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People’s Choice Awards: And the winners are...


Sonomans like to keep the excitement up – a fact they proved once again during the voting period for the Index-Tribune’s first-ever Sonoma Valley People’s Choice Awards. Online voting came to a close in earlier this summer – and it was a genuine race to the finish in several categories of our “best of” style readers poll.

Readers cast their picks in an array of categories – from food and drink to businesses to professionals and specialists, throwing the spotlight on the Valley’s finest in bakeries and boutiques, pedicures and plumbers, and a whole lot more.

Our on-staff vote-counting department tallied the results, and the full list of winners is below. Congratulations to all those who came out on top this year – and who enjoyed well-earned recognition at our recent Sonoma Valley People's Choice Awards gala Sept. 22 at Sebastiani Winery. Start patronizing these honored businesses now, Sonoma – and decide if you'll be voting for them once again in 2016...

BEST IN BUSINESS

Best Antique Store Plain Jane’s Consignment Store

Best Art Gallery Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Best Auto Repair Shop Pacific Rim Auto Repair

Best Boutique Bear Moon Clothing Co.

Best Consignment, Resale or Thrift Shop Republic of Thrift

Best Day Spa Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn AND MacArthur Place (tie)

Best Facial/Makeup Amber Rose, Advanced Skin Care

Best Financial Institution Redwood Credit Union

Best Place to Buy Flowers Sonoma Market

Best Garden Supplies/Nursery Sonoma Mission Gardens, Inc.

Best Gift Shop Fine Line Art Supply & Custom Framing

Best Grocery Store Sonoma Market

Best Health Club/Gym Parkpoint Health Club-Sonoma

Best Jewelry Store Vineyard Jewelers

Best Local Bank Exchange Bank

Best Pedicure/Manicure Catalina’s Skin and Body

Best Pet Services My Pal Pet Supplies & Grooming

Best Place to See Live Music Rossi’s 1906

Best Summer Camp Sonoma Academy of Dance & Arts

Best Wedding Venue Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery

Best Yoga Studio Yoga Community

BEST IN FOOD AND DRINK

Best Asian Food Bangkok 9

Best Bakery Basque Boulangerie Cafe

Best Bar Swiss Hotel Bar and Restaurant

Best Beer Selection on Tap Hopmonk Tavern

Best Breakfast The Breakaway Café

Best Café or Coffee Shop Sunflower Caffe Espresso and Wine

Best California Cuisine Restaurant Harvest Moon Café

Best Deli Sandwich Broadway Market

Best Hamburger Picazo Café

Best Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Top That Frozen Yogurt

Best Italian Restaurant Della Santina’s

Best Mexican Restaurant Taqueria La Hacienda

Best New Restaurant OSO Sonoma

Best Outdoor Dining Venue Swiss Hotel

Best Pizza The Red Grape

Best Place for a Vegetarian/Organic Meal Sunflower Caffe Espresso and Wine AND Whole Foods (tie)

Best Place for Lunch The Red Grape

Best Romantic Meal Harvest Moon Café

Best Seafood LaSalette Restaurant

Best Steak Saddles Steakhouse

Best Winery Tour Benziger Family Winery

Best Winery Benziger Family Winery

Best Tasting Room Ravenswood

BEST IN PROFESSIONALS & SPECIALISTS

Best Accounting/CPA Firm Richard Gullotta CPA, MBA

Best Acupuncturist Cecilia Hong

Best Attorney Eric Gullotta, Gullotta Law Group

Best Caterer Elaine Bell Catering

Best Chef Ari Weiswasser, Glen Ellen Star

Best Chiropractor Art Charette

Best Contractor Stately Construction, Inc.

Best Dentist Kimberly Hubenette, Synergy Dental Group

Best Electrician William Welch, Northern Lights Electric

Best Financial Planner/Investment Adviser Matthew G. Lightner, Edward Jones

Best Hair Salon/Barbershop Catalina’s Skin and Body

Best House Painter Perfect Match Painting, Eric Solis

Best Insurance Agent Chad Allen, State Farm Insurance

Best Massage Therapist Lori Bremer, NCMT

Best Pediatrician Dr. Charles DeTorres

Best Physician Dr. Brian Sebastian

Best Plumber Boden Plumbing

Best Realtor Daniel Casabonne, Sotheby’s International Realty

Best Veterinarian Dr. Rhonda Stallings, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital