Best of Sacramento 2006-


Subscribers’ Picks
Beauty Supply Shop

1. Total Beauty Experience
2. Ulta
3. Sally Beauty Supply
Runner-Up: The Beauty Source

Day Spa
1. Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa
2. Hoshall’s Salon & Spa
3. Esthetics by Jeanette
Runner-Up: Blue Sky Day Spa

Hair Salon
1. Hoshall’s Salon & Spa
2. Total Beauty Experience
3. Mosaic Salon and Spa
Runner-Up: New Attitude

Place To Buy Jewelry
1. Guzzetta & Co Fine Jewelers
3. Grebitus & Sons Fine Jewelry & Gift House
3. Sharif Jewelers
Runner-Up: Rogers Jewelry

Place To Buy a Special Gift

1. William Glen
2. Guzzetta & Co Fine Jewelers
3. Sharif Jewelers and Total Beauty Experience (tie)
Runner-Up: Nordstrom

Real Estate Company
1. Lyon Real Estate
2. Coldwell Banker
3. RE/MAX Gold
Runner-Up: Dunnigan Realtors

Live Theater
1. B Street Theatre
2. Music Circus
3. Sacramento Theatre Company
Runner-Up: Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre

1. Crocker Art Museum
2. California State Railroad Museum
3. Discovery Museum
Runner-Up: The California Museum for History, Women & the Arts

Music Store

1. Tower Records
2. Borders Books and Music, and Dimple Records (tie)
3. Skip’s Music
Runner-Up: The Beat

1. Tom Sullivan
2. Shari Fitzpatrick and Joyce Raley Teel (tie)
3. Kelly Brothers, Bill Hoshall, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof and Alex Spanos (tie)

Casino Within 90 Minutes
1. Thunder Valley Casino
2. Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
3. Cache Creek Casino Resort
Runner-Up: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Casino Restaurant Within 90 Minutes
1. Austin’s Steakhouse, Thunder Valley Casino
2. Feast Buffet, Thunder Valley Casino
3. Shanghai Fats, Thunder Valley Casino

Local Elected Official (Female)
1. Mayor Heather Fargo
2. State Sen. Deborah Ortiz
3. District Attorney Jan Scully
Runner-Up: U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui

Local Elected Official (Male)
1. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. Assemblyman Roger Niello
3. State Sen. Dave Cox


1. Angelo Tsakopoulos
2. Mort Friedman
3. Alex Spanos
Runner-Up: Fred Teichert

Place for a Massage
1. Mellow Me Out
2. Hoshall’s Salon & Spa
3. Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa
Runners-Up: Blue Sky Day Spa, Esthetics by Jeanette, Massage Envy

1. Treasured Tea Time
2. Partea Time

Bath Shop

1. Bath & Body Works
2. Bed Bath & Beyond
3. Total Beauty Experience
Runners-Up: The Body Shop, Linens-N-Things

1. Relles Florist
2. Twiggs Floral Design Gallery
3. Rust Florist
Runner-Up: Isolde’s Flowers

Local Jazz Group
1. Mumbo Gumbo
2. Mick Martin and The Blues Rockers, and Vivian Lee (tie)

High School Marching Band
1. Bella Vista
2. Kennedy
3. Elk Grove
Runners-Up: Folsom, McClatchy

Church Choir
1. Capital Christian Center
2. Fair Oaks Presbyterian
3. Bayside and First Covenant (tie)

Health Club

1. California Family Fitness
2. 24 Hour Fitness
3. Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa and The Capital Athletic Club (tie)
Runner-Up: Curves

Bicycle Store
1. City Bicycle Works
2. Bob’s Cycle Center
3. Performance Bicycle
Runners-Up: Carmichael Cycles, East Sac Bike + Board

1. Borders Books and Music
2. Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3. Tower Books
Runner-Up: Beers Books

Place To Take Dance Lessons
1. The Ballroom of Sacramento
2. Salazar’s Dance Studio
3. Arthur Murray
Runners-Up: Del Campo Dance Studio, Tango by the River

