Mountain View Voice

- August 29, 2008

Best Businesses 2008

Audio/Video Store

Audio High

Audio High not only supplies customers with high-end home theater and audio systems, the company is run completely on solar power, and the owners donate all their profits to charity! Mountain View residents applaud Audio High's social responsibility, as well as their uncanny products: high-end audio, home theater and lighting systems, and more.

165 Moffett Blvd.; Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. By Appointment Only; 964-4000

Runner up: Best Buy

Auto Body Repair

FCC Collision

Once again, Mountain View readers turn to FCC Collision for dents, scratches and major repairs on their autos. Family-owned and ICAR Gold Certified since 1979, FCC Collision knows how to take care of local customers every step of the way.

177 E. Evelyn Ave.; 965-1440

Runner up: Car West Auto

Auto Repair

Larry's AutoWorks

Larry's promises customers a 36 month or 36,000 mile guarantee, which is probably why folks from all over head to Mountain View for repairs. Larry's bases its business on integrity, trust and communication: three qualities customers cherish.

2526 Leghorn St.; Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; 968-5202

Runner up: Dean's Automotive

Bike Shop

The Off Ramp

For over 35 years, The Off Ramp has provided dedicated service and high quality bicycles and equipment to Peninsula residents. Each staff member is certified to work on all makes, and customers can even test ride bicycles before deciding on a big purchase. All bikes purchased at The Off Ramp come with a free tune-up, as an added gift to customers.

2320 El Camino Real; Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.; 968-2974

Runner up: Bicycle Outfitters

Book Store

Books Inc.

While some head over to Books Inc. for the tasty egg salad sandwiches at the upstairs cafe, real bookworms look to the independent bookstore for hard-to-find titles and friendly recommendations. Staffers there know many customers personally, and are happy to point out new titles and authors or direct people to one of the many speaker or book signing events held in the store.

301 Castro St.; Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-Midnight; Sun. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; 428-1234

Runner up: Book Buyers


Chiropractic Sports Center

Clients know they're in good hands with Dr. Tony Tropea of Chiropractic Sports Center on Hope Street. The clinic offers friendly service and treatments from posture training to massage therapy. The soothing atmosphere of the office and family-like treatment will put patients at ease.

278-C Hope St.; 962-0909

Runner up: Lisa M. Devlin


Smiles Dental

Mountain View is all smiles for the best dentist in town. At Smiles Dental, doctors and staff believe in great customer service and using only the best dental technology to treat clients. Offering both classic and cosmetic treatments, Smiles makes sure patients receive quality care both in the office and out.

100 El Camino Real, Suite 63A; 964-2626

Runner up: Dr. Joseph Cassera

Dry Cleaners

Careful Cleaners

Careful Cleaners again makes Mountain View's best list by offering efficient service at reasonable prices. Your delicate garments, repairs, and regular laundry will be safe at this family run business. Shirts laundered for $1.50 each.

860 Villa St.; Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 967-5094

Runner up: Blossom Valley Cleaners and Draper Center

Financial Institution

Wells Fargo Bank

Clients rave about the friendly, efficient service at this Castro Street branch. From opening a new account to applying for loans, this Wells Fargo has its customers covered with competent employees ready to help people with all their financial needs. Plus, this branch is open late on Saturdays.

590 Castro St.; Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 210-2020

Runner up: Washington Mutual

Fitness Club

YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula

From children to seniors, YMCA offers programs that will help the whole family get fit, and connect to their community too. Pick from organized sports, swimming or fitness classes to get off the couch and in shape. The club offers childcare while busy parents get their workout in, or family classes for parent-child fitness and health education.

2400 Grant Rd.; Mon.-Thu. 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; 941-2268

Runner up: 24 Hour Fitness

Fitness Program

Workout IQ

For a personalized workout routine to match your busy lifestyle, or a boot camp class sure to whip you into shape, Workout IQ has the plan for you. Work with trainers to lose weight, improve posture and eliminate pain using techniques like Russian Kettlebell training or message.

278 Hope Street, Suite C; 814-9615

Runner up: Integrate Performance Fitness

Non-Chain Florist

Robert Moore Flowers

Robert Moore has been serving Mountain View residents for over 50 years. Earning past awards from the Voice, this local florist provides arrangements for any occasion, from birthdays and weddings to bar mitzvahs and funeral services. The store's longtime manager Byron keeps his staff up to date on the latest trends in design, and promises good value and great products to his customers.

881 Castro St.; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 967-2307

Runner up: Fleur De Lis

Green Business

REI Mountain View

REI earns green marks with shoppers by being diligent with regular recycling and promoting environmentally friendly commute habits to employees. They participate in community efforts like Coastal Cleanup Day and volunteering at Shoreline Park to remove invasive plant species. If you find yourself in the dark while shopping for eco-friendly hemp and wool products, don't panic — REI Mountain View has probably dimmed the lights in accordance with a San Francisco Community Power Alert Day.

2450 Charleston Rd.; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 969-1938

Runner up: Audio High

Hair Salon

Allure Salon

For the third year in a row, Mountain View looks to the stylists at Allure for their hair care needs. From modern cuts for both men and women, to coloring and permanent treatments, Allure make its clients look an feel stylish. The salon also provides massage treatment, as well as nail and skin care for all beauty needs.

