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Meet the 2016/2017 Readers' Local Favorites

Jul 31, 2017 11:49PM, Published by Elena Hutslar, Categories: Today, Community



Congratulations to the 2016/2017 Readers’ Local Favorites

This quick list of winners and finalists in each category is followed by brief highlights of the qualities that made them rise to the top. They are the businesses, people and places that support our community and have won spots in the hearts of our readers. 

FOOD AND DRINK

Overall Best Restaurant

Pleasant Hill

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar - Winner

Jack’s Restaurant seamlessly transitions as a place where customers can go for a dressed-up meal, a burger and beer before or after a movie, a business meeting, or a celebration for one of life’s milestones. They are open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offer indoor and outdoor dining, and make you feel comfortable anytime you walk in. The relaxed atmosphere attracts families, and the wide-ranging menu leaves everyone satisfied. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com

 

Wence’s Restaurant – Finalist (Tied)

Wence’s Restaurant strives to bring you delicious, innovative, and inviting California cuisine. Emphasizing organic, handmade, and all-natural products, Wence's offers a variety of freshly prepared, artfully presented entrees for everyone, including Mediterranean Black Mussels, Wild Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Truffle Mac and Cheese, Specialty Burgers, and Filet Mignon! At Wence’s we believe even the smallest detail matters to ensure every customer is pleased and eager to return. Happy hour M-F, brunch Sat. & Sun., and lunch & dinner daily. Make your reservation today! 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 566-8971, www.wencesrestaurant.com

 

WiseGirl Ristorante – Finalist (Tied)

WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails embodies the heart of Sicily from its cuisine to its cocktails, all the way down to the ambience and warm staff. We are honored and humbled by all of the amore’ and support given by our customers, the community, and the Focus readers. Congratulations to all of our friends and fellow business owners who were recognized as well! WiseGirl… A little piece of Italia in wonderful Pleasant Hill.  Open daily for lunch, dinner, and evenings with a full bar. 1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, (925) 448-9888, www.wisegirlph.com

 

 

Martinez

Lemongrass Bistro – Winner

501 Main St., Martinez, (925) 387-0388, www.lemongrass-bistro.com

 

Mangia Bene Restaurant - Finalist

1170 Arnold Dr #116, Martinez, (925) 228-9123, www.mangiabenerestaurant.com

 

Walnut Creek

Va de Vi Bistro Wine Bar - Winner

1511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0100, www.vadevi.com

 

Lark Creek Walnut Creek - Finalist

1360 Locust St, Walnut Creek, (925) 256-1234, www.larkcreekwalnutcreek.com

 

 

Seafood

Wence’s Restaurant - Winner

Wence’s Restaurant strives to bring you delicious, innovative and inviting California Cuisine. Emphasizing organic, handmade and all-natural products, Wence's offers a variety of freshly prepared, artfully presented entrees for everyone, including Mediterranean Black Mussels, Wild Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Truffle Mac and Cheese, Specialty Burgers, and Filet Mignon! At Wence’s we believe even the smallest detail matters to ensure every customer is pleased and eager to return. Serving brunch Sat. & Sun. and lunch & dinner daily. Make your reservation today! 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 566-8971, www.wencesrestaurant.com

 

Walnut Creek Yacht Club - Finalist

1555 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, www.wcyc.net

 

Steak

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar -Winner

1685 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, (925) 287-0297, www.flemingssteakhouse.com

 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Finalist

1553 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 977-3477, www.ruthschris.com

 

Chinese

Ming’s - Winner

2653 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 934-9393, www.mingspleasanthill.com

 

Dragon’s  Spring - Finalist

2642 Pleasant Hill Rd, Pleasant Hill, (925) 287-8899, www.dragonsspring.com/restaurant

 

Mediterranean

Yalla Mediterranean - Winner

55 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 825-8644, www.yallamedi.com

 

Yanni's Gyros and Burgers – Finalist

6635 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, (925) 943-5771, www.yannisgyrosandburgers.com

 

Japanese

Kobe Japan – Winner

1918 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 705-7065, www.kobejapanrestaurant.com

 

Nama Sushi-Finalist

2375 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill (925) 356-0292, www.namateriyaki.com

 

Indian

Naan ‘n’ Curry – Winner

2068 Salvio St., Concord, (925) 825-6226, www.naancurryconcord.com

 

Sushi

Kobe Japan Restaurant – Winner

1918 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 705-7065, www.kobejapanrestaurant.com

 

Mexican

El Tapatio – Winner

40 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-2420, www.tapatiomexican.com

 

Thai

Savanh -Winner

1910 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 937-4368, www.savanh.net

 

