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2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Breakfast/Brunch

Café Jolie

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Flamenco

Caminos Flamencos, Rhythmix Cultural Works

Every few months, the two-story art space of Rhythmix Cultural Works offers Alamedans and their neighbors a taste of Spain, both literally and figuratively. The evening starts off with savory paella, veggie or seafood-tastic, prepared by Bay Area chef Paul Skrentny. Then the soulful strumming of guitarist Jason McGuire, known as "El Rubio" (the blond one), begins, and the dancers of San Francisco-based Caminos Flamencos take the stage. The night fills with their foot-stomping, fiery energy, led by Emmy award-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa. Rounded out with haunting singing, Rhythmix's Cafe Flamenco nights are not to be missed.

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Best Building Contractor

Carroll Construction

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The Next Up and Coming Alameda Intersection

Central Avenue and Weber Street

Nestled in a quiet mid-island neighborhood, Central and Weber has become a burgeoning hub of small local business. Rise Bodyworks (930 Central Ave., 510-263-9162, RiseBodyworks.com) has grown from a small personal training gym to include Pilates, chiropractic, and spa services over several storefronts. Complementing a colorful mural, Westside Joe's Bikes (1000 Central Ave., 510-995-8582, WestsideJoesBikes.com) makes the scene picturesque, with a collection of bicycles for the whole family peppering the corner. Artist Jean Chen, former owner of Bubble Farm Soap Company, has collaborated with fellow Alameda artists Christina Spiegel and Manuel Valenzuela to create Inkblot Gallery (Inkblot Gallery, 933B Central Ave., 510-863-4465, InkblotGallery.com). Inkblot hosts a new gallery opening monthly as part of Alameda's Second Friday Art Walk. As veteran businesswomen on the block, Diana Simon and Felicia Simon, the popular mother/daughter team of hairstylists at Simon Says Salon (933A Central Ave., 510.387.7815, Styleseat.com/m/book/s/simonsayssalon-alameda3-ca) are thrilled with the fun, creative direction the intersection has taken.

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Best Roofing Contractor

Central Bay Roofing & Restoration

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Best Dog Walker

Christi Spann, Bark Around the Block

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Best Place to Take the Kids

Crab Cove

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Best Retail Beer Selection

CRAFT Beer & Wine

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Best Place to Gleefully Blow Your Diet

Crispian Bakery

Embrace your love of carbs and butter at Crispian Bakery. This Park Street patisserie is the brainchild of chefs Beth Woulfe and Christian Fidelis de Goes formerly of Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery in New York City. Serving up classic Parisian favorites with a California sensibility, Crispian bakes only in small batches and delivers consistently tasty treats, both sweet and savory. A Saturday morning favorite, the delectable ham and cheese croissants are known to sell out in a flash, and the elegantly simple olive oil cakes pair beautifully with fresh fruit. An impressive menu also includes a cake of the month, plus brioche, baguette, and macarons ... Oh, my!

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Best Kitchen Remodeler

Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins

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Best Dance Studio

Dance/10 Performing Arts Center

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Best Flower Shop

Dandelion Flower Shop

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Best Produce Delivery Service

Dan's Fresh Produce

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Best Deli

Domenico's Italian Deli

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Dentist

Douglas S. Mitchell, D.M.D.

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