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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Wed Mar 27, 2013.

Best Mom and pop business

First Place

Imagen

475 E. Vuelta Caminata Del Rio, Oro Valley

742-0040

www.imagensalonspa.com

With a beautiful view of the mountains and a stylish interior décor, Imagen Salon and Day Spa, has offered salon, nail and spa services to the Oro Valley community since 2008. Iris Sanchez, owner of the business, says the staff at Imagen Salon and Day Spa values their customers and want them to leave confident and happy with their services. Two recent additions to the salon include a new hair straightening treatment called Keratin and spray tanning. Both of which have grown in popularity since added to their list of services. There is no doubt that Imagen Salon and Day Spa will keep its steady flow of clientele due to it’s professional and wide array of services.

2nd place

Groomingdale’s

4759 N. 1st Ave., Tucson

292-9436

www.groomingdalespetsalontucson.com

3rd place

Salon Blonde

12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., #162, Marana

770-7874

www.salonblonde.biz


Best bookstore

First Place

Bookman’s

3733 W. Ina Road, Tucson

579-0303

www.bookmans.com

Overthe years, Bookman’s has quickly become the most popular bookstore in Tucson becuase of it’s uniqueness.

Bookman’s not only allows customers to browse everything from used books to used CDs, movies and much more, they also allow customers to trade in their books and merchandise for trade.

2nd place

Barnes & Noble

7325 N. La Cholla Blvd., Ste. 100, Tucson

742-6402

www.barnesandnoble.com

3rd place

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

825-9101

www.goldengooseaz.com


Best Shopping center

Oro Valley Marketplace

Southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads in Oro Valley

www.orovalleymarketplace.com

The Oro Valley Marketplace offers a variety of retail and dining locations with fantastic views of the Pusch Ridge hillside. Visitors can shop at big name retailers such as Big Lots or Best Buy, keep up to date with styles and trends at shops like b2 Salon or Styles For Less, and enjoy meals at Red Lobster, Harvest Moon, or the Keg Steakhouse and Bar. Visitors can also catch the latest movies at Century Theater, or attend concerts, which are regularly held in the theater’s courtyard.  

2nd place

La Encantada

2905 E. Skyline Dr. Ste. 279

219-0650

www.laencantadashoppingcenter.com

3rd place

Foothills Mall

7401 N La Cholla Blvd.,  Tucson

825-9101

www.shopfoothillsmall.com


Best grocery store

First Place

Fry’s

Multiple locations

www.frysfood.com

Good prices, multiple locations and a wide variety of foods to choose from, Fry’s, is the place to go for your weekly grocery shopping.  They are part of the Kroger brand name, which offers over 10,000 different product names.  Customers can be a part of Fry’s V.I.P. card that allows them to save fuel money with each purchase they make.  Fuel points apply at Fry’s, Shell, or Circle K gas stations. It’s not just food, a pharmacy and discounts that Fry’s offers. Fry’s stores are also involved in the community, as they are a part of Feeding America, an organization that helps feed the hungry, and supporters of American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. With so many locations around Tucson, Fry’s is one grocery story that is sure to be noticed.

2nd place

Sprouts

Multiple locations

www.sprouts.com

3rd place

Trader Joe’s

Multiple locations

www.traderjoes.com


Best Farmer’s 

market

Oro Valley Farmer’s 

Market

11000 N. La Cañada Blvd.,

Oro Valley

www.farmersmarketucson.com

Local food producers and annual events to celebrate different types of foods, the Oro Valley Farmer’s Marketplace has brought the community together with its diverse array of foods and laid back atmosphere. People can spend a Saturday morning walking around the marketplace trying food samples and talking to local vendors about their produce. Times vary depending on the season, but the market is open every Saturday of the year. Last year the Marketplace had around 500 customers and 25 vendors set up.  2nd place

2nd Place

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

7665 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

297-5446

www.sprouts.com

 3rd place

St. Phillip’s Plaza

4280 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson

882-2157


Best shoe store

First Place

DSW

11895 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

742-4250

www.dsw.com

A leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW)  is the destination for the savvy shoe lover, offering a breathtaking assortment of desiger shoes, boots, and sandals at everyday prices in a convenient assisted self-select shopping environment. Men and women can find the latest trends, from casual to athletic to dress shoes. For the fashion lover, there is nowhere more up-to-date on the trends than DSW. For an even larger selection, dsw.com offers more styles, luxury brands, extended sizes, and kids’ shoes.

2nd place

Alan’s  Shoe House

6030 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

297-5268

www.alanshoehouse.com

 3rd place

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

825-9101

www.goldengooseaz.com


Best Auto Repair shop

First Place

Brake Max

10529 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

531-1234

www.brakemax.com

With a philosophy of developing loyal customers, BRAKEmax considers a “just satisfied” to be the lowest level of acceptable customer service, instead striving to provide an outstanding customer experience to everyone who walks through the door. Founded in 1997, BRAKEmax Car Care Centers are a Tucson-based company, not part of a national chain or franchise. BRAKEmax is the fasted growing auto repair facility in Southern Arizona with 12 locations in Pima County, from Catalina to Rita Ranch. All 12 locations are AAA certified and carry state of the art equipment and certified technicians. 

