in the town they represent for sales. Last year, they turned their eyes on the world of education and started a fund that raises and speciﬁcally grants money to classrooms. The company believes in developing and sustaining long-term relationships, and the readers seem to feel they have. FINALIST
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Steve Epstein It was a very good year for Steve Epstein, realtor deluxe. “It just so happens I had a perfect storm. Last June, I reached a milestone of 25 years in the business, and coincidentally, I hit 1,000 closed sales,” he said. To celebrate, Epstein rented the Condor and hired Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan to play. Epstein believes this has something to do with the number of votes he got, though he wasn’t out
Antique Alley 706 State St., 962-3944 “It’s entertainment when they come in here,” claimed Antique Alley owner Allan Howard. “It’s a trip down memory lane.” Indeed it is a long swim through nostalgia with almost 20 different merchants setting up artistically festooned cubbies of bric-a-brac, clothing, art pieces, books, records, and tchotchkes that have somehow evaded the dustbin of history and become history itself on parade. There is clearly a trippiness factor. “Even I get completely lost in here,” said Howard. “People ought to know it’s not just classic antiques; there’s a lot of pulp culture, too. We’re breathing air into the dusty world of the antique,” he said. FINALIST
Summerland Antique Collective
Karen’s Kleaning 564-1444 “I don’t know how we won,” said Karen Laurie, owner of the alliterative housecleaning service. “We had a hard year, and we even had to raise our rates, but we’re assuming that the readers voted for us because we work really hard and have always been dedicated to quality. We don’t really have an interest in making a lot of money. Mostly we want to make sure we do the job the best we can. So even if it was a hard year, we’re happy we won.” FINALIST
Silvia’s Cleaning Service
PLACE TO BUY CARPET/RUGS
Carpeteria 5610 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 964-3551 This longtime winner of this category is one of our few chains that readers feel annually indebted to. It’s got carpet, hardwood, vinyl, and tile with astoundingly wide selections, great process, credit arrangements, and installation. Philosophers speak of the “ground of being” — this place makes walking in it nicer. FINALIST
Abbey Carpet & Floor
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Kitson Landscape Management 5787 Thornwood Dr., Goleta, 681-7010 Gardening has been the family business since 1969, when Brent and Sally Kitson ﬁrst opened an avocado orchard and gardening service. Today, their daughter Sarah looks over a business that has expanded immensely yet maintained ties with customers for almost four decades. The company
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708-5466 Jim Beltran (a k a Jack) is the man to call, our readers say, when the house repairs exceed your own handy inclinations yet don’t warrant hiring a construction crew. (That’s anything more than a lightbulb in our house.) In business now “for nearly a decade,” he claims to “have built a great empire in the handyman-company community.” Seems maybe a bit grandiose for the door we need hung, but the readers keep voting for the man who would be king. FINALIST
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Coleman Carpet Cleaners 275 Orange Ave., Goleta, 683-2305 “I think that our greatest asset is our great eye for detail,” explained Teresa Thornburgh, Coleman Carpet’s ofﬁce manager. “I would say our prices are competitive, but we custom-make our work to every job. If it’s an I.V. student who wants a two-bedroom apartment cleaned for $40, well that’s not us. We made our name by catering to the higher end of business, and once people have used us, they usually come back.” FINALIST
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415 E. Gutierrez St., 963-7825 Since 1967, Santa Barbarans with project manias have ﬂocked to Home Improvement Center for enablement. Mike Owens, operations manager and an employee for the last 28 years there, said that business has a funny relationship to the economy. If there’s a lot of building going on in a good economy, they do well. If times are tough and people are not building but repairing, they do all right. A few years back, things were pretty dismal, but Owens is happy HIC was there and kept a lot of staff on the ﬂoor (their turnover for workers is very low), helping those who came in. And he’s very happy that the readers continue to vote for them. “We’ve worked hard continually, and I think we’ve always given amazing service to our customers. We’re happy to win.” FINALIST
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Tileco 619 Olive St., 564-1868 This spacious place is chock-full of ideas, with tiles samples and bits to entice and satisfy the wackiest design ideas. Or the largest. Better yet, though, it’s staffed by people who know a lot about the craft of the business and bend over backward to ﬁnd what you need to do the job. FINALIST
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Kernohan’s Toys Two locations “We’re very happy we won,” said Greg Brinser, who co-owns this Santa Barbara institution with his wife, Gretchen, buying it seven years ago from the Kernohan family. “We’re happy to be aﬂoat in this economy.” His wife does most of the buying for the store that tries to balance the kind of toys that help kids master the universe around them with the other kind of toys that help kids stay childishly alive. FINALIST
Discoveries Learning Center 4519 Hollister Ave., 683-3001 “We have a sense of fun and a sense of community,” explained director Sophia Chang. “And it’s a great community of teachers, parents, and children,” she said of Discoveries’ mission, which is based on the theories of Eric Nelson, stressing outdoor activities enriched with educational vitamins. “We’re the only daycare facility accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children,” said Chang. FINALIST:
Orfalea Family Children’s Center
Lemos Feed & Pet Supply Two locations “It’s wonderful; we’re super excited to win,” said Lemos store manager Bernadette Rubio. The store, which ﬁrst opened in Arroyo Grande 41 years ago, arrived in Goleta in 2002 and has been sweeping this award for the last three years. “We strive to provide the best customer service possible,” said Rubio. “We have a great selection, lots of healthy treats, and great prices, too.”
The Little Dog House 5758 Hollister Ave., 964-2446 Annabelle Hofmann is actually surprised to win this year; personnel problems and other headaches made it less than optimal for the 38-year-old shop. But win she did, and all she can say is what she has always maintained about the place. “Dogs are my life. When I’m not here, I have a rescue group. We can groom any kind of dog, and we don’t care if people say they are difﬁcult. We know dogs,” she said. FINALIST
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have parents that can send their wild things to feed, watch, and learn from other creatures in a bejeweled setting. FINALIST
San Roque Pet Hospital 3034 State St., 682-2647
KIDS’ SUMMER CAMP
Zoo Camp Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Dr., 962-5339 One of the jewels of this city is its zoo, no matter where you stand on the animal-rights issues. Small, humane, and as much used for education as pleasure, the place gets turned over to kids in the summer months as it should. Zoo Camp is more than popular; it’s basically a rite of passage for grammar-school kids lucky enough to
Technically, this hospital is part of a larger group of businesses that includes a Montecito pet hospital and a dog rehab center, all under the umbrella of Santa Barbara Veterinary Group. Doctor Dave Dawson is proud of his award and the expanded services they are offering nowadays — and they are going to seven days a week. “It’s hard to say why they voted for us, whether it’s the homeless pet [project] or our taking over a while back when CARE suddenly closed their doors or if it’s the new rehabilitation center. I don’t know, but I’m glad we can provide compassionate and exceptional care for animals.” FINALIST:
Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club Two locations “My best guess as to why we win this is our amazing staff,” explained Jeannie Wendel, one of three owners of this popular cross between pet boarding and animal luxury spa. “They all work their buns off, they’re all dog lovers, and they love to play with dogs.” Wendel said that, in the past, Dioji had dabbled in training but nowadays just sticks to the basics, taking care of pooches for the people who love them. “You know something? Dogs have a blast here, and we have webcams, and we decided to ramp up our service. We take pictures of dogs and then e-mail them to the owners. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say they hate to leave their dogs, but getting a picture of them having fun just makes their day.” FINALIST
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15 W. Ortega St., 962-7970 “What makes the WC popular?” asked owner Bob Stout, rhetorically. “Our staff. It’s kind of like the Santa Barbara Zoo — a little wild and very diverse. What people should know about the Kitty? Our farm-to-bar happy hour every Tuesday with Patrick Reynolds is our best-kept secret. Fun fact? Katy Perry penned her hit “Last Friday Night” after partying at the Kitty — and it was a Friday night. There are some great clubs downtown, and I think that pushes us constantly to try and give our customers more. And at the end of the day, everybody looks great under red lights.”
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1130 State St., 963-4364 “We once again feel extremely honored to receive this acknowledgement from The Santa Barbara Independent ’s readers and the larger community,” said museum director Larry Feinberg. “We are so glad that the community appreciates and takes advantage of what the museum has to offer, has become very involved in our various education programs, and has been particularly responsive to the exhibitions that we have presented over the past year. We hope that they will enjoy the exciting, upcoming John Divola photography show and that of the works of the great 19th-century French master Eugène Delacroix.” FINALIST
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Ensemble Theatre Company
914 Santa Barbara St., 965-5400 After all these years of wishing, dreaming, and fundraising, the little once-upon-a-time radical theater company is moving into big new digs at the Victoria Theater just in time to inaugurate the (also long-dreamed-of) arts corridor. Ensemble and the new Alma del Pueblo, not to mention the Arlington, Granada, S.B. Museum of Art, and scads of galleries and ﬁne restaurants, are interestingly coming into being as another neglected part of town — the Funk Zone — is also taking off. Opening in December with A Little Night Music and winding through the year with four more plays of artistic and pop interest ought to tell us clearly something about the future of arts in this town. ETC, a favorite with the readers, is positioned nicely now in the hub.
It’s hard to credit arguments that say classical music audiences are dying off, or even those who complain that people will only come out to hear the big guns like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven. When you see how handily this chamber-music ensemble, with its iconoclastic ﬁgurehead Adrian Spence at the helm, beats the big orchestra in town with musical lineups that run mostly on 20th century and beyond. The ensemble itself is made up of regulars and friends, frequently invites guests into the fold, and plays a number of venues between here and Los Angeles. Exceptional, as they put it, for artistry and a sense of community, Camerata abides. FINALIST
Santa Barbara Symphony
Out of the Box Theatre Company
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar 514 State St., 966-1388 “The kids just love us, I guess,” laughed Amber Heyer-Rasmussen, promotion manager for the
Mexican restaurant/nightclub on State Street, the hub of Thursday-night frivolities. “That, plus we have a late-night happy hour where you can buy one drink and get the second for a quarter with a student ID. Besides that, the kitchen’s open ’til 11 p.m. We just want to say thanks so much to the people who voted for us.” FINALIST
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Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 18 E. Ortega St., 568-0702 Nowhere in the lengthy name of this establishment do the words pool, billiards, or even snooker appear. Yet on cue year after year, the readers pick this place as their favorite place to rack up and sink some balls. Maybe it has to do with the Irish color on the felt, though more likely it’s the friendly staff, great bar and pub food, and a jukebox conducive to getting behind the eight ball and staying there. FINALIST
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State Street Ballett 2285 Las Positas Rd., 563-3262 2662 A reader favorite for the last decade, State Street Ballet has been performing in town and touring the country since 1995. Founder and artistic director Rodney Gustafson is very happy to get the vote again. “We just got back from our big premiere of An American Tango in Los Angeles, and it was a big success with great reviews,” he said and outlined a busy 2013-14 season that will include The Nutcracker, The Taming of the Shrew, and Sleeping Beauty. “We have a very full season, and people here are very excited about getting the Best Of award.” FINALIST
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RockStar Transportation 882-9191 “I’m ecstatic about winning,” said RockStar owner James Houseman. “We’ve lost a couple of limo companies, and we’ve gained a few more cab companies. You know it’s so easy to start one on your own; you just get a car,” he said, explaining his worries about other forms of cab alternatives like Pink Moustache or Lyft (Internet rideshare) services. Besides the trained drivers, Houseman points out that RockStar cars are 100-percent dispatched, meaning drivers are pre-screened. “You have to call to get a RockStar,” he said. “We’ve mixed it up, kept it fresh, new cars. You don’t get an old cop car picking you up. We’re very happy we keep winning. But we’ll see where this business is by next year,” he said. PICTURED: RockStar owner James Houseman. FINALISTS
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Ducati of Santa Barbara 17 W. Montecito St., 884-8443 “I think people vote for us because they know we love our work,” said Trevor Dunne. “Let’s put it this way: [Employees] must work here because they love Ducatis because they don’t work here for the money.” Dunne purchased Ducati of S.B. 35 years ago and is about to retire. “Let’s face it: I’m not retiring; the kids are pushing me out,” he joked, though, indeed, his son will take over the business. “I had other businesses, but this was the one I love. They say if you love your job, you’ll never have to work your whole life.” FINALIST
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Toyota of Santa Barbara 5611 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 572-1130 There may be one answer to why Toyota wins this category every year for the last decade, and that would be Prius. But it would also be unfair, since many of the models from Corolla to Matrix sell well and represent great economy and near-green
performance in the fossil-fuel department. But no single answer works for the pre-owned part of the lot where BMWs, Fords, and Lexuses show up decently priced and, as advertised, with enough dealer backing to take the abandonment pain away from the phrase “previously owned.”
their consistency. It’s really all you need to do to contemporary cars in an age when all the moving parts are sealed in plastic and run by computer. Regular oil changes make vehicle investments last longer, and the availability and speed of this business makes long life possible.
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winning polls so long. Except that might mislead folks to disregard the fact that the up-to-date and computerized shop is known for its integrity. You know those little cell-phone machines Bones uses in Star Trek to see what kind of sick the wounded aliens are? Well, they don’t have one of those, but they do have several of the next best things in technology and light years of experience, too. FINALIST
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PLACE TO GET TIRES
Ian’s Tires & Auto Repair
3735 State St., 687-8800 From the $15 full service to the $200 super detail job, all of Educated’s work is hand done and offered with a discount on a gas ﬁll-up. Sometimes, when the tank is full and the dashboard is gleaming, our chaotic lives seem not so bad. Maybe it isn’t Thunder Road, but it is nice to see a bright future through the windshield for a change.
4299 State St., 683-0716 Eric Miller is Ian’s son, is proud to follow in dad’s tracks, and is grateful to win this, trumping the big-chain tire stores. “I think it’s word-of-mouth that helps us best,” said Eric. With prices, we try to be as competitive as possible. What a lot of people might not guess is that we do oil changes, tune-ups, and that we can get almost any brand of tire that you want.”
