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SPECIAL EDITION — AUG. 19, 2011


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urs is a community with high standards, so it says something when our readers name a business, person or event among the Best of Tracy. For the 13th straight year, Tracy Press readers have voted on their personal favorites, giving their neighbors — us among them — a little insight into the real leaders of this city.

• SHOPPING

3

• BUSINESS

8

• RECREATION

20

• SERVICE

24

• COMMUNITY

30

• DINING

38

• INDEX

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The reasons behind those individual votes are as varied as the voters themselves. But every one of our Best of Tracy winners has one thing in common, from the mom-and-pop shops, to the über-volunteers, to the big-box superstores: They’ve all found a way to make themselves an integral part of our community that our readers wouldn’t want to live without. And that’s about the greatest honor we can imagine. So, congratulations to this year’s Best of Tracy victors, and especially to the Best of the Best. You’re what helps make Tracy the place it is — a place worth calling home. — Tracy Press

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BEST IN From weekend wear to school uniforms, Target offers style and affordability, making this coast-to-coast retailer Tracy’s favorite spot for kids’ clothing. FIRST: Target, West Valley Mall, 2800 Naglee Road, 833-3494, www.target.com

NEW FAVORITE: Macy’s West Valley, a newcomer to the local shopping scene since its grand opening last fall, cleaned up with Best of the Best wins in three categories this year: women’s apparel, shoes and top department store.

SECOND: Macy’s, West Valley Mall, 3400 Naglee Road, 221-4500, www.macys.com THIRD: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353, www.jcpenney.com

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4684, www.richardsmw.com Richard’s Men’s Wear is a family-owned and -operated business that has called downtown Tracy home since 1980. Specializing in clothing and accessories for men of all ages, this repeat Best of Tracy winner cultivates personal relationships with every customer — a key to its business success. Richard’s unique service has kept their customers coming back.

SECOND: Macy’s, West Valley Mall, 3400 Naglee Road, 221-4500, www. macys.com THIRD: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353, www.jc penney.com

Open just 10 months, Macy’s West Valley has

FIRST: Richard’s Men’s Wear, 70 W. 10th St., 835-

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MEDICAL SPA SPECIALIZING IN: • Botox • Juvederm • Laser Hair Removal • Obagi Skin Care • Facials • Microdermabrasion • Waxing

Thank you for voting us Best of the Best for the fifth consecutive year! We are honored and will continue to strive to provide the BEST to you. Thank you from Solutions Medical Spa and businesses located within the spa, Dr. Kim, Veronica, Hayley, Jackie, Janine, Ron, Sandy, Michelle & Linda.

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Thank you Tracy for your continued support. We look forward to serving you!

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Specializing in all things Residential, Including:

“Thank you Tracy for your trust and confidence and for voting me one of the Best of Tracy!’’

• Buying • Selling • Foreclosures • Short Sales • Investment Properties

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E. Sixth St., 835-3131, “Elaines’ Boutique” on Facebook.com

already developed a loyal customer base, earning enough reader votes to be named Best of the Best in women’s clothing and accessories. Macy’s continues to be a fashion leader with great values on the hottest trends, as well as top-of-theline customer service.

A knowledgeable staff and comprehensive care plan, including discounted service and replacement guarantees, make Sears a favorite for home appliances.

FIRST: Macy’s, West Valley Mall, 3400 Naglee Road, 221-4500, www.macys.com

FIRST: Sears, West Valley Mall, 3350 Naglee Road, 830-2326, www.sears.com

SECOND: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353, www.jcpenney.com

SECOND: Center Appliance, 205 E. 11th St., 835-8270

THIRD: Elaines’ Boutique, 31

THIRD: Best Buy, 2550 Naglee Road, 832-2166,

http://stores.bestbuy.com/391/

The “professional parts people” at O’Reilly Auto Parts offer a bit of everything when it comes to car, truck and other automotive needs, with two local stores on Tracy Boulevard, placing at the top of the list in these two closely related categories. FIRST: O’Reilly Auto Parts, 3323 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-0606; 1210 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-0677, www.oreillyauto.com

69 WEST 6TH ST. TRACY

835-1472

Quality Service Since 1946

www.tracyglassshop.com

Thank you to all our valued customers for voting us the BEST of the BEST of Tracy!

SECOND: Napa Auto Parts, 80 E. 11th St., 835-7014, www.napaonline.com/ca/tracy/ central-valley THIRD: Auto Zone, 1122 W. 11th St., 832-4911, www.autozone.com

Since its Tracy grand opening in the fall, Macy’s has established itself as the place to go for whatever your family needs, combining top-notch customer service with excellent values on hot styles.

Mall, 3400 Naglee Road, 221-4500, www.macys.com SECOND: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353, www.jcpenney.com THIRD: Target, West Valley Mall, 2800 Naglee Road, 833-3494, www.target.com

Low prices and a willingness to help the community during the past 18 years make Walmart a favorite among Tracy shoppers. The feeling’s

FIRST: Macy’s, West Valley

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The Pampered Pet Grooming and Spa We would like to thank our wonderful clients for voting us BEST of the BEST 3 years in a row!

#1Glass Service/Repair for 10 years.

Rick, Alaycia and The Pampered Pet Staff

We would like to thank our wonderful clients for voting us BEST of the BEST 3 years in a row! Rick, Alaycia and The Pampered Pet Staff

1843 W. 11th Street, Tracy (Safeway Shopping Center)

209-833-7600 Hours: Monday - Saturday 8am-5pm

SECOND LOCATION: 7720 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 925-240-0676

Dr. Tim Brown, Dr. Kaylin Schack and Staff would like to thank everyone who voted him Best of Tracy 2011.

Dr. Brown

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Thank you for voting me one of the Best of Tracy two years in a row! Dr. Schack

When considering the purchase of a new home, refinancing or obtaining additional property, please contact me for a personalized mortgage plan.

ROBIN LEWIS Office: (209) 229-4123

Cell: (209) 612-6208 robin.lewis@iMortgage.com NMLSID 269935


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SHOPPING II CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 mutual, according to Walmart management: The best part about doing business in Tracy is “it’s a small town, and our local community.” FIRST: Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786, www.walmart.com SECOND: 99 Cents Only, 1320 W. 11th St., 839-9619, www.99only.com

QUALITY STUFF: Ken McCarthy’s Spencer Floor Covering, which moved from downtown Tracy to a showroom on Grant Line Road this spring, earned locals’ acclaim as Best of the Best in flooring this year.

THIRD: Target, West Valley Mall, 2800 Naglee Road, 833-3494, www.target.com

Van’s ACE Hardware, a repeat Best of Tracy favorite owned by Harold and Doris Fudge since 1998, emphasizes personal service and a connection to the local community. FIRST: Van’s ACE Hardware, 2695 N Tracy Blvd., 835-8286, “Van’s Ace Hardware” on Facebook.com SECOND: Tracy Equipment Rental, 3502 Mars Way, Ste. 121, 221-7268, www.tracy equipmentrental.com THIRD: Tracy Power Equipment, 7575 Carmelo Ave., 833-1000

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Nine years after Best Buy set up shop in Tracy, the store is thriving on community support with technology offerings tailored to shoppers’ needs. Offering the latest and greatest gadgets and electronics goods, Best Buy is this year’s Best of Tracy. FIRST: Best Buy, 2550 Naglee

in its new Grant Line Road showroom.

Road, 832-2166, http://stores. bestbuy.com/391/ SECOND: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340, www.costco.com THIRD: Radio Shack, 2217 Tracy Blvd., 835-8982; at West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 830-0473, www.radioshack.com

Tracy’s small-town atmosphere drew the owners of Spencer Floor Covering to town, and loyal customers have kept them in business. A reputation for quality products, service and craftsmanship during the past 75 years has made the store the Best of the Best this year, the first

FIRST: Spencer Floor Covering, 475 W. Grant Line Road, 835-5537 SECOND (TIE): Accent Carpet One Floor & Home, 141 W. 11th St., 835-9763, www.accentcarpetonetracy.com SHOPPING III, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

A BED & BISCUIT KENNELS . . . . . . . . . . . 39

GREAT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL . . . . . . 30

PINNACLE ROOFING CO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

AARON SANDERS PLUMBING . . . . . . . . . . 37

HACIENDA FLOORING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

PPA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . 26

ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS . . . . . . 33

HAROLD K. REICH’S PHARMACY . . . . . . . . 9

PRIME HEALTH AND NUTRITION . . . . . . . 21

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

HELM’S ALE HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

QUINTO’S MARTIAL ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

AT HOME REAL ESTATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . 23

RAS CAR WASH & DETAIL . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

BAKERINK, MCCUSKER & BELDEN . . . . . . . 2

IMORTGAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

RITTER INSURANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

BELLISSIMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

IN-N-OUT BURGER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

RUSTY’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

BIG O TIRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

KANDI’S PIES & PASTRIES . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

SILVA ELECTRIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

BLINDS ETC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

KELLER WILLIAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

SKELTON HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 10

BRENDA’S FASHION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

KLEMM REAL ESTATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

SOLUTIONS MEDICAL SPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

CLARK PEST CONTROL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

KUMON EDUCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

SPENCER FLOOR COVERING . . . . . . . . . . 20

COMFORT KEEPERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

LA VILLA MEXICAN RESTAURANT . . . . . . 14

SYCAMORE VILLAGE APARTMENTS . . . . . 2

CURRAN REAL ESTATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

LAW OFFICES OF SIDNEY ALEGRE . . . . . . 39

THAI CAFÉ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

DHABA INDIAN CUISINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

LITTLE FLOWER SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

THE SALON + SPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

DR. ANDREW TROSIEN, DDS . . . . . . . . . . 29

LOUIE THE PLUMBER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

TRACY ALTERATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

DR. LANCE MATSUNE, DDS . . . . . . . . . . . 36

M & M AUTOMOTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

TRACY BABE RUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

DR. PAUL TERANISHI, DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

M & M BUILDERS SUPPLY . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

TRACY BODY & FENDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

DR. SUNIL PATEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

MAIN STREET MUSIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

TRACY CHIROPRACTIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

EATON OPTOMETRIC GROUP . . . . . . . . . . 32

MELO CONSTRUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

TRACY DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP HYUNDAI 3

EDWARD JONES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

TRACY FIRE DEPARTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

FAGUNDES’ 10TH STREET GARAGE . . . . . 17

MY PUPPY ROCKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

TRACY MINI STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

FOR PETS’ SAKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

NAIL ARTISTRY BY CHRISTINE . . . . . . . . 13

TRESSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

FREMONT POOL SUPPLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

NEW SMILE ORTHODONTICS . . . . . . . . . 27

TRI-VALLEY CARPETS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

FRESH COAT PAINTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

NICHOLSON CHIROPRACTIC . . . . . . . . . . 23

UPS STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

FTM MORTGAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

PAMPERED PET BOUTIQUE . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

VERSAILLES SALON AND DAY SPA . . . 12, 13

GERARD’S DELI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

PATRIOT PEST MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . 19

WEST VALLEY BOWL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


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SECOND: Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786, www.walmart.com

SECOND (TIE): Hacienda Flooring, 3120 N. Tracy Blvd., 833-8590, www.haciendaflooring.net

THIRD: 99 Cents Only, 1320 W. 11th St., 839-9619, www.99only.com

THIRD: Tri Valley Carpets Kitchens & Baths, 2358 East St., 836-4332, http://trivalleycarpetskitchensand baths.com

As the largest pet-related retailer around, PetSmart has an edge when it comes to selection. The Tracy store has goods and sundries for pets with fur, fins, feathers, hooves and scales, from food and treats to habitats and grooming supplies.

