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Best Claremont park Best picnic spot


Memorial Park 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Memorial Park was opened in 1946 and is currently home to Claremont Heritage. It is the site of many community events, including the Fourth of July celebration and summer Concerts in the Park. The park covers 7.2 acres and includes: a bandshell, softball field, handicap accessible playground, a lighted basketball court, lighted sand volleyball court, tennis court and large group picnic area. Second place: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

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Claremont hidden treasure


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
Phone: 625-8767 www. rsabg.org Garden hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. California Garden Gift Shop hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed: January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. See website for admission prices. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens was established in 1927 and is the largest botanic garden devoted to California native plants. The gardens are privately funded and reach out to the community through education, research and the sales of native plants from their nursery. Besides offering guests the chance to walk through the gardens, RSABG features exhibits on display in their gardens or coinciding with the season. Upcoming events include the Things That Go Bump in the Night tour on Saturday, October 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Best street for an evening stroll


College Avenue
This stretch of road covers everything that Claremont has to offer. The street goes from quiet residential area to the busy shuffle of the Claremont Village. With the shade of the trees and historical homes, it is a pleasant stroll through the best the city has to offer. College Avenue connects Foothill to First Street in the Village. Touching the heart of downtown, walkers are able to easily access clothing stores, restaurants and shops.

Make-out spot

Tie for first place: Mt. Baldy turnouts Top of the parking garage on First Street

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Best new business Best place for the guys to grab a drink
Claremont Craft Ales 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204C, Claremont
Phone: 625-5350 www.claremontcraftales.com Hours: Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Sunday: noon to 4 p.m. Claremont Craft Ales offers fans of artisan beers the chance to relax and make memories within the tasting room. Brewmaster Simon Browns creations are made with the season and connoisseur in mind. Guests to the tasting room are in for a treat of ales, IPA, wheat or porters on tap. Completely local, customers pay $5 for a pint of their choice. If guest are unsure of which drink to commit to, tasters are available ranging from $1.50 to $2. Customers should check out Claremont Craft Ales for events such as an Heirloom class every third Wednesday of the month, Art on Tap co-hosted by Otterspace and special food truck visits every Friday and Saturday. Second place, new business: I Like Pie Second place, best spot for guys to grab a drink: The Back Abbey
COURIER photo/Cameron Barr Brian and Natalie Seffer, left, and Emily Moultrie and Simon Brown own and manage Claremont Craft Ales, the citys first brewery, which opened in August of last year.

Best spot for a girls night out


Casa 425 425 W. First St., Claremont
Phone: 625-2272 www.casa425.com Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Casa 425 is a boutique hotel and lounge in the Claremont Village. This home away from home is steps away from art galleries, cafes, night-life and fine restaurants. The hotel features a lounge area where guests and locals can relax. The lounge and bar at Casa 425 offers an intimate place where friends can meet up to get drinks or grab a light dinner. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. every night and features different drinks between $5 and $9 and choice appetizers. During the warmer months, guests can relax in the outdoor courtyard around glass fire pits. Visit Casa 425 on Saturday, September 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. to enjoy the Lorenzo Grassi Trio while enjoying snacks and cocktails. More information can be found on their website. Second place girls night out: Hip Kitty

Best place for a late-night snack and drink Best first date
Viva Madrid, 225 Yale Ave., Claremont
Phone: 624-5500 www.vivamadrid.com Hours: Every night from 5 to 11 p.m. Viva Madrid is an authentic Spanish tapas bar offering favorites like shrimp with garlic sauce, paella, rice cooked with saffron, green and red peppers, onions and peas, and dates wrapped with bacon and grilled. The small, dimly-lit dining room provides the perfect ambience for a first date. Second place late-night snack: The Press Second place first date: Union on Yale

Best pasta
Tutti Mangia, 102 Harvard Ave., Claremont

Best fine dining

Phone: 625-4669 www.tuttimangia.com Hours: Lunch served Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner served Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 4 to 9 p.m. Tutti Mangia combines flavors of the world with classic Italian dishes. For the past 9 years, Chef Jose Ruizs meals have achieved a culinary excellence and prestige. Guests are invited to enjoy a romantic night out at the Inland Empires only Italian chophouse. Customers can pick from a dinner menu of 8 meat or fish dishes, 7 soups and salads and 10 different pasta dishes. Cuts of meat include an 8-ounce Manhattan cut USDA Prime New York and a 32- to 36-ounce Harris Ranch Tomahawk Chop. Select a wine to accompany your meal or a house specialty drink. Second place best fine dining: Flemings Second place pasta: La Parollacia

