Best of the Best – Local Business Smackdown

by Patrick on February 10, 2009

Back in the fall, we asked you to name your favorite local businesses, and you responded.  We received dozens of nominations in all sorts of categories, so many, in fact, that it’s taken us a while to sort them all out.  But sort them we have, and we’re happy to announce the winners in some categories (where there was unanimous support).  In other categories, we’re asking for your help.  Vote for the winner in each category by emailing us (email@vromansbookstore.com) or coming into the store (visit the Info desk of any Vroman’s location).  One vote per category per person.

We will profile the winner in each category on this blog, including the business’s history and a look at what makes it so special.

Voting will run from now until the close of business on Friday, February 20.  Happy voting!

Best Restaurants (Non-Burger division…This is Pasadena, after all.)
Parkway Grill Restaurant
Pita Pita
Tarantinos Pizza/Italian
Marston’s
Crepevine Bistro
Tibet Nepal House
The Raymond Restaurant
Conrad’s Restaurant
Rock Island Wraps
Firefly Bistro

Best Burgers
Pie ‘n Burger
Wolfe Burger

Best Coffeeshop
Jones Coffee
Coffee Gallery (Altadena)
Bean Town Coffee Bar (Sierra Madre)
Zona Rosa Caffe

Best Tea House
Chado Tea House
Rose Tree Cottage

Best Gift Store
Motif
Lula Mae

Best Record Store
Canterbury Records – WINNER!

Best Comic Store
Comics Factory
Comic Cellar (Monrovia)

Best Video Store
Videotheque (South Pasadena) – WINNER!

Best Bar
Lucky Baldwin’s (Pasadena and Sierra Madre) – WINNER!

Best Salon
Reedy’s Haircutting (South Pasadena)
Ravissant

Best Specialty Book Shop
San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe
Book’em Mysteries (South Pasadena)
Book Alley

Best Auto Shop
Johnson Motors
Sierra Madre Independent Honda Service

Best Florist

Jacob Maarse
– WINNER

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    Johnny 02.10.09 at 1:07 pm

    Best Bike Shop
    Incycle – http://incycle.com/

    Phil Diegelman 02.11.09 at 7:57 am

    For Best Restaurant- Parkway Grill 🙂

    jeff kroeger 02.11.09 at 5:44 pm

    I vote for Motif for best gift store.

    Linda Dunlea 02.11.09 at 9:42 pm

    I vote for Motif for the best gift store in the Pasadena area.

    Brenna Stearns 02.12.09 at 7:40 am

    Nothing is cuter than Motif merchandise (except maybe the owner) – You have to check it out!

    Mike 02.12.09 at 12:39 pm

    Best Bakery goes to Europane Bakery Cafe on Colorado Blvd

    andrea cawlina 02.13.09 at 12:09 am

    I want to vote for Motif. Wonderful store!
    Andrea

    Elizabeth 02.13.09 at 9:35 am

    Motif is awesome!

    Andrew Plumb 02.13.09 at 9:54 am

    MOTIF MOTIF MOTIF MOTIF MOTIF MOTIF. Guess who I am voting for? I would put my money on MOTIF.

    Lisa Addeo 02.13.09 at 10:09 am

    I love Motif. They have the best service and the most beautiful smelling candles.

    David Beeton 02.13.09 at 10:10 am

    Motif is the best independent store

    Marg Blasiar 02.13.09 at 3:18 pm

    I vote for Motif for the BEST gift store in the area……..Stephanie has an incredible sense of style and carries many unique gifts….Come see for yourself!!!
    Marg

    Brad Penley 02.13.09 at 4:40 pm

    I love buying gifts for my Mom at Motif. There isn’t a better store. My vote is for Motif

    Frankie Stearns 02.17.09 at 6:27 am

    Motif is the best! No question.

    Gillian 02.17.09 at 9:17 am

    I really wish I had known about this because there is no way that Lucky Baldwin’s should be crowned best bar *anywhere*. Yuck.

    Mashanda 02.17.09 at 5:33 pm

    I second incycle as the best bike shop! Also, Jones Coffee for sure!

    GILLIS 02.17.09 at 7:53 pm

    UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCES-LOVE THE COFFEE AT JONES’S .
    FOR YEARS I WONDERED WERE THIS COFFEE ROASTING AROMA CAME FROM UNTIL I VENTURED INTO JONES’S. HAD NO IDEA WHAT A BARRISTA WAS. wELL I DO NOW, AND IT TRULY IS AN ART TO CREATE THE PERFECT FLAVOR.

    ENJOY!!!!!

    Ann Tait 02.19.09 at 6:40 am

    Jones Coffee is definitely the best coffee shop in Pasadena……..great coffee, great people, great ambiance. It also has space, music, and good pastries.

    Ann

    Penny 02.19.09 at 12:03 pm

    Jones offers wonderful coffees and teas too. Beyond great coffees, the shop is welcoming with good service and ambiance. Online orders are given equal attention and arrive within 2 days of the order. Now that’s genuine service.

    Mireya Jones 02.20.09 at 12:16 pm

    We are so flattered to have been nominated and are thrilled with the positive comments. I would be terribly remiss if I didn’t vote for the great job that son, Chuck, has done, the talented Baristas that make it happen and the wonderful customers that make it all sooooo special.

    Michael Irwin 02.25.09 at 3:49 pm

    I go for Tarantinos, Magnolia (bar), Zeli (coffee place), Book Alley and Pie N Burger.

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