Tracy Press readers know the place to go for furniture is Tracy Furniture, this year’s Best of the Best.

FIRST: PetSmart, 2477 Naglee Road, 836-6080, www.petsmart.com

FIRST: Tracy Furniture, 3262 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-7088

SECOND: Petco, 2888 W. Grant Line Road, 830-4476, www.petco.com

SECOND: Cost Plus World Market, 2530 Naglee Road, 830-6076, www.worldmarket.com

THIRD: Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786, www.walmart.com

THIRD: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340, www.costco.com Press file photo

BRIGHT BAUBLES: Jewels of every type, including custom-designed pieces, are among the attractions at Caldron’s Jewelers, voted Best of the Best in this year’s Best of Tracy poll.

Save Mart Supermarkets, founded in Modesto in 1952, has three stores in Tracy, with bakery and deli departments, full-service pharmacies, local produce and well-nigh everything else shoppers want, including reasonable prices. Perhaps that’s why it’s the voters’ pick. FIRST: Save Mart Supermarkets, 2005 N Tracy Blvd., 835-8172; 1950 W. 11th St., 832-3867; 875 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-2840, www.savemart.com SECOND: Safeway Food & Drug, 1801 W. 11th St., 830-2950, www.safeway.com THIRD: Raley’s, 2550 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-7700, www.raleys.com

Well-stocked shelves and friendly local workers are among the keys to success for Van’s ACE Hardware, which claimed Best of the Best wins in three categories in this year’s voting. FIRST: Van’s ACE Hardware and Nursery, 2695 N Tracy Blvd., 8358286, “Van’s Ace Hardware” on Facebook.com SECOND: Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St., 834-2808, www.osh.com THIRD: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975, www.homedepot.com

Caldron’s Jewelers, in business in downtown Tracy since the 1940s, is well-known for offering a personal touch when it comes to customdesigned jewelry and watch, clock and jewelry repair. FIRST: Caldron’s Jewelers, 907 Central Ave., 835-2671 SECOND: DeVons Jewelers, West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 8399000, http://devonsjewelers.com THIRD: Ybarra Bros. Jewelers, 3120 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8865

After 20 years in the business, The Lighting Gallery has collected eight Best of the Best titles. Owner Arceli Hendricks said the best part about doing business locally is meeting great people at the store’s showroom, which she described as “a real jewel nestled in downtown Tracy.” FIRST: The Lighting Gallery & Home Decor, 45 W. 10th St., 833-3252, www. lightgal.com SECOND: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975, www.homedepot.com THIRD: Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St., 834-2808, www.osh.com

A fine selection and a friendly greeting await visitors to Pete’s Liquor, Tracy’s favorite liquor store. FIRST: Pete’s Liquor, 202 W. 11th St., 833-9255 SECOND: Sunset Liquors, 2355 Parker Ave., 836-4394 THIRD: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340, www.costco.com

From heirloom tomato seedlings to fencing, trees and build-your-own greenhouse kits, Home Depot’s garden center can supply just about anything for do-it-yourself gardeners. FIRST: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975, www.homedepot.com SECOND: Van’s ACE Hardware and Nursery, 2695 N Tracy Blvd., 835-8286, “Van’s Ace Hardware” on Facebook.com THIRD: Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St., 834-2808, www.osh.com

When Party Warehouse set up shop in Tracy 27 years ago, there simply

wasn’t a party supply or balloon shop in town. These days, the competition’s tighter, but with hands-on customer service, the first is still the best, earning Best of the Best votes in every year but one since Best of Tracy’s initiation. FIRST: Party Warehouse, 505 W. Grant Line Road, 835-3337, www.party warehouse.com

Hard-to-find parts are no trouble for Tracy’s favorite pool and spa supplier. Fremont Pool Supply has been in the business more than three decades and has been named Best of the Best each year since 2007. Above all, they say, “Our customers have become our friends! What’s better than that?” FIRST: Fremont Pool Supply, 3941 Holly Drive, Unit I, 833-9200, www.fremontpoolsupply.com SHOPPING IV, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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8 | TRACY PRESS READER’S CHOICE FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011 SECOND: Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786, www.walmart.com

SHOPPING IV CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 SECOND: Leslie’s Pool Supply, 1851 W. 11th St., 839-9880, www.lesliespool.com A SHOE FOR EVERY FOOT: Macy’s has been named readers’ favorite place to shop for shoes, thanks in part to the retailer’s large selection of women’s footwear, shown during its grand opening in October.

THIRD (TIE): Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340, www.costco.com THIRD (TIE): Walmart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786, www.walmart.com

A staff that’s always ready to help and a top shopping experience with the name brands and fashionable styles locals love have earned the shoe department at Macy’s the Best of the Best title during its first year in Tracy.

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FIRST: Macy’s, West Valley Mall, 3400 Naglee Road, 221-4500, www.macys.com SECOND: Sarvey’s Shoes, 501 W. Grant Line Road, 8357162, www.sarveysshoes.com THIRD (TIE): Famous Footwear, West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 839-0070; Tracy Outlets, 1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Ste. 175, 833-9739, www.famousfootwear.com THIRD (TIE): Marshalls, 2841 Naglee Road, 833-5006,

When Bellissima Boutique expanded to Tracy from Stockton five years ago, it brought a noteworthy selection, reasonable prices and a rare chance for customer lingerie and bra fittings for most sizes in a specialty-store environment. Now a repeat Best of the Best winner, the shop thrives in what the owner calls “an up-and-coming town with many opportunities” that has

kept the friendly feel of a small community. FIRST: Bellissima Boutique, 9 E. Sixth St., 834-1395, “Bellissima” on Facebook.com SECOND: Elaines’ Boutique, 31 E. Sixth St., 835-3131, “Elaines’ Boutique” on Facebook.com THIRD (TIE): Cost Plus World Market, 2530 Naglee Road, 830-6076, www.world market.com THIRD (TIE): 2nd Ave., 61 W. 10th St., 833-3455

No stranger to the No. 1 spot in the Best of Tracy rankings, Big 5 Sporting Goods is again readers’ favorite place to shop for sports equipment and supplies. Drawn to town by an “excellent sports community,” the store stays on top by holding workers accountable for great service and getting to know its customers. FIRST: Big 5 Sporting Goods, West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 835-6464, www.big5 sportinggoods.com

THIRD: Tracy Shooting Supply, 22 E. 11th St., 835-4985

Blinds Etc. has been providing Tracy residents with quality in-home shopping for window coverings and installations for 15 years. They have named the best window coverings for five years. The best thing the owners enjoy about working in Tracy is their business has provided a needed service in the community and given them flexibility to maintain quality time with their family. They believe in selling top-quality window fashions at a fair price with on-time installation. FIRST: Blinds Etc., 839-1790, www.tracyblindsetc.com SECOND: Accent Carpet One Floor & Home, 141 W. 11th St., 835-9763, www.accent carpetonetracy.com THIRD: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353, www.jcpenney.com

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BEST IN Whether for a bride-tobe in need of a perfect fit or a job-seeker in need of a made-to-order tailoring job, Tracy Alteration & Bridal goes the extra step to make sure its customers are 100 percent satisfied. FIRST: Tracy Alteration & Bridal, 902 Central Ave., 832-0249, www.tracybridal andalteration.com SECOND (TIE): Richard’s Men’s Wear, 70 W. 10th St., 835-4684, www.richards mw.com SECOND (TIE): Brenda’s Fashion, 738 Central Ave., 839-8506

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NO. 1: Tracy Body and Fender Works has earned Press readers’ votes as the top shop in its field in the city. Press file photo

continue to enjoy the ongoing relationships we have built with our customers.” FIRST: Tracy Body and Fender Works, 56 W. Grant Line Road, 835-5472 SECOND: Anthony’s Auto Body & Paint, 24195 S. Chrisman Road, 835-9201 THIRD: V&F Body Shop, 8066 E. 11th St., 835-6828

THIRD: De Lux Cleaners, 24 E. 10th St., 835-3346

Tracy Body and Fender Works, Tracy’s longestowned body shop, can fix any car in almost any condition, from fender-benders to major smash-ups. But Bill Silveira says it’s the bonds with customers that makes his job special. “Even though Tracy has grown over the years, it still feels like a small town to us. We

After selling cars for more than a decade in Tracy, the folks at Tracy Toyota credit the people they serve with making them the Best of the Best when it comes to a place to buy a new ride. “We’ve had incredible support and loyalty from the Tracy community, which has genuine compassion and warmth,” says Victoria Vierra. BUSINESS, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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10 | TRACY PRESS READER’S CHOICE FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011 SPIFFY: Mark Golden gives Jack Rose a haircut a few years ago at his Golden’s Barber Shop, named Best of the Best this year.

