With 29,764 confirmed votes in this year's Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice contest, our loyal readers gave their input about which businesses, professionals and places are the best of the best in categories within beauty and style, epicure, health and fitness, home and vehicle, kids and pets, rest and recreation, and services.
Top choices varied from dedicated "mom and pop" operations to burgeoning businesses to popular franchises. They're located all over the city, and their Pleasanton roots range from months to decades, and everything in between.
Check out the winners. See how your favorites stacked up, and learn a little more about Pleasanton in the process.
Beauty & Style
Best Clothing Store -- Prim. Snagging its first Readers Choice win, Prim is the place to go for chic, vintage clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. This women's apparel boutique located downtown carries unique garments and locally handmade items.
Best Day Spa -- Allure Skin Care. Whether you're looking for a facial, massage or hair removal, Allure Skin Care has you covered. Allure staff makes sure customers experience a relaxing, pampering experience while advising appropriate products for all types of skin.
Best Hair Salon for Men -- Hairlights. Hairlights has been a Readers Choice favorite for women in previous years, but this is the first win for the popular downtown salon in the men's category. Coming in at a close second was last year's winner, Cosmo's Barbershop.
Best Hair Salon for Women -- Hairlights. For the fourth consecutive year, women around town are loving Hairlights, which satisfies a variety of hair and cosmetic needs while creating a fun and relaxing salon experience.
Best Jewelry Store -- Pleasanton Jewelers. Pleasanton Jewelers prides itself on keeping up an excellent reputation with the community, which owner Scott Pfefer maintains by offering quality services including appraisals, jewelry repair and engravings.
Best Medical Spa -- MD Laser Spa. MD Laser Spa is Pleasanton's center for facial cosmetic surgery and laser skin care. Primary surgeon Dr. Robert Gray and his staff provide professional service with spa-like treatment.
Best Nail Care -- Bollinger Nails. Bollinger Nails has won our readers over for the fourth straight year with its upscale mani and pedi services. In addition to nail care and waxing services, Bollinger Nails offers a comfortable and inviting atmosphere in a hygienic environment for a most-pleasant pampering experience.
Best New Retail Store -- Drift Co. Brand new to Pleasanton, Drift Co. is a boutique-like store offering a collection of the best brands in swim, active and travel wear. Customers who have visited the downtown newcomer say the merchandise is stylish and unique, and the atmosphere inside is like you've drifted away on a beach vacation.
Best Place to Buy a Gift -- Milfleur. Recently relocated to downtown, Milfleur adds to the diverse shopping experience on Main Street by bringing its many treasures including candles, jewelry, cards, home decor and other items to help you find a special gift for nearly any occasion.
Best American Food -- Eddie Papa's. Eddie Papa's American Hangout brings the whole U.S.A. right here to Pleasanton with its diverse menu, including New Orleans Jambalaya, Kansas City Barbecue, and Hawaiian Ahi. It's four years in a row for Eddie Papa's in this category.
Best Bakery/Desserts -- Primrose Bakery. Edible flowers and figurines along with cakes for any occasion can be found at Primrose Bakery. Customers say that not only are the cakes from Primrose decorative and beautiful, but are also baked to delicious perfection.
Best Barbecue -- Dickey's BBQ. For quick, reasonably priced barbecue, our readers look no further than Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Customers say the food is consistently tasty and the staff maintains great customer service skills.
Best Burger -- In-N-Out Burger. That's three in a row for In-N-Out Burger, as this local hotspot continues to make the best burgers around. Maybe it's the special sauce or the grilled onions or its convenient location right off I-580? Whatever it is, our readers just can't get enough.
Best Chinese Restaurant -- Chinese Szechuan. Serving Pleasanton since 1987 and voted best Chinese restaurant four years in a row, Chinese Szechuan customers rave about the reasonable prices and freshness of the food. Some of the most praised dishes include the hot and sour soup, vegetable chow mein and walnut prawns.
Best Deli/Sandwich Shop -- Mr. Pickles. Located on Hopyard Road, the local Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop has won our readers over for the first time in this category with its deliciously fresh Dutch crunch bread served among the variety of bread choices, the friendly service from the staff and the complimentary cookie that comes with your sandwich purchase.
Best Family-Friendly Restaurant -- Eddie Papa's. Eddie Papa's kid-friendly atmosphere, wide variety of menu items and complimentary cotton candy dessert are a few of the reasons our readers choose the American hangout for family nights.
Best French Fries -- McDonald's. With three Pleasanton locations, McDonald's is an easily accessible stop for burgers and fries in addition to many other menu items. The skinny-cut golden fries served at Micky D's have just the right amount of salt and just the right amount of crunch making them a top choice for our readers.
