.Goods & Services

Photo by Greg Ramar

In 2008, Palo Alto engineer Jim Gardner realized his new calling while dropping off charitable donations at a shelter, where he saw a homeless man riding around on a dangerously dilapidated bicycle. Knowing that a simple fix would go a long way, he earned his mechanic’s certificate and began tooling bikes for homeless people—free of charge. A year later, he channeled his efforts into a nonprofit: Good Karma Bikes. Today, the service shop still offers free bike repairs and teaches people how to fix their own in free repair clinics each Saturday. But it has since expanded to include programs for young adults aging out of the foster care system.


Best Bicycle Shop

 Good Karma Bikes
460 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

 Hyland Family Bicycles
1515 Meridian Ave, San Jose

 Bicycle Express
131 E William St, San Jose

Best Antique Shop

 Not Too Shabby
481 S Bascom Ave, San Jose

 Antiques Colony
1881 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 Willow Glen Collective
3022, 1349 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

Best Motorcycle Shop

 Lane Splitter Harley-Davidson
                  1551 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose

 San Jose BMW Motorcycles
1990 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 San Jose Powersports
5891 Winfield Blvd, San Jose

Best Car Wash/Detailing

 Pacific Hand Car Wash
1667 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

 Classic Car Wash
16500 Lark Ave, Los Gatos

 AJ Professional Detailing
702 Coleman Ave, San Jose

Best Clothing Boutique

 Black & Brown
751 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 Bombshell Boutique
295 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

1322 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

Best Thrift Shop

 Crossroads Trading Co
1959 W San Carlos St, San Jose
1008 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose

Multiple Locations

 Happy Dragon
   Multiple locations

Best Vintage Clothing Shop

 Moon Zooom
1630 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 Black and Brown
751 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 Park Place Vintage
1318 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

 Crossroads Trading Co
Multiple locations

Best Outdoor Gear – Independent

 Mountain View Surplus
1299 W El Camino Real, Mountain View

 Redwood Trading Post
1455 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City

  Stevens Creek Surplus
3449 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose

Best Lingerie Store

 Cupid’s Corner
408 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose

 Pleasures From the Heart
1565 Winchester Blvd, Campbell

51 University Ave, Los Gatos

Best Jewelry Store

 Joe Escobar Diamonds
450 E Hamilton Ave, Campbell

 Shane Co.
21255 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino

 Davidson & Licht Jewelers
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara

The late Jane Jacobs, whose book The Death and Life of Great American Cities made her one of the most influential urban thinkers of all time, once argued that to truly understand the appeal of cities, “You’ve got to get out and walk.” Thus, upon her death in 2007, her friends memorialized her in a living, breathing homage called Jane’s Walk, a festival of free walking tours that has since spread to cities around the world, including the self-described Capital of Silicon Valley: San Jose. Last year, participants led eight walks and one bicycle ride with 88 participants, who strolled through downtown as their guides showed them new murals, emerging development and historic alleys in the city center. The next Jane’s Walk takes place May 4 through 6 at several locations in San Jose.

Best Bridal Shop

 Trudys Brides
1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

 Haute Bride
40 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

 Elegant Lace Bridal
1061 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose

Best Place to Hold a Wedding Reception

 Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
23600 McKean Rd, San Jose

 Corinthian Grand Ballroom
196 N Third St, San Jose

 Clos La Chance Winery
1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin

Best Pet Store

 Sam’s Downtown Feed & Pet Supply
              759 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 An-Jan Feed & Pet Supply
Multiple locations

 Gussied Up Dog Boutique
1310 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

Best Pet Trainer

 California K9 Solutions
         2123 S 10th St, San Jose

 Bay Area K9 Association
1089 Memorex Dr, Santa Clara

 A Dog’s Life
  885 Commercial St, Palo Alto

Best Art Supply Store

 University Art
456 Meridian Ave, San Jose
2550 El Camino Real, Redwood City

 The Arsenal
208 Jackson St, San Jose

 Accent Arts
  421 Jacaranda Ln, Palo Alto

Best Record Store

 The Record Man
1322 El Camino Real, Redwood City

 On The Corner
530 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

 The Analog Room
3185 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

A trash-covered, weed-choked plot that sat empty for decades has transformed into a verdant garden thanks to a partnership struck between a powerful landowner and an aspiring urban farmer. Developer Barry Swenson donated a lease for the one-acre parcel by Citibank and a freeway off-ramp to Zach Lewis in 2013, which laid the foundation for a nonprofit called Garden to Table and gave the Taylor Street Farm the space to harvest locally grown, sustainable food for the community. The nonprofit’s advocacy also contributed to Santa Clara County’s decision last year to offer a tax break to landowners who take a cue from Swenson by letting people plant urban gardens on vacant land.

Best Toy Store

 The Wooden Horse
796 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos

 Children’s Discovery Museum Store
180 Woz Way, San Jose

 Lakeshore Learning Store
1099 S Bascom Ave, San Jose

Best Skate Shop

 NC Boardshop
16203 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos

379 State St, Los Altos

 Circle A
    108 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose

Best Independent Bookstore

 Recycle Bookstore
1066 The Alameda, San Jose

1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose