Best of Chico 2023: Goods & Services

Picking the cream of the local crop

Best Nursery: The Plant Barn

Ag/Growing Supplies

FIRST Place: Northern Star Mills
510 Esplanade, 342-7661
Since 1898, Chicoans have trusted Northern Star Mills with their farming needs. The store—operating at its location across from Bidwell Mansion since 1933—stocks everything from pet and livestock feed and supplies to fertilizer, soil and seeds for the garden, yard and farm.
SECOND Place: Tractor Supply Co.
2475 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy,
THIRD Place: C Bar D Feed
3388 Hwy 32, Ste. C, 342-5361

Antiques Store

FIRST Place: Eighth & Main Antique Center
745 Main St., 893-5534
Across two buildings, this treasure hunter’s paradise spans 29,000 square feet, housing vendors selling everything from antiques and collectibles to vintage clothing and vinyl records.
SECOND Place: Little Red Hen Vintage
215 Main St., 894-1311
THIRD Place: Country Squyres Antiques
164 E. Third St., 342-6764

Appliance Store

FIRST Place: Ginno’s Kitchen & Appliance Center
2505 Zanella Way, 342-2182
Family-owned and -operated for more 50 years, Ginno’s is Chico’s largest independent appliance dealer. The friendly and knowledgeable staff helps customers navigate a wide selection of styles from leading manufacturers and also visits homes for installations and trusted repairs.

SECOND Place: Hudson’s Appliance Center
587 Country Drive, 292-6970

THIRD Place: Collier Hardware
105 Broadway, 342-0195


FIRST Place: Rooney Law Firm
1458 Esplanade, 345-5678
Michael Rooney has a lot of experience with the justice system, but his practice isn’t limited to criminal defense—Chicoans also trust him with cases in other areas, such as personal injury and family law.

SECOND Place: The Law Office of Nikki Farris
2607 Forest Ave., Ste. 120, 898-1488

THIRD Place: Law Offices of Aaron J. Stewart
2571 California Park Drive, Ste. 100, 345-2212

Auto Paint/Body Shop

FIRST Place: Knockout Collision Repair
3225 Esplanade, (530) 899-9202
Knockout Collision Repair owner Kareem Abouzeid has been working with cars nearly his whole life, starting with sweeping floors in a local repair shop as a teen. Today, he and his staff of body repair experts make Chico’s cars look as good as new.

SECOND Place: Concours Elite Collision Center
2267 Esplanade, Ste. D, 891-0234

THIRD Place: JP’s Paint & Body Works
1840 Park Ave., 342-1328

Auto Repair Shop

FIRST Place: Affordable Automotive
2106 Park Ave., 892-1774; 906 Nord Ave., 343-8500
Affordable Automotive can handle any repair, from preventive maintenance to transmission work to diagnosing and fixing those mystery rattles we all know too well. With the shop’s guarantee and warranty promise, Butte County residents know they’re getting service they can trust at two locations of this locally owned shop.

SECOND Place: Spencer Automotive
2540 Dominic Drive, 345-5600

THIRD Place: Superior Auto Clinic
2862 Esplanade, 924-4195

Knockout Collission Repair

Baby/Kids’ Clothier

FIRST Place: Once Upon a Child
801 East Ave., Ste. 106, 592-3824
Once Upon a Child boasts being North America’s
No. 1 children’s resale franchise. The Chico store reduces wast by selling “gently used kid’s clothes, shoes, toys, furniture and baby gear.”

SECOND Place: Apple Blossom Baby
1356 Longfellow Ave., 345-1617

THIRD Place: Kat’s Meow
138 W. Third St., 899-8811

Bank/Credit Union

FIRST Place: Tri Counties Bank
Multiple locations
The first branch of Tri Counties Bank opened in Chico on March 11, 1975, at the current 2171 Pillsbury Road location. There are now branches all over the state operated by more than 1,500 employees. Customers have come to know the bank by its core values of trust, respect, integrity, communication and opportunity, or TRICO.