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401 Santa Barbara St., 962-1741 Mike Bishop’s repair shop ought to get a historical monument marker on its wall; it’s been here
Ooty’s Scooters 629 E. Haley St., 965-8101 After touring the world, former Mountain Drive jeweler Chris Neeley became convinced that there was an obvious need for this city to learn from the commuting habits of the less-fuel-guzzlingaddicted citizens of the rest of the world. He threw himself into gear back in 2007, just before the world economy hit the skids, and came up with Ooty’s Scooters. Ooty, as any old Santa Barbara kid can tell you, was Neely’s nickname in school. Today, the Haley Street biz proudly offers a full line of affordable SYM Scooters, which Neely complements with a free helmet, dealer prep, and free tune-up to boot. Scooter commuting is sexy, environmentally kind, and tons of fun, and the Neely family believes what the rest of the world seems to know — it’s the most fun you can have at 70 miles per gallon. FINALIST
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Bryant and Sons Two locations Bling bling bling went my heartstrings, or something like that, says the old sweet song. Gentlemen have surprised sweethearts and, truth be told, gotten out of hot water with gems and riches from these family-owned S.B. stores for half a century. And women have reminded men to be prompt with timepieces from the likes of Patek Phillippe and Cartier. The Bryants pride themselves for carrying festoonery for all budgets, from sweet mementos to memories that potentially span many lifetimes. Square-cut or pearshaped, this is where the town shops for best friends. PICTURED: owner Michael Bryant. FINALIST
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A Tropical Affair 12 E. Cota St., 730-1625 “It’s so cool to win,” said owner Heather Taylor, who confessed that she was the one who suggested to Indy staff that this category be included and then lost two years to a large national emporium of underthings, whose name shall remain secret. “In December, we will have been here for 13 years, and we feel so blessed to have made it through the bad economy. We want to thank our loyal customers. The thing that people don’t know about us is that we have a register where women can come in and see something to die for and put it down,” she said. Signiﬁcant others, perhaps not so skilled at this type of shopping, need only come in and voilà! Worries are over, and fun has just begun.
Pure Joy Catering 111 E. Haley St., 963-5766 “Our specialty is listening,” said Pure Joy owner Lynette La Mere. “What I love best is melding our ethnicities.” In other words, the wedding and other parties they cater are made up of people from Australia to Zambia, and they try to put together parties that make everybody happy. “The other day we made food for a Sumatran grandmother. We loved making the grandmother smile. I’m so grateful for this; we’ve been at this so long,” she said — 14 years to be exact. “Helping people celebrate, it’s an incredible gift.” FINALIST
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Victor the Florist 135 E. Anapamu St., 965-3075 It’s all in the family, even though the names have changed since Victor Saramani ﬁrst opened this store in 1930. Today, it belongs to RaeAnne Alvarado, who is a third-generation descendant but completely part of Victor’s vision, according to Melanie Brainard, who’s worked in the store a couple of decades herself. “It is the oldest store, but people also like us because we guarantee our work,” she said. “We only use fresh ﬂowers, but if something goes wrong, we ﬁx it.” Victor, she feels, would approve.
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Panache Bridal 1315 State St., 892-4000 “Oh my gosh, it has to be our customer service,” said manager Kimberly Allen. “From the second you walk in, you are made to feel important — and you are.” Besides the service, though, Allen believes there is an appealing range of dresses available for nearly every wedding’s budget. We have price ranges all across the board. Besides that, we pride ourselves in having dresses for the very voluptuous.” You don’t need to leave town to ﬁnd a gown, she said. “I want this place to be the experience I would want.” FINALIST
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Wayne Kjar Cakes 2018 Cliff Dr., 845-5519 “We are very excited to win,” said Wayne Kjar, who cracked open this category almost immediately after opening up on the Mesa. “I think it’s quality, consistency, and delivering on time — doing what is expected,” he said. “Most people don’t know
that we are not upset by last-minute orders. But I think the best thing is a testimony we got online from one of our customers who wrote, ‘Even though they knew our budget was small, they never made us feel like second-class citizens.’ I like that,” said Kjar. FINALIST
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135 W. Mission St., 569-3334 John Murray’s Mission Street establishment has been the place where nervous suitors go to look ﬁne for their fair ladies — whether it’s for prom night or for marriage — since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. They carry formal couture — penguin suits — from four designers and an in-house brand. If Leontes was right that clothes oft proclaim the man, then this store is where you go to make a suave noise.
