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2015 Readers Choice winners

 

Here are the 2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton winners:

BEAUTY & STYLE:

Best Medical Spa: MD Laser Spa: MD Laser Spa is Pleasanton's center for facial cosmetic surgery and laser skin care. Primary surgeon Dr. Robert Gray and his staff provide professional service with spa-like treatment.

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Best Clothing Store: Prim; Best Day Spa: Allure Skin Care; Best Hair Salon for Men: Hairlights; Best Hair Salon for Women: Hairlights; Best Jewelry Store: Pleasanton Jewelers; Best Nail Care: Bollinger Nails; Best New Retail Store: Dirft Co.; Best Place to Buy a Gift: Milfleur

EPICURE

Best Burger: In-N-Out That's three in a row for In-N-Out Burger, as this local hotspot continues to make the best burgers around. Maybe it's the special sauce or the grilled onions or its convenient location right off I-580? Whatever it is, our readers just can't get enough.

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Best Grocery Store: Gene's Fine Foods: The attentive staff, fresh food items and competitive pricing are just a few of the reasons Pleasanton residents say they love Gene's Fine Foods. In addition to groceries, Gene's hosts tasting events and the staff provides monthly recipe suggestions to customers for fresh, quick and convenient meals.

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Best Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt: Meadowlark Dairy: Voted by our readers as the best ice cream for the fifth year in a row, Meadowlark Dairy is a community staple and hometown favorite. Our readers love the flavor selections at Meadowlark and the convenient drive-thru service.

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Best Italian Restaurant: Fontina Ristorante: Fontina Ristorante offers fresh, quality, made-to-order meals for just about any occasion. Some menu favorites for customers include the lamb shank, blackberry salmon and calamari steak. This Italian hotspot has been voted best by our readers four times in the last five years.

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Best Mexican Food: Casa Orozco: Casa Orozco brings all the traditional favorites to the Tri-Valley with homemade recipes and hand-crafted cocktails. Casa Orozco offers lunch, dinner and catering options. This Tri-Valley favorite has been named the best by our readers six times since 2007.

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Best Pizza: Gay 90's Pizza & Pasta: Any doubt? Gay 90's Pizza has again been voted the best, for the eighth time since 2007. Gay 90's is a hotspot in downtown Pleasanton operating out of one of the city's oldest buildings. Customers rave about the thick pizza crust and fresh toppings, along with the vintage decor and courteous staff.

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Best Sunday Brunch: Nonni's Bistro: A variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and some vegetarian dishes make up the brunch menu at Nonni's Bistro. In addition to the flavorful food items and generous portions, Nonni's customers also say they love the bottomless mimosas offered during brunch.

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Best Take-out Restaurant: In-N-Out: Pleasanton residents say they love their hometown location for the excellent customer service the staff offers in addition to the fresh, flavorful, made-to-order burgers. It's no wonder In-N-Out has been voted best take-out seven times since 2007.

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Best American Food: Eddie Papa's; Best Bakery/ Desserts: Primrose Bakery; Best Barbecue: Dickey's BBQ; Best Chinese Restaurant: Chinese Szechuan; Best Deli / Sandwich Shop: Mr. Pickle's; Best Family-Friendly Restaurant: Eddie Papa's; Best French Fries: McDonald's; Best Health Food Store: Valley Health Mill; Best Independent Coffeehouse: Tully's; Best Meal Under $20: Cafe Main; Best Mediterranean / Middle Eastern Food: Oasis Grille; Best New Restaurant: Blossom Vegan; Best Seafood: Strizzi's; Best Sushi / Japanese Food: Sozo Sushi; Best Thai Food: Little Home Thai; Best Vegetarian Cuisine: Blossom Vegan

HEALTH & FITNESS

Best Chiropractic Office: Fratellone Family Chiropractic: Dr. Danielle Fratellone, or "Dr. D" as many patients call her, is known for her healing hands that relieve pain and tension. She also takes her time asking questions to figure out the best way to fix a problem, and then educates her patients on how to prevent issues from returning or progressing.

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Best Home Healthcare Service: Hired Hands Homecare: This family owned and operated facility prides itself on offering trustworthy and compassionate services along with passionate caregivers to provide peace of mind to clients and their families.

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Best Massage: www.healthynecessity.com Healthy Necessity Massage: Established in 2006, Healthy Necessity Massage on Main Street has provided our readers excellent service by customizing massages to suit individual needs.

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Best Martial Arts Studio: Jue's Tae Kwon Do: Snagging this title for the first time since 2011 when it tied with Crispim BJJ Barra Brothers, Jue's Tae Kwon Do offers 35 lessons each week including cardio kickboxing, low impact aerobics and other programs along with traditional tae kwon do.

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Best Optometrist: Foothill Optometric Group: For the third straight year, Foothill Optometric Group takes the title. Serving Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley for more than 30 years, Foothill Optometric Group continues to meet and exceed the expectations of its patients.

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Best Orthodontist: Schlicher Orthodontics: Patients say Dr. Will Schlicher really knows his practice and can relate well to youth and teens needing braces. Schlicher is described by patients as professional, energetic and helpful.

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Best Yoga / Pilates: Zen Pilates: Zen Pilates & Fitness has been chosen by our readers for five years straight. Zen Pilates offers a wide range of services including cellulite therapy and body wrap treatments, airbrush tanning, special maternity programs and much more.

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Best Acupuncture: Eastern Medical; Best Dentist: Pleasanton Family Dentist; Best Health Club: ClubSport Pleasanton; Best Sporting Goods & Apparel: Sports Chalet; Best Place to Walk, Jog or Bike: Pleasanton Ridge

HOME & VEHICLE

Best Auto Body Repair: California Collision: Located on California Avenue off Stanley, the staff at California Collision provides top-notch auto body repair services to our readers and others by being reliable, trustworthy and prompt. At California Collision, they strive to "drive" your vehicle anxiety away.