SECOND Place: Members 1st Credit Union
Two locations: 969 East Ave. & 550 Salem St., 222-6060

THIRD Place: Golden Valley Bank
190 Cohasset Road, Ste. 170, 894-1000


FIRST Place: Liberty Barber Co.
240 Main St., Ste. 180, 630-7313
This is three years in a row for the warm and welcoming Liberty Barber Co. A traditional shop offering cuts, beard trims and hot-towel straight-razor shaves, Liberty also features a complimentary beverage and a shoulder massage with each visit.

SECOND Place (tie): Chico’s Barbershop
162 E. Third St., 487-7373

SECOND Place (tie): Danny’s Barbershop
544 Broadway St., 332-0553

Bike Shop

FIRST Place: Pullins Cyclery
801 Main St., 342-1055
Pullins Cyclery is as synonymous with Chico as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It has been the locals’ shop since it opened in 1918, and since owners Steve and Katy O’Bryan took over in 1984, it’s taken home maybe every Best Bike Shop award the CN&R has given out

SECOND Place: Greenline Cycles
515 Main St., 894-7885

THIRD Place: North Rim Adventure Sports
178 E. Second St., 345-2453

Cab Company

FIRST Place: Taxi Dave
It’s just Dave and his plain white cab, taxiing locals around town at night (8 p.m.-4 a.m.) every day except Sunday.

SECOND Place: G-Ride Pedi-Cab & Trolley

THIRD Place (tie): Chico Yellow Cab

THIRD Place (tie): Uber

Cannabis Dispensary (within driving distance of Chico)

FIRST Place: Sweet Flower
1998 Alcott Ave., 809-1620
Chico finally has cannabis dispensaries that customers can walk into. Sweet Flower was the first to open in town, and quickly established itself as a clean and welcoming space where adults can learn about cannabis products that they can purchase and take home and enjoy right away.

SECOND Place: Embarc Cannabis Goods
185 Cohasset Road, 636-1420

THIRD Place: Organic Care of California
(916) 476-5702

Car Dealership

FIRST Place: Chico Nissan Hyundai
575 Manzanita Ave./2562 Cohasset Road, 891-1777/893-1777
This locally owned business started with the Nissan dealership in 1961 and added the Hyundai half in 1992. Many of the employees have been with the company for years, even decades, contributing to Chico Nissan Hyundai’s reputation for customer service.

SECOND Place: Chuck Patterson Toyota
200 East Ave., 895-1771

THIRD Place: Courtesy Automotive Center
2520 Cohasset Road, 345-9444

Car Wash

FIRST Place: Surf Thru Express Car Wash
Two locations: 2470 Forest Ave., 801-6479; 2573 Esplanade, 774-2363
The Surf Thru chain offers quick, full-service, water-saving washes, plus self-serve vacuums and a floor mat-washing station.

SECOND Place: Scrubbs Car Wash & Detail Center
1020 Skyway, 893-4885

THIRD Place: California Car Wash
150 Commercial Ave., 894-3017

Consignment/Second-Hand Threads

FIRST Place (tie): Labelz Upscale Consignment Boutique
974 Mangrove Ave., 345-1615
Owner Jamie Withrow took over Labelz Upscale Consignment Boutique in 2019 and has curated a stock of seasonal/current clothing and accessories.

FIRST Place (tie): Arc Thrift Store
2020 Park Ave., 343-3666
The huge Arc store is packed with a well-organized selection of second-hand items, especially clothing. Plus, all proceeds fund a good cause—services for developmentally disabled people.

THIRD Place: Bootleg
126 W. Second St., 895-1426

Best Cannabis Dispensary: Sweet Flower

Convenience Store

FIRST Place: PDQ Market and Deli
156 E. Eaton Road, Ste. A, 345-9966
PDQ Market covers all the essentials—beer, sodas, ice, gas, snacks—for folks on the north side of town.

SECOND Place: Sierra Market
1646 Park Ave., 342-4579

THIRD Place (tie): Ray’s Liquor
207 Walnut St., 343-3249

THIRD Place (tie): 7-Eleven
Multiple locations

Day Spa

FIRST Place: Angels Nails & Spa
965 Nord Ave., Ste. 100-A, 487-7322
See Best Place For A Mani/Pedi.

SECOND Place: SkyLab Nails & Spa
611 Walnut St., 518-6908

THIRD Place: Urban Medspa
3221 Cohasset Road, 891-8772

Dry Cleaner

FIRST Place: 3rd Generation Cleaners
1380 East Ave., Ste. 128, 899-0333
Full-service “wet cleaning” specialists, these cleaners also do alterations, pickup and delivery. One online reviewer sums up 3rd Generation’s appeal: “Quality cleaning and top notch alterations with pleasant personal service.”

SECOND Place: Flair Custom Cleaners
660 Mangrove Ave., 345-0522

THIRD Place: Chico Express Cleaners
Two locations: 641 Walnut St., 343-6013; 752 East Ave., 343-8844

Esthetician/Waxing Studio

FIRST Place: Angels Nails & Spa
965 Nord Ave., Ste. 100-A, 487-7322
See Best Place For A Mani/Pedi.

SECOND Place: Skincare by Christan Allison

THIRD Place: Silhouette Waxing Studio
1803 Mangrove Ave., Ste. D, 342-7131

Feed Store/Farm Supply

FIRST Place: Northern Star Mills
510 Esplanade, 342-7661
See Best Ag/Growing Supplies.

SECOND Place: C Bar D Feed
3388 Hwy 32, 342-5361

THIRD Place: Tractor Supply Co.
arkway, 897-0669

Financial Planner

FIRST Place: Miste and Steve Cliadakis
Altum Wealth Advisors, 1074 East Ave., Ste. T-1, 924-0110
With each having more than 20 years’ experience in the field, Miste and Steven Cliadakis and their team help clients achieve their individual financial goals—from retirement plans and investments to risk management and insurance—with “objective, unbiased” advice.

SECOND Place: Kim Huber
agement, 418 Broadway, 349-4738

THIRD Place: Renée Michel & Joe Sweeney
Sweeney & Michel, 196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 100, 487-1777


FIRST Place: Christian & Johnson
1098 E. First Ave., 891-1881
Christian & Johnson is one of the longest-running businesses in Chico—from its 1907 beginning as a nursery run by Annie Bidwell’s gardeners, to more than a century alongside Big Chico Creek before moving to its current location five years ago. Owner Melissa Heringer and her team have kept the name at the top of locals’ list of iconic businesses with their focus on quality flowers hand-selected from the San Francisco Flower Market.

SECOND Place: Flowers by Rachelle
2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Ste. 260, 345-2661

THIRD Place: Chico Florist
1600 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 145, 345-185

General Contractor

FIRST Place: Proframe Construction
11128 Midway, Ste. 3, 636-4574
Proframe has been building just about everything—custom homes, rebuilds, patio covers and more—since owner Ben Eckstrom opened for business in 2006.

SECOND Place: Birchard Construction
2414 Florida Lane, Durham, 864-5427

THIRD Place: Slater & Son General Contractor
3753 Morehead Ave., 893-3333

Gift Shop

FIRST Place: Hubbs & Co.
956 Mangrove Ave., 892-4940
Tucked away in the Mangrove Plaza shopping center, Hubbs & Co. houses one of the most eclectic collections of merchandise in Chico, everything from women’s fashion and home goods to an ever-changing selection of gift options—garden flags, stuffed animals, scented candles and much more.

SECOND Place: Little Red Hen
897 E. 20th St., Ste. B, 897-0100

THIRD Place: Made in Chico
127 W. Third St., 894-7009


FIRST Place: S&S Organic Produce & Natural Foods
1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930
From one end to the other, there is a world of good stuff inside S&S Produce & Natural Foods, a one-time roadside produce stand that now offers on-site barbecue, a full-service butcher and natural supplements and body care products in addition to a grocery stocked with natural and specialty items and a beautiful selection of organic produce.