BUSINESS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 FIRST: Tracy Toyota, 2895 N. Naglee Road, 839-3507 or 888-805-2860, www.tracy toyota.com SECOND: Tracy Ford, 3500 Auto Plaza Way, 888-396-4499, www.tracyford.com THIRD: Tracy Honda, 3450 Auto Plaza Way, 832-1400, www.tracyhonda.com

Tracy Ford is under new ownership, but the levels of service, quality and care for detail that local residents have come to expect from the dealer with the big blue oval are still sky high. FIRST: Tracy Ford, 3500 Auto Plaza Way, 888-396-4499, www.tracyford.com SECOND: Tracy Toyota, 2895 N. Naglee Road, 839-3507 or 888-805-2860, www.tracy toyota.com THIRD: Tracy Honda, 3450 Auto Plaza Way, 832-1400, www.tracyhonda.com

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Automotive — a pair of Tracy High grads — take pride serving the people who live in their hometown and thank their customer base for making them known as the best auto shop in Tracy 13 years running. FIRST: M&M Automotive, 60 E. 10th St., 740-4865, www. tracyautorepairservice.com SECOND: Fagundes’ 10th Street Garage, 187 E. 10th St., 835-4471, www.10thstreetgarage.com THIRD: C and J Automotive, 3941 Holly Drive, Ste. B, 8328008, www.cafjr.com

Wells Fargo, the bank with the Old West logo, is the one locals turn to more than any other when it comes to meeting their monetary needs. FIRST: Wells Fargo, 1900 W. 11th St., 835-5752; 2600 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 110, 839-3080, www.wellsfargo.com

SECOND: Bank of Stockton, 1175 S. Tracy Blvd, 820-2000, www.bankofstockton.com THIRD: Chase, 691 W. 11th St., 836-1490; 2751 W. Grant Line Road, 830-0091; 2620 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 110, 839-8494, www.chase.com

Golden’s Barber Shop, a past Best of Tracy honoree, claimed the top title this year

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as reader’s favorite for a trim or a shave. FIRST: Golden’s Barber Shop, 324 W. 11th St., 835-8276 SECOND: Supercuts, 1980 W. 11th St., 832-3884; 2457 Naglee Road, 839-9259; 2600 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 140, 833-0771, www.supercuts.com THIRD: The Hairitage Barbershop, 7 W. 12th St., 835-4048

For four years in a row, Versailles Salon and Day Spa has been named Best of the Best by Tracy residents who want to look, feel and be beautiful. The talented team at Versailles can accommodate any style and seeks to give customers the personal care they deserve. BUSINESS II, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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BUSINESS II CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 FIRST: Versailles Salon and Day Spa, 1010 Central Ave., 836-1505, www.versaillessalon.com SECOND: Tresses Salon, 1005 A St., 834-2887, www.hair-nails.com/ tresses.html THIRD: The Salon + Spa A Paul Mitchell Experience, 20 W. 10th St., 836-6062, http://apaulmitchell experience.com

If you can’t find it at M&M Builder’s Supply, it might not exist. Locals with construction projects big and small have trusted the local supply store for years to make sure they can get the job done, and get it done right the first time. FIRST: M&M Builder’s Supply, 8010 E. 11th St., 835-4172, www.mandm builderssupply.com SECOND: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975, www.homedepot.com

FIRST: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 3500 Auto Plaza Way, 835-3600, www.enterprise.com SECOND: Hertz Local Edition, 2830 Auto Plaza Drive, Ste. 110, 832-0102, www.hertz.com THIRD: Budget, 551 W. Grant Line Road, 834-8073, www.budget.com

The only 100 percent hand-operated car wash center in Tracy has been named yet again as the Best of the Best by our readers. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself coin-operated clean or a professional detail, the family-owned and -run RAS Car Wash & Detail Center focuses on giving customers a “showroom shine” every time. FIRST: RAS Car Wash & Detail Center, 124 E. 11th St., 836-3039 SECOND: Tracy Express Wash & Lube, 2480 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-9128 THIRD: Chevron, 755 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-0370; 1960 W. 11th St., 836-3181

THIRD: Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St., 834-2808, www.osh.com

Looking for a pickup while your car’s in the shop? Enterprise Rent-A-Car is our readers’ top pick for the rental agency that will be there when you

High standards of service keep customers returning to Delta Steam, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Tracy this year. And Delta Steam’s superior workmanship, including BUSINESS III, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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834-0626, www.mcnemar cosmeticsurgery.com

excellent customer service at a reasonable price, should keep clients happy for years to come.

THIRD: Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center, 2160 W. Grant Line Road, 835-4600

FIRST: Delta Steam, 8359075, www.deltasteam.com SECOND: Coit Drapery & Upholstery Cleaners, 832-0842

PetSmart, the largest specialty retailer of services and solutions for pets has been in Tracy more than seven years and has made itself right at home, giving “pet parents” and their companions the type of service they deserve.

THIRD: Saabye’s, 835-2886

When it comes to getting in touch with loved ones, more of our readers trust AT&T than any other cell phone outfit in town. Go in and try out a new iPhone and see how AT&T can help you get in touch. FIRST: AT&T, 2805 Naglee Road, 834-1368 SECOND: Go Wireless — Verizon, 2722 Naglee Road, 221-8936 THIRD: Sprint/Nextel, 3290 W. Grant Line Road

One of the country’s leaders in electronics is also Tracy’s choice for computer help. Whether it’s time for a tutorial on the latest gizmos or help

from the Geek Squad, Best Buy is also this year’s Best of the Best in Tracy. FIRST: Best Buy, 2550 Naglee Road, 832-2166 or http://stores. bestbuy.com/391/

The secret to success at Solutions Medical Spa isn’t some cutting-edge technique, though they have plenty at their disposal. It’s the care attended to each person that comes through the door, says registered nurse Veronica

SECOND: Tracy Computer Services, 3117 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8096 THIRD: LMV Computers, 3941 Holly Drive, Ste. K, 832-5376

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FIRST (TIE): Pampered Pet Boutique, 1843 W. 11th St., 833-7600, www.pamperedpet tracy.com

FIRST: Solutions Medical Spa, 4600 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 118, 834-0744, “Solutions Medical Spa” at Facebook.com

SECOND: Linda’s 4 Paws, 14 W. 11th St., 835-7234

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BUSINESS IV CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Park Avenue Cleaners has kept a loyal customer base over its 25 years in Tracy. Park Avenue offers some of the best prices on dry cleaning and laundry service in town, making this shop a repeated Best of the Best winner. FIRST: Park Avenue Cleaners, 2529 N. Tracy Blvd., 832-3706 SECOND: De Lux Cleaners, 24 E. 10th St., 835-3346 THIRD: Tracy Valley Cleaners, 785 S. Tracy Blvd., 832-7400; 1880 W. 11th St., 833-1600

“It’s not the business that’s unique, it’s the level of service we provide and the dedication of the employees,” says Tony Silva, a Tracy native whose Silva’s Electric was known as D&S Electric until the past year. “It’s still a small, close-knit community that enables customers to be individuals, not just an account number.” FIRST: Silva’s Electric, 1138 Parker Ave., Ste. B, 836-2040 SECOND: AC/DC Electric, 27509 W. Etcheverry Court, 832-1212 BUSINESS V, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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gardenstracy.com Third: Flower Pavillion, 98 W. 10th St., 836-3751

In-Shape Health Clubs offers two workout facilities in Tracy for gym rats and sauna seekers alike. The fully remodeled Tracy Boulevard club features indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, racquetball and a host of workout options, while the 11th Street location caters to those who want to work up a serious sweat. FIRST: In-Shape Health Clubs, 239 W. 11th St., 833-3370; 101 S. Tracy Blvd., 836-2504, www.inshapeclubs.com SECOND: Fitness 19, 2311 N Tracy Blvd., Ste. B, 836-8787, www.fitness19.com THIRD: World Gym, 2340 East St., 836-3488, www.worldgym.com

Since 1945, Tracy Glass Shop has kept local residents’ view of the outside world crystal clear. The family-owned and -operated business has won numerous Best of Tracy awards, one of the local standbys when it comes to a shop you can trust. FIRST: Tracy Glass Shop, 69 W. Sixth St., 835-1472, http://tracyglassshop.com SECOND: D&C Roadrunner Glass Co., 464 E. 10th St., 835-4417

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THIRD: Simon Glass & Mirror, 64 W. 11th St., 329-5092

The Little Flower Shop downtown has been helping make occasions more special since 1941. A repeat Best of the Best winner, the shop carries a wide variety of fresh flowers, plants and gift items. “But what makes us stand out,” says Karen Ferrante, “is our great design, caring staff and friendly hometown customer service.”

Keeping local residents warm in the winter and cool in the summer is no small task, but Skelton Heating & Air Conditioning has been up to the challenge for 23 years. Virginia Skelton says it’s the 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee that keeps our voters ranking them as the Best of the Best year after year.

FIRST: Little Flower Shop, 84 W. 11th St., 835-1534, www.flowersintracy.com

FIRST: Skelton Heating & Air Conditioning, 5431 W. Grant Line Road,

SECOND: Cottage Gardens, 901 Central Ave., 832-7266, www.cottage

BEST IN BOUQUETS: When it comes to florists, voters prefer the Little Flower Shop, where designer Olivia Rio prepared a spring bouquet for a customer a few years ago.

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BUSINESS VI CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 832-7602 or www.skeltonhvac.com SECOND: Church Heating & Air Conditioning, 7580 Carmelo Ave., 835-2364 THIRD: JC Rego Refrigeration, Heat and Air, 2259 N. MacArthur Drive, 836-5353

Artesian Health Foods specializes in alternative medicines, natural herbs and supplements so people can take control of their own health. The shop also carries specialty foods and other products that make it locals’ choice for health and nutrition. FIRST: Artesian Health Foods, 1250 W. 11th St., 836-0190

LEADERS: The law firm of G. Archer Bakerink (from left), Brinton McCusker and Michael Belden, in business in Tracy for more than 35 years, has been voted No. 1 in legal preparation.

SECOND: GNC, 3200 Naglee Road, Ste. 240, 839-0155, www.gnc.com THIRD: Prime Health, 651 W. Grant Line Road, 229-8400, www.prime healthandnutrition.com

At Seriously Clean, customers get a fair price and an exceptional-quality performance. “We really want to thank our employees for their dedication, and to our customers for their loyalty,” said Janet Osterlund, whose outfit has been a Best of the Best winner four times.