San Ysidro Ranch, 900 San Ysidro Ln., 565-1724 Imagine it’s a setting, a play about love. It’s summertime on the patio on a Friday night, creek side, ocean view, stars winking above. When it isn’t warm, we go indoors to a roaring ﬁreplace in a 19th-century citrus house. Thus, the stage is set. Action starts with some fennel-dusted venison carpaccio and then moves into carbonara with jamón ibérico and trufﬂe oil. After that, a brownbutter peach ﬁnancier. Some spirits intervene, too. Then the forces opposing romance haven’t got a chance.
The Upham 1404 De la Vina St., 962-0058 Perhaps the ultimate escape is to hide in plain sight. Not that there’s anything plain about the region’s oldest working hotel. But it is right downtown within walking distance from the arts hub. At the same time, when you are in one of the grand rooms or lolling by the gardens, you feel so far removed from reality — never mind the town — that it’s easy to forget any cares. “It’s the uniqueness of the property; it has such a special character,” said general manager Jan Martin Winn. “I know what it is, and maybe it sounds corny, but the staff and the place itself are just so welcoming here.” FINALIST
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Johnson Family Dental Many locations This 50-year-old business is well known for the quality of care and the gentle way pain is dealt with. But Johnson Family business manager Frank Hovey believes that other reasons make the family popular. For two days a year, they do free dentistry, or as they call it, Dentistry with Love. The doctors clean, examine, ﬁll, and extract for people who cannot afford to tend to their teeth in these expensive times. “We also open our doors to kids in August,” said Hovey. Consider the Best Of award as the community giving back to the business. PICTURED: dentist Steven Johnson. FINALIST
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Chaucer’s Books 3321 State St., 682-6787 “Who would’ve thought it?” asked Mahri Kerley from her commanding post in the back room of what is certainly the best-stocked bookstore between Los Angeles and San Francisco. “We’re going into our 39th year. How many generations is that? We’re seeing the grandchildren of people who ﬁrst came in here, all these great people, our customers. I think the reason we’ve done so well is that we have this great staff. People come in and ask for a book, and they don’t know the title or the author but they know it had a green cover. We bend over backward, and people appreciate it. What surprises most people, though, is how big we are. They come in expecting a little independent store, and I’m sure we have more titles than Borders did when they were still here.” FINALIST
getting over some logistical bump, or (we know it sounds unlikely) their computer needs a repair, a lot of them have been going to MacMechanic for long enough that the advent of the sparkling corporate store downtown hardly rufﬂes their business. FINALIST
Samy’s Camera 614 Chapala St., 963-7269 Maybe there’s no such thing as ﬁlm anymore, virtually, but the world of cameras seems to be exploding outward. There are digital cameras you could throw away as well as thousand-dollar extra-loaded bodies; there are even special lenses you can slip on your smart phone to improve its pixelated depths. Best thing about Samy’s, though, is its long and complicated relationship with real photographers in this town. They have to keep up, and they even provide hobbyists with classes to stay abreast of the world where ﬁlm may seem quaint but great photography gets more possible all the time. FINALIST
216 E. Gutierrez St., 965-9722 People love the Apple stores, except a lot of people don’t. Inasmuch as there are people who want help with their computer getting started or
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE
Jensen Guitar & Music Co. 2830 De la Vina St., 687-4027 Exactly four decades ago, Chris Jensen opened his music store. It’s grown, shrunk, spread north, and ended up nearly in the same room where he started, but it’s never not been an important part of being a string musician in this town. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, and autoharps are just some of the few varieties of strummable truth that Jensen has sold, repaired, and taught to the melodychallenged youth of this town — who have ended up entertaining us in clubs, bars, and concert stages. Year after year, the readers pretend like there are no other instruments in the world than those with frets and picks and consistently vote this rocker palace number one on the charts. FINALIST
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Plum Goods 909 State St., 845-3900 “I was jumping up and down like a crazy person when I heard the news,” said Plum Goods owner Amy Cooper. “You think I’m joking, but it makes a
difference. The other day I heard a customer walk lk in and say, ‘This place won a Best Of award; let’s go in.’” Yet all credit for Plum’s success has to go to Cooper, who took a food concept — buy locally — and made it work for treasures with things like custom-collage license plates and Santa Barbara soap. “I created this store to represent Santa Barbara proudly,” said Cooper. “I wanted people to know what I know; I did it to do my part to honor the city.” FINALIST
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Glenda’s Party Cove 3319 State St., 687-4500 It’s safe to say that for 37 years, this has been a place where you can go to outﬁt almost everything you need for a party, short of food and drink. Invites, place mats, wrapping paper, decorations, goody bags, games, and even thank-you notes — if you were merely attending the soirées — are all here. Steve Thomson’s store is something more than that, too. Feeling a little glum, chum, un petit bored? Just take a walk through his busy celebrative Loreto Plaza emporium (Excuse me? Cove.) and you’ll likely ﬁnd some ﬁne obscure raison de party. FINALIST
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Art Essentials 32 E. Victoria St., 965-5456 “I think it’s our staff. We have the widest selection of supplies, but we also have a knowledgeable staff, a beautiful staff.” (We think some of his staff might have been standing near the phone during the interview, BTW.) “What most people don’t know, though, is that beside the art supplies, we have a humongous frame shop, and we’re expanding it. So you can get supplies to make the work and then ﬁnish it here, too.” FINALIST
CRAFT SUPPLY STORE
Michaels 187 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, 967-7119 All across the country, there are crafts stores where people go to buy felt, Styrofoam, sparkly paint, and scrapbooking stuff. Most
of the time, these stores are mom-andpops and a little eccentric with picked-over goods that seem to have been in the store since the Roosevelt years. That’s part of their charm. Michaels, however, is the idea of a crafts store with an eccentric corporate personality attached, so that stuff turns over and the faddishness of newfangled stuff gets introduced into the massive mix. They have classes and wish lists, too. And since they set down in Goleta, the readers have been playfully engaged.