SECOND Place: Trader Joe’s
801 East Ave., Ste. 110, 343-9920

THIRD Place: Chico Natural Foods Co-Op
818 Main St., 891-1713

Hair Salon

FIRST Place: Da Capo Style House
1925 Market Place, 715-7183
De Capo Style House was one of the first businesses in Meriam Park when owner/stylist Danielle Dietz opened it 2019. The chic little salon has taken first place in this category in every Best of Chico contest since.

SECOND Place: The Hair Co.
1229 E. Ninth St., 894-2002

136 W. Third St., 717-0819

House Cleaning Service

FIRST Place: C&A Cleaning
Established in 2008, C&A Cleaning offers residential and office cleaning services (including window washing!) using “environmentally friendly products, equipment and systems.” A recent online reviewer sang their praises thusly: “I am a real estate agent. I had a house that was thrashed and it needed to get ready to go on the market. C&A came through and cleaned the entire place up. Fair price and hard working people.”

SECOND Place: Cleaned to Perfection

THIRD Place: Deb’s Detailed Cleaning

House Painter

FIRST Place: Hawkes Painting
Besides his impeccable work on the homes of Chico, John Hawkes’ only calling cards are the signs he stakes in the yards of jobs he’s working on—with a paint-splattered bird in flight—and his Best of Chico wins for the past three years.

SECOND Place: Bestway Painters

THIRD Place (tie): Joe Shaw Painting

THIRD Place (tie): SM Painting

Best Loan Officer: Tim Kemper

Insurance Agent

FIRST Place: Heritage Insurance Agency
290 Airpark Blvd., 894-3276
Heritage Insurance has operated as an independent agency for 45 years. Steve and Kelly Mora head a team of more than 15 people with expertise spanning agribusiness, commercial accounts, personal insurance, employee benefits and workers’ compensation.

SECOND Place: Brad Jacobson (Farmers)
25 Jan Court, Ste. 120, 891-7900

THIRD Place: Eddy Rodriguez (State Farm)
45 Jan Court, Ste. 165, 899-0100


FIRST Place: Kirk’s Jewelry
246 W. Third St., 891-0880
Owner/jeweler/metalsmith Kirk Bengtson has been operating his popular downtown shop for 50 years now. Kirk’s Jewelry is a fixture, acclaimed especially for custom-made engagement and wedding rings, and showing off all the dazzling jewelry designs in a museum-like showroom.

SECOND Place: Julianne’s
1925 Market Place, Ste. 120, 342-3117

THIRD Place: Olde Gold Estate Jewelry
225 Main St., Ste. O, 891-4610


FIRST Place: Blue Moon Landscape
Judging by online reviews and the photo galleries of the work of Blue Moon Landscaping, the company is professional and detail-oriented, whether the work is a simple gate repair or a full yard redesign.

SECOND Place: Summit Landscaping

THIRD Place (tie): Dawson Landscaping

THIRD Place (tie): Hanson & Hanson Landscaping

THIRD Place (tie): Vega Landscape & Irrigation

Liquor Store

FIRST Place: Spike’s Bottle Shop
1270 E. First Ave., 893-8410
Spike’s Bottle Shop remains at top of the craft-beer scene in Chico, boasting close to 3,000 different brews to choose from. Owner Kevin Jaradah has also curated an impressive selection of whiskeys and keeps the shelves stocked with the latest new beverage trends and plenty of non-alcoholic options as well.

SECOND Place: Star Liquor
933 Nord Ave., 891-4842

THIRD Place: Mangrove Bottle Shop
1350 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 160, 342-7575

Loan Officer

FIRST Place: Tim Kemper
Guild Mortgage, 2463 Beacon St., 624-6964
Tim Kemper is one of many Chicoans who came to town for college (in 1979) and never left. After years in construction and as a financial advisor, he moved to the world of mortgages, focusing on purchasing, refinancing and reverse mortgages. On the side, he keeps the sounds of old, weird America (and Ireland) alive on “2-Penny Opera,” his long-running folk music show on KZFR.