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830-2939, www.alegrelaw.com THIRD: Court Forms Plus, 60 E. 11th St., 836-5430, www.courtformsplus.com

FIRST: Seriously Clean Company, 2304 Barcelona Drive, 814-2254 SECOND: House Cleaning Service — Ramona Velazquez, 239 W. Whittier Ave., 914-1409 THIRD: A Clean House, 832-5200

If the name doesn’t tell you this is a family business, the service and attention to detail should. Hard work and dedication have made Max Galvao & Sons Tracy’s go-to place for landscape work. And the family appreciates its loyal customers, who Max says helped the outfit become “what it is today.” FIRST: Max Galvao & Sons, 401 Forest Hills Drive, 833-1216 SECOND: Turf & Tree, 150 Sloan Court, 830-0288, www.turf-n-tree.com THIRD: Dominique’s Landscape Maintenance, 27506 S. MacArthur Drive, 835-1169

Bakerink, McCusker and Belden has earned the trust of Tracy for more than 35 years. The community-oriented law practice makes legal services available to a wide range of local clients, a connection that’s possible because of a team of experts with deep community ties and the passion for providing quality advice. FIRST: Bakerink, McCusker and Belden, 1030 Central Ave., 835-9592, www.bakerinkmccusker.com SECOND (TIE): Speer Document Service, 120 E. 12th St., 832-9955 SECOND (TIE): Law Offices of Sidney L. Alegre, 1103 Holly Drive,

FTM Mortgage has made the American dream of home ownership come true for locals for 28 years. “We are not just a business, we are a team who makes each client’s experience personal,” said Debbie George. That personal touch has made FTM a Best of Tracy award-winner 11 times. FIRST: FTM — Debbie George, 44 W. 10th St., 836-0363 SECOND: Wells Fargo, 1900 W. 11th St., 835-5752; 2600 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 110, 839-3080, www.wellsfargo.com THIRD: Robin Lewis, iMortgage, 504 W. 11th St., 229-4123, www.imortgage. com/robin.lewis

into her corner of the shop a personal, pleasant experience to go along with her high-quality work. FIRST: Nail Artistry by Christine, in Versailles Salon and Day Spa, 1010 Central Ave., 836-1505, www.versailles salon.com SECOND: Bella Nails, 2242 W. Grant Line Road, 832-8031 THIRD: Queen B Nails and Spa, 2630 S. Tracy Blvd., 833-6245

The experienced doctors and staff of Tracy Optometry Group are committed to providing patients with the best eye care using the latest technology to give them a lifetime of healthy eyesight. It’s also affordable, as the group offers free adjustments and repairs and value eye-care packages. FIRST: Tracy Optometry Group, 36 W. 10th St., 835-7446, www.tracyopt.com

Located inside The Salon + Spa, Melinda Black has the magic touch to ease your tension away. Using a variety of techniques, Black is the best when it comes to helping our readers relax after a tough week at work or just enjoy the feeling of being pampered.

SECOND: Eaton Optometric, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 130, 835-1181, www.eatonoptometricgroup.com

THIRD: Costco Optical Department, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5341, www.costco.com

Need a new coat of paint to give your house that brand-new look? Fresh Coat Painting, in business the past four years, is the Best of the Best for a reason: “Our professionalism and attention to detail — we always focus on the customer’s needs, and we take pride in our workmanship.” FIRST: Fresh Coat Painting, 793 S. Tracy Blvd., 390-4326, www.fresh coatpainters.com SECOND: Borncamp Painting, 835-7000 THIRD: Tracy Painting, 607-7104

When it comes to keeping homes bug- and vermin-free, locals turn to Clarks Pest Control, which has served BUSINESS VII, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

FIRST: Melinda Black, The Salon + Spa, 20 W. 10th St., 836-6062, www.apaulmitchellexperience.com SECOND: Massage Envy, 2463 N. Naglee Road, 839-1919, www.massage envy.com THIRD: Peaches & Cream, 188 E. 11th St., 833-6211, www.peachesandcream skincare.com

For the best nails in town, visit Christine at Versailles on Central Avenue. She cares about her customers and provides everyone who walks

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LONGTIME LOCAL: Harold Reich of Reich’s Pharmacy, voted Best of the Best among Tracy’s pharmacies this year, provides medications and health advice from his downtown shop on West 10th Street.

San Joaquin County for more than 60 years. Clarks’ Brad Parker said it’s the focus on customer service that sets this family-owned business apart. “We take good care of our customers.”

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FIRST: Clarks Pest Control, 835-8078, www.clarkpest.com

its high standards to Tracy neighborhoods. The company moved to town because of the opportunity it saw here and the people in the community. “In our business, the opportunities that exist here in Tracy are tremendous, and arguably unmatched anywhere in the Bay Area.”

SECOND: Patriot Pest Management, 793 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 135, 835-8005, www.patriotpest4u.com THIRD: Take Care Termite, 2227 N. MacArthur Drive, 832-7300, www.take caretermite.com

FIRST: PPA Property Management, 672 W. 11th St., 834-0551, www.portfolio props.com

A mainstay of Tracy for years, Reich’s Pharmacy is the perfect spot to stop for a quick over-the-counter cure, to fill a doctor’s prescription or to get advice about how best to rid yourself of that nagging cough.

SECOND (TIE): Central Valley Properties, 1045 S. Tracy Blvd., 836-5891; 672 W. 11th St., 227-1950 SECOND (TIE): Corral Hollow Property Management, 51 W. 10th St., 836-5575, www.realtyworldchre.com

FIRST: Harold K. Reich’s Pharmacy, 39 W. 10th St., 835-1832

THIRD: RWM, 1486 W. 11th St., 800-993-1146

SECOND: CVS Pharmacy, 1885 W. 11th St., 836-2300; 3320 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-2162, www.cvs.com THIRD: Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., 8302955, www.safeway.com

Three generations of businessmen and -women at Curran Real Estate have seen to it that people in Tracy find the home that’s right for them. Curran also helps with relocation and property management. But for all their experience and longevity, Julie CurranMattos says one thing has been the key to their success: “We treat our clients like family.”

Louie the Plumber tops the list when it comes to everything from stopping leaks to re-piping a kitchen. For more than 12 years, this family-owned and -operated service has been giving people quality work with personal focus. “We just try to treat people the way we would want to be treated.”

FIRST: Curran Real Estate, 445 W. 11th St., Ste. A, 835-4000, www.curran realestate.com

FIRST: Louie the Plumber, 835-8357 SECOND: Aaron Sanders Plumbing, 3415 S. MacArthur Drive, 834-8830, www.aaronsandersplumbing.com

SECOND: Coldwell Banker The Vintage Group, 403 W. 11th St., 836-9100, www.cbtvg.com

THIRD: Mr. Rooter, 8951 Feliz Way, 833-3841, www.mrrooter.com

THIRD: Klemm Real Estate Inc., 672 W. 11th St., Ste. 216, 836-1094 that instills Christian values. Great Beginnings has served Tracy’s vibrant community for more than two decades.

Proud of their customer service and their ability to find and provide hardto-get parts, Fremont Pool Supply has more than 30 years in the swimming pool and spa repair industry. But the folks at this Tracy business don’t just see customers as clients — they’re friends and neighbors. FIRST: Fremont Pool Supply, 3941 Holly Drive, Ste. I, 833-9200 SECOND: Westside Pool Service, 1852 W. 11th St., Ste. 314, 835-1250 THIRD: Blue Lagoon, 793 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 118, 992-7118

With several locations in Tracy, Tender Loving Care is committed to giving youngsters a safe, happy place to be. Not only that, but TLC focuses on giving kids a “challenging curriculum” to prepare them for the challenges of the future. Great Beginnings Preschool, a multiple Best of Tracy honoree, seeks to create a hometown, family atmosphere

FIRST (TIE): Tender Loving Care, 1001 Cambridge Place, 836-8948; 2324 Parker Ave., 835-9088; 475 Darlene Lane, 839-1313; 1219 Whispering Wind Drive, 832-2990, www.tenderloving caretracy.com FIRST (TIE): Great Beginnings Preschool, First United Methodist Church of Tracy, 330 E. Acacia St., 835-1321, www.fumctracy.org SECOND: Vickie’s Loving Daycare THIRD: Montessori School of Tracy, 100 S. Tracy Blvd., 833-3458, www.montessorica.com

This is the first year Tracy Instant Printing has been named Best of the Best, but the business has a 28-year history of producing fine products for the Tracy community. Tracy Instant Printing goes out of its way to make customers happy and will go above and beyond to meet a deadline. FIRST: Tracy Instant Printing, 1119 Adams St., 836-4712, http://tiprinting.com

SECOND: Tracy Signs, 3771 W. 11th St., 835-3464, www.tracysigninc.com THIRD: Sign-A-Rama, 470 W. Larch Road, Ste. 7, 832-0000, www.tracy signarama.com

For the past five years, PPA Property Management has brought

Barth Roofing makes sure Tracy residents have a sound roof over their heads, and they’ve been doing it for more than 12 years. Owners say that BUSINESS VIII, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

THANK YOU! REAL LIVING CURRAN REAL ESTATE IS HONORED TO BE VOTED # 1 REAL ESTATE AGENCY IN TRACY! WE ARE HAPPY TO SEE THAT OUR HARD WORK & DEDICATION IS APPRECIATED BY OUR WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS

JULIE CURRAN Voted one of Tracy’s Best Realtors. Thank you for your support and voting me one of Tracy’s best realtors. I appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you! Many thanks - Julie

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BUSINESS VIII CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 there’s no secret to earning the trust of Tracy and being the Best of the Best: “The key is to do what you say.” FIRST: Barth Roofing, 833-9917, www.barthroofing.com SECOND: Pinnacle Roofing Co., 1418 Mariani Court, Ste. 160, 8357174, “Pinnacle Roofing Company” at Facebook.com THIRD: NuShake, 239-8616, www.nushake.com

For nearly 10 years, Comfort Keepers, led by Dave and Pam Warta, has made sure elderly people in Tracy have been able to maintain their independence in their own homes long into their golden years. “We have been very involved in the Tracy community for years,” the Wartas wrote, “and have always looked for a way to give something back to the community.” FIRST: Comfort Keepers, 120 E. 12th St., Ste. A, 832-1333, www.comfort keepers.com/office-355 SECOND: Astoria Gardens, 1960 W. Lowell Ave., 833-2200, www.agtracy.com THIRD (TIE): Tracy Convalescent Hospital, 545 W. Beverly Place, 835-6034 THIRD (TIE): Emeritus at Heritage Place, 355 W. Grant Line Road, 8351000, www.emeritus.com/california/ tracy/emeritus-heritage-place

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FIX-UP: Ismael Hernandez of Barth Roofing, the top vote-getter in this year’s Best of Tracy readers poll, removes clay tiles from the roof of the First Presbyterian Church during a repair job in late April.