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Many locations Now ofﬁcially known as FedEx Ofﬁce, this business began in Isla Vista by Paul Orfalea but has been owned by FedEx for the last nine years. Default loyalties aside, the city is always proud of its business successes; the appeal of the place that has remained unbroken is a clean environment open 24 hours with reasonable prices on good machines. After that, it all seems like a pale imitation.
Aaron Brothers 601 State St., 966-3954 The lasting appeal of this perennial winner has to do with its work measured against the cost. Always running some sort of sale, Aaron Brothers manages to take out the boring part of putting something up on the wall and demystifying it both as an activity and an expense. In other words, that cool drawing you bought won’t be out-priced by
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Maravilla 5486 Calle Real, 308-9585 Maravilla is far from the madding crowd behind the Calle Real shopping center in Nouveau Goleta. You wouldn’t think of it as a nature preserve, but it reviews very well for the natural setting — eucalyptus trees — and high-windowed apartments. Activities abound, and the owners pride themselves for providing a lot of freedom as well as a lot of care when it’s called for. They’ve been perennial winners for the last ﬁve years. FINALIST
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LIVING WELL to own this business ﬁrst begun in 1947, presumably a time when the world became visitable again after long strife. Today, the issues are personal service over computer efﬁciency slash indifference. “We do this all the time, and we are not hobbyists,” said de L’Arbre. “There used to be 80 travel agencies in this town, and now we’re down to nine. The people left, like us, are dedicated to the duty of care. That’s our job, and we do it very well.” FINALIST
pain-free, healthy, and fulﬁlling lives. My staff is the very best, and we will continue to strive for excellence.” FINALIST
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Points of Health 1805 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Ste. E, 687-7775 “The entire Points of Health team is very grateful to win for the third consecutive year,” said POH acupuncturist Erik Smith, coming right to the point. “We want to thank all of our wonderful patients for their support and trust. Words cannot describe the amazing feeling of helping someone to heal. This is our passion!” FINALIST
Dr. Lori Sender-O’Hara 25 Carlo Dr., Ste. B, Goleta, 964-0222 “I want to express my gratitude to all my patients who voted for me,” said Dr. Lori Sender-O’Hara. “I am elated to have won again this year. It really has been a gift to me to serve this community for over 26 years. There is no greater joy than to help people live
1126 & 1128 Coast Village Cir., Montecito, 453-2333 “The talented staff of Marlo’s Therapeutic & Sports Massage thrive on improving the lives of professional and amateur athletes, as well our local and out-of-town clients,” said Marlo Tell. “Our new location in Montecito has made for an amazing year. With many contributions around lifestyle, health, nutrition, and fitness information, our social-network presence continues to grow as a community resource. Thank you to everyone who voted us Best Massage a ﬁfth year in a row!” FINALIST
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YMCA Two locations Considering the abundance of fancier sweat-stained alternatives, the triumph of the good-old Y seems inspired. “We like to think of ourselves as offering so much more for people than a health club,” said membership director Eliot Bertha. “But don’t get me wrong; we’re thrilled that they picked us. I think people enjoy coming here because of the familyfriendly atmosphere. Of course, we also have state-of-the-art equipment and all the classes we offer from tabata to Zumba. And the pool. We have lots of options; that’s probably our biggest draw. From birth to 100 years old, you can probably ﬁnd something for everybody here.” FINALIST
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Yoga Soup 28 Parker Wy., 965-8811 Best known as a soulful gathering place, Eddie Ellner’s extremely eclectic studio serves up an advanced and diverse yogic fare, from plain-old Kundalini to exotica like Yogalates, popular teachers in town beginning with Ellner himself but including David Courtenay, Yoni Berk, and Ken Gilbert. The fact that many of these teachers are also performing artists probably helps add the exciting sense of studio as scene. It’s diverse, reasonably priced, and a great place to hang out, nibble some organic nosh, and maybe attain satori before dinner. FINALIST
autumn when the weather around here turns nice: check. Camp store: check. Beach trails: double check. Surrounding mountains beautiful, and lonesome-sounding train rushing through at night. Monarch butterﬂies. Kelp forests. Canyons full of song. Who needs PR when you have a shaded creek-mouth beach? Conclusion? The readers rule.