Lemongrass – Finalist

501 Main St., Martinez, (925) 387-0388, www.lemongrass-bistro.com

 

Italian

WiseGirl Ristorante– Winner

WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails voted Favorite Italian Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, embodies the heart of Sicily from its cuisine to its cocktails, all the way down to the ambience and warm staff. Start with an antipasto Calamari Cestino, or the Shrimp Casino. Homemade Italian Wedding Soup and the Rigatoni Rapisardo are family recipes and favorites. Americana choices compliment the traditional Italian comfort food. Don’t forget the Cannoli - WiseGirl has it all! A little piece of Italia in wonderful Pleasant Hill.  Open daily for lunch, dinner, and evenings with a full bar.  1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 448-9888, www.wisegirlph.com

 

 

BBQ

Back Forty Texas BBQ -Winner

100 Coggins Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 935-1440, www.backforty.us

 

Burger Spot

Pleasant Hill

In-N-Out - Winner

At In-N-Out ®, every burger made is cooked fresh to order. With 100% beef, real American cheese, and leafed lettuce, vine-ripe plump tomatoes stacked high on a freshly baked bun. And your burger doesn’t hit the grill until you ask for it. We even use fresh cut potatoes for our French fries, and make our shakes from real ice cream. After all, we’re cooking for someone special, we are cooking for you. 570 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (800) 786-1000.

 

Five Guys Burgers - Finalist

100 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 609-8400, www.fiveguys.com

 

Martinez

Creek Monkey Tap House - Winner

611 Escobar St., Martinez, (925) 228-8787, www.creekmonkey.com

 

Walnut Creek

Mona’s Burgers & Shakes-Winner

1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, (925) 278-1415 www.monasburgers.com

 

Pizza

Pleasant Hill

Zachary’s Pizza – Winner (Tied)

With over 175 Best Pizza awards, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza is an employee-owned company renowned for their Chicago-style stuffed and traditional thin crust pizzas. Whether dining in or taking out, Zachary's in Downtown Pleasant Hill is a great choice for families and friends. Craft beer, local wine and a variety of fresh salad options complement the menu, along with personal pizzas and slice options for lunch. Take-and-bake pizzas and online ordering are available.140 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 602-7000, www.zacharys.com

 

Melo’s Pizza and Pasta – (Tied)

1660 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 687-1880, www.melospizzapasta.com

 

Martinez

Mingles Pizza - Winner

5680 Pacheco Blvd., Pacheco, (925) 288-0588, www.minglespizza.com

 

Walnut Creek

Skipolini’s Pizza - Winner (Tied)

1535 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek (925) 280-1100, www.skipolinispizza.com

 

Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria – Winner (Tied)

2909 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Walnut Creek (925) 947-6105, www.roccospizzeria.com

 

Beers on Tap

Pleasant Hill

Jack’s Tap House – Winner

The owners of Jack's Restaurant and Bar opened Jack's Taps in 2015.  Accessible from the main restaurant as well as Crescent Drive, Jack's Taps motto is simple: "If it's good, we'll tap it." With 20 beers on tap, ranging from Lagers to IPAs, to Stouts, and Sours, Jack's Taps features some of the best brewers on the West Coast and beyond like Speakeasy, Redwood Curtain, Altamont, Fieldwork, Drakes, Evil Twin and many more! Every week, Jack's Taps brings in new selections for our community's savvy and extremely good-looking beer aficionados.  With ever-changing and delicious beer selections, Jack Tap’s has knowledgeable and friendly beertenders and a special Tap food menu, all in a cozy, intimate space. Jack's Taps has become the go-to spot for people who take their beer and fun seriously. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com.

 

Martinez

Creek Monkey Tap House – Winner

611 Escobar St., Martinez, (925) 228-8787, www.creekmonkey.com

 

Walnut Creek

Stadium Pub - Winner

1420 Lincoln Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7302, www.thestadiumpub.com

 

 

Wine Selection

Pleasant Hill

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar – Winner (Tied)

Come to Jack’s to enjoy dinner with a great glass (or bottle) of wine! The wine list is extensive, offering a selection of over 50 red and more than 25 white wines by the bottle.  Half bottles and a selection of 25 wines by the glass are also available. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com

 

WiseGirl Ristorante – Winner (Tied)

WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails tied as winner for Favorite Place for Wine Selection in Pleasant Hill. Embodying the heart of Sicily from its cuisine to its cocktails, all the way down to the ambience and warm staff. Whether you are in the mood for a soft white, crisp rose’, or a full-bodied red, from California’s Napa Valley to Italy’s Tuscany Region, the WiseGirl Wine List has an option for you! We’ve recently added a special reserve list to enhance our offerings. A little piece of Italia in wonderful Pleasant Hill.  Open daily for lunch, dinner, and evenings with a full bar. 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 448-9888, www.wisegirlph.com

