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Readers' Survey Winners

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The day on which the final tallies were counted was a good one for Massive Impersonal Chain Store, USA. Be it known, however, that the race between Streetlight Records and Tower Records for "Best Place to Buy Music" was very close--the most-watched race in the whole survey, to tell the truth. Tower won, but Streetlight earned our undying admiration for its sheer heart and stamina.

Sadly, the "New Bookstore" category wasn't nearly so interesting, with Barnes & Noble, Borders and Crown dominating most rudely. We were intrigued to see that Amazon.com got some votes.

Here's a little bit of information: Trader Joe's is a wonderful store, a fine place to buy sun-dried tomatoes and other gourmet-ish foods at inexpensive prices. It is not a "Health Food Store" in the organic sense of that phrase. But TJ's took second place in that category anyway.

In other developments we saw that you, readers, are despairing over the disappearance of the independent neighborhood video store. "They still have those?" appeared more than once on our surveys. And you scared us a little by registering several marks for "Your soul" as "Best Thing to Sell on eBay." People, that's no laughing matter.

Best Shoe Store

First Place
Nordstrom
Multiple locations

Second Place
Payless
Multiple locations

Third Place
Steve Madden
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara * 408.261.8723

Best Independent Women's Clothing Shop

First Place
Crossroads
1959 W. San Carlos, SJ * 408.292.6100

Second Place
Underground
515 S. Bascom Ave., SJ * 408.280.5548

Third Place
Hers
322 N. Santa Cruz Ave., LG * 408.354.3274

Best Independent Men's Clothing Shop

First Place
Crossroads
1959 W. San Carlos, SJ * 408.292.6100

Second Place
Underground
515 S. Bascom Ave., SJ * 408.280.5548

Third Place
Eli Thomas
830 Town & Country Village, SJ * 408.247.1024

Best Vintage Clothing Shop

First Place
Moon Zooom
1630 W. San Carlos, SJ * 408.287.5876

Second Place
Underground
515 S. Bascom Ave., SJ * 408.280.5548

Third Place
Park Place
1318 Lincoln Ave., SJ * 408.294.9893

Best Lingerie Shop

First Place
Victoria's Secret
Multiple locations

Second Place
Frederick's of Hollywood
Multiple locations

Third Place
Cupid's Corner
408 Blossom Hill Rd., SJ * 408.226.5683

Best Place To Buy Music

First Place
Tower Records
Multiple locations

Second Place
Streetlight
980 S. Bascom Ave., SJ * 408.292.1404

Third Place
Rasputin
1820 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell * 408.371.8008

Best Books--New

First Place
Barnes & Noble
Multiple locations

Second Place
Borders
Multiple locations

Third Place
Crown
Multiple locations

Best Books--Used

First Place
Recycle Books
1066 The Alameda, SJ * 408.286.6275

Second Place
Curious
23 E. Main St., LG * 408.354.5560

Third Place
Know Knew Books
415 California Ave., PA * 650.326.9355

Best Independent Video Store

First Place
Bradley Video
501 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell * 408.379.4999

Second Place
Scott's Video
1795 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara * 408.248.6882

Third Place
American Video
5041 Almaden Expwy., SJ * 408.558.9545

Best Hair Salon

First Place
Faux
378 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell * 408.378.3289

Second Place
Nirvana
224 N. Santa Cruz Ave., LG * 408.354.7979

Third Place
Nimbus
2363 Broadway, Redwood City * 650.365.7568

Best Place To Buy Produce

First Place
farmers markets
Various locations

Second Place
Cosentino's
S. Bascom & Union Ave., Campbell * 408.377.6661

Third Place
Whole Foods
Multiple locations

Best Health Food Store

First Place
Whole Foods
Multiple locations

Second Place
Trader Joe's
Multiple locations

Third Place
Sunflower
2230 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell * 408.371.7800

Best Hardware Store

First Place
OSH
Multiple locations

Second Place
Home Depot
Multiple locations

Third Place
ACE
Multiple locations

Best Nursery

First Place
Woolworth Garden Center
Multiple locations

Second Place
Yamigami's
1361 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino * 408.252.3347

Third Place
Almaden
5725 Winfield Blvd., SJ * 408.226.4313

Best Housewares

First Place
Crate & Barrel
Multiple locations

Second Place
Williams-Sonoma
Multiple locations

Second Place
Domus
40 N. Santa Cruz Ave., LG * 408.354.6630

Third Place
Sur La Table
23 University Ave., LG * 408.395.6496

Best Florist

First Place
Citti's
Multiple locations

First Place
Blossom Floral
386 S. First, SJ * 408.293.5232

Second Place
Bunches
14 N. Santa Cruz Ave., LG * 408.395.5451

Third Place
Bloomers
14107 Winchester Blvd., LG * 408.378.0371

Best Online Commerce Site

First Place
Amazon.com

Second Place
eBay.com

Third Place
Buy.com

Best Thing To Sell On eBay

First Place
music

Second Place
memorabilia

Third Place
Beanie Babies

Best Use Of The Internet

First Place
email

Second Place
research

Third Place
pornography

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From the September 30-October 6, 1999 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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