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May 5, 2013 | Readers Choice

         


 

Ventura County Star


readers have spoken
with their ballots

Enclosed in these pages are the


results of the annual Ventura County
Star Readers Choice survey.
You, our readers, have picked
your favorites in 128 categories of
food and services throughout the
county and surrounding area.
This is one of the largest Readers
Choice sections in the 18 years The
Star has been publishing it.
For the fourth-straight year,
balloting was conducted online only
and occurred over a three-week
period in January and February.
Besides the number of pages,
records were set in the number of
votes (134,688) and number of
ballots (7,304).
The winners in each category
were chosen for east Ventura
County (comprised of Newbury
Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake
Village, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley and
Moorpark), west Ventura County
(comprised of Camarillo, Somis,

Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura,


Oak View, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore
and Piru) or full county.
The next highest vote recipients
in each category, up to five,
were named as Readers Choice
Favorites, again, either with an east
county, west county or full county
designation.
From the ballots received, a
separate contest was held. To thank
those readers who participated, The
Star conducted a drawing of the
names of those who cast votes.
The 2013 Readers Choice
Contest winners are as follows:
First place: Joey Hoffman, Simi
Valley, $1,000
Second Place: Katherine Lanum,
Ventura, $750
Third Place: Sara Arias, Simi
Valley, $250

INDEX

2013 Ventura County Star


Readers Choice

List of winners6

Dining7

Places, Fun

& Entertainment26

Services37

Shopping94

Transportation110

(The results of this survey are not the


recommendations or opinions of The Star.)

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WINNERS

May 5, 2013 | Readers Choice

WINNERS

= East County = West County = Full County

DINING

SERVICES

Senior Living  UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COMMUNITIES  CYPRESS PLACE


SENIOR LIVING
Stock Brokerage  FIDELITY INVESTMENTS  CAREY & HANNA

American Food  THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  BJS RESTAURANT

Acupuncturist  DAVID LEE ACUPUNCTURE  JONATHAN BRESLOW

Tanning Salon  TAN LA  ENDLESS SUMMER

Bagel  WESTERN BAGEL  NOAHS BAGELS

Auto Repair Shop  ACCURATE AUTOMOTIVE  BUENA VISTA COLLISION

Tattoo Parlor  CLEAR VISION TATTOO  JIMIS TATTOO & BODY

Bakery  PANERA BREAD  BREAD BASKET

Bank/Credit Union  LOGIX  VENTURA COUNTY

Barbecue  WOOD RANCH BARBQUE & GRILL

CREDIT UNION

PIERCING
Title and Escrow  CONSUMERS TITLE COMPANY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Breakfast  EGGS N THINGS

Barber Shop  SAVVY SALON & SPA  HANKS BARBER SHOP

Business Lunch  THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  LURE FISH HOUSE

Boot Camp  805 BOOT CAMP  GAMUT FITNESS

Trade School  SIMI VALLEY ADULT SCHOOL  LU ROSS ACADEMY INC

Chinese Food  SZECHUWAN GARDEN  CHESTERS ASIA

Catering Company  GREEN ACRES

Travel Agency  AAA AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Coffee House  STARBUCKS

FARM MARKET AND CATERING  DJS CALIFORNIA CATERING

 THE ESCROW PLACE

Veterinarian  WESTLAKE VILLAGE  ANACAPA ANIMAL

Deli  BRENTS DELICATESSEN  DANNYS DELI & GRILL

Chiropractor  OMEGA REHAB & SPORT  Bates Family Chiropractic

Dinner Under $10  PRESTO PASTA

College/University  CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN  CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS

Weight-Loss Center  WEIGHT WATCHERS

French Food  CHOCOLATINE  71 PALM RESTAURANT

Contractor  RCI BUILDERS INC  FAR WEST CONSTRUCTION

Greek Food  DAPHNES GREEK CAFE  GREEK AT THE HARBOR

Day Care

Hamburger  THE HABIT BURGER GRILL

(Non-Home Based)  LITTLE OAKS SCHOOL  LAS POSAS

Happy Hour  CHO CHO SAN  YOLANDAS

CHILDRENS CENTER

ANIMAL HOSPITAL

SHOPPING
Apparel/Clothing  KOHLS DEPARTMENT STORE

Health Food  NATURAL CAFE  LASSENS HEALTH FOOD

Day Spa  COLDWATER CREEK  OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA

Appliance Store  SEARS

Hot Dog  CUPIDS HOT DOGS  COSTCO

Dentist  EAN KLEIGER DDS  (tie) CAMARILLO SMILES

Bike Shop  NEWBURY PARK

Ice Cream/Yogurt Shop  GOLDEN SPOON  BASKIN-ROBBINS

(DR. CZUBIAK)

Indian Food  BOLLYWOOD CAFE  TAJ CAFE

 (tie) RUTH SHIFMAN

HOSPITAL

BICYCLE SHOP  BILLS BIKE SHOP


Book Store  BARNES & NOBLE

Italian Food  TUSCANY II RISTORANTE  FERRAROS

Dog Grooming Shop  THE BARKLEY PET HOTEL  ALOHA DOG GROOMING

Eyeglasses  COSTCO

Lunch Under $7  PRESTO PASTA

Dry Cleaner  FAZIO CLEANERS  PERSNICKITY CLEANERS

Fabric Store  JO-ANN FABRICS & CRAFTS  FABRIC TOWN USA

Mexican Food  EL SANCHO LOCO TAQUERIA  YOLANDAS

Family Doctor  ARROYO OAKS MEDICAL  WARWAR MEDICAL GROUP

Farmers Market  SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET  VENTURA COUNTY

Mobile Food Truck  HAUNT DAWGZ  ITS IN THE SAUCE B-B-Q

Funeral Home  ROSE FAMILY

Pizza  TOPPERS PIZZA PLACE

FARMERS MARKET

FUNERAL HOME  TED MAYR FUNERAL HOME

Flooring Store  FLOORING 101

Romantic Dining  MASTROS STEAK HOUSE  WATERMARK RESTAURANT

Gym  24 HOUR FITNESS  MAVERICKS GYM

Florist  MICHAELS FLOWERS  SWEET PEAS FLOWERS

Salsa  SHARKYS WOODFIRED  SNAPPER JACKS

Hair Salon  A NEW TECHNIQUE SALON  LUXE SALON AND DAY SPA

Furniture Store  (tie) PTS FURNITURE

TACO SHACK

Hearing Service  SECOND CHANCE HEARING  SEARS HEARING

Sandwich  JERSEY MIKES SUBS

AID CENTER

Seafood  MARKET BROILER  LURE FISH HOUSE

Hospital  LOS ROBLES HOSPITAL  COMMUNITY

Steak House  MASTROS STEAK HOUSE  WOOD RANCH

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

 (tie) REEDS FURNITURE  HOME FURNITURE CO.


Golf Store  ROGER DUNN GOLF SHOPS  GOLFSMITH INTERNATIONAL
Home Electronics Store  BEST BUY  FRYS ELECTRONICS
Home Improvement

Sushi  CHO CHO SAN RESTAURANT  SUSHI FRESH VENTURA

Housecleaning Service  MERRY MAIDS  MOLLY MAID

/Hardware Store  HOME DEPOT  LOWES

Take Out  RANCH HAND BBQ  (tie) CHILL OUT

Insurance  STATE FARM INSURANCE  SATHERS

Jewelry Store  JARED

(tie) PRESTO PASTA


Thai Food  EXOTIC THAI CAFE  TIPPS THAI CUISINE

INSURANCE SERVICE
Interior Designer  JULIA DIAMOND

ETHAN ALLEN

THE INTERIOR DESIGN GROUP

PLACES, FUN &


ENTERTAINMENT
Banquet Hall  WESTLAKE INN HOTEL  WEDGEWOOD
Beach  ZUMA BEACH  SILVER STRAND BEACH
Bowling Alley  HARLEYS SIMI BOWL  BUENA LANES

Landscaping Co  GREEN HORIZON

Liquor/Wine Shop  TOTAL WINE & MORE  BEVMO


SCARLETTS LANDSCAPING

LANDSCAPING
LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD

KAHDEMAN & ASSOC FRANCIS & ASSOCIATES


Medical Spa  PIERRE

COASTAL SKIN CARE

SKIN CARE INSTITUTE

GARDEN CENTER

GREEN THUMB
INTERNATIONAL

Party Supply Store  PARTY CITY


Shoe Store  JACKS SHOES OF WESTLAKE  PAYLESS SHOE SOURCE
Shopping Center  THE OAKS  PACIFIC VIEW MALL
Stationers  STAPLES  LAUTZENHISERS

Casino  CHUMASH

Mortgage Co  CFC MORTGAGE BANKERS  FIRST PACIFIC MORTGAGE

Comedy Club/Nightclub  CANYON CLUB  VENTURA HARBOR

Motorcycle Shop  SIMI VALLEY

COMEDY CLUB

Mattress Store  SLEEP SHOPPE  SIT N SLEEP


Nursery/Garden Shop  ARMSTRONG

Lasik Surgeon  FRANZ MICHEL, MD  DOUGHERTY LASER VISION


Law Office  RICHARD J.

GALLERIA OF JEWELRY  FOX FINE JEWELRY


Lingerie Store  VICTORIAS SECRET  APHRODITES LINGERIE

TRI COUNTY MOTOR WORX

HARLEY DAVIDSON

HALLMARK
Surf Shop  VAL SURF  VENTURA SURF SHOP
Thrift Store  GOODWILL

Golf Course  LOS ROBLES GREENS  RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB

Moving Company  DYNAMIC DELIVERY  MEATHEAD MOVERS

Tire Store  JIMS TIRE CENTER  AMERICAS TIRE CO INC

Hike  WILDWOOD PARK  ARROYO VERDE PARK

Optometrist  NELSON MURATA

Windows & Doors  AMERICAN VISION WINDOWS  THE DOOR OUTLET

Hotel  FOUR SEASONS  MARRIOTT-VENTURA


BEACH
Karaoke  PCS BAR & GRILL  GOLDEN CHINA
RESTAURANT
Park  WILDWOOD PARK  ARROYO VERDE PARK
Place to Chill  STARBUCKS  VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE
Place to Spend a Day Off  REAGAN LIBRARY  VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE
Place to Take Visitors  REAGAN LIBRARY  VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE

DONALD STEENSMA

OPTOMETRIC CORP 
Pest Control  HYDREX PEST CONTROL CO  SLOANS EXTERMINATORS
Pet Boarding  THE BARKLEY

KITTYLAND RESORT & SPA

PET HOTEL & DAY SPA 


Photographer  CORNERSTONE

JOYFUL CREATIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY
Plastic Surgeon  KRYGER INSTITUTE

PICKART PLASTIC SURGERY

OF PLASTIC SURGERY 

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N
Eco Friendly Car  TOYOTA PRIUS
Economy Car  HONDA CIVIC
Family Car  HONDA ACCORD
Family Car  TOYOTA CAMRY
Luxury Car  FORD MUSTANG

Radio Station  KHAY-FM (100.7)

Property Management  TROOP REAL ESTATE  SPECTRON

Sports Car  CHEVROLET CORVETTE

Sports Bar  CRONIES SPORTS GRILL

Real Estate Co  TROOP REAL ESTATE  PRUDENTIAL CALIFORNIA

Sports Utility Vehicle  TOYOTA 4RUNNER

Wine Bar  BELLAVINO WINE CELLAR  THE CAVE AT


VENTURA WINE COMPANY

REALTY

Truck  TOYOTA TUNDRA

DINING

Readers Choice | May 5, 2013

Dining
American Food 7
Bagel 7
Bakery 8
Barbecue 8
Breakfast 10
Business Lunch 10
Chinese Food 10
Coffee House12
Deli13
Dinner Under $10 14
French Food15

A merican F ood
East county winner
The Grill On The Alley
West county winner
Bjs Restaurant & Brewery
East county favorites
H Brents Delicatessen & Restaurant
H Cheesecake Factory
H Garage Dogs
H Lazy Dog Cafe
H The Habit Burger Grill

West county favorites


H Arbys
H Busy Bee Cafe
H Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
H Winchesters Grill & Saloon
H Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Arbys

German Food15
Greek Food15
Hamburger16
Happy Hour17
Health Food 18
Hot Dog 18
Ice Cream Shop 19
Indian Food20
Italian Food20
Lunch Under $721
Mexican Food21

Arbys has been a Ventura tradition


for 44 years. Owner Art Zweig credits the
restaurants longevity and popularity to
both its excellent quality of food and level
of customer satisfaction.
The top customers picks at Arbys are
the Classic Roast Beef sandwich and the
Beef and Cheddar sandwich, with the
Reuben Corned Beef sandwich running a
close third.
With many of Arbys employees having
worked there for nearly 20 years, Arbys is
a place where regulars can count on being
greeted by name and newcomers can look
forward to friendly service and a delicious
sandwich at a very reasonable price.
Arbys is at 3550 E. Main St., Ventura.
Information: 644-9500
Website: www.arbys.com

Mobile Food Truck 23


Pizza 23
Romantic Dining 23
Salsa 24
Sandwich 25
Seafood 26
Steakhouse 26
Sushi 27
Take Out 28
Thai Food 29

Bagel
East county winner
Western Bagel Too
West county winner
Noahs Bagels
Full county favorite
H Old New York Deli & Bakery
Company

East county favorites


H Brents Delicatessen & Restaurant
H East Coast Bagel
H Johns Bagel Deli
H Noahs Bagels

West county favorites


H Bagel Rock Coffee
H Manhattan Bagel
H Panera Bread
H Savory Cafe & Bakery

Old New York


Deli & Bakery Co.

Old New York Deli & Bakery Co.s goal


and philosophy has stayed the same
since 1994 to provide the best quality
products with outstanding service at a
reasonable price.
Known for its outstanding authentic
boiled and hearth baked bagels (If It
Isnt Boiled ... It Isnt A Bagel), Old New
York Deli & Bakery Co., offers an array of
other menu items, too. Soups, salads and
homemade cream cheeses are made in
the bakerys kitchen. Challah, rye, wheat,
sourdough, kaiser, onion and French rolls
are baked daily.
If its not made on the premises, the
store doesnt sell it.
Find Old New York Deli & Bakery Co.
in Camarillo at 4972 Verdugo Way (4843354) and in Newbury Park at 2700 Teller
Road (375-3354).
Website: www.oldnewyork.com

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May 5, 2013 | Readers Choice

Greek at The Harbors owner Makis Mikelatos once again thanks readers for voting the restaurant a winner in the west county for Greek food.

West county favorites


Ba kery
H Marie Shannon Confections
H Panera Bread
East county winner
H Royal Bakery
Panera Bread
H Sticky Fingers Baking Company
H Yankee Doodle Bakery
West county winner
Bread Basket Cake Company Great Harvest Bread
Company
East county favorites
H Carrara Pastries
H Corner Bakery Cafe
H Great Harvest Bread
H Nothing Bundt Cakes
H Skiffs Cakes

Great Harvest Bread Company is the


real deal.
It all begins in the wheat fields of
Montana where our buyers work with
small family-owned farms to purchase the
highest quality wheat. Next, that wheat is

ground into flour daily, right here in our


bakery in Newbury Park. Finally, we use
that flour within 48 hours to make sure
you get the freshest, best-tasting and
most nutritious whole grain breads and
sweets anywhere. Everything is made from
scratch no premade mixes and the
dough isnt trucked in frozen from some
distant factory. No chemical enhancers,
no preservatives, just wholesome, natural
ingredients that you can pronounce. Try
its delicious sandwiches and paninis for
lunch.
Great Harvest Bread Company is at
2092 Newbury Road, Unit H, Newbury
Park.

Information: 376-0111
Website: www.RealGoodBread.com
Facebook: facebook.com/
GreatHarvestThousandOaks

Skiffs Cakes

It was in the fall of 1991 when Steve


and Wendy first opened for business as
Skiffs Cakes. At that time, they focused
their attention on providing wedding
and specialty cakes for all occasions.
Their core principal was, and still is,
to provide a cake that was not only a
perfect centerpiece for any event, but a
dessert that would satisfy even the most
discriminating tastes.

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We would like to thank all of the loyal
patrons who have supported us for more
than 20 years, and invite everyone to visit
us at our new home on Cochran Street
in Simi Valley. With a unique selection of
cupcakes, cookies and specialty treats, we
are proud to be Simi Valleys bakery.
Skiffs Cakes is at 4332 Cochran Street,
Simi Valley.
Information: 582-4882
Website: skiffscakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
skiffscakes

B arbecue
Full county winner
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
Full county favorite
H Bandits Grill & Bar

East county favorites


H Famous Daves
H Green Acres Farm Market and
Catering
H Reds BBQ & Grillery
H Stonefire Grill Inc.

West county favorites


H Chicago For Ribs-ventura
H CJs BBQ
H Just BBQ
H Marshalls Bodacious BBQ

Green Acres Farm Market


and Catering

For authentic Santa Maria-Style


barbecue, with its blazing embers, smoke,
sizzle and tantalizing scent, visit Green
Acres Farm Market and Catering. Now in

Readers Choice | May 5, 2013

its 45th year serving delicious barbecue to


residents from all over Ventura County and
beyond. Green Acres comfortable outdoor
patio recently was remodeled. It now has
seating for more than 80 people. The
eating area is now fully covered to allow
for seating during rainy days. An exhaust
system also was installed, which allows for
the smoke to be directed more efficiently.
Our barbecue area is a popular place
for lunch, said Green Acres marketing
manager Julie Rhoads. Everyone enjoys
our diverse menu, which includes tri-tip
sandwiches, grande burritos, chicken
caesar salad and more.
The barbecue area is open until 6
p.m., so hungry patrons can stop by after
work to pick up dinner to take home to the
family.
Green Acres is at 2918 Los Angeles
Ave., Simi Valley.
Information: 526-1312; vip@
simigreenacres.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
GreenAcresMarket
Website: www.simigreenacres.com

Stonefire Grill

With tender barbecue, flavorful pizza,


fresh salads and that buttery garlic bread,
it seems East County readers agree: just
thinking about Stonefire Grill leaves your
mouth watering.
Named an East County favorite for
barbecue and take out, Stonefire Grill
offers fast, friendly service in a clean,
pleasant atmosphere. Serving delicious
fare seven days a week, Stonefire Grill
is a go-to spot when youre in the mood
for barbecue, as well as any of the
restaurants other amazing dishes.
Stonefire Grill is the perfect venue for

everything from a family dinner to a first


date, a work lunch to an after-game party,
and everything in between.
Stonefire Grill is at 3635 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Phone: 413-0300
Website: www.stonefiregrill.com

Breakfast
Full county winner
Eggs n Things
East county favorites
H Brents Delicatessen & Restaurant
H Egg House
H Firehouse Cafe
H Harolds House of Omelettes
H Side Street Cafe

West county favorites


H Allisons Country Cafe
H Cafe Nouveau
H Jessicas Cafe
H Mrs. Olsons Coffee Hut
H Petes Breakfast House

Eggs n Things

Ventura County residents know to head


on over to Eggs n Things when they are
looking for a great, hearty breakfast in a
friendly atmosphere.
Eggs n Things uses only the freshest
and finest quality ingredients. The
restaurant is committed to providing a
great meal, delivered by friendly staff in a
timely manner, to every customer.
Home of the famous complimentary
Swedish pancakes delivered at the start
of every breakfast, Eggs n Things has
become a bit of an icon in Ventura County.

In business since 1974, Eggs n Things


began serving breakfast at its original
Camarillo location and has expanded
throughout Ventura County and beyond,
with five restaurants from Ventura to
Valencia. Well known for its fabulous
breakfasts, Eggs n Things is also quickly
becoming known for its great lunch menu
with soups, salads, sandwiches and
more. In fact, the cheeseburger at Eggs
n Things is a customer favorite and often
receives rave reviews.
When you are looking for a quality
breakfast or a quaint lunch at an
affordable price in a quick and friendly
environment, look no further than Egg n
Things.
Eggs n Things is at 92 Daily Drive in
Camarillo. In Simi Valley at 2955 Cochran
Street. In Thousand Oaks at 1542
Moorpark Road. In Ventura at 4020 E.
Main Street. In Valencia at 27560 Newhall
Ranch Road.
Information: Camarillo, 987-4497.
Simi Valley, 527-0055. Thousand Oaks,
497-1711. Ventura, 642-3190. Valencia,
661-702-8664.
Website: Eggsnthings.net

Side Street Cafe

Ten years ago, coworkers Suzanne


Hullinger and Shelly Benton opened Side
Street Caf, a breakfast-and-lunch-only
restaurant, allowing them to spend more
time with their kids. Little did they know
that their patrons, who come from all over
Ventura County and the San Fernando
Valley, would become just like family.
Side Street Cafe features a creative
menu that consists of traditional and
specialty items, including three-egg
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multiple twists on eggs Benedict, served


with Hollandaise sauce made from a
secret family recipe.
The restaurant also has a private
room for meetings and events, and two
customers who met at the restaurant even
had their wedding there.
Side Street Caf is at 996 Lawrence
Dr., Suite 103, Newbury Park.
Information: 499-9323
Website: sidestreetcafenp.com

Chinese Restaurant has mastered the


beloved classics of Chinese dining such as
Peking Duck, General Tsos Chicken and
the expertly prepared spicy and savory
Kung Pao Three Flavor.
The team at Chesters Asia Chinese
Restaurant deeply thanks every one
of its loyal, satisfied diners for their
support and votes that resulted in the
continued recognition of Chesters Asias
longstanding, hard-won stature as Ventura
Countys community treasure and an
establishment that consistently offers an
incomparable feast for the senses.
Chesters Asia Chinese Restaurant is at
2216 Pickwick Drive in Camarillo.
Information: 482-6564
Website: www.chestersasia.com

B usiness Lunch
East county winner
The Grill On The Alley
West county winner
Lure Fish House

C offee H ouse
Full county winner
Starbucks

East county favorites


H Brents Delicatessen & Restaurant
H Cheesecake Factory
H Cho Cho San Restaurant
H Elephant Bar & Restaurant
H Haunt Dawgz
H Mimis Cafe
H Trattoria Farfalla

Full county favorite


H Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

East county favorites


H Beanscene
H Dr. Conkeys Candy & Coffee
Company
H Its A Grind Coffee House
H Peets Coffee & Tea

West county favorites


H BJs Restaurant & Brewery
H Black Angus Steakhouse
H Cafe Fiore
H Safire Restaurant
H Topa Tower Club
H Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Chinese Food
East county winner
Szechuwan Garden
Restaurant
West county winner
Chesters Asia Restaurant
Full county favorite
H Panda Express

East county favorites


H Golden Tiger Chinese Food
H Lakeview Garden Restaurant
H PF Changs China Bistro
H Sesame Inn

West county favorites


Urbane Caf is honored to have been selected as a Readerss Choice
favorite in the west county in three categories: Health Food, Lunch Under
$7 and Sandwich. Owner Tom Holt says its great to be recognized for the
quality the caf provides and the execution of service that they offer.

West county favorites


H Golden China Restaurant
H Mandarin House Restaurant
H Peking Chinese Restaurant
H Peking Inn Restaurant

Chesters Asia Chinese


Restaurant

Chesters Asia Chinese Restaurant in


Camarillo has won countless plaudits,
generation after generation, for pairing
traditional Szechuan, Cantonese and
Mandarin dishes with a subtle signature

style served amidst dazzling dcor and


unique ambiance. For precisely these
reasons, Ventura County Star readers
have once again chosen Chesters as the
2013 Readers Choice Winner for Chinese
Restaurant in West Ventura County as well
as a west county favorite for Take Out.
Chesters Asia prides itself on providing
its loyal customers with an unparalleled
dining experience, taking great care to
treat patrons like family and bathing diners
in amazing dcor and the mouth-watering
aromas of Chef Lee Kwans sumptuous
recipes simmering in the kitchen. Foodies
will be pleased to know that Chesters Asia

H Element
H Latte 101
H Palermo
H Simones Coffee & Tea

D eli
East county winner
Brents Delicatessen &
Restaurant
West county winner
Dannys Deli & Grill
East county favorites
H Agouras Famous Deli
H Green Acres Farm Market and
Catering
H Italia Deli & Bakery

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dinner.
Dannys Deli is at 3263 Telegraph Road
in Ventura.
Information: 289-9200
Website: dannysdeli.com

H Pickles Deli & Restaurant


H Rhineland Deli

West county favorites


H German Deli & Market
H Jersey Mikes Subs
H Lombardos Gourmet Deli
H Old New York Deli & Bakery
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Brents Deli

Brents Deli is getting social but


theyre not just talking about what
everyone else is talking about: the Famous
Black Pastrami Reuben, or its softball-size
matzo balls.
In addition to its large following on
Facebook, Brents Deli connects with its
customers on Instagram (@brentsdeli),
where youll find 40-plus photos of their
mouth-watering food when you search for
the hashtag #brentsmenu.
Each week, Brents Deli also rewards
the customer who takes the most
creative Instagram photo by sending the
winner a gift card.
Social media is about having a
conversation with people and listening
to what they have to say, said Marc
Hernandez of Brents Deli. Since 1967,
weve placed a very high value on getting
feedback from our customers. Whether its
in our restaurants or on social media, we
always want to hear from our customers.
Brents Deli also is using social media
to put what Marc calls a face to our
name.
We want people to know were more
than just a restaurant that has a generic
business-consumer relationship with its
customers, he said. By engaging and

Little Thai Fine Dining in Camarillo continues to be a west county


Readers Choice Favorite for Thai food.
interacting with our customers on social
media, we want to develop relationships
that go beyond our in-house operations.
It is at 2799 Townsgate Road, Westlake
Village.
Information: 557-1882
Website: www.brentsdeli.com

Dannys Deli & Grill

Dannys Deli and Grill has been a


Ventura County favorite and Readers
Choice winner for more than 13 years.
Owner Wendy Collings credits her
restaurants popularity to authenticity,
high-quality ingredients, fast and friendly
service, and having something for
everyone.
Collings says Dannys is a true New

York-style deli, serving such deli classics


as matzo ball soup, homemade corned
beef and pastrami, Reuben sandwiches
and bagels and lox. The breads, soups
and desserts are all homemade. The
recipes for the chicken soup and bundt
cakes are her mothers.
Another thing that makes Dannys a
customer favorite is the diversity of the
menu; breakfast, lunch and dinner items
are available all day. You can come in
for breakfast and get a hamburger, or you
can come in for dinner and get an omelet.
You can get anything you might be in the
mood for, anytime, said Collings.
Dannys Deli will celebrate its 14th
anniversary on July 1. It is open seven
days a week for breakfast, lunch and

We get fresh produce delivered daily,


fresh breads from local bakeries, and we
never serve day old bagels, said Brian
Lovi, general manager to Pickles Delis
three stores.
Lovi, the son of one of the original
owners, said what started as a favorite
deli around town turned into a three-store
business that is making its name known
for its top notch ingredients.
Most of the recipes are family recipes,
like the chicken matzo ball soup, which is
popular, Lovi said.
Porcia Milton, manager of the Newbury
Park Pickles for the last six years said,
We care about each costumer and know
a lot of them.
The family business has created a
family atmosphere with costumers who
keep coming back.
Pickles Deli is at 1940 Newbury Road
in Newbury Park.
Information: 480-4800

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East county favorites


H Chipotle Mexican Grill
H Haunt Dawgz
H Natural Cafe

West county favorites


H Corrales Mexican Food
H Snapper Jacks Taco Shack
H Spencer Makenzies Fish Company

Presto Pasta

Since opening its doors (and its


drive-thru lane) in Camarillo in 1995,
Presto Pasta has consistently served
fresh and delicious Italian cuisine at an
unbeatable price. Nearly 20 years later,
the Schuberg family is still at it, having
since expanded their uniquely tantalizing
style of fast homestyle cuisine to Ventura
and Newbury Park in addition to a muchanticipated brand new location in Granada
Hills.
Its not just the generous portions,
courteous service and colorful, classic
cuisine that have ingratiated Presto
Pasta with patrons across the region;
the Schubergs have given back to the
community by hosting fundraisers for local
schools and organizations. Adding to the
roster of perennial favorites, Presto Pasta
also takes great care to offer nutritious
choices to a variety of dietary preferences,
including vegetarian and its newly
introduced gluten-free menu.
For these reasons and more Presto
Pasta was chosen as a 2013 Ventura
County Star Readers Choice Award fullcounty winner for Lunch Under $7 and
Dinner Under $10, a west county winner
for Take Out, as well as being named a
full-county favorite for Italian Food.
Aficionados of authentic, affordable,

A full county Readers Choice winner for Breakfast, residents on both sides of the grade know to head over to
Eggs n Things when they are looking for a hearty breakfast in a friendly atmosphere.
comfortable cuisine take notice: Presto
Pasta has mastered the craft of real Italian
presto.
Presto Pasta has three locations in
Ventura County: 5722 Telephone Road
in Ventura (658-2898), 1701 Daily
Drive in Camarillo (445-7737) and 1025
Broadbeck Road in Newbury Park (4987737).
Website: www.prestopasta.com

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East county winner
Chocolatine
West county winner
71 Palm Restaurant

East county favorites


H Cafe 14
H Cafe Provencal
H Champagne French Bakery Cafe
H Cigale Caf
H Secret Garden Restaurant

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H Cafe Nouveau
H H Cattle Company
H Le Petit Cafe Bakery
H Mimis Cafe
H New French Bakery
H The French Bull Dog

G ree k F ood
East county winner
Daphnes Greek Cafe
West county winner
Greek at The Harbor
East county favorites
H Ali Babas Caf
H Chef Burger
H Greek House Cafe
H Pacific Fresh Seafood Grill

Readers Choice | May 5, 2013

9 p.m. Belly dancing is held every Friday


and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Greek at the Harbor is at 1583
Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101, in the Ventura
Harbor.
Information: 650-5350;
GreekattheHarbor@gmail.com
Website: greekattheharbor.com

Hamburger
Full county winner
The Habit Burger Grill
Full county favorite
H Five Guys Burgers and Fries
H In-n-Out Burger

East county favorites


H Smashburger
H The Counter
H Umami Burger

West county favorites

West county favorites

H Daphnes Greek Cafe


H Fresco II
H Its Greek To Me
H Stephens Market & Grill
H Yannis Best

H Burger Barn
H Hook Burger Bistro
H Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Greek at the Harbor

Ventura County has spoken and has


once again crowned The Greek at the
Harbor as a Readers Choice favorite.
Its not something Makis Mikelatos
takes lightly. Thank you Ventura and
Ventura County for selecting us as one of
your favorite Greek restaurants, Mikelatos
said. We look forward to serving you
more of our delicious cuisine.
Mikelatos, along with his wife, Lynn
and their three children Aris, Marika and
Darius, have owned The Greek at the
Harbor since 1994 and have turned it into
a thriving business.
We have been here a very long time
and our location is the top in Ventura
County. People visit the harbor, visit our
restaurant and want to come back to eat
here again, Mikelatos said. Its also
because we offer authentic Greek and
belly dancing.
It is open Monday through Thursday
from 11 a.m to 9 p.m.; Friday from 11
a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.
to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to

Umami Burger

Umami Burger, Burger of the Year


by GQ magazine, was just voted the top
burger in the East County!
You wont find any traditional
cheeseburgers here, but after you take
a bite of the truffle burger with a side of
truffle fries, you wont look back.
With a chef-driven menu, the buns
are sourced locally, cheeses and other
ingredients are made in-house and handselected cuts of steak are ground in-house
every hour to ensure that each burger is
the most savory you can possibly have.
You owe it to yourself to come here.
Umami Burger is at 2200 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 413-8626
Website: www.umami.com

Happ y Hour
East county winner
Cho Cho San Restaurant

West county winner


Yolandas Mexican Cafe
East county favorites
H Ciscos Mexican Restaurant
H Elephant Bar & Restaurant
H Lazy Dog Cafe
H Sabor Cocina Mexicana
H TGI Fridays

West county favorites


H Aloha Steakhouse
H BJs Restaurant & Brewery
H Brendans Irish Pub and Restaurant
H Lure Fish House
H The French Bull Dog

Yolandas Mexican Cafe

Yolandas Mexican Cafe offers a


popular happy hour Monday through
Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Margaritas, well
drinks and domestic beer are offered at
discounted prices and selected appetizers
are available at half price. Complimentary
chips and salsa are available in the bar
and throughout the restaurant.