Best Grocery Store -- Gene's Fine Foods. The attentive staff, fresh food items and competitive pricing are just a few of the reasons Pleasanton residents say they love Gene's Fine Foods. In addition to groceries, Gene's hosts tasting events and the staff provides monthly recipe suggestions to customers for fresh, quick and convenient meals.
Best Health Food Store -- Valley Health Mill. The staff of nutritionists at Valley Health Mill strives to keep customers educated about the foods and supplements they put into their bodies. Valley Health Mill has taken this crown each year since 2007, sharing the spotlight only once in a tie with Trader Joe's in 2012.
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt -- Meadowlark Dairy. Voted by our readers as the best ice cream for the fifth year in a row, Meadowlark Dairy is a community staple and hometown favorite. Our readers love the flavor selections at Meadowlark and the convenient drive-thru service.
Best Indie Coffeehouse -- Tully's. Located in the heart of Main Street, Tully's Coffee provides a variety of flavored coffee drinks along with tea, shakes, fruit smoothies and free WiFi. This is the second consecutive win for the popular downtown coffee shop.
Best Italian Restaurant -- Fontina Ristorante. Fontina Ristorante offers fresh, quality, made-to-order meals for just about any occasion. Some menu favorites for customers include the lamb shank, blackberry salmon and calamari steak. This Italian hotspot has been voted best by our readers four times in the last five years.
Best Meal Under $20 -- Cafe Main. For the second year in a row, Cafe Main has been voted best meal in town under $20. Whether it's dine-in, take-out, or delivery, look no further than Cafe Main for some gourmet pizza and comfort foods and a welcoming atmosphere.
Best Mediterranean Food -- Oasis Grille. Described as "Mediterranean Cuisine with a modern flair," Oasis Grille offers juicy kabobs, exotic cocktails and vegetarian options among several other authentic dishes. This is the eighth win for Oasis in this category since 2007.
Best Mexican Food -- Casa Orozco. Casa Orozco brings all the traditional favorites to the Tri-Valley with homemade recipes and hand-crafted cocktails. Casa Orozco offers lunch, dinner and catering options. This Tri-Valley favorite has been named the best by our readers six times since 2007.
Best New Restaurant -- Blossom Vegan. Blossom Vegan prides itself on using no MSG, dairy or eggs in any of its menu items to provide fresh vegan meals. Customers say they love the Vietnamese coffee, the kale drink and a number of entrees including spicy Szechuan, tropical papaya salad and the spicy fried rice.
Best Pizza -- Gay Nineties Pizza. Any doubt? Gay Nineties Pizza has again been voted the best for the ninth time since 2007. Gay 90's is a hotspot in downtown Pleasanton operating out of one of the city's oldest buildings. Customers rave about the thick pizza crust and fresh toppings, along with the vintage decor and courteous staff.
Best Seafood -- Strizzi's. Our readers can't get enough of the seafood options at Strizzi's on Main Street, which has won this category for four years straight. Bringing the flavors of old Italy to Downtown Pleasanton, Strizzi's offers a variety of pastas, salads and meat dishes in addition to its lauded seafood options.
Best Sunday Brunch -- Nonni's Bistro. A variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and some vegetarian dishes make up the brunch menu at Nonni's Bistro. In addition to the flavorful food items and generous portions, Nonni's customers also say they love the bottomless mimosas offered during brunch.
Best Sushi/Japanese Food -- Sozo Sushi. Located on Hopyard Road, Sozo Sushi is a local favorite for their fresh sushi and pleasant service. For four consecutive years, our readers have chosen Sozo Sushi as their No. 1 spot for a good sushi lunch or dinner.
Best Take-Out Restaurant -- In-N-Out Burger. Pleasanton residents say they love their hometown location for the excellent customer service the staff offers in addition to the fresh, flavorful, made-to-order burgers. It's no wonder In-N-Out has been voted best take-out seven times since 2007.
Best Thai Food -- Little Home Thai. Beef Satang, Pad Thai, Tom Yum seafood soup and many more tastes of Thailand make up the menu at Little Home Thai, which has been voted to the top spot for the second year in a row.
Best Vegetarian Cuisine -- Blossom Vegan. Snagging its second title this year, Blossom Vegan has received a dual stamp of approval from our readers. Serving flavorful dishes, providing excellent customer service and using recognizable and pure ingredients are just a few of the ways Blossom Vegan keeps its customers coming back.