experience great for everybody, and you never know what slice of life you’ll see in this store.” FINALIST
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698-6080 “You just made my week,” said the irrepressible Schatzle, who has been in town for more than a decade but has built up her outdoor classes in Chase Palm Park during the last nine years, earning the readers’ votes. “We always like to say that we don’t change your body, we change your life. I hope that’s why they voted for us. We’re all about helping people at every level from extreme athletes to people fresh off the couch. Please tell the readers they just made my day.”
321 Anacapa St., 560-1938 Campers, who seek to escape the complications of civilized life, notoriously need a lot of equipment. Tents and sleeping bags are only the beginning. People need lightweight toothbrushes to put in their ultra-light backpacks full of dehydrated food. There are ﬂashlights and safety matches, parkas and tarps, compasses and maps, and don’t forget the canteen. It’s harder to be a noble savage, but it’s a lot easier to be a prepared outdoors-person with REI’s huge inventory and competitive prices. Its second year in town and it’s won each year; all you need to add is the wanderlust.
14 State St., 962-0049 It’s worth reminding ourselves that this store has taken this award every year since, well, since there was an award. “We’ve won it every time,” bragged owner Ken Duddridge. “You can calculate how many times that was.” And as for the reasons? “I hope it’s because we give customers really good and really helpful service. Our customers ski all over the world, and we do everything from selling equipment to custom ﬁtting of ski boots. You don’t usually ﬁnd that kind of expertise in stores, as they say, down in the ﬂatlands.”
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968-1033 CANYON: 11560 Calle Real, Goleta, (866) 352-2729 Since campgrounds have limited access to public relations ﬁrms, we have only the obvious facts at hand to guide us to answer the question, why does this campground win the readers’ poll year after year? Well, let’s just look. Great beach, sandy, and nice for bodysurﬁng and frolics: check. Campsites clean and reasonably priced with lots of available space in
2275 Ortega Hill Rd., Summerland, 969-2887 It’s hard to imagine sadness entering this little paradise in Summerland, but last year we all mourned the death of Sally Yater, who ﬁrst opened the little shop — then in Santa Barbara, later in Summerland — the same year the Beatles wanted to hold your hand. Since 1963, generations of women have found their beachy look here, and longtime manager — now owner — Linda Meyer is keeping her spirits up by keeping up the great tradition. “I think it boils down to customer service. I keep reminding myself that this is a painful process for some women. Some enjoy it a lot, but for others it’s hard. We try to make the
Church of Skatan 26 E. Gutierrez St., 899-1586 There is no subculture as dedicated to merry self-destruction as the skateboarding world. Sure, surfers and BMX guys risk their necks routinely, but skaters seem a lot more dogged in hurling themselves against the rough edges of reality in order to perform dubious feats. We say this in wonder, really, and our hats are also off to the crew that has manned this defrocked church, branding it with a punny yet clearly sacrilegious title, and then turning around with more dogged determination, making a go of a very niche business in a very high-rent town. Now that the world has followed them, let’s just pray that this
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301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 882-0088 Captain’s blog, sea date September 10, 2013: On this actual date, the skipper of this ﬁve-day-a-week day-tripper boat reported three pairs of humpback whales — “knobby-headed creatures” the captain called them rolling around and scooping up scads of anchovies from the sea accompanied by thousands of dolphins and a coupla minke whales. The ship doesn’t actually guarantee you will see whales — blues and orcas also abound during various seasons — but the captain will offer a whale check if the cetacean turnout doesn’t match usual expectations. Prices range from about $90 for a half-day adult tour to $25 for quarter-day TKkids depending on the season. It’s maybe not why we live in Santa Barbara, but it is an epic different dimension of strange life nearby and one we boldly ought to go to sea and see.
