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 ( 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
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
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)

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