.Goods & Services

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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

 Kepler’s Books
   1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Best Comics Store

 Heroes Comic Books
  24 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

 Illusive Comics & Games
1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara

 Hijinx Comics
2050 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

When an assailant yanked San Jose State student Esra Altun’s hijab in the wake of the divisive 2016 presidential election, it was a reminder of the discrimination faced by women who wear visible signs of their Muslim faith. It’s the kind of hate crime that has been on the rise since 9/11 and saw another surge in the past two years. It’s also the reason why Palo Alto resident Rana Adbelhamid wants to teach self-defense through her nonprofit Muslim Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment. The organization, which has trained more than 2,500 people since 2010, has expanded throughout the globe and offers classes in social activism and leadership.

Best Independent Hardware Store

 Hassett Hardware
2253 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

 Rural Supply Hardware
110 S Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

 Dale Hardware
  3700 Thornton Ave, Fremont

Best Garden Store

 Yamagami’s Nursery
1361 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino

 Almaden Valley Nursery
15800 Almaden Expy, San Jose

 Summer Winds Nursery
Multiple Locations

Best Flower Shop

   14 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

   5945 Almaden Expy, San Jose

 Rosies & Posies
98 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose

Best Hydroponic Store

 San Jose Hydroponics
1999 Monterey Hwy, San Jose

 Rasa Hydroponics & Organics
5725 Winfield Blvd, San Jose

 The GrowBiz
1185 S Bascom Ave, San Jose

Best Pilates Studio

 Los Gatos Ballet and Pilates
630 University Ave, Los Gatos

 Misha Patel Studio
750 Miller St, San Jose

16185 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos

Best Yoga Studio

 Breathe Together Yoga
14107-H Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos

 Bikram Yoga San Jose
Westgate West, 5289 Prospect Rd, San Jose

 Be The Change Yoga & Wellness
52 S First St, San Jose

Best Martial Arts Studio

 Academy of Self Defense
3475 Woodward Ave, Santa Clara

 American Kickboxing Academy
              7012 Realm Dr, San Jose

 America’s Best Karate
564 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Best Health Club

 FNS Training Center
2342 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara

 Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos

 Bay Club
Multiple locations

Anthony Ross spent 15 years counseling queer youth before coming to Santa Clara County this spring to help open the region’s first-ever transgender health clinic. The county’s hiring Ross, a queer trans man, reportedly makes it only the second government entity in the nation—the other being San Francisco—with an employee focused exclusively on transgender services. Ross will work under the county’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, which itself was created as part of a push by the county to connect underserved communities with vital social services.

Best Massage

 Burke Williams Day Spa
355 Santana Row, San Jose

 The Spa – Los Gatos
100 S Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

 Happy Feet Foot Spa
1045 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose

Best Day Spa

 Burke Williams Day Spa, Santana Row
                  355 Santana Row, San Jose

 Los Gatos Spa
100 S Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

 Watercourse Way
165 Channing Ave, Palo Alto

Best Dentist

 Willow Glen Dentistry
1245 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

 Donald Pepper, DDS
6501 Crown Blvd, San Jose

 Kimberly Loos, DDS
4110 Moorpark Ave, Ste F, San Jose

Best Organization Making a Difference

 Humane Society Silicon Valley
Multiple Locations

 Second Harvest Food Bank
Multiple Locations

 Bill Wilson Center
  3490 The Alameda, Santa Clara

Best Luxury or Boutique Hotel

 Hotel De Anza
233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose

 Hotel Los Gatos
210 E Main St, Los Gatos

 Hotel Valencia
     355 Santana Row, San Jose

Best Plastic Surgeon/Beautification

 Jenesis Lipoplasty & Laser
1471 Saratoga Ave, San Jose

 Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
3425 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

 Laurence Berkowitz, MD
3803 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

Best Barber/Men’s Salon

 Frank De Barber
11 S Third St, San Jose

 Studio Glam
311 Stockton Ave, San Jose

 Bedlam Beauty & Barber
200 S First St, San Jose

MAPS proves that Silicon Valley is on the cutting edge of more than just technology. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies explores the potential for psychedelic drugs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, among other mental maladies. The nonprofit runs research centers in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz and teamed up with Stanford University researchers in a bid to permit MDMA as an FDA-approved prescription for adults with autism or social anxiety.

Best Gentlemen’s Club

 Sporty’s Bikini Bar
1053 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

 Brass Rail
160 Persian Dr, Sunnyvale

Best Tattoo Parlor

  Black Lagoon Tattoo
118 E Santa Clara St, San Jose

 Da Wei Tattoo
1053 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

 Marks of Art Tattoo
3014 Union Ave, San Jose

Best Piercing Place

 Body Exotic
  957 W San Carlos St, San Jose

 Pierced Out
3014 Union Ave, San Jose

 Paisley Haus Pro Body Piercing
950 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose

Santa Clara County kicked off its All the Way Home campaign in 2015 to house unsheltered military veterans, who made up 10 percent of Santa Clara County’s homeless population. Since then, the public-private coalition has taken almost 900 men and women off the streets and placed them in permanent supportive housing. While the region’s homeless population has increased overall, the joint effort by the county, cities and nonprofits can become a model for how to help other vulnerable people.