SECOND Place: Tanya Quakenbush
Movement Mortgage, 901 Bruce Road, Ste. 150, 715-2213

THIRD Place (tie): Andy Taylor
CMG Home Loans, 10 Declaration Drive, Ste. A, 924-6478

THIRD Place (tie): Ashley Brooks
Brooks Lending Team/Fulcrum Home Loans, 1253 Mangrove Ave., 588-1344

Local Pet Supplies Store

FIRST Place: TrailBlazer Pet Supply
Three locations: 752 Mangrove Ave., 892-1848; 1352 East Ave., Ste. S, 774-2332; 2267 Springfield Drive, Ste. 110, 895-0092
Erik Gledhill opened TrailBlazer Pet Supply in 2009 with the goal “to offer pet owners, like himself, a place where they could get the help and resources they needed to care for their pets in healthy and holistic ways that encompassed both the emotional and nutritional support of a pet.” A third location is now open in Meriam Park.

SECOND Place: Northern Star Mills
510 Esplanade, 342-7661

THIRD Place: Chico Pet Works & Pet Salon
2201 Pillsbury Road, Ste. 186, 345-0934

Men’s Clothier

FIRST Place: Upper Park
122 W. Third St., 487-7118
This year marks one decade in business for Upper Park, the all-local purveyors of clothing—including a full complement of men’s basics—and provisions “that represent Chico and the surrounding California area.” Part of Upper Park’s mission is to support the community, which it does most directly with its “Giving Back” collection, featuring items for which a significant portion of proceeds is donated to local causes, such as preservation of Bidwell Park and the sports booster clubs of local high schools.

SECOND Place: Men’s Wearhouse
1950 E. 20th St., Ste. 501, 342-1769

THIRD Place: K Custom Clothier
126 W. Third St., 624-4195

Best Liquor Store: Spike’s Bottle Shop

Motorcycle Dealer

FIRST Place: Sierra Steel Harley-Davidson
1501 Mangrove Ave., 893-1918
The lot at Sierra Steel Harley-Davidson on Mangrove Avenue is the unofficial gathering spot for Chico’s motorcycling enthusiasts, and the attached shop is the official home of the king of American road bikes.

SECOND Place: Ozzie’s BMW Center
2438 Cohasset Road, 345-4462

THIRD Place: Northstate Powersports
11096 Midway, 342-4216

Moving Company

FIRST Place: Murdock’s Moving & Storage
2590 Hwy 32, 354-8089
Neacail Murdock started his moving company as a way to create a work schedule that would fit around his college classes. Now graduated, he uses the business management skills he attained to direct his popular moving, packing and storage company.

SECOND Place: Two Men and a Truck
3851 Morrow Lane, Ste. 592-0093

THIRD Place: Sorenson Moving & Storage
600 Orange St., 343-4253

New Business (non-food service)

FIRST Place: Covello Plumbing
55 Pauletah Place, 249-7749
After 16 years in the trades, Kyle Covello has put out his own shingle. Covello Plumbing is a full-service company that handles installation, diagnosis, repair and engineering for residential
and commercial customers.

SECOND Place: Coin-Op Game Room
229 Broadway, 809-2688

THIRD Place: Embarc Cannabis Goods
185 Cohasset Road, 636-1420


FIRST Place: The Plant Barn and Gifts
406 Entler Ave., 345-3121
New owners, same love from Chico. Earlier this year, Courtney Paulson and Chris Hunter purchased the Plant Barn—which has been in operation since 1980—and they kept all the employees and left the place just as locals have grown to like it: a sprawling compound of vegetable starts; plants and trees of all types; and a wide range of garden art and other plant-related gifts and supplies. It’s not unlike their other local business, Magnolia Gift & Garden Center (see second place below).

