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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2017

Our annual celebration of The Town and the East Bay.

Winners

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Wine Bar

Ordinaire

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Bank, S&L, or Credit Union

Patelco Credit Union

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Jewelry Store

Pavé Fine Jewelry Design

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Bookstore

Pegasus Books

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Pet Store

Pet Food Express

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Pharmacy

Pharmaca

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Place to Get Clothes Altered

Piedmont Alterations

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Senior Living

Piedmont Gardens

2017 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Piñatas

Piñatas Las Morenitas Martinez

Piñatas make every occasion more fun. And in Oakland, the piñatas don’t get bigger or more brilliant than those at Piñatas Las Morenitas Martinez. Piñatas Las Morenitas specializes in ready-made piñatas in a variety of sizes and characters as well as custom designs. Got a kid begging for a piñata of his or her favorite obscure anime character? Not to worry—the crew at Piñatas Las Morenitas can turn their dream into reality. And think piñatas are only for children? Piñatas Las Morenitas can also make reproductions of certain unpopular, orange-colored political figures, ready to be stuffed full of candy and trotted out for your next party. 

2017 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Hand Blown Glass

Pinzette Glass

Sure, everyone appreciates a good painting or a gripping story, but it's pretty boring to watch painters and writers at work. Not so with glassmakers. A trip to Pinzette Glass gains you access not only to the showroom, but also to the studio, where you can observe glassblowers gathering, rolling, and blowing glass into artful Zen-like pitchers, creamers, and vases in eye-poppingly vibrant colors. They aren't cheap, but if you purchase directly from the showroom, you might be able to get a second for somewhat less. Call for an appointment or just stop in if the door is open.

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Saturday Night Grooves on Sunday Morning

Plymouth United Church of Christ

When the music heats up at the self-described church of "jazz and justice," you'll be forgiven for checking your watch to make sure that you didn't stumble into the pews on Saturday night at Plymouth United Church of Christ. Led by Medicine Ball Band guitarist David Sturdevant, the church's band boasts a gaudy array of jazz, blues, and R&B talent, with regulars like vocalists Lady Bianca and Terrie Odabi, saxophonist/vibraphonist Roger Glenn, and a roof-raising choir directed by the charismatic New Orleans singer Michelle Jacques.

2017 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Place to Get a Tan While Co-Working

Port Workspaces, Kaiser Mall

There are dozens of co-working spaces in the Bay Area, offering enticing perks such as free snacks, video games, and networking opportunities. But at the Kaiser Mall location of the Port Workspaces, members also get access to their Roof Garden terrace, where they can lounge on couches, frolic on the fake turf, or grab a seat at the thatched-roof tiki bar, which overlooks Lake Merritt, just a block and a half away. Adjacent to the Kaiser Center Roof Garden, which members also have access to, the third-floor terrace is the perfect place to kick up your feet, soak in some rays, and (pretend to) work.

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Ramen

Ramen Shop

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Real Estate Company

Red Oak Realty

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Person of the Year

Rep. Barbara Lee

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