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Service: Best of Mountain View 2012
Peninsula Acupuncture says it brings modern training and perfected technique to one of the most ancient forms of medicine, in which fine needles are inserted into patients' skin at certain points to restore the body to balance and health. Fans of the licensed acupuncturist Ted Ray praise his soothing technique and ability to bring about full recovery from a wide variety of troubles.
2500 Hospital Dr., Mountain View
Auto Body Repair
FCC Collision is a long-term family operation since 1979. Their experienced professionals and welcoming customer service have car owners coming back for more. According to owner Adam Piper, over 40 percent of customers come back again and again or are referred by friends.
177 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View
Employees at Dean's Automotive train hard for their jobs, going to auto classes regularly to educate themselves on different car problems, says owner Warren McCord. The auto repair shop has provided quality care since 1963 using its specialized automotive service and repair facilities. They back up their car care with a 24-month/24,000-mile guarantee on parts and labor.
2037 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View
Suffering from pain, either chronic or due to injury? Head over to Dr. Lisa Devlin, voted the best chiropractor in Mountain View. While most people come in for pain, patients typically return for an adjustment to return to their activities more quickly. Delvin practices a low force method called the Activator Method -- no twisting, cracking or popping. She also provides laser therapy to help decrease pain and inflammation as well as promote improved circulation and muscle relaxation.
1265 Montecito Ave., Mountain View
Smiles Dental is once again a favorite of Mountain View residents. Dr. William Hall attributes the business' success to its friendly, caring staff as well as the customer service staff's attention to detail. In addition to using digital x-ray technology, the office prides itself on pampering its patients and their teeth.
100 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Green & Fresh Cleaners says it is the first environmentally friendly, green dry-cleaners in Mountain View. The full-service garment and fabric care cleaning company has served the Bay Area for over 40 years. They use a 100 percent PERC-free dry-cleaning process that helps not only your clothes, but also the environment.
580 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View
Need motivation for your high-energy workout? Mountain View residents say to check out 24-Hour Fitness' group classes. Zumba, cycling and yoga are the three most popular fitness classes, says service manager Anjuli Roberts, but the gym is also planning on adding new body workouts for even tougher training. The 24-Hour Fitness Sport on Showers Drive is our readers' pick for best gym.
2535 California St., Mountain View, 650-935-9064 ext. 40
550 Showers Dr., Mountain View, 650-941-2268
BookBuyers takes the winner's podium for both the best book store and the best green business in Mountain View. It's known for being a community place, where customers can find books on almost any subject. As the largest used-book store on the Peninsula, with an expanded new book program of harder-to-get classic authors and titles, book lovers have hit the gold mine with BookBuyers.
317 Castro St., Mountain View
A winner for the past five years as the best hair salon in Mountain View, Allure aims to make clients feel as if they're walking into the Opening Ceremony. "What makes us unique is we have extreme passion for what we do," says owner Alisa Barnhart. The salon offers a variety of hair treatments, including perms and coloring, as well as facials, nail treatments and spray tanning.
888 Villa St., Mountain View
Three-star Hotel Avante gets the gold for Best Hotel in Mountain View. Featuring an outdoor pool, health club, fitness facilities, and even its own masseuse -- something no other hotel in the area can boast of, according to manager Charles Hall -- the hotel has a "retro-chic" design and top-notch service. Breakfast and wireless Internet are included with rooms.
860 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Known for its friendly staff and large nail polish selection, customers say Gorgeous Nails and Skin Care provides top-notch manicures and pedicures at reasonable prices, complete with hot stone massages. Manager Nancy Nguyen also cites the nail salon's cleanliness and thorough sanitization methods.
821 Castro St., Mountain View
Fans say Heaven on Earth offers a wide array of massages at bargain prices. Patrons praise the skin care and massage place's ability to leave everyone feeling fully relaxed and rejuvenated. "Each of our massage therapists bring in their own specialties to the table, such as shiatsu, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, facelift massage," owner Jolyn Silvia says. Clients even have access to amenities, such as the private steam room, updated fitness center, jacuzzi and heated swimming pool.
555 W. Middlefield Rd., Mountain View
For three years running, the Car Doctor wins the best oil change in Mountain View. With 40 years of experience in the business, the Car Doctor knows how to diagnose an automotive bug. Owner Gary Schaller says the shop offers speedy, quality service and prides itself on making sure that their customers have safe, reliable transportation.
2235 Old Middlefield Way Unit K, Mountain View
To achieve your Olympic dreams, head over to Stafford Fitness, which specializes in personal training with Stephanie Stafford. She offers one-on-one injury management for endurance athletes, weight loss, and general wellness/stress management.
Evolution Trainers: 1235 Pear Ave. Suite 101, Mountain View
Adobe Animal Hospital is open 24/7 so that no matter what happens, someone will be there for your furry friend. The hospital offers a wide variety of services, from surgery and dentistry to internal medicine. As a larger hospital, the doctors have a wide array of experience and background and unlike most pet care, owners can stay with their animals during blood work or operations to make them feel more comfortable.
4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos
You need a good pair of shoes to sprint your way to victory. Model Shoe Repair owner Sae Lim cites his reasonable prices and loyal customers as the reason for his shoe repair store's victory, and customers applaud the speed and high quality of the repairs.
621 West Dana St., Mountain View
Underdog Bikram Yoga just celebrated its first year in business by winning the gold medal for favorite yoga studio. Bikram Yoga, unlike other kinds, is performed in a heated room. People of all ages come to heal their bodies from the inside out. There are no levels in Bikram, so whether you're injured or an Olympic hopeful, it's designed for everybody.
1910 W. El Camino Real
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