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Meet the stars Favorite people Page 3: Howdy, neighbor! Get to know some of the folks who make Tracy go ’round.

Favorite businesses Page 8: Need a job done right? Try this list of the city’s tops in just about every area.

Favorite shopping Page 20: Whether it’s time for a spree or just time to pick up the groceries, these spots are a solid bet.

Favorite food Page 25: Next time you’re looking for a bite to eat, give one of these favorites a try.

Favorites for fun Page 28: Get ready for action with these good-time picks for local fun.

Community favorites Page 31: Take a peek and see if your hometown favorites made the list of Tracy’s best.

12 Monkeys Tattoos ............................................7

Fremont Pool Supply ........................................15

R2 Carpet Cleaning .............................................6

AAA Travel........................................................14

Gabbert Commercial Real Estate .......................13

Relax & Rejuvenate Day Spa .............................23

Academy of Performing Arts .............................21

Gail Gabbert ....................................................13

Richard’s Men’s & Formal Wear .........................29

Accent Carpets .................................................12

Gerard’s Deli ....................................................21

RM Property Management .................................4

Anthony Parisek, DDS .......................................12

Great Beginnings Pre-School ............................25

Ramona’s Housecleaning Service ......................16

Barista’s ..........................................................21

Harold K. Reichs Pharmacy .................................6

Ron Yerian .......................................................13

Bella Nails & Spa ..............................................20

Henry’s Auto Body ..............................................5

Safeway...........................................................14

Big-O-Tires .......................................................11

In-N-Out Burger ...............................................27

San Joaquin Carpet Service ...............................28

Blinds Etc. ..........................................................4

Janis Rainey .....................................................14

Sharon Gibson ..................................................21

Borncamp Painting ............................................9

Jeannette Pombo ...............................................9

Skelton Heating & Air Conditioning...................19

Cheryl Balatayo..................................................7

JZ Auto Sales ....................................................24

Solutions Medical Spa ........................................7

Clarks Pest Control ...........................................27

Kandi’s Pies & Pastries ......................................17

Steve Lopez........................................................5

Comfort Keepers ................................................3

Kumon Education .............................................19

Sunil Patel .......................................................32

Curran Real Estate ............................................23

La Villa Mexican Restaurant .............................15

Sunset Liquor ...................................................21

De Vinci’s .........................................................30

Law Offices of Sidney Alegre .............................15

Texas Roadhouse..............................................31

Dominique’s Landscaping & Maintenance .........32

Lighting Gallery .................................................4

Thai Cafe..........................................................29

Donna Baker ......................................................5

Little Flower Shop ............................................29

Three Suns Construction ...................................25

Dr. David Hartzell .............................................26

Louie the Plumber............................................23

Tracy Fire Department........................................9

Dr. Frank Ballestery..........................................26

M&M Automotive .............................................28

Tracy Glass Shop ...............................................24

Dr. Harpreet Grewal ...........................................8

M&M Builders Supply .......................................14

Tracy Mini Storage............................................19

Dr. Lance Matsune, DDS ......................................9

Mad Tatter .......................................................16

Tracy Orchard ...................................................17

Dr. Paul Teranishi, DDS .......................................9

Melinda Black ..................................................23

Tracy S&S Electric, Inc. ......................................17

Dr. Ralph Andrade ............................................23

Mira Bella Salon ...............................................18

Tri-Valley Carpets .............................................17

Dr. Tim Brown ....................................................8

Mountain Mikes Pizza ......................................22

Troy’s Body and Paint .......................................10

Dr. Trosien ................................................. 5 & 16

Nicholson Chiropractic .....................................29

Valerie Aldrete .................................................10

Dynasty Home Furnishings .................................4

On Top Hair Designs ..........................................10

Versailles Salon and Day Spa.............................30

Eaton Optometric Group ...................................26

Pampered Pet Boutique ...................................30

Waterstone Apartment ....................................24

Eileen Bournazian ............................................13

Park Avenue Cleaners .......................................16

Wells Fargo Bank Home Mortgage ....................14

Fagundes’ 10th Street Garage...........................11

Party Warehouse .............................................21

West Valley Bowl ..............................................11

Fit Force ...........................................................18

Patriot Pest Management ................................31

Ybarra Bros Jewelry..........................................17

Fitness 19.........................................................23

Pinnacle Roofing ..............................................27

Yogofina ..........................................................17

For Pet’s Sake .....................................................7

Quinto’s Martial Arts ..........................................3


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Favorite people Let’s face it — Tracy isn’t as small as it used to be. With 80,000-plus souls sharing the city’s streets and subdivisions, it’s harder to know everyone by name. Still, there are some folks whom everybody seems to recognize. These are some of those people.

Accountant With more than 4,000 clients, Bill Pollard Jr. is the largest single tax preparer in the area — and one of the most economical, too, according to his staff. Pollard’s firm, in business since 1990, prides itself on efficiency and has earned awards for accuracy from the IRS. Every return is double- or triple-checked, ensuring satisfaction and prompting clients to return and refer their friends.

with a focus on sports medicine and rehabilitation. A postdoctoral sports certification gives him insight into injuries to shoulders, knees and ankles, as well as the spine. He also coaches patients on at-home techniques for long-term relief. “I enjoy just being able to evaluate the patient and get them better and on their way, especially the ones who have had chronic problems,” Nicholson said.

at Tracy High School before that. He’s the namesake of the West High’s top-of-theline stadium. And this year, like so many years before, Steve Lopez is once again Best of the Best among Tracy’s coaches. First: Steve Lopez, West High School football Second: Pinkie Phillips, Tracy Tritons swim team

First: Larry Nicholson, Nicholson Chiropractic & Sports Care, 2022 Parker Ave., 836-0250

Third: Mark Stroup, Tracy High School football

Second: Tim Brown, Tracy Chiropractic Injury, Pain & Sports Care, 1458 Bessie Ave., 835-6625

Community volunteer

Second: Craig Mizuno, Mizuno CPA, 527 W. 11th St., 832-1611 Third: Kemper CPA, 929 N. Central Ave., 835-0246

Third: Ralph Andrade, Andrade Chiropractic, 2754 N. Tracy Blvd., 832-1996

Chiropractor

Coach

Larry Nicholson has provided Tracy with chiropractic services since 1992,

He’s coached football at West High School since the team’s founding — and

First: Bill Pollard Jr., 79 E. 11th St., 832-5110

W E A R E C O M F O RT K E E P E R S ® HELP IS HERE, TO PROVIDE We would like to thank all of our clients and networking partners for their support in voting us the Best of the Best of Tracy Non-medical In Home Care Provider. It has been our pleasure to serve you and your loved ones for the last seven years. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to serving you in the future. From our family to yours, Thank you, Pam & Dave Warta, our office staff and all the caregivers at Comfort Keepers #355.

S E RV I C E S • Companionship • Cooking, Light Housekeeping • Errands, Shopping • Incidental Transportation • Laundry • Recreation, Crafts • Grooming, Dressing Guidance • Medication Reminders • Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care • Personal Care Services: - Bathing, Hygiene - Incontinence Care - Many Others

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When the boys and girls of Tracy need a holiday meal and a present to unwrap at Christmas, or just someone to talk to, Gene Birk is ready to serve. “I keep busy,” he said. “I just think a lot of people enjoy doing help, helping people. My thing is kids.” Birk helps out with the Boys and

Girls Clubs of Tracy, Good Samaritan Community Services, Tracy Interfaith Ministries and other groups. But he’s best known as founder of Brighter Christmas, 30 years ago this year. He says most of his helpers are themselves youngsters, and most return year after year. “They tell me, ‘It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t help with Brighter Christmas,’” Birk said. “I just love it.”

AT QUINTO’S MARTIAL ARTS WE OWE OUR SUCCESS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS, STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES!

THANK YOU FOR VOTING QUINTO’S MARTIAL ARTS # 1 FOR THE 2ND YEAR IN A ROW FOR MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION IN TRACY.

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4 | BEST OF TRACY. First: Gene Birk, Brighter Christmas Second: Darlene Quinn, Tracy Interfaith Ministries

has to offer. A package is in the works to help folks “green up” their homes, too. “We’ve always had all these services, but we’re putting them together where people can see all the products,” Gail Gabbert said.

Third (tie): Steve Abercrombie, D.A.R.E. Third (tie): Charlene Reece

First: Carl Gabbert, Gabbert Construction, 833-5050

Third (tie): Rhonda Kay

Second: Three Suns Construction, 835-1029

Contractor

Third: John Melo, Melo Construction, 2235 N. MacArthur Drive, 835-7314

votes as their favorite handyman. Randy Fehlhafer has operated in town for about seven years and has two employees who work with him. “I do it all, big or small,” Fehlhafer said. First: Handy Randy, 800-399-1415 Second: Bruce Feller, Fix It Feller, 814-5999 Third: Ed Caparuso, 835-4196

First: Dr. Lance Matsune, 612 W. 11th St., Ste. 201, 835-8408 Second: Dr. Paul Teranishi, 612 W. 11th St., Ste. 201, 835-8408 Third (tie): Dr. Anthony Parisek, 2750 Naglee Road, 833-0020 Over three decades, Carl Gabbert of Gabbert Construction has developed a reputation for custom home building, remodeling and additions, agricultural structures, yard hardscaping and, most recently, drafting and design. Coming in the next few months is a design showroom, where clients can see all Gabbert

Third (tie): Dr. Royal Aaby, 1419 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-3821

Handyman Combining honesty, integrity and fair prices with a catchy name, Handy Randy has won Tracy Press readers’

Longtime Tracy resident Valerie Aldrete has styled hair for 30-plus years and owned On Top Hair and Nail Design in town the past nine.

“Thank You for Voting Us Best of the Best furniture store/department!’’

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Third: Terry Langley, State Farm Insurance, 11 W. 12th St., 835-1400

When it’s legal advice you need, a cheerful voice on the other end of the line goes far to reassure. A call to the Law Offices of Sidney Alegre promises just that — and that’s only the beginning. Alegre, a repeat Best of Tracy honoree, has practiced in town for more than a decade as a state-certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

First: Valerie Aldrete, On Top Hair & Nail Design, 458 E. 10th St., 835-3947 Second: Eileen Bournazian,

Arceli and Bob Hendricks (owners) would like to thank our customers and the Tracy community for your votes of confidence in naming us “Best of the Best 7 years in a row”. We sincerely try our very hardest to treat our customers special and take care of their needs, and we’re glad you noticed.

To Hendricks, if you buy quality, you will never need to worry about your lighting again.

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& modern furniture

furniture | decor | accessories | custom rugs

“We are grateful for your support and thank you for allowing us to inspire you with contemporary home designs and decor.’’ Jeff, Jessica & Kelly

Second: Paul Ritter, Ritter Insurance Agency, 2880 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-0776

Aldrete has attracted a local following with her focus on multidimensional color and cutting and hopes to expand her salon in the next year or two. For now, she remains dedicated to becoming the best she and her crew can be.

Stockton 2333 W. March Lane, Stockton CA 95207 Ph: 209.954.2567 Email: rmpmstockton@yahoo.com

contemporary

Insurance agent

Lawyer

Visit our website: rmpropertymanagement.com

RE/MAX Real Estate Center

Third (tie): Cheryl, Do or Dye Hair Design, 835-1716

“I love what I do, and I think that’s important,” she said.

Reasonable Fees 20+ Years Experience Superior Standard of Management

Tracy 2311-A N. Tracy Blvd, Tracy CA 95376 Ph: 209.832.1612 Email: rmpmtracy@yahoo.com

Third (tie): Jana Shields, Tangles Salon & Spa, 110 W. 10th St., 835-1355

First: Ron Yerian, Allstate Insurance, 4600 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 118, 832-2002

Thank You For Making Us #1! Reliable Knowledgeable Professional & Caring Attitude

Third (tie): Janet Corsaro, Tresses Salon, 205 W. 10th St., 481-3295

Allstate agent Ron Yerian, a lifelong Tracy resident, has been in the insurance business since the mid-1980s. He deals with all lines of insurance — home, auto, business and life — and he’s involved with local schools and other organizations. Plus, there’s always someone available when clients need help. Perhaps that’s why he’s this year’s pick for Tracy’s best insurance agent.

Hairstylist

Dentist Another year, another one-two sweep for Best of Tracy dentists and business partners Lance Matsune and Paul Teranishi. Matsune, who has practiced general dentistry in town the past 20 years, is loyal to his patients, and they’re loyal to him, voting him into this year’s top spot. The reason is simple, says office manager Nicole Weaver: “He’s just a good doctor.”

Creations Salon, 21 E. Sixth St., 834-4119

209.833.6181 2800 Auto Plaza Dr. #150, Tracy (Located behind Tracy Auto Mall)

Mon. 10am-6pm • Closed Tuesday • Wed.-Sat. 10am-6pm • Sun. 11am-4pm

Thanks for Voting Us the BEST of the BEST! Owner:

STEVE ARENA, 209-839-1790

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“It’s an honor,” Alegre said, “to have the people in Tracy consider you for this award.” First: Sidney Alegre, Law Offices of Sidney Alegre, 1103 Holly Drive, 830-2939 Second: Arch Bakerink, Bakerink, McCusker & Belden, 1030 Central Ave., 835-9592 Third: Chad Wood, Willbanks and Wood, 1047 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-9191

Massage therapist With 11 years’ experience in massage therapy, Melinda Black of Relax & Rejuvenate Day Spa specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Before she set out on her own three

years ago, locals might have seen her at Peaches and Cream Skin Care & Retreat. Other services at Relax & Rejuvenate include exfoliation, ear candling, reflexology, prenatal massage, facials and waxing. First: Melinda Black, Relax & Rejuvenate Day Spa, 1015 Central Ave., inside Hair Illusions, 914-2207 Second: Sharon Gibson, Helping Hands for Health, 1019 A St., 830-1702

Optometrist With state-of-the-art equipment, a patient-centered approach, and a praiseworthy team that includes fellow honoree Frank Balestrery, optometrist David Hartzell has earned a loyal following of Tracy residents. “It’s quite an honor,” he said. “I enjoy what I do — I enjoy my patients.”

Third (tie): Chantelle Reis, Heavenly Hands Massage, 227 E. 11th St., 830-1799

Hartzell attributes his success to treating each patient like a family member, and it seems to work. This year, Tracy Press readers have again voted him the Best of the Best.

Second: Dr. David Moline, Tracy Optometry Group, 36 W. 10th St., 8357446

Third (tie): Maria Sanchez, Versailles Salon and Day Spa, 1010 Central Ave., 836-1505

First: Dr. David Hartzell, Eaton Optometric, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 130, 835-1181

Third: Dr. Frank Balestrery, Eaton Optometric, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 130, 835-1181

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Thank you for your support & voting HENRY’S one of the Best of Tracy!

Steve Lopez Head Football Coach Merrill F. West High School

Thanks a Bunch for Voting me Best of the Best Real Estate Agent in Tracy 2009! What a lovely and kind compliment. I am so thankful for the ongoing support, loyalty and confidence of my clients. As one of our Baker’s Bunch Fans, we want to guide you through this uncertain time in the real estate market. It is crucial that if you or your family and friends are finding themselves in a difficult position regarding their home, such as not being able to make their house payments, loan modification etc., please call upon us. We care about you and want to help you make the best possible decision for your specific situation.

We will continue to provide quality work and service to our loyal customers and welcome new customers to try our services. Stop by the shop for our Summer Car Wash and Detail Specials!

Big Hugs Always!

DONNA A. BAKER, CRS ABR

Special thanks to Versailles and Tangles for your continued business and support!

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Orthodontist

First: Dr. Andrew Trosien, Trosien Orthodontics, 2850 N. Tracy Blvd., 833-1240

Second (tie): Amita Joshi, Affordable Pet Sitting, 321-4769

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

Second: Dr. Steven Jung, Orthodontics for Children & Adults, 1417 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-0977

Physician

Real estate agent A knowledgeable guide is essential in today’s real estate market. That’s where Donna Baker of At Home Real Estate Group comes in.

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

Pet sitter Many people start their own pet sitting businesses, but few stick with it — and succeed — like Tracy’s longtime favorite pet sitter, Cindy Rogers of For Pets’ Sake. From the moment they walk into Trosien Orthodontics, people can sense the difference. With a coffee-shopinspired waiting room, a high-spirited staff and raffles for iPods and winetasting tours — that’s right, about 40 percent of Trosien’s patients are adults — this dentist’s office is designed to be fun, not frightening. “People get fired up about it,” Trosien said. “They end up liking to be here, wanting to come here.” Trosien, who also teaches orthodontics at University of California, San Francisco, provides across-the-board treatment, handling braces, TMJ problems and sleep apnea, as well as more complicated cases.

“It’s something you need to commit seven days a week,” Rogers said. “And you’ve got to love animals, because the animals know if you don’t.” Rogers, who took over For Pets’ Sake in 1991 when her sister-in-law moved out of the area, cares for pets in their homes while folks are on vacation. She offers midday visits for commuters’ pets, too, which makes up about half of her business. She’ll even tend to livestock — horses, sheep, goats, cows — whose owners are out of the area.

Word-of-mouth has helped Dr. Harpreet Grewal, a board-certified family practitioner, build his practice and earn Tracy Press readers’ votes this year as Best of the Best. Since 1985, he and his wife, Dr. Puneet Grewal, an internist, have operated out of Tracy Medical Group on Eaton Avenue. The name of the game, he said, is access: Grewal sees patients Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, just as he has the past two decades. “When people need us, we are here,” he said.

First: Cindy Rogers, For Pets’ Sake, 836-8981

First: Dr. Harpreet Grewal, Tracy Medical Group, 530 W. Eaton Ave., 835-4232

Second (tie): Dan’s Dependable Petsitting, 833-3642

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

Baker is an expert in residential real estate and short sales, but just as important, she is unfailingly optimistic and genuinely cares about her clients, whom she counts as much as part of her family as her husband, daughter and son. “No matter what the market is, my clients are always there for me,” Baker said. “My tagline is, if you want a friend for life, hire me as your realtor.” First: Donna Baker, At Home Real Estate Group, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 140, 832-1940 Second: Jeanette Pombo, Pombo Real Estate, 835-4949 Third: Gail Gabbert, Gabbert Commercial Real Estate, 1852 W. 11th St., Ste. 337, 833-5050

Harold K. Reich’s PHARMACY We would like to thank our loyal customers for voting us #1 11 years in a row.

