Retail

Books Inc., Best Bookstore

Bike Shop

Cognition Cyclery is more than just an independently owned bike shop. It boasts top brands, years of experience and bicycle repair and servicing, a level of expertise clearly appreciated by this year's voters who helped Cognition coast to victory. For a limited time this summer, renowned cycling biomechanics expert Sean Madsen, who has worked with Tour de France winners, will be available by appointment for bike-fitting in Cognition's fit studio.
903 Castro St.; 650-386-1955. cognitioncyclery.com

Bookstore

Books Inc. traces its origins to the Gold Rush, but became Books Inc. as it's known today in 1946. It is independently owned and is always packed with locals looking for the latest books to read or gifts to buy. Located on a well-trafficked corner of downtown Mountain View, it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with friendly staff that has clearly won the hearts of our readers.
301 Castro St.; 650-428-1234. booksinc.net

Therapy, Best Boutique, Best Place for Unusual Gifts

Boutique

Voice readers singled out Therapy as the perfect shop to find everything from home decor and knick knacks to gifts and clothing, voting it in as the best boutique in town as well as the best place to find unusual gifts. Readers have said they could spend all day reading the silly greeting cards and gag gifts. According to manager Katherine Lix, the boutique tries to incorporate local vendors, and 75 percent of the store's jewelry brands are local to California. "We encourage our employees to work with the customers and try to really get to know people. When we say hi, we really mean it. We want to know how you're doing," Lix says.
250 Castro St.; 650-691-1196. shopattherapy.com

Florist

Fleur De Lis was readers' first choice for florist in Mountain View, rewarding its commitment to offering the finest floral arrangements and gifts. The floral services include a huge variety of fresh, everyday arrangements, as well as special event and gift designs. On-time delivery is available even during the busy holiday seasons. Gourmet fruit baskets, greeting cards and candles are also available.
811 Castro St.; 650-968-0220. fdlflowers.com

Hardware Store

For the second year in a row Blossom True Value Hardware has been named Mountain View's best hardware store by Voice readers. Since moving to El Camino Real in 2006, this location has won customers' praise for its helpful, friendly service, clean and organized displays and extensive selection of products. Offering goods from plants to paint to power tools, and services from key-cutting to blade-sharpening, Blossom True Value Hardware can help with a variety of household needs.
1297 W. El Camino Real; 650-964-7871. truevalue.com

Unusual Gifts

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