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Cover Story - October 13, 2006

Best of Pleasanton

Switch to online voting brings record response, comments This year's balloting for our sixth annual "Best of Pleasanton" feature was done entirely online with phenomenal response, telling us that Pleasanton has well adapted to the Internet and keyboard communications. Besides voting on all 53 questions, many took the extra step of commenting on their choices, emphasizing that they enjoy our historic downtown, that people-watching is part of the fun of dining at restaurant tables along Main Street, and that our downtown coffee shops, restaurants, shops and Farmers' Market are clearly the public's favorite gathering places. Of course, it's not easy to pick out the Best of Pleasanton because so much is so good. Teens, especially, still like to hangout at Stoneridge Mall, although some want more "fun" places where they can go on weekend nights. Others e-mailed us directly after casting their online votes to suggest more categories for next year, such as Best Dentist or Best Teacher. We were flattered to have so many unsolicited votes naming us as Best Newspaper, although that wasn't on our list of choices. Our question about the Best Spirited High School produced many direct e-mails from students praising Amador Valley or Foothill high schools, which tells us their upcoming season-ending cross-town football duel should be quite a game. As always, there are those who are disappointed by Pleasanton. One 44-year-old woman said she's looked in vain for a good place to meet other singles, "but I have yet to find it, let alone find the best place for a first date," another "Best of" question. One disgruntled homeowner messaged us that "there is still a lot of room for improvement in Pleasanton, so I haven't found anything I'd call best." Most message sent directly to the Weekly, however, were from readers who said they had great difficulty picking a "Best of" because they think the whole town is the best place to live, shop, work and have fun. And that's the spirit of our "Best of" feature: To let you, our readers, tell us what you like best. Here we go...

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Posted by Jacqueline Andrews
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2007 at 10:06 am

I would like to vote for the best manicurist in Pleasanton. My vote is for Cher Orio the owner of "It's Only Natural".

Cher's expertise in her field is untouchable. Not only is Cher the best in Pleasanton but the Bay Area. She also has a wonderful personality that makes you feel like family.

I've recommended her to all my family and friends. Her manicures and pedicures are exceptional, especially the massages!!!

Cher's gift shop has so many wonderful items. There is something for everyone from babies to grandparents, both male and female.

Thank you,
Jacqueline Andrews

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Posted by Brad
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:04 am

I am a long time cutomer of VIP II, and I would like to clearify
that although there are two VIP locations they are individually
own by different owners. As I understand the new owners have taken over two years ago. The VIP II on 3120 Santa Rita Rd. #E is the one
the voters have voted for and have won the Best In Pleasanton two years in a row. Congratultions VIP II... they really are the best.

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Posted by John Pitts
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Dec 24, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Best floor covering store in the Tri- Valley is Carpetland in the Rose Pavilion shopping center in Pleasanton, they have the best customer service as well as the BEST Prices.
I used them several times so my sister, my neighbors and several of my friends of. Also they won the BEST Flooring Store in the entire Tri Valley for 13 years in a row!