“Where you know your pharmacist & your pharmacist knows you.” 39 W. Tenth Street ~ In Downtown Tracy ~ 209-835-1832

R2 Carpet Cleaning has been servicing the Tracy and San Joaquin Valley for over seven years. Detail Cleaning and customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Repeat business and referrals are commonplace with our pride in workmanship and certified training.

“THANK YOU ALL OF MY CUSTOMERS FOR VOTING US BEST OF THE BEST 2 YEARS IN A ROW.”

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Veterinarian This year, Tracy’s Best of the Best veterinarian is Kecia Valdez of Jules Veterinary Center. While she and her colleagues provide all aspects of care for dogs, cats, small pets and lizards, Valdez’s forte is surgery. All surgeries are performed at the center, she said, excluding neurological work on the spine and brain.

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“I think the most rewarding thing is just the human-animal bond,” she said. “People who experience that and open themselves up to that … I mean, it’s pretty amazing to see what it helps people through.”

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First: Kecia Valdez, Jules Veterinary Center, 1855 W. 11th St., 833-7387 Second: Thomas R. Ross, Veterinary Services, 840 W. Schulte Road, 836-0796 Third: James Matteson, Tracy Veterinary Clinic, 20 W. Grant Line Road, 835-0626

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Thank you for voting us Best of the Best for the third 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, Nina, Janine, Ron, Sandy, Kathy and Jacquelyn.


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Favorite business Business is business, they say — nothing personal. Not so for you. You’ve got your prized preschool, your beloved beauty salon, your darling dog-groomer, your treasured travel agency, your favorite pharmacy, your cherished carpet cleaner. When it comes to your relationship with these local businesses, it’s as personal as it gets. Auto dealership — new

Auto body

First: Stan Morri Ford Mercury, 3500 Auto Plaza Way, 835-4821 Second: Tracy Honda, 3450 Auto Plaza Way, 832-1400 Third: Tracy Toyota, 2895 N. Naglee Road, 888-269-1323

Over the past few years, Troy’s Body and Paint has been climbing the Best of Tracy rankings with its dedication to good work and timely service. The shop handles auto body and paint work, of course, but also restoration and full detailing.

Auto dealership — used

“We just take care of our customers,” Troy’s manager Chris Jones said. “We give them what they pay for.” First: Troy’s Body and Paint, 7474 W. 11th St., 832-2943 or 832-5820

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Second: Anthony’s Auto Body & Paint, 24195 S. Chrisman Road, 835-9201

A perennial favorite with Tracy Press readers, Stan Morri Ford Mercury is a family-owned dealership committed to its customers. The dealership offers dozens of models — from economical choices priced in the mid-teens all the way up to luxury vehicles — and the experienced sales staff is always ready to discuss the options.

Third (tie): Tracy Body and Fender Works, 56 W. Grant Line Road, 835-5472 Third (tie): Discovery Auto Body, 4171 Industrial Way, 836-4893

Stan Morri Ford Mercury also offers used vehicles of many makes and models. If something’s not in stock, the dealership promises to find it. It’s all in a day’s work for Tracy’s Best of the Best dealership. First: Stan Morri Ford Mercury, 3500 Auto Plaza Way, 835-4821 Second: Tracy Honda, 3450 Auto Plaza Way, 832-1400 Third (tie): Tracy Toyota, 2895 N. Naglee Road, 888-269-1323 Third (tie): JZ Auto Sales, 575 W. Grant Line Road, 833-7300

Tracy Medical Group / Dr. H. Grewal

Dr. Tim Brown and Staff would like to thank everyone who voted him Best of Tracy 2009!

would like to thank our patients for their support!

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Auto maintenance

“Bank of America helps build strong communities by creating opportunities for people — including customers, shareholders and associates — to fulfill their dreams,” Kenneth D. Lewis, bank CEO and president, said in a prepared statement.

Tracy residents know they can trust their cars and trucks to Richard and Susan Moe at M&M Automotive. After all, they’ve been in business at the same 10th Street address since June 1977. Specializing in general automotive repair — which, Susan assures us, covers everything — the shop has earned customers’ recommendations with timely work and dependable service, year after year.

The bank provides the full range of financial services for local folks, as well as the latest technological innovations, including super-secure online and mobile banking tools. First: Bank of America, 111 W. 10th St., 839-2735; 3120 W. Grant Line Road, 8398159; and 875 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-2810.

First: M&M Automotive, 60 E. 10th St., 835-7071 Second: Fagundes 10th Street Garage, 137 E. 10th St., 835-4471

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Third: Auto Specialties, 7918 W. 11th St., 833-3880

With three centers in Tracy, including the big brick building downtown, Bank of America is this year’s Best of the Best.

Barbershop Time for a trim? The votes are in: This year, Tracy Press readers’ favorite spot for a haircut is Hairitage Barbershop on 12th Street. First: Hairitage Barbershop, 7 W. 12th St., 835-4048

Second: Wells Fargo, 1900 W. 11th St., 835-5752

Second (tie): Golden’s Barber Shop, 324 W. 11th St., 835-8276

Third: Bank of Stockton, 1175 S. Tracy Blvd., 820-2000

Second (tie): Al’s Barbershop, 1292 W. 11th St., 836-0833

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Beauty salon

Building/lumber supply Car rental

This year, two salons shared the stage as Best of the Best: On Top Hair & Nail Design and Versailles Salon & Day Spa. On Top Hair & Nail Design, a small salon with a big reputation among Tracy Press readers, is making plans to expand not too far down the road. For now, though, owner Valerie Aldrete’s four longtime hairdressers, two nail technicians, and one assistant emphasize a personal touch, providing reminder calls before each appointment and refreshments for clients. “Even though we’re small, we try to make them feel special,” she said. When Jonie Endo started up Versailles Salon & Day Spa almost four years ago, her clients told her she needed a tag line to draw people in. Their suggestion? “Big-city style, small-town charm.” That’s just what folks can count on from this full-service salon, which offers hair styling, nail design, permanent and regular makeup, massage, and skin care from a friendly staff of 27. “We have such a seasoned crew,” Endo said. “People love that.”

M&M Builders Supply, now in its 63rd year on 11th Street at the eastern city limit, stocks what contractors and do-it-yourselfers need for their building tasks — from framing a new house to assembling models for a child’s classroom project. The business has a door shop and stocks pressure-treated lumber, utility poles, fence posts, framing lumber, plywood and a wide variety of moldings.

First (tie): On Top Hair & Nail Design, 458 E. 10th St., 835-3947 First (tie): Versailles Salon & Day Spa, 1010 Central Ave., 836-1505 Second: Tangles — Salon & Spa, 110 W. 10th St., 835-1355; Hair Studio, 118 W. 10th St., 835-1115 Third: Mira Bella Salon, 63 W. 10th St., 839-8184

First: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 3500 Auto Plaza Way, inside Stan Morri Ford, 835-3600 Second: Hertz, 2830 Auto Plaza Drive, Ste. 110, 832-0102 Third: Budget, 551 W. Grant Line Road, 834-8073

Carpet cleaning

Second: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975

Chuck Artoux of R2 Carpet Cleaning, a repeat Best of Tracy honoree, specializes in cleaning up after families with pets and kids. It’s a tough business, he said, but he prides himself on his attention to detail and longstanding customer relations, and he’s certified in odor control.

Third: Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St., 834-2808

“I do every square inch,” Artoux said. “I don’t leave anything unturned.”

First: M&M Builders Supply, 8010 E. 11th St., 835-4172

First: R2 Carpet Cleaning, 835-6934

Car wash/detail Whether you wait to see “wash me” on the windshield or prefer to keep your ride looking spiffy, RAS Car Wash & Detail Center is ready to help. Voted Best of the Best again in 2009, RAS provides full-service washes and detailing, as well as space for the doit-yourself crowd. First: RAS Car Wash & Detail Center, 124 E. 11th St., 836-3039 Second: Tracy Handwash Detail and Lube, 2480 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-8596 Third: Henry’s, 468 E. 10th St., 839-6805

Second (tie): At Your Service Carpet Cleaning, 832-2863 Second (tie): Saaby’s, 835-2886 Many businesses attribute their success to friendly employees and customer service, but Tracy’s Enterprise Rent-a-Car takes that philosophy a step further, according to branch manager Saul Magana. “We like to make our customers laugh,” he said. “Most of the time, customers are dealing with an icky situation. We’ve got to lighten their mood somehow.” The car rental company provides replacement rentals while people’s cars are in the shop, as well as retail and corporate accounts.

Third (tie): Coit Drapery & Upholstery Cleaners, 832-0842 Third (tie): San Joaquin Carpet Service, 740-5810

Coffee house Tracy’s favorite coffee shop is rapidly becoming a downtown landmark among caffeine addicts and others just looking for a friendly place to hang out in town. Run by Harish and Nalini Patel, Barista’s offers plenty of unique coffee

ON TOP HAIR & NAIL DESIGN

Thank you for voting me #1 Hairstylist.

To our valued customers, we at Troy’s Body & Paint would like to say Thank You for letting us serve the Tracy Area for over 12 Years. It’s a great community, we are honored to serve the Tracy town.

Thank you for voting us one of the Best Hair & Nail Salons in Tracy!

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options, along with tea and chocolate-based drinks, snacks and pastries. Regulars can look forward to personal greetings from the staff and the owners, frequently found behind the bar, but every visitor benefits from the shop’s warmth and upbeat atmosphere few places can match. First: Barista’s, 112 W. 10th St., 830-6050 Second: Starbucks, 1857 W. 11th St., 830-1348; 2459 N. Naglee Road, 8390875; and 569 Clover Road, 221-6755 Third: Java Makers, 835 S. Tracy Blvd., 839-9800; and 2179 W. Grant Line Road, 832-9598

Cellular phone sales

Second: Verizon Wireless, West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 832-1764 Third: T-Mobile, 2114 W. Grant Line Road, 839-8157; and West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 832-0800 or 839-0227

Dog grooming Pampered Pet Boutique in the Safeway shopping center opened its grooming division just a year ago, but already it’s been named Tracy’s best. The reason is simple, according to Alaycia Garcia, who owns the boutique with husband Rick. “We’re here for the pets,” she said. “They’re No. 1 here.” The shop’s three groomers and two bathers offer full-service grooming for dogs and cats in a modern, clean environment. First: Pampered Pet Boutique, 1839 W. 11th St., 833-7600 Second: Linda’s 4 Paws Pet Grooming, 14 W. 11th St., 835-7234 Third: Petsmart, 2477 Naglee Road, 836-6083

Cell phones are ubiquitous these days, and in Tracy, AT&T-serviced cell phones are nearly as widespread. Promising all-over coverage, rollover minutes and deals on the latest phones — including Apple’s iPhone — AT&T remains Tracy’s Best of the Best. First: AT&T, 2986 W. Grant Line Road, 834-1368

Dry cleaning Professional dry cleaning at competitive prices kept Park Avenue Cleaners at the top of the list again this year, earning readers’ votes as Best of the Best. The shop handles both clothing and household cleaning, including drapes, area rugs and sleeping bags.

“We do offer the lowest price, guaranteed, in the whole town,” owner Mike Brar said. “What we offer, nobody’s offering that.” First: Park Avenue Cleaners, 2529 N. Tracy Blvd., 832-3706 Second: DeLux Dry Cleaners, 24 E. 10th St., 835-3346 Third (tie): Tracy Valley Cleaners, 785 S. Tracy Blvd., 832-7400; and 1880 W. 11th St., 833-1600 Third (tie): Italy Cleaners, 1833 W. 11th St., 839-1234 Third (tie): Express Drive-Thru Cleaners, 2271 W. Grant Line Road, Ste. 118, 833-1742

Electrical service/ repair After 25 years, Tracy S&S Electric Inc. knows what to do — and Tracy Press readers know who to call. S&S is ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week when it comes to commercial and residential electrical needs. From installing ceiling fans and spas to repair work — the list is a mile long. First: S&S Electric, 835-2040 Second: Roy’s Electric, 23775 Chrisman Road, 835-6688 Third: AC/DC Electric, 832-1212

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12 | BEST OF TRACY. First: Hedy Holmes Staffing Service, 2766 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-6555

Embroidery

Second: Select Staffing (formerly Westaff), 324 E. 11th St., Ste. B1, 836-9630 Third: Adecco Employment Service, 1036 W. Robinhood Drive, in Stockton, 957-7167 (Tracy office on West Clover Road has closed)

Fitness/health club When it comes to personalizing clothes and promotional materials, Tracy Embroidery has Tracy Press readers’ votes, three years running. Owner Paul Heally prides his 10-year-old shop on providing in-house digitizing for each piece of embroidery work. That’s not as easy as it might sound, he warned — “It’s a very challenging art form” — but his staff has the experience to handle it. First: Tracy Embroidery, 221 E. 11th St., Unit B, 832-3514 Second: Tracy Awards & Embroidery, 48 W. 10th St., 836-5029

Employment agency Now more than ever, many folks are looking for a little help finding a job. Hedy Holmes Staffing Service may have the answer, with employee placement in a variety of industries. As for workplace solutions, Hedy Holmes offers a local angle on everything from temporary to executive-level positions.

From the gym on 11th Street to the resort-style health club on Tracy Boulevard, In-Shape Health Clubs offers something for anyone looking for a place to work out, get fit or just have some active fun. Both local sites have Kids Clubs, extensive class offerings and all the basics, and the Tracy Boulevard club features tennis and racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and waterslides for the summer months. What’s not to love? First: In-Shape City, 239 W. 11th St., 833-3370; and In-Shape Sports Club, 101 S. Tracy Blvd., 836-2504 Second: Fitness 19, 2311 N. Tracy Blvd., Ste. B, 836-8787 Third: World Gym, 2340 East St., 836-3488

the past 4½ years. Dedicated floral designers arrange fresh flowers for all occasions, from births to weddings to funerals, and everything in between. Recently, the shop has started to stock a larger selection of gifts, too. “We just follow the old adage where the customer is always right,” Karen Ferrante said. “They are the most important thing to us in this store, and everybody knows that.” First: Little Flower Shop, 84 W. 11th St., 835-1534 Second: Flower Pavillion, 98 W. 10th St., 836-3751 Third: Cottage Gardens, 901 Central Ave., 832-7266

Gas station With a prime location near the Interstate 205 entrance, Safeway’s gas station at 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road is poised to provide fuel for Tracy residents’ commutes — and with frequent discounts for Safeway shoppers, it capitalizes on its advantage. That makes Safeway the favorite fill-up spot for Tracy Press readers again in 2009. First: Safeway, 1804 W. 11th St.

Florist

Second: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road

The Little Flower Shop has been a Tracy institution for more than six decades, and owners Rich and Karen Ferrante have carried on that tradition

Third: Chevron, 775 S. Tracy Blvd.; 3775 N. Tracy Blvd.; 2615 W. Grant Line Road; 1960 W. 11th St.; and 3400 N. MacArthur Drive

Carpets

Window Coverings

Vinyl

Hardwood Floors

Glass service/repair Jason and Toni Cooper are the third husband-and-wife team to own Tracy Glass Shop since it first opened its doors in 1946, and with their son, David, they’ve maintained a tradition of family-run excellence. The Coopers handle window replacement, shower enclosures, mirrors, auto glass and even broken picture frames for their customers. “We’re an all-around glass shop,” Toni Cooper said. “You have to be, today.” First: Tracy Glass Shop, 69 W. Sixth St., 835-1472 Second: D&C Roadrunner Glass Co., 464 E. 10th St., 836-1725 Third: Borge’s Glass, 7928 W. 11th St., 836-4209

Heating and air conditioning When it’s hot in Tracy, it’s hot. Tracy residents need to be able to count on their air conditioning — and that’s where Skelton Heating & Air Conditioning comes into play. After 23 years in town, the company’s superior, prompt service and loyalty to its customers stand out for both residential and commercial heating and air conditioning. First: Skelton Heating & Air Conditioning, 5431 W. Grant Line Road, 832-7602

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Second: Church Heating & Air Conditioning, 7580 Carmelo Ave., 835-2364

Second: Fairfield Inn, 2410 Naglee Road, 833-0135

Third: JC Rego Refrigeration, Heat and Air, 2259 N. MacArthur Drive, 836-5353

Third: Holiday Inn Express, 3751 Tracy Blvd., 830-8500

Housecleaning

home care Since Pam and Dave Warta founded Comfort Keepers in 2002, the group has grown to include 24 bonded and insured caregivers who help clients with day-to-day living, from cooking and laundry to running errands.

First: Dominique’s Landscape Maintenance, 835-1169

“I think people feel incredibly comfortable when they’re here,” office manager Nina Romano said. “Once they come in, they always come back.”

Third (tie): C&M Landscaping, 800-399-8152 Third (tie): Max Galvao & Sons, 833-1216

First: Comfort Keepers, 120 E. 12th St., Ste. A, 832-1333 Second: Hospice of San Joaquin, 957-3888 Third: Home Instead Senior Care, 933-9737

Hotel Tracy’s Hampton Inn opened in 1999 and has grown into readers’ favorite place to stay in the city. Near the mall and Interstate 205, the hotel provides a friendly staff and welcoming environment, complimentary hot breakfast, heated pool, spa and gym, and discount deals at local restaurants to the families and business travelers who stay there.

Given the choice, few people enjoy spending their free time cleaning house. Still, carpets must be vacuumed, trinkets must be dusted, and windows must be washed. That’s where Molly Maid comes in. With services tailored to fit any household, this local favorite agency ensures that plenty of Tracy residents are free to do what they like with their time off. First: Molly Maid, 800-665-5962 Second: Merry Maids, 832-0900 Third: Ramona’s House Cleaning Service, 914-1409

Landscaping To handle Tracy residents’ yard main-

Thank you for voting us Best of Tracy. Our customers are the greatest! Gabbert Construction, Inc Carl Gabbert, Contractor

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Laser/cosmetic surgery

Second: Tracy Landscaping, 835-4397

“Our goal is to do interactive caregiving,” said Linda Walker, care coordinator. “We’re there when they need us.”