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For a special treat, try one of Yolandas


famous margaritas made with either
strawberry, strawberry and banana,
peach, coconut, mango or pineapple. It
can be served blended or on the rocks.
Yolandas most famous drink, the Cadillac
margarita, is served with Grand Marnier
on the side to add smoothness to the
drink. Its the most requested in Yolandas
line-up of margaritas.
Weather permitting, the Oxnard
location offers a covered and heated
outdoor patio where diners can view the
marina. This gorgeous view offers patrons
the opportunity to catch the occasional
glimpse of a yacht traveling along the
waterway of the Seabridge Marina.
Yolandas Mexican Cafe can be found
at 2753 E. Main St. in Ventura (6432700), 86 Daily Drive in Camarillo (3899922), 590 E. Los Angeles Ave. in Simi
(306-9933) and 1601 S. Victoria Ave. in
Oxnard (985-1340).
Website: www.yolandasmexicancafe.
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Health F ood
East county winner
Natural Cafe
West county winner
Lassens Health Food
Full county favorite
H Trader Joes

East county favorites


H Hugos
H Lassens Health Food
H Sprouts Farmers Market
H Whole Foods Market

West county favorites


H Marys Secret Garden
H Natures Grill & Juice Bar
H Rainbow Bridge Natural Food
H Urbane Cafe

Urbane Caf

We are completely honored to have


been selected in three separate categories
in this years Readers Choice, said Tom
Holt, owner of Urbane Caf. Its great to
be recognized for the quality that we do
and the execution of service we offer.
This year, Urbane Caf is being
recognized as a favorite location in the
Health Food, Lunch Under $7 and
Sandwich categories for the west county.
Since 2003, Urbane Caf has
emphasized quality in everything they do,
ensuring the foundation that helped build
the restaurant into what it is today, stays
that way.
From its grilled portobello sandwich
to their protein salad, theres no wrong
choice when dining at Urbane Caf.
Urbane Caf has three area locations:
1750 E. Gonzales Road in Oxnard (4854200); 4960 Telephone Road in Ventura
(654-1619); and 29145 Canwood Street,
Unit A-2, in Agoura Hills (818-597-9000).
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/
Urbane-Cafe/354882283321?
Website: www.urbanecafe.com

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East county winner
Cupids Hot Dogs
West county winner
Costco Wholesale

Ice Cream/
Yogurt S hop
East county winner
Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
West county winner
Baskin-Robbins

East county favorites


H Brats Brothers
H Costco Wholesale
H Garage Dogs
H Haunt Dawgz
H Luckys Dog House

Full county favorite


H Cold Stone Creamery

East county favorites


H Baskin-Robbins
H Pinkberry
H Yogurtland
H Yozen Frogurt

West county favorites


H Der Wienerschnitzel
H Hot Dog On A Stick
H Original Tommys Hamburgers
H Top Hat Burger Palace
H Yannis Best

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H Mc Connells Fine Ice Cream
H Surfn Yogurt
H Swirl Frozen Yogurt
H Wild Cherry

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Cold Stone Creamery

For eight years, Cold Stone Creamery


in Camarillo has been delighting ice
cream lovers with more than 20 flavors of
delicious ice cream and almost unlimited
mix-ins, all prepared on its signature
frozen granite slab.
At this store, customers can even have
custom specialty ice creams made just
for them, using whatever ingredients they
choose, including spirits or liqueurs.
Owner Barry Davis is a stickler for
perfection and takes pride in his store,
which also contains a full service, in-store
bakery featuring amazing cakes, cupcakes
and other delights.
Cold Stone Creamery is at 2390 Las
Posas Road, Suite I, Camarillo.
Information: 388-1527.
Website: www.coldstonecreamery.com

Surfn Yogurt

Surfn Yogurt has quickly established


itself as one of the countys favorite places
for frozen yogurt and all the fixins.
Keith Repult opened his first location

near the beach at Pierpont a year ago,


and has already been able to expand to
two more locations. He credits his shops
success to a great product and the power
of community.
When Repult opened his first location
on a lonely corner, he says, the store
brought people back to the community.
Theyve been coming ever since, for
frozen yogurt and more than 35 toppings.
Surfn Yogurt offers lactose- and sugarfree yogurts, as well.
Surfn Yogurt has two locations in
Ventura, at 1038 S. Seaward Ave. and at
7770 Telegraph Road, and one in Santa
Paula, at 550-A W. Main St.
It will be expanding with a new store
planned for Camarillo and be sure to look
for its food truck at Ventura County events
this summer.
Website: surfnyogurt.com

Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bar

At Swirl, dedication to quality is a given.


Owner Jennifer McBain approaches it
on a scientific level researching which
dairies products are the best suited for

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Taking an active interest in the
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East county favorites

East county favorites

H Indian Haweli
H Karma Indian Cuisine
H Kohinoor Cuisine of India
H Saffron
H Trattoria Farfalla

H Buca Di Beppo
H Cafe Firenze
H Chi Chis Pizza Inc
H Romanos Macaroni Grill
H Viva La Pasta

West county favorites

West county favorites

H Bollywood Indian Restaurant


H Cafe India
H Curry Leaf
H Himalaya
H Maharaja Cuisine of India

H Cafe Fiore
H Dominicks Italian Restaurant
H Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
H Ottavios Italian Restaurant

I talian Food
East county winner
Tuscany il Ristorante
West county winner
Ferraros Italian Restaurant

For 43 years, Ottavios has been


serving traditional-style Italian food in a
family atmosphere.
People dress up and people
come in casual either way, you feel
comfortable, said Julie Thomason, who
co-owns the family business with her
brother and mother.
Thomason said they are most known
for rolls and the minestrone soup but she
has noticed that customers comment all
the time about Ottavios lasagna, chicken

marsala and the tortellini silvana on


Facebook.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to
9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Ottavios Italian Restaurant is at 1620
Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.
Information: 482-3810
Website: www.ottavio.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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Full county favorite


H Presto Pasta

Full county winner


Presto Pasta

H Corrales Mexican Food


H Spencer Makenzies Fish Company
H Tonys New York Pizza
H Urbane Cafe

M exican Food
East county winner
El Sancho Loco Taqueria
West county winner
Yolandas Mexican
Restaurants
East county favorites
H Ciscos Mexican Restaurant
H Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant
H Los Dos Amigos
H Lupes Mexican Restaurant
H Yolandas Mexican Restaurants

East county favorites


H Haunt Dawgz
H Sharkys Woodfired Mexican Grill
H Subway
H The East Coast Pizza Company
H Wendys

West county favorites


H Bobbis Mexican Food
H Casa De Soria
H Corrales Mexican Food

West county favorites


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East county winner
Haunt Dawgz
West county winner
Its In The Sauce BBQ
East county favorites
H Captain Kettle Corn
H El Sancho Loco Taqueria
H Rock Chef Rolls

H Alcaraz Catering
H El Taco De Mexico
H H Cattle Company
H JVN Mobile Catering
H Spencer Makenzies Fish Company
H White Rabbit Truck

DAmores Pizza

Healthy Italian with the major


emphasis on our world famous pizza.
People come from all over the world for
our international pizza, said Joe DAmore,
president of DAmores Pizza, of his food.
He said they import the water, flour and
olive oil from Naples, Italy.
DAmore shared that what makes the
pizza stand out is that the recipes are
his grandmothers who was from Napoli.
These recipes are more than 100 years
old.
Just try us once and you will have
found your favorite Italian food this side of
Naples, Italy, he said.
DAmores Pizza has several locations,
including: 300 N. Lantana St., Camarillo;
2869 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand

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Toppers Pizza Place
East county favorites
H Chi Chis Pizza
H Costco Wholesale
H DAmores Pizza
H Lamppost Pizza
H Numero Uno
H Round Table Pizza
H The East Coast Pizza Company

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Craving authentic East Coast pizza?


Look no further than The East Coast Pizza
Company.
The East Coast Pizza Companys sauce
is an old family recipe that gives its pizza
that extra pizzazz. Toppings are of the
highest quality and its dough is made
fresh daily. Customers keep coming back
for more.
The East Coast Pizza offers individual
pizza slices as well as specialty pizzas. Its
menu also includes sandwiches, calzones,
stromboli, pasta, salads, homemade garlic
knots and chicken wings for purchase. Be
sure to save room for a cannoli.

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serving up some of the most popular
Mexican cuisine in Ventura County
for 30 years. Yolandas has been a
success because of the dedicated work
of its owners, restaurateurs Rod and
Yolanda Gietzen, and the friendly staff of
employees.
Yolandas uses no canned sauces, only
fresh ingredients served from recipes that
have been in the family over the years.
Yolandas family recipes are prepared
fresh daily. A few of the most popular
items are the sizzling fajitas and tasty
combination plates. And dont miss out
on the weekly dinner specials, each
created by one of the four top head chefs.
Specials change every week.
Dont forget to stop by the salsa bar.
Each location offers a variety of freshly
prepared salsas.
In addition to the complimentary chips
and salsa, on Monday through Thursday
all four locations offer free spicy bean dip
after 4 p.m. And Yolandas has added a
chile con queso dip to the menu.
For dessert, be sure and try the baked
flan or fried ice cream.
With locations in Ventura (2753 E.
Main Street), Camarillo (86 Daily Drive),
Simi Valley (590 E. Los Angeles Ave.) and
Oxnard (1601 S. Victoria Ave), Yolandas
offers a convenient location to anyone in
Ventura County.
Depending on which location you
choose, the hours can vary.
Website: www.yolandasmexicancafe.
com

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Oaks; 22601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu;


and at 29169 Heathercliff Road, Suite
104, Malibu.
Information: Camarillo (445-6534),
Thousand Oaks (496-0030), Malibu (310317-4500), Malibu (310-457-2838)
Website: www.damoresfamouspizza.
com

H Pizza Chief
H Red Brick Pizza
H Santinos Pizza & Pasta
H Tonys New York Pizza
H Tonys Pizzaria

West county favorites

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H Tutus Hawaiian Shave Ice Cream

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The East Coast Pizza Company is open


daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is at
2667 Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley.
Information: 520-3500; info@
TheEastCoastPizzaCompany.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
TheEastCoastPizzaCompany
Website: theeastcoastpizzacompany.
com

Tonys NY Pizzeria

Billed as the best pizza in Camarillo,


Tonys NY Pizzeria is hopefully celebrating
its first of many Readers Choice awards
to come.
The quality of our premium and fresh
ingredients we use to create authentic
New York-style pizzas is what brings
customers into our store, owner Greg
Gibbert said. We also make our own
dough and sauce and we cook our pizzas
in stone ovens.
While Tonys is known for its pizza,
it also offers submarine sandwiches,
calzones, stromboli, pasta and garlic
knots. Be sure to save room for one of its
many dessert offerings: cannoli, cinnamon

twists and its take on a dessert pizza.


It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and from noon
to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Tonys NY Pizzeria is at 31 N. Lewis
Road in Camarillo.
Information: 445-4400
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
Tonysincamarillo
Website: www.tonysnypizzeria.com

Romantic Dining
East county winner
Mastros Steak House
West county winner
Watermark Restaurant
East county favorites
H Bartons Steak & Seafood
H Cafe Firenze
H Cho Cho San Restaurant
H Secret Garden Restaurant
H Tuscany il Ristorante

West county favorites


H Aloha Steakhouse
H Cafe Fiore
H Cafe Zack
H Lure Fish House
H Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Watermark Restaurant

Rooted in tradition with contemporary


flair, Watermark Restaurant is housed
inside a building dating back to the
1920s and transformed into a modern
masterpiece. Priceless murals depicting
the Camino Real from the 1920s stare
down at tables and the top shelf liquor
and wine is housed in the original bank
vault from the late 20s and early 30s.
The restaurant is known for its steaks,
fins and vins and its constantly evolving
farm-to-table menu. Serving dinner, lunch
and Sunday brunch, anytime is the right
time to share a romantic dinner.
The Watermark Restaurant is at 598 E.
Main St. in Ventura.
Information: 643-6800
Website: www.watermarkonmain.com

S alsa
East county winner
Sharkys Woodfired
Mexican Grill
West county winner
Snapper Jacks Taco Shack
East county favorites
H Alamo Bar & Grill
H Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
H Ciscos Mexican Restaurant
H Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant

West county favorites


H Sharkys Woodfired Mexican Grill
H Casa De Soria
H Evitas Mexican Cafe
H Olas Mex Grill
H Yolandas Mexican Restaurants

       


 
 

 
 

 

 




 

 

 

 
 


 








 
 
 


 


 


 








    
 

 
 
  
 
  







 
 
   
   
   

    
         
     

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Full county winner
Jersey Mikes Subs
Full county favorite
H Subway

East county favorites


H Green Acres Farm Market and
Catering
H Panera Bread
H Ranch Hand BBQ
H Togos

West county favorites


H Chill Out
H Lombardos Gourmet Deli
H Quiznos
H Urbane Cafe

Jersey Mikes Subs

Jersey Mikes Subs is the place to go


if what youre seeking is the flavor and
freshness of a traditional Italian deli. Its
breads are pulled fresh from the oven
every morning and meats and cheeses
are sliced as you watch. Quality is
unsurpassed it is said they serve an
amazing product at a great value.
Jersey Mikes culture of giving has
earned them a well-deserved reputation
for giving back to the community. The
business frequently sponsors in-store
fundraisers in support of worthy causes
as the Talbert Family Foundation. Its local
fundraisers have benefited schools in
the county as well as Camarillos Brain
Injury Center, Lutheran Social Services of
Thousand Oaks and Senior Concerns in
Conejo Valley.

With a sampling of its barbecue sandwich, above, Stone Fire Grill in Thousand Oaks is the east county Readers
Choice favorite for Barbecue and Take Out.
Crew members are the heartbeat of
Jersey Mikes and their goal is to make
your experience a great one. Their friendly
attitudes make your local Jersey Mikes a
place where regulars are greeted by name
and every new customer is a new friend.

Proud to be a part of the Jersey Mikes


team, crew members enthusiastically
support the companys many altruistic
efforts, while serving up great hot and cold
subs and delicious wraps.
Jersey Mikes Subs has become a

Ventura County tradition, now with 13


locations throughout the county.
Website: www.jerseymikes.com

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S eafood
East county winner
Market Broiler
West county winner
Lure Fish House
Full county favorite
H Red Lobster

East county favorites


H Fins Seafood Grill
H Neptunes Net
H Oceanfresh Seafood Market
H Pacific Fresh Seafood Grill

West county favorites


H Andrias Seafood Restaurant
H Brophy Brothers Restaurant
H Eric Ericssons Fish Company
H Joes Crab Shack

For 43 years Ottavios Italian Restaurant has been serving traditional-style Italian food in a family atmosphere.
The restaurant is once again a Readers Choice favorite in the west county for Italian Food.

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Pacific Fresh Seafood Grill

Want a good escape? Come to Greece


no airline ticket necessary.
The fish at Pacific Fresh Seafood Grill
is prepared in true Mediterranean style
with all the freshness.
We know how to make your visit
enjoyable. Twenty-one years serving our
loyal public is proof of this.
Our menu also accommodates those
who crave something other than seafood
(although sand dabs drenched in a lemon
caper sauce has everyone talking). Typical
Greek favorites like grilled lamb chops,
tarama salad, gyro or falafel sandwiches,
Greek salad make appearances.
All our dishes are prepared and grilled
with Olive oil.
Last November a full breakfast menu
was added daily to make this restaurant
your favorite stop. The casual setting is
enhanced by warm hospitality and a full
beer and wine list.
Pacific Fresh Seafood Grill is at
2060 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, Suite E,
Thousand Oaks.
Information: 493-0104

Andrias Seafood Restaurant


and Fish Market

Andrias Seafood Restaurant and Fresh


Fish Market, one of the oldest seafood
restaurants in the county, was one of
the first to open in the beautiful Ventura
Harbor in 1982.
Located at the waters edge,
spectacular views of the harbor and
heated patios make for fun and casual
dining. Andrias is well-known for its
original fish n chips and world famous
homemade clam chowder made from

Chesters Asia Chinese Restaurant, a Readers Choice winner for Chinese Food in the west county and first time as
a favorite for Take Out has been serving diners for almost 50 years with great food and exquisite seasonal decor.
scratch daily.
Andrias is now celebrating more than
30 years of bringing Ventura residents
the freshest seafood available. Choose
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broiled, baked, sauted, charbroiled or
deep fried.
Andrias Seafood Restaurant and Fish
Market is open from 11 a.m. for lunch or

dinner, seven days a week. It is at 1449


Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor Village,
just off Harbor Boulevard.
Information: 654-0546
Website: www.andriasseafood.com

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East county winner
Mastros Steak House
West county winner
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
Full county favorite
H Outback Steakhouse

East county favorites


H Holdrens Steaks & Seafood
H Larsens Steakhouse
H Sutters Mill
H Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

West county favorites


H Aloha Steakhouse
H Bandits Grill & Bar
H Black Angus Steakhouse
H Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Mastros Steakhouse

Primarily a steakhouse with signature


items such as bone-in ribeye and bonein filet an uncommon restaurant item
Mastros Steakhouse is also proud of
its seafood selections, such as the Iced
seafood tower appetizer.
When you leave the bone in the steak,
it adds more flavor to it while its cooking,
said Mastros Steakhouse general
manager Jimmy Galloway. As for the iced
seafood tower, its very impressive and has
a little something for everyone.
Mastros Steakhouse chefs have also
come up with fantastic side dishes to
complement its entrees, including lobster
mashed potatoes and crab gnocchi.
The topper of the evening has to be
by far our most popular dessert, the warm
butter cake, said Galloway.
With five private dining rooms, the
restaurant has the ability to cater to
any size group, from six to 180 people.
Mastros offers a variety of selections to
its patrons, from cocktails and hors d
oeuvres to five-course, sit-down dinners
and everything in between.

Also known as a romantic dining spot,


Mastros Steakhouse staffs style of service
and attention to detail, as well as the live
music, smoking martinis and excellent
food contribute to making every moment
of the dining experience a memorable
one.
Mastros Steakhouse is at 2087 E.
Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 418-1811;
thousandoaks@mastrosrestaurants.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
mastrosrestaurants
Website: Mastrosrestaurants.com

Aloha Steakhouse

Aloha Steakhouse is a casual, familyfriendly restaurant proudly serving the


highest quality steak and freshest seafood
in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Opened in August 2003, Aloha
Steakhouse is committed to providing
its guests with the Ultimate Dining
Experience. They believe that dining
should be more of a pleasure than a
necessity.
The menu at Aloha Steakhouse offers

a mouth-watering array of contemporary


lunch and dinner favorites, impeccable
service and breath-taking views of the
natural surroundings. Aloha Steakhouse
also features an impressive wine bar with
a superior selection of vintage wines and
champagne.
Aloha Steakhouse has two spectacular
locations: one in Ventura across from the
Crowne Plaza Hotel, and the other in the
majestic Santa Rosa Valley. Its unrivaled
commitment to exceptional service,
award-winning cuisine and affordable
wine selections set a new standard
of quality. Come discover your own
ultimate dining experience today at Aloha
Steakhouse.
Aloha Steakhouse has two county
locations: 364 S. California St. in Ventura
(652-1799) and 5800 Santa Rosa Road in
Camarillo (484-1422).
Website: www.alohasteakhouse.com

  

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S ushi
East county winner
Cho Cho San Restaurant
West county winner
Sushi Fresh Ventura
Full county favorite
H Sushi Planet

East county favorites


H Love Sushi House
H Sumo Newbury Park
H Sushi Oaks
H Tomodachi Restaurant

West county favorites


H Anaba
H I Love Sushi
H Masa-Sushi
H Sumo Japanese Restaurant

Cho Cho San

Cho Cho San, a Japanese restaurant


specializing in sushi and teppan-yaki, has
been serving the Conejo Valley for more
than 20 years.
It offers a wide selection of fresh sushi
and special rolls, prepared for you either
tableside or from its tantalizing sushi bar.
Cho Cho San has a huge dining room
and Teppan Room and offers Happy Hour
specials daily from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Cho Cho San is at 400 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Information: 379-9300
Website: www.chochosan.com

Ta ke Out
East county winner
Ranch Hand BBQ

West county winners (tie)


Chill Out Frozen Yogurt
& Paninis
Presto Pasta
East county favorites
H Billy Dz Backyard BBQ
H Green Acres Farm Market and
Catering
H Reds BBQ & Grillery
H Stonefire Grill
H The East Coast Pizza Company

West county favorites


H Buffalo Wild Wings
H Chesters Asia Chinese Restaurant
H Me-n-Eds Pizzeria
H Snapper Jacks Taco Shack
H Tonys New York Pizza
H Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Ranch Hand BBQ

Ranch Hand BBQ opened its doors in


Newbury Park in December 2008 and is
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restaurant in Newbury Park.


We have been featured on the KTLA
morning news show; The Tom and Sandy
radio show and have great reviews by local
food critics. Our cult following has been
stronger than ever. Popular for our slowcooked tri tip and baby back ribs. Ranch
Hand serves sandwiches, ribs, chicken,
salads and barbecue pizzas.
All our meats are first rubbed with our
special seasonings slow-cooked over a Red
Oak/Mesquite wood combination. Any of
our meats and sandwiches can be served
just with rub alone or glazed in our Famous
Ranch Hand BBQ sauce. Dont forget to
add one of our homemade side dishes to
compliment your meal.
Our restaurant is considered fast casual.
Order at the counter and one of our friendly
servers will bring it to the table. We have
indoor and outdoor seating and we are
open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday through
Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Visit Ranch Hand BBQ at 1015
Broadbeck Drive in Newbury Park.
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Chill Out Frozen Yogurt


& Paninis

at 417 E. Port Hueneme Road in Port


Hueneme.
Information: 625-0845
Website: www.ChillOutFrozenYogurt.
com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/c9t8rk6

We would like to thank Port Hueneme


for welcoming Chill Out Frozen Yogurt &
Paninis to its community and voting for
us for Sandwich, Take Out and Lunch
Under $7. My wife, Jessi, and I (Jeremy)
were very excited to introduce the first
self-serve frozen yogurt shop in town.
Our ambition was to create a simple
atmosphere with great froyo and dozens
of fresh toppings to choose from. We are
exceptionally proud and grateful that Port
Hueneme has welcomed us with open
arms.
This all came about because our
children, Alyssa, 11, and Ayden, 9,
absolutely love frozen yogurt (OK, us
parents are avid fans of the sweet nonfat, low-calorie treat too). After soccer
games in Camarillo, we often cooled off
at Hueneme Beach and fed the ducks at
Bubbling Springs. However, there one was
one thing missing from our experience,
hence Chill Out Frozen Yogurt.
At Chill Out, we also offer paninis,
soup, smoothies and frappes. Sink your
taste buds into our hot panini sandwich.
Served on fresh ciabatta bread and made
with the finest meats, youll crave the
sensation.
We are open seven days a week until
11 p.m. Our lunch crowd has discovered
the unique tastes of our award-winning
sandwich and the longshoreman
appreciate this alternative when they take
their late-night lunch break. The Port
Hueneme Naval Base and local residents
are rejoicing in this celebration. We truly
appreciate your support and by the way,
we deliver too.
Chill Out Frozen Yogurt & Paninis is

Thai F ood
East county winner
Exotic Thai Cafe
West county winner
Tipps Thai Cuisine

Yolandas
Mexican Cafe is
the Readers
Choice winner
in the west
county as well
as a favorite in
the east county
in the Mexican
Food category.
It also is a west
county winner in
the Happy Hour
category for its
great magaritas
and discount
well drinks and
domestic beers
as well as a
favorite in the
west county for
its Salsa.

East county favorites


H Exotic Thai Bistro
H Pookies Thai Westlake & Kumo Sushi
H Rachada Thai Cuisine
H Sawasdee Thai Food
H White Elephant Thai Cuisine

West county favorites


H Charn Thai Restaurant
H Jasmine Thai Restaurant
H Little Thai Restaurant
H Rice Thai Cuisine
H Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

Little Thai Fine Dining

Little Thai Fine Dining opened its door


in Camarillo in 2006. Owner Nick Photien
said that they get lots of customers
because of all the reviews on Yelp. He
also added that the restaurant offers
reasonable prices and great service.
In fact, on the restaurants website, its
stated, The quality of the service you
receive is as important to us as the quality
of your food.

Photien noted that what they offer at


his restaurant is authentic Thai food and
that all the cooks happen to be Thai. As
far as a favorite dish at the restaurant,
Photien said it is the Pad Thai, followed by
the Yellow Curry.