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Best breakfast menu


Euro Cafe 546 E. Base Line Rd., Claremont
Phone: 621-4666 www.eurocafeclaremont.com Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Euro Caf was one of the first Portuguese restaurants in southern California and has served the Claremont area since 2004. Both Italian dishes and Portuguese specials are served daily. The Euro Caf is part of the farmto-table movement and serves fresh foods. Guests coming in for breakfast have the choice of selecting one of the restaurants omelets or building their own. For a more traditional taste, linguicia is used in a few of the recipes. Second place best breakfast: Village Grille
COURIER photo/Ryan Gann Joey Medeiros is one of the owners of Euro Caf, located on Base Line Road in the Vons shopping center.

COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger Nangy and Fahima Gharfarshad, 40-year owners of Walters restauraunt.

Best business lunch Best dinner out with the in-laws


Walters Restaurant, 310 Yale Ave., Claremont
Phone: 624-4914 www.waltersrestaurant.com Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday champagne brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Since 1957, Walters Restaurant has been feeding the people of Claremont. Purchased by Nangy and Fahima Ghafarshad in 1973, their 40-year ownership has changed the dining experience to include a menu offering a variety of dishes from Afghanistan. Walters chefs have received training in France and parts of California and attended classes with honorary chefs including Wolfgang Puck. To top it all off, Walters strives to serve the freshest meals without use of trans-fat oil in any of their recipes. Guests can enjoy Walters new happy hour, including $2 drink specials, discounted appetizers and about 40 beers on tap. Second place business lunch: Union on Yale Second place dinner out with the in-laws: La Parolaccia

Best place to dine on a budget


Bua Thai 450 W. First St., Claremont
Phone: 626-6666 Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bua Thai offers large portions for a low price. Thai fans will enjoy dishes like pad thai, crispy duck, fried rice specials or specially made soups. Whether dining in or getting take-out, the food is prepared fresh when ordered. The lunch special is less than $10. Second place on a budget: Sacas Mediterranean

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COURIER photo/Ryan Ganns Bert & Rockys Cream Co. located in the Claremont Village at 242 Yale Ave.

Best ice cream or frozen yogurt


Bert & Rockys Cream Company 242 Yale Ave., Claremont
Phone: 625-1852 Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Owned by Sherry and Brent Hunter since its opening in 1997, Bert & Rockys offers fresh ice cream and sweets for customers every day. The classic candy shop part of the store offers old-fashioned sweets alongside the treats that are made in-store. Enjoy 50 flavors of handmade frozen treats, fresh caramel clusters, barks, fudge or oldfashioned milk shakes, malts, floats and ice cream sodas. If your favorite flavor is not up front, the staff will check the back to see if they have any available. This fall, look for pumpkin-flavored ice cream, yogurt and fudge. For Thanksgiving the store will be selling ice cream pies for the holiday season including pumpkin, apple and rum raisin. Second place: 21 Choices

COURIER photo/Warren Bessant Mike Manning is the owner of the Last Drop Cafe in Claremont. Mr. Manning said he enjoys Claremont for its small-town feel.

Best cup of coffee Best service/friendliest wait staff


Last Drop Cafe 119 Harvard Ave., Claremont
Phone: 482-1870 www.thelastdropcafe.com Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Last Drop Caf has been a favorite coffee shop in Claremont for the past 20 years. Owned by Mike Manning since 2008, the Last Drop is praised for having the best cup of coffee in Claremont. The shop offers a variety of desserts and lunch options, including gluten-free and vegan-friendly choices. The caf has fresh-brewed coffee, blended ice drinks and various types of lattes, and fresh-baked cookies that can be paired with any cup of coffee. The shop also offers a selection of classic sandwiches, such as toasted garlic cheese melt or oven-roasted turkey. This fall, drop in and taste the fall specials, which will feature a pumpkin pie latte and hot milk tea. Best cup of coffee, second place: Some Crust Bakery Best wait staff, second place: Walters