The big brown trucks are our readers’ choice for getting a package where it needs to be, when it needs to be

there. And no wonder: With several convenient stores all around Tracy and drop-off service, it’s easy to use UPS. FIRST: UPS, 1852 W. 11th St., 833-1310

(also Mailboxes Etc.); 793 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-5044; 2455 Naglee Road, 830-1526, www.theupsstore.com BUSINESS IX, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Thank You Tracy for Your Support and Vote of Confidence!

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BUSINESS IX CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 SECOND: Tracy Post Office, 125 W. Ninth St, 835-9795, www.usps.com THIRD: FedEx Office, 2116 W. Grant Line Road, 836-2539, www.fedex.com/office

town service. “One of the best things about working is Tracy is when I go to any of the grocery stores in Tracy, I always see some of my customers,” he said. FIRST: Joe’s Smog Shack and Automotive, 500 E. 10th St., Ste. E, 836-4766 SECOND: California Smog, 22 E. Eighth St., 836-2947

Joe’s Smog Shack and Automotive has kept local cars running cleanly for the past 20 years — the past 17 in a place Joseph Graw affectionately calls the “world’s worst location.” But the folks keep coming back for his best-in-

THIRD: Tracy’s Smog, 10 W. Grant Line Road, 834-2760

The owners of Tracy Mini Storage have lived in town

all their lives, so they know what it takes to be No. 1 for their local customers. “We are highly focused on meeting the needs of our customers and providing the best customer service possible, as well as the best security for the items that they store with us.” FIRST: Tracy Mini Storage, 385 Enterprise Place, 8353000, www.tracystorage.com SECOND: Tracy Self Storage, 250 W. Valpico Road, 830-7509, www.storageworks.biz THIRD: Public Storage, 1615 W. 11th St., 830-1880, www.publicstorage.com

Ave., 836-1505, www.versailles salon.com Down Under is the spot where our readers go when they want that just-from-thebeach glow but don’t have the time to schlep to Santa Cruz or San Luis Obispo. And with caring service, this Best of the Best winner makes sure you feel as good as you look. FIRST: Down Under, 1831 W. 11th St., 833-8268 SECOND: A Perfect Tan, 2227 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-8263, www.aperfectan.com/tracy. htm THIRD: Versailles Salon and Day Spa, 1010 Central

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The 12 Monkeys shop on Central Avenue isn’t just a place to get beautiful ink done — it’s an art gallery, showing off the talents of a professional and down-to-earth crew. Whether it’s a home-drawn design, a choice from the catalogue or a thought that needs the touch of an artist to bring it to life, 12 Monkeys is Tracy’s place for body art.

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SECOND: Tracy Travel, 902 Central Ave., Ste. 5, 839-9200, www.exotictravel.com

FIRST: 12 Monkeys, 911 Central Ave., 839-1265, http://12monkeysonline.com SECOND (TIE): Pins & Needles, 64 W. 11th St., 839-8287, “Pins And Needles Tattoos” at Facebook.com SECOND (TIE): Blue Moon, 2306 East St., 835-8413, www.bluemoontracy.com

When folks in Tracy need a new set of tires, an alignment or just a quick check-up, they head to the corner of Central Avenue and 10th Street and Big O Tires. “We treat customers as we like to be treated and only do the work necessary,” owner Dale Singh said. “We want a reputation for our honesty.” FIRST: Big O Tires, 940 Central Ave., 836-2683, www.bigotires.com SECOND (TIE): Les Schwab Tire Center, 3260 W. Grant Line Road, 835-4029, www. lesschwab.com SECOND (TIE): America’s Tire, 2785 W. Grant Line Road, 834-2858, www.tires.com THIRD: Cox Bros, 507 E. 11th St., 835-0880

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CARE: Bridgette Felver at Jules Veterinary Center — voted as Tracy’s best veterinary clinic for 2011 — checks on Comet, who was rescued and treated at the center after a car accident. (Comet would later be adopted.)

Three decades of experience in Tracy helps the folks at Old World Travel tailor vacation experiences for clients seeking the exotic or just a little slice of R&R. Old World Travel focuses on one-on-one service to give local folks the vacation of a lifetime. FIRST: Old World Travel, 836-3570,

THIRD: AAA Travel, 2102 W. Grant Line Road, 833-5900, http://travel.aaa.com

With a program of self-directed learning for preschoolers through high schoolers, the Kumon Math and Reading Center has been chosen again as the Best of the Best. FIRST: Kumon Center, 1876 W. 11th St., 833-9400, www.kumon.com/tracy SECOND: Vallotton Learning Therapy, 763 Quail Run Circle, 830-7888, www.learningtherapy.org THIRD: Mike Pihlman, Altamont Cowork, 95 W. 11th St., Ste. 205, 757-8862, http:// altamontcowork.wordpress.com/tutor/

Since 2002, Jules Veterinary Center has kept the furry companions of Tracy’s residents healthy and happy. The entire team at Jules Vet genuinely cares about the patients and their owners and tries to ensure the well-being of both. FIRST: Jules Veterinary Center, 1855 W. 11th St., 833-7387, www.julesvet.com SECOND: VCA Old River Animal Hospital, 520 W. 11th St., 835-5166, www.vcahospitals.com/old-river THIRD: Tracy Veterinary Clinic, 20 W. Grant Line Road, 835-0626, www.tracy veterinaryclinic.com

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BEST IN The Great Plate Bar and Grill has been serving good food, drinks and fun for almost 14 years in downtown Tracy, repeatedly earning the title “Best of the Best” as one of Tracy’s favorite places to play. The owners cite their great staff as part of their winning formula and said the best thing about being in business in Tracy is getting to know people and meeting new folks all the time.

TECHNIQUE: Academy of Performing Arts owner Deborah Skinner gives instructions for a battle scene as the cast of the Children’s Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” runs through a scene in December. The school has again been voted the best place in town to learn to dance.

Rusty’s, which tied as readers’ top pick this year, bills itself as a sports bar and pizza joint where individuals, families and groups of pals can drop by to hang out. FIRST (TIE): Great Plate, 714 Central Ave., 833-0862, www.thegreatplate.com

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FIRST (TIE): Rusty’s, 320 W. Grant Line Road, 835-5398, www.rustyspizzapub.com SECOND: Helm’s Ale House, 1000 N. Central Ave., 833-3898, www.helmsalehouserestaurant.com THIRD: Covey’s Sports Grill, 2712 Naglee Road, 839-1810

Another repeat Best of Tracy honoree, the Academy of Performing Arts has been teaching not only dance, but also

respect, values and dignity to the talented and creative people in the community for the past 18 years, a tradition that began soon after owner and director Deborah Skinner moved to town to raise her young family. Classes at the downtown Tracy studio incorporate professional training, classical technique and a familyfriendly atmosphere.

SECOND: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 N. Central Ave., 831-6858, www. atthegrand.org

FIRST: Academy of Performing Arts, 124 W. 10th St., 830-9296, www.apaoftracy.com

Looking forward to its fifth anniversary in September, the Grand Theatre Center for

THIRD: D2M Dance Academy, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 117, 833-1844, www.d2mdance.com/welcome

the Arts has become a hub for local entertainment, earning top honors for a second year in the Best of Tracy voting. The Grand is the only municipal interdisciplinary art center of its kind in California, with two theaters, three art galleries and eight studio classrooms where children, teens and adults can take lessons in dance, drama, music and visual arts. Hundreds to RECREATION, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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RECREATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 thousands of people visit on a weekly basis, amounting to 40,000 to 50,000 annually. Staff at the Grand said patrons routinely visit to thank them for the positive impact they have had on their children, families, groups and businesses. FIRST: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 N. Central Ave., 831-6858, www.atthegrand.org

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Voters this year declared Rusty’s, a Tracy institution since 1964, the city’s best spot for karaoke.

READY FOR ACTION: Cast members for the musical “Grease” run through a scene in October at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy’s favorite place for entertainment.

FIRST: Rusty’s, 320 W. Grant Line Road, 835-5398, www.rustyspizzapub. com SECOND: West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., 835-5262, www.westvalley bowl.com THIRD: Great Plate, 714 Central Ave., 833-0862, www.thegreatplate.com

SECOND: Cinemark Movies 14, 3300 Naglee Road, 800-326-3264 or 833-8897, www.cinemark.com THIRD: West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., 835-5262, www.westvalleybowl.com

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Quinto’s Martial Arts has been offering tae kwon do classes the past four years out of World Gym in Tracy, teaching respect, self-control and physical fitness to students as young as 4 years up to adults. Owners say the

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small community feel of Tracy makes it easy to run the school like family more than a business. FIRST: Quinto’s Martial Arts, at World Gym, 2340 East St., 627-8045, www.quintoma.com SECOND: Traditional Martial Arts

Academy, 2505 Tracy Blvd, 830-9772, www.traditional-dojo.com THIRD: Fit Force Martial Arts and Boot Camp, 3402 Mars Court, Ste. 101, 836-2590 or 417-1596, www.fitforce martialarts.com RECREATION II, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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West Valley Bowl has been knocking down the pins for seven years, providing a spot for the whole family to play. The bowling center has leagues just for adults, children, seniors and women, as well as regular bowling and cosmic bowling with music and dance lights. The center also has two electric dart boards and two pool tables, along with birthday party packages for bowlers. The owners say they enjoy the smalltown community as they work to give families a place to strike it big in Tracy. FIRST: West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., 835-5262, www.westvalleybowl.com SECOND: Cinemark Movies 14, 3300 Naglee Road, 800-326-3264 or 833-8897, www.cinemark.com THIRD: Fourth of July Day in the Park, Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131

West Valley Mall is a shopping center for all ages with stores that meet everyone’s needs — though many teenagers like it best as a place to hang out with friends. Restaurants, the food court, the movie theaters and plenty of shops with current fashions have made the mall the Best of the Best when it comes to places for teens. FIRST: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 836-4091, www.westvalleymall.com

SECOND (TIE): Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy, 753 W. Lowell Ave., 832-2582, www.bgcoftracy.org SECOND (TIE): The Spot, 1790 Sequoia Blvd, 835-2755, www.tracy communitychurch.com THIRD: West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., 835-5262, www.westvalleybowl.com

The West Valley Mall’s food court, play area and movie theaters are all family friendly for visitors with young children, offering treats, entertainment and plenty of space to burn off some of the endless energy of a toddler. FIRST: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 836-4091, www.west valleymall.com

FLY TRUE: Larry Gentry lets the ball fly down a lane at West Valley Bowl, voters’ favorite family activity in the 2011 Best of Tracy poll, as Herb Hunter looks on. The bowling alley offers leagues for all ages. Press file photo

SECOND: Lincoln Park, East Eaton Avenue between Holly Drive and East Street THIRD (TIE): Classic Gymnastics, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 113, 832-5554, www.classicgymnastics.net THIRD (TIE): The Children’s Center, 125 Berverdor Ave., 832-5437 THIRD (TIE): West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., 835-5262, www.westvalley bowl.com THIRD (TIE): Fun Factory, 3200 Naglee Road, 839-0126, www.funfactory games.com RECREATION III, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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RECREATION III CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 THIRD (TIE): Athletic Perfection, 2211 N. MacArthur Drive, 834-2727, www.athleticperfectioncheer.com

With attractions for everyone from the youngest Tracy residents to seniors, the West Valley Mall has proven, year in and year out, to be the local place to see and be seen.

THE PLACE TO BE: The West Valley Mall, home to many of the city’s largest stores, the local movie theater and scads of smaller shops and eateries, attracts plenty of attention as the Best of the Best among places for teenagers, toddlers and people-watching.

FIRST: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 836-4091, www.westvalleymall.com SECOND: Barista’s Coffee House, 112 W. 10th St., 830-6050, “Barista’s Coffee House” on Facebook.com THIRD: Tracy farmers markets, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in downtown Tracy and 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Civic Center Plaza, www.pcfma.com

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service, she gives them her full attention and leaves no detail untouched. Bill Pollard Jr. took top honors this year in Best of Tracy’s accountant category, thanks in part to his two decades of experience in the Tracy community. Winning first place more than five times, this Tracy native also holds the “most accurate tax firm in the United States” title 10 years running.

“My wish for each client is to walk away feeling beautiful and refreshed,” she said. FIRST: Jennifer Emery, Jennifer Emery Skincare, Versailles Salon and Day Spa, 1010 Central Ave., 836-1505, 612-5313

When asked why he loves Tracy, Pollard said, “It’s a relatively small-town feel, but most of all, we like helping our friends and neighbors.” FIRST: Bill Pollard Jr., 79 E. 11th St., 832-5110 SECOND: Craig Mizuno, 527 W. 11th St., 832-1611 THIRD: Penny Wilson, 612 W. 11th St., Ste. 101, 832-2997

This is Jennifer Emery’s first time as first-place winner in the Best of Tracy aesthetician category, but she is no stranger to what it takes to be No. 1. Treating each client with one-on-one

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THIRD (TIE): Amy Fallavena, Stroller Strides

treatment program specific to their needs,” he said.

THIRD (TIE): Alena Chappell, volleyball

This Tracy native came back to his hometown 19 years ago to open his business, and today, he continues to be an active member of his favorite community. FIRST: Larry Nicholson, Nicholson Chiropractic, 1011 Parker Ave., 836-0250 SECOND: Ralph Andrade, Andrade Chiropractic, 2754 N. Tracy Blvd., 832-1996 THIRD: Tim Brown, Tracy Chiropractic Injury, Pain & Sports Care, 1458 Bessie Ave., 835-6625

Pete Mullen, who at one time or another has coached at both Tracy and West high schools, led Kimball High’s first varsity wrestling team this past year, sending several athletes to the section tournament. FIRST: Pete Mullen, Kimball High School wrestling coach SECOND: Joy Quinto, Quinto’s Martial Arts, at World Gym, 2340 East St. THIRD (TIE): Julie Van Os, Athletic Perfection, 2211 N. MacArthur Drive THIRD (TIE): Randy Cabral, Tracy Babe Ruth/Norcal Trojans

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There is one name that is synonymous with volunteering in Tracy, and that’s Gene Birk, the founder of Brighter Christmas. Priding himself on the creation of an outstanding team of hundreds of volunteers, who work hard each year to make the holidays just a little bit happier for underprivileged children and their families, Birk has handed the Brighter Christmas torch over to Steve Abercrombie. Birk recommends that everyone volunteer at least once in their life. “We will use more than 300 volunteers at Brighter Christmas this year,” he said. “I know Steve will be happy to put you to work. If you have never volunteered, try it — you will love it.” FIRST: Gene Birk, Brighter Christmas SECOND: Darlene Quinn, Tracy Interfaith Ministries THIRD (TIE): Donna Baker, Brighter Christmas THIRD (TIE): Steve Abercrombie, D.A.R.E. SERVICE II, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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STILL THE BEST OF THE BEST: Though Brighter Christmas founder Gene Birk — shown sorting toys in December 2009 — has retired as leader of the popular nonprofit, Tracy Press readers continue to identify him with its three decades of good works, voting him their favorite volunteer again this year.

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WALK THIS WAY: Robert “Nobu” Endo — Tracy Press readers’ favorite dog trainer in this year’s Best of Tracy poll — takes Jill (left) and Jack, a pair of Labrador mixes, out for a walk last year.

A family-owned and -operated business, Melo Construction has been a Tracy staple since 1989. John Melo first moved to Tracy from the Azores to make a better life for his family and today he runs his construction business with his three sons. One of the reasons he has been successful is the quality of his work, which is based on customer service. He said the company’s customers not only return, but also recommend him to their friends.

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made the top spot in the Best of Tracy hairstylist category this year. Working to make local gals smile when they look in the mirror, Shields has been in business of hairstyling for 13 years in Tracy. When asked what she enjoys most about her job, she replies, “my clients.”

“When you’re honest and have the highest quality of work, people will see that and they will trust you, tend to choose you over a bigger company,” he said. “Tracy is our home. And we are so proud to see our work all over this town.”

FIRST: Jana Shields, Tresses, 205 W. 10th St., 834-2887, 509-7315 SECOND: Cathy Davis, Supercuts, 1980 W. 11th St., 832-3884 THIRD: Janet Corsaro, Tresses, 205 W. 10th St., 481-3295

FIRST: John Melo, Melo Construction, 2235 N. MacArthur Drive, 835-7314 SECOND: Carl Gabbert, Gabbert Construction, 1852 W. 11th St., Ste. 337, 833-5050

Ed Caparuso, a longtime local resident and a favorite among Tracy Press readers, helped his friends and neighbors with odd jobs for more than two decades. Now, he’s decided it’s time to retire — but not before one last Best of Tracy win.

THIRD: Ed Kelsay, Kelsay Construction, 12227 Lammers Road, 835-2455

Teaching pups the skills they need to become great pets is Robert Endo’s forte, which is one of reasons My Puppy Rocks! Dog Training took first place in dog training. Since the science of dog behavior is constantly evolving, he said he takes pride in staying on top of cutting-edge techniques. Learning from the top trainers and behaviorists in the country keep My Puppy Rocks above the crowd. Endo has been in Tracy 12 years, along with his wife, who owns Versailles Salon and Day Spa. FIRST: Robert “Nobu” Endo, My Puppy Rocks! Dog Training, 1010 Central Ave., 691-3647 SECOND: Jack Fields, K9 Development, 858-5134 THIRD: PetSmart, 2477 Naglee Road, 836-6080

Dr. Paul Teranishi is no stranger to Best of Tracy, having been named the Best of the Best for many years. Born

and raised in Tracy, he said he loves the people of the city and prides himself on an outstanding staff.

SECOND: John Dyer, Edward Jones, 2880 N. Tracy Blvd., 839-0179 THIRD: Mark Vein

FIRST: Dr. Paul A. Teranishi, 612 W. 11th St., Ste. 201, 835-8408 SECOND: Dr. Lance Matsune, 612 W. 11th St., Ste. 201, 835-8408

FIRST: Ed Caparuso, retired SECOND: Randy Fehlhafer, Handy Randy, 1436 Sunrise Court, 800-399-1415 THIRD: Steve Loken, Loken & Associates, 1572 Vinewood Way, 321-2949

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THIRD: Dr. Ronald Miller, 1409 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-5180

Twelve years in a row, Alfred Ruiz has been named the Best of the Best when it comes to financial advisers. His philosophy on business is to provide his clients with a financial plan that will meet their needs throughout their lives. Working hard during difficult financial times, this Tracy native is able to help his clients achieve all of their financial goals. FIRST: Alfred Ruiz, Ameriprise Financial, 929 N. Central Ave., Ste. A, 836-6400

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SERVICE III CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Paul Ritter, is this year’s Best of Tracy Insurance Agency. In business since 1923, this third-generation family-owned and operated business works hard to know every client. Ritter said he strives to make people feel welcomed each time they visit. What he likes most about Tracy, he said, is having insured multiple generations of Tracy families, as well as getting to know the new folks moving into town. FIRST: Paul Ritter, Ritter Insurance Agency, 2880 N. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 1, 8350776 SECOND: Ron Yerian, Allstate Insurance, 4600 S Tracy Blvd., Ste. 118, 832-2002 THIRD: Sherry Neyman, Neyman Insurance Services, 49 E. 10th St., Ste. B, 836-2775

The legal world can be a difficult one to understand, but attorney Sidney Alegre makes it a whole lot easier. This year’s Best of Tracy winner for lawyer, Alegre has worked hard to help people maneuver the legal waters over the past 12 years. She has held the Best of the Best title the past three years, and she is always willing to go that extra mile with her clients.