 

 

Martinez

Bar Cava Wine Bar & Eatery - Winner

718 Main St., Martinez, (925) 957-6030, www.barcava.com

 

Walnut Creek

Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar - Winner

1511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0100, www.vadevi.com

 

 

Happy Hour

Pleasant Hill

WiseGirl Ristorante - Winner

WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails voted Favorite Place for Happy Hour in Pleasant Hill, embodies the heart of Sicily from its cuisine to its cocktails, all the way down to the ambience and warm staff. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 3-6pm and Thursday’s 3-10pm. Enjoy Happy Hour favorites, including Fish n’ Chips, Meatball-tini, or Chicken Parmesan Sliders, paired with your favorite cocktail, beer, or wine. WiseGirl happy hour has it all! A little piece of Italia in wonderful Pleasant Hill.  Open daily for lunch, dinner, and evenings with a full bar.1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 448-9888, www.wisegirlph.com

 

Martinez

Creek Monkey Tap House - Winner

611 Escobar St., Martinez, (925) 228-8787, www.creekmonkey.com

 

Walnut Creek

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar -Winner

1685 Mt Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 287-0297, www.flemingssteakhouse.com

 

Sports Bar

Pleasant Hill

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar – Winner

Jack’s displays sports on large screen TVs and hosts happy hour Monday to Friday, from 3:30 to 6:30pm and 9pm to close everyday, and offers 4 beers on tap, cocktails and hearty appetizers. The bar includes high top seating and accommodates 50 people. Many people come in for the variety of signature drinks. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com

 

Martinez

Behind the Plate - Winner

528 Center Ave., Martinez, (925) 957-6908, www.martinezclubhouse.com

 

Walnut Creek

Stadium Pub - Winner

1420 Lincoln Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7302, www.thestadiumpub.com

 

Bartender

Dennis Roberts, WiseGirl Ristorante - Winner

WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails is proud to announce Dennis Roberts was awarded Favorite Bartender in Pleasant Hill. As a respected “industry veteran” Dennis brings his warm personality and family approach to his craft. Whether you are in the mood for a traditional cocktail, or one of WiseGirl’s signature cocktails like the “Dolled Up Drop” or the “Al Capone”– Mr. Roberts has the skill and flair to make it an experience like none other. If you are lucky you can even find him singing his favorite Elvis rendition on live music nights. WiseGirl has it all! A little piece of Italia in wonderful Pleasant Hill.  Open daily for lunch, dinner, and evenings with a full bar. 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 448-9888, www.wisegirlph.com

 

Live Music

Pleasant Hill

WiseGirl Ristorante – Winner

WiseGirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails voted Favorite Place for LIVE Music in Pleasant Hill, embodies the heart of Sicily from its cuisine to its cocktails, all the way down to the ambience and warm staff. Talented musicians from all over the Bay Area collaborate to provide some of the best live music around. Whether it’s acoustic sets on Thursday nights, full bands to enjoy dancing on Friday and Saturday, or testing your own vocals with a little Karaoke on Sunday, WiseGirl has it all! A little piece of Italia in wonderful Pleasant Hill.  Open daily for lunch, dinner, and evenings with a full bar. 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 448-9888, www.wisegirlph.com

 

Martinez

Armando’s – Winner

707 Marina Vista, Martinez, (925) 228-6985, www.armandosmartinez.com

 

Walnut Creek

Dan’s Irish Sports Bar  - Winner

1524 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-1331, www.dansbar.com

 

Sandwiches

Pleasant Hill

Siren’s Sandwich Shop - Winner

2391 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 295-9822, www.sirenssandwhichshop.com

 

Martinez

Luigi’s Deli and Market - Winner

537 Main St., Martinez, (925) 229-8920, luigisdeliandmarket.com

 

Walnut Creek

Morucci's Deli - Winner

1218 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, (925) 939-2426, www.moruccisdeliwalnutcreek.com

 

Breakfast

Pleasant Hill

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar – Winner

Jack’s offers a full breakfast seven days a week, with plenty to choose from on the menu to impress clients or your friends from out of town. Delectable eggs benedict, a yummy selection of omelets, pancakes, and much more await you! 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com

 

Martinez

Copper Skillet Courtyard – Winner

811 Ferry St., Martinez, (925) 228-3457

 

Walnut Creek

Katy’s Creek - Winner

1680 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 946-0949, www.katyscreek.com

 

Bakery

Pleasant Hill

Corner Bakery – Winner

35 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 363-6267, www.cornerbakerycafe.com

