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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2016

The most amazing finds of the year.

Winners

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Insurance Agent

Ruth Stroup, Farmers Insurance

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Deli

Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best New Restaurant

Sequoia Diner

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Golf Course

Sequoyah Country Club

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Chinese Restaurant

Shan Dong

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Facials

Shelly Gomez Skincare, 77Salon Inc.

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Salads

Southie

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner,Best General Practitioner

Stella Park, N.D.

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Solar Installation

Sungevity

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Barbershop

Temescal Alley Barbershop

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Karaoke Crowd

The Alley

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Cheeses

The Cheese Board Collective

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Art Classes

The Crucible

2016 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Beauty Workshop

The Earthship

The Earthship is a store, apothecary, and gathering space that also hosts a myriad of workshops around plant-based ingredients. It’s the brainchild of Earth Tu Face co-founders Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm, who opened the boutique as a flagship store to showcase their popular line of luxury organic skincare products as well as to share their making process with the public out of the adjoining apothecary. Workshops include mead making, dyeing fabric for clothing, and making beauty products that use the medicinal properties of the plant world. They are often accompanied by snacks and a garden-fresh botanical cocktail. The boutique features an array of cool apparel, makeup, and unusual, one-of-a-kind home wares. Stepping inside is glorious: dried herbs strung between the rafters, gentle wafts of essential oils, and inspired styling.

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Preschool

The Lake School

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