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Best Carpet Cleaning Service: Glover's: A family owned and operated business, Glover's Deep Steam Carpet Cleaner has won our readers over for the second year in a row with its variety of services including 24-hour water damage emergency service, wall-to-wall carpet cleaning, mattress cleaning and a specialized "odorologist" to remove pet and smoke odors.

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Best Carpet / Flooring Store: Carpetland: Whether it's carpeting, a new area rug or wood flooring services that you need, Carpetland is able to help. Customers rave about the Carpetland staff's quick and efficient work as well as their carpeting and flooring knowledge.

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Best Domestic Car Repair: Scott's Automotive: Scott's Automotive receives praise for completing repairs in a timely manner and providing honest and reliable service. Customers say the prices are also reasonable and the staff is always friendly.

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Best Foreign Car Repair: Precision Auto Repair: This family owned and operated business has snagged this title every year since 2011. Established in 1979, Precision Auto Repair prides itself on taking personal care of their customers and providing quality work and reasonable prices.

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Best Heating & Air Conditioning Service: Richard's Heating & Air: Helping Richard's Heating & Air to a second straight win, clients rave about owner Richard Westwood's customer service skills and friendly demeanor. Richard's prides itself on supplying fast, reliable service that customers can trust.

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Best Home Decor & Furnishings: Clover Creek: For a unique gift or decorative trinket, our readers look no further than Clover Creek. Locally owned and located conveniently downtown Pleasanton, the gift-and-decor store offers a variety of home accents and a quaint shopping environment.

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Best Landscaping Service:

Outer Visions Landscape Design: Serving the greater Tri-Valley area and neighboring cities, Outer Visions Landscape Design treats landscape like art to add value to your outdoor spaces. Owner Lynda Meikle is a certified horticulturist and her clients say she impresses with the time and care spent creating perfect designs for her projects.

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Best Plumber: Valley Plumbing: Valley Plumbing offers numerous repair services as well as bathroom remodels. The company motto is "Integrity Before Profit," and our readers believe they are honoring that motto by providing the best plumbing services in town.

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Best Senior Living: Stoneridge Creek: Stoneridge Creek for the second straight year has been named Pleasanton's best. In addition to its spacious single-story villas, Stoneridge Creek also offers various amenities to its residents including a fitness center and spa, tennis courts, dog park, movie theater, garden center and much more.

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Best Auto Dealership: Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton; Best Car Wash: Pleasanton Hand Car Wash; Best Florist: Alexandria's; Best Hardware Store: Workbench True Value Hardware; Best Landscaping Service: Outer Visions Landscape Design; Best Nursery / Garden Center: Western Garden Nursery; Best Roofer: Tri-City Roofing; Best Tire Store: Big O

KIDS & PETS

Best Tutoring School: Pleasanton Tutoring: Since its founding in 2009, Pleasanton Tutoring has built its reputation in the community by carrying out its goal to inspire life-long learning and provide knowledgeable tutors to local students.

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Best Veterinarian: Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital: Our readers say there's no better place in town to bring your pet for check-ups and other medical needs. The team of vets at Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital is caring, well-trained and dedicated to serving furry friends and their families.

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Best Pet Groomer: Dog Dynasty; Best Pet Store: Murphy's Paw; Best Place for Dance Lessons: Jazz N Taps; Best Place for a Kids' Playdate: One of Pleasanton's Parks; Best Toy Store: Golden Apple Learning Center

REST & RECREATION

Best Bookstore: Towne Center Books; Best Golf Course: Callippe Preserve; Best Happy Hour: Lokanta; Best Kept Secret Treasure of Pleasanton: Pleasanton Ridge; Best Local Winery: Wente; Best Place for Live Entertainment: Concerts in the Park; Best Place to People Watch: Main Street; Best Sports Bar: The HopYard

SERVICES

Best Financial Planning Firm: Wealth Management & Associates: Whether you need a consultation for wealth management, insurance services, retirement planning or college planning, Wealth Management & Associates located downtown is there to assist and uphold its mission to help families and individuals meet their financial goals.

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Best Local Insurance Agent: Renee Huber, State Farm: It's three in a row for Renee Huber, who says she strives to provide quality service with a smile and remain knowledgeable about her profession. Clients say she gives great advice from a professional and personal perspective to help them make important policy decisions.

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Best Mortgage Company: Vintage Mortgage Group: Vintage Mortgage Group is a two-time winner in this category, offering services such as FHA loans, FHA 203k construction loans, VA loans and home-path financing.

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Best Real Estate Agent: Gina Piper, Better Homes & Gardens: For four years in a row, voters have selected Gina Piper, who is very familiar with the city of Pleasanton and the surrounding communities as she is a longtime resident. Her professional approach to her practice, coupled with her courteous attitude, leave clients satisfied with her service.

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Best Real Estate Team: Fabulous Properties, Donna Garrison & Susan Schall: Sisters Donna Garrison and Susan Schall have once again snagged the title. The dynamic duo use their individual talents and knowledge to create the best home-buying experience for their clients.

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Best Bank: Wells Fargo; Best Credit Union: Patelco Credit Union; Best Dry Cleaner: D&D Dry Cleaners; Best Hotel: The Rose Hotel; Best Photographer: Bella Luna Studios; Best Real Estate Office: Venture Sotheby's International Realty; Best Travel Agency: Pleasanton Travel.

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Nominations due by Sept. 17

Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

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