The Best of Silicon Valley 2012
Best Clothes Shopping
Best T-Shirt Designs
299 Jackson St., San Jose. One of the newest residents of the Japantown Business District, Cukui takes a very different approach to retail. Rather than focusing on bringing together a slew of different brands, Cukui designs its own product line. The offerings are strikingly original, often humorous and always dripping with local flavor.
Best Vintage Clothing
850 The Alameda, San Jose. Black and Brown won both the Best Vintage and Best Boutique categories this year. It successfully bridges the gap between new and old to create "nold," or maybe "newintage," or possibly just "vintique." Regardless what you call it, Black and Brown will surprise and inspire people with its collection, and that's what shopping is all about.
Moon Zooom 1630 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
Crossroads Trading Company 1959 W. San Carlos St., San Jose; 1008 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
Pleasures From the Heart 1565 Winchester Blvd., Campbell. Here's an adult entertainment experience even Rick Santorum would love. OK, he wouldn't, but that's not the fault of Lorraine and Crystal Laden, the mother-daughter team who own the Campbell lingerie-and-sexy-accessories boutique. Their place is strictly classy. But fear not, it's also as naughty as you want to be.
Duchess Intimates Boutique 346 East Campbell Ave., Campbell
Cupid's Corner 408 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
Best Clothing Boutique
850 The Alameda, San Jose. See Best Vintage Clothing.
Therapy 250 Castro St., Mountain View; 347 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell; 366 Main St., Los Altos
Bella James 1151 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Bombshell Boutique 295 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell