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Goldies 2007:
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Goldies 2007

Goldies 2007

Readers' Choice


Best Food and Drink

Best New Restaurant
GOLD Hula's Island Grill and Tiki House
SILVER Sitar
BRONZE Center Street Grill

Bagel
GOLD The Bagelry
SILVER Noah's Bagels
BRONZE House of Bagels

Bakery
GOLD The Buttery
SILVER Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
BRONZE Hoffman's Bakery Café

BBQ
GOLD Cole's BBQ & Catering
SILVER Bruno's BBQ
BRONZE Hindquarter Bar & Grille

Breakfast (this was a close race! 5 votes separated 1st and 2nd!)
GOLD Zachary's
SILVER Walnut Avenue Café
BRONZE The Silver Spur

Burger
GOLD Jack's Hamburgers
SILVER Carpo's Restaurant
BRONZE 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Burrito
GOLD Tacos Moreno
SILVER Taqueria Vallarta
BRONZE Planet Fresh

Cheap Eats
GOLD Charlie Hong Kong
SILVER El Palomar
BRONZE Taqueria Vallarta

Chinese Eats
GOLD O'Mei
SILVER Little Shanghai
BRONZE Golden Buddha

Coffeehouse
GOLD Lulu Carpenters
SILVER Caffé Pergolesi
BRONZE Coffeetopia

Desserts
GOLD The Buttery
SILVER Gayle's Restaurant & Rosticceria
BRONZE Chocolate

Falafel
GOLD Falafel House
SILVER Falafel of Santa Cruz
BRONZE Falafel of Scotts Valley

French Fries
GOLD Saturn Café
SILVER Jack's Hamburgers
BRONZE Carpo's

Fast Food
GOLD Taco Bell
SILVER Jack's Hamburgers
BRONZE Charlie Hong Kong

Gourmet
GOLD Oswald's
SILVER Theo's
BRONZE Shadowbrook

Grocery Store
GOLD Shopper's Corner
SILVER Trader Joe's
BRONZE New Leaf Community Market

Ice Cream
GOLD Marianne's Ice Cream
SILVER Marini's
BRONZE Cold Stone Creamery

Indian
GOLD Royal Taj
SILVER Malabar
BRONZE Sri

Innovative Menu
GOLD Café La Vie
SILVER Soif
BRONZE Aqua Blue

Italian
GOLD Ristorante Italiano
SILVER Ristorante Avanti
BRONZE Kianti's Pizza & Pasta Bar

Late-Night Eatery
GOLD Saturn Café
SILVER Santa Cruz Diner
BRONZE The Crepe Place

Local Wine-Red
GOLD Bonny Doon Vineyard
SILVER Bargetto Winery
BRONZE Storrs

Local Wine-White
GOLD Storrs
SILVER Bonny Doon Vineyard
BRONZE Bargetto Winery

Mexican
GOLD El Palomar
SILVER Tampico Kitchen & Lounge
BRONZE Tacos Moreno

Microbrewery
GOLD Seabright Brewery
SILVER Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
BRONZE Coastline Brewery

Natural Food Store
GOLD New Leaf Community Market
SILVER Staff of Life
BRONZE Food Bin

Outdoor Dining
GOLD The Crepe Place
SILVER Crow's Nest
BRONZE Ristorante Italiano