Health & Fitness
Best Acupuncture -- Eastern Medical. For three consecutive years, the father-daughter team of Drs. Mason and Theresa Shen and staff at Eastern Medical have been our readers' top pick. Serving Pleasanton since February 2013, the professionals at Eastern Medical practice traditional Chinese medicine to help patients relax and release stress.
Best Chiropractic Office -- Fratellone Family Chiropractic. Dr. Danielle Fratellone, or "Dr. D" as many patients call her, is known for her healing hands that relieve pain and tension. She also takes her time asking questions to figure out the best way to fix a problem, and then educates her patients on how to prevent issues from returning or progressing.
Best Dentist -- Pleasanton Family Dentist. Dr. Sara Soleimani and her team at Pleasanton Family Dentist provide prompt and friendly service to their patients. They offer a variety of dental services, and Dr. Soleimani carries out procedures gently and with care.
Best Health Club -- ClubSport Pleasanton. For the ninth year in a row, ClubSport has won our readers' hearts. From its top-notch fitness classes to a variety of activities including racquetball, tennis, climbing walls, basketball and swimming pools to its well-maintained exercise equipment, ClubSport has residents enthusiastic about health and fitness.
Best Home Healthcare Service -- Hired Hands Homecare. This family owned and operated facility prides itself on offering trustworthy and compassionate services along with passionate caregivers to provide peace of mind to clients and their families.
Best Massage -- Healthy Necessity Massage. Established in 2006, Healthy Necessity Massage on Main Street has provided our readers excellent service by customizing massages to suit individual needs.
Best Martial Arts Studio -- Jue's Tae Kwon Do. Snagging this title for the first time since 2011 when it tied with Crispim BJJ Barra Brothers, Jue's Tae Kwon Do offers 35 lessons each week including cardio kickboxing, low impact aerobics and other programs along with traditional tae kwon do.
Best Optometrist -- Foothill Optometric Group. For the third straight year, Foothill Optometric Group takes the title. Serving Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley for more than 30 years, Foothill Optometric Group continues to meet and exceed the expectations of its patients.
Best Orthodontist -- Schlicher Orthodontics. Patients say Dr. Will Schlicher really knows his practice and can relate well to youth and teens needing braces. Schlicher is described by patients as professional, energetic and helpful.
Best Sporting Goods & Apparel -- Sport Chalet. Sport Chalet has been named the best sporting goods store around for its unique in-store selections and excellent service. Customers also appreciate the variety of sporting goods available and the reasonable prices.
Best Place to Walk, Jog or Bike -- Pleasanton Ridge. Overlooking Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley to the west, the 5,271-acre regional park has been chosen in this category for the past nine years.
Best Yoga/Pilates -- Zen Pilates. Zen Pilates & Fitness has been chosen by our readers for five years straight. Zen Pilates offers a wide range of services including cellulite therapy and body wrap treatments, airbrush tanning, special maternity programs and much more.
Home & Vehicle
Best Auto Body Repair -- California Collision. Located on California Avenue off Stanley, the staff at California Collision provides top-notch auto body repair services to our readers and others by being reliable, trustworthy and prompt. At California Collision, they strive to "drive" your vehicle anxiety away.
Best Auto Dealership -- Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton. Customers say reps at Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton are experts at making the car-buying experience as simple as possible. They are knowledgeable about their inventory and make sure your transition into your new vehicle is hassle-free.
Best Car Wash -- Pleasanton Hand Car Wash. For a gentle and thorough hand car wash in about 20 minutes, Pleasanton Hand Car Wash is where our readers head first. The staff at Pleasanton Hand Car Wash uses lamb's wool mitts to preserve your car's finish and hand-held air guns to remove excess water.
Best Carpet Cleaning Service -- Glover's. A family owned and operated business, Glover's Deep Steam Carpet Cleaner has won our readers over for the second year in a row with its variety of services including 24-hour water damage emergency service, wall-to-wall carpet cleaning, mattress cleaning and a specialized "odorologist" to remove pet and smoke odors.
Best Carpet/Flooring Store -- Carpetland. Whether it's carpeting, a new area rug or wood flooring services that you need, Carpetland is able to help. Customers rave about the Carpetland staff's quick and efficient work as well as their carpeting and flooring knowledge.
Best Domestic Car Repair -- Scott's Automotive. Scott's Automotive receives praise for completing repairs in a timely manner and providing honest and reliable service. Customers say the prices are also reasonable and the staff is always friendly.
Best Florist -- Alexandria's. High-quality arrangements and reliable delivery can be expected from the staff at Alexandria's Flowers on Hopyard Road. It's no wonder Alexandria's has won this category seven times since 2008.