Best Hookah Bar

 The Swinging Hookah
386 S First St, San Jose

 Smoke This Hookah Lounge
2271 The Alameda, Santa Clara

 Shisha SJ Hookah
84 N Market St, San Jose

Best Smoke Shop

 Up In Smoke
1711 Branham Ln, San Jose

 The Twilight Zone
414 W Capitol Expy, San Jose

 420 Lifestyles
2345 Winchester Blvd, Campbell

Best Place to Get a Medical Cannabis Recommendation

 MMJ Doctor
36 S First St, San Jose

 San Jose 420 Evaluations
115 N Fourth St, San Jose

 Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Center
100 N Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara

Best Cannabis Delivery

 Elemental Wellness
985 Timothy Dr, San Jose


1695 S Seventh St, San Jose

Best Discount for MMJ Cardholders

 Elemental Wellness
985 Timothy Dr, San Jose

 Airfield Supply
1190 Coleman Ave, San Jose

1695 S Seventh St, San Jose

Even in the darkest days of the recession, Silicon Valley’s innovation engine was churning. And yet, that wasn’t entirely apparent down in the Capital of Silicon Valley. Although Apple, Google and Facebook keep their headquarters here in the South Bay, they held their largest events—Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Google’s I/O and Facebook’s F8—in San Francisco. That’s changed in recent years as all three of the valley’s tech giants have opted to hold their respective parties at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in the heart of downtown.

Best Cannabis Dispensary

 Elemental Wellness
985 Timothy Dr, San Jose

 Airfield Supply Co.
1190 Coleman Ave, San Jose

1695 S Seventh St, San Jose

Best Golf Course

 Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
                 23600 McKean Rd, San Jose

 La Rinconada Country Club
14595 Clearview Dr, Los Gatos

 Deep Cliff Golf Course
  10700 Club House Lane, Cupertino


Best Wine Shop

 Artisan Wine Depot
2482 W El Camino Real, Mountain View

 Country Corner
3207 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

 K&L Wine Merchants
3005 El Camino Real, Redwood City

Best Hair Salon

 Edward’s Salon
1040 Grant Rd, Mountain View

 Julie Q Hair & Nails
951 W Dana St, Mountain View

 Juut Salon Spa
240 University Ave, Palo Alto


Best Wine Shop

 Enoteca La Storia
416 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

217 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

 Tessora’s Barra di Vino
234 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

Best Hair Salon

565 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

378 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

14 E Main St, Los Gatos

The Bay Area has no shortage of cannabis collectives that sell legal recreational pot. But when it comes to Silicon Valley, San Jose is the only city doling out that sticky icky on the up-and-up—and we’re getting very good at it. Caliva, a vertically integrated dispensary that grows, tests and sells pot, was identified as the “best marijuana shop in America” by Business Insider. But that’s not all San Jose has to offer when it comes to quality herbs. There’s also Airfield SupplyHazeTheraleafHerbs CollectiveElemental WellnessLuxConnectedBuddy’s and many more.


Best Wine Shop

 The Wine Club
1200 Coleman Ave, Santa Clara

 Coach House Liquors & Deli
1655 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino

 Bobby’s Liquor
2327 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Best Hair Salon

 Sunny Salon
149 E Washington Ave, Sunnyvale

 Sanctuary Salon
790 Lincoln St, Santa Clara

 Expert Hair Do
1111 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale


Best Wine Shop

 The Wine Club
1200 Coleman Ave, San Jose

 Wine Affairs
1435 The Alameda, Santa Clara

 Maplewood Market & Liquors
2620 Union Ave, San Jose

Nine out of 10 fixed-gear-riding, jorts-wearing, 30-something hipsters agree: rock climbing is a rad way to stay in shape. Regrettably, a gym stripped the insides out of a former deco movie house in downtown’s SoFA District, but it redeemed itself for that offense against history by contributing a worthwhile recreational amenity. The Studio—a Touchstone affiliate—really has it all. Weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, a bouldering wall, top-roping, lead climbing and all kinds of yoga. Plus it is a great workout, whether you’re on your own or with a group of friends.

Best Hair Salon

 Limon Salon
3410 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose

 Bedlam Beauty & Barber
200 S First St, San Jose

 Bigsby House
1070 Park Ave, San Jose


Best Wine Shop

  The Bottle Shop
40919 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

 Cork n Bottle Liquors
5200 Mowry Ave, Fremont

 Milpitas Liquors
190 S Main St, Milpitas

Best Hair Salon

  Salon de Paris
1742 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas

 Hair Plus
495 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

 His ‘n Hers Hair
1215 S Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas


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