Martinez

Bella Cakes – Winner

Martinez (925) 286-2768, www.facebook.com/bellacakesbycindy

Walnut Creek

A Sweet Affair – Winner

1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-1910, www.asweetaffairbakery.com

 

Ice Cream

Cold Stone Creamery – Winner

Since 2001, Cold Stone Creamery in Pleasant Hill has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients along with our signature process of preparing custom ice cream creations. Cold Stone’s ice cream can be made to order and mixed with your choice of candy, cakes, fruits or nuts on a frozen granite stone. In addition, shakes, smoothies, yogurt and sorbet is available. Pleasant Hill Cold Stone Creamery would like to thank our wonderful and loyal customers for voting us a 2016/2017 Local Favorite for Best Ice Cream! 60 Crescent Dr., Downtown Pleasant Hill, (925) 288-0388, www.coldstonecakes.com

 

Cream – Finalist

1372 N Main St., Walnut Creek (925) 891-4041, www.creamnation.com

 

Frozen Yogurt

Coco Swirl – Winner

35 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 685-2626, www.cocoswirl.com

 

Yogurtland – Finalist

2390 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-8929, www.yogurt-land.com

 

Independent Coffee House

Pleasant Hill

Latte Da Espresso & More – Winner

1902 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 906-9664.

 

Martinez

States Coffee & Mercantile – Winner

609 Ward St., Martinez, (925) 293-4666, www.statescoffee.com.

 

Walnut Creek

Pacific Bay Coffee Co-Winner

1495 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-1709, www.pacificbaycoffee.com

 

 

HEALTH & BEAUTY

 

Chiropractor

Strand Chiropractic - Winner

380 Civic Dr., Unit 200A, (925) 680-0640, www.caseystranddc.com

 

Dentist

Parkway Smiles – Winner

Thank you for voting Parkway Smiles Dental as your local favorite dentist! Our commitment to excellence and service drives us to deliver care with the highest standards. Our practice gives emphasis on prevention and utilization of the latest advancement in dental technology. This allows us to be conservative in our approach and help individualize treatment according to our patients’ needs. We are a family practice serving our community since 2009. New patients are welcome! 1029 Arnold Dr., #9, Martinez, (925) 229-8890, www.parkwaysmilesdental.com

 

 

Orthodontist

Dr. Jennifer Martin, DDS – Winner

A second-generation orthodontist, Dr. Martin is dedicated to the practice of orthodontics. She knows and understands her patient and strives to provide a unique, custom-tailored experience for each individual she treats.  As a specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Martin is committed to providing the most advanced orthodontic treatment options for optimal care and comfort. She works with patients of all ages, providing early, interceptive treatment, phase one and two orthodontics, and Invisalign and Invisalign Teen braces as well as traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. 401 Gregory Ln., Ste. 126, Pleasant Hill, (925) 232-0646,www.drjennifermartin.com

 

 

Salon and Spa

SkinScience Medical Spa - Winner

Thank you so much for voting SkinScience Med Spa as your favorite for skin care in the East Bay!  As a physician owned and operated medical spa, you can be assured that you are getting the highest quality care. We offer customized treatment plans and state-of-the-art techniques in a friendly and relaxing environment. Come visit us for your Botox, Dysport, Filler (Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane), chemical peels or esthetic services, 101 Gregory Ln., Suite #27, Pleasant Hill, (925) 334-2210 for medical treatments or (925) 381-5627 for aesthetic treatments, www.skinsciencemedspa.com

 

 

Skin Care

SkinScience Medical Spa – Winner

SkinScience Medical Spa truly cares about your skin. Dr. Melissa Hubiak and esthetician Stephanie Knight have years of combined experience specializing in state-of-the-art aesthetic and cosmetic services using medical grade skin care products such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals. They offer customized facials, laser photofacial, customized chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and skin tightening. They also offer laser hair removal, and solutions for acne-prone skin and post-acne scarring. 101 Gregory Ln., Ste. 27, Pleasant Hill, (925) 334-2210 (medical treatments) or (925) 381-5627 (aesthetic treatments), www.skinsciencemedspa.com

 

Trio Skin Care-Finalist

1333 Willow Pass Rd., Concord, (925) 609-8746, www.trioskincare.com

 

Gym

Pleasant Hill

YMCA-Winner

350 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 687-8900,www.ymca.net

 

Martinez

Martinez Athletic Club (MAC) - Winner

The Martinez Athletic Club, affectionately known as the MAC, offers sweat sessions that people love, seven days a week, whether it’s a spin class, Cycle Tone, boot camp, barre, TRX, Pilates or yoga. Opened in March 2015 by husband and wife owners, Ben and Pam Borsellino, the MAC has already garnered attention for the specialized dynamic workouts, attentive customer service, and boutique area that features exclusive designs from BBrazil active wear. Members say that beyond the energizing workouts, the support system and community atmosphere sets the Martinez Athletic Club apart. 729 Castro St., Martinez, (925) 849- 7128. www.martinezathleticclub.com