Best Foreign Car Repair -- Precision Auto Repair. This family owned and operated business has snagged this title every year since 2011. Established in 1979, Precision Auto Repair prides itself on taking personal care of their customers and providing quality work and reasonable prices.
Best Hardware Store -- Workbench TrueValue Hardware. With two Pleasanton locations, Workbench TrueValue handles numerous hardware needs for its customers. The staff focuses on providing expert advice and exemplary customer care.
Best Heating & Air Conditioning Service -- Richard's Heating & Air. Helping Richard's Heating & Air to a second straight win, clients rave about owner Richard Westwood's customer service skills and friendly demeanor. Richard's prides itself on supplying fast, reliable service that customers can trust.
Best Home Decor & Furnishings -- Clover Creek. For a unique gift or decorative trinket, our readers look no further than Clover Creek. Locally owned and located conveniently in downtown Pleasanton, the gift-and-decor store offers a variety of home accents and a quaint shopping environment.
Best Landscaping Service -- Outer Visions Landscape Design. Serving the greater Tri-Valley area and neighboring cities, Outer Visions Landscape Design treats landscape like art to add value to your outdoor spaces. Owner Lynda Meikle is a certified horticulturist and her clients say she impresses with the time and care spent creating perfect designs for her projects.
Best Nursery/Garden Center -- Western Garden Nursery. This full-service gardening center offers a diverse selection of plants along with fertilizers, environmentally friendly pest controls, and decorative garden accessories. Western Garden Nursery has served the Pleasanton area since 1999 and commits to providing quality products to customers.
Best Plumber -- Valley Plumbing. Valley Plumbing offers numerous repair services as well as bathroom remodels. The company motto is "Integrity Before Profit," and our readers believe they are honoring that motto by providing the best plumbing services in town.
Best Roofer -- Tri-City Roofing. This Fremont-based business serves the East Bay including Pleasanton and parts of the South Bay. Tri-City Roofing offers a full range of roofing services from inspections and repairs to gutter cleaning.
Best Senior Living Community -- Stoneridge Creek. Stoneridge Creek for the second straight year has been named Pleasanton's best. In addition to its spacious single-story villas, Stoneridge Creek also offers various amenities to its residents including a fitness center and spa, tennis courts, dog park, movie theater, garden center and much more.
Best Tire Store -- Big O Tire. This category has returned from a one-year hiatus with the reigning champ Big O Tires taking the title again for the seventh time since 2007. The speedy and friendly services provided by the mechanics at Big O continue to wow customers.
Kids & Pets
Best Pet Groomer -- Dog Dynasty. Dog Dynasty's grooming service is offered seven days a week and the trained groomers only use hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners. Dog Dynasty also provides doggy daycare and overnight boarding, making this business a one-stop-shop for your pup's needs.
Best Pet Store -- Murphy's Paw. Located downtown on Main Street, Murphy's Paw is a boutique pet store with unique gifts, toys, treats and accessories for dogs and cats. Murphy's Paw carries locally made products and hosts several in-store events.
Best Place for Dance Lessons --Jazz N Taps. For the ninth straight year, Jazz N Taps has been our Readers Choice. The instructors at Jazz N Taps pride themselves on their professional training that focuses on developing coordination, confidence, teamwork and a love for the art of dance with their 300-plus students.
Best Place for a Kids' Playdate -- One of Pleasanton's Parks. Whether kids are coming together after school to play a game of catch, take a bike ride, hop on a swing or even a slide, they are sure to have a blast at any one of Pleasanton's 44 spacious and well-maintained community and neighborhood parks.
Best Toy Store -- Golden Apple Learning Center. Golden Apple Learning Center is one of few educational toy stores around. Residents are so enchanted by the locally owned store that when it faced potential closure earlier this year, children donated money from their own pockets to help keep the business running. With so much community support, it's no surprise that this marks Golden Apple's seventh win.
Best Tutoring School -- Pleasanton Tutoring. Since its founding in 2009, Pleasanton Tutoring has built its reputation in the community by carrying out its goal to inspire life-long learning and provide knowledgeable tutors to local students.
Best Veterinarian -- Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital. Our readers say there's no better place in town to bring your pet for check-ups and other medical needs. The team of vets at Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital is caring, well-trained and dedicated to serving furry friends and their families.
Rest & Recreation
Best Bookstore -- Towne Center Books. This year marks the ninth straight win for Towne Center Books. Perhaps it's because of its convenient downtown location or its wide selection of books from fiction and mystery to children's books. Either way, Towne Center Books the No. 1 stop to pick up a good read.
