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bo shop3Category: 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

Car Wash: Whalers Car Wash
Carpet Cleaning: Connoisseur Carpet
Chocolatier: Donnelly’s
Clothing (Children’s): Jelli Beanz
bo shop arielz santacruZClothing (Lingerie): Camouflage
Clothing (Men’s): Stripe Men
Clothing (Women’s): Pacific Trading Co.
Computer Service: Dave’s
Comic Book Store: Atlantis Fantasy World
Credit Union: Bay Federal Credit Union           
Dry Cleaners: Vapor
Eyewear: Eye Q
Electronics Store: Santa Cruz Electronic
Feed Store: Mountain Feed
Florist: The Flower Shack
Furniture: SC41
Garden Supply: The Garden Company
Glass Tinting: Transparent Glass Tinting
Hair Salon: Vice
Hardware Store: Ace Hardware           
Home Decorating: Warmth Company                       
Jewelry: Dell Williams
Kitchen Store: Chefworks
Laundromat: Seabright Laundromat
Marijuana Dispensary:Cal. Growers Collective
Musical Instruments: Sylvan Music
New Business: Salon on the Square
Nail Salon: Tracy’s
Nursery: The Garden Company
Pet Store: Pet Pals
Pharmacy: Tom’s            
Photo Developing: Bay Photo Lab
Record Store: Streetlight
Shoe Shop (Women): Bunnys Shoes
Shoe Shop (Men): Sockshop & Shoe Co.
Skateboard Shop: Bill’s Wheels
Smoke Shop: Pipeline
Sporting Goods Store: Jerry’s Sports
Surfboard Shop: O’Neill
Tattoo Parlor: Staircase
Thrift Store: Goodwill
Toys: Kaleidoscope
Unique Gifts: Stripe
Vintage Clothes Store: Moon Zoom

Adult Store & Lingerie: Camouflage
Long before “Fifty Shades of Grey” became bedroom de rigeur, Camouflage was there to indulge the fantasies of the more daring. From fuzzy handcuffs to provocative new bras, Camouflage is the local ticket to pleasure. 423-7613, shopcamouflage.com.

Runners-up (Adult Store) Pure Pleasure, Frenchy’s ; (Lingerie) Amoureuse, Legs, Pure Pleasure

Antiques Store: Mr. Goodie’s
History fairly oozes from the shelves of Mr. Goodie’s, with “Mad Men” era shaving kits sidling up next to art deco jewelry straight out of “The Great Gatsby.” You simply never know what you’ll pull out of here. 427-9997.

Runners-up Atila’s, Clearwater Bazaar, La Sirena

Arts & Crafts: Palace Arts & Office Supply
From a blank canvas and a wide variety of paint colors, it’s all here. We appreciate the outstanding customer service and easy-to-navigate aisles. 427-1550

Runners-up  Beverly’s, Lenz

Auto (New), Auto (Preowned) : Toyota of Santa Cruz
Toyota of Santa Cruz wins points for its intelligent staff, financing options, a full selection of new Toyota trucks, cars, SUVs—and specials. 462-4200, santacruztoyota.com.

Runners-up (New) Ocean Honda, Subaru of Santa Cruz, North Bay Ford (Preowned) Subaru of Santa Cruz, Ocean Honda, Beach Auto Sales

Auto Repair: Specialized Auto
Operating out of its solar-powered full-service garage since 2000, Specialized Auto’s ASE certified and factory-trained staff focuses on the preventive maintenance and scheduled service of European-made vehicles. But what sets it apart is commitment to customer satisfaction, which shows through with their free shuttle service and complimentary car wash with each visit. 536-7741, specializedautos.com.

Runners-up Rusty’s, Lloyd’s, DMV Clinic

Bank: Santa Cruz County Bank
Santa Cruz County Bank seems to understand an impotant fact of life and has played the local card to its advantage to capture the title of “Best Bank” yet again. Something to note: A recent Findley Report ranked the bank one of 11 exceptional banks in California. 457-5000, sccountybank.com.

Runners-up Lighthouse Bank

Beachwear, Surf Shop & Surfboard Shop: O’Neill’s
Serving as a Santa Cruz icon for more than half a century, O’Neill’s takes home the best once again in both categories. In addition to the brand’s international acclaim, the shops still hold the air of a humble local business, and carry all the gear, accessories, sportswear, and footwear a surfer or beachgoer could ever want or need. Something fun: O’Neill TV. Check it out on the website. 475-4151, oneill.com.

