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Welcome Letter Best Events & Activities 6 9 Best Food & Drink 21 Best People Best Businesses 31 40

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Cover photographs, clockwise from top: Chase Hampson paddles back to his family enjoying a beautiful day at Baldwin Beach. Lake Tahoe Pizza Company owner Levon and his son Brennon celebrated their 40th anniversary this year. Edgewood Tahoe has amazing sunset views from Brooks Bar and Deck. The Tahoe Queen, one of two of the South Shore’s Mississippi paddlewheelers, offers a unique opportunity to see Fannette Island in Emerald Bay. NBC’s Today show recognizes Tahoe South’s Lights on the Lake Fireworks display as one of the country’s top Fourth of July weekend Celebrations. The Best of Tahoe© is brought to you by the Tahoe Daily Tribune. All copy and content copyrighted July 2013. 3079 Harrison Avenue, South Lake Tahoe CA • 530-541-3880 • tahoedailytribune.com 4 I BEST OF TAHOE© 2013

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This award means more to me than being recognized for the quality and service I give to my clients, this award recognizes the many amazing members of our community who throughout the past 33 years have and continue to support me in successfully establishing myself both personally and professionally. Many of these community members are not only some of our BEST professionals and business owners, they are also some of the BEST contributors to our community, oftentimes serving several roles at a time as parents, coaches, mentors and volunteers. Without this community’s commitment to being the BEST, it’s hard to imagine that living here would be as special as it is. Lake Tahoe’s beauty is truly enhanced by the hearts of the people here. We are so fortunate to be living and thriving in the BEST place to call “Home” and I cannot express enough thanks to all of you that make Lake Tahoe feel like one big family. Professionally, I promise to always provide the BEST service and resources to all of my clients and personally I am committed to community, actively reaching out and developing positive ways in which to Keep Tahoe Thriving...I hope you’ll join me!

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WELCOME.
Best of Tahoe© 2013 is finally here. For 19 years and counting, we’ve asked you to vote on your favorite people, places, dining, activities and more, and each year you come out in droves to support them. This year was no exception, and we are pleased to showcase the winners in this year’s Best of Tahoe© magazine. What does the Best of Tahoe© really mean? We like to think that that each winner represents the essence and culture of Tahoe. We asked questions like: What does it mean to live here … to wake up each morning to snow-capped mountains and close the evening with a gorgeous Tahoe sunset over the lake? Where are the secret spots for both locals and visitors alike, the hidden gems and longtime favorite haunts? Who are the people who make this place special, who greet us with a smile or give us the insider tips? We hope that the 100 categories that were presented this year and their winners showcase what it truly means to live and play here. It’s quite an honor to be recognized as a winner and one that should be celebrated. Make sure to use this magazine as a guide to the best that we have to offer here in Tahoe and discover what truly makes our end of the lake shine.

Congratulations to the winners!
The Tahoe Daily Tribune team

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Thank You Tahoe!
for voting us #1 this year
• Best Bar • Best Bartender – Edgar
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Live Music Saturday Nights

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BEST NIGHT SCENE

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BEST GOLF COURSE

EDGEWOOD GOLF COURSE

CAVE ROCK

BEST BEACH
BALDWIN BEACH

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THE HIGHLIGHTS
BEST ANNUAL EVENT

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

The Fourth of July Fireworks show, called “Lights on the Lake,” is a choreographed show that sets fireworks to music played on KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The show is made more spectacular by the colorful reflections on the lake. Whether you’re watching from Lakeview Commons or a beach at the state line, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

BEST BEACH

BALDWIN BEACH

Those who like to relax in the sun can sit on the shore at Baldwin Beach without worrying about the afternoon sun casting shadows over them as they sunbathe. There are fewer rocks in the sand at Baldwin Beach, so it’s a good place to dig your toes in the sand. There’s a fantastic view of Tallac in one direction and a view across the lake from the other. Time spent on the shore of Baldwin Beach is time well spent.

BEST LIVE MUSIC

HARVEYS OUTDOOR ARENA

The South Shore has a few outdoor venues for summer concerts, but Harveys Outdoor Arena takes the cake. Stationed at the back of the Harveys parking lot, the venue accommodates about 7,000 people and is set up so every seat in the house is a good one. The Summer Concert Series is known for drawing big names. This year’s lineup includes Tim McGraw, Phish and fun.
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BEST BIKE TRAIL

CORRAL

Corral missed the $100,000 Bell Built Grant by one percentage point, but locals are still fundraising to upgrade this one-of-a-kind mountain bike trail with bigger, better features and sustainable erosion-control measures. The multi-use track off Fountain Place Road demonstrates what collaboration between local mountain bikers and the U.S. Forest Service can achieve. The popular, low-elevation trail opens up early and offers terrain for all levels of downhill riders.