SECOND Place: Magnolia Gift & Garden Center
1367 East Ave., 894-5410

THIRD Place: Little Red Hen Nursery
189 E. 8th St., 891-9100

Outdoor Living (patios, pergolas, pools, etc.)

FIRST Place: Patio Pros
11128 Midway, Ste. 3, 924-6400
The Patio Pros keep Chico in the shade, literally. Specializing in a variety of shade structures, as well as outdoors-integrated sun- and life-rooms, the local company has made a name for itself with its dependability and customer service.

SECOND Place: Hughes Ski Hut
13600 Hwy 99, 891-4032

THIRD Place (tie): At Home
1982 E. 20th St., 630-6469

THIRD Place (tie): Perfection Pools & Spas
172 E. 20th St., 895-0437

Pet Groomer

FIRST Place: Coature Pet Spa
1411 Mangrove Ave., 899-8433
Promising a “luxury experience for your dog,” Coature Pet Spa is a full-service salon that offers shampoo, nail trim, de-matting and more with its hair cuts. As one online reviewer shared: “James and his staff are the most caring and professional you could ever ask for!”

SECOND Place: TrailBlazer Pet Supply
Three locations: 752 Mangrove Ave., 892-1848; 1352 East Ave., Ste. S, 774-2332; 2267 Springfield Drive, Ste. 110, 855-0092

THIRD Place: Carol’s Dog Grooming
975 East Ave., Ste. 160, 343-1554

Piercing Studio

FIRST Place: Red Room Adorned
101 Salem St., Ste. 140, 399-3120
The piercing-only offshoot of Red Room Tattoo is making its mark on Chico’s pierceable body parts. Using implant-grade titanium and solid gold, the artists at Red Room Adorned offer the full range of piercings—for ears, septums, tongues, lips and more.

SECOND Place: Eye of Jade
1238 Mangrove Ave., 343-5233

THIRD Place: Pure Gold Studio
231 Nord Ave., 342-1287

Place For A Mani/Pedi

FIRST Place: Angels Nails & Spa
965 Nord Ave., Ste. 100-A, 487-7322
Open the door of the unassuming west Chico business on any given day, and inside the place will be packed with customers and nearly as many manicurists at work, offering everything from a regular mani to a milk honey with full set gel pedi—plus a full range of the usual salon services.

SECOND Place: SkyLab Nails & Spa
611 Walnut St., 518-6908

THIRD Place: Lily’s Nails & Spa
208 W. East Ave., Ste. E, 898-8765

Angels Nails & Spa

Place For Electronics/Computer Repair

FIRST Place: Chico Computer Clinic
1450 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 140, 636-1337
The “on-call nerds” of Chico Computer Clinic specialize in computer repair, cleaning and upgrade installation. The work is done fast, too, with average turnaround being less than 24 hours.

SECOND Place: Best Buy
2005 Forest Ave., 566-1012

THIRD Place: PCI Computer Services
225 Main St., 891-4152

Place To Buy Books

FIRST Place: The Bookstore
118 Main St., 345-7441
The Bookstore is comfort. It’s an escape. It’s a downtown home. It’s Chico. The overfilled shelves offer a wide selection of used and new books—with impressive selections of children’s books, cookbooks, history, gardening, religious, art books and classic literature—in which to lose oneself for hours.

SECOND Place: Barnes & Noble
2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 894-1494

THIRD Place: ABC Books
950 Mangrove Ave., 893-4342

Place To Buy Home Furnishings

FIRST Place: Esplanade Furniture
1750 Esplanade, 891-4788
The formula at Esplanade Furniture is simple: American-made, solid-wood and top-grain leather furniture. Since 1982, the popular local shop has supplied Chico with its bedroom furniture, dining tables, cabinets and more.