2nd place

M&B Automotive

3220 E. Pennsylvania St., Tucson

882-7533

3rd place

Hardin Brothers

16255 N. Oracle Road, Catalina 

818-3200

www.hardinbrothersautomotive.com


Best florist

First Place

Inglis

3840 W. Ina Road, Tucson

744-0200

www.inglisflorists.com

Inglis Florists has been serving Tucson and the surrounding areas since 1940 and is one of the top florists in the country. With generations of family experience to fall back on, there is no lack of knowledge with owners Michael and Paul Butterbrodt. Inglis Florists offers the perfect flowers for a number of occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or holidays. Experts are always available to help with floral design, gourmet and gift baskets, and more. 

2nd place

Debs Darlin Flowers

16150 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

638-7971

www.debsdarlinflowers.com

3rd place

Casas Adobes Flower Shop

17090 N. Oracle Road, St. 194, Tucson

297-1165


Best Jeweler

First Place

Sheffield’s Diamonds

7619 N. Oracle Road, St. 125, Oro Valley

744-3443

www.sheffieldsdiamonds.com

Sheffield’s Diamonds offers the finest brand name jewelry, world-renowned Swiss timepieces, and most collected fine giftware. If you are looking for a wedding set, ready to design a custom ring, or present the perfect timepiece, give Sheffied’s Diamonds a try. Staff is enthusiastic about helping customers find that perfect piece of jewelry to celebrate any occasion, as Sheffield’s carries one of the largest selections of diamonds in Arizona. 

2nd place

Macs Indian 

Jewelry

2400 E. Grant Road, Tucson

327-3306

www.macsindianjewelry.com

3rd place

Caldwell Jewelry

7225 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

742-3687

www.caldwelljewelers.com


Best Women’s Apparel

Persnickety’s

6447 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

742-4408

www.persnicketysaz.com

With more than 18 years in business, Persnickety’s is an upscale new and resale boutique for women’s fashion. The store has a large variety of inventory to choose from, including western boots, handbags, and designer clothing with such names as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Anne Taylor,  and DKNY. Persnickety’s has a 50/50 consignment split every Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2nd place

Kohl’s

7785 N. Oracle Road,

Oro Valley/5850 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr., Marana

www.kohls.com

 3rd place

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

825-9101

www.goldengooseaz.com


Best Movie Theater

First Place

Century at Oro Valley Marketplace

12155 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley 

742-6512

www.cinemark.com

 Facing the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains, Century Theaters in the Oro Valley Marketplace offers an aesthetically pleasing experience inside and out. With an emphasis on cleanliness, great customer service, food and drink selection, and the latest film releases, there’s no reason not to give Century Theaters a try. Up to date on the latest viewing technologies, Century Theaters offers RealD 3D for the most crisp, bright, and realistic 3D experience available, along with comfortable, seats that recline, and a staff that ensures its customers’ viewing experience is the best it can possibly be. 

2nd place

AMC at Foothills Mall

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., St. 144, Tucson

742-5050

www.amctheatres.com

3rd place

Tower Theaters

5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr., Marana

579-0500

www.towertheatres.com


Best Customer Service

First Place

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

825-9101

www.goldengooseaz.com

In its ten years in business, Golden Goose Thrift Shop, a non-profit organization, is proud to have given more than four million dollars back to the community through charitable programs run by the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and Catalina Community Services. 

2nd Place

Imagen Salon

475 E. Vuelta Caminata Del Rio, Oro Valley

742-0040

www.imagensalonspa.com

3rd place

Northwest Medical Center

6200 N. La Cholla, Tucson

742-9000

www.northwestmedicalcenter.com


Best Dry Cleaner

Shaffer’s Dry Cleaning

10509 N. Oracle Road, St. 111, Tucson 

229-8845

www.shafferdrycleaning.com

At Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry, staff offers a kinder, gentler way to clean clothes. Unlike most Tucson dry cleaners, Shaffer does not use any harsh, toxic chemicals that pollute the Earth and are harmful to people. 

2nd place

Sparkle Cleaners

Multiple locations

www.sparklecleaners.com

Catalina Cleaners

Multiple locations

www.catalinacleaners.com

3rd place

Tom Roof

6442 N. Oracle Road, Tucson

297-7974

 Pusch Ridge Dry Cleaning

10785 N. Oracle Road, Ste. 191, Oro Valley

219-0886


Best Bicycle Shop

First Place

Oro Valley Bike Shop

12985 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

825-2751

www.orovalleybicycle.com

With more than 100 years of combined experience, staff at Oro Valley Bicycle has served northwest bicycle enthusiasts for more than a decade, providing shoppers with outstanding personalized service, free lifetime adjustments on any bicycle sold, sales of new and reconditioned bikes, and trade-in options. 

2nd place

Trek Bicycles

7645 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

797-9330

www.trekbicyclesoftucson.com

3rd place

Ordinary Bike Shop

311 E. 7th St., Tucson

622-6488

www.ordinarybikeshop.com


Best Daycare facility

First Place

Open Arms

9095 N. Bald Eagle Ave., Marana

744-8505

www.smallmiraclesaz.com

A family-owned childcare center, Open Arms offers a unique preschool and daycare center where learning blooms. They have more than 30 years experience in early childhood education in Arizona. 