First: Hampton Inn, 2400 Naglee

tenance needs, Dominique’s Landscape Maintenance calls on decades of experience with mowing, edging, trimming, sprinkler work and landscaping. A repeat favorite of Best of Tracy voters, Dominique’s takes pride in trustworthiness, consistency — they’ll be there when they say they will — and a job well done.

Since August 2005, registered nurse Veronica Yerian of Solutions Medical Spa has specialized in Botox and laser hair removal, along with other injectables, skin care and facials. Meanwhile, Yerian’s crew gives the medical spa a personal touch, ensuring that clients feel welcome.

First: Solutions Medical Spa, 4600 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 118, 834-0744 Second: McNemar Cosmetic Surgery, 2160 W. Grant Line Road, Ste. 250, 834-0626

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Third: Zeiter Eye Medical Group, 36 W. 10th St., 834-0700

“We like to be noticed, but not put in the spotlight.”

Massage therapy

Loan/mortgage

First: M&M Builders Supply, 8010 E. 11th St., 835-4172

Massage Envy opened its doors in Tracy in July 2007, and it quickly gathered steam — and a devoted client base — through word-of-mouth recommendations and its involvement with local events and fundraisers. Manager Jen Okulanis says the shop’s 25 therapists offer full-body massages tailored to each client’s needs, including hotstone and prenatal treatments. Plus, in response to community feedback, Massage Envy has extended its hours to serve local commuters.

For loans and mortgages, Wells Fargo has earned the trust of Best of Tracy voters — and these days, that’s no small feat. The bank offers lending options that can be customized to people’s needs, whether it’s time to buy, refinance, or just check out the options.

Second: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975 Third: Sherman Landscape & Masonry Supply, 23100 S. Kasson Road, 839-9778

Nail salon

First: Wells Fargo, 1900 W. 11th St., 835-5752 Second (tie): FTM Mortgage, 44 W. 10th St., 836-0363

First: Massage Envy, 2463 N. Naglee Road, 839-1919

Second (tie): Bank of America, 111 W. 10th St., 839-2735; 3120 W. Grant Line Road, 839-8159; and 875 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-2810

Second: Relax & Rejuvenate Day

Third: Peaches & Cream Skin Care and Retreat, 118 E. 11th St., 833-6211

Optometry/eyewear In the quarter-century since David Hartzell and Frank Balestrery started Eaton Optometric, Tracy has grown from a rural farming community to a city of 80,000 — and their practice has grown to match it. Eight years ago, they welcomed a third associate, Glen Ozawa, and four years later, the group moved to a larger office equipped with technology once available only at universities or research centers. With a personal touch and state-of-the-art care,

Third (tie): Janice Rainey, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 815-5811 Third (tie): Mortgage Masters, 672 W. 11th St., Ste. 104, 836-9000

Masonry and landscape supply When Tracy homeowners set out to landscape a yard, M&M Builder’s Supply is the place they turn for plant stock, lumber, paving materials, soil — even advice. Owner Shawn Kelley says M&M does a bit of everything to provide what its customers need. “We’re just doing the same as everybody else, the best we can,” he said.

For the past three years, the staff at Bella Nails has treated customers as a priority and ensured that folks always leave satisfied. In turn, those satisfied customers have chosen Bella Nails as Tracy’s best nail salon of 2009. The salon specializes in pedicures, glitter nails and a variety of nail care services. First: Bella Nails, 2242 W. Grant Line Road, 832-8031 Second: On Top Hair & Nail Design, 458 E. 10th St., 835-3947 Third: Nails Elite, 1140 Adam St., 833-9711

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16 | BEST OF TRACY. Eaton Optometric offers just what folks are looking for. First: Eaton Optometric, 4598 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 130, 835-1181

they get down to the business of keeping local homes free of pests that crawl, jump, fly, dig or bite. First: Clark Pest Control, 835-8078

Second: Tracy Optometry, 36 W. 10th St., 835-7446

Second: Patriot Pest Management, 835-8005

Third: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340

Third (tie): Consumer’s Choice Pest Control, 832-0995

Painting service

Third (tie): Delk Pest Control, 522-0334

Year after year, Tracy Press readers have named Borncamp Painting their top pick for interior, exterior and residential painting — and for good reason. After 34 years in the business, the Borncamp family — Ford, Lisa, and their son, Jeff — know how to do the job right.

For the past 10 years, Tom Pombo has been the one-man show behind Louie the Plumber, handling residential repairs and some remodeling. Linda Pombo, who handles the business’ books, attributes her brother-inlaw’s success to his relationship with his customers.

Second: Tracy Painting, 830-8502

“They’re very understanding, and a lot of times they’ll wait,” she said. “I think it is loyalty. They know he’s honest.”

Third (tie): In & Out Painting, 888724-6881 Third (tie): Fresh Coat Painting, 793 S. Tracy Blvd., Ste. 323, 390-4326

First: Louie the Plumber, 835-8357 Reich’s Pharmacy, a longtime presence in downtown Tracy, has built a reputation for good, small-town service by offering local residents more than what’s expected. Limited Time Offer! Comforters Any Size Prepaid NO LIMIT! Excludes: Down Comforters & Feather Beds. One coupon per customer Not valid with any other offer. Expires 9/31/09

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Pool service/repair When folks visit Fremont Pool Supply, they’ll find aboveground pools, spas, chemicals and hard-to-find parts — but that’s not all. Company president Richard Cote and his staff also try to educate customers and get to know them by name. “A lot of customers tell us this is a fun place to come and buy pool stuff,” Cote said. First: Fremont Pool Supply, 475 W. Grant Line Road, 833-9200 Second: John’s Pool/Westside Pool, 835-1250 Third: KLM Pool Services, 836-3073

Preschool/child care Plumbing

First: Borncamp Painting, 835-7000

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

Third: Longs Drugs, 1885 W. 11th St., 836-2300; 3320 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-2162; and 836-5312

Looking for something more complex? Lisa Borncamp specializes in faux-finish techniques, creating the look of marble, granite, wood and other surfaces.

The folks at Clark Pest Control are proud of what they do, but you won’t find them bragging about it. Instead,

The pharmacy provides personalized services that include delivery, medication management and unit-dose packaging. Reich’s also runs a medical supply shop a few doors down — the only one in town.

Second: Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., 830-2955

Pharmacy

“We go out of our way to try and take care of our customer,” Ford Borncamp said.

Pest control

“We probably do a little bit extra in terms of meeting our customers’ needs,” said owner Harold Reich, a Tracy native. “Our customer base is pretty loyal.”

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With more than 20 years of experience in the field, the folks at RM Property Management provide full monthly service and tenant procurement options for property owners in Tracy and Mountain House, specializing in non-owner-occupied residential properties. They promise to professionally handle all the details for a reasonable fee.

This year, two real estate agencies split the top spot — Realty World Millennium and Century 21 M&M.

“We’re reliable,” said manager Wendy Andrews. “We care about what we do.” First: R.M. Property Management, 2311-A N. Tracy Blvd., 832-1612 Second: Jordan Group/Corral Hollow Property Management, 104 W. Tenth St., 835-1315 Third: Portfolio Property Associates, 834-0551

Realty World Millennium, a collection of nearly four dozen real estate agents, loan experts and property managers working out of a 10,000square-foot building on 11th Street, helps buyers find bank properties and sellers handle short sales, as well as working with lenders. “We have everything under one roof,” broker David Ormonde said. Century 21 M&M and Associates handles residential, commercial and agricultural real estate, specializing in bank-owned properties and short

sales. The agency capitalizes on an emphasis on online and new-media marketing, using tools including Facebook and Twitter.

Roofing service/repair Pinnacle Roofing Co. has spent eight of the past 10 years atop the Best of Tracy listings, and owner Jerry Yerian figures the reason is simple: He puts the same roofs on customers’ houses as he would put on his own.

“We’re the No. 1 Century 21 in the company,” said Larry Matos, president and broker. First (tie): Realty World Millennium, 1486 W. 11th St., 835-4545

The company offers a full line of residential and commercial roofing, with an emphasis on high-end homes and all kinds of reflective roofing.