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Best cheeseburger
Eureka Burger, 580 W. First St., Claremont
Phone: 445-8875 www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eureka Burger has taken their love of burgers seriously since opening in Redlands in 2009. With the expansion to Claremont in 2011, owners Nick Fontova, Justin Nedelman, Paul Frederik and Ron Guidone brought the best cheeseburger to the Claremont area. Located across southern California, Eureka Burger offers atmosphere, craft beer and gourmet burgers. This spot is great for groups of friends looking to kick back and relax after a long day. The Eureka location in Claremont has weekly performances and drink specials. Best cheeseburger, second place: The Back Abbey

Best local band


The Ravelers
www.ravelers.com Pat: 593-5956 or Hai: 620-1450. This local Claremont group started in 1987 when 4 friends donned polka-dotted shirts and set out to entertain. The Ravelers share generations of rock n roll with their audience with song covers like Ob-LaDi, Ob-La-Da, Shout and Mustang Sally. The Ravelers are available for corporate functions, private parties, wedding receptions, churches and schools. Second place: The Dogs

Best Mexican food

Pattys, 1332 N. Towne Ave., Claremont


Phone: 625-9160 Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pattys homemade tortillas, fresh ingredients and healthy portions leave customers leaving full and happy. Despite an occasional line, Pattys makes a great lunch spot. Everything is made-to-order, including burritos, tortas, nachos, enchiladas and soups. Guests who want to add some spice can grab some homemade hot sauce on the way out. Best Mexican food, second place: Espiaus

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Best hair salon or day spa


Audacious Salon, 601 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
Phone: 626-7307 www.audacioussalon.com Hours: Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Audacious has kept busy serving the Claremont community since its opening in 2007. With a staff of 5 stylists, Audacious works to have cutting-edge service and up-to-date products to serve customers. Hair services include cuts and styles, treatments to keep hair healthy, coloring options and special services for unique hair types. Make-up lessons and application are also available for customers along with waxing options. First-time guests can receive $15 off of their first hair care service. Referral rewards are available for regulars and monthly promotions are updated on the Audacious website. Second place: Escape Salon

COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Claremont Club swim team coach John Ries talks to his team recently during one of the daily workouts at the Club's Olympic-sized pool.

Best fitness center or yoga studio


Claremont Club 1777 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont
Phone: 625-6791 www.claremontclub.com Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Get on with your health kick at this 19-acre health, tennis, fitness and aquatic facility. Stanley Clark opened the facilities as a tennis club in 1972 and began focusing on the health of Claremont. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Club expanded beyond tennis to include conditioning and a day spa for guests. Catering to their members every need; The Claremont Club offers a relaxing environment to put guests minds at ease as they work on improving their health. Interested guests should contact the Claremont Club about membership. Upcoming events include the Art of Giving charity event set to take place Saturday, September 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. in association with the Pomona Valley Hospital. Food, wine tasting, food, music, auctions and raffles promise fun and all proceeds benefit families facing cancer. Best fitness center/yoga, second place: Claremont Yoga

Best menu for the health-conscious


Pita Pit, 1 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont
Phone: 624-3900 www.pitapitusa.com Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dine-in or carry-out, Pita Pit is a fast and healthy alternative to normal fast food chains. The pit ditched the buns and wrap sandwiches in lebanese-style pitas. Starting in Canada, the Pita Pit has trickled down and grown throughout the United States. The restaurant does not stick to any one style of pita. Instead guests can order breakfast and veggie pitas or stick to soups and salads when ordering. Catering for bigger events is also offered through each location. Best healthy menu, second place: Dr. Grubbs

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Best auto mechanic


Connie & Dicks 150 Olive St., Claremont
Phone: 626-5653 www.connieanddicks.com Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening in Claremont in 1960 as part of a Mobil station, Connie & Dicks has been serving the community for 53 years. The shop serves the Claremont, Glendora, Montclair, Pomona, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland area. Customers are invited to take a tour of the facilities before their vehicles first service visit. The shop offers a wide range of services for their customers from the standard check-up of funny noises to major engine repairs. A complimentary shuttle service is available to take waiting guests to local destinations while their car is being serviced. Hybrids are also serviced with up-to-date technology services without the need to send the car into the dealer for repairs. Current specials include $25 off fuel injection/induction service and $39.99 oil change and tire rotation service. Contact the shop for more details and appointments. Best mechanic, second place: Upland Automotive

