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2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Place to Get a Manicure or Pedicure

Kim's Nails

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Trivia Masters Extraordinaire

Kirkland Melton and Stacey Ward, The Fireside Lounge and Z's Cocktail Lounge

Pub trivia has become a favorite weeknight activity for Alamedans, and the hard-working team of Kirkland Melton and Stacey Ward has been boggling the minds of newbies, know-it-alls, and cross-Island rivals for five years. They serve up fresh, fun, and challenging nights of trivia three nights a month. Cool prizes like snacks, booze, and swag are awarded to the winners of every round. Test your knowledge of current events, pop culture, and history over specialty cocktails and pints of microbrew with Melton and Ward. First and third Tuesdays, The Fireside Lounge; second or third Sunday of the month, Z's Cocktail Lounge.

2017 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice,Readers' Choice

Best Late-Night Dining,Best Mexican Restaurant,Best Spot for a Steph Curry Sighting,Biggest Portions

La Penca Azul

It is a golden era for Warriors basketball, and Alameda has been home to many post-game dinners for the most recognizable man in the NBA. La Penca Azul on Park Street has become a well-known late-night spot to catch superstar/nice guy Stephen Curry. He is often accompanied by his wife, Ayesha, and a crew of recognizable faces such as his celebrity BFF Drake, plus fellow teammates Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Shaun Livingston. Get your MVP sighting in soon; the Warriors only have a few years left playing at Oracle before heading to San Francisco.

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Accounting or Tax Practice

Lars G. Hansson

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Children_s Clothing

Lauren's Closet

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Women_s Clothing

Lilac Dress Boutique

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Place to Get a Facial

Lovely Brows & Skin

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Neighborhood Bar

Lucky 13

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Tattoo Parlor

Lucky 13 Tattoos

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Waxing Salon


2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Real Estate Agent

Maureen Shandobil, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Cultural Event

Mayor's 4th of July Parade

2017 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Place for Stretching Your Mind (and Yoga Pants)

Mind-Body Movement Center

Tianna Meriage-Reiter always wanted to help guide people toward healthier lifestyles, but for years she struggled with chronic pain that followed her through physical therapy school. Then, she pursued training in therapeutic applications of yoga and yoga teacher training. "This led me to explore new ideas about pain and pain science," Meriage-Reiter said. Today, she's living her dream through her practice at Mind-Body Movement Center, which draws on Ashtanga yoga and Ayurvedic principles and combines physical therapy, therapeutic yoga, and wellness coaching to create an empowering one-on-one experience. "Control what you can and let go of what you can't," she said. Recommended for those with injuries who want to get stronger, those with persistent pain, those not feeling well in their body, and those looking for different approaches to healing and healthy living.

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Greeting Cards

Modern Mouse

2017 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Coolest Waterfront Cafe

Mosley's Cafe

It’s starting to finally feel like summer in Alameda. Stroller up the kids, leash the dogs, and head out for a nice little walk along the estuary. Mosley’s Cafe has made the Grand Marina a lunchtime destination thanks to owner Cristin Shea, a local who envisioned a waterfront spot to grab a great cup of coffee to go or enjoy a light lunch and excellent view. With a walk-up counter and outdoor seating, Mosley’s serves up Oakland’s Bicycle Coffee, Semifreddi’s Sweets, fresh crepes, sandwiches, and an awesome selection of gluten-free goodies that are made in-house. 

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