First (tie): Century 21 M&M and Associates, 912 W. 11th St., 835-2121 Second: Coldwell Banker TVG, 403 W. 11th St., 836-9100

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Third (tie): Curran-GMAC Real Estate, 445 W. 11th St., Ste. A, 835-4000

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Third (tie): Gabbert Commercial Real Estate, 1852 W. 11th St., Ste. 337, 833-5050

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Seamstress/ tailor/alterations Looking for the perfect fit? On top of 15 years’ experience handling alterations for Tracy residents, downtown shop owner Moe Hatef recently added bridal and tuxedo rental services at Tracy Alteration & Bridal, a frequent favorite of local voters. “Our primary goal is the satisfaction of customers,” he said. First: Tracy Alteration & Bridal, 902 Central Ave., Ste. 4, 832-0249 Second (tie): Richard’s Men’s Wear, 70 W. 10th St., 835-4684 Second (tie): Brenda’s Fashions, 738 Central Ave., Ste. A, 839-8506 Third: DeLux Dry Cleaners, 24 E. 10th St., 835-3346

Storage facility Perhaps Public Storage’s prime location on 11th Street, right in town, gives it an edge over the competition. Whatever the reason, this self-storage provider has topped the lists again this

year, earning Tracy Press readers’ votes as Best of the Best. First: Public Storage, 1615 W. 11th St., 830-1880 Second (tie): Tracy Self Storage, 250 W. Valpico Road, 830-7509 Second (tie): JT Storage, 2480 Toste Road, 835-6599 Third: Tracy Mini Storage, 385 Enterprise Place, 835-3000

Tanning salon How did Down Under Tanning Center defend its Best of the Best title this year? Simple enough, says manager Kris Toll. Clients arrive to a friendly greeting and welcoming banter; the facility is kept spotless, and Down Under provides 20 tanning rooms, five levels of tanning, a spray booth, and even customized airbrush tanning, along with extended hours and discount packages. First: Down Under Tanning Center, 1831 W. 11th St., 833-8268 Second: A Perfect Tan, 2227 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-8263

Tattoo parlor Tracy’s favorite tattoo parlor is celebrating 10 years downtown — and a sixth straight year atop the Best of Tracy lists. The four artists at 12 Monkeys emphasize cleanliness in the shop, maintaining up-to-date safety training and a bright, sterile workspace,

adorned with samples of original artwork. They’ll help folks pick out a design or create one to fit. First: 12 Monkeys, 917 Central Ave., 839-1265 Second (tie): Blue Moon, 2306 East St., 835-8413 Second (tie): Mad Tatter, 209 W. 10th St., 830-7203 Third: Pins & Needles, 64 W. 11th St., 839-8287

Tire shop What keeps locals going back to Big O Tires, a Tracy institution for almost 26 years? Adaptability might be the key. When customers asked for more economical choices, Big O responded by exchanging some name-brand tires for less expensive models. The local shop is also putting the finishing touches on a major renovation of the interior and the workspaces where employees handle tire replacements, alignment, brakes and oil changes.

Travel agency After 28 years, the familiar faces of Old World Travel Services are still providing Tracy residents with full-service travel planning, including cruises, tours and group travel to all destinations. Plus, co-owner Nance Jaques says Old World’s recent change to a home-based agency gives agents the flexibility to adapt to each client’s schedule and needs. First: Old World Travel Service, 836-3570 Second: Tracy Travel, 902 Central Ave., Ste. 214, 839-9200 Third: AAA Travel, 2102 W. Grant Line Road, 833-5900

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Second: America’s Tire Co., 2785 W. Grant Line Road, 834-2858

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Third (tie): Les Schwab Tire Center, 3260 W. Grant Line Road, 835-4029

First: Tracy Kumon Center, 1884 W. 11th St., 833-9400

Third (tie): Cox Bros. Tire Service, 507 E. 11th St., 835-0880

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Since August 2002, the three doctors of Jules Veterinary Center have cared for Tracy’s dogs and cats, small pets and lizards. The center is open six days a week and stays open late four nights for commuters. Jules also sponsors a free spay-andneuter drive for feral and stray cats each year that has fixed close to 1,000 felines since the clinic opened. “Everyone that works here, I feel that they genuinely care about every patient,” veterinarian Kecia Valdez said. First: Jules Veterinary Center, 1855 W. 11th St., 833-7387 Second: Tracy Veterinary Clinic, 20 W. Grant Line Road, 835-0626

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Favorite shopping Everyone needs stuff. Everyone wants stuff. And everyone knows there are plenty of places to get that stuff over the hills. But what we also know is that there are great places to get the same stuff (and even better) right here in our hometown. So get ready, get set — and shop local.

Apparel — men’s Year in and year out, Tracy’s favorite men’s clothing store is Richard’s Men’s Wear, a stalwart, independently owned downtown presence. Need a tux? Richard’s can help. Looking for a suit? Step right up. Prefer a Press file photo more casual style? No problem. Richard’s is a perennial winner in the men’s apparel category for good reason.

First: Richard’s Men’s Wear, 70 W. 10th St., 835-4684 Second: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353 Third: Target, West Valley Mall, 2800 Naglee Road, 833-3494

When growing boys and girls need new clothes for playtime or back-to-school, Target has the right styles for the right prices. In addition to trendy looks and classic basics, Target also carries school uniforms.

Apparel — women’s

First: Target, West Valley Mall, 2800 Naglee Road, 833-3494

Long before the West Valley Mall, ever since the department store first opened in downtown Tracy, local women have counted on JCPenney. These days, as a mall anchor, the retailer offers trendsetting styles and favorite brands for women of all shapes and ages. First: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353 Second: Gap Outlet, 1005 E. Pescadero Ave., 839-1005 Third: Blush Boutique, 24 W. 10th St.

Apparel — children’s

Second: JCPenney, West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road, 839-9353 Third: Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786

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lend a hand — and that makes Kragen Tracy’s Best of the Best.

Second: Spencer Floor Covering, 154 W. 10th St., 835-5537

Carpet and flooring

First: Kragen Auto Parts, 3323 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-0606; and 1210 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-0677

Third: Tri-Valley Carpets, Kitchens & Baths, 2358 East St., 836-4332

Second: Napa Auto Parts, 80 E. 11th St., 835-7014

Department store

Third: Monument Car Parts, 208 E. 11th St., 835-3514

Bargain/discount store Wal-Mart is Tracy’s largest discount store, and also its favorite. The giant retailer offers a garden center, tire and lube services, a pharmacy and vision center, photo processing, a fabric and crafts department and everything else the bargain-minded shopper might need. First: Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786 Second: 99 Cents Only, 1320 W. 11th St., 839-9619

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When folks in Tracy are ready to replace an aging carpet or a beat-up floor, they turn to Accent Carpet One. With a wide selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile and vinyl flooring options, Accent has the resources to find one that’s just right.

Third: Big Lots, 2681 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-6312

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“I have people that are well trained, that know their trade, and we emphasize service.”

Furniture Specializing in contemporary, transitional and modern furniture, Dynasty Home Furnishings has again ranked first among Tracy Press readers’ votes. Owner Jeff Lemmo suspects that’s largely the result of the 3-year-old store’s philosophy of service and personal interaction with customers.

First: Caldron’s Jewelers, 907 Central Ave., 835-2671

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First: Van’s ACE Hardware and Nursery, 2695 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8286

Second: DeVons Jewelers, West Valley Mall, 3350 Naglee Road, 8399000

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

Second: Orchard Supply Hardware, 1975 W. 11th St., 834-2808

Third: Ybarra Bros., 3120 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8865

Third: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975

Home appliance

Second: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340 Third: Sears, West Valley Mall, 3350 Naglee Road, 830-2300

Lighting

Since 1970, Center Appliance has supplied the people of Tracy with major home appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, and washers and dryers.

Jewelry

“We spend a lot of time actually doing design work with our clients,” Lemmo said. First: Dynasty Home Furnishings, 2800 Auto Plaza Way, Ste. 150, 831-6181

“We try to treat people fairly,” manager Pete DeAna said. “Repeat business is very important to us, and obviously the best way to get repeat business is to treat people the way you’d want to be treated.”

Second: Tracy Furniture, 3262 N. Tracy Blvd., 830-7088 Third: Costco, 3250 W. Grant Line Road, 830-5340

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

Hardware Van’s ACE Hardware, a local favorite, is the place to look for hardware and home repair supplies. Not only does the store carry connectors and other plumbing supplies that many places don’t, especially for Tracy’s older homes, but it also has a rental center and truck service. And the staff is always ready to locate a hard-to-find part or track down the answer to a tricky question. “I think we give them the best service around,” owner Harold Fudge said.

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The oldest jewelry store in town — circa 1946 — is also the best jewelry store in town, according to Tracy Press readers. Like his father before him, Richard Caldron promises prompt, professional watch, clock and jewelry repairs and original jewelry design, all on site. “We just work hard, you know? We do everything ourselves here,” Caldron said. “I believe that’s what makes us number one.”

Six years in a row, The Lighting Gallery & Home Décor has been tops with Best of Tracy voters, thanks to a vast selection of indoor and outdoor lighting, including stunning chandeliers and unique styles. The shop opened on 10th Street in 1993 and expanded to the World Wide Web in 2001, providing even greater access to functional and decorative fixtures.

Second: Sears, West Valley Mall, 3350 Naglee Road, 830-2300 Third: Best Buy, 2550 Naglee Road, 832-2166

Home electronics When it’s time to upgrade to the latest, greatest gadget, where better to turn than Best Buy? Local voters have again named Best Buy their No. 1 spot for home electronics, including cameras, computers, music players, TVs

First: The Lighting Gallery & Home Decor, 45 W. 10th St., 833-3252 Second: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975

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Safeway’s wide selection of produce, staples and gourmet food options has again placed it at the top of the list among Tracy’s go-to grocery stores. Weekly specials highlight seasonal treats and discounted items, and the in-store deli, bakery, Jamba Juice and Starbucks Coffee counters make it even easier for Tracy residents to get what they need to keep them going.

