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Oct. 17 2012 09:45 AM

Books, CDs, clothing and more


Best Adult Bookstore

The Crypt

Honorable mention: Hustler, Dr. Love’s, The Rubber Rose

Best Arts & Crafts Store


Honorable mention: Michaels, Artist and Craftsman Supply, The Black Bead

Best Auto Dealer

Kearny Mesa Fiat

Honorable mention: Bob Baker Toyota, City Volkswagen, Lexus San Diego

Best Auto Repair Shop


Honorable mention: Smitty’s, Aero Auto Repair, Mission Hills Automotive

Best Bathing Suit Shop

Gone Bananas

Honorable mention: Pilar’s Beachwear, Sun Splash, Aloha Sunday

Best Bead Store

South Sun Products

Honorable mention: The Black Bead, Beads and More, Beadworks

Best Bike Shop

Mission Hills Bike Shop

Honorable mention: Adams Avenue Bikes, Cal Coast Bikes, Bernie’s Bike Shop

Best Camera Store

George’s Camera

Honorable mention: Nelson Photo, Encinitas Camera, Camera Exposure

Best CD/Record Store (new)

M-Theory Music

Honorable mention: Off the Record, Thirsty Moon, Lou’s Records

Best CD/Record Store (used)

M-Theory Music

Honorable mention: Off the Record, Record City, Lou’s Records

Best Place to Get Vinyl Records

Record City

Honorable mention: M-Theory Music, Thirsty Moon, Cow Records

Best Comic-Book Store

Villainous Lair Comics

Honorable mention: ComicKaze, Galactic Comics, On Comic Ground

Best Cooking Store

Great News!

Honorable mention: Good Eats, Sur La Table, Hipcooks

Best Golf Shop


Honorable mention: Golf Mart, The Hodges Golf Improvement Center

Best Hardware Store

Ace Hardware Hillcrest

Honorable mention: San Diego Hardware, Ocean Beach Hardware, North Park Hardware

Best Jewelry Store

Gary Gilmore

Honorable mention: Hunt & Gather, Pigment, Bazaar del Mundo

Best Kids Clothing Store


Honorable mention: Style Child, Just Kidding Clothing

Best Lingerie Store

Temptress Boutique

Honorable mention: Mon Amour, Enchantress

Best Local Gardening Store

Mission Hills Nursery

Honorable mention: City Farmers, San Diego Hydro, Walter Anderson Nursery

Best Independent Bookstore

Mysterious Galaxy

Honorable mention: Warwick’s, Bluestocking Books, 5th Avenue Books

Best Mattress Store

Jerome’s Furniture

Honorable mention: Sleep Train, Mattress Discounters, Healthy Back Store

Best Men’s Clothing Shop

Frock You Vintage

Honorable mention: Rockabilly Americana, Hunt & Gather, Home

Best Motorcycle / Off-Road Vehicle Shop

San Diego Harley Davidson

Honorable mention: Vespa Motorsport, Rocket Motorcycles, GP Motorcycles

Best New Furniture Store

Jerome’s Furniture

Honorable mention: Metro Décor, Hold It, Mixture

Best Pet Store


Honorable mention: South Bark Dog Wash, Bone Appetit, Animal House

Best Place to Buy a Gift

Babette Schwartz

Honorable mention: BottleHood, Pigment, Progress

Best Place to Buy Retro Furniture

Underground Furniture

Honorable mention: Atomic Bazaar, Boomerang, Nest

Best Place to buy Vintage Clothes

Frock You Vintage

Honorable mention: Hunt & Gather, Flashbacks, Buffalo Exchange

Best Place to get Music Gear

Guitar Trader

Honorable mention: Craigslist, Guitar Center, Moze

Best Place to Get New Eyeglasses

Eyes On Fifth

Honorable mention: Hillcrest Optical, Arena Eyeworks, Newport Optical

Best Sex Shop

The Rubber Rose

Honorable mention: The Crypt, Hustler Hollywood, Pleasures & Treasures

Best Shoe Store (men)

Mint Shoes

Honorable mention: Elos Shoes, DSW, The Attic

Best Shoe Store (women)

Elos Shoes

Honorable mention: Mint, Bloom San Diego, DSW (La Jolla)

Best Shopping Center

Fashion Valley Mall

Honorable mention: Horton Plaza, Grossmont Center, Mission Valley Mall

Best Skate Shop

Route 44

Honorable mention: Pacific Drive, Sin City Skates, OB Surf & Skate

Best Smoke Shop

Illusions Smoke Shop

Honorable mention: The Black, SD Smoke Shop, Da Glassworks

Best Sporting Goods Store

Play it Again Sports

Honorable mention: Sports Fever, Soccer Fanatic, Retro Sports

Best Sunglass Shop

Sunglass & Optical Warehouse

Honorable mention: Eyes On Fifth, The Unoptical, Dziner Eyez

Best Surf Shop

South Coast

Honorable mention: Ocean Beach Surf and Skate, Hansen’s, Clairemont Surf Shop

Best Toy Store


Honorable mention: So Childish, Hillside Artisans, Totally Thomas’ Toy Depot

Best Women’s Clothing Shop

Bettie Page Clothing

Honorable mention: Hunt & Gather, Mimi & Red, Frock You Vintage


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