Little Thai Fine Dining is at 2500 Las


Posas Road, Suite D, Camarillo.
Information: 445-1365
Website: www.littlethaifinedining.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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Places, Fun & Entertainment


Banquet Hall 26

Karaoke31

Beach 26

Park31

Bowling Alley 26

Place to Chill31

Casino 29

Place to Spend a Day Off 33

Comedy Club / Nightclub 29

Place to Take Visitors 34

Golf Course 29

Radio Station 34

Hike 30

Sports Bar 35

Hotel31

Wine Bar 35

B a n quet Hall
East county winner
Westlake Inn Hotel
West county winner
Wedgewood Wedding
& Banquet Center
East county favorites
H Four Seasons Westlake
H Junkyard Cafe
H Los Robles Greens Golf Course
H Lost Canyons Golf Club
H Moorpark Country Club
H Vineyard

West county favorites


H Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
H Las Posas Country Club
H Marriott-ventura Beach
H Spanish Hills Golf Course
H Sterling Hills Golf

Las Posas Country Club

Planning a business luncheon, birthday


party or wedding? The Las Posas Country

Clubs banquet hall can be used for any


type of event. According to Tresa Doyon,
catering director, Las Posas can hold up to
230 people in the reception area and the
main dining room. The Las Posas Country
Club also has a patio area that wraps
around toward the grill and bar area.
Doyon said that what sets the Las
Posas Country Clubs banquet hall apart
from others is that they are more familyoriented. Another factor? The wonderful
chef that has been around for more than
20 years, added Doyon.
Las Posas Country Club is at 955
Fairway Drive, Camarillo.
Information: 388-2901
Website: www.lasposascc.com

Spanish Hills Country Club

Whether planning an event or wanting


to golf, at Spanish Hills Country Club one
can expect to be treated well.
We go the extra mile for our clients,
said Andrea Milton, director of sales and
marketing. Milton added that even if one
is a guest, the club wants to make that
guest feel at home.
The banquet hall can be used for
everything from small birthday parties to

lavish corporate affairs.


Were a very popular spot for
weddings and special events, Milton said.
As for golf, although its a private club,
one can always golf with a member they
know or play in one of the charity events.
Were the home of many charity
events on Mondays, she said. Its a
beautiful, 18-hole course designed by
Robert Cupp.
Spanish Hills Country Club is at 999
Crestview Ave., Camarillo.
Information: 388-5000
Website: www.spanishhillscc.com

B e a ch
East county winner
Zuma Beach
West county winner
Silver Strand Beach
East county favorites
H Leo Carrillo State Beach
H Malibu Creek State Park
H Malibu Winery

H Paradise Cove
H Point Mugu State Park

West county favorites


H Faria Beach Park
H Hollywood Beach
H Hueneme Beach
H Rincon Beach
H San Buenaventura State Beach

Bowling Alley
East county winner
Harleys Simi Bowl
West county winner
Buena Lanes
East county favorite
H Brunswick Zone Simi Valley

West county favorites


H Harleys Camarillo Bowl
H Ventura Bowling Center (now closed)
H Wagon Wheel Bowl

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Home to many charity events along with a beautiful 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Cupp, Spanish Hills Golf Course was voted a Readers Choice
favorite Banquet Hall, Golf Course and Golf Store in the west county. Although its a private club the staff goes the extra mile for clients and their guests.

Harleys Simi Bowl

The fact that Harleys Simi Bowl was


named a 2013 East County favorite bowling
alley is pleasant but not a surprise for
general manager Tony Mendola.
This bowling alley has been here since
the 1960s, Mendola said. Were a family
place and were very customer-friendly. We
offer an intimate experience and we know
how to interact with bowlers. From kids to
seniors, we want to make sure everyone
has a good time at Harleys Simi Bowl.
Mendola and the rest of the Harleys
Simi Bowl staff want to say thanks to all the

people who voted for the bowling alley and


invite them to visit often.
Harleys Simi Bowl is at 480 East Los
Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.
Phone: 526-4212
Website: www.harleysbowl.com

Buena Lanes

When it comes to bowling, Ventura


County knows the place to be as, year after
year, readers have once again voted Buena
Lanes as one of their favorite locations to
get their bowl on.
The family-oriented business houses a

game room for kids, a snack bar, meeting


rooms for local businesses, a separate
party room for birthday parties and several
lanes of bowling that help to provide
hours of entertainment for all ages. Buena
Lanes offers bumper bowling for younger
children, provide bowling balls and offer
bowling shoes at a nominal fee.
Buena Lanes has hosted the countys
annual Corporate Games bowling
competition and offers year-round bowling
leagues and weekly bowling specials.
Buena Lanes is a big supporter of the
youth in the community and provides a

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weekday after school bowling club where


youth under 16 can bowl for $6 from 3 to 5
p.m. During the summer months, children
can bowl two free games daily all summer
long.
It is open Monday through Wednesday
from 9 a.m to 10 p.m. and Thursday
through Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.
Buena Lanes is at 1788 Mesa Verde Ave
in Ventura.
Information: 656-0666
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
BuenaLanes
Website: buenalanes.com

C asino
Full county winner
Chumash
Full county favorite

of entertainment, look no further than the


Chumash Casino Resort.
Chumash Casino Resort is at 3400 East
Highway 246 in Santa Ynez.
Information: 686-0855
Website: www.chumashcasino.com

Go l f C o u r s e
East county winner
Los Robles Greens Golf
Course
West county winner
River Ridge Golf Club

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East county favorites
East county winner
H Lost Canyons Golf Club
Canyon Club
H Moorpark Country Club
H Rustic Canyon Golf Course
West county winner
H Simi Hills Golf Course
Ventura Harbor Comedy Club H Sinaloa Golf Course
H Arena Sports Grill & Bar
H Borderline Bar & Grill
H Laugh Factory
H Sunset Terrace Restaurant

West county favorites


H Bombay Bar & Grill
H Cafe Fiore
H Ventura Improv Company
H Watermark Restaurant

West county favorites


H Buenaventura Golf Course
H Olivas Golf Course
H Saticoy Regional Golf Course
H Spanish Hills Golf Course
H Sterling Hills Golf

River Ridge Golf Club

River Ridge Golf Club offers 36


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and fabulous playing surfaces. The


 

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from everyday life, take a short, scenic
drive north to Santa Barbaras wine
country for the special blend of exceptional
entertainment and warm hospitality thats
only offered at the Chumash Casino Resort.
For Ventura County residents who need
another excuse to make the trip, we have
50 more reasons why now is the right time
for a getaway.
You can receive $50 in slot free play if
youre a Ventura County resident who signs
up as a first-time Club Chumash member.
Its that simple. Walk in the door, visit the
Club Chumash desk and show your valid
photo ID. Youll be issued a Club Chumash
Card thats loaded with $50 in free play for
you to use on any of the casinos 2,000 slot
machines.
Guests use their Club Chumash Card
whenever they play to qualify for cash and
free play drawings throughout the week.
And, on Sundays, the Chumash Casino
Resort gives away a new car to one lucky
club member.
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and realize what your fellow Ventura
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Ventura Harbor Village has been voted the winner in the west county for Place to Chill, Place to Take Visitors and Place to Spend a Day Off. It is a seaside
playground with fresh seafood, a wide variety of cuisine, boutique shops, beaches, and excursions from Island Packers to the nearby Channel Islands.
Vineyard Course is wide open and has
fast, undulating greens. Victoria Lakes was
expanded to more than 7,100 yards from
the back tees and is more strategic with
many risk-reward holes. Both courses have
multiple sets of tees to make the game fun
for everyone.
River Ridge also maintains a pace of
play policy that keeps 95 percent of all
rounds less than 4 hours. In addition, the
golf club has an all-grass lighted driving
range and complete practice facilities with
two chipping greens and two practice
putting greens.
PGA instructors offer individual and
group classes in every facet of the game.
The magnificent clubhouse includes a
complete pro shop, a caf, and banquet
facilities supplemented by a barbecue area
that serves up to 300 guests.
Perhaps best of all, youll find a warm
and friendly staff that offers country club
quality at public prices.
Great courses, great prices and great
people make the River Ridge a Readers
Choice winner.

River Ridge Golf Club is at 2401 W.


Vineyard Ave., Oxnard.
Information: 983-4653
Website: www.riverridge-golfclub.com

Simi Hills Golf Course

Simi Hills Golf Course, owned and


operated by the Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park District, is an outstanding choice
for your next round of golf.
In addition to 18 great holes of golf, Simi
Hills offers great public practice facilities,
with a lighted driving range and practice
putting green, as well as chipping and
bunker practice areas. Professional golf
instruction is also available in group and
private settings for golfers from age 6 to 96!
Late afternoon family golf hours are
available Monday through Thursday, year
around, at discounted rates perfect
for bringing the love of golf to the next
generation!
Simi Hills will host the 32nd annual Simi
Valley City Championship on Saturday and
Sunday, June 1 and 2. This highly ranked
amateur event brings the best golfers in

Southern California here for two challenging


days of golf. Local amateurs are invited
to participate, and those who love golf are
invited to join in the fun as spectators.
The goal at Simi Hills is to offer you
memorable service with outstanding
facilities, making your visit to Simi Hills
Golf Course an exceptional golf experience.
Please visit Simi Hills soon!
Simi Hills Golf Course is at 5031 Alamo
Street in Simi Valley.
Information: 522-0803
Website: www.simihillsgolf.com

Sinaloa Golf Course

As a 9-hole, 3-par public golf course


with 1,088 yards on 25 scenic acres, the
Sinaloa Golf Course is a pleasure to play
on and easy to navigate. With a practice
green, driving range and pro shop, and
run under the auspices of the Rancho
Simi Recreation & Park District, the
course is appealing to beginner, junior and
experienced golfers, as well as seniors, who
can sign up for lessons via the Simi Valley
Senior Center.

Located just 1.7 miles from Highway


118 and 2 miles from the Highway 23,
the Sinaloa Golf Course, is geographically
convenient for golfers from all over Ventura
County.
Sinaloa Golf Course is at 980 Madera
Road, Simi Valley.
Information: 581-2662
Website: www.rsrpd.org/
sinaloagolfcourse

Hike
East county winner
Wildwood Park
West county winner
Arroyo Verde Park
East county favorites
H Corriganville Park
H Hummingbird Trail
H Los Robles Open Space Hike
H Malibu Creek State Park

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H Satwiwa Native American Indian


Culture Center

West county favorites


H Chumash Trail
H Punch Bowls
H Serra Cross at Grant Park
H Shelf Road
H Ventura Botanical Gardens

Hotel
East county winner
Four Seasons Westlake
West county winner
Marriott Ventura Beach
East county favorites
H Best Western Posada Royale
H Grand Vista Hotel
H Hyatt Westlake Plaza
H Palm Garden Hotel
H Westlake Inn Hotel

West county favorites


H Courtyard By Marriott
H Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
H Hilton Garden Inn
H Motel 6
H Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

K araoke
East county winner
PCs Bar & Grill
West county winner
Golden China Restaurant
East county favorites
H 3 Amigos Restaurant
H Azars Bar & Grill
H Judge Roy Beans
H Karaoke By Shirley
H Lava Sports Lounge
H Vincenzos Pizza Esperienza

West county favorites


H Gigis Cocktail Lounge
H La Dolce Vita
H Outlaws Grill & Saloon
H Paddys
H Top Deck

Voted a favorite Golf Course in the east county, the 9-hole, 3-par public Sinaloa Golf Course in Simi Valley is a
pleasure to play and easy to navigate.

PCs Bar & Grill

PCs Bar & Grill is a friendly


neighborhood and bar where there is
always a lot of laughter, Sherry Waggoner
said, owner of PCs Bar & Grill.
Sherry Waggoner and Laura Shields
have owned PCs for 6 years.
PCs is best known for its homemade
soups, BLTs, turkey melts, burgers and
weekend breakfasts.
It also features a big screen television
and a great sound system.
Waggoner said the karaoke bar,
operated by Island Breeze Entertainment,
attracts all age groups and customers
come from all over the county. Karaoke
is held every Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
We also have employees that sing
and our customers enjoy hearing them,
Waggoner said.
Amid the singing set ups is PCs
patriotism. We are a very patriotic bar,
Waggoner said. We have two walls
covered with military signatures and
customers enjoy reading them.
PCs hosts King Trivia night every
Thursday and sponsors local fundraisers.

We have a cozy bar and grill that I


think you would enjoy, Waggoner said.
PCs Bar & Grill is at 4250 Los Angeles
Ave., Simi Valley.
Information: 579-9079
Website: www.PCsbarandGrill.com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/cxmowun

Pa r k
East county winner
Wildwood Park
West county winner
Arroyo Verde Park
East county favorites
H Conejo Creek
H Oak Canyon Community Park
H Rancho Santa Susana Community
H Rancho Simi Community Park
H Rancho Tapo Community Park

West county favorites


H Camino Real Park
H Marina Park
H Mission Oaks Park
H Oxnard Beach Park

H Serra Cross at Grant Park


H Ventura Community Park

P l a c e To Ch i l l
East county winner
Starbucks
West county winner
Ventura Harbor Village
Full county favorite
H Barnes & Noble

East county favorites


H 5 Dollar Or Less Bookstore
H Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
H Patriot Airsoft
H Zuma Beach

West county favorites


H Brendans Irish Pub and Restaurant
H Serra Cross at Grant Park
H Starbucks
H Surfers Point at Seaside Park

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playground brimming with fresh seafood
and a wide variety of cuisines to tantalize
your palette. It also has boutique shops
and art galleries around every corner,
fun ways to get on the water and see the
seals and family fun at the arcade or at
Mothers Beach (Harbor Cove Beach),
one of the safest beaches in the County.
There are sailing and dive charters to
explore the islands, beach item musthaves for spring and summer, daily
Happy Hours and a full comedy club to
put a smile on your face.
With more than 11 different delicious
homemade clam chowders and a
plethora of tantalizing fish & chips,
Ventura Harbor boasts the Wests best
calamari and is one of the largest market
squid offloading harbors on the West
Coast.
Home to the Channel Islands
National Park Visitor Center, jump on
Island Packers or the dive boats for an
adventure to islands just off our coast
to enjoy world class diving, sea cave

kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, relaxation or


wildlife viewing.
Show off your coastal lifestyle to
friends and family, the Four Points by
Sheraton or Holiday Inn Express and
Suites opens up to views of sunsets and
boats bobbing in the docks.
The Ventura Harbor, with more
than 18 restaurants, 16 art galleries
and shops, two beaches, a walking
Promenade along the boats and regular
live music, The Ventura Harbor Village is
an easy escape to chill in true California
style right here in Ventura County.
Open daily with plenty of free Village
and beach parking, Ventura Harbor
Village is at 1583 Spinnaker Drive in
Ventura.
Information: 477-0470, ext. 5
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
venturaharbor
Website: www.VenturaHarborVillage.
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East county winner
The Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library
& Museum
West county winner
Ventura Harbor Village
East county favorites
H Courtyard Thousand Oaks
H Patriot Airsoft
H Simi Hills Golf Course
H Oaks Mall
H Wildwood Park
H Zuma Beach

West county favorites


H Camarillo Premium Outlets
H Faria Beach Park
H Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
H San Buenaventura State Beach

H Silver Strand Beach


H Ventura Pier

The Ronald Reagan


Presidential Library
& Museum

In searching for the perfect spot for his


presidential library, Ronald Reagan fell
in love with the view from the plot in Simi
Valley.
It was halfway from his ranch in Santa
Ynez and his house in L.A., said Melissa
Giller, the director of communications
and programs for The Ronald Reagan
Presidential Foundation, which runs the
library.
Built in 1991 the Library houses more
than 55 million pages of gubernatorial,
presidential and personal papers and more
than 40,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling
the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
Including all of our extra programming,
we see about 400,000 people a year,
Giller said. Jeb Bush just spoke here in
early March and there is now one of Walt
Disneys largest exhibits, including original

costumes, drawing and props (which


closed April 30).
Giller said the Ronald Reagan
Foundation works to sustain the Ronald
Reagan Presidential Library so it can
preserve, promote and document artifacts
and presidential gifts.
There are only two Presidential libraries
in California, the other being Richard
Nixons in Yorba Linda, Giller said. The
most popular exhibits that bring visitors
from around the world is our full scale
replica of the oval office, air force one and
President Reagans memorial site.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
and Museum is open everyday from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. and is at 40 Presidential
Drive, Simi Valley.
Information: 522-2977
Website: www.reaganfoundation.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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Visitors
East county winner
The Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library &
Museum
West county winner
Ventura Harbor Village
East county favorites
H Gardens of The World
H Malibu Creek State Park
H Malibu Winery
H Paradise Cove
H Point Mugu State Park

West county favorites


H Camarillo Premium Outlets
H Channel Islands National Park
H Downtown Ventura
H Serra Cross at Grant Park
H Ventura Pier

R a d i o S tat i o n
Full county winner
KHAY-FM 100.7
Full county favorite
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Sp orts Bar
Full county winner
Cronies Sports Grill
Full county favorite
H BJs Restaurant & Brewery

East county favorites


H Arena Sports Grill & Bar
H Azars Bar & Grill
H Magoos
H The Dugout Sports Grill

West county favorites


H Brendans Irish Pub and Restaurant
H Buffalo Wild Wings
H Chuys Mesquite Broiler
H Rookees Sports Bar

   
 

      

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East county winner
Bellavino Wine Cellar
West county winner
The Cave at Ventura Wine
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East county favorites


H Cafe Firenze
H Malibu Winery
H The WineYard
H Wades Wines


 
 
  
   
  



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H Paradise Pantry
H Sheilas Place Wine Bar & Cafe
H The Wine Closet
H Wine Rack

   



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best selection of wine in the Conejo Valley,
noting that the wine bar has been given
the Best of Award of Excellence by Wine
Spectator for seven years in a row.
We have (about) 40 wines by the glass
each week, Belloff said, adding that each
wine is hand-picked.
Bellavino has a full wine bar as well as
a restaurant. Our food is really good, he
added.
Belloff said they pride themselves at
educating people about wine. According
to Bellavino Wine Bars website, along with
presenting wine tastings, Bellavino also
offers cooking classes each month.
Bellavino Wine Bar caters to the
30-and-older crowd, and has live music
Thursdays through Sundays.
We dont really cater to the younger
crowd. Its a fun place to hang out. Its
hip, he said. We pretty much have a
good crowd everybody is really friendly,
gets to know each other, gets along... Its
easy to make friends.
Bellavino Wine Bar is open 5 p.m. until
close Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2

 
  

to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Bellavino Wine Bar is at 3709 E.
Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village.
Information: 557-0202
Website: www.bellavinowinebar.com

The Wine Closet

The Wine Closet has wine for all


budgets and all occasions according to
owner Linda Hunter, who described the
wine shop as a real comfortable place to
hang out to enjoy a glass.
Hunter shared that everything at The
Wine Closet is hand-selected you
wouldnt find anything there that would be
found at a grocery store. Along with wine,
they also offer a beer menu as well as
small cheese plates.
Tastings are offered Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays, but one can come in any
time for a glass or a cheese plate.
The Wine Closet is at 2423 Ventura
Blvd., Camarillo.
Information: 746-5708
Website: www.wineclosetinc.com

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Services
Acupuncturist37
Auto Repair Shop37
Bank/Credit Union 38
Barber Shop 43
Boot Camp 43
Catering Company 44
Chiropractor 45
College/University 49
Contractor 50
Day Care52
Day Spa52
Dentist52
Dog Grooming 54
Dry Cleaner 54
Family Doctor55

A c u p uncturist
East county winner
David Lee Acupuncture
West county winner
Jonathan Breslow
East county favorites
H Acumen Health Clinics
H Glenn D. Cohen
H Roland Ryf
H Vivian Sobel

West county favorites


H Danny Lai
H Holistic Healing Center
H Lisa Wong
H TCR Acupuncture & Integrative
Medicine
H Xiaos Acupuncture

Xiaos Acupuncture

Xiaos Acupuncture is celebrating


its 20th anniversary. The practice is
owned by Dr. Xinfang Xiao, a National

Funeral Home 56
Gym57
Hair Salon 58
Hearing Service 59
Hospital 63
Housecleaning Service 65
Insurance67
Interior Designer67
Landscaping Company 69
LASIK Surgeon 70
Law Office 71
Medical Spa72
Mortgage Company74
Motorcycle Shop76
Moving Company76
Optometrist77

and California Board Certified Licensed


Acupuncturist. According to Xiaos
Acupunctures website, Dr. Xiao is trained
in both Western medicine and traditional
Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture uses Chinese medicine
to balance the body and helps with
circulation, to promote energy flow and
blood circulation to help relieve all kinds of
muscle joint pain, Dr. Xiao said. Its good
for arthritis, good for all the nerve pain.
The practice is open from 9 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but is
closed Wednesdays.
Xiaos Acupuncture is at 400 Camarillo
Ranch Road, No. 201, Camarillo.
Information: 389-9622
Website: www.xiaosacupuncture.com

Auto Re pai r Sh o p
East county winner
Accurate Automotive
West county winner
Buena Vista Collision

Pest Control78
Pet Boarding78
Photographer79
Plastic Surgeon79
Property Management 80
Real Estate Company 82
Senior Living 85
Stock Brokerage 88
Tanning Salon 88
Tattoo Parlor 89
Title and Escrow 90
Trade School 90
Travel Agency91
Veterinarian 92
Weight-Loss Center93

East county favorites


H Andys Automotive
H Bills Quality Auto Care
H Firestone Complete Auto Care
H Perrys Quality Auto Repair
H Ricks Japanese Car Care
H William L. Morris Chevrolet

West county favorites


H Bergins Automotive
H Bill Hahn Automotive
H Camarillo Car Care Center
H Tonys Body Shop
H Williams Automotive

Buena Vista Collision Center

Buena Vista Collision Center is a wellestablished company in Ventura County.


Currently owned and operated by Larry
Reynolds, it has been in business since
1959.
Reynolds philosophy is to treat
people how they want to be treated.
He is well aware that needing the
services of a collision repair shop is not
a pleasant experience. Not only have his
customers just gone through the traumatic

experience of an automobile accident,


but they are now faced with the anxiety of
having their car repaired properly.
As Reynolds states, a car is probably
the second biggest investment (after a
home) in the average persons life. Its
a mode of transportation, and in some
cases, somewhat of a status symbol. As
such, they seek reassurance that their car
will be returned to its former state.
Reynolds and his team of 10 body
repair technicians make it a point to win
their customers trust and confidence and
establish a comfort level with the quality
and caliber of the work they do. Reynolds
and his staff are there to walk their
customers through the process of having
collision damage repaired, while being
treated in a compassionate manner.
We have enjoyed being a part of this
community and its an honor to serve
the people who need us here in Ventura
County.
Buena Vista Collision Center is at 3900
Market St. in Ventura.
Information: 644-3901
Website: BVcollisioncenters.com

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Ricks Japanese Car Care

Specializing in Acura, Honda, Lexus,


Toyota and Nissan, Ricks Japanese Car
Care has been keeping cars running in
the Conejo Valley for the past nine years.
With years of experience and state of the
art diagnostic equipment, Ricks services
domestic autos and other makes and
models as well.
The skilled and certified professionals
at Ricks use only the finest tools and
materials to service your vehicle. They
stand behind their work, offering a 12
month of 12,000 mile warranty on each
car.
Ricks Japanese Car Care takes pride in
getting the job done right the first time.
Ricks Japanese Car Care is at 37
Taylor Court,Thousand Oaks.
Information: 373-9895
Website: www.ricksjapanese.us

Bergins Automotive

Bergins Automotive has a lot to


celebrate this year. Not only is the
business celebrating three years under

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hard and stand up to the expectations of
our customers.
Bergins Automotive has gained a
reputation for its annual Knowledge is
Power womens seminars and for giving
back to the community with Toys for Tots
and FOOD Share drives.
Bergins Automotive is at 2753 E. Daily
Drive in Camarillo. It is open from 7:30
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information: 482-9968
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
berginsautoinc
Website: berginsauto.com

The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa allows pets to stay along Hollywoof
Boulevard or Rodeo Drive. It is this years east county winner for Dog
Grooming Shop and Pet Boarding.
the leadership of Joe Martin, but this is
the second consecutive year, readers have
selected them as a favorite.
This is my third year owning it

although Bergins has been in business


for more than 25 years. Its amazing that
weve been picked two years in a row,
Martin said. I want to thank the readers

Bank/credit Union
East county winner
Logix Federal Credit Union
West county winner
Ventura County Federal
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local charities since 2008.


Logix offers a variety of services, such
as checking and savings accounts, auto
and mortgage loans, as well as credit
cards. Branch hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday.
Southern California residents are
eligible to open an account. Savings are
federally insured by the National Credit
Union Administration, a U.S. Government
Agency. Logix is an equal housing lender.
Information: 800-328-5328
Website: www.lfcu.com

H Chase
H Wells Fargo
H Bank Of America

East county favorites


H Ventura County Federal Credit Union
H Wescom Credit Union

West county favorites


H County Commerce Bank
H Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

Logix Federal Credit Union

Logix Federal Credit Union is rated


superior for financial strength and
currently has more than $3 billion in
assets and 114,000 members. Chartered
in 1937, Logix offers preferred rates on
savings and loan accounts, surcharge-free
access to 28,000 ATMs and access to a
nationwide network of branches.
Today, Logix is the largest financial
institution headquartered in the San
Fernando Valley. The credit union
operates 12 branches in the San
Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita

Ventura County Credit Union


With results like this, its easy to see why EA Lyke and Son has been voted
a west county favorite in both the Contractor and Landscaping Company
categories.
and Antelope valleys, as well as eastern
Ventura County.
The credit union gives back to the
community in a variety of ways through

scholarships, sponsorships, collections


and volunteerism. Through its nonprofit
foundation, employees and the credit
union have given more than $325,000 to

We already love Living the Life here


in Ventura County, so when we receive an
honor like this, it makes it even sweeter,
said Joe Schroeder, president and CEO of
Ventura County Credit Union.
Schroeder believes VCCU is a local
favorite for several reasons.
Responsiveness: Last year, in answer
to requests from members, VCCU
implemented Saturday hours. This year, it
introduced the Mobile Banking service its

  



    
 




 

 

  

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members asked for.


Free checking: Its almost impossible
to find at banks, but it still exists at
VCCU with no minimum balance or
direct deposit requirements. Plus, when
members have to leave Ventura County,
they can access their favorite financial
institution through nearly 30,000 free
ATMs and more than 6,800 shared credit
union branches nationwide.
Local loan decisions: Making decisions
here in the 805 means a fast turnaround
with no runaround. Applicants dont have
to wait for answers to come from another
area code or time zone.
The largest credit union headquartered
in Ventura County, VCCU membership
is available to anyone who lives, works
or attends school in Ventura or Santa
Barbara counties.
Ventura County Credit Union has
offices in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Simi
Valley and Thousand Oaks.
Information: 477-4000
Website: www.vccuonline.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/myvccu

County Commerce Bank

County Commerce Bank of Ventura


continues to grow with solid earnings, a
high quality loan portfolio and healthy
increases in assets and capital.
The bank was founded by local
professionals and business leaders and
opened for business in February, 2003.
It provides financial solutions for local
professionals and small businesses
throughout Ventura County by offering
customers state of the art technology
along with a traditional banking
experience.
The bank has received Super Premier
Performing Bank from Findley Reports
for five years and Premier Performing
Bank for four years; Western Regional
Winner of the Small Business of the Year
Award in 2006 by the US Chamber of
Commerce and Midsized Business of
the Year 2006 by the Ventura Chamber
of Commerce; Public Company of the
Year 2008 by the Pacific Coast Business
Times and the Five-Star Superior rating
by BauerFinancial Inc., for more than 32
consecutive quarters.

County Commerce Bank is at 3260


Telegraph Road in Ventura (477-7600),
2400 E. Gonzales Road in Oxnard
(485-7600) and 2357 Pickwick Drive in
Camarillo (482-7600).
Website: www.countycommercebank.
com

Union Bank
(formerly Santa Barbara
Bank and Trust)

For nearly 150 years, Union Bank


has been serving as a trusted partner
to individuals and business owners by
providing financial solutions with integrity,
outstanding customer service and a
proactive approach to client needs.
With more than 440 banking offices,
Union Banks financial stability combined
with a community-banking approach
sets the bank apart from other financial
institutions. We are committed to
maintaining long-term relationships with
our customers, providing everyone who
comes through our doors with the best
possible service. We are also committed to

building healthy communities.


