[Best of the Santa Clara Valley 1997]

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Best of Reader's Choice: Goods and Services

Bookstore, New Books

First: Barnes & Noble
Various locations around the valley.

Second: Super Crown Books
910 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose (408/871-2100)
858 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose (408/629-1033)
636 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos (408/358-4130)

Third: Borders Books & Music
15 Ranch Dr., Milpitas (408/934-1180)
456 University Ave., Palo Alto (650/326-3670)


Bookstore, Used Books

First: Recycle Book Store
138 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose (408/286-6275)

Second: A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books
21269 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (408/255-7600); closing at the end of September.

Third: Always Poor Pat's Books & Notary
482 W. Hamilton Ave., Suite 2, Campbell (408/374-4900)


New CDs and Records

First: Tower Records
1900 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/371-5400)
871 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose (408/363-1600)
630 San Antonio Road, Mountain View (650/941-7900)

Second: The Wherehouse
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Rasputin Music
1820 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/371-8008)


Used CDs and Records

First: Streetlight Records
980 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose (408/292-1404)

Second: Rasputin Music
1820 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/371-8008)

Third: The Wherehouse
Various locations throughout the valley.


Comic Book Store

First: Lee's Comics
3783 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650/493-3957)

Second: Brian's Books
2767 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/985-7481)
73 N. Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas (408/942-6903)

Third: Heroes
469 University Ave., Palo Alto (408/985-7481)
24 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/378-3667)


Videotape Rental, Chain

First: Blockbuster Video
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Hollywood Video
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: The Wherehouse
Various locations throughout the valley.


Videotape Rental, Independent

First: Bradley Video
501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/379-4999)

Second: Video Era
218 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/395-1533)

Third: Video Maniacs
1581 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/376-3714)


Bike Shop

First: Performance Bicycle Shop
1646 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/559-0495)

Second: The Off Ramp
2369 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/249-2848)

Third: Wheel Away Cycle Center
402 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell (408/378-4636)


Health Club

First: 24-Hour Fitness
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Gold's Gym
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: World Gym
2290 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell (408/378-0343)


Pet Store

First: Andy's Pet Shop (tie)
1280 The Alameda, San Jose (408/297-0840)

PetsMart (tie)
850 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell (408/374-9321)
175 Ranch Dr., Milpitas (408/956-1044)

Second: Dolphin Pet Village (tie)
90 San Tomas Aquino Rd., Campbell (408/379-7600)

Petco (tie)
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Premium Pet Store
Various locations throughout the valley.


Garden Store

First: Woolworth Garden Center
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Orchard Supply Hardware
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Home Depot
Various locations throughout the valley.


Shopping Mall

First: Valley Fair
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408/248-4451)

Second: Stanford
180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650/617-8585)

Third: Vallco Fashion Park
10123 N. Wolfe Rd., Cupertino (408/255-5660)


Place to Buy Men's Clothing

First: Macy's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Nordstrom
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Eli Thomas Menswear
830 Town & Country Village, San Jose (408/247-1024)


Place to Buy Women's Clothing

First: Macy's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Nordstrom
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Victoria's Secret
Various locations throughout the valley.


Place to Buy a Computer

First: Fry's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: CompUSA
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: ComputerWare
490 California Ave., Palo Alto (650/323-7559)
3215 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408/345-0345)
520 Lawrence Expwy., Sunnyvale (408/732-0200)


Independent Grocer

First: Cosentino's
2666 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose (408/377-6661)
3521 Homestead Road, Santa Clara (408/243-9005)

Second: Zanotto's
1970 Naglee Ave., San Jose (408/294-9151)
40 S. Second St., San Jose (408/977-1333)

Third: Lunardi's
Various locations throughout the valley.


Children's Clothing

First: Gap Kids
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Mervyn's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Ross Stores
Various locations throughout the valley.


Hair Salon

First: Nirvana
224-B N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/354-7979)

Second: Courtyard Cabana
323 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/866-1098)

Third: Faux
378 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/378-3289)


Used Furniture Store

First: Goodwill
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Salvation Army
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: St. Vincent de Paul
2040 S. Seventh St., San Jose (408/993-9500)
2040 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View (650/903-0438)
7680 Monterey Road, Gilroy (408/842-5524)


Tattoo Parlor

First: House of Pain
1618 Pomeroy Ave., Santa Clara (408/737-7246)

Second: Marks of Art
3014 Union Ave., San Jose (408/377-1924)

Third: PierceInk
325 S. First St., San Jose (408/280-6699)


X-Rated Web Site

First: cyber.playboy.com

Second: www.persiankitty.com

Third: www.pinkpoodle.com


Corporate Web Site

First: www.intel.com

Second: www.sgi.com

Third: www.apple.com


Community Service Web Site
www.hotmail.com


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