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MUSIC MAN: Ken Cefalo, owner of Main Street Music, has been voted the Best of the Best among local music teachers, and lessons at his downtown shop have become tradition for many local families. Press file photo

“When I meet with clients, I take the time to listen to them so that I can fully understand their questions and concerns,” she said. “The extra time that I take with my clients allows me to provide them with the highest quality of service. I enjoy seeing my clients at the mall, the farmers market, all around town.” FIRST: Sidney Alegre, 1103 Holly Drive, 830-2939 SECOND: Arch Bakerink, Bakerink, McCusker and Belden, 1030 Central Ave., 835-9592 THIRD (TIE): Chad Wood, Willbanks & Wood, 1047 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-9191 THIRD (TIE): Valerie Stroup, Stroup Law Firm, 1030 Central Ave., 835-9590

Music comes to life at Main Street Music, where it’s not uncommon to hear a variety of instruments playing when you walk in the door. Owner and operator Ken Cefalo, this year’s Best of the Best music instructor, opened the shop in 1993. Over the years, it has SERVICE IV, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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SERVICE IV CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 become a family tradition to have a former music student take their children in for lessons. “Our motto is ‘where students come first,’ and we mean it,” Cefalo said. “Only the best teachers are invited to be part of our team, and we refuse to sell any instrument that is not suited for learning on.” FIRST: Ken Cefalo, Main Street Music, 53 W. 10th St., 835-1125 SECOND: Tom Renner, Main Street Music, 53 W. 10th St., 835-1125 THIRD (TIE): Mike Hall, Main Street Music, 53 W. 10th St., 835-1125 THIRD (TIE): Pat Mersaroli, 835-7472 THIRD (TIE): Donna Mizuno, 833-7551

From her downtown practice at The Salon + Spa, readers’ favorite massage therapist, Melinda Black, uses varied massage and reflexology techniques to ease tense muscles and pamper both individuals and couples. FIRST: Melinda Black, The Salon + Spa, 20 W. 10th St., 836-6062, http://apaulmitchellexperience.com SECOND (TIE): Chantelle Reis, Heavenly Hands Message, 227 E. 11th St., 830-1799 SECOND (TIE): Sharron Gibson, Helping Hands for Health, 1019 A St.,

830-1702 THIRD (TIE): Sharon Krogh, Body, Mind & Skin Total Body Wellness, 20 W. 10th St., 612-0430 THIRD (TIE): Maria Sanchez, Versailles, 1010 Central Ave., 836-1505 THIRD (TIE): Holly Towkan

With nearly three decades of experience, Dr. David Hartzell remains at the top of his profession by always making sure his patients are treated with stateof-the-art eye care technology. He first came to Tracy in 1984, when the opportunity to purchase an optometric practice in the city presented itself to him and his partner, Dr. Frank Balestrery. Hartzell said he was looking to work in a small community that was similar to the one where he had grown up.

for eight of his 12 years in business. To distinguish himself from others in his field, Trosien said he not only straightens teeth; he also fixes the bite, so teeth can stay straight and function as they should. Each patient is not just a client, he said; they become friends and family. “Tracy is a town of 82,000 people that feels like 10,000 people, because anywhere I go, I bump into someone I know,” he said. “I really enjoy practicing somewhere I feel I know a lot of people and I can contribute to the community.” FIRST: Dr. Andrew Trosien, Trosien Orthodontics, 2850 N. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 300, 833-1240, 612-0060 SERVICE V, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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FIRST: Dr. David Hartzell, Eaton Optometric Group, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 130, 835-1181 SECOND: Dr. Frank Balestrery, Eaton Optometric Group, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 130, 835-1181

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FIRST: Dr. Sunil Patel, 1470 Bessie Ave., 833-0525

SECOND: Dr. Nelson Hu, New Smile Orthodontics, 2435 N. Naglee Road, 830-9984

SECOND: Dr. Mitchell Seitz, 632 W. 11th St., 833-7135

THIRD: Dr. Claire Marcel, 2160 W. Grant Line Road, Ste. 150, 833-0472

Pups across the city know Bed & Biscuit Kennels by name for their ideal comfy home away from home. Six years in the business, Cheri Aguirre has reached the top after taking second last year. She designed her kennel to be like a home for her customers’ canine family members, to give them peace of mind. When it comes to Tracy, her home of two decades, she said, “I stay because I loved my location and the people.” FIRST: Cheri Aguirre, Bed & Biscuit Kennels, 27133 Lillegard Court, 815-4763 SECOND: Cindy Rogers, For Pet’s Sake, 281 King Arthur Court, 836-8981 THIRD: Jan McDonnal, Your Girl Friday, 2181 N. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 171, 814-7200

In practice since 1987, Dr. Sunil Patel specializes in internal medicine, geriatrics and diabetes. This year, he’s been voted the Best of the Best.

THIRD (TIE): Dr. Andris Lazdins, 433 W. Eaton Ave., 833-3930

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833-3900 THIRD (TIE): Eric Boehm, Coldwell Banker, 403 W. 11th St., 833-3333 THIRD (TIE): Joan Fallevena, Fallevena & Willbanks, 1045 S. Tracy Blvd., 836-3700

THIRD (TIE): Dr. Ian Pulliam, 644 W. 12th St., 832-8984

Finding someone a place to live that is not just a house, but a home, is what Realtor Donna Baker specializes in. Named this year’s Best of the Best in real estate, Baker works hard to meet her clients’ needs. “Care and concern, along with integrity, compassion and loyalty, makes my business very unique,” she said. “My clients know I am there for them, in whatever capacity they need me.” With the motto “If you want a friend for life, hire me as your realtor,” it’s easy to see why she has such a broad client base. FIRST: Donna Baker, At Home Real Estate Group, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd, Ste. 140, 832-1940 SECOND: Lisa Agualera, Keller Williams Realty, 1858 W. 11th St., 814-8256 THIRD (TIE): Julie Curran, Curran Real Estate, 445 W. 11th St., Ste. A, 835-4000

Good service at affordable prices made Dr. Thomas Ross this year’s Best of the Best veterinarian. The strength of a large community with a small-town atmosphere is the reason

he decided to move to Tracy and open his business 26 years ago. The pride he takes in making local pets healthy and their owners happy keeps him above his competition. FIRST: Dr. Thomas R. Ross, Large & Small Animal Veterinary Services & Supplies, 840 W. Schulte Road, 836-0796 SECOND: Dr. Kecia Valdez, Jules Veterinary Center, 1855 W. 11th St., 833-7387 THIRD: Dr. James Matteson, Tracy Veterinary Clinic, 20 W. Grant Line Road, 835-0626

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BEST IN The Sycamore Village Apartments have been at 400 W. Central Ave. for the past 20 years, and they have been the top choice among Tracy Press readers in the Best of Tracy survey every year since 2005. Sycamore Village offers an inviting atmosphere that residents are proud to call home, and management company Davidon Homes has found the Tracy community a great place to do business. FIRST: Sycamore Village Apartments, 400 W. Central Ave, 836-9070 SECOND: Driftwood Apartments, 800 W. Grant Line Road, 835-3187 THIRD (TIE): Tracy Park, 2800 N. Tracy Blvd., near Kavanagh Avenue, 836-5000 THIRD (TIE): Waterstone Village, 1951 W. Middlefield Drive, near Corral Hollow and Linne roads, 830-1580 Press file photo

Astoria Gardens Assisted Living Community moves up from its status as the No. 2 assisted living facility last year. After five years in town, Astoria Gardens has grown in popularity because of its personalized care and family involvement,

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Sycamore Village, at the southeast corner of Tracy Boulevard and South Central Avenue, has again been declared the favorite apartment complex among Best of Tracy voters.

and the community has been full, with a waiting list, since January. Management has found Tracy a good place for the business because of the city’s Central Valley location and proximity to

the Bay Area. FIRST: Astoria Gardens Assisted Living Community, 1960 W. Lowell Ave., 833-2200, www.agtracy.com

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COMMUNITY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 -heritage-place UNBEATABLE BEANS: Nathan Sano of the California Dry Bean Advisory Board mans a bean sales booth in the “bean town” section of last year’s Tracy Dry Bean Festival. The annual celebration of local legumes won the fancy of Tracy Press voters, who chose it as the Best of the Best for 2011 among community activities and events. The festival returns Sept. 10 and 11 for its 25th year.

THIRD: Tracy Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, 545 W. Beverly Place, 835-6034

Sept. 10 and 11 will mark the 25th year Tracy has celebrated its agricultural tradition. The Tracy Dry Bean Festival originated as way to recognize the importance of the bean fields that surrounded our city and since has become a celebration for the entire community. For more than 10 years, the bean festival has been recognized as the best community event in Tracy. Beans are still a big part of the celebration, where people will find bean ice cream, bean chips and a host of chefs who strive to show that our region produces one of the most versatile and healthful foods around. FIRST: Tracy Dry Bean Festival, Sept. 10 and 11, 2011, Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131, www.tracybean festival.com SECOND: Fourth of July Day in the Park, Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 835-2131 THIRD: Wine Stroll, Tracy City Center Association, 597-0073

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For 23 years, Tracy Interfaith Ministries has been the local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing food, clothing and other essentials to needy families in the community. The local charity was organized by Tracy churches as a benefit to the people in our town, and the generosity of a caring community allows Tracy Interfaith Ministries to continue serving the city. FIRST: Tracy Interfaith Ministries, 311 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5424, http://tracyinterfaith.org/ COMMUNITY II, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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TRADITION: Two longtime Tracy institutions — Tracy Interfaith Ministries, at right, and Tracy Babe Ruth, including young base-runner Josh Camacho, far right — stood out in this year’s Best of Tracy vote. Press file photos

COMMUNITY II CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 SECOND: Tracy Breakfast Lions, meets at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays at Hometown Buffet in the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, president Walt Gouveia, 833-0452, www. tracybreakfastlionsclub.org THIRD: Tracy Sunrise Rotary, meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Four Corners Restaurant, 7509 W. Linne

Road, presidents Penny van der Meer, 914-2997, and Mike Bogetti, 610-8640, www.tracy sunriserotary.org

Tracy Babe Ruth has been at the forefront of youth sports in town for nearly 36 years, providing young baseball players the chance

to learn and grow in their sport. More than 700 families are involved in the league, which also trains umpires and coaches and offers players as young as 7 years a chance to progress to Central California Cal Ripken statewide com-

petition. Tracy Babe Ruth affirmed its place as a leading Tracy institution back in March, when more than 50 businesses participated in the league’s 35th-anniversary opening ceremonies.

president Troy Camacho, 8351067, http://tracybaberuth.org SECOND: Tracy Tritons Swim Club, president Jody Price, 482-6145, www.tracy tritons.com

FIRST: Tracy Babe Ruth,

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A PLACE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS: The IPFES Portuguese Hall, on Ninth Street downtown, hosts community events of all types, from crab feeds and company parties to the annual Festival of Trees, at left.

www.windmillridgewinery.com THIRD (TIE): Tracy Elks Lodge 2031, 6400 W. 11th St., 835-4413

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SECOND: Platinum Conference and Event Center, 902 Central Ave., Ste. 305, 835-2244, http://platinumbcc.com/ THIRD (TIE): American Legion Hall, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-7404

Barista’s Coffee House has been downtown Tracy’s popular coffee shop and meeting place for the past eight years, earning Best of Tracy honors in each of those years. A growing community provided the foundation for the shop, and customers who care about the business have inspired the service and quality that everyone at Barista’s strives to provide.