2nd place

Casas Christian Preschool

10801 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

297-0922

www.casaschristianschool.com

Kindercare

10455 N. La Cañada Dr., Oro Valley

742-6298

www.kindercare.com

3rd place

Jewish 

Community Center

3800 E. River Road, Tucson

299-3000

www.tusconjcc.org


Best Remodeling services 

First Place

Urias Custom Remodeling

1455 W. Liddell Dr., Tucson

572-9128

www.uriasremodeling.com

Urias Custom Remodeling is a family-owned business that specializes in general residential contracting and home improvement. Owner Tito Urias has more than 20 years experience and has been remodeling homes in Tucson, Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke, and surrounding areas since 1995. 

2nd place

Strongtie

10170 N. Colonial Place, Tucson

780-8176

www.strongtieconstruction.com

3rd place

SaddleBrooke Remodeling

971-2417

www.saddlebrookeremodeling.com

RH Construction

1649 W. Placita Montuoso, Oro Valley

742-7823

 


Best Landscape design

First Place

Arizona Landscaping

3139 E. Prince Road, Tucson

401-7776

www.azlandscapecompany.com

A leader in providing value-added landscape services, Arizona Landscape Company creates a successful partnership with customers throughout the creation process. 2nd place

Desertscape Landscape

12491 N. Forest Lake Way, Oro Valley

742-0345

www.desertscapelandscape.com

 3rd place

Cutler Landscaping

5461 W. Cortaro Farms Road, Tucson

579-1800

www.cutlerlandscaping.com

 


Best nursery and garden center

First Place

Bach’s Cactus Nursery

8602 N. Thornydale Road, Tucson

744-3333

www.bachs-cacti.com

2nd place

Rillito Nursery

6303 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

575-0995

www.rillitonursery.com

3rd place

Home Depot

Multiple locations

www.homedepot.com


Best Hotel/Resport

Ritz Carlton/Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana

572-3000

www.ritzcarlton.com

With a view of the Tortolita Mountains and immersed into the beautiful desert landscape, the Ritz-Carlton, is a luxurious hotel that provides all a guest would need to enjoy a relaxing and adventurous stay in the Dove Mountain area.  The Tortolita Mountains provide the outdoor activity of hiking and trail riding for guests as well as beautiful scenic views.  One of the main attractions of the hotel is the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course that has hosted golf tournaments such as the Accenture Match Play Championship and is open to visitors. Guests may also enjoy a variety of spa services, fitness and pool centers, and an assortment of fine dining restaurants.  The Ritz-Carlton in Dove Mountain is no more than 30 minutes away from the city of Tucson; so it allows for guests to enjoy the quiet of their stay as well as not be to far from other popular attractions.

2nd place

Hilton El Conquistador

10000 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley

544-5000

www.hiltonelconquistador.com

3rd place

Westward Look

245 E. Ina Road, Tucson

297-1151

www.westwardlook.com

 


Best Financial Advisor

First Place

Ken Blanchard/Edward Jones

10355 N. La Cholla Dr., Suite 181, Oro Valley

219-5101

www.edwardjones.com

2nd place

Edward Jones

Multiple locations

www.edwardjones.com

3rd place

Robin Dolezal/Ironwood Wealth Management

1926 E. Ft. Lowell, Suite 100, Tucson

318-4600

www.ironwoodfinancial.com

Wells Fargo

Multiple Locations

www.wellsfargo.com


Best New Business 2012

First Place

Salon Blonde

12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., #162

770-7874

www.salonblonde.biz

With a commitment to keeping true to the Aveda concept of beauty, wellness and care, Salon Blonde, has served the Dove Mountain community well this past year as it was voted as one of the Best of the Northwest.

Salon Blonde opened in January 2012 by owner Pammelyn McCarthy who is a hairstylist and educator from San Francisco. Most of her life, McCarthy has dreamed of wanting to open up her own salon and when the opportunity came she did not hesitate to take it.  Dove Mountain appealed to her because of the continual growth in the area and sense of community. 

Upon walking in it is noticed how spacious the Salon Blonde’s layout is.  Walls work as small dividers among the different areas, the softly lit lighting provides a relaxing effect and the minimal amount of pictures or decorations on the walls gives a simplistic look.  Soon to be added to the salon is a glass case filled with a variety of cosmetology products that clients will be able to purchase.

2nd place

Oregano’s

100 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson

229-9999

www.oreganos.com 

3rd place

Tucson Dance Academy

2850 W. Ina Road, Tucson

744-6882

www.tucsondanceacademy.com


Best attorney at law

First place

Cleere Law Office

10445 N. Oracle Road, Suite 141, Oro Valley

219-9733

www.cleerelaw.net

2nd Place

Daren Clausen with Clausen & Moore

4578 E. Camp Lowell Road, Tucson

327-7113

3rd Place

Michael Fleishman/Fleishman Law

6818 N. Oracle Road, Suite 426, Oro Valley

308-5270

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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