Local Entertainer

1. Jack Gallagher
2. Jackie Greene
3. Mick Martin and The Blues Rockers
Runner-Up: Vivian Lee

TV Reporter

1. Edie Lambert, KCRA 3
2. Mike TeSelle, KCRA 3
3. Brian Hickey, KCRA 3
Runners-Up: Mark S. Allen, CW 31; Tom DuHain, KCRA 3; Cristina Mendonsa, News10

TV News Anchor Team
1. Lois Hart and Dave Walker, KCRA 3
2. Cristina Mendonsa and Dale Schornack, News10
3. Marianne McClary and Nick Toma, CW 31
Runners-Up: Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Walt Gray, KCRA 3; Dan Elliott and Sharon Ito, News10

TV Morning Anchor
1. Walt Gray, KCRA 3
2. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA 3
3. Dan Elliott, News10
Runners-Up: Sharon Ito, News10;

Marianne McClary, CW 31; Nick Toma, CW 31 TV Sportscaster
1. Del Rodgers, KCRA 3
2. Jim Crandell, FOX40 and Brian May, News10 (tie)
3. Jim Kozimor, News10 and Ryan Yamamoto, News10 (tie)

TV Weather Person
1. Mark Finan, KCRA 3
2. Monica Woods, News10
3. Patty Souza, News10
Runners-Up: Dave Bender, CBS 13; Dirk Verdoorn, KCRA 3; Julie Watts, KCRA 3

10 p.m. News Anchor
1. Donna Cordova, FOX40
2. Sarah Gardner, WB58
3. Sam Shane, CBS 13

Afternoon Drive Radio Personality (after 4 p.m.)
1. Kitty O’Neal, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
2. Mike Lamb, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
3. Dana Hess, KGBY Y92.5 FM
Runners-Up: Grant Napear, Sports 1140 KHTK AM; Michael Savage, Talk 650 KSTE AM

Local Radio Talk-Show Host

1. Tom Sullivan, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
2. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (team), Talk 650 KSTE AM
3. Eric Hogue, KTKZ News Talk 105.5 FM/1380 AM
Runners-Up: Kelly Brothers, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM; Christine Craft, TalkCity 1240 AM KSAC; Davey D, KBMB 103.5; Kitty O’Neal, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM

Local Morning Drive Radio Team
1. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, Talk 650 KSTE AM
2. The Rise Guys, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
3. The Morning Rave, KDND 107.9 FM
Runners-Up: Kelly Brothers and Amy Lewis, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM; Pat and Tom, KNCI 105.1 FM; Rob, Arnie and Dawn, KRXQ 98.5 FM

Radio Sportscaster
1. Grant Napear, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
2. Gary Gerould, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
3. Pat Walsh, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
Runners-Up: Jim Kozimor, Sports 1140 KHTK AM; Mike Lamb, Sports 1140 KHTK AM

Jazz Radio Station
1. KSSJ 94.7 FM
2. KXJZ 90.9 FM
3. KYMX Mix 96.1 FM

Alternative Rock Radio Station
1. KWOD 106.5 FM
2. KZZO 100.5 FM
3. KQJK 93.7 Jack FM
Runner-Up: KSEG 96.9 FM

Country Radio Station
1. KNCI 105.1 FM
2. KRAK 1470 AM

Local Talk Radio Station
1. NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
2. Talk 650 KSTE AM
3. Sports 1140 KHTK AM
Runner-Up: KTKZ News Talk 105.5 FM/1380 AM

Oldies Radio Station
1. KYHL V101.1 FM
2. KOOL 101.9 FM
3. KSEG 96.9 FM
Runners-Up: KXCL 92.1 FM, KYMX Mix 96.1 FM

Radio Station at Work
1. KGBY Y92.5 FM
2. KSSJ 94.7 FM
3. KYMX Mix 96.1 FM
Runners-Up: KNCI 105.1 FM, KSEG 96.9 FM

Rock Radio Station
1. KSEG 96.9 FM
2. KRXQ 98.5 FM
3. KQJK 93.7 Jack FM and KWOD 106.5 FM (tie)
Runner-Up: KZZO 100.5 FM

Soft Rock Radio Station
1. KYMX Mix 96.1 FM
2. KGBY Y92.5 FM
3. KSEG 96.9 FM
Runner-Up: KZZO 100.5 FM

