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Readers Say the Darndest Things: Goods and Services 

Best Arts and Crafts Supplies
Big corporation actually doing it right. — mo

Cheap is cheap. — kevin holmes

Where else can you find corset making and lacemaking supplies? — Robynne

Best Bagels
Authentic Bagel Co.
That moment when the bickering bagel brothers pause to thank you by name. — selelele

Beauty's Bagels
Take it from the grandchild of Eastern European Jewish immigrants: these are solid bagels. — michael altfest

Best Bakery
Feel Good Bakery
Their chocolate croissants are worth writing home about, if you happen to be French. — Ali Neuenschwander

I can't stand gluten-free "bread," but I think what they're doing is great. — Jeff Greenwald

If I ever get swept up in a tornado to outsmart witches and dethrone a wizard, I want my ruby slippers to bring me back here. This is baking for your nose and your mouth, and boy are they in heaven. Giant brown sugar snails, moist cinnamon twists, fresh fruit Danish, BOB (banana oat bran) muffins... and live music by local musicians. This is home-style baking when grandma (or great grandma) was not afraid of butter, knew what she was doing and took the time to do it. Yummmmmmmmmmmm. — Laurie

Pepple's Donuts
Vegan Donuts DO taste good! — Kathleen O'Connor

Sweet Bar
As I huff and puff on the treadmill at the YMCA, I can see Sweet Bar bakery across the street. The only thing that makes working out worth it, is knowing that I can go across the street and get some insanely delicious treat afterwards. — N'jeri

Best Barbershop
As old school as it gets, plus playboys to read. What else would you want? — Lucas banks

Professional Touch Barber Shop

Temescal Barbershop
my kid won't go anywhere else — sannmer

Best Bike Shop
Alameda Bicycle
Magic happens here. — J. Randell

Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative
Coops do it better! — Innosanto Nagara

Best Bookstore
They have my favorite things. Books and cats. — Ann Ayers

every bookstore is the best!
— Desirée Rose

Best Boutique
Urban Stitch
If they sold more things, I would buy them — Marisa Raya

Best Brewery
Drake's Brewing Company
A brewery in San Leandro? Who knew? And the best part is their beer. — Ali Neuenschwander

Best Car Repair
XYZ Motors

Best Eyeglass Shop
Focal Point
Hip looks for hipsters — Jim Puskar

Best Furniture Store
And I hate myself for saying it. — Jeff Greenwald

Best Grocery Store
Berkeley Bowl
If you survive the parking lot you're in heaven. — Margo Rivera-Weiss

My husband loves it so much he's planning to put a cot there and use it as his second home. — Ruth H.

Mandela Foods Cooperative
They have all the things I want and all the things I haven't yet realized I want. — selelele

Best Place for Smoking Accessories
Seriously. Stop encouraging this. It's disgusting. If you must get high off nicotine or marijuana, just eat it and stop polluting. — Amelia Manlove

Best Plant Nursery
Plants, etc. – Renata Gray

Best Record Store
are there still records in the world!
— Desirée Rose

Best Sex Shop
Feelmore 510
is there really another option? — Christina Bøhn

The first time i was there, I bought a vibrator and Eddie Murphy's first comedy album on vinyl. — N'jeri

Best Used or Vintage Clothing
Pretty Penny
I can't save any money because I spend it all here. — Georgia Brown

Best Veterinarian
Dr. Harvey from Chabot Vet
Bunny whisperer — danielleikg

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