Runners-up (Beachwear) Pacific Wave, Nubia, Noland’s (Surf Shop) Freeline Surf Shop, Arrow Surf , Pacific Wave (Surfboard Shop) Freeline Surf Shop, Arrow Surf, Pacific Wave

Bicycles & Bicycle Shop: Bicycle Trip
Dubbed the “friendliest bike shop in Santa Cruz,” Bicycle Trip, locally owned for nearly 35 years, services somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 bikes annually, and not only repairs and sells bicycles, but educates its riders with programs like “Bike Smart” and “Bike Shop at School.” 427-2580, bicycletrip.com.

Runners-up ABS, Epicenter, Spokesman

Bookstore: Bookshop Santa Cruz
A bibliophile’s dream come true, Bookshop Santa Cruz is truly a local literary institution. Bookshop’s top three reads this season? 1. “The Orchardist: A Novel” by Amanda Coplin. 2.“Drift” by Rachel Maddow. 3.“My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor. Upcoming event to note: Isabel Allende on May 21. 423-0900, bookshopsantacruz.com.

Runners-up Logos Books & Records, Capitola Book Café

Butcher Shop  (see Food & Drink)

Car Wash: Whalers Car Wash
Locally owned and operated for more than four decades, Whalers performs an unbelievable 100,000 washes a year. It’s also an eco-friendly business that utilizes recycled and reclaimed water systems, and water-soluble fluid for a reduced impact on the environment. 423-0676, whalerscarwash.com.

Runners-up Cruz Car Wash, Master Car Wash, Scotts Valley Car Wash

Carpet Cleaning: Connoisseur
Top three reasons that Connoisseur has been voted best carpet cleaner in Santa Cruz: 1. Owner Mike Pailliotet actually loves to clean carpets. 2. Who doesn’t want to support a family-run business? 3. It’s been said that Connoisseur’s wet cleaning dries faster than other methods.476-9721, santacruzclean.com.

Runners-up Peachy Keen Carpet Clearning, Quality Carpet, Seabreeze Carpet Cleaners

Chocolatier: Donnelly Chocolates
Turning out chocolate for more than 25 years, Donnelly studied in France and Belgium. He’s taken the best of European chocolate-making and infused it with good old American ingenuity to create newfangled flavors such as Chinese five spice and rose—that even Willy Wonka would envy. 888-685-1871, donnellychocolates.com.

Runners-up McKenzies, Chocolate, Marini’s

Clothing (Children’s): Jelli Beanz
There must be something in the air or the water of Santa Cruz that makes children here grow faster than your average weed. Fortunately for budget- and eco-conscious Santa Cruz moms, Jelli Beanz fills the gap with its gently used kids’ clothing. Toys, books and maternity clothes round out the ever-rotating selection in this popular place. 462-6700, jellibeanzonline.com.

Runners-up Hopscotch, Little People’s Store, Childish

Clothing (Men)/Unique Gifts/Customer Service  (Retail): Stripe

Stripe didn’t win Best Of Santa Cruz in three categories on a fluke. First, it may have won best men’s clothing for the sheer fact that it offers the largest variety of men’s clothing in Santa Cruz to please the twenty- and thirty-something crowd and beyond (think clothing brand Bridge & Burn and skincare line Jack Black). Second, it’s impossible to enter the door of Stripe without admiring something, making it a go-to destination if you’re searching for a unique gift. Third, customer service these days seems to be going the way of the dinosaur what with self-checkout counters and online shopping. But not so at Stripe. Boasting an über friendly staff and a fresh, inventive aesthetic conducive to creative retail therapy, Stripe’s trio of wins is well deserved. Take note: this is a happening First Friday stop. 421-9252, stripedesigngroup.com.

Runners-up (Men) Patrick James, Pacific Wave Surf Shop, The Krate (Unique Gifts) Outside In, Paper Vision, Artisan’s Gallery (Customer Service/ Retail) Capitola Video, Gayle’s Bakery, Pure Pleasure

Clothing (Women’s): Pacific Trading Company
Any fashion-conscious Santa Cruz female knows that Pacific Trading Company is a Santa Cruz mainstay. Top three reasons to go? 1. Find brands like James Perse and True Religion without having to drive Highway 17. 2. The quirky, ever-changing window displays. 3. The sale rack is downright “amazing.”  423-3349.

