Best of the County and Beyond 2021: Services

For photographers, jewelers, caterers and more, look no further with these service-based businesses, voted the best in the region by our readers.

Best Florist

Marin: Green Door Design, Mill Valley

Green Door Design

This local shop’s long-lasting arrangements, many of which feature orchids, succulents and tillandsia air plants (which are reminiscent of vintage troll dolls), earned kudos from our voters.

Bay Area: Farmgirl Flowers, Watsonville

Runners Up

Marin: The Little Flower Shop, San Anselmo

Bay Area: Hoogasian Flowers, San Francisco


Best Jewelry Repair

Marin: Gold Rush, Novato

Gold Rush Jewelers Owner Rick Lewis
Owner Rick Lewis

Fast service comes with an unhurried demeanor and no pressure to purchase at this favorite local jeweler.

Bay Area: Watson & Son, Sausalito & San Francisco


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Runners Up

Marin: Julianna’s Fine Jewelry, Corte Madera


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Bay Area: Appelblom Jewelry, San Mateo

Best Movers

Marin: Birch Circle Movers, San Rafael

Respectful and personable toward the client, on time arrivals and smooth communications are just a few of the accolades that rain down on these pros.

Bay Area: Celtic Moving & Storage, San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: Movers of Marin, Mill Valley

Bay Area: Cunningham Moving & Storage, San Francisco


Best Pet Grooming

Marin: Doggie Styles, Mill Valley, 415.381.1777

With over 25 years of experience snipping doggie locks into owner-approved shapes, this crew knows a thing or two about doggie ’dos.

Bay Area: Wags, Novato & San Francisco

Wags Dog Walking

Runners Up

Marin: All Aboard Dog Grooming, Novato

Bay Area: Ziggy’s Pet Grooming, 415.485.1745


Best Caterer

Marin: Stacy Scott

Stacey Scott Catering

Located in the Vivalon building, this boutique catering business supports Marin nonprofits, including Vivalon, WildCare, Marin Community Clinics and others.

Bay Area: Big City Catering, San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: All Seasons Catering, Mill Valley

Bay Area: A Black Tie Affair, South San Francisco

Best Photographer

Marin: Amy Perl Photography, Mill Valley

Amy Perl with daughter
Amy Perl with her daughter | Photo Courtesy of A thompson photography

We don’t know how she does it, but Perl seems able to capture each child’s inner essence in every photograph.

Bay Area: Jan Lundberg, A-List Photos, San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: Buoncristiani Photography, Novato

Bay Area: September Days Photography

Visit our Best of the County winners page for more.

Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.s the Assistant Editor at Marin Magazine and a graduate of Elon University where she studied Professional Writing and Fine Art. Born and raised in San Francisco/Marin, she loves traveling just as much as coming home to the Bay Area. She has curated a sophisticated palate for food, travel and culture and uses her travels as an outlet to develop her photography portfolio and hone her writing craft.