888 Villa St.; Mon.-Tue. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 938-8777

Runner up: Solstice Salon

Hardware Store

Orchard Supply Hardware

Though home improvement inside and out can be frustrating, Mountain View residents know they can turn time and time again to the trusted advice and help from friendly Orchard staff. Serving California for over 75 years, the company still provides small-business service to its many customers, including gardening tips and coupons on their helpful Web site.

2555 Charleston Rd.; Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; 691-2010

Runner up: Blossom True Value Hardware

Home Furnishings

Cost Plus World Market

For unique home furnishings and accessories, Cost Plus is the place to go. Imported chairs, ottomans, kitchenware, picture frames and more will give any home a global feel. Competitive prices and funky, unique pieces make Cost Plus the best place to update your abode.

1910 W. El Camino Real; Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 961-6066

Runner up: Ethan Allen Home Interiors


Hilton Garden Inn

For those visiting on business, or just stopping by for a leisurely weekend, the Hilton Garden Inn provides clean rooms for a good night's rest. The helpful staff at the desk and restaurant can direct visitors to all the best Mountain View has to offer, making a short or long stay feel like home.

840 El Camino Real; 964-1700

Runner up: Hotel Avante


Massage Envy

Message Envy doesn't sacrifice high quality message therapy for its unbeatable prices. Starting at only $39, treatments range from trigger point therapy to deep tissue to sports massages. Staff will happily help you decide which massage fits your needs, and schedule a perfect timeslot that fits your busy schedule.

1040 Grant Rd., Suite 110; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; 961-3689

Runner up: Allure Salon


La Monique's Nail Salon

To pamper your feet and hands, head to La Monique's, where prices are fair and treatment is royal. Pedicures come complete with hot stone and paraffin wax treatment; a deal considering a mani/pedi combo costs a reasonable $40. Pedicures only cost $28.

650 Castro St., No. 175; Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; 968-9901

Runner up: Gorgeous Nails and Skin Care

New Business

Clocktower Coffee Conference Room

Clocktower Coffee now provides not only the snacks and coffee for your business meetings, but the space for them as well. The newly opened 1,500-square-foot conference space next to Clocktower's N. Whisman location is the perfect place for meetings of any kind. Complete with full PA system, staff will set up the room theater, boardroom, classroom or any gathering place to fit your needs.

425 N. Whisman, Suite 700; 575-5070 For Reservations

Runner up: Mystyq

Oil Change

GTS Auto Center

Conveniently located in downtown Mountain View, GTS Auto is great for a quick oil change or tune up. No need for an appointment, drop-ins can have their oil changed on the spot for $22 to $24 depending on the make.

705 W. Dana St.; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; 968-8896

Runner up: Jiffy Lube

Place for a Date

Cascal & Century 16 Theaters

Can't decide where to take your date for a night out? Take Mountain View's advice and go for a traditional dinner-and-a-movie night. Dine at Cascal on flirty Spanish style tapas, then head over to the cinemas to catch the latest flick for a perfect evening for two.

Cascal: 400 Castro St.; Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; 940-9500, Century 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 961-3828

Runner up: Shoreline Park

Store for Unusual Gifts

East-West Bookshop

For gifts that cater to the mind and soul, East-West Bookshop is the place to browse. The unique shop on Castro Street carries everything from the latest political biographies to statues of deities and angels. In addition to its unusual gift items, East-West holds enticing speaker events and workshops on topics like massage, sensitivity, and even palmistry.

324 Castro St.; Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; sun. Noon-8 p.m.; 988-9800

Runner up: Cost Plus World Market

Travel Agency

Uniglobe Embassy Travel

Specializing in trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Mexico, the staff at Uniglobe Embassy are happy to assist travelers with all business and pleasure vacation plans. At their convenient location in downtown Mountain View, Uniglobe travel agents are always on hand to suggest great cruise getaways for a romantic duo or the whole family.

650 Castro St.; 964-1977

Women's Clothing Store


For unique sportswear, women head to Mystyq on Castro. The shop carries everything from funky jewelry and colorful scarves to New World-patterned flowing skirts and denim. Featured currently is their "popcorn shirt," a stretchy distinctive top available in a plethora of rainbow colors and prints.

282 Castro St.; Mon.-Tue. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. Noon-6 p.m.; 964-4323

Runner up: Therapy

Yoga Studio

Yoga is Youthfulness

Over and over again, Yoga is Youthfulness makes Mountain View's "Best of" list for its attention to both beginning and advanced clients. With a variety of class styles, from Mysore style Ashtanga to mainstream Iyegnar, students of all types will find a method that suits their needs.

590 Castro St.; Schedule Varies; 964-4277

Runner up: YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula

Shoe Repair

A Minute Man Shoe Repair

This one-man workshop will fix all your leather goods in a hurry. From removing stains to stretching leathers to re-healing your favorite boots, the Minute Man, a.k.a. Marco, takes care of customers on a time crunch, and for fair prices too. While you're waiting, try on a pair of Marco's special leather boots — he can make a custom pair just for you.

738 Villa St.; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 968-0358

Runner up: Model Shoe Repair


Posted by Darin, a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2008 at 9:51 am

Is A Minute Man Shoe Repair good at "re-healing" your favorite boots, or at re-heeling your favorite boots?

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