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Home / Articles / Special Issues / Best of San Diego /  Readers Poll 2011
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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011

Readers Poll 2011

Your picks for the most killer restaurants, shops, parks, services, galleries, nightlife and more


Best Antique Shop

Ocean Beach Antique Mall 

Honorable mention: Antiques on Kettner, La Mesa Antique Mall

Best Arts & Crafts Store

Blick Art Materials

Honorable mention: Michael’s, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Visual Art Supply

Best Bathing Suit Shop

Gone Bananas

Honorable mention: Pilar’s, Diane’s Beachwear, Anna Brazil

Best Bead Store

South Sun

Honorable mention: The Black Bead, Beads of La Jolla, Beads & More

Best Bike Shop

Adams Avenue Bicycles

Honorable mention: Velo Cult, Mission Hills Bikes, Thomas Bike Shop, Cal Coast Bikes

Best Camera Store

George’s Camera

Honorable mention: Nelson Photo, Ritz Camera, Encinitas Photo

Best Comic Book Store


Honorable mention: Comics n Stuff, On Comic Ground, Galactic Comics

Best Cooking Store

Great News

Honorable mention: Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, San Diego Culinary Institute

Best Golf Shop


Honorable mention: The Golf Mart, Fairway Golf, Stadium Golf

Best Jewelry Store

Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers

Honorable mention: Gary Gilmore Goldsmith, Jared Jewelers, Harold Stevens Jewelers

Best Kids Clothing Store

Children's Place 

Honorable mention: Style Child, Gymboree, Tula Ru

Best Lingerie Store

Temptress Boutique

Honorable mention: The Enchantress, Kapreeza, Jolie Femme

Best Men’s Clothing Shop

5 & A Dime

Honorable mention: Home, Men’s Warehouse, Men’s Fashion Depot

Best Women’s Clothing Shop


Honorable mention: Mimi & Red, Dreamgirls Boutique, Temptress Boutique

Best Motorcycle/Off-Road Vehicle Shop

San Diego Harley Davidson

Honorable mention: Vespa Motorsport Scooters, Fun Bike Center, Motorworld of El Cajon

Best New Furniture Store

Jerome’s Furniture

Honorable mention: Bo Concepts, Z Gallery, Mixture

Best Retro Furniture Store

Atomic Bazaar

Honorable mention: Boomerang for modern, Nest Vintage, Underground Furniture

Best Nursery/Garden Shop

Mission Hills Nursery

Honorable mention: Walter Anderson, Armstrong Garden Center, City Farmers Nursery

Best Pet Store

South Bark Dog Wash

Honorable mention: Pet Kingdom, Howlistic, Kensington Pet

Best Place to Buy a Car

National City Mile of Cars

Honorable mention: Drew Ford, Mossy Nissan, Car Country Carlsbad

Best Place to Buy a Gift

Bazaar del Mundo

Honorable mention: Pangea, Vintage Religion, SoLo, Progress

Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothes

Frock You Vintage

Honorable mention: Buffalo Exchange, Flashbacks, Goodwill

Best Place to Get Eyeglasses

Hillcrest Optical

Honorable mention: Newport Avenue Optometry, Urban Optiks, Sunglass and Optical Warehouse

Best Adult Bookstore

F Street

Honorable mention: The Crypt, barnett Superstore, Romantix

Best Sex Shop

Dr Love’s

Honorable mention: The Rubber Rose, The Crypt, F Street

Best Shoe Store (men)

Mint Honorable mention: Boot World, Home , Blends

Best Shoe Store (women)


Honorable mention: Mint, Aldo, Famous Footwear

Best Shopping Center

Fashion Valley

Honorable mention: Horton Plaza, Mission Valley, UTC

Best Skate Shop

Ocean Beach Surf & Skate

Honorable mention: Route 44, SK8 BOX, Hanger 94

Best Smoke Shop


Honorable mention: The Black, Puff n Stuff, SD Smoke Shop

Best Sporting Goods Store

Play it Again Sports

Honorable mention: Adventure 16, Soccer Fanatic

Best Sunglass Shop

Sunglass & Optical Warehouse

Honorable mention: Hillcrest Optical, Eyes on Fifth, Urban Optiks

Best Surf Shop

Ocean Beach Surf & Skate

Honorable mention: South Coast Surf Shop, Mitch’s Surf Shop, Hansens

Best Toy Store


Honorable mention: So Childish, Apple Box Wooden Toys, Toys Etc.

Best Bookstore (new)

Mysterious Galaxy

Honorable mention: Controversial Book Store, Bay Books, D.G. Wills

Best Bookstore (used) 

Adams Avenue Books

Honorable mention: Fifth Avenue Books, Blue Stocking Books, Point Loma Books

Best Place for Vinyl Records

Off the Record Honorable mention: Lou’s Records, M-Theory Music, Cow Records

Best CD/ Record Store (new)

M-Theory Music

Honorable mention: Lou’s Records, Cow Records, Record City

Best CD/ Record Store (used) 

Lou’s Records

Honorable mention: M-Theory Music, Cow Records, Record City

Best Music Gear Shop

Guitar Trader Honorable mention: Moonlight Music, Buffalo Bros. Guitars, Moze Guitars

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