Santa Barbara Running Two locations “This is the seventh year we won and our 10th anniversary. Yay,” said Monica DeVreese who co-owns the S.B. Running stores with her husband, Joe. “I like to think that it’s the unparalleled customer service. You know how important it is to get a shoe right? But we also pride ourselves on serving all levels of active people.” Whether a professional runner, weekend warrior, or someone out for a nice walk, said DeVreese. “We haven’t decided how to celebrate our anniversary yet, but this is great.” FINALIST
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Glen Annie Golf Course 405 Glen Annie Rd., Goleta, 968-6400 “If you saw me right now, you would see me doing backﬂips,” said Rich Nahas, Glen Annie general manager. “Of course, we’re excited we won. I think you can see our popularity from a value standpoint. It’s not expensive; it’s a championship golf course with amazing views and a restaurant that features ﬁne cuisine. Put it all together, and it’s an amazing experience.” His backﬂips, he claims, are pretty exciting to experience, too. FINALIST
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Land and Sea Tours 216 Arboleda Rd., 683-7600 You probably know them better as the Land Shark, an idea that proliferated in seaside towns around the world in the last two decades, putting big amphibious craft out on the streets and then charging tourists a modest sum to see the host city by land and CONT’D p. 99 >>>
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Bicycle Bob’s Two locations “We really believe a lot in customer service, but we also have a great selection,” explained owner Bob Zaratzian, whose store has managed to take this prize from the jaws of really long-established bicycle shops, as well as trendier new-school stores, for over a decade now. “We offer variety and service. We’re different because we try to reach all different levels. Some stores go for the high-end racing bikes, and that’s good. There should be such stores, but we try to have something for everybody from juvenile to experts, the higher end and everything in between.” PICTURED: Andrew McGuan.
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by sea. This town seems best suited to the project. Or at least, this company does. “We’re doing great,” said Andre Manoux, who calls himself “one of the captains” of the surf-and-turf bus. “I think what we do is supply the perfect platform for parties. We keep busy year round, and the only month we are slow is December when it tends to rain.” Locals make up a surprisingly large proportion of their customer base, said Maroux. “But it doesn’t hurt that all of these cruise ships are coming to town now, too.”
they would get the same workout,” he claimed, referring to calories burned and challenges to musculature and breathing. “This opens up a whole new world of training, and we have amazing trainers, and the whole thing can be done in 40 minutes,” he said. (Enlightenment not guaranteed.)
Fit Buddha 330 State St., 901-3440 “We’re over-the-moon excited to win,” said Fit Buddha owner Marcus Kettles. He’s also completely nirvana’d out about his technology, something called a Megaformer Bionic True Body Sculptor, which he describes in enthusiastic detail. “You know the original intention of Pilates was to rehabilitate injured dancers’ bodies. This does that, but a lot more beside.” And it’s somehow universally customizable, too. “If you took a professional athlete and a beginner and put them on the machine at the same time,
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Martial Arts Family Fitness 122 E. Gutierrez St., 963-6233 There’s always been an emphasis on family involvement at Martial Arts Family Fitness. Kindness and respect are stressed, even though self-defense is clearly the most important job at hand. But it’s also family because there seems to be something for everybody — male, female, and of all ages. From the hapkido classes that range from beginner to black belt, there’s also kickboxing — super aerobic — and something they call KUT, which magically combines boxing and body sculpting. They also do birthday parties for kids,
Santa Barbara Dance Arts 1 N. Calle César Chávez, #100, 966-5299 This 17-year-old company evolved from Steven Lovelace’s very popular uptown Santa Barbara Dance Arts. Though he is now professor emeritus there, the new owner, Alana Tillim, more than honors the original sense of the place as an educational dance space, performance-honing opportunity, and great place to hang out and talk dance. Soon to move to their new headquarters of East Cota Street, SBDA with its school and Arts Mentorship connections to the community is a great place to dance hip-hop or ballet and just about everything in between. And yes, they have aerial, you crazy kids. FINALIST
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The Santa Barbara Independent The Indy ’s Starshine is elated at the readers’ choice win again. “I’m going to hang that bad boy on my desk to remind me — the next time I’m tempted to abscond to the hammock with a pint of Rori’s malted milk balls and a ﬁst-sized spoon — that the readers are waiting to be outraged, enlightened, and amused,” said Roshell, whose third book, Broad Assumptions, is due out this November. “So thanks, you merciless slave drivers; I’m on it.” FINALIST
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KjEE 92.9 It’s interesting that KjEE, a so-called modern-rock station, should do well in a newspaper that appeals across the generations. But general manager and program director Eddie Gutierrez believes that his demographic is age 18-to-49 wide. “This is a funny town,” said Gutierrez, who tries to throw in as much Jack Johnson alongside Passion Pit as he can. “We’ve been around for 20 years now, and of course we started with grunge, and if you told me then we would be playing banjo rock like Mumford & Sons, I wouldn’t have believed it. Obviously, we are grateful to the readers,” he added.
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