Through the Union Bank Foundation,
the bank invests in the communities it
serves. In 2012, the banks charitable
investment in local communities totaled
more than $12.6 million which included
grants, contributions and sponsorships
to help finance the efforts of nonprofit
organizations within the banks geography.
Union Banks investments focus on four
areas: community economic development,
affordable housing, education and the
environment.
Union Bank remains committed
to investing in communities through
partnerships, Foundation grants, and
employee volunteerism to help make a
positive difference in our communities
today and into the future.
Website: www.unionbank.com

    


     
   


 


 

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East county winner
Savvy Salon & Spa
West county winner
Hanks Barber Shop
East county favorites
H Fantastic Sams
H Great Clips
H Sport Clips
H Supercuts
H The Handlebar Barber Shop

West county favorites


H Bernies Mens Haircutting
H Camarillo Barber Shop
H Legends Barbershop
H Scissor & Comb Haircutters
H Smooths Barber Shop

Hanks Barber Shop

When Hank Robles was 17 he became


a licensed barber one of the youngest

in the state of California. Today, he has


been cutting hair for 31 years, using the
knowledge his own father taught him
about being a barber.
I worked with him. I probably drove
him nuts, he laughed, adding that he is
the youngest in his family to have become
a barber. Other than his father, Robles
uncles, cousins and sister are barbers.
Robles opened his shop in 1993 and
started with one chair. Currently he has
four barbers and four beauticians. He,
himself, works by appointments since he
has a lot of customers.
I have other workers that can
accommodate any new customers, he
said. Robles tells his workers to make
sure when a customer leaves, to make
them look like theyre getting ready to go
to a wedding or to work. Make them look
perfect. It doesnt matter where theyre
going, its a finished product.
The barber shop hours are 8 a.m. to
6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays.
Hanks Barber Shop is at 2260 Ventura

Blvd. Camarillo.
Information: 388-8955

Sport Clips

With five locations throughout the


county, Sport Clips has become a hair
cutting and styling destination for local
men. Sport Clips is geared towards men,
with stylists specializing in mens cuts.
No appointments are needed and the
sports-themed cutting area features flat
screen televisions at every station playing
all sports, all day.
In response to Sport Clips being named
an East County favorite barbershop,
Newbury Park Sport Clips owner David
Brown said, Weve been thrilled to be
able to tell folks were a favorite. We hope it
brings more people in to experience what
we have to offer.
You can visit Sport Clips throughout
the county, with locations in Newbury
Park, Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley and
Thousand Oaks.
Website: www.sportclips.com

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East county winner
805 Boot Camp
West county winner
Gamut Fitness
East county favorites
H 24 Hour Fitness
H Epic Fitness
H Extreme Boot Camp Thousand Oaks
H Hyperion Fitness
H Miguels Boot Camp

West county favorites


H Fit N Fine Fitness
H Great Scott Fitness Camp
H Raw Workouts
H Rocksteady Fitness
H Ventura County Adventure Boot
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Boot Camp, is thrilled that his boot camp
was named a Readers Choice favorite boot
camp.
Its been 13 of years of very hard
work, he said.
Carper, who prides himself on always
being up for a new challenge, specializes
in body fat reduction, core strengthening
and group training. Having never run an
advertising campaign, Carper knows his
reputation has spread by word of mouth,
and that makes him proud.
My goal is for Great Scott Boot Camp
to be the No. 1 group fitness program
in Ventura County, with motivation and
empowerment being the key components
of the training, said Carper.
Great Scott Boot Camp is at 3615
Telegraph Road, Ventura.
Phone: 443-7374
Website: www.greatscottfitness.com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/d3ntwml

Catering Company
East county winner
Green Acres Farm Market
and Catering
West county winner
DJs California Catering
East county favorites
H Command Performance Catering
H Merlins Kitchens
H Monrose Catering
H Pierres Catering Company
H Thousand Oaks Meat Locker

H Tutus Hawaiian Ice Cream Shack

West county favorites


H Buenaventura Catering
H Main Course California
H Seasons Catering
H Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet
H Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Green Acres Farm Market


and Catering

Marketing manager Julie Rhoads


attributes the popularity of Green Acres
catering department to the great reputation
and outstanding work ethic of its entire
operation.
Since we pride ourselves on being a
quality market, the catering department is
an extension of that quality, Rhoads said.
Celebrating its 45th year serving Simi
Valley and neighboring communities,
Green Acres Farm Market and Catering
offers a unique variety of options, from
self-serve deliveries and pick-up orders
to large, full-service gourmet buffets
and upscale authentic Santa Maria-style
barbecues, grilled on location. Adding to
any partys ambience are the impressive
Grand Appetizer Displays, which can be
customized to suit every occasion.
We cater many types of events,
including anniversary parties, weddings,
birthdays, corporate lunches and picnics,
Rhoads said.
We also offer our clients choices from
our warehouse full of rental tables, chairs,
umbrellas, chafing dishes, and even formal
china.
Green Acres Farm Market and
Caterings great food, combined with its
friendly and professional staff, reflects its
motto: Quality without Compromise.

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experience thats like no other, the staff at
Green Acres Farm Market and Catering
is happy to help make your special event
a memorable success with customized
menus. Call for a consultation.
Green Acres Farm Market and Catering
is at 2918 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.
Information: 526-1312
Email: vip@simigreenacres.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
GreenAcresMarket
Website: Simigreenacres.com

DJs California Catering

Whether its for wedding receptions,


corporate events or private parties, Ventura
County residents turn to DJs for their
catering needs.
Doug Biggs, owner of DJs California
Catering, says his company is so popular
because they have a service and a price
point for every need.
We provide a very good value for our
client, whether or not theyre looking to do
something fancy, like a wedding reception,
or something like a private party, he said.
Biggs emphasizes that all customers, no
matter the size of the event or the size of
their budget, get the same high quality of
food and service.
Biggs says there has been tremendous
growth in the number of wedding
receptions DJs has been doing in the past
three or four years, but the company sees
a little of every kind of event, from Boy
Scout dinners to serving food in the field for
firefighters battling wildfires. Biggs has also
recently developed a dedicated barbecue
division, Blazin BBQ. Though DJs started
out doing barbecue more than 15 years
ago, Biggs says he wanted to develop the

branch as a specialty service for less formal


events.
DJs California Catering is at 2784
Johnson Drive in Ventura.
Information: 850-0194; info@
DJsCatering.com
Website: djscatering.com

Chiropractor
East county winner
Omega Rehab & Sport
West county winner
Bates Family Chiropractic
East county favorites
H Better Health and Wellness
H Fey Chiropractic
H Shani Clinic
H Simi Chiropractic Health
H Sommer Sports Chiropractic

West county favorites


H Adam Story Chiropractic
H Angela E. Sutter
H Harer & Mortensen Chiropractic
H Jensen Walk-in Chiropractic
H Vitality Chiropractic

Omega Rehab & Sport

Celebrating 10 years of service to


the Conejo Valley and the surrounding
communities, Omega Rehab & Sports
founder Dr. Sevak Khodabakhshian (Dr.
K) is the proud recipient of the Readers
Choice award.
The Omega Rehab & Sport team is
a multidisciplinary team of clinicians
consisting of one doctor of chiropractic,


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two licensed physical therapists, an athletic


trainer, a massage therapist and two
personal trainers.
We are proactive in our care and are
often referred to as a one stop shop, said
Dr. K. I was trained in a multidisciplinary
setting and saw the benefits it provided
to the patient. When I started our
company in 2003, I put together a similar
multidisciplinary to team for this very
reason.
Clinical Director Chuck Aplin, an athletic
trainer and exercise physiologist, said,
Our prevention programs, like the Healthy
Spine Program, offer a monthly check-up
and an hour massage for a low monthly
rate. The Athletic VIP Membership gives
the athletes of the community treatment
and prevention benefits just like the pros.
Whether its our treatment options, our
prevention programs or employment testing
services, we are all about staying ahead
of potential problems and our clients like
that, said Dr. K.
Omega Rehab & Sport is at 325 E.
Rolling Oaks Drive, Suite 250, Thousand
Oaks.

The staff at Aloha Dog Grooming is all smiles after it was voted the top Dog
Grooming Shop in the west county.
Information: 230-1199
Website: www.omega-rehab.com

Bates Family Chiropractic


Dr. Aaron Bates is committed to

making patients feel their absolute best


and live their healthiest lives. At his
thriving office, Bates Family Chiropractic,
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As the Readers Choice winner for
chiropractor, Bates is humbled. Our
office is so thankful and appreciative of
our patients for giving us this honor, he
said. We are blessed to be able to serve
them and the county of Ventura.
Open Monday through Saturday,
Bates offers chiropractic care, exercise
counseling, lifestyle advice, nutritional
counseling, spinal screenings,
physiotherapy and massage therapy.
Bates works with adults, children and
athletes. Bates goal is to provide an
effective alternative to surgery and
medicine through chiropractic care.
Bates holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in biology from the University of
California Santa Barbara. He went on to
complete his chiropractic training at Life
Chiropractic College West. Bates also is
trained in alphabiotics and myofascial
release techniques and has earned full
certification in physiotherapy.
Bates regularly participates in charity
events. During the month of May, he
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assessments and necessary X-rays for


$20. All proceeds will go toward the Boys
and Girls Club of Camarillo.
Bates Family Chiropractic is at 457
Carmen Dr., Camarillo.
Information: 389-9222
Website: www.camarillochiropractor.
com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/d3bs5yz

Fey Chiropractic

Dr. Pierre Fey is a highly experienced


and caring chiropractor who is committed
to providing high quality comprehensive
care.
He has been in practice for more than
17 years and approaches each patient
as an individual with compassion as they
move toward pain relief, healing and
optimum health.
Besides spinal care, Dr. Fey also
specializes in extremity conditions such as
shoulder and hip bursitis, knee tendonitis
and carpal tunnel.
He has worked with the San Francisco
49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego
Chargers and San Diego Padres. He now

has a private practice in Westlake Village.


Come experience why Dr. Fey was
voted Favorite Chiropractor by Star
readers.
Fey Chiropractic is at 128 Auburn
Court, Suite 100, Westlake Village.
Information: 495-0110
Website: www.feychiropractic.com

Jensen Walk-In
Chiropractic Sports Center

With 37-plus years in private practice


treating more than 15,000 patients, its
no wonder that Stanley Jensen has been
honored in the Readers Choice Awards
every year since 1997.
Jensen specializes in chronic and
difficult chiropractic problems and
injuries, along with back and neck pain,
compressed degenerative discs and
headaches.
With expanded hours from 7 a.m. to
6:30 p.m., and Saturday appointments
too, getting an appointment always is
easy. Come in and meet Jensen and his
friendly, competent and caring staff and

let your healing begin. All insurances are


accepted.
Jensen Walk-In Chiropractic Sports
Center is at 3687 E. Las Posas Road,
Suite 200, Camarillo.
Information: 484-1990.
Website: www.jensenwalkin.com

West county favorites


H California State University Northridge
H Oxnard College
H University of California, Santa
Barbara
H University of California Cooperative
Extension
H University of La Verne
H Ventura College

Co l l e g e / u n i v e r s i t y
California State University
East county winner
Channel Islands
California Lutheran
Celebrating 10 years as Ventura
University
Countys only four-year public university,
California State University Channel Islands
West county winner
is quickly becoming a gem of the states
higher education system. Founded in
California State University
2002 as the 23rd and newest campus of
Channel Islands
the CSU system, the university offers an
East county favorites
H Eternity Bible College
H Moorpark College
H Pepperdine University

unparalleled student-centered learning


experience in one of Southern Californias
most scenic settings.
The campus is nestled on 1,200
acres at the base of the Santa Monica
Mountains, blending striking 1930s
Spanish architecture with state-of-the-art,

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Students benefit from small class sizes,
close collaboration with faculty and peers,
and a strong sense of community and
purpose. The curriculum emphasizes
an interdisciplinary, real-world approach
in which students tackle community
problems, conduct meaningful research,
and make a difference.
CSUCI has consistently been
recognized by The Chronicle of Higher
Education as a Great College to Work
For and by the Presidents Higher
Education Community Service Honor
Roll for its dedication to community
enrichment.
With more than 4,900 students, 700
employees and 6,800 alumni, CSUCI is
poised to grow in size and renown, while
maintaining one of the most studentfocused learning environments in public
higher education.
California State University Channel
Islands is at 1 University Drive in
Camarillo.
Information: 437-8400.
Website: www.csuci.edu

C ont rac t o r
East county winner
RCI Builders
West county winner
Far West Construction
Company
East county favorites
H Anacapa Painting
H Brad Knupp Construction Company
H Ebner Construction
H House To Home
H KMF Construction

West county favorites


H Al Lowe Construction Inc
H EA Lyke & Son
H Greatway Roofing
H Livingston Construction
H Michael David Lindley, General
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Construction Company

Established in 1979, Far West Group,


Inc., dba Far West Construction Company
continues to maintain a reputation for high
quality work at reasonable prices.
Our motto is from conception to
completion, and our mission statement
is helping people build a sustainable,
clean, green project for the future. We
at Far West Construction Company work
closely with the Client/Agent and Architect
in order to ensure a finished project
that meets or exceeds the Client/Agents
expectations and falls within their budget.
We treat every job as if it were our own
personal project. Far West Constructions
projects have allowed us to help others
design, build or remodel their dream
homes and create or remodel commercial,
industrial and medical properties. We
perform all aspects of building (both new
and remodel) from designing, utility tieins, septic systems, foundations, tilt up
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construction, outdoor rooms and
landscape design, EA Lyke and Son do
not produce cookie cutter designs. A
well-known and respected Ventura County
presence for more than 20 years, a policy
of open, honest communication with their
clients is their byword from the start to the
finish of a project.
This family-owned business is proud
of their commitment to perfection, their
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Far West Construction Company is
a member of the U.S. Green Building
Council, Community Environmental
Council and Master Builders Association.
We recycle all of the useable building.
Contact Far West Construction
Company at 675 East Santa Clara St.
#1781 in Ventura.
Information: 648-2207
Website: www.FarWestConstruction.
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and Son many loyal, satisfied customers.
EA Lyke and Son is at 142 North
Ashwood Avenue in Ventura.
Information: 654-0082.
Website: www.ealykeandson.com.

H Pacific Camps Inc


H Seven Cs
H Tender Loving Care Day Care
H Three Angels Child Care Center
H Tutor Time Child Care

Little Oaks School

Day Care
( N o n - home B a sed)
East county winner
Little Oaks School
West county winner
Las Posas Childrens Center

Little Oaks School exists to provide


a welcome home for all children and
families in the tradition of an authentic
community school, honoring its 30 year
legacy in its care for students, preserving
authentic American values in its focus and
cherishing timeless Christian principles in
its methods.
We believe all children have God-given
potential. Our goal is to provide positive
experiences that will enable students
to reach their fullest potential. The
curriculum aims at academic excellence
while allowing for different styles and rates
of learning.
Little Oaks School is at 101 N. Skyline
Drive in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 495-5513
Website: www.littleoaksschool.net

East county favorites


H Kids N Things Preschool
H Kinder Care Learning Center
H Leap & Bound Academy
H Little Dreamers Early Childhood
H The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa

West county favorites


H Childrens World Nursery Schl

Day Spa
East county winner
Coldwater Creek
West county winner
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
H Massage Envy

Dentist
East county winner
Ean Kleiger
West county winners (tie)
Ruth Shifman
Camarillo Smiles
(Michael Czubiak)

East county favorites

East county favorites

Full county favorite

H Bella Amore Day Spa & Salon


H Body Sanctuary
H Four Seasons Westlake
H John of Italy

West county favorites


H A Secret Place Salon & Day Spa
H Cara Mia
H Coastal Skin Care Inc
H Luxe Salon and Day Spa

H Edward A. Chapin
H Josie Dovidio
H Oak Park Dentistry for Children
H Robert D. Bankhardt
H Thomas F. Wuesthoff
H Thousand Oaks Dental Spa

West county favorites


H David Satnick
H Bryan Fisch
H Joel A. Goldenberg
H Luxe Dental Studio
H Rosewood Dental Group

         


 
     
  
   
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Ean Kleiger knows that going to the


dentist is not always a favorite activity.
That is why he and his friendly staff go out
of their way to make their patients feel at
home and comfortable.
I try to treat all of my patients like
an important family member, he said.
Kleiger believes that by treating his
patients with respect and fully explaining
all treatment options and insurance
coverage, they will choose the best
dentistry procedure for their situation and
thus avoid repeat procedures.
Kleiger graduated from the University
of California San Diego and received
a degree in animal physiology and
neuroscience. He then attended USC
School of Dentistry and graduated in
2000. He is dedicated to advanced
post-doctoral study, providing you with a
comprehensive and advanced approach
to your dental health.
Kleiger also is a believer in giving back
to the community. He is the current dental
director for the Simi Valley Free clinic,
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Ruth Shifman

Once again, Santa Barbara Business College has been voted a west county
favorite for Trade School.
people who are otherwise unable to afford
dental care. Honored for a third time by
readers, Kleiger said he is very honored
that my patients and readers would take
the time to vote for me in this category.

His office is at 319 S. Moorpark Road


in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 494-4234
Website: www.kleigerdentistry.com

The main focus at North Bank


Dental Center is to provide a positive
and painless dental experience for its
patients. Dr. Ruth Shifman, DDS, who
joined the group in 2004, understands
dental fears and phobias and offers
medication and creature comforts such as
ceiling-mounted televisions to help make
procedures go quickly and easily.
With its new E4D Machine onsite,
North Bank can now provide patients
with a permanent crown in just one
appointment.
With patients ranging in age from 1
to 100, Dr. Shifman is happy to provide
todays painless and positive dental
experience.
North Bank Dental Center is at 2772
Johnson Drive, Suite 101, Ventura.
Information: 658-1577
Website: www.northbankdental.com

David Satnick

The philosophy at the offices of David


Satnick, DDS, is, treat everyone the way

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you want to be treated. Patient-centered


care is the primary focus here. Satnicks
long-term staff, whom he describes as
the best team, is a happy group who
work well together and pride themselves
on providing their patients with the best
possible care.
Satnick specializes in cosmetic
dentistry, including veneers, implants,
crowns, whitening and bonding. General
dentistry services are also expertly
provided.
Satnick is sympathetic to those who
may suffer from dental fears or phobias,
providing appropriate medication to make
procedures painless and positive.
The office of David Satnick is at 6633
Telephone Road, Suite 220, Ventura.
Information: 639-3050
Website: www.dmsdmd.com

Dog Groo m i n g S h o p
East county winner
The Barkley Pet Hotel
& Day Spa
West county winner
Aloha Dog Grooming

Rosewood Dental Group

West county favorites

Rosewood Dental Group has been


providing quality dental care in Ventura
County since 1975. Being one of the
larger general dentistry practices in the
area, and with a new custom office and
treatment facility, Rosewood Dental offers
patients state-of-the-art dental care, a
convenient location and easy scheduling.
There are six dentists who can help
with general or specialized dental care:
Robert Sprague, DDS; Scott W. Packham,
DDS; Dr. Matthew H. Pizza, DMD;
Kenneth N. Anderson, DDS; John P.
Endow, DDS (periodontist); and Dr. Sham
L. Pizza, DMD (orthodontist). At Rosewood
Dental, patients always come first.
Rosewood Dental Group is at 4027
Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo.
Information: 484-1022
Website: www.rosewooddental.com

Full county favorite


H Petsmart

East county favorites


H Fur Grooming Salon
H Indiana Bones Temple of Groom
H Its Pawfect
H Maggies Grooming
H Waggin Tails

they offer clients two to three hours.


Before Baselice opened her business,
which was originally a mobile one, the
biggest complaint she heard when she
discussed opening a business was people
not wanting to leave their dogs as long as
they had to leave them in grooming shops,
so Aloha Dog Grooming would do booking
throughout the day.
Another thing that makes them
stand out is that Baselice and the other
groomers have more than 10 years of
experience doing the standard cuts for
different breeds.
Were able to do easy-going cuts for
summer and the fancier cuts that require
more knowledge, Baselice said.
Aloha Dog Grooming is at 1076 E.
Front St., Ventura.
Information: 643-4852
Facebook: tinyurl.com/bw6m7t4

Dee Dees Dog Spot

H Dee Dees Dog Spot


H Happy Dog
H Paula & Veronicas Bark Avenue
H Vickies Pampered Pet

Aloha Dog Grooming

When you walk into Aloha Dog


Grooming, owner Tina Baselice hopes to
convey to clients that she and her fellow
groomers love what they do and the
Hawaiian spirit of the easy-going attitude.
I love Hawaiian dcor, so we got the
whole place totally decked out, she said.
Baselice, who started out grooming
horses, said she woke up one day wanting
to open a dog grooming business.
Every minute of the 10 years Ive been
doing this, Ive loved it, she said.
What sets her business apart from
others is the short appointment times

Dee Dees Dog Spot in Ventura is proud


to have been chosen as a West County
Favorite for Readers Choice 2013. It is
the place to take your dog or cat for some
genuine tender loving care.
The entire staff has many years of
experience in pet care and grooming,
and they all bring a unique aspect to
the business. Cat and dog grooming,
nail clipping and the self wash all are
available.
Dee Dees Dog Spot is at 973 E. Front
St. in Ventura (648-7768) and 153 E. El
Roblar In Ojai (640-2400). Stop by and
see why its a favorite of the west county.
Website: www.deedeesdogspot.com

Vickies Pampered Pet

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thats exactly what customers experience
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For more than three decades, Vickies
has made it a goal to treat each furry
friend to an enjoyable experience.
Covering a wide selection of grooming
needs, Vickies also features 10 different
shampoos and conditioners to choose
from in order to best match any pets skin
and coat.
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable
and aims to make any customer, furry or
not, feel like a part of the family.
The Ventura shop also offers many
retail items for pets, including treats and
toys.
Vickies Pampered Pet is at 6324
Bristol Road in Ventura.
Information: 656-6999
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/
Vickies-Pampered-Pet/152442504819696

D ry C l ea n e r
East county winner
Fazio Cleaners
West county winner
Persnickity Cleaners
East county favorites
H Joes Discount Cleaners
H Liberty Cleaners
H Martinizing Dry Cleaning
H Oakbrook Cleaners

West county favorites


H Dryclean Safari
H Four Seasons Cleaners
H Las Posas Cleaners



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Persnickity Cleaners

On behalf of Persnickity Cleaners, I


would like to thank you for voting us the
top Dry Cleaner of the West County!
Persnickity is a family owned and
operated business in Ventura. Owners
David & Francine Redmond are longtime residents & have strong community
ties. They live, work, worship and play
in Ventura along with their two beautiful
daughters.
Nothing is more important to us than
the well-being of our customers and their
families, our local economy, and our
shared global environment. Persnickity is
a company built on ethics, values and the
care for our community! We continually
listen to our family, friends, neighbors and
customers to learn where we can help in
our schools, charities and our community
and act accordingly.
Were constantly striving to develop,
build and promote new ways in which
we can all reduce our carbon footprint.

Weve partnered with several key


companies to ensure that our impact on
the environment makes us an industry
leader & pioneer! We enjoy building and
developing ideas with other great minds,
to help improve the well-being of the
community we serve.
Thanks again and we truly look
forward to the opportunity of earning your
business for many years to come!
Persnickity Cleaners is located at 1171
Victoria Ave. in Ventura.
Information: 644-1171
Website: www.persnickity.com

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H Daniel Takeda
H Beverly Kornder
H Peter Margolis
H Peterson Pierre

Family Do c t o r
East county winner
Arroyo Oaks Medical Group
West county winner
Warwar Medical Group

For Arroyo Oaks Medical associates


family doctor means more to them than
most.
People have been coming to this
building for more than 50 years, said Dr.
Russ Hines, one of the five founders of the
practice.
Hines said in the 1970s the building
was built and held the Lombard Group for
the first 30 years. In 1996 it was sold and
went through four different HMO owners
in four years, he said.

East county favorites


H Alamo Hills Medical Group

West county favorites


H Christopher Arnold
H Robert Garrison
H Thomas Mcbreen
H James W. Hornstein
H Jody Balloch
H Primary Medical Group

Arroyo Oaks Medical Group

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At that time fellow physicians got


together and formed Arroyo Oaks. We
are literally the embers left over from the
Lombard Group, he said.
What followed was a packed office with
plenty of in-house care.
We make it so we can see the whole
family and continue to see them, Hines
said.
With 12 physicians, Arroyo Oaks
Medical Group provides full family care
that includes; ultrasound, Xrays, bone
density, cardio-vascular studies and
phlebotomy services.
Dr. Ronald E. de la Pena, OBGYN of
Arroyo Oaks, also provides services that
are unlike any in the area HerOption
(cryoblation therapy) and Essure
(permanent birth control). Both of these
can be done in the office, avoiding scars
and general anesthetic, De La Pena said.
We try to make coming to Arroyo Oaks a
one stop destination.
Arroyo Oaks Medical Group is at 2230
Lynn Road, Suite 200, Thousand Oaks.
Information: 495-1066


 


 

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Primary Medical Group

We treat our patients like our own


families, providing extra special service
to meet peoples needs. This is how
Dr. Edward Banman of Primary Medical
Group describes the groups philosophy:
Established in 1994, Primary Medical
Group specializes in internal medicine,
pediatrics and family practice. With
13 doctors and six nurse practitioners
on staff, all are available for same-day
appointments. Primary Medical Group is
now accepting new patients. It accepts all
types of insurance including HMOs and
Medicare.
We are delighted to be chosen as a
West County Favorite and will continue to
offer excellent care for all our patients,
said Dr. Banman.
With three offices in Ventura County,
Primary Medical Group will be opening
two additional offices in Ventura and
Oxnard this summer.
Information: 653-0303
Website: www.primarymedical.net



Funeral Home
East county winner
Rose Family Funeral Home
West county winner
Ted Mayr Funeral Home
Full county favorite
H Griffin Family Funeral Chapels

East county favorites


H Alamo Hills Medical Group
H Mount Sinai Memorial Park
H Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks
H Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home

West county favorites


H Charles Carroll Funeral Home
H Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
H Garcia Mortuary
H Joseph Reardon
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Ted Mayr Funeral Home

Since 1934, Ted Mayr Funeral Home


has provided exceptional funeral and
cremation services to the County of
Ventura. It is committed to the high
standards of dignity and quality of service
that were established by founders, Ted
and Helen Mayr. Sherry Scott, managing
director, has been with the firm for 42
years and was privileged to train under the
direction of the Ted and Helen. Just as its
commitment has remained constant these
past 79 years, so has the funeral homes
ability to respond to the changing needs
the community.
Scott and the staff of Ted Mayr Funeral
Home share that same commitment to the
community established by the Mayrs.
We understand that losing a loved one
is an emotional and difficult experience.
The staff is dedicated to helping the
families they serve with compassionate,
professional and personal service.
In addition to assisting families to
create personalized Celebrations of Life
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management library as well as is the


annual Holiday Candlelight Memorial
Service.
Technology has changed the way many
of us conduct our daily lives. This also
reaches into the aspects of end of life
celebrations and memorialization. On our
website we offer online obituaries, along
with a video story of a persons life and
the opportunity for family and friends to
contribute written condolences, pictures
and recorded messages to the family. This
information becomes a permanent archive
that future generations may access.
Ted Mayr Funeral Home is a beautiful
English Tudor style building which houses
an original mural painted by the late
Ventura County artist, Cornelius Botke. It
Is at 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.
Information: 643-9977
Website: www.TedMayrFuneralHome.
com

Joseph P. Reardon Funeral


Home & Cremation Service

Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home &


Cremation Service has been serving the
city of Ventura and greater Ventura County
with kindness and empathy, by following
the Golden Rule in treating others the way
they would choose to be treated.
Joseph P. Reardons funeral directors
Michael Boyko and Joseph Jay Ryba
provide incomparable service reflected
by generations of trusted experience. The
funeral home, in the heart of downtown
Ventura offers gracious surroundings
and state of the art facilities ensuring
meaningful experiences. Boyko and Ryba
plan thoughtful services and tributes with
options for every type of budget. You will
find the funeral home offers the finest in
knowledgeable funeral directors, touching
services and surroundings also is the most
reasonable.
Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home &
Cremation Service is at 757 Main St.,
Ventura
Information: 643-8623
Website: www.reardonfuneral.com

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Gym
East county winner
24 Hour Fitness
West county winner
Mavericks Gym
East county favorites
H 805 Boot Camp
H Golds Gym
H Mavericks Sports Club
H Oakridge Athletic Club
H Spectrum Clubs

West county favorites


H 24 Hour Fitness
H B Real Fitness
H George Erb Physical Therapy
H LA Fitness

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color service.
Call 527-8585 to schedule a free
consultation.
A New Technique is at 1970 Sequoia
Ave., Suite 2, in Simi Valley.
Information: 527-8585
Website: www.anewtechniquesalon.com

Ha ir Sa lon
East county winner
A New Technique Salon
West county winner
Luxe Salon and Day Spa

Luxe Salon and Day Spa

East county favorites


H Best Little Hair House
H Euodia Salon & Day Spa
H Jamies Hair Design
H John of Italy
H Salon Rouge
H Savvy Salon & Spa

West county favorites


H A Polished Image
H A Secret Place Salon & Day Spa
H Matiz Full Service Salon
H Michael Kelley Salon & Day Spa
H Moxie Hair & Design Studio

A New Technique Hair Salon

John David credits the professionalism

For the 10th year in a row, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been
voted the top Hospital in the east county.
and continuing education of his staff as
one of the reasons A New Technique Salon,
a business his parents started in 1975, has
been a Readers Choice Winner or Favorite
for the past 14 years.
A New Technique Salon stays on top of
hair trends by providing its hairstylists with

top Redken and Pureology educators into


the salon quarterly.
The level of knowledge that the staff
has is really incredible and that makes me
proud of the work that comes out, said
David.
All new clients will receive 20 percent

Shirley Bruce, owner of Luxe Salon


and Day Spa, is passionate about her
business. I love what I do, she said, and
it shows. Luxe is an Aveda Concept Salon
and retail center, with stylists exclusively
using natural Aveda products. The staff at
Luxe Salon and Day Spa take the time to
find out their clients needs in order to suit
their individual lifestyles.
In addition to customized Aveda
coloring and hair care, Luxe Salon has an
aesthetician on site offering customized
facials and waxing. It also provides
makeup artistry for weddings and other
special events, both onsite at the event
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community working to raise money for
various charitable organizations. Theyve
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As an award-winning salon, it utilizes
all the newest techniques to provide its
guests with the ultimate salon experience.
Luxe Salon and Day Spa is at 1752 S.
Victoria Ave., Suite C, Ventura.
Information: 850-0123
Website: www.ventura-salon.com

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Second Chance Hearing
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hearing health care.
We pride ourselves in staying
current with technology, research, and
advancements in medical audiology.
Our patients receive comprehensive
assessments and individualized treatment
for hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance
disorders. Second Chance Hearing offers
hearing testing, tinnitus assessment and
management, balance evaluation and
treatment, hearing aid consultation and
fittings customized to individual lifestyles
and budgets. In addition, we can provide
custom ear molds, swim plugs, hearing
protective devices and assistive listening
devices for TV, telephones and noisy
environments.
We look forward in continuing to
provide the highest quality hearing health
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Second Chance Hearing Center is at
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Information: 870-4498
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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years of experience helping the hearing
impaired and improving their quality of life
with a 96 percent success rate.
Dr. Malan received his training at
the prestigious House Ear Clinic in
Los Angeles from 1995-1998. As the
practice of audiology is as much art as
it is science, Malan utilizes cutting-edge
hearing technology with quality personal
attention to ensure he delivers superior
hearing healthcare. He has a unique
test battery that assesses the complete
auditory system so patients receive the
most benefit from their hearing devices.
Simi Valley Ascent Hearing Center is at
1717 Simi Town Center Way, Unit 3, Simi
Valley.
Information: 491-4341
Website: www.ascenthearingsimivalley.
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Information: 581-4327
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Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center


is a licensed 359-bed acute care facility
dedicated to serving the residents of
Ventura County, the greater Conejo Valley
and its surrounding communities. The
hospital is fully accredited by The Joint
Commission and is the only hospital in
eastern Ventura County designated as
a Level II Trauma Center and the only
hospital certified by both Los Angeles and
Ventura counties as a STEMI-designated
heart attack center for rapid heart attack
response.
With more than 600 physicians on its
medical staff representing more than 50
medical and dental specialties, Los Robles
is proud to have the only primary Stoke
Center, the only nationally accredited
Breast Cancer Program and the only
accredited Chest Pain Center in the
county. And its 24-hour emergency room
carries the coveted Los Angeles County
Emergency Department Approved for
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H Kaiser Permanente Medical Care
H Los Robles Pediatric Medical
H Los Robles Surgicenter
H Los Robles Womens Medical Group
H Simi Valley Adventist Hospital
H Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital

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H St. Johns Pleasant Valley Hospital
H St. Johns Regional Medical Center
H Santa Paula Hospital
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Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
is at 215 W. Janss Road in Thousand
Oaks.
Information: 877-888-5746
Website: losrobleshospital.com

Simi Valley Hospital

Serving most of east Ventura County,


as well as the west San Fernando Valley,
Simi Valley Hospital offers a wide range
of patient services, including emergency
care.
The doctors and staff at this 144-bed
acute care facility are committed to the
communities they serve and are dedicated
to progress, growth and excellent service.
Big news for the hospital is the recent
opening of its new Catheterization Cath
and GI Lab, the first local Heart Treatment
Program for the area. The lab can quickly
be converted to a full operating suite and
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area.
Simi Valley Hospital is at 2975 North
Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley.
Information: 955-6000
Website: www.simivalleyhospital.com

St. Johns Pleasant Valley


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St. Johns Regional Medical Center


in Oxnard and St. Johns Pleasant Valley
Hospital in Camarillo, members of the
Dignity Health Southern California West
service area, comprise the largest acute
healthcare organization in Ventura County.
These private, not-for-profit hospitals are
dedicated to providing quality services that
enhance wellness and healing, improving
health in mind, body and spirit, and
advocating for the disadvantaged our
tradition for more than 100 years.
St. Johns Hospitals have a combined
total of 445 licensed beds, more than
2,000 employees and more than 500
active medical staff members in all

specialties.
St. Johns offers comprehensive
services, including 24-hour emergency
medical services, orthopedic services,
cancer care, a nationally recognized
cardiovascular program, an adult stem
cell research program, diagnostic imaging,
womens services, surgical weight loss
services, wound care and hyperbaric
medicine, palliative care and spiritual care
services and much more.
In fiscal year 2012, St. Johns
Hospitals provided more than $56 million
in unsponsored care and programs
benefitting underserved populations. In
fiscal year 2013, St. Johns conferred
more than $172,000 through its Dignity
Health Community Grants program to
ensure essential medical and social
services are available to those in need.
St. Johns Regional Medical Center is at
1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard, and its phone
number is 988-2500.
St. Johns Pleasant Valley Hospital is
at 2309 Antonio Ave, Camarillo, and its
phone number is 389-5800.
Website: www.stjohnshealth.org

Ventura County Medical


Center

Extraordinary. Thats the word that


Cyndie Cole, hospital administrator at
Ventura County Medical Center, describes
the care that VCMC offers.
We have people that come into our
facility from all walks of life people that
are uninsured/desperate to people that
are insured fully, and they all say the
same thing: that the care that they get, the
feeling of compassion from the staff and
the physician is better than theyve seen in
any other hospital, she said.
VCMC celebrated the one-year
anniversary of its Pediatric Intensive Care
Unit in February, the only one in the
county.
It has been quite successful and were
proud of it, Cole said.
Ventura County Medical Center is at
3291 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.
Information: 652-6000
Website: www.vchca.org/hospitals/
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H The Maids
H Molly Maid
H Orkopina Cleaning Service

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decompress from the stress of the past
week? If so, housecleaning is probably the
last thing on your mind when the weekend
finally arrives.
Why not give yourself a break and turn
the job over to the trusted and competent
Molly Maid of Ventura County. When you
choose Molly Maid, you can enjoy your
free time doing the things you really want
to do. Molly Maid will clean your home
the way you want. They pride themselves
on putting the customer first. We are
consistent in our cleaning, said Elva
Correa. We do a good job.
Molly Maid is synonymous with
housecleaning and is backed by an
established company that has guaranteed
your satisfaction for more than 25 years.
Molly Maid is the most trusted name in
housecleaning and at a reasonable price.
For a clean, fresh house every time, call
Molly Maid of Ventura County. It is at 1591
Los Angeles Ave. in Ventura.
Information: 684-7328
Website: www.mollymaid.com

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Planning is your best protection


against the unexpected is what makes
them a favorite with Star readers. The
insurance company prides itself on being
about the people they serve and their
insurance needs by continuing to provide
exceptional customer since 1928.
Whether youre in the market for a new
car, home, life or other insurance, Farmers
Insurance has you covered with the latest
products and discounts. Farmers agents
know the importance of giving back to the
communities they serve and are proud
supporters of March Of Dimes and local
charities like Habitat for Humanity and the
Boys & Girls Club.
Farmers Insurance has several offices
and agents serving throughout Ventura
County, including Yannick Truchi at 215 E.
Daily Drive, Suite 16, in Camarillo
Information: 312-3831
Website: www.farmers.com

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East county winner
State Farm Insurance
West county winner
Sathers Insurance Service
Full county favorite
H Automobile Club of Southern
California
H Farmers Insurance

East county favorites


H Engeman Insurance
H Insurance Brokers West
H Payton Insurance

West county favorites


H Coast General Insurance Broker
H Insurance Dude, Tim Blackwell
H State Farm Insurance

Automobile Club
of Southern California

The Bodke Mural in the chapel at Ted Mayr Funeral Home was
commissioned by Ted and Helen Mayr and completed by Cornelius Botke
in 1949. For the second year in a row, Ted Mayr Funeral Home has been
voted as a west county winner for Funeral Home.
right to them and they can handle most
everything.
Automobile Club of Southern California
is at 2570 Las Posas Road, Suite B,
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H Gail Claridger Interior
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H Jolana Knupp Interior Design
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Website: www.aaa.com

The Auto Club of Southern California


offers all the major types of insurance:
auto, home, life, boat and top PUP
(personal umbrella policy).
The insurance side of the company
does a fantastic job insuring our
members, said Matt Kinnon, manager of
the Camarillo branch. We provide great
value for the product that we offer and a
lot of people take advantage of it because
if youre a member of the Auto Club, you
can take advantage of all the insurance
products as well.
Kinnon added that since the insurance
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Great Rooms in Camarillo, her furniture
showroom and design studio business was
created by word of mouth.
Our business continues to grow
and thrive because weve got so many
wonderful clients that have actually
become our friends, she said.
She co-owns the business with Ann
Mulligan. Their husbands, Tom Hilton
and Jim Mulligan also are involved in the
business. Its just the four of us that own
it. There are no employees, she said.
We have always been family-owned and
operated and we take great pride in that
and that allows us to give our clients a
level of customer service that we take on
very personally.
Ascione-Hilton said what sets Great

Rooms apart from other businesses is


that they are very approachable. We
really listen to our clientele Were not
interested in only selling them furniture
and accessories, but really giving them
the look they want for their homes and
they come back to us time and time again
because of that, she said.
Great Rooms is at 651 Via Alondra,
Suite 703, in Camarillo.
Information: 445-9057; info@
greatroomsdesign.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/
Great-Rooms/193208640050
Website: Greatroomsdesign.com

Tile City

Theres a reason Tile City continues to


make a name for itself in Ventura County.
Since 1979, the company has provided
exceptional service with its incredible
product selection, competitive prices,
the most recent resources involving
tile and metal products and the staffs
commitment in showcasing a home or
business personal style. Tile City prides
itself on its dedicated staff who work

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East county winner
Green Horizon Landscaping

West county winner


Scarletts Landscaping
East county favorites
H Ecology Landscape
H Enhanced Landscape Management
H Grounds Maintenance Service
H Larsen Landscaping Construction
H Swinks Creations

West county favorites


H Baron Brothers Nursery
H Chilcutt Landscaping
H EA Lyke & Son
H Green Thumb International
H Doug Halter

Scarletts Landscape Inc.

Scarletts Landscape Inc. is a familyowned and operated landscaping


company serving Ventura County and
the surrounding areas. Tom Scarlett has
watched the company grow from an ad
in the Valley Shopper more than 30 years
ago into a professional organization that
boasts thousands of satisfied customers.

Estimator and Project Manager Jeremy


Scarlett is a fourth-generation landscaper
and UCLA graduate. Lead Designer Jason
Stetler has been working for Scarletts
for more than 20 years and is a Cal
Poly, Pamona graduate in landscape
architecture.
Scarletts Landscape designs
and builds high-end residential and
commercial landscapes and specializes
in managing and executing complex
projects involving all areas of landscape
construction including hardscape,
retaining walls, softscape, irrigation,
lighting, water features, artificial turf,
and carpentry. The company also offers
detail and estate maintenance and prides
itself on being hired on after a finished
construction project to nurture the
landscape as it matures.
Scarletts Landscape is a Certified
Landscape Technician though PLANET
and is a Certified Allan Block Wall Installer.
For more information on the team, its
mission and its current and past projects
please visit our website and our Facebook
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Scarletts Landscape is at 2476 Palma
Drive, Suite C, in Ventura.
Information: 642-3002
Website: www.scarlettslandscape.com

Larsen Landscape
Construction and Design

We design and then build, Bruce


Larsen said, owner of Larsen Landscape
Construction and Design.
The Larsens opened their business 30
years ago after discovering their love for
landscaping.
My wife is from Australia and used
to garden with her mother, we started off
with small projects together and it just
went from there, Larsen said.
The Larsens are known for giving a
makeover for that tired old landscape;
specializing in waterfalls, outdoor lighting
and patio covers.
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locally, nationally and internationally. Tile
City gives back to the communities it
serves including support of the New West
Symphony, Camarillo Ranch Foundation,
Meadowlark and various youth sports
teams throughout the county.
Tile City has three locations: 2356
Ventura Blvd. Camarillo (388-8858); 2835
E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks
(379-6757); and 2221A Madera Road in
Simi Valley (526-2047).
All locations are open Monday through
Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/
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knowledge on the subject.
I wanted a way to help those who are
more do-it-yourselves and to also provide
a good list of questions for those who are
looking to hire it out, Larsen said. He
said he just wanted to let know people
what they can do and offer another way of
getting it done.
For information about the e-book, visit
tinyurl.com/bvxtm7b.
Information: 800-805-LAWN (5296);
526-7769; clients@larsenlandscape.com
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West county favorites


H Coastal Eye Specialists
H Michael Ragen
H John Davidson
H Shapiro Laser Eye Center

Michel Franz

Congratulations are in order for Dr.


Michel Franz, named the Readers Choice
East County winner for Lasik surgeon.
Its great to be recognized, Franz
said. I would definitely like to thank the
community for the honor.
Franz is a cornea specialist and an
expert in bladeless, no-cut Lasik surgery.
He also specializes in refractive surgery.
He has practiced in Ventura County for
nine years.
When asked what the best part of his
job is, he happily said Making the blind
see.
Franz has an extensive educational
background. He trained in cornea and
laser eye surgery at the University of
California, Los Angeles. He also trained in
eye disease and surgery at the University
of Pennsylvania. He attended medical
school at Syracuse University, where he
graduated Magna Cum Laude and Alpha
Omega Alpha.
Visit Franz and he will open your eyes
to quality Lasik care that places patient
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afraid of surgery, Franz said.


Franz has offices in Thousand Oaks
(2239 Michael Drive, 499-2676) and
Oxnard (520 W. 5th St., 483-9999).
Website: www.venturacountylasik.com

Law Off ice


East county winner
Richard J Kahdeman &
Associates
West county winner
Law Offices of Richard
Francis & Associates

Law Offices of Richard L.


Francis & Associates

East county favorites


H Garry S Malin Law Offices
H Huber & Takasugi Law Offices
H Lawrence D. Levine Law Office
H Manfredi Levine Eccles Miller
H Marc J. Dion Law Office

West county favorites

H Bamieh & Erickson Law Offices


H Ferguson Case Orr Paterson
H Gary W. Norris Law Office
H Howard Blau Law Office
H Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones, &
Feingold

Richard Francis, former mayor of


Ventura, has been practicing law for
37 years and has extensive trial and
appellate experience. Regardless of the
concern being litigated, he is always the
best-prepared attorney in the courtroom.
Francis experience allows him to litigate
a diverse range of issues personal
injuries from dog bites or car crashes,
probate/trust litigation and real estate
matters. If it is a legal dispute, he has
probably seen it before.
Juan Gonzalez, the executive
administrator for the firm, has 25 years
experience in the Ventura County legal
community. The heart of the firm,
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provides the personal touch people in


traumatic situations so desperately need.
Francis and Gonzalez thank the
Ventura County community which has
selected the Law Offices of Richard L.
Francis & Associates P.C. as the top Law
Firm in the west county. Energized by
the tireless efforts of attorneys Charles
W. Oaks and Alta Manzo, and a terrific
dedicated staff, the firm is able to
represent a wide range of people with
an even wider range of legal issues
including bankruptcy, collection of
debts and labor difficulties.
Fluent in Spanish and articulate in
English the firm is the perfect interface for
Ventura County.
The Law Offices of Richard L. Francis
& Associates is at 711 S. A St. in Oxnard.
Information: 486-5898
Website: www.lawrlf.com

Myers, Widders, Gibson,


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Feingold is the third-oldest law firm in


Ventura County. With 16 attorneys, Myers,
Widders, Gibson, Jones and Feingold
offers a wide spectrum of services
with practices in Business, Corporate,
Construction Law, Estate Planning,
Real Estate, Labor, Employment and
Government Law.
It handles both small and large cases
with a strong emphasis on personal
service and accessibility. Myers,
Widders, Gibson, Jones and Feingold
also has a commitment to give back to
the community, working with various
local nonprofits and presenting ongoing
educational seminars free of charge to the
community.
Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones and
Feingold is at 5425 Everglades Street,
Ventura.
Information: 644-7188
Website: www.mwgjlaw.com

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Pierre Skin Care Institute
West county winner
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East county favorites
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H Etcetera Medical Group
H Four Seasons Westlake
H Remedy Skin + Body
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H La Nouvelle Medical Spa
H Pickart Plastic Surgery Inc
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Pierre Skin Care Institute

Dr. Peterson Pierre of the Pierre


Skin Institute is a Stanford trained,
board-certified dermatologist providing
compassionate care to people with skin
care concerns throughout Ventura County,
whether medical or cosmetic. Dr. Pierre
offers a wide variety of procedures that
enhance a patients appearance, but
his practice also attends to his patients
overall health, not just beauty. Dr. Pierre
performs all medical and cosmetic
procedures himself, always ensuring the
best possible outcome.
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services, including chemical peels, dermal
fillers and injectables. The state-of-the-art
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has a variety of methods and procedures
available to treat nearly any skin concern,
and Dr. Pierres goal is to assist patients in
achieving beautiful, healthy skin for years
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Since 2004, Pierre Skin Care Institutes
patients have obtained the highest level
of care possible, with a handpicked team
focused on skill, ethics and service.
Pierre Skin Institutes mission is to deliver
outstanding medical care with superior
customer service in a warm, caring
environment reflecting the goodness of
Christ.
Pierre Skin Institute is at 77 E. Rolling
Oaks Drive, Suite 207, in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 496-9190
Website: www.pierreskincare.com

Coastal Skin Care Day Spa

Our mission at Coastal Skin Care


Day Spa is to provide the highest
quality medical aesthetic services in
a comfortable environment. Dianna
Rudolph, aesthetic R.N., has specialized
in aesthetic nursing since 2002.
Our clients will benefit from the
expertise of our medical director, Dr.
Yuly Gorodisky, a Board Certified plastic
surgeon. Rudolph and Gorodisky will
create an individualized treatment plan,
using the most advanced treatment
options to maximize results, while assuring
that our clients safety, comfort and
confidentiality remain a priority.
Coastal Skin Care Day Spa is at 428
Poli St., Unit 2C, Ventura.
Information: 641-2345; info@
coastalskincare.net
Website: coastalskincare.net
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M o r t gag e C o m pa n y
East county winner
CFC Mortgage Bankers
West county winner
First Pacific Mortgage
East county favorites
H California Premiere Lending
H First Rate Financial Group
H On Q Financial
H Thousand Oaks Mortgage
H Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

West county favorites


H Capital Mortgage Services
H Guild Mortgage Company
H Landmark Financial Service
H Medallion Mortgage
H Ventura County Credit Union

CFC Mortgage Bankers

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mortgage companies in the area.
We have four total branches, three
of which are in Ventura County, with our
corporate office in Simi Valley, Jeff Teller
said, the vice president of administration.
Teller said CFC Mortgage Bankers
mission is to help their borrowers find
the right loan program to fit their needs,
through offering fixed rate mortgages,
adjustable rate mortgages, Home Equity
lines of credit as well as FHA and VA
loans.
We strive to provide the best deal for
each client, Teller said.
With 110 employees, including 62
licensed loan officers, they can do just
that.
Teller said last year the company
closed 180 loans a month, averaging over
700 million in loans.
I like to say that we are funding the
American dream, one family at a time,
Teller said.
CFC Mortgage has four locations
throughout Ventura and Los Angeles
counties.

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First Pacific Mortgage

Carl Harrison of First Pacific Mortgage,


a direct mortgage banking firm, feels a
great satisfaction in providing first-time
homebuyers the ability to purchase their
first home, and then for First Pacific
Mortgage to help their clients friends and
family members down the road. Although
they do generate new business, Harrison
shared that the company gets referrals
almost every week from past clients.
It makes us feel good that we know
that were doing the right things and
doing it in the right manner in a difficult
economic environment, Harrison said,
who runs the business with Jerry Purdy.
First Pacific Mortgage, which opened
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estate loans available in the marketplace,
serving single-family residences and
multi-family housing, including home
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loans. Harrison said First Pacific Mortgage


provides loans for people all over the state
of California, as well as in Ventura County.
Ventura County is a fabulous place to
live and raise your family, Harrison said.
First Pacific Mortgage is at 350 N.
Lantana St., Suite 204, Camarillo.
Information: 504-7200
Website: www.fpm1.com

First Rate Financial Group

First Rate Financial Group is a


boutique mortgage banker known for its
superior service, integrity and experienced
loan consultants.
The goal at First Rate Financial Group
is to create a client for life by providing
innovative products, cutting-edge
technology and exceptional customer
service. First Rates experienced loan
consultants really take the time to listen
to their clients needs and goals and offer
loan products tailored to each situation.
Whether you are looking to purchase a
home or refinance your current home,
look no further for the best interest rates
and world class service.

First Rate Financial Group is at 2625


Townsgate Road, Suite 320 in Westlake
Village.
Information: 818-707-4131

Landmark Financial

Established in 1995, Landmark


Financial is small enough to offer
accessibility, accountability and great
customer service yet large enough in
terms of knowledge and experience to
provide customers with expert assistance
with real estate purchase and refinance
transactions.
Owner/Broker Dan OBrien and Sales
Agent Pat Borton of Landmark are a team
that specializes in residential mortgages,
with a combined total of 50 years of
lending experience. Working closely
with more than 23 of Americas leading
wholesale lenders and investors, they
offer a wide spectrum of loan programs,
including FHA and VA loans. They also
excel at working with real estate agents on
short sale transactions.
When dealing with a larger mortgage
company or other lender, customers may

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sometimes find themselves frustrated


or feel they are getting the run-around
when trying to communicate with their
lender. This definitely is not the case at
Landmark, where customers deal directly
with their lending professionals, who make
it a point to return calls in the shortest
time possible, often within minutes.
OBrien emphasizes that customer
service is the main goal at Landmark
Financial. Customers who have dealt
unsuccessfully with other mortgage
companies have switched to Landmark
and were gratified with the superior
customer service they received.
Landmark Financial is at 1280 S.
Victoria Ave., Suite 180, in Ventura.
Information: 650-4999
Website: landmarklender.com

Medallion Mortgage Company


Medallion Mortgage Company, founded
in 1958 as a family-owned mortgage
bank, grew to become one of the largest
privately held, full-service mortgage banks
in the United States.
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Mortgage Company was founded on the


same enduring principles that made
the original company successful. First,
a focus on people; in todays high-tech
world, it is easy to forget that business is
about helping other people achieve their
goals. Our original founders legacy guides
Medallion today in helping clients achieve
their financial goals. Employees are
trained, empowered and incented to make
this happen. Second, simplicity; our staff
includes many of the areas top producers
with extensive expertise and know-how.
Their focus on things that matter and
the judicious application of technology
combine to create a mortgage lending
process that is as simple and transparent
as possible.
At Medallion Mortgage, that focus on
people and on simplicity creates a formula
for success for our employees, clients,
and business partners.
Medallion Mortgage Company has
four locations in the Ventura County area:
Oxnard, Simi Valley, Ventura and Westlake
Village.
Website: www.medallionmtg.com

Motorc y c l e Sh o p
East county winner
Simi Valley Harley-Davidson
West county winner
Tri County Motor Worx
East county favorites
H BMW Motorcycles
H Kawasaki of Simi Valley
H The Racers Edge
H Thousand Oaks Powersports

West county favorites


H Greenrock Performance
H Jett Tuning
H Ventura Harley-Davidson

Tri County Motor Worx

Tri County Motor Worx is your one stop


source for motorcycle parts, complete
service (from routine maintenance to
performance upgrades), customization,
audio systems, wheels, custom painting,

air ride systems, apparel and assorted


accessories. Established in 2011, Tri
County Motor Worx can customize your
motorcycle beyond your wildest dreams.
Excellent customer service is their top
priority.
Owner Jim Tietz is a two-time veteran,
serving in Vietnam and Desert Storm.
The shop is extremely vet-friendly,
offering deep discounts to veterans and
active military, as well as club and racer
discounts. For more than 25 years, Tietzs
passion has been building custom bikes,
cars, trucks and boats, many of which
have been displayed at SEMA and CES
shows as well as in various magazines. He
has designed and built for manufacturers
such as Scosche, Eclipse, Paxton, Lucas
Oil, SSV Works and Lanzar Sound.
Tri County Motor Worx sells and installs
all major brands of audio and will build
you the loudest and cleanest sound
around. It also specializes in custom air
ride services and are now in the process
of perfecting an automatic air ride system.
Tri County Motor Worx shares your
passion for motorcycling and takes great

pride in keeping you riding all year round.


Tri County Motor Worx is at 601 Del
Norte, Oxnard.
Information: 983-6400
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
TriCountyMotorWorx

M o v i n g C o m pa n y
East county winner
Dynamic Delivery
West county winner
Meathead Movers
East county favorites
H Advanced Moving
H Jims Moving Service
H Meathead Movers
H Moving Connection
H Skinny Wimp Moving Co.

West county favorites


H Coast Transfer & Storage Company
H Hilford Moving & Storage

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H Starving Students
H Unique Movers

O p t ometrist
East county winner
Nelson Murata Optometric
West county winner
Donald Steensma
East county favorites
H Agape Learning & Optometry Center
H Kevin K Hirano
H Lynn Eye Medical Group
H Sam Shields & Associates
H Steven Henteleff

West county favorites


H Family Vision Center
H Marty Schneider
H Ona Shiroyama
H Robert L. Pazen
H Ventura Optometric Vision Care

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At Dr. Don Steensmas office, patients


can expect more than just routine eye
exams.
We focus a lot on the health of the
patients and try to be a part of their overall
primary care team, said Dawne Griffaw,
office manager.
Dr. Steensma has had his practice in
Port Hueneme for more than 35 years.
Griffaw said he takes time with people and
is willing to listen to what they have to say,
addressing their concerns.
Griffaw said his exams are not just
cursory vision exams its total eye health.
Hes very thorough with his exams, so
people find out things they didnt know
before, Griffaw said. Sometimes if they
have congenital issues, they find out about
it for the first time here.
Griffaw said Dr. Steensma has found
other health problems in patients that have
gone unnoticed including tumors and
patients having active strokes.
Dr. Steensma has received almost 400
online five-star reviews, which brings in
more patients. The office sees all ages.

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Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Mondays through Fridays.
Don Steensma, OD is at 465 W. Channel
Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme.
Information: 486-3585
Website: www.visioneyedoctor.com

Robert L. Pazen

Robert L. Pazen, OD, has been serving


the eye care needs of the Ventura area
since 1965. Some services provided by the
optometrists and opticians in Pazens office
include comprehensive eye care, dry-eye
evaluations by a dry-eye expert, glaucoma
diagnosis and treatment and contact lens
and eyewear fittings.
Pazen carries an outstanding collection
of the latest in designer eyewear. He is
active in the Ventura Rotary Club and his
office serves as a drop-off point to donate
your old glasses to the Lions Club.
Pazen provides quality eye care with a
personal touch.
The office of Robert L. Pazen is at 801
S. Victoria Ave., Suite 206, Ventura.
Information: 650-2020
Website: www.robertpazenod.com

Pest Co n t r o l
East county winner
Hydrex Pest Control
Company
West county winner
Sloans Exterminators
East county favorites
H Anacapa Termite & Pest
H Cragoe Pest Service
H Gold Coast Pest Control
H Summit Termite & Pest Control
H Terminix International Company

West county favorites


H Clark Pest Control
H Dewey Pest Control Company
H Hydrex Pest Control Company
H Ojai Termite & Pest Control
H Ventura Pest Control

Sloans Exterminators

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Exterminators can be summed up in just a


few words: Good service at a fair price.
Family owned, Sloans has been a Ventura
County presence since 1983, priding
themselves on the excellent quality of their
work.
Every pest control situation is unique
whether it involves termites, ants, rodents,
stinging pests or bed bugs. Sloans
Exterminators likes to present its customers
with all the options available for handling a
pest control problem.
The staffs knowledge and experience
allows them to choose from a wide variety
of tried and true procedures and products,
while also offering a complete selection of
the most up to date green products. They
are always willing to go the extra mile to
find the solution that is safest and most
effective.
Sloans will tailor its services to meet
the customers specific needs. The staff
of more than 10 longtime employees are
extremely well-versed in safety, product
application and effective procedures.
The company covers the entire
Ventura County area, providing top of
the line service for all types of properties:
residential and industrial properties, as well
as homeowners associations and property
managers.
Sloans Exterminators is at 11061
Azahar St., Ventura.
Information: 647-4288
Website: www.sloansext.com

Pet Boarding
East county winner
The Barkley
Pet Hotel & Day Spa
West county winner
Kittyland Resort & Spa

East county favorites

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H Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital:
Small Animal
H Double T Kennels
H Fur Pet Salon
H Rancho Pet Kennels
H Westlake Pet Motel

West county favorites


H All Dogs Rule
H Anacapa Animal Hospital
H Balcom Canyon Pet Watch
H Flying High Pet Resort
H Ventura Highway Dog Boarding

Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa

Described as a pets paradise for


socialization, exercise or just sheer
relaxation, the 50,000-square-foot Barkley
Pet Hotel & Day Spa has been named the
No. 1 Swankiest Pet Hotel in the world by
Dogster.com.
The Barkley is a specially designed
boarding, grooming, training and doggie
day camp facility located in the heart of
Westlake Village. Aroundthe-clock pet
care is provided by a professionally trained
staff including pet emergency care by the
on-site Westlake Village Animal Hospital,
now a 24-Hour animal hospital.
The Barkley has an extensive list of
guest services and amenities for dogs, cats,
birds and exotic animals which include
six types of boarding suites, along with
webcams, flat-screen televisions, more
than 12,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor
doggie play area, a beach-entry heated
pool, even limousine pick-up and delivery.
Come by for a tour and see why The
Barkley is the only pet care campus in the
world where a pampered pet can spend
their vacation along Hollywoof Boulevard
or Rodeo Drive.
Pre-paid discount packages are
available for frequent travelers, so one need
not be from high-society to afford a room
at The Barkley.
The Barkley is at 31166 Via Colinas in
Westlake Village, across from The Four
Seasons and Dole Headquarters.
Information: 818-889-BARK (2275)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/barkleyla
Website: www.westlakepet.com

Balcom Canyon Pet Lodge

Balcom Canyon Pet Lodge opened 23


years ago when Ed and Aleida Lukas were
unable to find lodging for their pets that
didnt involve a warehouse facility.
They needed something that makes
the animals feel like theyre in their own
backyard, said Melissa Houlihan, their
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Houlihan and her siblings took over the


business, with Houlihan running it.
They offer boardings of dogs, cats and
any small animals.
We take everything except horses, but
its a country club setting. Its amazing,
she said, sharing that the most unusual
animals that have stayed at Balcom
Canyon have been a monkey, skunk and
pot-bellied pig.
Balcom Canyon Pet Lodge is at 7980
Balcom Canyon Road, Somis.
Information: 523-7076
Website: www.balcomcanyonpetlodge.
com

East county favorites


H Mark Daniel Photography
H Photography By Joel
H Sarita Shoemaker Photography
H Tony Maddox Photography

West county favorites


H Brandy Nicole Photography
H Dan Holmes Photo
H J Tori Photography
H Kenny Backer Photography
H Matt Haines Photography
H Visual Photography

Cornerstone Photography

Ventura County has spoken and for the

Plastic Surgeon
East county winner
Kryger Institute
of Plastic Surgery
West county winner
Pickart Plastic Surgery
East county favorites
H Beverly Hills Physician
H Christopher Costanzo
H Kouros Azar
H Michael C. Ciano
H Michael R. Schwartz
H Peterson Pierre

West county favorites


The owners of Great Rooms shows off their work. They have once again
been voted a west county favorite for Interior Design.
fifth year in a row has named Cornerstone
Photography as the top photographer in
east county.
Thank you very much to the readers of
Ventura County for this honor, owner Peter
Lars said. Weve been in this county for 19
years and have been voted No. 1 seven of
the past eight years.
Cornerstone Photography specializes
in studio portraits for high school seniors,
families, children, pets, weddings and
expectant mothers as well as offering
location shoots.
We have 10,000 square feet of studio
space, four camera areas to shoot in, a
make-up room, a Hollywood back lot area,
a variety of backgrounds for use and we
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of Plastic Surgery

The Kryger Institute of Plastic


Surgery offers the full array of plastic
surgical procedures including breast
augmentation, breast reconstruction after
cancer, tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift,
rhinoplasty and many other types of
cosmetic surgical procedures.
It also treat all types of conditions and
injuries of the hand and wrist. East county
winner for plastic surgeons three years
in a row, its surgeons are board certified
in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as
well as surgery of the hand. They trained
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our clients and work to create a personal
relationship with every person that walks
into our studio.
Cornerstone Photography is open
weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by
appointment only.
Cornerstone Photography is at 5351
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Information: 529-3187
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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including USC and Northwestern, and


offer the most advanced and cutting-edge
techniques.
The Kryger Institute contracts with
almost all major PPO insurance carriers,
including several HMOs, as well as
Medicare, and offers financing for
qualified patients.
Call to schedule a consultation.
The Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery
is at 425 Haaland Drive, Suite 102, in
Thousand Oaks.
Information: 777-3877
Website: www.drkryger.com

Pickart Plastic Surgery

Dr. Michael Pickart is an accomplished


plastic surgeon with expertise in cosmetic
and reconstructive surgery.
His practice specializes in facial
rejuvenation, breast enhancement and
body contouring.
His approach is to customize a plastic
surgery plan that fits the individual goals
and expectations of each patient. Expect
compassion, dedication, safety and
confidentiality from Dr. Pickart and his

talented staff.
If you are a patient in the Ventura or
surrounding areas in California, and are
considering cosmetic or reconstructive
surgery, call Pickart Plastic Surgery at
654-8800. Our staff members can answer
all of your questions and schedule your
consultation.
Pickart Plastic Surgery is at 1752
Victoria Ave. in Ventura.
Website: www.pickartplasticsurgery.
com

Pacifica Institute

Dr. Robert S. Improta and Dr. Daniel


G. Kolder, both board certified plastic
surgeons, have earned the trust and
loyalty of patients throughout Southern
California with their superior surgery
skills and compassion for patients at
the Pacifica Institute of Cosmetic and
Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Improta has been in practice for
more than three decades, and Dr. Kolder
joined Pacifica Institute two years ago.
Assisted by a service-oriented, warm and
friendly staff, the doctors are experts in

cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries,


including facelifts, eyelid procedures, laser
resurfacing, breast augmentation, tummy
tucks and liposuction. Surgeries are
performed at the fully accredited Anacapa
Ambulatory Surgery Center located next to
the office.
Pacifica Institute of Cosmetic and
Reconstructive Surgery is 2460 N.
Ponderosa Drive, Suite A117, Camarillo.
Information: 484-2855
Website: pacifica-institute.com

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When it comes to hiring a company to


manage your residential property, theres
no place like Troop Premier Property
Management. With the well-known Troop
name attached to it, a major benefit is the
established, hometown feel of longtime
local, friendly and hardworking agents.
This is coupled with the professionalism
of a company that is expert in leasing,
rentals, comprehensive applicant
screening, property inspections, movein and move-out procedures and much
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unlimited amount of contacts available to


assist with filling tenant vacancies. The
staff prides itself on understanding and
implementing the day-to-day business of
income properties, and offers its services
in a timely fashion with competitive
pricing.
Monitoring property improvements,
providing expert supervision and using
a vast array of marketing techniques
to maximize earnings are among the
topnotch skills offered by its staff. The use
of technology streamlines the processes of
detailed accounting and bill-paying. Best
of all, when it comes to providing peace
of mind, the staff offers its clients the
utmost in satisfaction, with the knowledge
that professionals are handling the daily
responsibilities of income properties.
Troop Premier Property Management is
at 3200 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite 2, Simi
Valley.
Information: 406-0614
Website: www.troop.com

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West county winner
Prudential California Realty
East county favorites
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H Coldwell Banker
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H Prudential California Realty

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H Movewest Realty
H Re/MAX Gold Coast
H Troop Real Estate

Troop Real Estate

When founded by Brian Troop in 1987,


Troop Real Estate consisted of a single

office in Simi Valley. Today, it is Ventura


Countys largest real estate brokerage
and has perennially been a leader in the
countys residential housing market for
the number and dollar volume of property
listings sold.
The company, with approximately 600
seasoned realtors, provides the full range
of residential, property management, REO,
commercial, financial, new homes, escrow,
estate homes and relocation services.
When Troop Real Estate Inc. was
founded in 1987, it was the vision
of President Brian Troop to create
an environment of independence,
professionalism, and accountability. A
company that would be able to meet the
most stringent demands of each and
every client with their real estate needs.
A company built upon a foundation of
integrity, energy, and drive never
wavering in the goal to achieve 100
percent client satisfaction.
Troop Real Estate defines its reputation
with each transaction, always striving to set
the standard for superior customer service.
The dedicated staff of professionals

and real estate agents will provide the


expert support and guidance that every
client deserves, while working for them
to achieve the highest level of results
possible. It is Troop Real Estates pledge to
continually exceed expectations through
an unwavering commitment to honesty,
integrity, knowledge and innovation.
Troop Real Estate branches are located
in Simi Valley, Simi Valleys Wood Ranch
community, Thousand Oaks, Westlake
Village, Moorpark, Camarillo, Channel
Islands, Ventura, Santa Paula, Fillmore,
Ojai and Santa Clarita.
Information: 1-888-339-7356
Website: www.troop.com

Prudential California Realty

With six offices throughout Ventura


County, Prudential California Realty is
proud to be locally owned and operated for
more than 32 years. Prudential California
Realty Broker/Owner Bob Majorino credits
the companys success to the great team
of people who have dedicated themselves
to delivering exceptional service and
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to be continually recognized as one of the
top-producing offices within our region,
and a Readers Choice winner.
Locations include Camarillo (9873734), Oxnard/Channel Islands (9848660), Thousand Oaks (496-0555),
Moorpark (267-2700), Westlake Village/
North Ranch (818-879-2900) and Ventura
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Websites: www.prucalhomes.com; www.
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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Aviara Real Estate

As one of the 26 owner-associates


of Aviara Real Estate, Joy Reznick takes
great pride in the screening process that
the companys agents and brokers must
undergo before becoming part of the team.
We are very selective here at Aviara,
with a unique mosaic of agents that are
the best of the best, said Reznick. We
have very high production standards
per individual, so we house the Conejos
number-one producers, with good standing

in the industry.
Offering residential properties, vacant
land, multi-units, property management
and rentals, Aviara Real Estates agents
and brokers areas of knowledge and
expertise encompass Ventura County to
Los Angeles County.
Aviara Real Estate is located at 2555
Townsgate Road, Second Floor, Westlake
Village.
Information: 418-2500.
Website: www.aviararealestate.net

Coldwell Banker
Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


serves all of Ventura County regions with
four offices, each closely networked with
the companys 82,200 sales associates
worldwide. Since 1906, Coldwell Banker
has blazed new trails in real estate, from
award-winning websites to the companys
View magazine, which distributes nearly
16 million copies annually throughout
Southern California, Arizona and China.
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commitment to understanding the
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and selling homes resonated with the
communities they serve in being named
readers favorite.
The brokerage company, owned by
Realtor Lisa Walker, and its staff strives to
provide the most comprehensive service
to their clients. Their expertise in knowing
the local real estate market helps to set
them apart from other firms. The agents
continually update their knowledge of the
ever-changing real estate market by taking
numerous seminars and classes that will
help them better serve sellers and buyers
including finding the current market
value of a sellers house.
Movewest Realty is at 2184 Ventura

Blvd. Camarillo.
Information: 388-2001
Website: www.movewest.com

RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors

Real estate agents at RE/MAX Gold


Coast Realtors excel because of the culture
of ethics and integrity this company has
built. Established in Ventura County 23
years ago, RE/MAX Gold Coasts high
professional standards have made it the
longtime home for many of the countys
top real estate agents.
Community involvement is another vital
part of the culture at RE/MAX Gold Coast.
Its agents contribute a percentage of their
commission checks to charities including
Childrens Miracle Network, which partners
with Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.
Last year, they raised $16,500, with the
goal for 2013 set at $25,000.
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors has eight
offices throughout Ventura County, with
its administrative branch located at 5280
Ralston St., Ventura.
Information: 644-1242
Website: www.californiarealty.com

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Senior Living
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University Village
Communities
West county winner
Cypress Place Senior Living
East county favorites
H Agoura Hills Senior Retreat
H Hillcrest Royale Retirement
H Pacific Coast Homecare
H Sunrise Assisted Living
H Vintage Simi Hills Senior

West county favorites


H Alma Via of Camarillo
H Atria Las Posas
H Leisure Village
H Orange Blossom Villa
H Ventura Townehouse

University Village
Thousand Oaks

Located in a city that consistently ranks


as one of the safest in the United States
with a beautiful campus near hospitals, a
university, shopping and more, University
Village Thousand Oaks is a continuing care
retirement community that offers highquality retirement living. As a Continuing
Life community, we are able to provide our
residents and their families peace of mind.
Sitting on 65 acres of valleys and
rolling hills, our expansive community
boasts on-site services and amenities
designed to help you live your life,
only better housecleaning, multiple
restaurant dining venues, all exterior
and interior maintenance, wellness
programs, transportation, 24-hour security
services and more. With our spacious
apartment homes, single-story villas
and Garden Terrace homes overlooking
the hills and golf greens, University
Village has the perfect space for anyone
looking to enhance their current lifestyle
with maintenance-free comforts and
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care is included, if you ever need it, with


a repayable entrance fee all for a lot less
than you might think. No other community
from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara offers
all this. Call us today at 1-800-716-6098 to
schedule a personal tour and lunch, and
see how much more you can get out of life
at University Village.
University Village is at 3415 Campus
Drive in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 1-800-716-6098
Website: uvto.com

Cypress Place Senior Living

Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura


would like to thank Ventura County Star
Readers for voting Cypress Place the top
Senior Living community in the west county
for the second year in a row.
Described as a cruise ship on land
by residents and staff alike, it is indeed
a premiere senior community in Ventura
County. The beautiful senior living
campus features an Active Senior Living
building and adjacent Assisted Living and
Alzheimers/Dementia Care community
connected by a lushly landscaped

courtyard.
Amenities include three freshly prepared
meals daily, weekly housekeeping,
transportation services, utilities, as well as a
wide range of activities, including exercise
classes in the morning, ice cream socials in
the afternoon, music and cooking classes,
arts and crafts, weekly happy hour as well
as weekly outings.
Residents also enjoy the big monthly
events held at the senior community, such
as its annual Polynesian Luau, Cinco de
Mayo celebration, Country Hoedown, and
Taste of Cypress Classic Car Show & 50s
Party.
Living a truly pampered lifestyle,
residents enjoy a beauty parlor, billiards
room, library, movie theater, fitness room,
computer room, bistro, as well as a
registered nurse and personal caregivers
and laundry service in the Assisted Living
and Memory Care communities.
Cypress Place Senior Living is at
1200/1220 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura.
Information: 650-8000
Website: www.cypressplaceseniorliving.
com

Vintage Simi Hills

AlmaVia of Camarillo has been under


the same ownership since we opened
our doors in 2001 and we are so proud
to be part of the Camarillo community.
We are honored to be part of the 2013
Readers Choice selection and look forward
to meeting the needs of Ventura County
residents for years to come.
AlmaVia of Camarillo is part of the Elder
Care Alliance family of senior communities,
which is dedicated to providing care
services to meet the needs of older adults.
Our services include assisted living and
memory care. We are a non-profit, faithfounded organization that celebrates and
respects the dignity and inherent worth of
each person. Come to visit us and see what
makes us special.
AlmaVia of Camarillo is at 2500 N
Ponderosa Drive in Camarillo.
Information: 388-5277
Website: www.almaviaofcamarillo.org

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someone enters their golden years of life?
Vintage Simi Hills is celebrating another
year of being selected as a readers
favorite because of their emphasis on
senior living.
Vintage Simi Hills is all about the
individuality of a person and their needs
and offers independent senior living,
assisted living, memory care for patients
diagnosed with Alzheimers and dementia
and short-term care for respite and
recovery care.
Amenities include chef-prepared
meals, weekly housekeeping, laundry
service and transportation in addition to
exercise classes and social events.
Along with pet-friendly, residents also
have access to communal living room
areas, a movie theater, libraries, a bistro,
large dining rooms and computer stations.
Vintage Simi Hills is 5300 East Los
Angeles Ave in Simi Valley
Information: 624-4612
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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Fidelity Investments
West county winner
Carey & Hanna
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H Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
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H Merrill Lynch
H MetLife

West county favorites

    

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H Scottrade

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for 28 years. Bob, Tom, Davin and staff
would like to thank all our loyal clients for

honoring us with this prestigious award.


Without our clients, we would not have
the success as your financial advisors and
stock broker.
Our unique experience as CPAs and
tax professionals allow us to integrate a
complete financial plan for retirement,
education and estate planning. Providing
important insurance ideas for life,
disability and long-term care bolsters the
overall planning arrangement.
We would love the opportunity to meet
with you and have you join our list of loyal
clients.
Information: 644-0697
Website: www.chcpas.com

Ta n n i n g Sal o n
East county winner
Tan LA
West county winner
Endless Summer

East county favorites


H Coco Beach Tanning
H Golden Body Tanning Salon
H Miami Tan
H Modern Sun Tanning
H Smart Xposure Tanning

West county favorites


H Oasis Tanning Salon
H Relative Hair & Tanning
H Soleil Tanning Spa
H Summer Breeze
H Tan LA
H Tanfastic

Smart Xposure Tanning

According to Michelle Wiley, owner


of Smart Xposure Tanning, there are still
aesthetic reasons for tanning, but many
clients are coming in for health benefits,
including acquiring vitamin D without the
suns harmful effects.
Our mission is to do a full skin
analysis on each customer who walks in
the door, taking care to create the perfect
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filters out UVBs so it doesnt damage
the skin. Very popular is our Celebrity
Cocktail, which includes a five-minute
tan in a low-UVB bed, and then a full
airbrush tan that lasts two to three weeks.
Smart Xposure Tanning also offers
custom airbrush tanning and a Mystic Tan
spray booth.
Smart Xposure Tanning is at 1464
Madera Rd, Suite 1-3, Simi Valley.
Information: 579-9904.
Website: www.smartxposure.com

H Simi Valley Tattoo


H Tattoo Room

West county favorites


H Bone Deep Tattoo
H High Class Tattoo & Piercing
H Ink House Tattoos & More
H Inkfatuation Inc Tattoos
H West End Gallery

The Tattoo Room

Ventura County knows what they like


when it comes to getting inked as The
Tattoo Room celebrates another year
of being selected as a Readers Choice
favorite.
In an industry that is predominantly
male-dominated, co-owners Danielle
Oberosler and Heather Sinn are making
their mark of providing quality body work.
In addition to Oberosler and Sinn, the
tattoo shop employs three other full-time
award-winning tattoo artists and one solely
devoted to permanent cosmetic tattooing.
The Tattoo Room specializes in custom
designs mostly by appointments though
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West county winner
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The Tattoo Room is open Monday
through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
and is at 2315 Kuehner Drive, No. 111, in
Simi Valley.
Information: 520-0111;
thetattooroom@me.com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/cgw7r4d
Website: www.thetattooroom.com

T i t l e and E scrow
East county winner
Consumers Title Company
of Southern California
West county winner
The Escrow Place
Full county favorite
H All Valley Escrow
H Chicago Title Company
H Fidelity National Title

East county favorites


H Affirmative Escrow
H Ticor Title Insurance

West county favorites


H Aliso Escrow
H Lawyers Title

Consumers Title Company


of Southern California

Consumers Title Company is excited


and honored to receive this award for the
fourth year in a row.
It has one of the lowest rates for title
insurance in Ventura County and is
licensed to do business in Los Angeles,
San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange,
Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The company has tools in place to
improve the service level to Realtors,
lenders and consumers. This includes
a paperless delivery program and digital
files, making the staff more efficient and
improving the environment.
At Consumers Title Company you can
trust our friendly and highly professional
staff to help lead you through your
transaction and close escrow in a timely
fashion.
From all of us at Consumers Title
Company thank you Ventura County.

Information: 584-9596
Website: www.allvalleyescrow.com

Chicago Title Company

For the 10th year in a row, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been
voted the top Hospital in the east county.
We appreciate the opportunity to work
with you and look forward to working with
you in the future.
Consumers Title Company of Southern
California is at 4035 E. Thousand Oaks
Blvd. Suite. 260, Thousand Oaks.
Information: 495-7200
Website: www.ctcsc.com

The Escrow Place

The Escrow Place, serving Ventura,


Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties,
has a dedicated team of professionals
committed to offering their clients peace
of mind in every transaction. The Escrow
Place is a fully licensed, independent
escrow office.
Ruth Price, president and certified
senior escrow officer, and Vice President
and Sales Manager Matt Coulter together
bring more than 30 years escrow
experience to the table. Price is a member
of the California Escrow Association,
American Escrow Association and Vice
President of Ventura County Escrow
Association and the American Escrow
Association. Her designation as a Certified
Senior Escrow Officer reflects extensive
training and expertise.
The goal of The Escrow Place is to
build a more personal relationship with
their clients through hands-on, face to
face interaction. They strive to give their
clients extra attention throughout the
transaction process.
In the spirit of giving back to the

community, The Escrow Place is proud to


have been able to contribute a substantial
amount to Childrens Hospital of Los
Angeles last year.
The Escrow Place expertly handles
residential and commercial purchases and
refinances, REO sales, short sales and
foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, bulk sale
escrows and relocation escrows.
The Escrow Place is at 1203 Flynn
Road, Suite 260, Camarillo.
Information: 504-2800
Website: www.theescrowplace.com

All Valley Escrow

What you get are people who are


proactive in solving problems, said
General Manager Gary Stockton of All
Valley Escrow, in business since 1999.
Located in Simi Valley, the escrow
company prides itself on its expert
handling of transaction details, as well
as having the ability to understand the
changing escrow industry.
Stockton said a staff of 40 agents
manage 300 escrows a month. As the
middle man of the buying and selling of
a house it is essential to get everybody
to cooperate and march in the same
direction, and that is what we do, he
said.
All Valley Escrow is at 3202 E. Los
Angeles Ave, Suite 30, Simi Valley. It is
open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
available after hours and on weekends by
appointment.

As far as title and escrow goes, we


are probably the oldest in Ventura County,
with the oldest records, said Steve Perry,
county manager for the Chicago Title
Company.
Perry said Chicago Title Company, a
nationwide title and escrow company with
a rich history of more than 160 years,
acquired a local title company in Ventura
that owned titles dating back to the late
1800s.
We do a lot with historical work and
city work, he said. Most companies do
not have the ability to access the citys
original handwritten maps. But Perry
adds Chicago Title does, and with them
the staff is are able to create some of the
most successful titles and escrows in the
county.
Chicago Title Company is at 5000 E.
Esplanade, Suite 102, Oxnard.
Information: 497-7430
Website: www.chicagotitle.com

Trade School
East county winner
Simi Valley Adult School
West county winner
Lu Ross Academy
East county favorites
H Automotive Professional Trade
H Conejo Valley Adult School
H Moorpark College
H Simi Valley Cosmetology School

West county favorites


H Charter College
H ITT Technical Institute
H Pacific Coast Trade School
H Santa Barbara Business College
H Technology Development Center

Lu Ross Academy

Lu Ross Academy was founded in


Ventura in 1954 making it one of the
oldest beauty schools in California.
The school has career programs for
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Veterans benefits.
Charter College takes great pride in the
success of its students.
It is at 2000 Outlet Center Drive in
Oxnard.
Information: 827-6383
Website: www.chartercollege.edu

Charter College

Ventura Adult and Continuing


Educations Career Technical Education
program is both federally and state
recognized as a program of excellence.
VACE offers full-time career technical
education pathways structured to provide
intensive, high-quality comprehensive
training. VACEs mission is to instruct
students to competency levels that qualify
them for initial employment or career
advancement.
Training areas include graphics, digital
multimedia, medical front and back office,
AutoCAD, computer systems technology,
business and accounting. Financial aid is
available to those who qualify.
VACE at Technology Development
Center is located at 5200 Valentine Road

Charter College offers 30 different


career-focused programs in a variety
of fast-growing sectors. Nationally
accredited, the programs offered include
bachelors degree, associate degree
and certificate programs in healthcare,
business, information technology, criminal
justice, law as well as select vocational
programs.
It offers the flexibility of day, evening
or online classes and job placement
assistance is available to all Charter
College graduates. Its financial aid
team is dedicated to helping students
navigate the many options for grants,
loans, scholarships and U.S. Military and

Santa Barbara
Business College

SBBCollege has been preparing


students for great careers for 125
years. Founded in 1888, Santa Barbara
Business College is one of the oldest
schools in California.
The Colleges local campus on Market
Street in Ventura offers bachelors degree
and fast-track job training programs,
preparing students for rewarding careers
in business, management, criminal
justice, paralegal studies and medical
assisting.
SBBCollege offers job-placement
assistance for graduates, and financial
assistance is available to those who
qualify.
Accredited by ACICS, SBBCollege is
now enrolling for the summer and fall
terms. Transfer students welcome. Both
on-campus and online instruction is
available.
Santa Barbara Business College is at
4839 Market St. in Ventura.
Information: 535-2256
Website: www.sbbcollege.edu

VACE at Technology
Development Center

in Ventura.
Information: 289-1744
Website: www.AdultEdVentura.edu

T rav e l A g e n c y
Full county winner
Automobile Club of Southern
California
East county favorites
H Born To Travel
H Michaels Travel Center
H Paulas Travel
H Pleasant Holidays
H Town & Country Travel

West county favorites


H Golden Odyssey Travel
H Islands Travel
H New Horizons Travel
H Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
H Ventura Travel Service

The Auto Club of Southern California


opened its Camarillo branch seven years
ago, but has been around for more than
100 years in Southern California. With its
reputation, members have gone to the
Auto Club for various needs, including
travel services.
We do have a good reputation in the
community, said Matt Kinnon, branch
manager. We have valuable products.
Some of the things that some of our
members are used to, like the road side
assistance, DMV services in the office,
were then able to talk to our members
about some of the other products we
offer, like our travel agency and other
areas, so we do a great job.
According to Kinnon, the Auto Club is
a full-service travel agency offering every
type of travel service one can imagine,
including luxury trips, family trips, group
travel and cruises.
As an Auto Club member, if you book
your trip with the branch, you are eligible

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barber programs in Ventura County and
is recognized as one of the finest beauty
schools in Southern California.
The academy has students from
throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara
counties as well as Agoura, Calabasas and
Malibu.
Each student spends many hours
actually working on clients on the clinic
floor and in the full-service day spa. The
schools goal is to provide the practical
training and experience necessary to
give its graduates fulfilling and financially
rewarding lifetime careers.
Its cosmetology course offers
instruction in hairdressing, color, cutting
and the secrets and techniques for
designing the total look of beauty and
balance. Its aesthetician students learn
skin care treatments, facials, anatomy,
microdermabrasion, chemical peels and
different body wraps.
The make-up artist program includes
lessons in straight makeup, high fashion
makeup, bridal makeup and how to work
with photographers, models and photo
shoots.
Well-trained beauty professionals
always will be in demand. The academys
job is to build the students foundation,
have them pass the California State Board
Exam and start them on a successful
career.
Lu Ross Academy is at 470 E.
Thompson Blvd. and 93 S. Chestnut in
Ventura.
Information: 643-5690
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add-ons that vary with whatever type
of travel arrangements you make, said
Kinnon.
We have agents that have many
years of experience in the travel agency,
Kinnon said. We know how to take care
of our members and do a great job doing
it.
Besides the Camarillo branch, the
Automobile Club of Southern California
has three other locations in Ventura
County, all of them offering travel
services.
Information: 389-3523
Website: www.calif.aaa.com/home/
travel.html

New Horizons Travel

New Horizons Travel treats its clients


with the motto, We only do business
with our friends. This means when you
walk in the door of the agency for the first
time, once an agent starts planning your
trip, they will treat you as a valued person
they want to do business with again.
Owned by Carol Lopez, New Horizons
Travel has been around since 1980,
serving Camarillo and all of Ventura
County.
The full-service agency is a member
of a large travel consortium which allows
New Horizons Travel access to and full
partnership with many travel suppliers
such as cruise lines, tour operators and
airlines.
According to the agency, this
partnership allows them to offer its
clients premium offers, buying power and
support.
New Horizons Travel is at 370 N.
Lantana St., No. 13, Camarillo.