 

Walnut Creek

Renaissance Club Sport-Winner

2805 Jones Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 303-4258, www.renaissanceclubsport.com

 

Dance Studio

In Motion Dance Center - Winner

835 Arnold Dr., #5, Martinez,  (925) 229-5678, www.inmotiondancer.com

 

Martial Arts

Master Schreiber’s ATA-Winner

1124 Arnold Dr., Martinez, (925) 957-9383, www.bay-ata.com

 

             

HOME IMPROVEMENT

 

Painting

Payless Painting – Winner

Payless Painting is a family-owned and operated, customer-centered, full-service painting company. They provide detailed written proposals, references, and a professional paint crew, and they stand behind their work 100%.  Payless Painting won KRON 4 Best of the Bay Viewers Choice Award in 2011 for Best Painting Contractor in Northern California and are green certified through the Bay Area Green Business Program.  They specialize in both interior and exterior residential and commercial repaints. 160 Grove Cir., Pleasant Hill, (925) 935-1176, www.PaylessPainting.com

 

Pest Control

Leading Edge Pest Management - Winner

1250 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-2222, www.leadingedgepm.com

 

Landscape

Meadowbrook Designs -Winner

1701 North California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 200-3661, www.meadowbrookdesign.com

 

Cleaning Services

Sedano’s Maintenance - Winner

3354 Woodhaven Ln., Concord, (925) 231-5218

 

Fencing

Craig Fencing - Winner

Walnut Creek, (925) 932-8833, www.craigfencing.com

 

Contractor

Sierra Builders Ed McMillan-Winner

I am a Gregory Gardens Specialist with twenty-six years of residential renovation experience adding on family rooms, master bedrooms and baths, kitchens, as well as new construction. We work very well with the client to make their dreams a reality. Renovating also adds equity to your biggest investment, your home. I grew up in Gregory Gardens and reside here today. Thank you for voting SIERRA BUILDERS, Ed McMillan, Contractor of the Year 2016-2017. 343 Kathleen Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 686-5352

 

Handyman

Hire My Husband Quality Painting & Home Repair - Winner

Would you like your Saturdays back? Wouldn’t it be great to find someone to take care of those items on that growing list of “Honey Dos”?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work with a company that returns your phone calls, shows up on time for jobs, and cleans up when done? AND, wouldn’t it be terrific to have someone navigate the labyrinth of your local home improvement center to get the supplies needed for your job?  Call Hire My Husband Quality Painting & Home Repair! (925) 969-0133 or (707) 746-7958, www.hiremyhusband.com

 

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

Real Estate

Pleasant Hill

The Flaskerud Team /RE/MAX – Winner

Don & Norma Flaskerud and Erik Flaskerud are the proud owners of Re/Max Today, a full service residential real estate company in Pleasant Hill.  Don and Norma, who have been top-selling Realtors in Pleasant Hill for 20+ years, welcomed Erik 5 years ago. They will help you move up, move down, or buy your first home!  With decades of experience and the #1 real estate company in the world behind them, they stay on tops of trends, providing the top-notch service you deserve.  Your home will sell for top dollar, with their expertise providing full exposure and their staging advice preparing it to sparkle.  The first-time buyer will find their guidance critical to buying a home in this low inventory market. 367 Civic Dr., Suite 7, (925) 338-2980, Erik.Flaskerud@gmail.com or DonandNorma@gmail.com 

 

Martinez/Walnut Creek

Julie McCoy Broker Association RE/MAX ACCORD - Winner

Julie McCoy, Broker Associate with RE/MAX ACCORD specializes in the needs of Bay Area families in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Her local expertise and extensive real estate experience will benefit you whether buying or selling now or simply in the information-gathering stage. Julie McCoy is a Broker, Realtor, Accredited Buyer's Representative, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Quality Service Certified, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a recipient of the Five Star Award from 2012-2107.  3390 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 980-8095, www.JulieMcCoy.com

 

Insurance

Pleasant Hill and Martinez

Matt Rinn, State Farm Insurance - Winner

As a State Farm Insurance agent for seven years, Matt Rinn has practically become a household name in Pleasant Hill through hard work, superb customer service, volunteer efforts and sponsorship of almost every major event and several youth sports teams in the community. State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams, and Matt has built his reputation and business by helping others improve their quality of life. 140 Gregory Ln., #245, Pleasant Hill, (925) 671-0222, www.myagentmatt.net