SECOND Place: Finds Design & Decor
1341 Mangrove Ave., 892-1905

THIRD Place: HomeGoods
1962 E. 20th St., 893-8770

Place To Buy Outdoor Gear

FIRST Place: Mountain Sport
176 E. Third St., 345-5011
Mountain Sports is here to outfit local outdoor enthusiasts with clothing, footwear, equipment and accessories for whatever adventure awaits along the trails, from Bidwell Park to the Sierra-Cascade range.

SECOND Place: Chico Sports Ltd.
698 Mangrove Ave., 894-1110

THIRD Place: Sportsman’s Warehouse
765 East Ave., Ste. 170, 897-0500


FIRST Place: Earl’s Performance Plumbing
2264 Park Ave., 343-0330
Earl’s Performance Plumbing techs arrive in fully stocked vans, answering calls 24/7 to fix everything from water and sewer lines to pumps and water heaters. For more than two decades, Earl’s has kept Chico’s pipes in order.

SECOND Place: Attaboy Plumbing
3028 Esplanade, Ste. G, 328-3907

THIRD Place: Able Plumbing
551 Country Drive, Ste. 150, 899-9009

Professional Photographer

FIRST Place: Erin Lackey Photography
Erin Lackey specializes in family portraits, striving to “create timeless images of your family so you can relive these moments with joy and gratitude.” The local photographer also focuses on the emotional health of young girls in Butte County by hosting immersive “I’m Possible Tween Girl Empowerment” events.

SECOND Place: Ashley Carlascio

THIRD Place: Park Avenue Photography

Property Management

FIRST Place: Madsen Properties
2607 Forest Ave., Ste. 110, 570-6192
Alicia Madsen is a licensed real estate broker whose Madsen Properties provides management services for owners of rentals in Chico, Paradise, Magalia and Oroville.

SECOND Place: Blue Oak Property Management
2889 Cohasset Road, Ste. 5, 636-2627

THIRD Place: The Hignell Companies
1750 Humboldt Road, 576-5376

Real Estate Agent

FIRST Place: Heather Cooper (Willow & Birch Realty)
121 W. Fourth Ave., 521-2606
Heather Cooper has been a local realtor for 13 years and has made a name for herself by focusing on customer service and a commitment to be “there for her clients every step of the way … [she] feels truly grateful to be able to help her clients make their dreams of home ownership a reality.”

SECOND Place: Sabrina Chevallier (RE/MAX)
1834 Mangrove Ave., 718-9115

THIRD Place: Brandi Laffins
1834 Mangrove Ave., 809-4594

Reptile Store

FIRST Place: Nor Cal Reptile Adventures
43 Dacy Ave., 228-5011
In addition to selling reptiles and reptile supplies, Nor Cal Reptile Adventures owners Kenni and David Huff sell, well, adventures. Locals can hire them out to bring lizards, snakes and a gigantic turtle to birthday parties, school and other special events.

SECOND Place: Killer Clutches
44 Rock Creek Road, (310) 993-5459

THIRD Place: Chico Pet Works & Pet Salon
2201 Pillsbury Road, Ste. 186, 345-0934

TrailBlazer Pet Supply


FIRST Place: Baird Roofing
11025 Midway, 342-1631
For 25 years, Michael Baird’s company has covered residential homes and commercial buildings, doing everything from attic ventilation and skylights to new roofs in a variety of materials.

SECOND Place: Powell Roofing
43 Norfield Ave., Ste. 4, 892-1410

THIRD Place: Butte Roofing Co.
8 Seville Court, Ste. 110, 342-6553

RV Rentals

FIRST Place: Happy Campers Chico
329 Southgate Ave., 321-8180
Like many RVers, Matt Dunckel and his family started their adventures in nature as tent campers. However, after experiencing the ease of execution in hitching up a camp trailer and just heading out, he started Happy Campers, offering hitch trailers of all sizes, as well as small-scale motor homes for rent.

