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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay

169 winners—our biggest list ever—representing the tops from sausages and spirits to circus arts and pub crawls

Winners

2014 Goods and Services

Best Dentist

Melinda Chan, D.D.S.

2014 Families and Pets

Best Public School: K–8

Montclair Elementary School

2014 Goods and Services

Best Antique Store

Montclair Estates on Piedmont

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Company to Work For

Montclair Veterinary Hospital

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Most Charitable Business

Montclair Veterinary Hospital for Montclair Pet & Wildlife Fund

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Yoga Studio

Namaste

2014 Goods and Services

Best Specialty Store

Nathan & Co.

2014 Goods and Services

Best Manicure-Pedicure

Natural Nails Plus

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Karaoke Crowd

Nick’s Lounge

You know those windowless bars on seedy streets that offer stale cigarette smoke, dark corners, and a bad reminder that life is too short? Well, that isn’t this place. Oh, no; Nick’s Lounge (sans windows as it may be) is a bright and beckoning karaoke palace nuzzled into a 500-square-foot rectangle off MLK, and it’s the ideal hideaway to throw back a beer, perform your favorite Blondie number, and get lost in the jazzy twilight of a good buzz in great company. The crowd members are as quick to offer a songbook as they are a riotous round of applause, and they do it seven nights a week. This is the hole-in-the-wall gala of appreciation all nonprofessional performers have been waiting for. Cheers!
Photo by Pat Mazzera

2014 Food and Drink

Best Teahouse

Numi Tea Garden

(no longer open to public but available for private use)

2014 Goods and Services

Best East Bay Product

Oaklandish Gear

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Thing About Your City

Oakland People

2014 Families and Pets

Best Public High School

Oakland Technical High School

2014 Goods and Services,Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Art Gallery,Best Tattoo Artist and Parlor

Old Crow Tattoo and Art Gallery

What do Kentucky whiskey, urban art, and Grand Avenue have in common? They all converge at the Old Crow Tattoo and Art Gallery in one singular display of creativity and Americana. While the parlor no longer showcases rotating works as it has in years past, the front room and adjoining back studio boast murals and framed pieces that represent the diversity of the local art scene and its talented team of originators. Think: sleekly articulated drawings and wildly colorful graffiti. Of course, no actual “drank” is served here, and yes, there is a two-year wait to get inked up by owner Philip Milic, but no other shop will educate you with its interior décor while your stencil gets finished.
Photo by Pat Mazzera

2014 Food and Drink

Best Wine Bar

Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar

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