Runners-up Stripe, Pretty Mama’s, Synergy Organic Clothing

Comic Book Store: Atlantis Fantasy World
With “free comic book day” on May 4, and a movie contest coming this summer, Atlantis Fantasy World seeks to show the comic lovers of Santa Cruz their appreciation. “What’s great is to see families come in, and the kids are the same age as their parents when they were buying comics,” says owner Joe Ferrara. “To be part of the community and to give people a little escape from reality is really the best part of my job.” 426-0158, atlantisfantasyworld.com.

Runner-up Comicopolis

Computer Service: Dave’s Computer Services
Operating since 1990, the staff at Dave’s Computer Services are highly skilled professionals that are, most importantly, easy to talk to. Dave’s technicians are Apple authorized, but are ready to repair PC’s as well. They understand that computers are often the livelihood of customers and strive to diagnose and repair all problems in a timely fashion, and at a reasonable price. 458-1131, davescomputer.net.

Runners-up Click-Away, Cruzio, Blue Screen

Credit Union: Bay Federal
Credit Unions have a reputation of being friendlier than your average bank, and Bay Federal Credit Union is definitely no exception. Step through the door of any of its seven branch locations and you’re instantly greeted with a smile. Open a checking account or apply for a loan and there’s that smile again. From the free coffee and pens to the customer-oriented attitude, Bay Federal is the benchmark of local financial institutions.  479-6000, bayfed.com.

Runners-up Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Patelco, Monterey Credit Union

Dry Cleaners: Vapor
Since 1911, it’s been a local favorite. But take note of its Coats For Kids program every October, November and December—Vapor cleans and distributes thousands of coats free of charge that are donated.  423-4646, vaporcleaners.biz.

Runners-up Master’s, Almar, Bariteau Cleaners

Electronics Store: Santa Cruz Electronics
Few portals manage to house a vast variety of electro-yummies as this place so wonderfully does, but take note of the staff, which sports a great amount of knowledge. 479-5444, santacruzelectronics.com.

Eyewear: Eye Q
Three things you didn’t know about your eyes: 1. The average person blinks 12 times a minute. 2. Each eyeball weighs about a quarter of an ounce. 3. If your eyeballs are two different colors, it is called heterochromia. But one thing you do know is that Eye Q is the best place to go in Santa Cruz to keep your peepers on their “A game.” 466-3937, eyeqsc.com.

Runners-up  Plaza Lane, Spex, Insight Eyecare

Feed Store: Mountain Feed & Farm Supply
So many items co-exist in this fascinating place—from canning supplies to mountain feed kits. We appreciated the “good old-fashioned” customer service here. Check out the impressive “veggie nursery.” 336-8876, mountainfeed.com.

Runners-up General Feed, Aptos Feed, Ben Lomond Feed

Florist: Flower Shack
Specializing in the unique and unusual. To celebrate this year’s win, the staff recommends three vibrant flowers that are available only for a limited time: the lively viburnum, purple lilacs, and garden roses. “They come in all colors, from orange to hot pink to white,” says staff member Roseanne Swanstrom-Belville. “They smell great, and last for a long time.” 423-3877.

Runners-up Ace's Flowers, Suzie’s Flowers, Ferrari Florist

Furniture: SC41bo Shops-Nozzle
Choosing only products that allow their customers to “rest comfortably in both body and mind,” SC41 follows a rigorous buying protocol to ensure that everything in the store is made in an environmentally conscious manner. It’s one of the main reasons readers continue to vote for them. 464-2228, 476-0113, sc41.com.

Runners-up Sweets in the Nude, Warmth Company, Modern Life Home Furnishing

Garden Supply/Nursery: The Garden Company
Celebrating 27 years of business, building relationships with its customers is paramount to The Garden Company’s owners and staff. “People come here because they feel welcomed when they arrive, and appreciated when they leave,” says owner Michael Keutmann. “And we really pride ourselves on that.” 429-8424, thegardenco.com.

Remember when garden hose nozzles were small 3-inch-long adjustable sprayers? Of course you don’t. That doesn’t make the spirit of Dutchman Jan ver der Heiden feel any better. He invented the original back in 1672.