Third: Tracy Liquors, 1220 W. 11th St., 832-5844

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Second: Save Mart Supermarkets, 2005 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8172; 1950 W. 11th St., 832-3867; and 875 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-2840.

With in-store training, grooming, and veterinary services, Petsmart in Tracy is something of an animal superstore. The store also sells toys, feed and supplies for dogs and cats, horses, birds, small pets, fish and reptiles and hosts animal adoptions with local rescue groups.

Third: Food Maxx, 3225 N. Tracy Blvd., 820-2200

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A wide range of liquor, general products and lottery tickets keep Pete’s Liquors at the top of its game and the top of the list among Tracy’s best. Readers gave it their vote again this year thanks to the shop’s clean appearance and on-the-mark service. First: Pete’s Liquor, 202 W. 11th St., 833-4394 Second: Sunset Liquors, 2355 Parker Ave., 836-4394

In the garden department at Van’s ACE Hardware, customers are surrounded by thriving, brightly colored plants. Most plants are sourced from valley nurseries, which helps them adapt to Tracy’s hot, dry summers and foggy winters. Plus, employees are always ready to offer advice. “We take lots of pride in our little small nursery,” owner Doris Fudge said. “I try and bring things in that the regular box stores wouldn’t have.” First: Van’s ACE Hardware and Nursery, 2695 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8286

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Third: Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786

Second: Del Sole Shoes, 2976 W. Grant Line Road, 832-2467

Third: Home Depot, 2461 Naglee Road, 834-8975

Shoes

Third: Payless Shoe Source, West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 835-4512

Party supplies

Sarvey’s Shoes has done business in Tracy for 30 years and remains the only shoe repair shop in town.

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For years, Party Warehouse has been Tracy’s dependable source for party rentals, balloon bouquets, costumes, invitations and the countless doodads and thingamajigs that help celebrations come to life. This year, voters have recognized the store as the Best of the Best.

“We just try to provide good quality shoes, and those are hard to find in Tracy,” owner Bob Sarvey said.

Sporting goods

Not just a supply store, Fremont Pool Supply also sells aboveground pools and spas, along with everything to keep them sparkling and crystal-clear.

This year, Big 5 Sporting Goods has again taken the title as Tracy’s favorite sports store, providing brand-name equipment and apparel for children and adults’ athletics, recreation and outdoors pursuits. First: Big 5 Sporting Goods, West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 8356464

First: Fremont Pool Supply, 475 W. Grant Line Road, 833-9200

Second: Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786

First: Party Warehouse, 505 W. Grant Line Road, 835-3337

The store’s inventory includes Red Wing, Uggs, Birkenstocks, Stride-Rite and comfort shoes, along with arch support and insoles. The staff also helps alleviate foot problems and pain.

Second: Leslie’s Pool Supply, 1851 W. 11th St., 839-9880

Third (tie): Tracy Shooting Supply, 22 E. 11th St., 835-4985

Second: Party City, 2475 Naglee Road, 835-0075

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Third: John’s Pool/Westside Pool, 835-1250

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Favorite food If you are what you eat, then the folks who nosh on the tasty morsels on these pages must be the best around. Tracy’s restaurant scene features a little bit of a whole lot, from hamburgers and pizza — those American classics — to top-notch Thai, Italian, and South of the Border offerings. Oh, and we mustn’t forget dessert!

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chopped cucumber and tomato and a special dressing, this is a salad with a following. (Of course, the rest of the menu is tasty, too.)

classics like lasagna and eggplant parmigiana to mussels di napoli and seasonal berries with zabaione custard. Buon appetito!

First: Thai Café, 614 Central Ave., 832-3800

First: Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 3140 N. Naglee Road, 835-9926

Second: Mandarin Villa, 2501 N. Tracy Blvd., 836-1818 Third: Tracy Thai, 1035 Central Ave., 833-9703 Glenn Moore/Tracy Press

It’s no secret that Tracy loves the downtown Thai Café, longtime winner in this category, or that its near-legendary Salad Kai is a big part of the reason. Combining marinated chicken, cellophane noodles,

Second: Fabio’s Restaurant, Bar & Gallery, 88 W. 10th St., 836-2012 Third: Strings Italian Café, 2541 Naglee Road, Ste. D, 835-9040

restaurant has once again been voted the Best of the Best — 11 years running. First: La Villa Mexican Restaurant, 57 E. 11th St., 832-5032 Second: Casa Grande Mexican Bar & Grill, 30 W. 11th St., 836-5344 Third: El Tapatio, 572 W. 11th St., 832-9000

Taqueria

Italian restaurant Soup, salad and breadsticks aren’t all Olive Garden serves — but they’re a good start. Tracy Press readers’ favorite Italian restaurant offers up generous portions of dishes inspired by the old country, from

Mexican restaurant Visitors to La Villa Mexican Restaurant can depend on tasty chips and salsa, quick service and plenty of food for a fair price. That’s why this family-friendly Mexican

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First: Gerard’s Deli, 939 Central Ave., 835-6655

Second: Taqueria Carolina, 1842 W. 11th St., 832-7211

Second: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 3060 N. Naglee Road, 834-0360

Third: Taqueria La Mexicana, 1284 W. 11th St., 835-6747

Third: Thai Café, 614 Central Ave., 832-3800

Breakfast For many Tracy residents, breakfast out means a visit to Perko’s Café, a longtime local favorite whose kitchen opens at 5:30 a.m. Sure, Perko’s serves lunch and dinner, too, but the bottomless coffee and the made-to-order omelets, country platters and skillet scrambles are classics.

Dinner

Third: Tracy Orchard Restaurant, 2351 Toste Road, 836-2323

Lunch After 29 years, Gerard’s Deli is Tracy’s tried and true lunch destination. Repeat customers and new visitors combine to keep the folks at Gerard’s busily dishing up hot meals from the hof brau Monday through Friday and assembling madeto-order sandwiches six days a week. “We’ve loved to wait on these people,” co-owner Lynn Gonsalves said. “We just appreciate them coming in every day.”

Generous fresh toppings, tasty sauces and a crust prepared from scratch at each restaurant make for a winning combination at Mountain Mike’s Pizza — and two Tracy locations ensure that it’s never far away. Owner Bob Sekhon says his pizzerias stay on top by providing great service, never cutting corners and always listening to customers.

Burger

First: Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 870 W. Schulte Road, 836-4141; and 2242 W. Grant Line Road, Ste. 104, 836-8900

Once again, Tracy’s favorite burger of 2009 comes from In-N-Out Burger. Oldfashioned buns are topped with patties grilled to order, American cheese, leaf lettuce and sliced tomato — plain, simple and perfect. Not content with perfection? Shhhh — there’s a not-sosecret menu full of creative variations. Don’t tell ’em we told you!

Second: Round Table Pizza, 2511 Naglee Road, 832-0058

First: In-N-Out Burger, 575 Clover Road, 800-786-1000

Third: Papa Murphy’s Pizza, 1892 W. 11th St., 835-5000

First: Perko’s Café, 1321 W. 11th St., 832-4675 Second: International House of Pancakes, 3120 Naglee Road, 839-8701

Third: Baskin-Robbins, 965 S. Tracy Blvd., 836-0315

Pizza

Second: Wallie’s Drive In, 108 E. 11th St., 833-2291

Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt

Third: Nation’s Giant Hamburgers & Great Pies, 3574 N. Tracy Blvd., 835-8772

Bakery

First: Texas Roadhouse, 2422 Naglee Road, 830-1133

A relative newcomer to Tracy, Yogofina has earned top billing among frozen treats with its unconventional self-serve concept: Customers at this do-it-yourself dessert shop can fill their bowls with as much or as little as they’d like of several frozen yogurt flavors and assorted toppings, then pay by weight for their creations. Manager Sung Cho says she provides the freshest toppings, keeps the shop clean, and makes customers smile.

Second: Magellan’s Restaurant, 15 E. Sixth St., 839-2333

First: Yogofina, 547 Clover Road, 833-9646

Second: Downtown Bakery, 50 W. 10th St., 836-3516

Third: Four Corners, 7509 W. Linne Road, 836-4035

Second: Cold Stone Creamery, 1859 W. 11th St., 832-7461

Third: Kandi’s Pies and Pastries, 27210 S. Lammers Road, 836-1367

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Even non-carnivores can make a meal of Texas Roadhouse’s baked sweet potatoes and veggie sides, but make no mistake about it: When Tracy Press readers voted Texas Roadhouse their No. 1 dinner spot, they weren’t dreaming of salad. With down-home style accentuated by a peanut-shell-strewn floor, this is the place for steak, ribs and Texas-Size Combos. Yee-haw!

Looking for a sweet treat? Folks in Tracy know they can rely on Safeway’s bakery department to produce excellent baked goods, from hot French bread throughout the day to cookies, pies and custom-decorated cakes. First: Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., 830-2950

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Delicatessen

Fast Food No freezers. No microwaves. Definitely no heat lamps. What will visitors find at In-N-Out Burger, Tracy’s favorite fast-food joint? Only made-toorder burgers, fresh-cut fries and shakes made with real ice cream. First: In-N-Out Burger, 575 Clover Road Second: McDonald’s, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 3430 N. Tracy Blvd., 1820 W. 11th St. Third: Taco Bell, 2320 N. Tracy Blvd., 2880 W. Grant Line Road, and 915 S. Tracy Blvd.

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At Gerard’s Deli, there’s a sandwich to suit any palate — and if there isn’t yet, customers are invited to make one up. Perhaps the most popular order is the turkey-bacon-avocado, while the French dip is reputed to have a cult-like following, and owner Lynn Gonsalves describes the new gobbler sandwich as “like Thanksgiving every day.” First: Gerard’s Deli, 939 Central Ave., 835-6655 Second: De Vinci’s, 27 W. 10th St., 835-6751 Third: Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St., 830-2950

For weddings, funerals and community events, De Vinci’s famous ravioli, homemade bread and personal service are sure to hit the spot. Owner Mike Trotter begins with a standard menu and customizes it to suit each client’s desires. De Vinci’s, located throughout the San Joaquin Valley, has been catering since 1979 and opened in Tracy in March 2008. First: De Vinci’s Delicatessen and Catering, 27 W. 10th St., 835-6751

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favorites for fun Folks in Tracy work hard — but when work is done, it’s time for fun. That’s where this list comes into play. Live music returns this month, and the Boardrock, the Plate’s second-floor nightclub, offers an experience unlike any place in town, according to marketing director Mike Corbett.

Dance instruction Toddlers to adults can practice more than a dozen styles of dance — from traditional ballet to modern, hip-hop and belly dancing techniques — at the Academy of Performing Arts, Tracy’s favorite source of dance instruction. The downtown studio offers more than 70 classes a week and maintains that “dance and art can enhance every person’s life.”

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First: Academy of Performing Arts, 924 W. 10th St., 830-9296 Second: Devotion 2 Motion Dance Academy, formerly Broadway Dance Center, 3602 Mars Way, Ste. 117, 833-1844 Third (tie): Lokes Looks, 1195 W. 11th St., 832-8361 Third (tie): Athletic Perfection, 609-8736

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Second: Firkin & Beaver Restaurant and Pub, 2712 Naglee Road, 832-2739

Drive, 834-7772; South/West Park School Unit, 500 Mount Diablo Road, 207-4868; and Villalovoz School Unit, 1550 Cypress Drive, 601-4424

Third: Delta Kajukenbo School of Self-Defense, 4220 Commercial Drive, Ste. 6, 835-5845

Third: Rusty’s, 320 W. Grant Line Road, 835-5398

Place for teens Martial arts instruction The martial arts promise many rewards to dedicated practitioners, among them confidence, discipline and self-control — and Quinto’s Tae Kwon Do is no exception. Joy Quinto’s studio, still a newcomer to the Tracy scene, has claimed locals’ votes for top martial arts instruction for a second year. Students can be sure they’ll find fun, energetic, personalized training for men, women and children as young as 4 years old. First: Quinto’s Tae Kwon Do, inside World Gym, 2340 East St., 627-8045 Second: Fit Force Martial Arts & Boot Camp, 3402 Mars Court, Ste. 101, 836-2590

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For teenagers seeking somewhere to hang out, the West Valley Mall offers an air-conditioned, well-lit haven where they can stroll with friends and grab a snack, browse the latest fashions, pick up a book or see a movie. Plus, the mall is accessible by Tracer bus, with racks for bicycles at both main entrances. No wonder it’s a repeat winner as the best of Tracy’s places for teens. First: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road Second: The Spot, Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd., 835-2755 Third: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy, Central School Unit, 164 W. Eaton Ave., 879-3396; Lowell Unit, 753 W. Lowell Ave., 832-2582; North School Unit, 2875 Holly

Karaoke spot Yearning to express yourself in song? Join in during Tracy Press readers’ favorite karaoke nights at Ralph’s Club on East Street. The venue’s music turns do-it-yourself from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. First: Ralph’s Club, 444 East St., 836-5701 Second (tie): The Great Plate, 714 Central Ave., 833-0862 Second (tie): West Valley Bowl, 2365 East St., 835-5262 Third: Banta Inn, 22563 S. Seventh St., in Banta, 835-1311

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Video/DVD rental

The category might be new this year, but the practice is age-old. To find Tracy Press readers’ favorite place in town to indulge in a glimpse into their neighbors’ lives, look no farther than the city’s preeminent gathering spot, the West Valley Mall.

Place to people-watch

When it’s time for a night in, most Tracy Press readers choose Blockbuster for DVD and Blu-ray rentals. The video rental giant has two Tracy stores, along with more than 90,000 titles available for home delivery and via downloadable options that make curling up with a good movie even easier.

First: West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road, 836-4091 Second: The Great Plate, 714 Central Ave., 833-0862

First: Blockbuster, 1212 W. 11th St., 835-4686; 865 S. Tracy Blvd., 830-0496

Third (TIE): Starbucks Coffee, 1857 W. 11th St., 830-1348; 2459 N. Naglee Road, 839-0875; and 569 Clover Road, 221-6755

Second: Redbox at Save Mart Supermarkets, 2005 N. Tracy Blvd., 1950 W. 11th St. and 875 S. Tracy Blvd. Press file photo

Third: Hollywood Video, 1920 W. 11th St., 833-1818

Third (TIE): Wal-Mart, 3010 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5786

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Community favorites Just as a house isn’t a home until a heart resides within, a city only becomes a hometown when the people who live there join together to work, play and help one another as a community — as they’ve done in these favorites. Second: Wine Strolls, Downtown Tracy Business Improvement Area

Community event

Third: Downtown farmers market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 10th Street between B Street and Central Avenue

Community organization

Press file photo

Considered by many the city’s signature event, the Tracy Dry Bean Festival has earned top billing this year as readers’ favorite community activity. The festival will celebrate its 23rd year Sept. 12 and 13, with a “Beans for Health” theme, appearances by this year’s Bean Queen and Bean Princess, culinary contests, arm wrestling and more along downtown streets. First: Tracy Dry Bean Festival, Tracy Chamber of Commerce

Among Tracy’s community groups, clubs and nonprofits, one stands tall: Tracy Interfaith Ministries, founded in 1988, provides food, clothing and other necessities to tens of thousands of men, women and children each year. Last fall, after years of fundraising and a generous helping of community support, Interfaith’s dozens of volunteer staffers moved into a spacious new building on Grant Line Road. First: Tracy Interfaith Ministries, 311 W. Grant Line Road, 836-5424 Second: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy, Central School Unit, 164 W. Eaton Ave., 879-3396; Lowell Unit, 753 W. Lowell Ave., 832-2582; North School

Unit, 2875 Holly Drive, 834-7772; South/West Park School Unit, 500 Mount Diablo Road, 207-4868; and Villalovoz School Unit, 1550 Cypress Drive, 601-4424 Third: Lions Clubs — Tracy Breakfast Lions, 835-8628; Tank Town Lions, csasser@tusd.net

Hall rental What do science fairs, crab feeds and the annual Festival of Trees have in common? Simple — they all take place at Tracy’s IPFES Portuguese Hall. Hundreds of other local gatherings call the Ninth Street ballroom their home, too, which might be why the people of Tracy have named it their No. 1 rental hall for 2009. Press file photo

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32 | BEST OF TRACY. First: Portuguese Hall — IPFES, 430 W. Ninth St.

Public agency

Third (tie): Moose Lodge, 35 E. Sixth St., 835-4366

With summer fire season in full swing, the Tracy Fire Department is one of the busiest agencies in town — and the people’s favorite. Once again this year, Tracy Press readers have shown their appreciation for the crews who douse grassfires, respond to emergency calls and protect homes all around the area.

Third (tie): Platinum Conference Center, 902 Central Ave., 835-2244

First: Tracy Fire Department, 831-6700

Home development

Second: Tracy Police Department, 831-4550

Second: American Legion Hall, 1960 Tracy Blvd., 835-7404 Third (tie): Tracy Community Center, 300 E. 10th St., 831-6200

Third: Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St., 831-4230 Press file photo

Apartment complex

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Out of all the housing developments in Tracy, what makes a neighborhood stand out? In the case of Redbridge, a repeat winner in this category, the answer might have something to do with plenty of green space, a neighborhood pool and clubhouse, and residents’ very own general store. First: Redbridge Second: Hidden Lake Third: Oxford Square

When it comes to apartments, Sycamore Village Apartments on Central Avenue is consistently named Tracy’s best. In addition to a frequently praised maintenance staff, the complex is down the road from Poet Christian School, a new supermarket and shopping center is going up next door and the fire department has a station across the street.

Thank you Tracy for voting us the BEST! We appreciate you and your business!

First: Sycamore Village Apartments, 400 W. Central Ave., near Tracy Boulevard Second: Waterstone Apartments, 1951 W. Middlefield Drive, near Corral Hollow and Linne roads Third: Driftwood Apartments, 800 W. Grant Line Road, near Tracy Boulevard

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