BEST CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

KIRKWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT

If you’re looking for wide-open terrain nestled beneath rugged volcanic formations, Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s cross-country ski center is the place for you. The facility boasts 80 kilometers of high-elevation groomed trails, with routes for novice skiers to professional racers. New to the sport? The center also offers lessons in both classic and skating disciplines.

BEST CAMPGROUND

FALLEN LEAF LAKE

This wooded campground is located a quarter mile north of Fallen Leaf Lake, within biking distance of the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, the Tallac Historic Site and the Pope and Baldwin beaches. Head south to Fallen Leaf Lake and you can access some of the best trails into Desolation Wilderness — including a route up Mt. Tallac.
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BEST DOWNHILL SKIING

HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT

With 4,800 aces of skiable terrain, it’s no wonder Heavenly Mountain Resort was voted best downhill skiing. Heavenly’s 10,067-foot summit is the highest in Lake Tahoe. The resort 97 trails, ranging from wide-open cruisers to plunging 1,600-foot chutes. At 3,500 feet in length, Heavenly’s vertical drop is also the longest in California. Added bonus, Heavenly has three easy access points that are spread through the South Shore.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SUNSET

CAVE ROCK

Hikers perched on top of Cave Rock can peer west across the blue waters of Tahoe as the sun sets above the summit of Mt. Tallac and into the granite realms of Desolation Wilderness. A half-mile hike and short, rocky scramble will take you to the Cave Rock summit, the perfect venue for a relaxing picnic as you watch the sunset.

BEST LAKE RECREATION

STAND-UP PADDLING

It’s hard to imagine a sport better suited to Lake Tahoe. Stand-up paddling is easy and accessible to almost anyone. Rentals are widespread and retail shops have popped up around the lake. Tahoe’s perfect waters and a slew of big races have also helped transform the area into a destination for paddling.

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BEST FAMILY NIGHT OUT

TAHOE BOWL

Tahoe Bowl is older than South Lake Tahoe itself, but renovations over the years, including the latest addition of an outdoor patio complete with a big screen TV have maintained the 16-lane bowling alley as a favorite among visitors and locals alike. “We are still Tahoe’s Favorite Family Fun Center and the only bowling center in South Lake Tahoe,” according to the bowling alley’s website.

BEST HIKING TRAIL

MT. TALLAC

The rocky summit of Mt. Tallac affords stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding lakes and communities, so it’s no wonder that this distinctive South Shore peak was voted the best hiking trail in the region. There are two routes to the top — the Glen Alpine Trail south of Fallen Leaf Lake and the Mt. Tallac trailhead off Highway 89 — both of which are strenuous, but reward hikers with vistas that make the aerobic effort worthwhile.
View from the Mt. Tallac hiking trail.

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THE WINNERS
ANNUAL EVENT
Fourth of July Fireworks
Runner Up: Celebrity Golf Tournament

BEACH
Baldwin Beach
Runner Up: Kiva Beach

BIKE TRAIL
Corral
Runner Up: Flume Trail

CAMPGROUND
Fallen Leaf
Runner Up: Camp Richardson

HIKING TRAIL
Mt. Tallac
Runner Up: Tahoe Rim Trail

LAKE RECREATION
Paddle Boarding
Runner Up: Boating

PLACE TO WATCH THE SUNSET
Cave Rock
Runner Up: Edgewood Golf Course

PLACE TO TAKE KIDS
Tahoe Tot Spot
Runner Up: Beach
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FAMILY NIGHT OUT
Tahoe Bowl
Runner Up: Heavenly Village Cinemas

DATE NIGHT
Cafe Fiore
Runner Up: Chart House

PLACE TO STAY THE NIGHT
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Runner Up: Avalon Lodge

PLACE TO HAVE A WEDDING
Edgewood Golf Course
Runner Up: Valhalla

BOAT CRUISE
M. S. Dixie
Runner Up: Tahoe Queen

GOLF COURSE
Edgewood Golf Course
Runner Up: Lake Tahoe Golf Course

SUMMER TOUR GUIDE
Camp Richardson, Discover Lake Tahoe, & Lake Tahoe Adventures

DOWNHILL SKI
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Runner Up: Kirkwood Mountain Resort

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CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Runner Up: Hope Valley

SNOWBOARD PARK
Sierra-At-Tahoe
Runner Up: Heavenly Mountain Resort

SNOWMOBILING
Zephyr Cove Snowmobiling
Runner Up: Blue Lakes

LIVE MUSIC
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Runner Up: Live at Lakeview

NIGHT SCENE
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - Opal
Runner Up: Harrah’s Tahoe - Peek Nightclub

OVERALL CASINO
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Runner Up: Lakeside Inn & Casino

LOOSEST SLOTS
Lakeside Inn & Casino
Runner Up: MontBleu Resort & Casino

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Camp Richardson Resort & Marina and The Beacon Bar and Grill
Voted Best & Runner up Awards for: • Best Campground • Best Summer Tour Guide • Best Restaurant with a View • Best Signature Cocktail
Tahoe’s Best Year Round Destination Resort.
800.544.1801 • CampRichardson.com 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe
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Best Healthcare Facility: Barton Memorial Hospital Best Nurse: Tamara Burns, RN Honorable Mention: Best Healthcare Facility: Barton Urgent Care & Family Practice at Stateline Medical Center Best Nurse: Rachelle Pakes, RN Best Funky Little Store: Barton Gift Shop Visit us online at bartonhealth.org
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BEST APPETIZER / DINNER / HAPPY HOUR
CHART HOUSE

THE BEST
FOOD & DRINK
BEST COCKTAIL
BEACON’S RUM RUNNER

BEST BAR

BEST BUFFET

BEST OVERALL

GETAWAY CAFÉ

FOREST BUFFET, HARRAH’S
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THE HIGHLIGHTS
BEST SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

BEACON’S RUM RUNNER

The perfect blend of sweet and smooth, the Beacon’s Rum Runner is a must try this summer. The Rum Runner is blended to perfection and worth the stop on a bike ride to the beach.

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT

GETAWAY CAFÉ

Getaway Café is a hidden gem located in Meyers. From its cozy interior and friendly service to its diverse menu, you won’t be disappointed. Getaway is not your average diner and features a unique take on french toast and other classics. Tribune staff favorites include the Triple-stacked Turkey Club, Huevos Rancheros and Beef Dip.

Getaway Café in Meyers.

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Voted on by Readers

For voting us

Thank you!
& Runner Up for Best Happy Hour

Best Sushi

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THE WINNERS
OVERALL RESTAURANT
Getaway Café
Runner Up: Freshies

RESTAURANT VIEW
Edgewood Restaurant
Runners Up: Beacon Bar & Grill & Chart House

BAR
Steamers Bar & Grill
Runner Up: Divided Sky Bar & Restaurant

HAPPY HOUR
Chart House
Runner Up: Off the Hook

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Beacon’s Rum Runner
Runner Up: Riva Grill’s Wet Woody

BREAKFAST
Red Hut Café
Runner Up: Ernie’s Coffee Shop

LUNCH
Sprout Café
Runner Up: Getaway Café

DINNER
Chart House
Runner Up: Freshies
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best overall

Thank you Tahoe for voting us

& runner up for best lunch!

restaurant
We are humbled and filled with gratitude for your support.
Serving delicious comfort cuisine to visitors & locals alike in South Lake Tahoe
3140 Hwy 50 | South Lake Tahoe, CA 96155 Located conveniently on your way to Sierra at Tahoe and Kirkwood Ski Areas 530-577-5132 | www.GetawayCafeTahoe.com

BEST OF TAHOE 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013

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I am happy to say I love all the wonderful company of my clients and friends. My work allows me to be creative and gives me satisfaction to see the beautiful outcome of some of the extreme nails that I have designed and customized for each individual. My younger generation girls... help me stay up on the latest and newest styles, pushing me to a higher level. They are sweet. Then I have some long term clients, almost like family who I have been doing their nails for over 20 years, Thank you. I feel like my job is rewarding knowing I can make a difference in someone’s day, and that they will enjoy the nails I have created. I would also like to thank my family and God for without them I would go crazy!
Sincerely, Sherry Hawks, Owner Altitude Salon and Spa
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APPETIZERS
Chart House
Runner Up: Riva Grill

DESSERT
Chart House
Runner Up: Red Hut Café

FROZEN TREAT
Red Hut Soda Fountain
Runner Up: Sno-Flake Drive-In

CAFFEINE FIX
Starbucks
Runner Up: Alpina Cafe

MEAL UNDER $5
Taqueria Jalisco
Runner Up: Taco Bell

BUFFET
Forrest Buffet in Harrah’s
Runner Up: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

BURGER
Izzy’s Burger Spa
Runner Up: Burger Lounge

DELI
Tahoe Keys Deli
Runner Up: Beach Hut Deli

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PASTA
Scusa
Runner Up: Tep’s Villa Roma

PIZZA
Lake Tahoe Pizza Company
Runner Up: Blue Dog Pizza

SEAFOOD
Chart House
Runner Up: The Fresh Ketch

STEAK
Ciera Chophouse
Runner Up: Friday’s Station

SUSHI
Off the Hook
Runner Up: Naked Fish

TACOS
Jalapenos
Runner Up: Steamers Bar & Grill

SPECIALTY FOOD & WINE
The Cork & More
Runner Up: Après Wine Bar

WINE & BEER SELECTION
Dart Beverage Center
Runner Up: The Cork & More

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Tahoe Best Friends
Great Location!
2197 Ruth Ave. SLT, CA

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#1 Pet Care in Town

Voted on by Readers

Fun Slumber Parties!!
No Cages or Kennels 24-Hour Staffing Doggie Daycare Dog Training

Large Outdoor Play Areas
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Thank you for voting us #1
Dr. Cassidy and his staff would like to give a special thanks to our patients and the caring community for all their continued support throughout the years.

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Voted on by Readers

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BEST DOCTOR

BEST BARTENDER
EDGAR RODRIGUEZ

DR. PATRICK MARTIN

THE BEST
PEOPLE
BEST LOCAL BAND
IKE AND MARTIN

BEST PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICER

BEST REALTOR
MACKENZIE MARTIN

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THE HIGHLIGHTS
BEST DOCTOR

DR. PATRICK MARTIN

The list of patient compliments is long when it comes to describing Dr. Patrick Martin’s care. The family and general practitioner working out of Barton Memorial Hospital gets five stars across the board from his patients on RateMDs. com The overall consensus is that Martin cares about his patients. He’s approachable, takes time to listen and gets to know the people he helps. He is also sympathetic to finding affordable treatment options and incredibly knowledgeable. One patient sums Martin up as, “Best doctor in the world.”

BEST HOTEL SERVICE PERSONNEL

RICH HEFFELFINGER

Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident Rich Heffelfinger has earned the love and respect of his co-workers. “He’s been around here for a long time. He’s very informative. If he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he’ll find out,” Harrah’s concierge Vanessa Heckendorn said. “He’s also a great dad.” Heffelfinger, concierge supervisor at the Stateline casino, commutes from Gardnerville, Nev., to his South Shore job, but he hasn’t lost his rapport with the locals or his insider knowledge of the Tahoe community.

BEST SKI INSTRUCTOR

CHRISTINE WOODCOCK

It’s hard to find a ski instructor that has real credibility, but look no further than Christine Woodcock. The Heavenly Resort instructor has skied competitively for years and counts first place giant slalom finishes in the Junior Olympics among her distinctions.
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BEST NURSE

TAMARA BURNS AT BARTON ER

“Tamara is one of the most positive and energetic nurses in the Emergency Department. She is community minded and volunteers for many community programs as well as organizes many community projects,” according to Barton Health Emergency Department Co-Director Beth Brown. “Tamara not only puts her patient first but, she is willing to go above and beyond for them to make sure they are well taken care of, and that patients have what they need to continue taking care of themselves when they return home.”

BEST PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICER

TRAVIS CABRAL

Travis Cabral, a South Lake Tahoe native, traded in his mogul skis for a badge about five years ago and has been serving the community where he grew up ever since. “He’s a public figure in this community, and it’s nice that such a known person in this town is in (our department),” said Sgt. Cam Carmichael at the time Cabral was hired. “He’s an absolutely great kid all the way around.”

EDGAR RODRIGUEZ
Edgar keeps the suds flowing at local’s favorite Steamers Bar & Grill. The former South Tahoe High School student embraces the bar’s love of Bay Area teams like the San Francisco 49ers and is quick with a smile and a refill. With more than a few bars in town, Rodriguez faced stiff competition for the “Best of Tahoe” bartender spot, but ultimately came out on top.
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BEST BARTENDER

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

JERAMIE LU PHOTOGRAPHY

The Sparks-raised Jeramie Lu has been in business as a photographer for four years following a career as a massage therapist. He focuses on portraits and wedding photography. “I am ego-less. I listen. I create. The more people I can meet and capture, the more fulfilled I will be,” Lu wrote on his website.

