Meet the winners
Votes are in for 2018 Readers' Choice recipients and Hall of Fame honorees
Every summer we spotlight the best of the best that Pleasanton has to offer, and this year is no exception.
The 2018 Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice contest drew thousands of opinions — 16,466 confirmed and authenticated voters, to be exact — this spring as our devoted readers revealed which Pleasanton businesses, professionals and places are their favorites for arts and entertainment, food and drink, restaurants, retail and services.
The winners are located all over Pleasanton and their local roots range from brand new to decades-old. Some are familiar names and some are first-time honorees, but all earned the respect and adoration of our readers.
You'll probably recognize most of the names.
We had 25 popular businesses and professionals return to the regular contest this year after being singled out in our Readers' Choice Hall of Fame for the past two years — and lo and behold, 15 of those jumped right back into the winners' circle in their categories.
Those included Pleasanton staples like Meadowlark Dairy (Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt), Gina Piper of Better Homes & Gardens (Best Real Estate Agent), Eddie Papa's (Best American Food), Gay Nineties Pizza (Best Pizza), Strizzi's (Best Seafood Restaurant) and Precision Auto (Best Auto Repair).
Foothill Optometric and Healthy Necessity Massage are the two businesses in the 2018 Hall of Fame, which recognizes winners who took first place in their categories for five consecutive years. They were ineligible to compete in their categories this year because of their Hall of Fame status.
Richard's Heating and Air (Best Heating/AC Service) and Western Garden Nursery (Best Nursery/Garden Center) and Pleasanton Tutoring (Best Tutoring Center) each won their category for the fifth straight year, meaning they've qualified for the 2019 Hall of Fame. Also in the 2019 Hall of Fame is Pleasanton Ridge as Best Kept Secret Treasure.
Other interesting storylines included Concerts in the Park beating out Alameda County Fair for Best Public Event by just a single vote.
Best Hair Salon for Women was another close race, with Salon 77 West winning by five votes.
India Garden downtown won the first-ever crown for Best Indian Restaurant, a new category this year. We also resurrected formerly retired categories of Best Real Estate Team and Best Mortgage Brokerage.
Now, kick back with your Weekly in-hand (or online) and learn more about your 2018 Readers' Choice winners.
Readers' Choice Contributors
Edited by: Jeremy Walsh and Gina Channell
Story and Photos by: Andy Li and Cierra Martinez