Traffic Reporter
1. Adrienne Bankert, KCRA 3
2. Tina Macuha, CW 31
3. Melissa Crowley, News10 and Dann Shively, KCRA 3 (tie)

Local Newspaper Columnist
1. R.E. Graswich, The Sacramento Bee
2. Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee
3. Dan Weintraub, The Sacramento Bee
Runner-Up: Anita Creamer, The Sacramento Bee

Nondaily Newspaper
1. Sacramento News & Review
2. Sacramento Business Journal
3. Roseville Press-Tribune
Runner-Up: Elk Grove Citizen

1. Ailene Voisin,
The Sacramento Bee
2. Mark Kreidler, The Sacramento Bee
3. Martin McNeal, The Sacramento Bee
Runner-Up: Marcos Bretón, The Sacramento Bee

Place To Buy a Rug

1. Mansour’s Oriental Rug Gallery
2. Macy’s
3. Ikea
Runners-Up: Costco, Lowe’s

Place To Buy Your Dream Car
1. Niello Dealerships
2. Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento
3. Lexus of Sacramento
Runners-Up: Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills, Roseville Automall, Sacramento Jaguar

Limo Service
1. California Limousines
2. Neumann Enterprises
3. Top Notch Limousine & Executive Services
Runners-Up: Cary’s Limo Service, Limo Club

Local Public Golf Course
1. Haggin Oaks
2. Ancil Hoffman
3. William Land Park
Runner-Up: Empire Ranch

Miniature Golf Course
1. Scandia Family Fun Center
2. Golfland/SunSplash

Place To Buy Garage Cabinets
1. We’re Organized
2. The Home Depot
3. Alpine Garage Cabinets
Runner-Up: Lowe’s

Wireless Service
1. Cingular
2. Verizon
3. Sprint
Runners-Up: AT&T, T-Mobile

Kings Player

1. Mike Bibby
2. Ron Artest
3. Brad Miller

Gift basket selection
1. Shari’s Berries
2. David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods
3. Bath & Body Works and Costco (tie)
Runner-Up: William Glen

Grocery Store
1. Raley’s/Bel Air
2. Safeway
3. Nugget Markets and Trader Joe’s (tie)
Runner-Up: Whole Foods Market

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique
1. Serendipity Boutique
2. Madam Butterfly
3. Krazy Mary’s
Runner-Up: Brown House

Hardware Store
1. Ace
2. The Home Depot
3. Emigh Hardware
Runner-Up: Lowe’s

Health Food Store
1. Whole Foods Market
2. Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
3. Trader Joe’s
Runner-Up: Elliott’s Natural Foods

Women’s Clothing Store
1. Nordstrom
2. Macy’s
3. bebe
Runner-Up: Chico’s

Camera Store
1. Ritz Camera
2. Pardee’s Cameras
3. Action Camera and Best Buy (tie)
Runner-Up: Filco Discount Center

Business New to the Region
1. Ikea
2. Dominick’s Italian Market & Deli
3. Chick-fil-A and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (tie)

Place To Get Something for Free
1. Costco
2. PennySaver
3. See’s Candies

Place To Buy Fruits and Veggies
1. Raley’s/Bel Air
2. Whole Foods Market
3. Denio’s
Runners-Up: Nugget Markets, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Safeway

Place To Buy Bread
1. Panera Bread
2. The Bread Store
3. Trader Joe’s
Runner-Up: Grateful Bread Company

Product Made in Sacramento
1. Blue Diamond Almonds
2. Shari’s Berries
3. Campbell’s Soup, Crystal dairy products and Holy Cow cleaning products (tie)
Runners-Up: Fat Cat Scones, Java City coffee

Garden Center
1. Capital Nursery
2. The Home Depot
3. Lowe’s
Runner-Up: Windmill Nursery

Place To Get a Tan
1. California Sun Centers
2. Island Tan
3. Amazing Tans and Totally Tan (tie)
Runner-Up: Planet Beach

Place To Get a Manicure/Pedicure
1. Esthetics by Jeanette and Hoshall’s Salon & Spa (tie)
2. Mosaic Salon and Spa
3. Total Beauty Experience
Runner-Up: Lilly’s Nails

Place To Buy Wine/Spirits
1. Beverages & More
2. Trader Joe’s
3. David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods
Runner-Up: Costco