BEST TEACHER

SARA PIERCE

Lake Tahoe Community College Professor Sara Pierce loves teaching Spanish. She started a Facebook page in 2011 as a resource for students, past and present, and community members interested in Spanish music, current events, proverbs and more. Unless you’re a SCUBA diver, you need to learn the language, according to Pierce. “I think first and foremost I come to the college to be a good role model for my students and to teach them these crucial language skills,” she said. “I’m really honored.”

BEST LOCAL BAND

IKE & MARTIN

Performing together for almost two decades this local acoustic duo boasts a deep song list and can be found performing dozens of shows around the lake each year. “From their first musical meeting in Phoenix, their chemistry was undeniable. Sharing a passion for great songwriting, harmony vocals, humor and Bourbon, they forged a friendship and musical partnership that has wowed audiences all over the world,” according to their website.

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BEST REALTOR

MACKENZIE MARTIN

Mackenzie Martin knows the ins and outs of the California and Nevada Real Estate markets because she was born and raised here. She will add this year’s Best of Tahoe© award to Century 21’s Quality Service Award and the Best of Tahoe© Best Realtor of 2012 award. “Mackenzie is successful because she gives her time and friendship to her clients,” Carl Fair, owner of Century 21 Tahoe Paradise said. “She is blessed with efficiency and charisma, which help her in all her real estate transactions.”

BEST LOCAL CHARITY

CHRISTMAS CHEER

A go-to charity at the South Shore, Christmas Cheer has provided food, clothing and toys to families in need in the area for decades. While the nonprofit gets especially busy around the holidays, the group provides help to hundreds of people year around and is a critical link in the community.
Volunteers at Christmas Cheer put together boxes of food those in need.

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THE WINNERS
LOCAL BAND
Ike & Martin
Runner Up: Cash Only

BARTENDER
Edgar Rodriguez at Steamers Bar & Grill
Runner Up: Ricardo Diaz at Naked Fish

WAITER/WAITRESS
Guy Dangelo at Edgewood
Runner Up: Beth Harper at Bert’s

HOTEL SERVICE PERSONNEL
Rich Heffelfinger at Harrahs Concierge
Runner Up: Tracy Zehner at Lakeside

LOCAL CHARITY
Christmas Cheer
Runner Up: Bread & Broth

PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICER
Travis Cabral
Runner Up: Greg Almos, Sherrif

VETERINARIAN
Dr. David Monroe at Sierra Veterinary Hospital
Runner Up: Dr. Powell at Alpine Animal Hospital
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DENTIST
Dr. Kevin Cassidy
Runner Up: Dr. Jeff Chamberlain

DOCTOR
Dr. Patrick Martin at Alpine Family Practice
Runner Up: Dr. Allison Monroe at Alpine Family Practice

NURSE
Tamara Burns at Barton Emergency Room
Runner Up: Rachelle Pakes at Barton

PHYSICAL TRAINER
Eufay Wood at Sierra Athletic Club
Runner Up: Samantha Wade at Sierra Athletic Club

TEACHER
Sara Pierce at Lake Tahoe Community College
Runner Up: Bridey Hiedel

SKI INSTRUCTOR
Christine Woodcock
Runner Up: Tiffany Grimes

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PHOTOGRAPHER
Jeramie Lu Photography
Runner Up: Karen Linsley at Image Angels

INSURANCE AGENT
Erik Watada at State Farm Insurance
Runner Up: Jon Hetherton at Farmer’s Insurance

REALTOR
Mackenzie Martin at Century 21 Tahoe Paradise
Runner Up: Brooke Hernandez at Chase International

HAIR STYLIST
Shelly McMillan at Imagine Salon
Runner Up: Brian Switzer at Studio 4

NAIL TECHNICIAN
Sherry Hawks at Altitude Salon
Runner Up: Lillian Lang at Lillian’s Sun and Nails

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ASPEN HOLLOW

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BARTON HEALTH

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BEST SHOPPING CENTER

THE VILLAGE CENTER

BUSINESSES
BEST CLOTHING STORE
SIDESTREET BOUTIQUE

BEST SPA EXPERIENCE
BIO SPIRIT DAY SPA

BEST NEW BUSINESS

TAHOE RISING YOGA STUDIO

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TAHOE SPORTS LTD
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THE HIGHLIGHTS
BEST NEW BUSINESS

TAHOE RISING

Whether you’re looking for a fresh-baked pastry or a soothing yoga session, Tahoe Rising has got you covered. South Lake Tahoe’s newest yoga studio strives to offer a calming space, inspirational practices and healthy snacks.