With several choices to choose from and five speeds to adore—go “Jet” and “Soaker”—this sexy creature can be yours for an amazingly affordable $13.95.

Push it. One push, and you’re on your “spray.” But take note of The Garden Company 411: In addition to garden supplies and garden decor, locals appreciate the hundreds of plants found here.

Runners-up  (Garden Supply) Mountain Feed and Farm, Dig Garden; (Nursery) Far West, Alladin Nursery

Glass Tinting: Transparent Glass Coating
Tinting the windows of any building, be it home or business, is an easy and often overlooked way to reduce energy consumption, and block out harmful UV rays. Transparent Glass Coating is equipped for any commercial, residential, or automotive glass tinting projects and can name the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Westfield Shopping Malls, and UC Santa Cruz in its list of customers. 476-9627, transparentglasscoatings.com.

Runners-up Watson’s

Hardware Store: Ace Hardware
A knowledgeable staff that goes out of its way to make sure each customer gets in and out of the store quickly with the hardware that they need made this portal a winner. That, and a wide selection of building supplies and other products, too. 457-2222.

Runners-up Scarborough

Home Décor: Warmth Company
Naomi Branagan and Monica Emmert, sisters and owners of the Warmth Company, have created one of the most comfortable shopping environments in the county. The sprawling Aptos store, filled with plump armchairs, cozy throws and sparkling knickknacks has satisfied many a customer looking for just the right item. It’s just so easy to linger over the handmade soaps, pondering which color would look the best on your bathroom sink. There’s more.  688-3200, warmthcompany.com.

Runners-up Stripe, Charley & Co, TIE: SC41 & Saffron & Gennieve

Jewelry: Dell Williams
Whether you’re preparing to pop the question or you need a gift for your niece’s quinceañera, Cruzans know that best bet is Dell Williams. The store’s notable selection of diamonds, pearls, silver and gold sparkles as brightly as a chest of pirate’s booty, and with jewelry repair and bo Shops-Blendercleaning services available, you wrap all your jewelry related errands in one go. Expert staff deserves kudos, too. 423-4100, dellwilliams.com.

Runners-up Artisan’s Gallery, Aptos Jewelry, Stripe

Kitchen Supplies: Chefworks
Winning yet again in this category, gourmet foodies and busy housewives alike can’t help but appreciate the unique kitchen-y gadgets found here. Corn on the cob peeler? Check. Strawberry stem remover? Check. Pancake batter dispenser? You bet. Day-to-day kitchen accoutrements like cook ware, bake ware and small appliances can be found too. One of the most unique portals in Downtown Santa Cruz. 426-1351, chefworks-santacruz.com.

A smooth amber finish and rotating drum allow you to get a handle on things. It’s a metaphor. Don’t ever lose sight of what your kitchen tools can teach you.

Willis Johnson patented an über egg beater in 1884, thinking he was creating a mixing machine. But the handle on the rotary beater, then flat, won accolades.

Wheel Good It’s a wheel and axle, folks—who knew? If you can survive this spin, imagine what you can do with the nonstop wheels in your mind. In the meantime, this stainless steel baby (Endurance brand) is $18.50.

Officially described as an antique egg beater, this hand-cranked, stainless steel beauty is dishwater safe and measures 12 1/4 inches.

Amazing things happen with these rotary beaters—those poor eggs!—but did you know that Chefworks houses thousands of utensils, baking items and gifts? Still the best in Santa Cruz.

Runners-up Le Chef, Outside In, Mountain Feed

Laundromat: Seabright Laundromat
With its prime location near the beach, Java Junction Coffee House, the Seabright Brewery, and Betty Burger, Seabright Laundromat gives customers options while their dirty clothes churn in the washing machine. Stop in on a weekday morning to wake up with free coffee from 8-11 a.m., and chat with the on-site attendant weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 458-3352.

Runners-up Ultramat, Sudz

Marijuana Dispensary: California Growers Collective
It got your attention. California Growers Collective (CGC) is a true member-based collective that seeks to ensure that all of their patients get the highest quality medication without the unreasonable markups you might find at other dispensaries. Take note: CGC puts its patients before profits, and has given away more than 15 pounds of medication to patients under financial strain. Check out its website for a full, regularly updated menu of what is offered. 600-7744, cgcollective.org.

Runners-up Granny Purps, Greenway Compassionate Relief, WAMM

Musical Instruments: Sylvan Music
Once again, it won your votes. But what sets Sylvan Music store apart from the others? An expansive selection of instruments both electric and acoustic stands out. Whether it’s a classical guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, electric bass or effects pedal, Sylvan has all of your strumming, plucking, and bass slapping needs, too. Take note: you can take a lesson in everything they sell. Best bet? It can repair any instruments you may have broken in the heat of performance. 427-1917, sylvanmusic.com.

Runners-up Starving Musician, Union Grove, TIE: More Music & Thomas Musical

Nail Salon: Tracy’s
It’s conveniently located in Capitola, but Tracy’s stands out for its vast array of skilled nail technicians. Better still are the prices here—$10 and up. But the best? Cleanliness and superb customer service. 462-2292.

Runners-up  VICE, Felton Nails, J. Bella Nails

bo shop petPet Store: Pet Pals
A 17,000-square-foot warehouse filled with a vast selection of affordable brand name pet foods? It sure keeps getting your attention. Family-owned and operated, it also works with area animal shelters, SPCA, and other local organizations to connect homeless animals with loving individuals and families. Nice. 464-8775, http://www.epetpals.com/.

Runners-up Aptos Feed & Pet Supply, Pet Emporium, Pet Smart

Pharmacy: Tom’s
Sometimes the cold customer service of chain pharmacies is too much to bear—which is probably the main reason Tom’s nabbed your votes. It’s revered for its knowledgeable pharmacists and friendly staff, too. Best of all: It happily asists customers and their insurance companies to make sure that everyone who walks through their doors gets the prescriptions they need quickly. 426-4252.

Runners-up Frank’s, Horsynder’s, Westside Pharmacy

Photo Developing: Bay Photo Lab
Bay Photo Labs owes its success to excellent customer service and affordable prices. Whatever the professional specialty, be it portrait, landscape, wedding, or beyond, locals have come to realize that they can find all the resources they need here to assist with any photographic needs. Good to know: Bay Photo’s knowledgeable staff works closely with each customer and allows them to control the layout and glossiness of their prints, along with offering digital copies at little to no cost. 425-1100, bayphoto.com.

Record Store: Streetlight Records
For vintage vinyl in Santa Cruz, locals continue to revere this haven because it carries a diverse selection of new and used records, compact discs, and tapes, and so much more. In the time of digital downloads, it’s refreshing to experience the laid-back atmosphere here, where the friendly staff welcomes customers to take their time flipping through the stacks and sampling tracks in search of the perfect sound. One of the finest selections around. 421-9200, streetlightrecords.com.

Reliability. It’s one of the reasons you love this place. Superb longevity and track record also co-exist nicely with the diverse, mindblowingly massive collection of LPs, CDs, DVDs, and books.

bred this smart posse? Knowledgeable is an understatement. Want to know what some of the top sellers were in 2012? They’ll tell you: Adele and Durbin.

Oh ... we get it: If you “like it hard and weird”—and really, who doesn’t?—”Liquidman” guides the way: Pick up Wolfmother or Them Cooked Vultures. In the meantime, we want Earth.

Runners-up Logo’s, MetaVinyl Records

Shoe Shop (Women’s): Bunny’s 
The ever-changing selection of boots, heels, wedges and flip-flops ensures the feet of Santa Cruz women are smartly clad. Brand watchers will love seeing favorite names like Seychelles and Steve Madden, and the tempting sale rack will lure those that are pinching pennies. 423-3824.

Runners-up Sock Shop, Aptos Shoes, Shoe Fetish

bo shops-socksShoe Shop (Men): SockShop & Shoe Co.
Was it the huge selection of men’s loafers, sandals and boots that prompted Sockshop to win best men’s shoe shop? Or maybe it was the high caliber customer service? The quality and comfort of the shoes sold there? Whatever the reason, the Sockshop is the clear winner when it comes to foot adornment. 429-6101, sockshopandshoeco.com.

Sock It To Me No, really, that’s the name of the brand of these creatures from Sockshop & Shoe Co. in Santa Cruz. What you pay to look this fine: $10.