Best dry cleaners


Rockys Laundry and Cleaners 108 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont
Phone: 626-3967 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Current owner Debbie Hatfield took over Rockys Laundry and Cleaners in 1990, continuing the tradition of quality service started in COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff the 1950s. The loyal cusJeff Hatfield helps longtime customer Scot Curry with his dry clean- tomer base praises the cleaning recently at Rockys Cleaners in the Claremont Village. ers continued care for their needs. Customers are able to drop off soiled garments and pick them up clean and neatly folded. Delivery is also available to local businesses, homes and The Colleges. Rockys other services include draperies, bedding and carpets. If any items have tears, Ms. Hatfield will patch and repair the item to ensure it is cared for while in her possession. Best dry cleaners, second place: Millers Cleaners

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Best dentist
Dr. Steve Fountain Claremont Dental Institute 601 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
Phone: 625- 4101 www.claremontdentalinstitute.com The Claremont Dental Institute prides itself on offering a wide range of services to the Claremont area including preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and childrens dentistry. By building lasting relationships, customers can expect help in maintaining healthy smiles. Dr. Steve Fountain has been a member of the Claremont community for 25 years. He received his associates degree as a radiologic technologist at Chaffey Community College while working his way through school at San Antonio Community Hospital. Dr. Fountain earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Azusa Pacific University in 2000 and went on to get his doctorate in dental surgery in 2004 from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Check out Claremont Dental Institutes website and Facebook for promotions and updates to the office. Best dentist, second place: Dr. Wayne Wally Cox

Best optometrist
Claremont Optometry, 695 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
Phone: 625-7861 In practice for about 27 years, Claremont Optometry works to provide eye care with a personal touch. The practice is run by Dr. Brad Baggarly and Dr. Ann Johannsen. The offices eye care instruments are constantly being updated to better care for their patients eye health. If any patients are intimidated or nervous, the doctors will explain what the machines purpose is to help put the mind at ease. Claremont Optometry believes in educating patients about their vision and sharing the concern for healthy eyes. Services include a selection of designer frames, eye care instruction and online contact purchasing. Interested patients can fill out patient forms at the Claremont Optometry website to save paper and time. Second place: Dr. Anna Torres

Best hospital and urgent care


Pomona Valley Medical Center 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona
Phone: 865-9500 www.pvhmc.org Started in 1903, the Pomona Valley Medical Center has served the Pomona Valley area for over 100 years. It is staffed with more than 600 physicians, 3000 employees and 1000 volunteers offering comprehensive medical services. There is no appointment necessary for care at the facility. Best hospital, second place: San Antonio Community Hospital

Doctor
Dr. Robyn Jacoby 430 W. Base Line Rd., Claremont
Phone: 621-3916 www.claremontmedicalctr.com Claremont Medical Center is a part of Chaparral Medical Group, which serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Fontana, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar. The facility has up-to-date technology to ensure every medical condition is treated properly. Dr. Jacoby grew up in Santa Barbara before attending UC Davis for her bachelor of science in zoology. She continued her education at Western University of Health Science, where she completed her residency in family practice. Dr. Jacoby is board-certified and serves patients of all ages and has expertise in preventative medicine, well-woman care, adolescent care and family medicine. Best doctor, second place: Dr. Glenn Miya

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Best happy hour Best place to drown your sorrows


The Press 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont
Phone: 625-4808 www.thepressrestaurant.com Hours: Monday, 8 p.m. to midnight; Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight. Originally built in 1920 as home to the Claremont COURIER printing press, the space on Harvard Avenue is now a place for good food, music and drinks. The Press opened in 1996, led by current owner Stephen Rudicel, and has been bringing color to the streets of the Village ever since. Known as a lively gathering place for locals, every night is a treat at The Press. Brainiacs on all topics can go in and enjoy King Trivia Night every Tuesday or sit back and listen to live bands play jazz, blues or rock-and-roll during the week. On Sunday, September. 29 the community is invited to remember local musician John Harrelson, who died in June. At 9 p.m. The Press will be having a jam session in his honor with bands taking the stage to remember Mr. Harrelsons contribution to music. Check The Press website for detailed event information. Best happy hour, second place: Casa 425 Best place to drown your sorrows, second place: At home

COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff The Press Restaurant on Harvard Avenue in Claremont has been a popular hang-out for many years in the Claremont Village.

Best grocery store or market


Wolfes Market 160 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
Phone: 626-8508 www.wolfesmarket.com Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wolfes Market has offered quality service for the Claremont community since 1917. The market was opened by John Wolfe on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill Boulevard before being moved for a better view to its current location of Foothill and Harvard. The market has stayed in the family and is now operated by Tom Wolfe. Customers are offered gourmet specialties, top quality produce, and a full service deli and meat department. A wide range of goods is also available on the menu for those looking to grab something for lunch or to cater an event. A full meat counter will thrill any meat-lover with prime grade selections available. Even if they do not have what guests are looking for, the friendly staff will do their best to help find the perfect cut. With the holidays just around the corner, customers can expect fresh Sheltons turkeys and a holiday menu in the coming months. Best market, second place: Trader Joes

Best pizza Best spot for dinner out with teenagers


Pizza N Such 202 Yale Ave., Claremont
Phone: 624-7214 www.pizzansuchclaremont.com Hours: Sunday through Thursday. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Claremonts oldest pizzeria and Los Angeles Times 2011 readers choice winner, Pizza N Such has been serving the Claremont area since 1979. The menu has classic Italian dishes as well as pizzas made with fresh dough and ingredients. Dishes include classic pizzeria starters such as chicken wings or fried mozzarella. Subs are also available and, before 3 p.m., customers can pick from smaller lunch specials. For the pizza lover, try one of the 8 pizzas from the menu or construct your own pizza. For those who might be looking for an Italian dinner, classic dishes are also available such as chicken parmesan and spaghetti. Coupons are available on the Pizza N Such website. The restaurant recently added a large selection of craft beers. Stop by the bar to see whats offered. Best pizza, second place: zPizza Best teenage dinner, second place: Eureka Burger

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Pet groomer
Hair of the Dog 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107A Claremont
Phone: 626-5066 www.hairofthedogclaremont.com Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Sunday Hair of the Dog is thankful for the chance to be considered best of the best pet grooming in Claremont. The shop offers an escape for your pets as well-trained and experienced groomers pamper them. The shop opened in 1987 with owners Rochelle Darrow and Renee Eden before changing hands. Ownership stayed close to home in 2007 when Julie Hines took over. Ms. Hines has worked with Hair of the Dog since 1988. Covering all breeds, pets are pampered, dried off and allowed to roam around the shop to socialize until their owner picks them up. Hair of the Dog also offers toys, pet shampoos, custom dog collars and organic food and treats to keep their clients tails wagging. Pick-up and delivery services for elderly or disabled owners are available along with doggy day-care services that work around the shops hours. For customers that have special needs dogs Ms. Hines and her staff will do their best to see if they can bring special products into the shop to be sold as long as it is organic and healthy for the canine clientele. Best groomers, second place: Michelles Dog Groomers

COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff Owner and groomer Julie Hines works on a customers dog recently at Hair of the Dog groomers in Claremont. She bought Hair of the Dog from the original owners in 2007.

Most pet-friendly place


Claremont Pooch Park 100 S. College Ave., Claremont
www.focpp.org Hours: Every day, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Take furry friends out for some exercise at the Claremont Pooch Park. This enclosed park leaves lots of room for pets to run, play and socialize without the fear of losing them. Friends of the Claremont Pooch Park regulate and maintain the park to keep your pet safe. Guests are asked to remove litter, keep aggressive dogs out of the park, have vaccinations up-to-date and make sure their dog is healthy before socializing with other dogs. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the FOCPP should visit the website for details on meetings. Most pet-friendly, second place: Claremont Craft Ales

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Best mom and pop shop Best kids shop


Boon Companion 145 Harvard Ave., Claremont
Phone: 625-1993 Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For over 30 years, Boon Companion has offered young guests the chance to explore through a collection of toys, books and games. The owners, Reed and Nancy Johnson, have prided themselves on collecting a selection of traditional toys for children to play with while keeping up with the latest trends. Toys carried include Playmobil, Mega Bloks, Klutz books and a collection of Calico Critters products. Children that visit the shop have a chance to play with trains on table tops or an assortment of Calico Critter toys. Visit Boon Companion as the holidays approach. The store will be getting more toys and books just in time for the Christmas season. Best mom and pop, second place: Heirloom Best kids shop, second place: Tattle Tails

carry some Australian brand clothing such as Tigerlily slimwear and Bardeou. From September 27 to September 29, Amelie will be having their 20/30/40 discount clearance sale. For more information, visit the Amelie website. New top, second place: Nectar

Best shop for a last-minute birthday gift


Barbara Cheatleys 215 Yale Ave., Claremont
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff Reed and Nancy Johnson have owned Boon Companion toy store in the Claremont Village for 30 years. Their success is due to a dual focus on selling traditional toys and identifying the newest trends.

Phone: 621-4161 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stocked with holiday decorations and knick-knack gifts, Barbara Cheatleys has a wide range of little finds that will thrill any collector. After 38 years of business, the store has become a diverse collection of objects to brighten up a home. Customers seeking holiday-themed wares will be delighted by the assortment of dcor they will find in the shop. Year-round, Barbara Cheatleys offers dishes, candles, unique gift items, decoration and cook books. This season, look for pieces from the Bethany Lowe and Bridgewater pottery collections. Barbara Cheatleys will be closing for one week to decorate for the Christmas season. Check in with the stores facebook to see what is new in stock. Last-minute gift, second place: Heirloom

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 4Cs Finecraft Jewelers is owned and operated by Tom and Cecilia Cerafice and has been open since the 1970s. Besides servicing the jewelry of Claremont, the shop has also donated to local schools, booster clubs, Claremont Little League, the Art of Giving and The Be Perfect Foundation. As a full-service jewelry store, 4Cs specializes in watch repair and custom jewelry design. The shop carries a wide selection of diamond engagement rings and can order charms upon request.

Best place to get a new top for a night out


Amelie 132 Yale Ave., Claremont
Phone: 624-5651 www.shopamelie.com Hours: Every day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Opened in 2003 by Sydney Froehling, Amelie offers contemporary style to the women of the Claremont area. The store is stocked full of indie brand clothing from around the world as well as local fashion and items that can be gifted for special occasions. The stores website offers fashion tips and tricks as well as style suggestions inspired by New York fashion. Some brands the store carries include Joes Brand Denim, BB Dakota, Sanctuary and LA Made. They also

Best jeweler
4Cs Finecraft Jewelers 307 Yale Ave., Claremont
Phone: 624-1562 www.4csfinecraftjewelers.com

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Best residential senior facility


Mt. San Antonio Gardens 900 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona
Phone: 624-5061 www.msagardens.org Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located just blocks away from the heart of Claremont, Mt. San Antonio Gardens offers their residents local access to the cultural and recreational areas of the city. The facility has served the city for 46 years and offers homes with architectural style and easy livability. The homes are placed in the garden-like parks of the grounds for the enjoyment of the more than 470 residents. Residents have access to round-the-clock medical services with on-site nursing and assisted living. Housekeeping and basic maintenance services are also available to keep residents comfortable. Amenities include a wellness center, year-round heated outdoor swimming pool and 9-hole putting green. Contact Mt. San Antonio Gardens about resident and tour information. Residential senior faciltiy, second place: Pilgrim Place

Best local real estate agent


Mason Prophet Wheeler Steffen Sothebys International Realty 500 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
Phone: 447-7708 www.masonprophet.com Affiliating earlier this year, Wheeler Steffen and Sothebys International Realty took up residence in Claremont in 2013. They serve Pomona and Walnut Valley as well as the foothill communities. Wheeler Steffen was established in 1960 and, with the affiliation, can now offer clients marketing programs and materials that maximize their exposure. Mason Prophet is a Broker for Wheeler Steffen and Sothebys International Realty. He received his bachelors degree in business from Cal Poly Pomona and has lived in Claremont for 25 years. For out-of-state clients, Mr. Prophet will find a realtor in their respective areas to make the process smoother. Second place: Ryan Zimmerman

Best local financial planner


Don Gould, Gould Asset Management LLC 341 W. First St., Suite 200, Claremont
Phone: 445-1291 www.gouldasset.com Don Gould formed Gould Asset Management LLC in 1999 after working with Franklin Templeton Investments. In 2002, individually-managed accounts became the core of the business. The company currently manages more than $350 million for more than 200 clients Mr. Gould is the president and chief investment officer. With over 3 decades of industry experience he has continued to develop and apply innovative investment strategies. A Pomona College graduate, Mr. Gould has continued to give back to The Colleges by teaching courses and giving guest lectures. Second-place tie: Suzanne Christian and Jeff Stark