Pizza
GOLD Pizza My Heart
SILVER Engfer's
BRONZE Pleasure Pizza

Restaurant to Blow Rent In
GOLD Shadowbrook
SILVER Theo's
BRONZE Oswald's

Salad
GOLD Café Cruz
SILVER Dharma's
BRONZE Carpo's

Sandwich
GOLD Zocolli's
SILVER Erik's Deli
BRONZE The Buttery

Seafood
GOLD Riva's
SILVER Stagnaro Brothers Seafood
BRONZE Crows Nest

Soup
GOLD Erick's Deli Café
SILVER Dharma's
BRONZE Chocolate

Steak
GOLD Hindquarter Bar & Grille
SILVER Portola House
BRONZE Café Cruz

Sushi/Japanese
GOLD Mobo Sushi
SILVER Shogun Japanese Restaurant
BRONZE Takara

Taqueria
GOLD Taqueria Vallarta
SILVER Tacos Moreno
BRONZE El Palomar

Thai
GOLD Sabieng Thai
SILVER Thai House
BRONZE Pacific Thai Santa Cruz

Vegetarian
GOLD Dharma's
SILVER Saturn Café
BRONZE Café La Vie

Winery
GOLD Bonny Doon Vineyard
SILVER Bargetto Winery
BRONZE Storrs Winery

Best Arts and Culture

Art Gallery
GOLD Hide Gallery
SILVER Museum of Art and History
BRONZE The Attic

Artist
GOLD Justin Downward
SILVER Matt Farrar
BRONZE Michael Lambert

Cartoonist
GOLD DeCinzo
SILVER Tim Eagan
BRONZE Tom Tomorrow

Children's Art
GOLD Mariposa
SILVER KidsArt
BRONZE DrawBridge

Dance Company
GOLD Motion Pacific
SILVER Synergy
BRONZE Tandy Beal

Festival
GOLD Greek
SILVER Santa Cruz Blues Festival
BRONZE Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Movie Theater
GOLD Del Mar
SILVER Nickelodeon
BRONZE Santa Cruz Cinema 9

Mural or Public Art
GOLD Shopper's Corner
SILVER Bill's Wheels
BRONZE Surfer Statue

Radio Personality
GOLD Sleepy John
SILVER Dallas Dobro
BRONZE Laura Ellen (KPIG)

Radio Station
GOLD KZSC
SILVER KUSP
BRONZE KPIG

Street Performer
GOLD Pink Man
SILVER The Great Morgani
BRONZE Monica Jones

Theater Troupe
GOLD Shakespeare Santa Cruz
SILVER Um Gee Um
BRONZE Rainbow

Writer
GOLD Sven Davis
SILVER Susie Bright
BRONZE Geoffrey Dunn

Bar
GOLD The Red Room
SILVER The Catalyst
BRONZE Clouds

Bartender
GOLD Scott @ Bocci's Cellar
SILVER Tim @ El Palomar
BRONZE Aaron@ Club Dakota

Club DJ
GOLD DJ AD
SILVER DJ El
BRONZE DJ Kikkoman

Dance Club
GOLD Blue Lagoon
SILVER Club Dakota
BRONZE The Catalyst

Dive Bar
GOLD Rush Inn
SILVER The Avenue
BRONZE Arrow

Happy Hour
GOLD El Palomar
SILVER Crow's Nest
BRONZE Seabright Brewery

Live Music Club
GOLD Moe's Alley
SILVER The Catalyst
BRONZE The Attic

Local Band
GOLD SambaDa
SILVER Blueprint
BRONZE Devil Makes Three

Local Hip Hop Act
GOLD Mr. Free
SILVER Nobody's Own
BRONZE Proe

Local Musician
GOLD Valerie Joi Fiddmont
SILVER Suzanne Brewer
BRONZE Tom Savell

Local Rock Act
GOLD Blueprint
SILVER Archer
BRONZE Extra Large

Local Roots Act
GOLD Love Eternal
SILVER Dub Congress
BRONZE SambaDa

Martini
GOLD Clouds
SILVER Red
BRONZE Aqua Blue

Music Promoter
GOLD Kevin M. - GotLocalMusic.com
SILVER John Sandidge - Snazzy Productions
BRONZE Michael Horne - Pulse Productions

Dance Club
GOLD Blue Lagoon
SILVER Club Dakota
BRONZE The Catalyst

Place to Play Pool
GOLD Fast Eddy's
SILVER The Catalyst
BRONZE One Double Oh Seven

Place to Play Darts
GOLD Poet & Patriot Irish Pub
SILVER One Double Oh Seven
BRONZE Britannia Arms

Singles Bar
GOLD Red Room
SILVER Club Dakota
BRONZE Clouds

Sports Bar
GOLD Garage Sports Bar
SILVER One Double Oh Seven
BRONZE The Avenue

Best New Business
GOLD Grassroots Acupuncture
SILVER Help Desk 831
BRONZE Hula's Island Grill and Tiki House

Best Goods and Services

Acupuncture
GOLD Five Branches Institute of TCM
SILVER Grassroots Acupuncture
BRONZE Martha Benedict

Best Antiques
GOLD Mr. Goodie's
SILVER Center Street Antiques
BRONZE Etc Etc Etc

Art Supply
GOLD Palace Art & Office Supply
SILVER Lenz Arts
BRONZE Beverly Fabrics

Auto Mechanic
GOLD Chandler Auto Repair
SILVER DMV Clinic
BRONZE Bob Herbert

Bike Shop
GOLD The Spokesman Bicycles
SILVER The Bicycle Trip
BRONZE Another Bike Shop

Bookstore-New
GOLD Bookshop Santa Cruz
SILVER Borders Books & Music
BRONZE Capitola Book Café

