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The people have spoken — listed below are the 2012 winners of the Petaluma People's Choice Awards.

The awards recognize the citizens and businesses in 75 different categories who were voted tops in their category by readers in the eighth annual "Best of Petaluma" contest.

Recipients will be honored at a gala reception on Sept. 6 at the Sheraton Petaluma Hotel.

For more information on the event, call 776-8453.


Best Accounting/CPA Firm: Beels Soper

Best Acupuncturist: David Russell

Best American/California Cuisine Restaurant: Central Market

Best Antique Store: Summer Cottage

Best Art Gallery: Riverfront Art Gallery

Best Auto Repair Store: Out West Garage & Blvd. Automotive (tie)

Best Barbecue: Lombardi's

Best Beer on Tap: Taps

Best Bike Store: Mike's Bikes

Best Boutique: Ooh La Loft

Best Breakfast Venue: Hallie's

Best Burrito: Mi Pueblo

Best Caf?or Coffee Shop: Aqus Caf?

Best Caterer: Preferred Sonoma Caterers

Best Chef : Tony Najiola (Central Market)

Best Child Care: You & Me Children's Center

Best Chinese Restaurant : Lily Kai

Best Chiropractor: Dr. Julie Restad (Serendipity)

Best Cocktail: Graffiti

Best Contractor: Scott Shelly Construction

Best Day Spa: Soft Shell

Best Deli: Cordoza's

Best Dentist: Dr. Clyde Schultz

Best Electrician: Gary Hansen

Best Facial/Makeup: Outer Beauty Skin Care

Best Financial Planner/Investment Adviser: Jacobson & Breen

Best Garden Supplies/Nursery: Cottage Gardens

Best Gift Shop: Gallery One

Best Grocery Store: Petaluma Market

Best Hair Stylist/Barber :Sarah Austin

Best Hamburger: Dempsey's

Best Health Club/Gym: Club One

Best House Painter: Schuster's Roost Painting

Best Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt: LaLa's Creamery

Best Insurance Agent: Paul Demil (Farmer's Ins.)

Best Italian Restaurant: Cucina Paradiso

Best Japanese Restaurant: Hiro's

Best Jewelry Store :Hollingsworth Jewelers

Best Kennel: Fit 'n' Furry

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Beyond The Glory

Best Local Band: Highway Poets

Best Local Bank: Exchange Bank

Best Local Financial Institution: Redwood Credit Union

Best Local Food Producer: Green String Farm

Best Local Musician : Sebastian Nau

Best Local Realtor: Clark Rosen

Best Locally Produced Red Wine :Kastania Winery

Best Locally Produced White Wine:Keller Estate

Best Martial Arts School: Martial Arts USA

Best Masseuse/Masseur: Doris Watson

Best Mexican Restaurant: Mi Pueblo

Best New Restaurant: Pongo's

Best Optometrist: Dr. Gordon Wong

Best Orthodontist: Dr. John Woo

Best Outdoor Dining Venue: Dempsey's

Best Pediatrician: Dr. Armando DePala

Best Pedicure/Manicure: ShangriLa

Best Pet Groomer: Fit 'n' Furry

Best Physician: Dr. James Leoni

Best Pizza: Old Chicago

Best Place for a Business Lunch: Graffiti

Best Place for a Vegetarian Meal: Caf?Zazzle

Best Place to Buy a Car: Hansel Honda

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies: Michaels

Best Place to Buy Flowers: Vanda Floral Design

Best Place to Buy Furniture: Praetzel's Fine Furniture

Best Plumber: Roman's Plumbing

Best Printer: Minuteman Press

Best Seafood at a Local Restaurant: Central Market

Best Steak: Cattlemens

Best Thai Restaurant: Sea Modern Thai

Best Veterinarian: Matthew Carter- Central Animal Hospital

Best Wine List: La Dolce Vita

Best Yoga Studio: Yoga One

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