Rainbows aren’t just for Pride Month. But let’s not get off track. Some sock fodder: By 1000 AD, socks became a super symbol of wealth. When the knitting machine was born in the late 1500s, there was a socks boom. The next socks revolution happened in 1938, when nylons were introduced.

Sockshop has been a Santa Cruz favorite for years. It sells more than 84,000 pairs of socks annually—phew!—and carries more than 22,000 pairs of shoes. Oh, BTW: this little piggy did go to market.

Runners-up Old School, Becks, Aptos Shoe & Apparel

Skateboard Shop: Bill’s Wheels
Locals still admire Bill’s Wheels. It has been a staple of the local skate community since its original store opened in 1977. It also contributes to many fundraisers in the county, sponsors aspiring skate pros, and promotes regional events, as well as create some of their own by occasionally turning their parking lot into an impromptu skate park. For top quality and affordable decks, wheels, gear, and a sense of the Santa Cruz skate community, roll into Bill’s Wheels. 469-0904, billswheels.com.

Runners-up Santa Cruz Boardrooms, Skateworks, Pacific Wave Surf Shop

Smoke Shop: Pipeline
Although its inventory is in constant flux, Pipeline remains committed to purchasing local glass from artists in the community, and maintains that 95 percent of their smoking paraphernalia hail from the West Coast. Health-conscious smokers can find a wide selection of vaporizers, which reduce the carcinogens associated with conventional smoking apparatuses, such as the popular Volcano. 425-7473, pipesinthecity.com.

Runners-up Homeblown Glass, Cigar Place, Ron & Bridgett’s

Sporting Goods: Jerry’s Sports
You love Jerry’s. Family-owned and operated since 1978, the midtown staple caters to seasoned athletes, little leaguers, cross-trainers, golfers and every type of athlete in between. Jerry’s batting bo shop jerriescages help to lure folks in, and the great customer service and high-quality products keep them coming back. Stop in for their “Two for Tuesday” special, where they match the purchase of two batting cage tokens with two more at no cost to you. 465-1400, shopjerryssports.com.

Jerry's Sports has been a favorite location to pick up a new mitt (and other athletic equipment) since opening on Dec. 11, 1978.

In September 2012, Jerry's held its first annual Wiffle Ball Tournament.

The first baseball players known to wear gloves while playing did so in the 1870s; before then, players relied on their bare hands.

Runners-up Outdoor World, Play It Again, Big 5

Tattoo Parlor: Staircase
Full spectrum lighting, state of the art equipment, and a salon aesthetic make Staircase Tattoo & Body Piercing the finest tattoo parlor in Santa Cruz. Staircase boasts a crew of the area’s best artists, led by owner James McDermott, who has has tattooed his way around the world since he first began in 1985. For a quote, or to discuss design ideas for your next tat, stop in at one of their two locations. 425-7644, 454-0644, staircasetattoo.com.

Runners-up Chimera, O’Reilly’s, Good Luck Tattoo

Thrift Shop: Goodwill
You never know what you’ll find at the Goodwill in Santa Cruz, and that thrill-of-the-hunt excitement is what keeps many people going back for more. Toss in the fact that you can oftentimes emerge with a bag full of treasures for less than $10 and you have thousands of happy shoppers. 423-8611.

Runners-up Crossroads, Front Street, Abbott’s Thrift

Toys & Games: Kaleidoscope
Specializing in toys for infants to adults, and employing a staff of former teachers, Kaleidoscope Toy Store is the “one stop shop” for toys, according to Sheryl Guidera, who has worked at Kaleidoscope for 25 years. Take note: Stop in to Kaleidoscope on the first Saturday of each month for “Craft Day” or on the third Thursday for “Story Time” and do not miss their “May Madness Sale” which runs from May 18-20. 475-0210, kaleidoscopetoystore.com.

Runners-up Game A Lot, Level Up, Childish

Vintage Clothes: Moon Zoom
Imagine the scenario. It’s Friday after work and you’ve just been invited to a costume party. You really want to go, but you don’t have a costume. Suddenly, you remember Moon Zoom. Bursting with clothing to turn you into a ‘50s pin-up girl or to channel Al Capone’s gangster style, Moon Zoom can be counted on to savvy up your wardrobe for any occasion. 423-8500.

Runners-up Tomboy,  Cognito, All Shook Up


Contributors: Greg Archer, Steve Kuehl, Leslie Patrick, Aric Sleeper

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