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Best of Santa Cruz County

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks

It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, Editor
Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX
| Shops | Food & Drink | Arts & Entertainment | Health & Fitness | Professionals | The Rest |

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Best Shops

Best Shops

Category: Winner
Adult Store: Camouflage
Antiques: Mr. Goodie’s
Arts & Crafts: Palace Art
Auto (New): Toyota of Santa Cruz
Auto (Used): Toyota of Santa Cruz
Auto Repair : Specialized Auto           
Bank (local): Santa Cruz County Bank 
Beachwear: O’Neill Surf Shop
Bicycle Shop : The Bicycle Trip
Bookstore: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Butcher Shop: Shopper’s Corner

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Best Food & Drink

Best Food & Drink

Category: Winner
Açai Bowl: Cafe Brazil
Appetizer: Hula’s
Bagel: The Bagelry
Bakery: The Buttery
Bar: 515
Barbecue: Aptos Barbecue
Beer Selection: 99 Bottles
Bloody Mary: Harbor Café
Burger & Fries: Betty Burgers
Burrito: Tacos Moreno
Bread: Companion Bakeshop

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Best Arts & Entertainment

Best Arts & Entertainment

Category: Winner
Art Gallery: Museum of Art & History
Local Band: Extra Large
Billiards: Fast Eddy’s
Dance Club: Motiv
Dance Studio: Pacific Arts Complex
Festival: Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Karaoke: Coasters
Local Solo Musician: Joe Ferrara
Movie Theater: Del Mar Theatre
Music  Venue (Dedicated): The Catalyst
Music Venue (Bar/restaurant) : The Crepe Place

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Best of Health & Fitness

Best of Health & Fitness

Category: Winner           
Acupuncture: Five  Branches
Aerobics Studio: Santa Cruz Dance Co.
Alternative Health: Well Being Center
Beauty Supply: Westside Beauty Supply
Bike Trail: Wilder Ranch
Botox: Ultra Derm
Class Instructor: Lee Pate
Day Spa: Caress Day Spa
Eyelash Extension: L’Atelier Salon
Facial: TraMi Skin Care
Fitness Center: Toadal Fitness

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Best Professionals

Best Professionals

Category: Winner
Aerobics Instructor: Lee Pate
Artist of the Year: Jimbo Phillips
Astrologer: Risa D’Angeles/Good Times
Bartender: Marv Easterby @ Jury Room
Carpenter: Richard Singer
Chef: Mark Gallagher
Chiropractor: John & Christina Amaral
Contractor: John Fuchs
Customer Service (Retail): Stripe
Customer Service (General): Portola Property Mgmt
Dentist: Alan Heit

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Best of the Rest

Best of the Rest

Category: Winner
Activist Group: Take Back Santa Cruz 
Beach: Seabright
Childcare: Santa Cruz Toddler Care
Computer Training: Cruzio
Doggie Daycare: Little Pup Lodge
Green Service: T. Paul Sek
Green Business: T. Paul Sek
Locally Owned Business: VICE
Local Hero: Sgt. Baker & Det. Butler
Mover & Shaker (Local): Danny Keith

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

A local film, inspired by a true story, joins the global movement to shine light on the issue of rape. PLUS: Learn more about what is unfolding this month for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“It’s like cloudy vision,” Deborah Allen says, her eyes glistening with the hint of tears.

Her voice catches as she continues to explain why it is still so difficult, at nearly 60 years old, to talk about being raped at the age of 15.

“I had a 12-year-old client tell me once that it feels like a wall,” she goes on. “That’s what it feels like. It’s like the body is trying to protect my memory.”

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The Reality of Crime

The Reality of Crime

In the wake of recent crime tragedies, Santa Cruz officials and locals weigh in on safety and violence. PLUS: A deeper look at crime data and what it really signifies for Santa Cruz.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, Santa Cruz police officers Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker, praised as the SCPD's top investigator, and Detective Elizabeth Butler, an expert in sexual assault cases, were shot down in the line of duty by Jeremy Goulet.

The officers were following up on an allegation against Goulet of sexual assault the previous week by a female co-worker from a local coffee shop where they both worked. About 15 minutes after the officers were shot, there was a brief encounter between Doyle Street resident Patricia DePalo and Santa Cruz Fire Capt. Jerry Freeman.

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Food & Wine Spring 2013

Food & Wine Spring 2013

As Santa Cruz emerges from its wintry slumber, the sights, sounds and sumptuous flavors of our vibrant home come alive with the sunshine of spring. There’s plenty to keep you and your appetite busy, but if you need some inspiration, take note of the tasty ideas on the following pages. We have bites and sips that will satisfy you no matter the mood you find yourself in as the weather warms up. Feeling stressed? Slow down with a traditional tea ritual at Hidden Peak Teahouse (page 52), or unwind over a pint of organic brew at the mellow new beer hotspot Discretion Brewing (page 44). Enjoying an adventurous streak? Try a Beer Float from The Picnic Basket (page 34), or consider stopping by the Young Farmers and Ranchers annual Testicle Festival (page 59).

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Caught in the Web

Caught in the Web

Has Corporate Power Seized The Internet?

If your daily routine takes you from one homegrown organic garden to another, bypassing vast fields choked with pesticides, you might feel pretty good about the current state of agriculture.

If your daily routine takes you from one noncommercial progressive website to another, you might feel pretty good about the current state of the Internet.

But while mass media have supplied endless raptures about a digital revolution, corporate power has seized the Internet—and the anti-democratic grip is tightening every day.

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Best of Santa Cruz 2015

In 40 years of publishing, Good Times has seen a lot of “bests.”

 

Spring Triangle: Three Spring Festivals—Aries, Taurus, Gemini

The Spring signs Aries, Taurus and Gemini constitute a triangle of force that sets the template for the nine signs that follow and the template for the entire year (Spring 2015 - Spring 2016) ahead. Aries initiates new ideas, Taurus stabilizes the new thinking of Aries and Gemini takes the initiating stabilized ideas of Aries/Taurus and disperses them to all of humanity. It is in this way that humanity learns new things, with the help of Mercury, the messenger. As Spring unfolds, three elements emerge: the Fire of Aries (initiating new ideas), the Earth of Taurus (anchoring the ideas of God through Mercury) and the Air of communicating Gemini. These three signs/elements are the Three Spring Festivals. They are the “triangle of force” forming the template (patterns) of energy for the upcoming new year. After these three we then have the soothing, calming, warming, nurturing and tending waters of the mother (Cancer). Cancer initiates our next season under the hot suns of summer. Planets, stars and signs create the Temple of Light directing humanity towards all things new. March 29 is Palm Sunday, when the Christ, World Teacher, was led into Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (humility). Palms waving above His head, signified recognition of the Christ’s divinity. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before the Easter (Resurrection Festival). Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the week of capture, imprisonment, passion, sacrifice, crucifixion, death and resurrection of the christ. All events in the Christ’s life represent events (initiations) that humanity experiences through many lifetimes. We turn our attention to these holy events this week. Their concepts portray and reveal to us greater spiritual understanding. Then, Aries, the “light of life itself” shines through us.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Editor's Picks

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