Best Golf Course -- Callippe Preserve. Callippe Preserve is one of the area's most premier golf courses, offering breathtaking views and a peaceful atmosphere. Frequent visitors to the course at Callippe Preserve say it's challenging enough for experienced golfers and is always well-maintained. No wonder it's been voted best in town nine years in a row.
Best Happy Hour -- Lokanta. One of downtown Pleasanton's many great restaurants, Lokanta offers its happy hour specials every day from 3-6 p.m. and again from 9:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with great food, pleasant atmosphere and friendly servers.
Best Kept Secret Treasure of Pleasanton -- Pleasanton Ridge. The secret is out about the beauty of Pleasanton Ridge because this is the third straight win for the scenic regional park in this category. The multi-use trail system at Pleasanton Ridge accommodates hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and those just seeking some fresh air and leisure.
Best Local Winery -- Wente. Quality wines, full service restaurant, upscale golf course and picturesque views ... what more could anyone ask for in a Tri-Valley winery? It's no surprise our readers head over to Livermore for this great wine-tasting experience close to home.
Best Place to People Watch -- Main Street. Some of Pleasanton's most beloved establishments are housed on Main Street, including several restaurants with outdoor seating where patrons can relax, catch some rays and watch as others stroll down Main Street exploring the various businesses. Popular street fairs, parades and farmers markets also draw crowds on Main.
Best Place for Live Entertainment -- Concerts in the Park. For the ninth consecutive year, Concerts in the Park retains the top live-entertainment spot. The free, weekly event occurs every summer at Lions Wayside Park and features a diverse lineup of bands and musicians for residents of all ages to enjoy.
Best Sports Bar -- The Hop Yard. The Hop Yard American Alehouse & Grill serves up delicious comfort foods in addition to specialty entrees. It also offers a wide selection of beers and spirits while still maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere. And no matter what sport is in season, Hop Yard is sure to be playing "the big game."
Best Bank -- Wells Fargo. With three Pleasanton locations, Wells Fargo snags this title for the fourth year in a row. Wells Fargo customers say the bankers in the local branches are consistently knowledgeable, helpful and kind.
Best Credit Union -- Patelco Credit Union. For the third straight year, Patelco's financial services have received our readers' stamp of approval. Patelco prides itself on providing its members with relevant, accessible and high-value products and services.
Best Dry Cleaners -- D&D Dry Cleaners. This community cleaner is a one-stop-shop for clothing needs. D&D reps specialize in alterations, repairs and laundry, in addition to dry cleaning. They are skilled at handling various fabrics including sheer silk and leather.
Best Hotel -- The Rose Hotel. Downtown Pleasanton's European-style boutique hotel combines the convenience of a motel, friendliness of a bed and breakfast, and the luxury of a fine hotel to provide the best overnight stay to visitors.
Best Non-Brokerage Financial Planning -- Wealth Management & Associates. Whether you need a consultation for wealth management, insurance services, retirement planning or college planning, Wealth Management & Associates located downtown is there to assist and uphold its mission to help families and individuals meet their financial goals.
Best Local Insurance Agent -- Renee Huber, State Farm. It's three in a row for Renee Huber, who says she strives to provide quality service with a smile and remain knowledgeable about her profession. Clients say she gives great advice from a professional and personal perspective to help them make important policy decisions.
Best Mortgage Company -- Vintage Mortgage Group. Vintage Mortgage Group is a two-time winner in this category, offering services such as FHA loans, FHA 203k construction loans, VA loans and home-path financing.
Best Photographer -- Bella Luna Studios. Bella Luna Studios has snagged this title for eight years straight. Since 2004, owner and principal photographer Christina Gray has provided personalized service to her clients and captured their most memorable moments with care.
Best Real Estate Agent -- Gina Piper, Better Homes & Gardens. For four years in a row, voters have selected Gina Piper, who is very familiar with the city of Pleasanton and the surrounding communities as she is a longtime resident. Her professional approach to her practice, coupled with her courteous attitude, leave clients satisfied with her service.
Best Real Estate Team -- Fabulous Properties. Sisters Donna Garrison and Susan Schall have once again snagged the title. The dynamic duo use their individual talents and knowledge to create the best home-buying experience for their clients.
Best Real Estate Office -- Venture Sotheby's International Realty. With a team of experienced real estate agents serving the greater Tri-Valley area, Pleasanton-based Venture Sotheby's International Realty represents some of the most exclusive and unique properties around, priding itself on combining local expertise with international exposure to provide clients quality service.
Best Travel Agency -- Pleasanton Travel. Teri and Nancy of Pleasanton Travel strive to make the travel-arrangement process stress-free and smooth throughout each stage of planning. Our readers trust Pleasanton Travel for their getaways and family vacays.