Bookstore-Used
GOLD Logos Books & Records
SILVER Bookshop Santa Cruz
BRONZE Westside Stories

Camera Club
GOLD Bay Photo
SILVER Camera Club
BRONZE Wolf Camera

Clothing-Children
GOLD Cotton Tales
SILVER Children's Place
BRONZE Gap

Clothing-Lingerie
GOLD Camouflage
SILVER Amoureuse
BRONZE Luscious

Clothing-Men
GOLD Gap
SILVER Urban Outfitters
SILVER Crossroads Trading Company

Clothing-Shoes
GOLD Sock Shop & Shoe Company
SILVER Bunny's Shoes
BRONZE Shoe Fetish

Clothing-Thrift
GOLD Goodwill
SILVER Front Street Thrift
BRONZE Crossroads Trading Company

Clothing-Women
GOLD Pacific Trading Company
SILVER Crossroads Trading Company
BRONZE Jade

Costume Shop
GOLD Closet Capers
SILVER Camouflage
BRONZE Cognito Clothing

Chiropractor
GOLD Kim Beecher, DC
SILVER Katie Griffin, DC
BRONZE Tom Smith, DC

Holistic Healer
GOLD Gina Escobar, L.ac.
SILVER Randy Baker, M.D.
BRONZE Larry Bernstein

Dentist
GOLD Alan Heit, DDS
SILVER Mark Kemerling, DDS
BRONZE Gavin McClure, DDS

Doctor
GOLD Maria Greaves, MD
SILVER Michael Johnson, MD
BRONZE Lester Miller, MD

DVD Rental
GOLD Westside Video
SILVER Cedar Street Video
BRONZE East Cliff Video

Flower Shop
GOLD The Flower Shack
SILVER Bonny Doon Flowers
BRONZE Ferrari Florist & Gifts

Gift Shop
GOLD Best of Everything
SILVER Way of Life
BRONZE Paper Vision

Hair Salon
GOLD Tonic
SILVER Heat
BRONZE Stranded

Head Shop
GOLD Pipeline
SILVER Glassroots
BRONZE Graffix Pleasure

Hot Tub
GOLD Well Within Spa
SILVER Tea House Spa
BRONZE Kiva Retreat House

Internet Service Providers
GOLD Cruzio
SILVER Comcast
BRONZE Got.net

Best Optometrist:
GOLD Eye Q
SILVER Spex Appeal
BRONZE Plaza Lane Optometry

Massage Therapist
GOLD Laurie Broderick-Burr
SILVER Caryl Smith
BRONZE Lori Streim

Music Store
GOLD Sylvan Music
SILVER More Music
BRONZE Starving Musician

Nails
GOLD Magic Nails
SILVER Tracy's Nails
BRONZE Rainbow Nails

Nursery
GOLD San Lorenzo Garden Center
SILVER The Garden Company
BRONZE Far West Nursery

Outdoor Gear
GOLD Outdoor World
SILVER Bugaboo
BRONZE Patagonia

Record/CD Store
GOLD Streetlight Records
SILVER Logos Books & Records
BRONZE Borders Books and Music

Sporting Goods
GOLD Outdoor World
SILVER Jerry's Sports
BRONZE Play It Again

Tanning
GOLD Tanner's Cove
SILVER Tradewind Tanning
BRONZE Tan Line

Best People and Places

Boardwalk Attraction
GOLD Roller Coaster (Giant Dipper)
SILVER Arcade
BRONZE Mini Golf

Date Spot
GOLD West Cliff Drive
SILVER Beach
BRONZE Downtown

Aesthetician
GOLD Deborah Schatan (Sky Meadow)
SILVER Jeri Anderson
BRONZE Cathy Escalante

Local Hero
GOLD Neal Coonerty
SILVER Robert the Pink Umbrella Man
BRONZE Rev. Deborah Johnson

Local Villain
GOLD Robert Norse
SILVER Robert the Pink Umbrella Man
BRONZE Mike Rotkin

Local Visionary
GOLD Rev. Deborah Johnson
SILVER Ryan Coonerty
BRONZE Zach Friend

Makeout Spot
GOLD West Cliff
SILVER Beach
BRONZE My House/Bedroom

Neighborhood Park
GOLD Oceanview Park
SILVER Frederick Street
BRONZE Meder Street

Place to Take Kids
GOLD Boardwalk
SILVER Beach
BRONZE Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge

Gym
GOLD Spa Fitness
SILVER Toadal Fitness
BRONZE 24Hour Fitness

Local CD
GOLD The Expendables
SILVER DJ AD
BRONZE Blueprint

Local Hip-Hop Act *** new winner
GOLD Harshmellows
SILVER Mr. Free
BRONZE Nobody's Own

Local Jazz Act
GOLD Le Bouef Brothers
SILVER Bob Brozman
BRONZE Catwalk

Clothing-Vintage
GOLD Moon Zoom
SILVER Crossroads Trading Company
BRONZE Cognito Clothing

Cop
GOLD Patty Sapone
SILVER Dan Flippo
BRONZE Steve Clark

Day Spa
GOLD Tonic Salon & Spa
SILVER Well Within Spa
BRONZE Tea House Spa

Home Furnishings
GOLD Hannah's Home Furnishings
SILVER Cost Plus
BRONZE Natural Selection

Jewelry
GOLD Dell Williams
SILVER The Vault Gallery
BRONZE Super Silver

Landscaper
GOLD Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping
SILVER Michael Fenisey Landscapes
BRONZE Locatelli's Landscaping

Lawyer
GOLD Ben Rice
SILVER Michael Cougar
BRONZE Enda Brennan

Surf Shop
GOLD O'Neil Surf Shop
SILVER Pacific Wave
BRONZE Arrow Surf & Sport

Tattoo Parlor
GOLD Staircase Tattoo
SILVER FU Tattoo
BRONZE Love Dog Tattoo

Veterinarian
GOLD Adobe Animal Hospital
SILVER Westside Animal Hospital
BRONZE Hannah Good, DVM

Life Coach
GOLD Ron Marsh
SILVER Sharla Jacobs
BRONZE John Spurr

Nonprofit Group
GOLD Mariposa's Art
SILVER Santa Cruz AIDS Project
BRONZE Santa Cruz Community Television

Politician
GOLD John Laird
SILVER Ryan Coonerty
BRONZE Neal Coonerty

Street Artist
GOLD Pink Umbrella Man
SILVER Great Morgani
BRONZE Sadza

Surfer
GOLD Anthony Tashnick
SILVER Flea
BRONZE Peter Mel

Teacher
GOLD Bob Gallagher
SILVER Anne Coonerty
BRONZE Joy Smith

Tourist Trap
GOLD Mystery Spot
SILVER Boardwalk
BRONZE Wharf

Waitperson
GOLD Judy @ El Palomar
SILVER Michael Seams @ Cafe Mare
BRONZE Joe Peterson@ Zachary's

Yoga Teacher
GOLD Kelly Blaser
SILVER Kali Tri Yog
BRONZE Maya Lev

Best Sports and Rec

Beach
GOLD Seabright
SILVER Seacliff
BRONZE Cowell's

Bike Ride
GOLD West Cliff
SILVER Wilder Ranch
BRONZE UCSC

Children's Rec Program
GOLD Junior Guards
SILVER Dance Synergy
BRONZE Boys & Girls Club

Day Trip
GOLD Big Sur
SILVER Monterey Bay Aquarium
BRONZE San Francisco

Gym
GOLD Spa Finess
SILVER Toadal Fitness
BRONZE 24 Hour Fitness

Hiking Spot
GOLD Wilder Ranch State Park
SILVER Pogonip
BRONZE Nisene Marks

Martial Arts
GOLD Westside Aerobics & Martial Arts
SILVER Minorsan
BRONZE Rod Sanfords Traditional Karate

Place for Quiet Contemplation
GOLD West Cliff Drive
SILVER Beach
BRONZE Wilder Ranch State Park

Sunset View
GOLD West Cliff Drive
SILVER Natural Bridges State Beach
BRONZE UCSC

Surf Spot
GOLD. Steamers Lane
SILVER. Cowell's Beach
BRONZE The Hook

Yoga Studio
GOLD Om Room
SILVER Kali Ray TriYoga
BRONZE Village Yoga

Write Ins

Best party store:
Too Much Fun

Best bouncer:
Heather @ Club Dakota

Best place to shop:
Best of Everything

Best kid's reading program:
Aardvark Adventure Stories

Best Music Camp:
Celtic Community Music School

Best place to buy tea:
Chaikhana Tea Culture

Best Film Festival:
Reel Work

Best Real Estate Agent:
Gary Schatan

Best trend in cars:
hybrids and electrics

Best Optometrist:
GOLD Eye Q
SILVER Spex Appeal
BRONZE Plaza Lane Optometry


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