 

Walnut Creek

Sallie Severns, State Farm Insurance - Winner

2064 Treat Blvd., Suite A, Walnut Creek, (925) 945-1541, www.severnsinsurance.com

 

Finance

Land Home Financial Services - Winner

Land Home has a nationwide footprint providing Residential Purchase and Refinance Lending. However, Land Home’s core belief extends beyond home finance and is rooted in their community partnerships.  They are driven by working locally with community organizations, charities and non-profits from a sincere desire to put “relationships before transactions”.  After 29 years of specializing in residential mortgage lending, Land Home is very proud to be the Bay Area’s Preferred Community Lender.  1355 Willow Way, Suite 250, Concord, (925) 338-8200, LHFS.com

 

Computer Services

 

Cantrell's Computer Sales & Service, Inc. - Winner 

Many thanks to all our customers, friends and the Community Focus for voting us “Readers Local Favorite for Computer Services” for the 4th straight contest! Cantrell’s Computer Sales & Service is in our 20th year of business. We provide in-shop repairs, remote, and on-site support for PC’s and Apple. Plus, we sell new and refurbished computer products in our retail store. Ultimately, we help our customers better utilize technology to save time, energy, and natural resources. Come see us! 1936 Linda Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 827-1200, www.crsfbay.com

 

Photographer

Susan Wood Photography – Winner

Susan Wood chases light from land, sea and sky, delivering high quality images to corporate and non-profit clients, families, and individuals. Shooting with passion and high energy, her ability to “capture the moment” shines through in the wide variety of photographs she delivers: formal & candid portraits, corporate & family events, aviation & aerials, nature & adventures “on-location.” With a client-centric approach, she collaborates with each client and brings their own unique and special story to life. Above all, Susan makes all her subjects comfortable in front of her camera lens.  Pleasant Hill, (925) 939-7060, www.SusanWoodPhotography.com

 

Legal

Other Professional Services

Jeffrey S. Hall, Attorney - Winner

Jeffrey Hall, MBA, CPA, Esq. is a highly experienced attorney and a trusted name in the field of trusts and estates. Jeff’s practice is focused mainly in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.  Jeff is a well-known author on the subjects of estate planning, probates, and conservatorships.  Jeff also appears frequently in superior court on similar related matters and is known among both the bar and bench of Contra Costa County.  Jeff has practiced law for 14 years and been a CPA for 25 years. Both Jeff and his wife, Laura, have been loyal and supportive residents of Pleasant Hill since 1983. Attorney Jeff Hall is available for a free, 30-minute telephone conversation or visit his website at www.HallLawGroup.com3478 Buskirk Ave., #1000, (925) 230-9002

 

SENIOR SERVICES

 

Senior Care Services

Senior Helpers – Winner

Senior Helpers’ mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families by providing dependable and affordable care. Whether caregivers are needed just a few hours one day a week or all day, every day, our caregivers will help with a variety of daily activities such as companionship and conversation, fall prevention, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and transportation, medication reminders, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and so much more. For a free, in-home assessment, call (925) 677-2150, 1170 Burnett Ave., Concord, www.seniorhelpers.com

 

Senior Living

Carlton Senior Living – Winner

For more than three decades, Carlton Senior Living communities have provided Northern California seniors with an array of individually tailored care options – ranging from independent and assisted living to award-winning health and memory care programs. Our residents enjoy delicious, healthy food and a wide range of activities and entertainment in a comfortable, family-friendly environment where they can make friends, enjoy life and continue to thrive. We treat our residents and staff with respect, kindness and compassion, and that unique “culture of caring” makes all the difference. Various locations, 800-227-5866, www.carltonseniorliving.com

 

 

PET SERVICES

 

Pet Grooming

Noni’s Pet Boutique & Grooming – Winner

1945 Contra Costa Blvd., Ste B, Pleasant Hill, (925) 687-1156, www.nonispetboutiqueandgrooming.com

 

Veterinary Hospitals

Pleasant Hill

Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital – Winner

Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital, operating since 1976, is owned by Zach Anderson, DVM. Joe Thibedeau, DVM, and Terri Lamp, DVM, with our skilled team, provide excellent medical care. We’re the only rigorously tested and accredited AAHA hospital in Pleasant Hill. We welcome dogs, cats, rodents, and rabbits. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 6:00 Saturday, 8:00 to 4:00. Thank you, Readers, for honoring us for the fourth consecutive year by electing us Community Focus Local Favorite Veterinary Hospital at 2211 Morello Ave., Pleasant Hill, 925-676-1909, www.hillcrestvet.com.

 

Martinez

Montecito Animal Clinic-Winner (Tied)

5280 Pacheco Blvd., (925) 686-0683, www.montecitoanimalclinic.com

 

Oasis Veterinary Hospital-Winner (Tied)

Dr. Louisa Asseo and the cutting edge staff of Oasis Veterinary Hospital opened their doors in early spring of 2016, and in that short time they have gained the reputation as the veterinary hospital for all pets, from furry to scaly! Dr Asseo is a board certified specialist in dog and cat practice but serves all small animals and reptiles with the same high standard of care and expertise. Dr. Asseo has been serving the veterinary community of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and surrounding areas since 2002. Collaborative care with local specialists ensures that your pets receive innovative and individualized care.  Oasis Veterinary Hospital is AAHA Acredited. 6635 Alhambra Ave., Ste. 100, Martinez, (925) 954-8087, www.oasisveterinaryhospital.com

 

Walnut Creek

Geary Veterinary Hospital – Winner

1514 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, (925) 938-8010, www.gearyveterinaryhospital.com

 

AUTOMOTIVE

Mechanic & Automotive

Mike’s Automotive Service - Winner

1855 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 827-3033

 

Auto Body

Martinez Auto Body – Winner

615 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, (925) 228-3689, www.martinezautobodyshop.com

 

 

BOUTIQUES AND GIFTS

Boutique

Deja Vu Boutique – Winner

In August 2016, Kara Kimber Brown became the new owner of Deja Vu Boutique Consignment shop - Pleasant Hill’s hidden jewel.  Kara prides herself on consigning beautiful, high-end pieces of clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags at affordable prices, and she meticulously selects up-to-date styles that appeal to women of all ages from trendy and youthful to classy and mature.  Kara invites you to bring your sister, mother, daughter, or your BFF for a shopping experience you won’t find at the mall.  1630 Contra Costa Blvd., Ste. A, Pleasant Hill, (925) 808 – 8765, www.thedejavuboutique.com

 

Gifts & Collectibles

Kait’s Art Vintage Home-Winner

1942 Linda Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 383-5470, www.createwithkait.com

 

Consignment Shop

Deja Vu Boutique – Winner

In August 2016, Kara Kimber Brown became the new owner of Deja Vu Boutique Consignment shop - Pleasant Hill’s hidden jewel.  Kara prides herself on consigning beautiful, high-end pieces of clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags at affordable prices, and she meticulously selects up-to-date styles that appeal to women of all ages from trendy and youthful to classy and mature.  Kara invites you to bring your sister, mother, daughter, or your BFF for a shopping experience you won’t find at the mall.  1630 Contra Costa Blvd., Ste. A, Pleasant Hill, (925) 808 – 8765, www.thedejavuboutique.com

 

Independent Market

Pleasant Hill Market - Winner

2397 Pleasant Hill Rd., (925) 945-1585, www.pleasanthillmarket.net

 

Grocery Outlet - Finalist

Grocery Outlet, independently operated by Jason and Kathy Olson, is a supermarket company that offers discount, overstocked and closeout products from name brand and private label suppliers. You’ll find groceries and farm fresh produce at up to 40-70% off conventional retail prices. Grocery Outlet buyers are experts at buying product opportunistically; that is, product outside the normal retail channel, i.e. packaging changes, product overruns, and surplus inventories, to bring the best bargains back to their stores. 1671 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-3660, www.groceryoutlet.com



2016 and 2017 Readers' Local Favorites August 2017


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  • Happy Hour & A Half

    08/18/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • THE JESSE BREWSTER BAND

    08/18/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Alt-Country, Folk Rock" Jesse Brewster - guitar/ vocals Dave Sampson - guitar Ryan Low - dr...


  • The Valley Beer Tour

    08/20/2017
    11:30AM — 04:00PM

    Livermore has an abundance of wineries now being complemented by a growing craft beer scene. Wit...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/20/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • THE LOWELL TRIO

    08/20/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    "Classical" With members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra The Lowell Trio annual Summer...


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  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/23/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/23/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • MONTHLY MOSTLY BLUEGRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

    08/23/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Hosted by the Armando's House Bluegrass Band Bruce Campbell - bass Rick Horlick - mandolin L...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    08/18/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • THE JESSE BREWSTER BAND

    08/18/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Alt-Country, Folk Rock" Jesse Brewster - guitar/ vocals Dave Sampson - guitar Ryan Low - dr...


  • Public Art Walking Tours in Walnut Creek

    08/19/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Enjoy a one hour, docent-led walking tour of Walnut Creek's wonderful downtown public art collect...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/19/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages - and...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/19/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • "In Pursuit of Silence"

    08/19/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    A unique "summer escape" film. Filmmaker Patrick Shen explores silence and the impact of noise in...