THIRD (TIE): Windmill Ridge Winery, 8350 W. Linne Road, 834-0005,

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My Community. COMMUNITY III CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 THIRD (TIE): Tracy Little League, president Paul Zwickey, 627-0543, www.tracylittleleague.org THIRD (TIE): Tracy Junior Bulldogs (formerly Tracy Raiders), president Jonathan Blackwell, 221-5302, www.tracyraiders.org

People in town know it as Portuguese Hall, owned and operat-

ed by Tracy’s Irmandade Portuguesa da Festa do Espirito Santo, the Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa Society. IPFES has hosted yearly festas in town since the 1920s, and the spacious banquet halls on Ninth Street are consistently at the top of the list for Tracy’s best. IPFES is an allvolunteer group that started with the Portuguese community and has grown along with the city to serve all of Tracy. FIRST: IPFES Hall, 430 W. Ninth St., 835-5917

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COMMUNITY IV CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 A fully stocked hardware store and garden department, along with local owners and workers, have made Van’s Ace Hardware a top choice for the Best of Tracy for 11 of the 13 years the business has been in town. Personal service has won the store many loyal customers, who in turn make Tracy a great place to do business. FIRST (TIE): Barista’s Coffee House, 112 W. 10th St., 830-6050, , “Barista’s Coffee House” on Facebook.com

ON THE SPOT: Ben Marone of the Tracy Fire Department — voted the Best of the Best among local agencies — pulls a hose into place as he gets ready to tackle the fire burning in metal shed off Larch Road last summer.

FIRST (TIE): Van’s ACE Hardware, 2695 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8286, “Van’s Ace Hardware” on Facebook.com SECOND: Melinda Black, The Salon + Spa, 20 W. 10th St., 914-2207, , www.apaul mitchellexperience.com THIRD (TIE): Realty World Millennium, 1486 W. 11th St., 835-4545, http://gotracy.com/ THIRD (TIE): Healthy Fit Boot Camp, 23725 S. Chrisman Road, 925-586-7473, www. healthyfitbootcamp.com

The Tracy Fire Department

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recently celebrated 100 years of service to the city of Tracy. Founded in 1910, the department is dedicated to keeping the community safe and helping people feel safe as they live, work and play in Tracy.

Tracy Fire Department started as an agency dedicated to protecting residents from fires and other calamities and has expanded its role in public safety as the population of the city grows.

FIRST: Tracy Fire Department, Chief Al Nero, 835 Central Ave., 831-6700, www.ci.tracy.ca.us/departments/fire SECOND: Tracy Police

Department, Chief Gary Hampton, 1000 Civic Center Drive, 831-4550 THIRD: California Highway Patrol, 385 W. Grant Line Road, 835-8920

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For 19 years, the Thai Café has been the exclusive home of the Salad Kai. So it’s no big surprise that the people of Tracy voted the downtown eatery No. 1 again. With fresh ingredients and good food, Thai Café aims to please its customers and leaves them wanting for more. FIRST: Thai Café, 614 Central Ave., 832-3800 SECOND: Mandarin Villa, 2501 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-1818

FIRST: Black Bear Diner, 2351 Toste Road, 835-5600, www.blackbeardiner.com

THIRD: Tracy Thai, 1035 Central Ave., 833-9703

SECOND: Perko’s Café and Grill, 1321 W. 11th St., 832-4675, www.perkoscafe. com

Cakes made to order, bagels, doughnuts and a bevy of freshly baked breads make Safeway our readers’ choice when it comes to baked goods. If you can’t find it fresh at Safeway, you might not be able to, period. FIRST: Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., 830-2950, ext. 2, http://local.safeway.com/ca/ tracy-2600.html SECOND: Kandi’s Pies and Pastries, 27210 S. Lammers Road, 836-1367,

HUNGRY AS A BEAR? Tracy newcomer Black Bear Diner claimed the most votes as Best of the Best for breakfast this year.

Generous portions of hearty fare are the trademark of Black Bear Diner, which our readers named Best of the Best in its first full year in Tracy. Black Bear is perfect for a midweek power breakfast or a leisurely weekend brunch.

THIRD: International House of Pancakes, 3120 N. Naglee Road, 839-8701, www.ihop.com

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DINING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 attest, there’s no reason to change something so good. Besides, if you want to spice it up, there’s always the infamous “secret menu.” FIRST: In-N-Out Burger, 575 W. Clover Road, 800-786-1000, www-in-n-out.com SECOND: Wallie’s Diner, 108 E. 10th St., 833-2291, www.walliesdiner.com THIRD: Nation’s Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies, 3574 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8772, www.nationsrestaurants.com

Tracy Press readers know that De Vinci’s is the place to turn if you’re looking to feed a crowd with good food that won’t break a budget. From its Italian food to specialty treats, Mike Trotter and his group will make sure your banquetgoers rave about the food. FIRST: De Vinci’s Delicatessen & Catering, 27 W. 10th St., 835-6751, http:// devincisdeli.com/tracy.html SECOND: Mike Bacchetti, 836-5998 THIRD: Karin’s Exquisite Catering, 601-5401,

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“Good friends, great coffee” perfectly sums up Barista’s, Tracy’s favorite coffee house eight years running. This downtown hot spot is the perfect place to grab an espresso with close friends, and it features a friendly staff that creates unique snacks and specialty drinks that will keep you going back for more. FIRST: Barista’s Coffee House, 112 W. 10th St., 8306050, “Barista’s Coffee House” in Facebook.com SECOND: Starbucks, 2459 N. Naglee Road, 839-0875; 1857 W. 11th St., 830-1348; 501 W. Clover Road, 221-6755, www.starbucks.com THIRD: Java Makers, 835 S. Tracy Blvd., 839-9800

Whether you’re in the mood for a hot lunch or a mouthwatering sandwich, Gerard’s Deli is the place to be. For 31 years, the family-owned downtown deli has been serving unique and local creations, including unforgettable Thanksgivingon-a-plate, aka The Gobbler. Go hungry and leave full!

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ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE: A perennial Best of Tracy favorite, In-N-Out Burger is Tracy Press readers’ pick in 2011 for the city’s best burger — and best fast food, period.

FIRST: Gerard’s Deli, 939 Central Ave., 835-6655, “Gerard’s Deli & Hof Brau” on Facebook.com

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SECOND: De Vinci’s Delicatessen & Catering, 27 W. 10th St., 835-6751, http:// devincisdeli.com/tracy.html THIRD: Safeway, 1801 W. 11th

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FIRST: Magellan’s Restaurant, 15 E. Sixth St., 839-2333, www.magellans worldcuisine.com SECOND: Texas Roadhouse, 2422 Naglee Road, 830-1133, www.texasroadhouse.com THIRD: Olive Garden, 3140 Naglee Road, 835-9926, www.olivegarden.com

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FIRST: In-N-Out Burger, 575 W. Clover Road, 800-7861000, www-in-n-out.com

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SECOND: McDonald’s, 1820 W. 11th St., 835-2946; 3430 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-3200; 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 832-4510, www.mcdonalds.com

FIRST: Chilaberries, 2600 Tracy Blvd., 832-2669, www.chilaberries.com

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DINING III CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 marked with stars on the menu. The special chaat — a pair of samosas topped with chana masala, yogurt, cilantro and tamarind — makes a tastebud-tingling starter or light meal. FIRST: Dhaba, 2242 W. Grant Line Road, 835-9090, www.tracydhaba.com SECOND: Sansar, 430 W. Grant Line Road, 835-1100 or 925-487-4679 THIRD: Thai Café, 614 Central Ave., 832-3800, “Thai Café” on Facebook.com

Pull up a chair and grab some napkins, because it’s lunchtime at Gerard’s Deli. Voted Tracy’s Best of the Best for the 13th time, this eatery values its repeat and new customers with generous portions and friendly smiles. “We have had the pleasure to serve the people for 31 years,” owner Lynn Gonsalves said. “They have been so gracious and friendly. We are very fortunate.”

A PLEASURE: Sandwiches made to order by friendly folks and a hot-food counter that’s well-worth a visit have kept Gerard’s Deli the Best of the Best for lunch and Tracy’s favorite delicatessen year after year.

FIRST: Gerard’s Deli, 939 Central Ave., 835-6655, “Gerard’s Deli & Hof Brau” on Facebook.com SECOND: Thai Café, 614 Central Ave., 832-3800, “Thai Café” on Facebook.com

From lunch specials to dinner deals, Olive Garden near the West Valley Mall is a great place to grab perfect pasta — and maybe a glass or two of chianti — in Tracy.

THIRD: Applebee’s, 3060 Naglee Road, 834-0360, www.applebees.com

FIRST: Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 3140 N. Naglee Road, 835-9926, www.olive garden.com

A longtime favorite of downtown business folks and the crowd from Tracy High School, La Villa on 11th Street serves up quality, flavorful Mexican food with home-style flair.

SECOND: Fabio’s Restaurant, Bar & Gallery, 88 W. 10th St., 836-2012, www.fabios.biz THIRD: Strings, 2541 N. Naglee Road, 835-9040, www.stringscafe.com

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FIRST: La Villa Mexican Restaurant, 57 E. 11th St., 832-5032 SECOND: Casa Grande Mexican Bar & Grill, 30 W. 11th

For 11 years, Mountain Mike’s has been named Tracy’s Best of the Best. When asked what makes this pizzeria unique, owner Bob Sekhon said, “We have the world’s best pepperoni! We’re locally owned and operated with total focus on consistent quality and customer service.”

FIRST: Mountain Mike’s, 870 W. Schulte Road, 836-4141; 2260 W. Grant Line Road, Ste. 104, 836-8900, www.mountain mikes.com SECOND: Papa Murphy’s Pizza, 1892 W. 11th St., 8355000, www.papamurphys.com THIRD: Round Table, 2511 Naglee Road, 832-0058, www.roundtablepizza.com

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