Information: 987-6963
Website: www.newhorizonstravel.net

Ventura Travel

Ventura Travel prides itself on being


a hardworking, hometown agency. For
more than 50 years, Ventura Travel has
sent people around the world on their
dream vacations. They offer a wide range
of cruises, travel packages and custom
tours.
When asked why she thought the
business was named a West County
favorite, manager Carolyn Martz said its
because Ventura Travel is respected in
the community and provides the best
service in the area. Weve also been here
many years and are very knowledgeable.
Ventura Travel continually strives to
provide clients with major savings and
many leisure options while travelling.
It is at 3435 Telegraph Road, Ventura.
Information: 642-2166
Website: www.venturatravel.com

Veterinarian
East county winner
Westlake Village
Animal Hospital
West county winner
Anacapa Animal Hospital
East county favorites
H Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital:
Small Animal
H Dr Rons Animal Hospital &
Emergency
H Newbury Park Veterinary Clinic

H Oak Park Veterinary Hospital


H Park Animal Hospital
H Valley Veterinary Clinic

West county favorites


H Battiers Veterinary Clinic
H Buena Animal Hospital
H East Ventura Animal Hospital
H Las Posas Veterinary Med Center
H Ohana Pet Hospital

Westlake Village
Animal Hospital

Westlake Village Animal Hospital has


been servicing the Conejo Valley for more
than 25 years and is the largest, stateof-the-art, full-service veterinary hospital
in Ventura and northern Los Angeles
counties.
Now a 24-hour animal hospital, with a
veterinarian on-site at all times, Westlake
Village Animal Hospital is available for
around-the-clock pet emergencies and
offer an array of comprehensive medical
services for dogs, cats, birds and exotic
small animals.
We wanted to provide the same
personalized service offered during
the day to our emergency and critical
patients, said Dr. Steve Rosenstein.
Finding convenient, compassionate yet
affordable emergency care is sometimes
difficult for pet owners and our hospital
wanted to fill that niche in Westlake
Village.
The technologically advanced hospital
has a surgery center complete with
dual isolation wards, dental suite and
rehabilitation center, where the doctors
at Westlake Village Animal Hospital are
known for orthopedic and soft tissue
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Westlake Village Animal Hospital is
a 50,000-square-foot pet care campus
located under the same roof as The
Barkley Pet Hotel at 31166 Via Colinas,
Westlake Village.
Information: 497-4900
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
westlakevet
Website: www.westlakevet.com

Anacapa Animal Hospital

For Dr. J. Burner and his staff at


Anacapa Animal Hospital, their top
priorities are the well- being of their
patients and creating value for their
clients. That consistent emphasis has
been noticed. For the fourth straight year,
Anacapa Animal Hospital has been voted
the top veterinarian in the Ventura County
Stars Readers Choice awards.
Were proud of the awards that
honor our services and community
awareness and acknowledge the hard
work our amazing team of veterinarians,
technicians, assistants and client support
staff provide, said Dr. Burner, who
is owner and medical director of the
practice.
Anacapa Animal Hospital takes a
comprehensive view of pet wellness. The
hospital has cutting-edge technology
digital radiography, ultrasonography and
digital dental radiography for diagnosing
and treating even the most complicated
cases. It also incorporates more holistic
approaches, such as therapeutic laser,
acupuncture and nutritional evaluations.
It uses both extensive clinical experience
and evidence-based medicine to give the
best recommendations for the care of
each individual patient.
As an AAHA-accredited practice the
organization works hard to maintain the
high standards of veterinary excellence
set forth by the American Animal Hospital
Association. Lifelong learning is one of
the cornerstones at this practice. In the
past year, Dr. Burner completed extensive
training in acupuncture at the University
of Colorado.
Im very proud that everyone at our
hospital continually strives to improve
and excel, said Dr. Burner, who noted
that Dr. Karen Sama recently attended
an international veterinary conference in
Auckland, New Zealand. The hospitals

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Broussard of the Oak Park Veterinary
Hospital have been providing quality,
progressive care for much-loved pets
throughout eastern Ventura County. Both
doctors are graduates of the University
of California, Davis School of Veterinary
Medicine and are committed to providing
only the highest standard of care and
personalized service to their animal
patients and their families.
As proud members of the Oak Park
community, the doctors and staff at
Oak Park Veterinary Hospital consider
themselves to be the neighborhood
veterinary practice, with experienced,
friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Oak Park Veterinary Hospital is at 652B Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park.
Information: 818-865-0248.
Website: www.oakparkvet.net

Valley Veterinary Clinic

For Dr. Lowell Novy his passion has


always been animals, caring for them and
their owners.
Novy is the owner of Valley Vet, and
has served the residents of Simi Valley for
50 years.
I came back from serving in the Air
Force in 1963 and opened the place,
he said. Ive been there so long I dont
know how to be anywhere else.
Novy said, Valley Vet, sees 100 cases
a day, We are always busy.
Picture yourself going to work
everyday and seeing the new critters your
going to see and the clients your going to
meet, he said. Even if I have seen the
case before, it never gets old for me, its
a great profession.
Valley Vet is at 845 E. Los Angeles
Ave. Simi Valley
Phone: 526-0917
Website: www.valleyveterinaryclinic.
com

Full county favorites


H Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center
H Lindora Medical Clinic

East county favorites


H 805 Boot Camp
H Etcetera Medical Group
H The Leangevity Center

West county favorites


H Curves
H Ultimate Weight Loss Solutions
H Ventura Advanced Surgical

Curves

Curves has a revolutionary new weight


loss program that burns more fat than
just a diet alone. Curves Complete takes
the guesswork out of getting in shape
while Curves Circuit provides strength
training to build muscles and increase
metabolism. Working with your personal
coach, goals are set and reached with
a nutritional plan that is customized for
your lifestyle.
Penny Donswyk, owner of Curves
Midtown Ventura, is a certified weight
loss coach and past member. She credits
the business for helping to relieve her
rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
She also is proud to have four Curves
Complete coaches on staff.
Call today and see how Curves
Complete can change your life
Curves Midtown Ventura is at 2611 E.
Thompson Blvd.
Information: 641-9600

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Dr. Rons Animal Hospital has been


in Simi Valley for more than 13 years.
They pride themselves on the quality of
comprehensive medicine combined with
excellent customer attention and service.
Its state-of-the-art facility offers inhouse laboratory, digital radiography,
ultrasound, endoscopy and laser surgery.
The staff tries to accommodate its clients
busy schedule by being open seven days
a week, until midnight weekdays and
Saturday and Sunday until 4 p.m.
Resnick said the goal of the hospital
is to make even emergency veterinary
medicine as affordable as possible.
He performs housecalls within Ventura
County and the business offers low cost
vaccination clinics at Theresas Country
Feed and Pet in Simi Valley and the
Wharf in Ventura.
Online, clients are able to review their
pets medical information as well as make
appointments and refill medication.
Of course, clients say the main reason
Dr. Rons Animal Hospital remains
among the elite is its staff. Clients say the
doctors are exceptional but the rest of the
staff also is the best. They appreciate the
personal touches provided for them.
Dr. Rons Animal Hospital has added
a specialist in exotic animals and can
care for almost any pet. Resnick is a
member of many veterinary organizations
including the AVMA, CVMA, and SCVMA
and the business has been a member of
the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
for more than 10 years.
We appreciate the support of our
clients and thank them for voting for us,
Resnick said.

Oak Park
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Dr. Rons Animal Hospital &


Emergency is at 1376 Erringer Road.
Information: 805 306-0633
Website: www.
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Technician Tracy Darling, gives lectures
to veterinary assistants and lay people
nationwide.
We dont rest on our laurels, said
Dr. Burner. Weve won the Readers
Choice for four years in a row, but were
currently so much better than we were
four years ago and we will be that much
better in the next four years. Anacapa
Animal Hospital is at 5380 Ralston St. in
Ventura.
Information: 644-5521 Website: www.
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Shopping
Apparel/Clothing94

Furniture Store 97

Nursery/Garden Shop 104

Appliance Store94

Golf Store98

Party Supply Store 106

Bike Shop94

Home Electronics Store98

Shoe Store 106

Book Store94

Home Improvement

Shopping Center 107

Eyeglasses 95

/Hardware Store99

Stationers 107

Fabric Store 95

Jewelry Store 100

Surf Shop 107

Farmers Market 95

Lingerie Store101

Thrift Store 108

Flooring Store 95

Liquor/Wine Shop101

Tire Store 108

Florist96

Mattress Store 102

Windows & Doors  108

A p pa r el/Clothing
Full county winner
Kohls Department Store
East county favorites
H Anthropologie
H Blush
H Forever 21
H Macys
H Nordstrom

West county favorites


H Bob Kildee Clothing
H Camarillo Premium Outlets
H Macys
H Ross Dress For Less
H Sixteen Buy J-Ma
H Target

Bob Kildee Clothing

Bob Kildee Clothing has been a


staple of Camarillo for nearly 60 years.
Its dedication to the value of offering the
best customer service has resonated with
readers as one of their favorite places to
shop for apparel.
The business, founded in 1954, by

Bob Kildee, originally was located in Old


Town, Camarilllo. The current location
is owned and run by Kildees son Kevin
and has expanded into not only providing
mens clothing but womens wear. It
features name brands such as Tommy
Bahama, Pendleton and Reyn Spooner,
and offers custom suit fittings.
Bob Kildee Clothing is at 606 N. Las
Posas Road in Camarillo. It is open 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Information: 482-2124
Email: info@kildeeclothing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
BobKildeeClothing
Website: www.kildeeclothing.com

East county favorites

West county favorites

H Johnnys Whirl-mor Appliance


H Lowes

H Camarillo Bike Company (now


USBIKECO)
H Open Air Bicycles
H Performance Bicycle
H The Mob Shop
H Trek Bikes of Ventura
H Ventura Bike Depot

Appli anc e S t o r e
Full county winner
Sears

East county favorites

Full county favorite


H Best Buy
H Pacific Sales Kitchen & Bath
H Warehouse Discount Center

West county favorites


H Frys Electronics
H Reids Appliances

Bike Shop
East county winner
Newbury Park Bicycle Shop
West county winner
Bills Bike Shop
H All Pro Bicycle Shop
H Michaels Bicycles
H Simi Bike Works
H Simi Cycling Center
H Westlake Cyclery

Book Store
Full county winner
Barnes & Noble
East county favorites
H 5 Dollar Or Less Bookstore
H Borders Books & Music
H Costco Wholesale
H Family Christian Book Store
H Mysteries To Die For

West county favorites


H Bank of Books
H Barts Books
H Bookworm
H Calico Cat Bookshop
H Mrs. Figs Bookworm

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Bank of Books

Bank of Books now has four locations


to serve you: two in Ventura, one in
Malibu and our newest in Oxnard. We
supply all new books in print, used and
rare.
Our Ventura location is our book trade
center while our high-quality Malibu
location with our Rare Book Museum is
worth a visit.
Our outlet in Oxnard has more than
120,000 books, all priced $5 and lower,
and is drawing lots of attention.
Our quality staff can serve you
and answer your book questions. We
have more than 2 million books in our
inventories and have shipped to more
than 90 countries.
Information: 643-3154; bankofbooks@
earthlink.net
Website: www.bankofbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
bankofbooks

E y eglass es
Full county winner
Costco Wholesale

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The office carries many designer lines,


including Michael Kors and Kate Spade.
As far as popular styles, Griffaw said that
theres a couple of things going on in the
fashion industry.
This season for spring and summer,
cat eyes are really popular for women.
Rectangles for the men. Styles are going
bigger, kind of that geek-chic look, she
said.
Don Steensma, OD, is at 465 W.
Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme.
Information: 486-3585
Website: www.visioneyedoctor.com

Fab ri c S t o r e
East county winner
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
West county winner
Fabric Town USA
Full county favorite
H Michaels Arts & Crafts

East county favorites

H Lenscrafters

H Cotton & Chocolate Quilt Company


H Fabric N More
H Indiana Joans
H Quilty Pleasures

East county favorites

West county favorites

Full county favorite

H Agape Optometry Center


H Family Optometry Center
H Nelson Murata Optometric
H Vision Center at Walmart

H Barons Fabrics (now closed)


H Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
H Quilt Ventura
H Superbuzzy

West county favorites

Fabric Town USA

H Don Steensma
H Family Vision Center
H Miramar Eye Specialists
H Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory
H Sears Optical
H Ventura Optometric Vision Care

Don Steensma

There are more than 700 frames at


Dr. Don Steensmas office, but if you
still havent found what you want, the
office will try to work with you to find your
perfect frames.
We really enjoy the challenge of
finding the perfect pair of glasses for
each patient, said Debbie Griffaw, office
manager.

Fabric Town USA is a family-owned


business that began in 1973. Owners
Casey and Sally Hicks are dedicated
to providing great service and quality
merchandise and the store buyer, Tracy
Burkhardt, ensures a beautiful selection
of fabrics, yarns and gifts for customers
to choose from.
Upholstery fabrics are hand-selected
to reflect the latest in styles and trends
and the quilting department is well
stocked with the best selection of solids
and blenders, including silk, velvet,
fashion fabrics, Hawaiian and Asian
prints, novelties, basics and more.
It also carries the largest selection
of yarn in Ventura County, including

everything from fancy fashion yarns


to basic, traditional yarns. In addition,
Fabric Town USA offers a variety of
classes that are fun and reasonably
priced.
Fabric Town USA is at 2686 E. Main
St. in Ventura.
Information: 643-3434
Website: www.fabrictownusa.net

Far m e rs Ma r k e t
East county winner
Sprouts Farmers Market
West county winner
Ventura County Farmers
Market
East county favorites
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H Green Acres
H Moorpark Farmers Market
H The Oaks Shopping Center
H Underwood Family Farms

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H Camarillo Hospice Certified Farmers
Market
H Channel Islands Harbor Farmers
Market
H Downtown Oxnard Certified Farmers
Market
H Ojai Certified Farmers Market
H Pacific View Mall

Flooring Store
Full county winner
Flooring 101
Full county favorite
H Home Depot

East county favorites


H A-1 Carpet Market
H Hawse Abbey Carpet
H By Design Floor Covering
H Euro Discount Tile

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H Carpeteria
H Isensee Floor Covering
H Tile City of Camarillo

Flooring 101

Theres a reason Flooring 101 has yet


again been voted the No. 1 Flooring Store
in Ventura County.
Since he started Flooring 101 in 1971,
Jimmy Poulos has never lost sight of the
importance of community involvement.
Its no surprise that Flooring 101 is
the largest family-owned and operated
flooring company in Ventura County, and
its proud to be the full county Ventura
County Star Readers Choice winner.
As you drive down any of Ventura
Countys many thoroughfares, its
common to see a new flooring store thats
just popped up. Where will they be in five
years? With reliable long-term warranties
such an important factor in many flooring
purchases, Flooring 101s decades-long
track record becomes even more salient.
At Flooring 101, its all about you.
When you walk into one of its beautiful
showrooms, youll experience a total
dedication to product knowledge and
customer service. Try even finding an
employee at a big box warehouse, much
less one who knows frieze from a freezer.
And now, as Flooring 101 says, We
bring our store to your door. Just call
866-944-3566 for your Shop at Home
appointment.
Flooring 101s mission is to deliver
the very best options in floor coverings,
design, installation and service. It uses
its own qualified installers, and stand
behind every installation.
Flooring 101 has locations in Simi
Valley, Ventura, Oxnard and Thousand
Oaks.
Website: Flooring101.com

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the floor covering business since 1994.
It offers all types of flooring, including
carpet, tile, hardwood and laminate.
Donna Hawse, who owns the business
with her husband Bob, added that not
only do they do floor covering, they are
trying to focus on the remodeling side of

the business, such as kitchen cabinets.


Hawse also wanted to thank the
voters. She said that the reason why they
were recognized is that they are very
service-oriented.
We work with each customer
individually. We treat them with respect
and honesty, and I think thats what
people look for, she said.
Hawse Abbey Carpet is at 4166 E. Los
Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.
Information: 527-3716
Website: www.simivalley.abbeycarpet.
com

F l o r is t
East county winner
Michaels Flowers
West county winner
Sweet Peas Flowers
East county favorites
H Angelas Florists & Gifts
H Conroys Flowers
H Flowers By Maria
H Oakbrook Florist & Gift Garden
H Unique Floral Designs

West county favorites


H Bernardos Flowers
H Camarillo Flower Shop
H Growing Company
H Passion Flowers Gifts
H Yamaguchi Nursery

Michaels Flowers

Michael Mutal, owner of Michaels


Flowers, is proud to announce that his
son Adam, who was born a month after
the stores opening 33 years ago, took
over the business May 1. While Michael
will be onsite for the first few months,
Adam will be the new owner of Michaels
Flowers, offering the same quality floral
arrangements and excellent customer
service to clients in Simi Valley and the
Conejo area. Being an independent florist
allows Mutals designers to work one-onone with each customer.
Valentines Day, Mothers Day,
Thanksgiving and Christmas are the top
holidays, but special occasions, such as
birthdays and anniversaries are given

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Readers Choice | May 5, 2013

Once again
a west
county
favorite for
Book Store,
Bank of
Books now
has four
locations
to serve
you: two
in Ventura,
one in
Malibu and
its newest
in Oxnard.
The Ventura
location,
left, is its
book trade
center while
its Malibu
location
with its
Rare Book
Museum is
worth a visit.

equal consideration by Mutal and his staff.


The bulk of our business consists
of everyday requirements for our
customers, said Michael Mutal. As a
well-rounded flower shop, we are able to
take trends and modify them to meet our
customers desires.
The customer demographic runs the
gamut, from young people to seniors and
everyone in between, so styles of flower
arrangements range as well, including
modern cubes, traditional vases and
classic baskets, along with the sentimental
mainstay of a dozen roses.
While we have many customers call or
walk into our shop, were currently seeing
more people use our website to order
flowers, said Michael Mutal.
Michaels Flowers is at 1951 Sequoia
Ave., Unit E, Simi Valley.
Information: 527-9104
Website: www.michaelsflower.com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/cjver44

Sweet Peas Flowers & Gifts

Website: www.
sweetpeasflowersandgifts.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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East county winners (tie)
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Customers come in sometimes just
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following.
Sweet Peas Flowers & Gifts is at 2855
Johnson Drive, Suite Q, in Ventura and is
open Monday through Friday from 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Information: 644-9992;
sweetpeasflwers@aol.com

Sweet Peas Flowers & Gifts would like


to thank the readers of Ventura County
for bestowing the honor of being selected
as their West County favorite go-to floral
shop.
Thank you very much to the readers
of Ventura County for this honor, said
owner Casey Kruft. With this being my
10th year owning Sweet Peas Flowers and
my 23rd year working at the shop, this is
a fantastic honor and Im quite humbled
by this.
Sweet Peas Flowers offers local delivery
to the Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme,
Camarillo, Santa Paula, Somis, Ojai and
Oak View areas and is a member of
the Teleflora network with the ability to
wire orders to other local and national
locations.
We give each order its own unique
personality by using the freshest
ingredients and flowers. We make every
order the way wed want one of our family
members or ourselves to receive it, said
Kruft.
In addition to using only the freshest
flowers, the shop specializes in balloon
arrangements, greeting cards, gift baskets,
handbags, candles and other customized
gift shop products to satisfy their
customers every need.
Sweet Peas even has their own mascot,

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West county winner


Home Furniture Company

Offering everything from recliners to


bunk beds, Reeds makes it their job to
find what you need at an exceptional
price.
Right now we have a high demand for
the lighter furniture finishes, Wickman
said, noting that the theme this season is
airy and casual.
According to Wickman, Reeds has
a warehouse showroom packed to the
seams with trendy buys. We generally
cater to the female buyer, but there is
something here for everyone, she said.
Reeds Furniture is at 28401 Canwood
St., Agoura Hills.
Information: 818-597-7800
Website: www.reedsfurniture.com

Full county favorites


H Ethan Allen
H Urban Home

East county favorites


H Granada Oak Furniture
H Plummers Home & Office

West county favorites


H Ashley Furniture
H For Your Home Furniture
H Reeds & Sons Furniture

Reeds Furniture

We scour the world for affordable


furniture, said Dru Wickman, owner of
Reeds Furniture Store in Agoura Hills.
A family-owned business since 1960,
Wickman said the store has made its
name in trendy items offered at good
prices. We are on our third generation,
sometimes fourth, of customers, she
said.

Home Furniture

In Ventura County since 1964, Home


Furniture is a family-owned and operated
furniture store.
We try to represent all different price
levels, said Carl Cashin, who owns the
business with his wife Suzan and his
cousin Joan Fiedler.
Cashin said that besides offering

quality furniture, their customer service is


probably what stands out to most people.
He credits the sales staff for making
customers shopping experience a positive
one.
They are all very experienced with
helping people select styles, colors and
things like that, Cashin said. Its a
non-commissioned staff, so theres no
pressure.
Home Furniture is at 1369 Del Norte
Road, Camarillo.
Information: 482-2760

Go l f S t o r e
East county winner
Roger Dunn Golf Shops
West county winner
Golfsmith
Full county favorite

H Bogey Bobs Golf Center


H Js Club Shack At Simi Hills
H Los Robles Greens Golf Course

West county favorites


H Buenaventura Golf Course
H Golf Stop
H River Ridge Golf Club
H Spanish Hills Golf Course

H o m e E l ec t r o n i cs
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East county winner
Best Buy
West county winner
Frys Electronics
Full county favorites
H Costco Wholesale
H Radio Shack
H Sears

H Dicks Sporting Goods

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H Apple Store
H Pacific Sales Kitchen & Bath
H Wilshire Home Entertainment

West county favorites


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straight year
The Door Outlet
has been voted
a winner for
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county. It has
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operated by the
McCleery family
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for 31 years it
has professionally
represented the
finest major
brand names
of windows,
doors, hardware,
mouldings and
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Home Improvement
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East county winner
Home Depot
West county winner
Lowes
East county favorites
H American Homes Hardwood-stone
H Do It Center
H Lowes
H Orchard Supply Hardware
H Whitaker Hardware

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H Avenue Hardware
H B & B Do It Center (Do-it, Doit)
H Channel Islands Do It Best
H Green Thumb International
H Home Depot

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has been doing its very best to serve
Ventura Countys hardware and home
improvement needs. With its friendly and
knowledgeable staff, its no surprise that
the B & B Do It Center was named a west
county favorite hardware store for the 14th
consecutive year.
We pride ourselves on being
Camarillos go-to hometown hardware
store, said co-owner Randy Collins.
Were so appreciative of this honor
and we thank the community for making
us a favorite again, he said. Were a
family business and we love being a part
of the community.
B & B Do It Center is at 698 Mobil
Ave., Camarillo.
Information: 388-1067
Website: www.bbdoitcenter.com
Facebook: tinyurl.com/cc7mw5l

J e w e l ry S t o r e
East county winner
Jared Galleria of Jewelry
West county winner
Fox Fine Jewelry

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Fox Fine Jewelry

Downtown Venturas Fox Fine Jewelry


is locally owned by George and Debbie
Fox. They are best known for their unique
and beautiful jewelry, and their expertise
in repairs and custom design.
George Fox is a Master Jeweler and
Certified Gemologist, who designs jewelry
using computer modeling, allowing you
to see the jewelry before its made. Fox
Fine Jewelry does every repair imaginable,
from sizings and soldering, to platinum,
stringing, appraisals and even eyeglasses!
George is also an antique restoration
expert. All jewelry left for repair or custom
design is photographed and insured for
your security.
Debbie Fox carefully selects the jewelry
in their cases. I want everyone to be
able to find that special piece of jewelry
at a price they can afford, says Debbie.
A woman with a big heart, she began
giving away necklaces to the unemployed
in response to the Great Recession. Fox
Fine Jewelrys program has grown over the
years and to date they have given away
more than 900 necklaces. A big supporter
of the arts, Debbie won the 2012 Mayors
Arts Award for Foxs charitable work.
Fox Fine Jewelry is in downtown
Ventura, across from the Mission, at 210
E. Main St.
Information: 652-1800
Website: www.foxfinejewelry.com

Harts Jewelers

Jim Koven, owner of Harts Jewelers in


Thousand Oaks, knows that trust is crucial
when looking for the right jeweler.
With more than five decades of
experience, Koven says that trust, along
with unprecedented service, are what
makes Harts Jewelers an outstanding
store. In addition, Harts Jewelers
warranties and guarantees are among the
best in the area.
One of the other mainstays of their
business is their high quality repair work.
We reset or replace stones and fix
broken jewelry, said Koven. Many
people come to our store with jewelry
they would like to pass down to other
generations and we strive to give them
great service.
Harts Jewelers is at 708 N. Moorpark
Road, Thousand Oaks.
Information: 495-5519

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L i n g erie Store
East county winner
Victorias Secret
West county winner
Aphrodites Lingerie & Gift
East county favorites
H A Private Affair
H Bare Necessities by Cindy
H J Girl
H Nordstrom
H Soma Intimates

West county favorites


H Bellas Lingerie & Accessories
H Diva The Passion Boutique
H Kama Sutra Closet
H Maidenform
H Sixteen Buy J-ma
H Victorias Secret

Aphrodites Lingerie
& Gift Gallery

I have never found a body I cannot


fit, said Lori Stepner Battaglia, owner of
Aphrodites Lingerie & Gift Gallery.
Battaglia opened her shop in
downtown Ventura in 2000 and recovered
a lost art: bra fitting without a tape
measure.
If someone comes at you with a tape
measure, run, she said. Boobs and
bodies are so different; at least nine out of
ten women are not wearing the right bra
size.
Battaglia said she loves dressing
people and helping them to feel good
about themselves.
For new fittings I have this process
I call the drop and swap, that means
I will have you in and out of 10 bras in
three minutes, she said. I can help take
10 pounds and 10 years off you in 30
seconds with the right bra.
Battaglia said that after the first fitting
she gives out a card with all the right
sizes on it, So you can pass it on to your
significant other.
She said that is what Aphrodites is all
about; regardless of mood, size or budget,
it works hard to keep Ventura County
women perky while getting in touch with
the goddess within.

Aphrodites Lingerie & Gift Gallery is at


477 E. Main St., Ventura.
Information: 652-0082
Facebook: tinyurl.com/d3dnfjp
Website: www.lingerieventura.com

Liquor/w i n e S h o p
East county winner
Total Wine & More
West county winner
Bevmo
Full county favorite
H Trader Joes

East county favorites


H Bevmo
H Costco Wholesale
H Stagecoach Liquors
H Wades Wines

West county favorites


H Best Buy Market Wine & Lotto
H Ojai Beverage
H Sams Saticoy Liquor
H Ventura Wine Company

Sams Saticoy Liquor

Sams Saticoy Liquor has been a


family-owned business for more than 25
years. Its a full convenient store and fully
stocked liquor store. Sky Sunner, owner,
said it has hard-to-find liquors and regular
liquors.
Were a small mom-and-pop shop, but
we have wholesale pricing to compete with
every big retailer out there, he said.
The store also offers delivery service for
a small delivery fee in a 12-mile radius.
It delivers for big occasions, small events
and just simply if a customer runs out of
beer.
It also has built relationships with its
customers.
We get to know them, so its
personalized service, Sunner said.
Sams Saticoy Liquor is at 1500 Los
Angeles Ave., Saticoy.
Information: 647-1979
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Mat t ress Store


East county winner
Sleep Shoppe
West county winner
Sit n Sleep
Full county favorite
H Sleep Number Store By Select
Comfort

East county favorites


H A-1 Mattress Warehouse
H Ortho Mattress
H Sears
H Simi Valley Mattress Warehouse

West county favorites


H American Mattress
H Camarillo Mattress Showroom
H Mattress Warehouse
H Spencers Ventura Mattress

The Sleep Shoppe

The Sleep Shoppe is honored to be a


Readers Choice winner for the past 16
years in a row, and is incredibly grateful
for the communitys continued support.
This year marked the 25th anniversary
of their first Ventura County location, but
with the way that owner Fred Kunke is
looking to the future, you would think they
were a bright-eyed startup rather than
an established family business with roots
going back more than two decades.
We are so grateful to be where we are
today, and we owe it to our loyal customers
to continue to raise the bar every single
year, said Kunke.
This year we celebrated our 25th
anniversary, which is a huge milestone
for us, and we are looking forward to
launching many new things in 2013, like
our exclusive The Sleep Shoppe Concierge
Service for Adjustable Beds and a
completely redesigned website that makes
shopping for a new mattress easier than
ever. Our goal is and always has been to
take the stress out of shopping for a new
mattress, and I am very proud to say that

at The Sleep Shoppe we do just that.


The Sleep Shoppe has the biggest
mattress stores in Ventura County, and
carries all major brands. Their price
guarantee makes sure that you always pay
less than you would at a department store
or chain mattress store, and The Sleep
Shoppe also offers a variety of bedroom
furniture and sleep accessories.
Stop by any of their four stores or find
them online at shopthesleepshoppe.com
and start waking up happy today!
Visit The Sleep Shoppe at the following
locations: Newbury Park at 1316 Newbury
Road (498-2233), Agoura Hills at 4990
Reyes Adobe Road (818-991-6607), Simi
Valley at 1969 Erringer Road (583-8778)
and Oxnard at 1700 E. Ventura Blvd. (2786034).
Website: www.shopthesleepshoppe.com

Sit n Sleep

Sit n Sleep offers the largest mattress


selection anywhere in Ventura County.
In business for more than 33 years, it
has grown to become one of the largest
mattress retailers in the country.