SECOND Place: Chico Offroad Rentals
2990 Esplanade, 965-5289

THIRD Place: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2267 Esplanade, Ste. C, 899-1188

Shoe Store

FIRST Place: Heel & Sole Shoes
708 Mangrove Ave., 899-0725
Heel & Sole is packed to the ceiling, literally, with seemingly endless boxes of every style of footwear—funky boots, swanky high heels, easy-breezy flip-flops and classic canvas sneakers.

SECOND Place: Beck’s Shoes
801 East Ave., Ste. 145, 343-8923

THIRD Place: Birkenstock
333 Broadway, 345-4880

Solar Company

FIRST Place: Alternative Energy Systems
13620 Hwy 99 & 876 East Ave., 855-254-6754
This locally owned business brings the resources, materials and manpower of a national company to the projects for solar systems and battery storage that keep local residential and commercial properties in power.

SECOND Place: Ohm Solar Solutions
1300 Nord Ave., 433-4609

THIRD Place: Royal Aire Heating, Air Conditioning & Solar
2530 Zanella Way, 899-9999

Sporting Goods

FIRST Place: Chico Sports Ltd.
698 Mangrove Ave., 894-1110
Matt and Wendy Smith opened Chico’s sports superstore in 1985, growing it into a warehouse-sized selection of essentials for camping, hiking, cycling, backpacking, running, yoga, swimming, snowboarding, disc golf and more.

SECOND Place: Dick’s Sporting Goods
1922 E. 20th St., 343-3351

THIRD Place: Big 5 Sporting Goods
1717 Mangrove Ave., Ste. C, 891-1545

Tattoo Parlor

FIRST Place: Eye of Jade
1238 Mangrove Ave., 343-5233
There are so many Chico tattoo studios with talented artists that receive votes from loyal customers for Best of Chico. This year, it’s Eye of Jade, the shop opened by Ben Lucas that’s remained a local favorite for more than 16 years.

SECOND Place: Tanner Drake Tattoo Studio
250 Vallombrosa Ave., Ste. 560, 965-5842

THIRD Place: Red Room Tattoo
231 Nord Ave., 342-1287

Thrift Store

FIRST Place: Arc Thrift Store
2020 Park Ave., 343-3666
See Best Consignment/Second-Hand Threads.

SECOND Place: Thrifty Bargain
2432 Esplanade, 774-2158

THIRD Place: Goodwill
765 East Ave., Ste. 100, 893-8578

Tree Service

FIRST Place: Tree of Eden Tree Services
Tree of Eden specializes in limbing, trimming, removals, fire-fuel breaks, lot clearing, general tree maintenance and even offers crane rentals.

SECOND Place: About Trees

THIRD Place: North Valley Tree Service

Video Production

FIRST Place: Metric Cosmetics
1355 E. Eaton Road, 516-316-5182
Metric Cosmetics will make any video you need—commercials, Kickstarters, music videos, even a re-launch campaign for a beloved locally brewed IPA.

SECOND Place: Spruce Studio
418 Broadway St., 604-6008

THIRD Place: U.T.B. Studios

Wedding/Event Planner

FIRST Place: North State Events
North State Events owner Ashley Smith’s mission is clear and inspiring: “Tell me what your vision is, and I’ll make it a reality,” she says. “I will take care of even the tiniest elements, so you can enjoy your event as much as your guests.”

SECOND Place: The 530 Bride

THIRD Place: CES Weddings & Events

Window Treatments

FIRST Place: Budget Blinds of Chico
2525 Dominic Drive, Ste. C, 343-3400
Local owners Tim and Kim Long pride themselves on detail-oriented customer service for all window-treatment consultations and installations.

SECOND Place: Allen Allen Shades

THIRD Place: Nantucket Design & Home
603 Broadway St., 895-1038

Women’s Clothier

FIRST Place: Hubbs & Co.
956 Mangrove Ave., 892-4940
See Best Gift Shop.

SECOND Place: For Elyse
228 Broadway, 893-0106

THIRD Place: 5th Street Clothing Co.
328 Broadway St., 345-5754

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