The Off Ramp employees (l-r) Recner Lugardo, Jr., Recner Lugardo, Sr., Jose Pedroza, and Lorenzo Martinez.
Photo by Natalia Nazarova

Bike Shop

The Off Ramp wins best bike shop in Mountain View for the second year in a row. General Manager Recinto Lugardo believes The Off Ramp’s success comes from excellent customer service, as well as what he calls “the best selection of parts and accessories” and a big inventory of replacement items. The shop has continued its focus on commuters, providing bikes and other goods and services to customers looking for an alternative to driving.
2320 El Camino Real, Mountain View 650-968-2974


In the midst of dark times for the bookstore industry, manager Glenn Robbe says Books Inc. earns its success through its convenient location downtown, outstanding customer service and an excellent children’s book section. The store hosts two to three authors in a typical month; among its most anticipated upcoming events is a visit by acclaimed science fiction author John Scalzi on Sept. 4. In addition, Books Inc. offers personal recommendations and free gift wrap for last minute gifts
301 Castro St., Mountain View 650-428-1234


Mountain View’s Therapy location offers everything from fashionable purses to an assortment of kitchen magnets with saucy phrases. According to manager Kathy Lix, there is something for everyone within the store’s eclectic mix of offerings. Therapy intends for its customers to have fun looking at and buying its items for sale. “People like coming it to relax and roam around,” Lix said. Therapy also won Best Store for Unusual Gifts.
250 Castro St., Mountain View 650-691-1186

Owner Dale Nakayama at Nakayama Flowers.
Photo by Natalia Nazarova


Family-owned Nakayama Flowers distinguishes itself for its quaint and old-fashioned atmosphere and appeals to locals, according to owner Dale Nakayama, in part because it does not belong to a major chain. It provides flowers for a wide assortment of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, funerals and corporate events.
3367 Grant Road., Mountain View 650-390-9235

Hardware Store

With its easy-to-reach location and expansive inventory of appliances, plants and other items, Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) retains its title as the go-to hardware store for Mountain View residents. On West El Camino Real, this OSH continues to distinguish itself in the eyes of residents for its approachable and very helpful customer service staff.
2555 Charleston Road, Mountain View 650-691-2010

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Home Furnishings

Cost Plus World Market offers an exclusive assortment of products that come at affordable prices, according to public relations manager Jill Osaka. The store offers home furnishings, decor, tabletop items, textiles and glassware as well as food and beverage items sometimes imported from outside the United States. Osaka says the stores’ knowledgeable associates are part of the reason why customers return to Cost Plus World Market “to not only furnish their home, but also find gifts, entertaining ideas and more.“
1910 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 650-961-6066

Store for Unusual Gifts

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