  • THE TERRY HANCK BAND

    08/19/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Blues and R&B" Terry Hanck - sax/ vocals Johnny”Cat” Soubrand - guitar Butch Cousins - drum...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/19/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • The Valley Beer Tour

    08/20/2017
    11:30AM — 04:00PM

    Livermore has an abundance of wineries now being complemented by a growing craft beer scene. Wit...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/20/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • THE LOWELL TRIO

    08/20/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    "Classical" With members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra The Lowell Trio annual Summer...


  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/23/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/23/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • MONTHLY MOSTLY BLUEGRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

    08/23/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Hosted by the Armando's House Bluegrass Band Bruce Campbell - bass Rick Horlick - mandolin L...


  • FPHE Green Team meeting - new members wanted!

    08/24/2017
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    We encourage and support all things Green in Pleasant Hill schools, including school gardens, sal...


  • QUINN DEVEAUX

    08/24/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Soul Blues” Joe Lewis - electric bass Quinn DeVeaux - guitar/vocals Andrew Maguire - Drums ...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    08/25/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music with KYLE JESTER No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • Walnut Creek Movies Under the Stars: Grease

    08/25/2017
    06:30PM — 10:00PM

    Bring your family and enjoy this FREE outdoor moving screening! Bring a picnic or enjoy dinner at...


  • THE MAD MAGGIES

    08/25/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Ska, Zydeco and Folk Rock" Maggie Martin - accordion/ vocals Johny Blood - tuba Ray Rernand...


  • Eat Stay Love Lafayette Food Tour

    08/26/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Green Hills. Great Schools. Good-tasting Eats. Our Eat – Stay – Love Lafayette food tour is a tw...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/26/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/26/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • PETER ANASTOS & ITER + GREEK JAZZ

    08/26/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    "Post Bop Original Jazz" Peter Anastos - trumpet Jodi Durst - bass Heikki Koskonen - piano ...


  • Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center

    08/26/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Jazz Experience at the Lesher Center, presented by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, will ret...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    08/27/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • THE SUNDAY PAPER

    08/27/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    "Bay Area Funk" With former and current members of Tower Of Power, Cold Blood, Sly & The Famil...


  • Volunteer Gardening

    08/30/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • Community Garden Swap Meet

    08/30/2017
    12:00PM — 12:30PM

    Have an excess harvest of yummy and pretty things from your home garden? Bring fruits, vegetables...


  • Plant Spotlight Classes

    08/30/2017
    12:30PM — 01:00PM

    Bring a sketchbook or notebook to The Gardens at Heather Farm as we spotlight one special plant i...


  • Join us for an Event Marketing Workshop on how to manage events big and small. The event is happe...


  • THE RAY CHARLES PROJECT

    08/31/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Tony Lindsey - vocals Glenn Walters - vocals Chris Cain - guitar David K. Mathews - organ Dwa...


  • Happy Hour & A Half

    09/01/2017
    04:30PM — 06:00PM

    Live music with SIN SILVER No cover charge Beverage discount Doors open 4:00


  • LITTLE ROGER & THE GOOSEBUMPS

    09/01/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Pop Rock" Roger Clark - guitar/ vocals David Seabury - drums John Seabury - bass Donn Spin...


  • The Valley Beer Tour

    09/02/2017
    11:30AM — 04:00PM

    Livermore has an abundance of wineries now being complemented by a growing craft beer scene. Wit...


  • "Anything Goes" art gallery opening

    09/02/2017
    02:00PM — 06:30PM

    Art show opening ‘Anything Goes’ at the Raquel Amaral Studio/Gallery on September 2nd, 2017 2...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    09/02/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • LAVAY SMITH & HER RED HOT SKILLIT LICKERS

    09/02/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    "Red, White & Blues: A Celebration Of America's Cities, States & Regions" Lavay Smith - vocal...


  • Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

    09/03/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Satisfy your sweet tooth this this one-hour guided walking tour that helps kids of all ages explo...


  • MICHELE'S SUNNY SUNDAY BIRTHDAY BASH

    09/03/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Featuring…. Yours Truly Michele (Michele Kappel) "She’s a celebration. No matter your mood, yo...


  • BLUES SHOWCASE

    09/04/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Al Smith Band Memphis Blues Project Harrison Flynn and Friends Barry Craig and Friends


  • Volunteer Gardening

    09/06/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    It takes a lot of effort to maintain six acres of lush garden space, and as a small, nonprofit or...


  • DREAM POSSE

    09/07/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    “Eclectic Country Rock” CD Release Party! Kiki Stack – vocals Katy Lawrence – vocals/ viol...


 

 

 

July 2017

 

 

Oasis Veterinary Pet Adoption Connection

 

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