The attractive creekside location with flowers artfully spilling onto the sidewalk. The burbling brook. The insanely fresh blossoms from Marin and far beyond. And the staff’s ability to design the perfect posey or bouquet for every budget and palette. It’s a winning combination.
Best Jewelry Repair
More than 30 years in the Village at Corte Madera have brought three decades of happy customers, many of whom now vote this the top jewelry shop in Marin. It’s a family-run store where you might find three generations working on the same day. They will assess your Patek Philippe or Rolex, new or antique, or just replace a battery. Trained goldsmiths and gemologists gently handle anything from a broken clasp to scratched gemstones with nuance and aplomb.
You’ve likely seen one of the limeade-colored trucks, with the logo of black and white peaks in a square of bright blue. That encapsulates the sunny approach owner Sean Morris brings to every aspect of his Novato-based company. Morris and his crew of two are prompt, professional and courteous, smoothly and charmingly guiding people through one of life’s most stressful events.
Best Pet Grooming
The no-appointment-necessary policy might be partly what won the votes, not to mention the shear artistry itself. This Novato facility’s ample yard, superclean digs and dog-loving staff are winning attributes too.
Gloria Santa Cruz has altered, sewn and fitted so many brides and attendants into dresses at her downtown Novato shop she’s earned the title Fairy Godmother, or make that Titan of Tulle. She knows her way around a pant or skirt hem, too.
Best Travel Agent
Jan Herwick, Andavo Travel
An independent luxury travel consultant at Andavo Travel in Larkspur, Herwick earned kudos for helping clients navigate the challenges of international travel, from what vaccinations to get to weather reports and when it might be necessary to hire a private jet. Her love of travel comes through in every interaction.
Best Wine Store
With seven varieties of Italian amaro and a deep list of tequila, mezcal and whiskey, Ludwig’s may be better known for the liquor selection than for the wine. The huge humidor and staff’s encyclopedic knowledge turns a San Anselmo stop for tonight’s bottle into a chance to hang out and maybe learn
a little something.