Place To Order a Martini
1. Esquire Grill
2. Bandera
3. Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Runner-Up: The Firehouse

Wine Bar
1. Enotria
2. The Firehouse
3. Restaurant 55 Degrees
Runner-Up: Masque Ristorante

Candy Store
1. See’s Candies
2. Snooks Candies & Ice Cream
3. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Runners-Up: Jelly Belly, Sweet Factory

Local Sports Team
1. Sacramento Kings
2. Sacramento River Cats
3. Sacramento Monarchs

Pet Day Care
1. Cha Cha’s Doggie Day Care
2. PetSmart
3. Kenar Pet Resort
Runner-Up: wag hotels

Pool Builder
1. Geremia Pools
2. Premier Pools
3. Sacramento Custom Pools

Bowling Alley
1. Country Club Lanes
2. Land Park Bowl
3. Rocklin Bowl
Runners-Up: Crestview Lanes, Fireside Lanes

Car Wash
1. Harv’s Car Wash
2. Pavilions Car Wash
3. Gem Auto Wash
Runner-Up: Scrub Boys Car Wash

Locally Owned Men’s Clothing Store
1. Bonney & Gordon
2. Julius Clothing
3. S. Benson & Co.

Place To Buy Furniture
1. Naturwood Home Furnishings
2. Ikea
3. Ethan Allen and The Room Source (tie)
Runner-Up: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

Place To Buy Art
1. Ventana Art Gallery
2. Thomas Kinkade Gallery and Z Gallerie (tie)
3. Abreu Gallery Art & Framing
Runner-Up: Second Saturday receptions

Volunteer Group
1. Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
2. Loaves & Fishes
3. Senior Gleaners
Runners-Up: eLife Adventure, WEAVE

Retirement Community
1. Sun City Lincoln Hills
2. Eskaton
3. Heritage Park
Runner-Up: River’s Edge at Campus Commons

Place To Buy a Gag Gift
1. Evangeline
2. Spencer Gifts
3. Total Beauty Experience
Runner-Up: Mixed Bag

Place To Rent a Costume
1. Broadway Costumes
2. Cheap Thrills
3. Capital Costumes and Decades (tie)

Toy Store
1. Toys R Us
2. Carousel Toy & Party
3. KB Toys
Runner-Up: Toys That Teach

Place To Buy Hiking/Outdoor Gear

1. REI
2. Big 5 Sporting Goods
3. Sport Chalet
Runners-Up: JB3 Outdoor Warehouse, Sports Authority

Local Website

Regional Winery
1. Bogle Vineyards
2. Boeger Winery
3. Frasinetti Winery
Runner-Up: Renwood Winery

Place To Shoot Pool

1. Blue Cue
2. Mandango’s
3. Players
Runner-Up: Corner Pocket

New Downtown Hot Spot
1. Mason’s/The Park Ultra Lounge
2. Bistro 33 Midtown
3. Zócalo

Upscale Bar
1. Mason’s/The Park Ultra Lounge
2. Esquire Grill
3. The Firehouse
Runners-Up: Riverside Clubhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Outdoor Concert Venue
1. Sleep Train Amphitheatre
2. Concerts in the Park
3. Raley Field
Runner-Up: Radisson Hotel Sacramento

Photography Studio
1. Sirlin Photographers
2. Gino Creglia Photography
3. Jensen Photography
Runner-Up: Bill Smith Photography

Tattoo Artist
1. Bill Hill, Wild Bill’s Tattoo & Body Piercing
2. Bill Liberty, Liberty Tattoos
3. American Graffiti, California Tattoo and Forever Tattoo (tie)                                                     

It’s the party of the year! The Best of Sacramento winners, along with Sacramento magazine’s Dining Awards winners (published in the August 2006 issue) will be on hand to present their specialties at The Best of Sacramento Party, held Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Sacramento Convention Center from 5:30 to 10 p.m. (Silent auction preview opens at 4:30 p.m.) Tickets are $70 in advance and $85 the day of the event. Call the March of Dimes at (916) 922-1913 or the Sacramento Community Center Box Office at (916) 264-5181, or charge online at All proceeds from the party benefit the March of Dimes.