BEST FUNKY LITTLE STORE

GAIA-LICIOUS GLOBAL GIFTS

“We try to make a positive difference in the community,” said Felix Brosch, who owns the shop with his wife Kelly. The colorful gifts and clothes inside Gaia-licious are locally made or certified fair trade. The shop has become a hub of information about health, wellness and community events. And, it always smells like flowers inside.
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NEW BUSINESS
Tahoe Rising Yoga Studio
Runner Up: TJ Maxx

CUSTOMER SERVICE
Sidestreet Boutique
Runner Up: Liane McCombs Wedding and Event Planning

SHOPPING CENTER
The Village Center
Runner Up: Heavenly Village

SUMMER RETAILER
Tahoe Sports LTD
Runners Up: Lake of the Sky Outfitters & South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle

WINTER RECREATION RETAIL
Tahoe Sports LTD
Runner Up: Powder House Ski & Board

FUNKY LITTLE STORE
Gaia-licious Global Gifts
Runner Up: Barton Gift Shop

JEWELRY SHOP
Simpson’s Jewelers
Runner Up: Round Hill Jewelry

CLOTHING STORE
Sidestreet Boutique
Runner Up: Savvy
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ART GALLERY
Dirk Yuricich Photography
Runner Up: Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

FLORIST
Thran’s Flowers
Runner Up: Enchanted Florist

PLANT NURSERY
Aspen Hollow
Runner Up: Nels Hardware and Garden Center

SEASONAL OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE
Z’s Landscaping & Tahoe Outdoor Living
Runner Up: Lud’s Landscaping

HOME IMPROVEMENT
DIY Home Center
Runner Up: Meeks Lumber

INTERIOR HOME IMPROVEMENT
DIY Home Center
Runner Up: Meek’s Lumber & Hardware

GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Don Goodyear and Sons
Runner Up: Beckwith Construction

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HARDWARE STORE
Scotty’s Hardware
Runner Up: DIY Home Center

ELECTRICIAN
Ball Electric
Runner Up: Winter’s Electric

CARPET CLEANING
Kinney’s Carpet Care
Runner Up: Carpet Cops

PET STORE
Tahoe Pet Station
Runner Up: Dog Dog Cat

PET CARE
Tahoe Best Friends
Runner Up: Alpine Animal Hospital

GAS STATION
Raley’s
Runner Up: Safeway

TRANSPORTATION
Blue Go - Tahoe Transportation District
Runner Up: Sunshine Yellow Cab

MARINA
Tahoe Keys Marina
Runner Up: Ski Run Marina

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FISHING CHARTER
Tahoe Sport Fishing
Runners Up: Eagle Point Charters & O’Malley’s Fishing Charter

YOGA & PILATES
Lake Tahoe Yoga Studio & School
Tahoe Rising Yoga Studio

PLACE TO WORKOUT
Sierra Athletic Club
Push Fitness

HEALTH CARE FACILITY
Barton Health
Stateline Medical

SPA EXPERIENCE
Bio Spirit Day Spa
Elements Day Spa

HAIR SALON/BARBER SHOP
Imagine Salon
Studio 4

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
El Dorado Savings Bank
Wells Fargo

AUTO CARE
Norm’s Auto Repair
Five Star Auto & Anything Gas

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AUTO REPAIR
Norm’s Auto Repair
Anything Gas & Eloise Automotive

ELECTRONICS
Radio Shack
Accurate Audio Video

ELECTRONICS REPAIR
Accurate Audio Video
Frank’s TV

PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR
Nixon’s Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing
Rudy’s Heating & Plumbing

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Art Galleries
Artifacts Jon Paul Gallery Marcus Ashley Gallery Sun Art Gallery Untamed Art Wyland Galleries

Eateries
Baja Fresh Blue Dog Pizza Jamba Juice Raley’s Deli Starbucks Subway

Services
Bike Rentals - Sports Ltd. Buckingham Vacation Properties Century 21 Elevated Fitness Imagine Salon Raley’s Pharmacy Raley’s Superstore Rio Nails & Spa Wells Fargo Bank

Specialty Shoppes
Alpaca Exotic Imports Beads ETC. Dog.Dog.Cat. Lake Tahoe Holidays Simpson’s Jewelers Sports, Ltd. Tahoe Trading Post True Value Hardware

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