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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2015

Some 178 winners, epitomizing the finest in food and drink, goods and services, and lifestyle and leisure.

Winners

2015 Goods & Services

Best Residential Architect

Rebecca Amato, Amato Architecture

2015 Goods & Services

Best Real Estate Company

Red Oak Realty

2015 Lifestyle & Leisure

Best Private School: K–8

Redwood Day School

2015 Lifestyle & Leisure

Most Affordable Maker Collective

Rock Paper Scissors Collective

If you want to make something, this is the space to do it in. The Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a community art space that hosts workshops, monthly readings, and art exhibitions with a DIY attitude. These workshops are affordable, offered at a sliding scale, and cover everything from zine making to terrarium building. Andrew Cole, the zines coordinator at RPSC, said the RPSC Zine Library boasts more than 3,000 zines made by writers from around the world. Every First Friday, RPSC also features a new art exhibition, and two memorable past shows were An Exploration of Pinhole Photography and I Can Show You My World Youth Opening. If you’re looking for your next muse, and to become a part of Oakland’s vibrant maker community, your muse may have just found you.

2015 Goods & Services

Best Shopping District

Rockridge

2015 Goods & Services

Best Home Furnishings Store

Rockridge Home

2015 Food & Drink

Best Sausages

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

2015 Lifestyle & Leisure

Best Children's Clothing

Ruby's Garden

2015 Goods & Services

Best Children's Store

Ruby€'s Garden

2015 Food & Drink

Best Late Night Munchies

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

2015 Food & Drink

Best Diner

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

2015 Goods & Services

Best Insurance Agent

Ruth Stroup, Ruth Stroup Insurance Agency

2015 Goods & Services

Best Tupperware Lady

Sally Bowls

Never has buying a can opener been so much fun. When Kevin Wisney enters a party in full-on drag, he is far more than a man dressed as a woman. He is your neighborhood Tupperware Lady, “Sally Bowls,” named of course for the iconic Liza Minelli character from Cabaret. You are his “darlings,” and he promises to help “keep your junk fresh.” To demonstrate, he displays a nifty container that keeps veggies dry, adding, “None of us like to sit in our own moisture, do we?” Wisney started acting at age 9—not the typical path for a Michigan farm boy. Now he divides his career between stage plays, drag queen shows (as “Cruzin d’Loo”), and Sally Bowls parties, while also savoring his more traditional life with a kid, a house, and a husband. Often Northern California’s leading lady in Tupperware sales, Wisney’s biggest kick comes from getting guests to “forget their troubles for an hour.” Or longer. Says one satisfied customer, “Every time I use my Tupperware can opener, I giggle.”

2015 Goods & Services

Best Financial Planner

Samantha Dinh, Edward Jones

2015 Goods & Services

Best Psychotherapist

Sandra Bryson, M.F.T.

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