With three convenient locations


throughout the area, buying a new
mattress has never been easier or faster.
Whether you visit the store in Agoura
Hills, Oxnard, or the new store in Santa
Barbara, Sit n Sleeps trained sleep
consultants will guide you to the best
mattress for you and the best nights sleep
of your life.
Sit n Sleep is fortunate to have a
friendly, professional, experienced staff
thats also part of the community, said
Nelson Bercier, president. This year,
were proud to announce that our 30th
Sit n Sleep location is right here in
beautiful Santa Barbara. For more than
33 years weve provided valuable service
and the best mattress selection at the
most competitive prices to Oxnard and
Agoura Hills. This May, we look forward to
extending our impeccable service to the
Santa Barbara community.
Our dedicated Sit n Sleep team
members are the most knowledgeable and
hard working staff anywhere. They are
invested in helping each of our customers
get a healthful and happy nights sleep.

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Mattress has about 70 locations, including
two in east Ventura County which have
been around for more than 15 years.
According to Nadia Maring, in the
marketing department at Ortho Mattress,
what makes the company stand out is its
factory-direct prices, customer service
and that they go the extra mile to make
everybody happy.
Ortho Mattress also carries all the
brand names, including Simmons,
Tempur-Pedic, Seeley and Serta.
Ortho Mattress is at 14339 White Sage
Road in Moorpark and 799 E. Thousand

Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.


Information: 800-734-6784
Website: www.orthomattress.com

Camarillo Mattress
Warehouse

Debbie Wickman has owned Camarillo


Mattress for 15 years and offers good
service.
I sell customers what they want; I
dont try to upgrade them to bigger and
better things Im not on commission,
she said.
Camarillo Mattress specializes in
natural and organic, latex mattresses.
There are mattresses at every price point
at every size with same-day delivery if the
item is in stock. There also are a lot of
adjustable bed models to choose from.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays,
Tuesdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Camarillo Mattress Warehouse is at
2177 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo.
Information: 987-2279
Website: www.camarillomattress.com

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Information: Oxnard and Agoura Hills:
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For the third year in a row,


Flooring 101 has been voted the
winner in the Flooring category. The
reason: Since he started it in 1971,
Jimmy Poulos has never lost sight
of the importance of community
involvement. Flooring 101 has
locations in Simi Valley, Ventura,
Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.

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Armstrong Garden Center
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Green Thumb International
Full county favorites
H Home Depot
H Lowes

East county favorites


H Elegant Gardens
H Nordic Landscape Supply
H Sperling Nursery

West county favorites


H B & B Do It Center
H Baron Brothers Nursery
H Oasis Garden & Patio

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Green Thumb International is the
nursery of choice in Ventura for those
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friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Selection is what its all about, said
Nursery Manager Karl Dobler, who has
been at Green Thumb for more than 35
years. While some nurseries may stock
six varieties of ferns, Green Thumb will
have 30; some nurseries have five types of
Bougainvillea, Green Thumb has 25.
In addition to its huge variety of plants,
fruit trees and bare root roses, Green
Thumb Internationals departments
include hardware, plumbing, power
equipment and lighting.
Green Thumb offers plants for a
wide variety of garden types from
Mediterranean to Oriental, from water
gardens to desert gardens and lowmaintenance plantings and everything in
between.
Along with the Garden Newsletter
offered on its website, Green Thumb
International also often presents
workshops and seminars on gardenrelated subjects ranging from the care and
feeding of orchids to a complete guide to
composting.
The dedicated staff at Green Thumb
is ready, willing and able to assist you in
making your garden unique and beautiful,
whether youre a gardening novice or an
experienced gardener.
Green Thumb International is at 1899
South Victoria Avenue in Ventura.
Information: 642-8517
Website: www.greenthumbinternational.
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gardeners and landscape designers.


It boasts hundreds of varieties of
trees, flowers and plants and also has a
ready stock of anything else needed for
phenomenal back- and front-yard design:
rocks, boulders, sod, soil, statues, water
fountain, benches and small decor.
Find out why Elegant Gardens
was voted a favorite with a visit to this
paradise. But make sure to check out the
website first, where you can always find a
great coupon.
Elegant Gardens Nursery is at 2046
Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark.
Information: 553-0565
Website: www.elegantgardens.com

   
 
 
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gardenware, the B & B Do It Center, in
business since 1997, has become known
as a great place to go for local gardening
needs.
Randy Collins, who owns the B & B Do
It Center with his family, is thrilled that his
business was voted a west county favorite.
We want to say thank you our
customers, he said, and let them know
that we will continue to offer the same
great customer service, variety of products
and comprehensive knowledge.
B & B Do It Center is at 698 Mobil
Ave., Camarillo.
Information: 388-1067
Website: www.bbdoitcenter.com
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Par ty Supply
Store
Full county winner
Party City
East county favorites
H 99 Cents Only Stores
H Balloon Emporium & Party Store
H Dollar Tree
H Party On! For Less

West county favorites


H Amigo Party Rental
H Cindys Party Supply
H Michaels Arts & Crafts
H Party Pleasers
H Perfect Party

Party Pleasers

Party Pleasers has been described as


a one-stop shop, according to one of its
managers Andrew Evans. He said Party
Pleasers not only does party rentals,
but also does retail sales as well, such

as balloons. Party Pleasers works with


all types of events, including weddings,
festivals, birthday parties and graduations.
Its busiest time of year is summer.
The family-owned business is run
by two sisters, Linn Evans and Wendy
Speakman, and has been at its current
location at least 20 years.
Its hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturdays.
Party Pleasers is at 2291-A Pickwick
Drive, Camarillo.
Information: 482-0339
Website: www.partypleasers.com

Shoe S t o r e
East county winner
Jacks Shoes of Westlake
West county winner
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Dru Wickman says the store has made its name by offering trendy items at
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West county favorites

H Famous Footwear

H Camarillo Premium Outlets


H Esplanade Shopping Center
H The Collection
H Trader Joes
H Vons

East county favorites


H Nordstrom
H Off Broadway Shoes
H Payless Shoe Source
H Road Runner Sports

West county favorites


H Aldo
H Earl Joseph Shoes
H Nike
H Nordstrom Rack

Earl Joseph Shoes

Corrine and Dave Larson, owners of


Earl Joseph Shoes, couldnt be happier
that their shoe store was named, yet
again, a west county favorite.
Were grateful to the community for
showing their support, Corrine Larson
said. She credits Earl Joseph Shoes
longstanding customer service and
knowledge as a reason for their placing.
Established in 1955, the Larsons
pride themselves on ensuring comfort
and fit, offering a wide variety of brands
and styles to fit every foots length and
width, paying special attention to foot
problems and responding to podiatrist
recommendations.
Earl Joseph Shoes is at 620 N. Las
Posas Road, Camarillo.
Phone: 482-2113
Website: www.earljosephshoes.com

S h o p p ing Center
East county winner
The Oaks
West county winner
Pacific View Mall
East county favorites
H Janss Marketplace
H Moorpark Marketplace
H Promenade at Westlake
H Simi Valley Town Center
H Target

Stat i o n e rs
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Staples
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H Las Posas Emporium Hallmark
H Leslies Hallmark Shoppe
H Mimis Hallmark
H Staples

Sur f S h o p
East county winner
Val Surf
West county winner
Ventura Surf Shop
East county favorites
H Surfin West Board Shop
H Tillys

West county favorites


H Anacapa Surf N Sport
H Beach Break Surf Shop
H Homegrown Surf Shop
H Revolution Surf Company
H Rip Curl

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H Hallmark Creations
H Office Depot
H Paper Source
H Papyrus

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of the Ventura County Rescue Mission and
the Lighthouse for Women & Children.
Proceeds provide nutritious meals,
clothing, shelter and recovery programs to
help men, women and children move from
a life of despair on the streets to a life of
hope and purpose.
To learn more about the thrift stores
and the work they support visit its website.
Information: 201-3750
Website: www.vcrescuemission.org

Thri f t S t o r e
Full county winner
Goodwill
Full county favorite
H Salvation Army Thrift Store

East county favorites


H Alpine Attic Thrift Shop
H Fibber McGees Thrift Shop
H Mad Attic
H Senior Concerns Bargain Boutique
H Simi Thrift Store

Tire Store
East county winner
Jims Tire Center
West county winner
Americas Tire Company

West county favorites


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H CAAN
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Super Thrift Store at 815 N. Oxnard Blvd.
and the Mission Bargain Center at 125 S.

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East county favorites


H Americas Tire Company
H Discount Tire Center
H Tire Man
H Tire Pros

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alignments, front-end repair and more.
Farpelhas store, Jims Tire Center, has
been in its current location since 1992
and is something of a landmark in Simi
Valley, with generations of customers
coming from all over Ventura County for
great service.
We are authorized dealers of all
the major brands such as BFGoodrich,
Uniroyal and Michelin, said Jim. That
way, we can offer the latest and best in tire
technology, along with all the services our
customers need to get their vehicles on
the road again, quickly and affordably.
The family-operated store has a staff
of knowledgeable and friendly employees,
including Farpelhas wife, who works

as the bookkeeper. The website of


Jims Tire Center features information
about the types of tires available, how to
determine the correct tire size, and factory
promotions.
Farpelha is proud that Jims Tire Center
has been a winner of the Ventura County
Stars Readers Choice Awards year after
year, and extends his appreciation to his
customers for their loyalty.
I really love what I do and I look
forward to continuing to provide the
community with excellent service, said
Farpelha.
Jims Tire Center is at 1525 Los
Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.
Information: 581-1104.
Website: www.jimstirecenter.com

Windows & Doors


East county winner
American Vision Windows
West county winner
The Door Outlet
East county favorites
H Agoura Sash & Door
H All American Doors Windows
H Milgard Manufacturing
H Pella Window & Door Store
H Preferred Glass & Mirrior

West county favorites


H California Door & Hardware
H CJ Window
H Home Depot
H Quality Windows
H West Coast Sash & Door

American Vision Windows

Bill and Kathleen Herren were


motivated to bring quality products and
exceptional service to other homeowners
after the window company theyd used
for their own home proved less than
topnotch.
When the Herrens started American
Vision Windows, they wanted to provide
timely, professional service, and the
window manufacturers they chose had
to share the same business philosophies
so that our customers would be well
taken care of, said Al Alfieri, president
of American Vision Windows. Were

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operated by the McCleery family since
1982. For 31 years it has professionally
represented the finest major brand names
of windows, doors, hardware, mouldings
and skylights. It specializes in both
residential and commercial projects and
offers the option for installation of vinyl,
retrofit windows and doors.
The six-man team of finish carpenters
have more than 100 years of combined
experience. The Door Outlet has
carpenters who specialize in entry doors,
French doors and interior doors. It can
furnish and install, successfully completing
your remodel, new construction or
commercial project.
The Door Outlet is the oldest door and
window company in the west county and
day-to-day business is still run by the
McCleerys. Professional sales take place in
a relaxed and casual showroom.
Our products meet the demands of any
architectural style, said Chief Operating
Officer Ryan McCleery. Whatever your
vision, our sales staff can help you find the
doors and windows you are looking for.
The showroom at their new location
features the newest models of Milgard,
Andersen, Eagle, PlastPro, T.M. Cobb,
Velux, Baldwin and Emtek.
We are proud that our customers
appreciate our hard work and attention
to detail, McCleery said, adding that
he wanted to thank Ventura County Star
readers and customers for the second
consecutive year. We feel fortunate to live
and work in Ventura County and take pride
in the quality of work we have done over
the past 31 years.
The Door Outlet is at 4350 Transport
St., No. 104, in Ventura.
Information: 644-8580; ryan@
dooroutlet.net
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believe that if we serve our employees by
providing training and certification, the
work turns into a higher-quality experience
for the customer.
American Vision Windows is at 2125
Madera Rd., Suite A, Simi Valley.
Information: 888-542-2875
Website: www.americanvisionwindows.
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Eco-Friendly Car 110
Economy Car 110
Family Car 111
Luxury Car113
Sports Car113
Sport Utility Vehicle115
Truck115
E c o F rie ndly Car
Full county winner
Toyota Prius
Full county favorites
H Chevrolet Volt
H Ford Focus
H Ford Fusion Hybrid
H Honda Civic
H Honda Civic Hybrid

Toyota Prius

It is no surprise that the Toyota Prius is


the best-selling hybrid vehicle in America
and the world. With its 50-MPG combined
fuel economy rating (51 MPG city / 48
MPG highway), Prius is one of the most
fuel-efficient gas-powered passenger
cars available in the U.S. today. The
Prius offers stellar fuel economy in a
comfortable five-passenger package that
is recognized as a midsize car by the EPA.
Toyota has sold more than 1.2 million
Prius models in the U.S. since 2000.
This is the seventh-straight year that
the Prius has won this category; in fact its
the only vehicle to ever win this category.

Its a totally futuristic-looking car,


said Nirmal, fleet and Internet director at
Thousand Oaks Toyota and Scion.
The Prius now synonymous with
hybrid entered the market in 1997 as
the worlds first mass-produced hybrid.
The techonlogy has been proven so
people want it, said Nirmal.
A large wheelbase helps to give the
Prius a smooth ride and the interior
room of a midsize sedan. Viewed from
the cockpit, the center cluster smoothly
flows from the instrument panel to the
console. A space-saving contoured frontseat design maximizes rear seat legroom.
The Touch Tracer Display features touch
sensors on the steering wheel switches
that are designed to reduce driver eye
movement for better concentration on the
road. When the driver touches the steering
wheel controls, a duplicate image is
displayed on the instrument panel, directly
in front of the driver.
At this point in time, its the best value
out there, said Nirmal.
The Toyota Prius, as well as all Toyota
models, is available at Thousand Oaks
Toyota, 2401 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in
Thousand Oaks.

Information: 497-2791
Facebook: tinyurl.com/Brochwk
Website: www.totoyota.com

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Full county winner
Honda Civic
Full county favorites
H Ford Focus
H Honda Accord
H Mini Cooper
H Toyota Camry
H Toyota Corolla
H Toyota Prius

Honda Civic

The 2013 Honda Civic, which debuted


at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, sports
extensive interior and exterior design
upgrades, enhanced dynamics and a host
of new standard features. Our industry
has never been more competitive or fast
changing, and a significant refresh of the
Civic, Americas best-selling compact
car, just one model year after its debut

as an all-new model shows true speed


to market, said John Mendel, American
Honda executive vice president of sales.
Our corporate direction is to provide our
customers with great products with speed,
affordability and low CO emissions.
Which is probably why the Civic has
been voted a winner of the Economy Car
category for the past 16 years.
While still maintaining all the efficiency
and value that has made the Civic an
automotive icon, the 2013 Honda Civic
Sedan receives all-new front and rear
exterior styling, while all Civics sport
extensive interior upgrades including
more luxurious finishes, and a host of new
standard equipment.
Retuned steering and suspension
sharpen the Civics handling, extensive
chassis upgrades including Hondas ACE II
body structure improve safety, ride comfort
and interior quietness, and every Civic
model has more popular standard features
including Bluetooth HandsFreeLink,
rearview camera, Pandora Interface, SMS
text message feature and steering wheel
audio controls. The 2013 Civic arrives
with even greater value for money as the
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begins at $19,755.
You can find the Honda Civic and the
complete line of Honda vehicles at First
Honda, 2283 First St. in Simi Valley.
Information: 584-6632
Website: www.1sthonda.com

Fa mily C ar
Full county winners (tie)
Honda Accord
Toyota Camry
Full county favorites
H Bentley Arnage
H Ford Fusion
H Honda Odyssey
H Honda Pilot

Honda Accord

Completely redesigned for 2013, the


all-new Honda Accord provides a host
of powertrain, engineering, electronic
and safety firsts combined with Hondas
trademark visibility and smart design.
Better, not bigger, the completely new
Honda Accord lineup includes Sedan and
Coupe models powered by 4-cylinder,
V-6 and hybrid powertrains, teamed to
manual, automatic and continuously
variable transmission options.
Fuel efficiency is the best ever for an
Accord in the EPA Midsize class, with
4-cylinder models earning up to an EPA
36 mpg highway rating and V-6 models
getting up to an EPA 34 mpg highway
rating.
Other new Accord technologies include
the first application of the all-new cloudbased HondaLink system, which lets
drivers put away their smartphones and
still stay connected to the people, music
and social media they love. Also debuting
on the 2013 Accord is the exclusive
available Honda LaneWatch blind-spot
display, which uses a camera system
mounted on the passenger mirror for an
enhanced view of the passenger-side
roadway. The all-new 2013 Honda Accord
also receives a rearview camera and an
Expanded View Drivers Mirror as standard
equipment.
Compared to the previous edition,
both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe
offer spacious accommodations for five

ECO-FRIENDLY CAR: TOYOTA PRIUS

ECONOMY CAR: HONDA CIVIC


passengers, and a roomy trunk with a
flatter load floor for greater utility. Although
the Accords length has decreased over
three inches and the wheelbase is almost
an inch shorter, key interior dimensions
grow. Rear legroom increases more than
an inch, both front and rear shoulder
room increase, and trunk space is up
over a cubic foot. Altogether, the interior is

remarkably quiet, stylish and upscale, with


high-quality materials, exemplary fit and
finish, and advanced seating comfort and
ergonomics.
You can find the Honda Accord, along
with other Honda vehicles, at First Honda,
2283 First St. in Simi Valley.
Information: 584-6632
Website: www.1sthonda.com

Toyota Camry

Following the introduction of the allnew seventh-generation Toyota Camry and


Camry Hybrid for 2012, these midsize
sedans enter the 2013 model year gaining
enhancements to interior design and
comfort and safety technology. The Blind
Spot Monitor system, with availability

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expanded to the Camry SE grade, adds a


rear cross traffic alert function.
Americas best-selling car for 14 of
the past 15 years, the Toyota Camry
introduced a bold, sophisticated new
design with a more spacious interior,
improved driving dynamics and an even
quieter ride than before when it debuted
for 2012.
The 2013 Camry Hybrid, which
achieves 43 city MPG, also gains the
interior enhancements of the gasoline
Camry. A new soft-touch material is
used on the front door panels on the
Hybrid LE, as well as on the gasoline LE
and SE grades, replacing harder plastic
material used in the 2012 models. On
LE grade models (including Hybrid),
interior armrests now match interior color,
replacing black. On models equipped with
leather seating, the door panels feature
new stitching accents.
Overall its a great value, said Nirmal,
fleet and Internet director at Thousand
Oaks Toyota and Scion. Value, safety and
its track record is mind-blowing.
Introduced in 1983, the Toyota Camry
would later establish the template for
the modern midsize sedan, setting
benchmarks for quality, dependability and
reliability, along with a comfortable, quiet
ride. Since that time, Toyota has sold more
than 15 million Camry models worldwide.
The 2013 Toyota Camry offers three
powertrain choices, including a 2.5-liter
four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 3.5-liter
V-6 engine and the Hybrid Synergy Drive.
The 2.5-liter four offers 178 horsepower
and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque and,
teamed with the standard six-speed
automatic transmission, returns 25 MPG
city / 35 MPG highway EPA fuel economy
ratings, among the highest in its class.
The DOHC 3.5-liter V6, available in
the SE and XLE grades, delivers 268
horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft.
of peak torque at 4,700 rpm. This engine
also gained enhancements in the 2012
redesign, resulting in impressive 21 MPG
city / 31 MPG highway fuel economy
ratings.
While featuring nearly the same
external dimensions as the previous
generation, the new-generation Camry
offers a more spacious interior. Toyota
optimized interior elements to gain
additional space and to enhance driver
and passenger comfort. As one example,

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tilt range for the standard tilt/telescoping


steering wheel was increased 33 percent
over the previous-generation model. And
the middle rear seat gained two inches of
legroom in the redesign.
All grades feature a standard 60/40
split folding rear seatback to expand cargo
capacity. The seats can be lowered by a
remote release from the trunk area.
All Toyota models, especially the
Camry, are available at Thousand Oaks
Toyota, 2401 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in
Thousand Oaks.
Information: 497-2791
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Website: www.totoyota.com

L u xury C ar
Full county winner
Ford Mustang
Full county favorites
H BMW 750
H Cadillac CTS
H Lexus ES 350
H Lexus GS 350
H Lexus LS 460

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang gets a new design for


the 2013 model in the form of new front
and rear fascias, a more prominent grille
and splitter, standard high-intensity
discharge headlamps, signature lighting,
painted body-side rockers, dramatic LED
taillamps, mirrors with pony projection
light and a new wheel lineup.
Mustang performance updates for
the 2013 model include more power in
the GT, now delivering 420 horsepower,
addition of SelectShift to automatic
transmissions, new GT Track Package,
optional leather-trimmed or cloth Recaro
seats and functional hood heat extractors
on the GT.
A new 4.2-inch LCD screen is available
and features Track Apps, which enables
the driver to monitor performance
measures such as g-forces, shows
acceleration times in quarter-mile and
0-60 increments, and displays braking
times, complete with automatic and
countdown starts.
The new Mustang is the perfect
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excellence, said Dave Pericak, Mustang
chief engineer. It takes the greatness
of the 5.0-liter and V-6 and pushes
refinement to the next level. The car has
been spot-on functionally, and now were
adding more features and technology to
further improve the drivers experience.
The 5.0-liter engine will now deliver
420 horsepower. Based on learnings
from developing the high-output 444horsepower Mustang Boss 302, the team
was able to adapt several of the designs to
the 5.0-liter.
Other optional package updates for
2013 include offering the Brembo Brake
Package on both manual and automatic
transmissions on Mustang GT.
Mustang also offers customers
selectable steering that tailors the driving
experience to fit their needs. With a choice
of three settings, the feature allows the
customer to select the steering effort,
depending on his or her style of driving.
The Ford Mustang, along with the
complete line of Ford vehicles, is available
at Vista Ford of Oxnard (1501 Auto Center
Dr., Oxnard, 983-6511) and Barber Ford
(3440 E. Main St,, Ventura, 888-866-

1607).
Websites: Vista Ford: vistaoxnard.com
Barber Ford: barberfordonline.com

S p o r ts C a r
Full county winner
Chevrolet Corvette
Full county favorites
H Chevrolet Camaro
H Ferrari F430
H Ford Mustang
H Mini Cooper
H Porsche 911

Chevrolet Corvette

The timing of the Readers Choice vote


coincided with the unveiling of the sixthgeneration Corvette but it probably had
no effect on the voting outcome since the
Corvette has been the only car to win the
Sports Car category, making it 17 years in
a row.
And it might even make it 18 as the
2014 Corvette Stingray will be the most

powerful standard Corvette model ever,


with an estimated 450 horsepower and
450 lb.-ft. of torque. Those 450 horses
are generated by an all-new LT1 6.2L
small block V-8 engine. It is also the most
capable standard Corvette model ever,
able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than
four seconds and achieve more than 1g in
cornering grip.
Like the 63 Sting Ray, the best
Corvettes embodied performance
leadership, delivering cutting-edge
technologies, breathtaking design and
awe-inspiring driving experiences, said
General Motors North America President
Mark Reuss. The all-new Corvette
goes farther than ever, thanks to todays
advancements in design, technology and
engineering.
Stingray (now one word) is one of the
hallowed names in automotive history,
said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of
global design. We knew we couldnt use
the Stingray name unless the new car
truly lived up to the legacy. The result
is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks
from tradition, while remaining instantly
recognizable as a Corvette the world over.

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All models feature a fully-wrapped


interior, where every surface is covered
with premium, soft-touch materials.
Available materials, depending on the trim
level, include Napa leather, aluminum,
carbon fiber and micro-suede.
At the core of the Corvette Stingrays
driver-focused technologies is the cockpitmounted Driver Mode Selector, which
allows drivers to optimize the car for their
driving preference and road conditions
via five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport
and Track.
The Corvette Stingray delivers an
advanced infotainment system, featuring
Chevrolet MyLink and high-definition
radio, as well as enhanced OnStar with 3D
navigation maps. An additional USB port
in the center console, a stand-alone audio
input jack and an SD card slot provide
seamless connectivity.
The Corvette Stingray convertible
features an all-new, fully electronic top
that can be lowered remotely using the
key fob. The top can also be opened or
closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30
mph. Its folding mechanism is all-new

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and enables the top to be lowered in 21


seconds.
The Chevrolet Corvette, along with all
the other Chevrolet models, is available at
William L. Morris Chevrolet, 1001 Cochran
St., Simi Valley.
Information: 527-2372
Website: www.morrischevy.com

S p o r t s U tility
V ehicl e
Full county winner
Toyota 4runner
Full county favorites
H Cadillac Escalade
H Chevrolet Tahoe
H Ford Explorer
H GMC Suburban
H Honda Pilot
H Toyota Highlander

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner, the fifth


generation of this rugged, full-capability
SUV and a key model in the Toyota SUV
lineup for 28 years, continues as one of
the few fully capability SUVs available in
its segment.
Nirmal, fleet and Internet director at
Thousand Oaks Toyota and Scion, said
customers are drawn to the 4Runner
because of its looks and come back for a
second one because of its longevity.
The 4Runner combines rugged bodyon-frame construction with suspension
technology that yields ride comfort more
often associated with car-based platforms.
The 2013 4Runner is available in a variety
of configurations and in three models:
a well-equipped SR5, top-of-the-line
Limited, plus a Trail grade for maximum
off-road capability.
All models are equipped with a 4.0liter, 270-horsepower V-6 teamed to a
five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission,
generating 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft.
of torque.
Fuel economy ratings rival some
car-based SUVs with an EPA-estimated
17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for
4x2 models, and 17 mpg city and 22
mpg highway for 4x4. Maximum towing
capacity is 5,000 pounds, with 4Runners

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standard integrated tow hitch receiver and
wiring harness.
A double-wishbone independent front
suspension, combined with a variable-flow
rack and pinion steering, help give the
4Runner precise control on demanding
roads.
All 4Runner grades feature rugged
bumpers and wide fender flares.
Aluminum alloy wheels are 17-inches in
diameter on SR5 and Trail grades and 20
inches on the Limited, and include a full
size spare.
A bright, highly visible instrument panel
houses speedometer, tachometer, voltage,
fuel and coolant temperature gauges, plus
a combination meter that offers multiple
functions.
The 4Runner SR5 and Trail models
come with standard SiriusXM Satellite
Radio capability with a 90-day trial
subscription included, USB port with
iPod connectivity and hands-free phone
capability and music streaming via
Bluetooth wireless technology.
The Toyota 4Runner, as well as all
the other Toyota models, is available at
Thousand Oaks Toyota, 2401 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.

Information: 497-2791
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Truck
Full county winner
Toyota Tundra
Full county favorites
H Chevrolet 3500 4x4
H Chevrolet Silverado
H Ford F150 4x2
H Ford F150 4x4
H Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra, recognized for its


value and dependability, offers changes
for 2013 that enhance value and comfort
in the hard-working, hard-playing full-size
pickup truck.
The Platinum Package, which was
available for the Tundra CrewMax Limited
model in 2012, now becomes a full
model grade. The Platinum Grade offers
numerous luxury features, such as heated

and ventilated front bucket seats with


embroidered headrests and drivers seat
two-position memory feature, perforated
leather-trimmed seating surfaces,
DVD navigation system, power tilt/slide
moonroof with sliding sunshade, and
wood-grain-style interior trim.
Nirmal, fleet and Internet director at
Thousand Oaks Toyota and Scion, said the
Tundra is the desired work truck for many
because of its dependability.
Its not going to sit in the repair shop
costing them money, he said.
The 2013 Tundra is offered in three
grades (Tundra, Limited and Platinum),
three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab
and Crew Max), three wheelbase lengths
and three bed lengths. The hard-working,
hard-playing Tundra offers three engine
choices, a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6, a
310-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 and the 5.7liter V-8 with 381 horsepower.
An available tow package on all Tundra
V-8 models helps increase towing capacity
up to 10,400 pounds, depending on the
model and drivetrain.
Nirmal noted the Tundra was picked
as the vehicle to tow the Space Shuttle
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California Science Center last fall.
Tundras dashboard design provides
the driver with an unobstructed view of
the road and gauges, while keeping all
controls within easy reach. The large door
handles and easy-to-turn control knobs
can be operated even while wearing work
gloves.
The center console in bucket-seat
models can hold a laptop computer or
hanging file folder storage, which was a
pickup truck first. There are two 12-volt
DC power outlets, one on the dash and
one in the center console.
All Tundra models have a standard
heavy-duty battery, heavy-duty starter,
windshield wiper de-icer, daytime running
lights, front and rear mudguards, and
heated, power, outside mirrors.
The Toyota Tundra, along with the
complete Toyota line, is available at
Thousand Oaks Toyota, 2401 E. Thousand
Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.
Information: 497-2791
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Website: www.totoyota.com

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