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Posted October 7, 2010 in Feature Story

BEST BARBER

Gregory “Joe” Moore

Hey, Joe, our Readers’ Poll says you’re the best clipper man this side of Marinello beauty school. So we say, drink up and let’s toast a few glasses of sparkling Barbicide. But the only thing is—you never called us back?!?! Joe, you were voted the Best Barber in the entire IE! Where’s the love? (GD)

MasterCuts at Inland Center, 500 Inland Center Dr., San Bernardino, (909) 884-2701.

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BEST BICYCLE SHOP

Riverside Cyclery

Riverside Cyclery in Riverside is housed in a 10,000-square-foot building, making it the largest Riverside Cyclery location. With so much space, this venue for All Things Spoked has one heck of a showroom; it’s no wonder that it was voted Best Bicycle Shop. With a variety of bikes from cruisers to BMX, the cyclery requires a very knowledgeable staff; it’s a good thing manager Al Dudley is a retired Cat 1 road racer with over 20 years in the industry. (LL)

Riverside Cyclery, 10000B Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 354-8444; www.cycleryusa.com.

BEST CANNABIS COLLECTIVE/DISPENSARY

IE Health & Wellness Center

God bless this collective for being so innovative. Not only is the IE Health & Wellness Center committed to making sure that medical cannabis patients can get the best quality marijuana to tackle their ills and ailments—these folks truly believe in the power and magic of market forces and customer choice. Why do we say this? Because every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Center hosts a Farmer’s Market. You heard right. A medical marijuana farmer’s market that provides vendors a place to showcase the fruits of their labor and patients to pick and choose exactly the strain (and price) that suits their lifestyle. If that’s not progressive, I don’t know what is. (GD)

IE Health & Wellness Center, 647 Main St. Suite 2A, Riverside, (951) 782-8400; www.iephealthandwellnesscenter.com. 7AM-9PM every day. Farmers Market open Fri, Sat and Sun.

BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY RETAILER

Discount Hydroponics

So, after you’ve stopped using grocery bags, you’ve switched to energy-efficient light bulbs and finally decided to ditch your Toyota 4Runner for a Prius—what else can you do to make your life just a bit more Mother Nature-friendly? Try growing your own fruits and vegetables (take that, Corporate Farming!). And the good folks at Discount Hydroponics are armed to the teeth with the latest products, nutrients, gardening equipment and electrical gadgetry to help you grow the biggest damn tomatoes on the block. Now that’s going green in the best way possible. Dirt not included. Or required. (GD)

Discount Hydroponics, 4745 Hiers Ave., Riverside, (877) 476-9487; www.discount-hydro.com.

BEST HAIR SALON

Savoie Complete Hair Solutions

Located in the Pomona Arts Colony (though, at press time, we learned they were moving to Claremont under the name Hair Stream), it makes perfect sense that Savoie Hair hosts art openings as well as gives killer cuts. During the area’s second Saturday art walk, the salon hosts hair shows and photo shoots. The salon itself is a work of art, designed by Academy Award-winning film production designer Tom Sanders, known for his work on Dracula, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan and more. Sanders is buddies with the salon’s owner, Cherie Savoie, who has been in the business 16 years, starting with Carlton Hair International in Montclair. If you’re looking to go bright red, she’s got scarlet fever. (AOT)

Savoie Complete Hair Solutions, 264 W. Third St., Pomona, (909) 865-6500; www.savoiehair.com.

BEST HOTEL

Mission Inn

Talk about they sure don’t make ’em like they used to: Where in the hell can you find a hotel being built like the historic Mission Inn these days? Seriously, this place makes some of those new Vegas hotels look as milquetoast as many of the destitute housing tracts that sprung up in the IE over the past decade. It’s a dazzler inside, too, where some 10 U.S. presidents have once set foot. Yeah, that’s fit for a king, all right! (GD)

Mission Inn Hotel, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0300, www.missioninn.com.

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Mardon Jeweler

Hidden inside the Mission Inn, sits Mardon Jewelers, the historic hotel’s in-house jewelry store. Looking to pop the question? Whether you’re up for picking out the ring as a couple or wanting some advice before making the entire thing a surprise as she pulls the ring out of the crème brulee after a perfectly romantic dinner, Mardon’s team is on your, er, team. Not quite ready to go cake tasting? How about a one-of-a-kind Precious Portrait? Picture a heart with you and your sweetie immortalized in sterling silver to hang around your neck for a little bling fling. (AOT)

Mardon Jewelers, 3640 Main St., Riverside, (951) 682-2325; www.mardonjewelers.com.

BEST LINGERIE STORE

Lotions & Lace

Seriously? Again? Lotions and Lace is once again the cream of the crop of lingerie stores in the Inland Empire. We know you only go there for your lacey needs and sprint right past the Dream Maker vibrator, the Bendable Flexems, sex swings, ben wa balls, the vibrating cock rings, et al. Nope. Not you. You go there for the respectable stuff that breathes and comes in misses sizes. (AOT)

Locations in Montclair, Riverside, San Bernardino and Lake Elsinore; www.lotionsnlace.com

BEST LIQUOR STORE

La Bodega Wine & Spirits

Let’s put it this way-La Bodega is an interesting liquor store for non-drinkers.  But for booze-hounds?  Forget it.  One of the finest wine selections in the area, along with hard to find beers, whisky decanters in the shape of machine guns along with an awesome collection of all spirits, and a helpful and knowledgeable staff, all add up to a nirvana for the libation-inclined.  (BG)

La Bodega Wine & Spirits, 3512 Central Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-3307; www.labodegawine.com.

BEST MASSAGE

Spiritus Yoga and Spa 

Spiritus Yoga and Spa isn’t just a yoga studio, it offers a variety of relaxation treatments. With yoga and other dance classes, Spiritus Yoga and Spa seems more like a workout/dance studio than a place to unwind and relax but the place offers tons of spa treatments, facials and even spray tanning. Most massages are 50 minutes long and range from Swedish and reflexology to couple and maternity. (LL)

Spiritus Yoga and Spa, 3579 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-3300; www.spiritusyogaandspa.com.

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

Rob’s Vintique 

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing? Look no more, Rob’s Vintique has the most vintage and unique articles and accessories you could ask for and at a more than decent price. Specializing in items from the ’40s to ’70s, the store offers an array of clothing as well as accessories, shoes, hats, furniture and even bikes. Since the store offers used items, everything is at a fair price; you just have to scour for it. But, if you’re still looking for more discounts, Vintique also buys and trades items. So, if you’re cleaning out the garage or lookin‘ for something to match that hip new shirt, Rob’s Vintique is the cat’s pajamas. (LL)

Rob’s Vintique, 6510 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 328-9800; www.myspace.com/robsvintique, www.robsvintique.etsy.com.

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BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

Rob’s Vintique 

There is no better man to see upon receiving an invite to that retro ’70s party or ’80s dance off than Rob at Rob’s Vintique. Whether you’re looking for a short and slinky little mod number and go-go boots, a Sonny and Cher getup or flower power suits, the man can help you recreate your decade’s duds. “I can pretty much put anything together,” Rob says. “And we are always getting new things in, so if someone comes in two weeks later we have plenty more.” (AOT)

BEST MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOP

Combined Martial Science

With one of the largest mixed martial arts programs in the area, Combined Martial Science has been training students for 25 years. The large 5,000-square-foot dojo is equipped to train adults, children and even those with autism in all kinds of martial arts from jujitsu and judo to sumo. The autism program focuses on ways to cope with the symptoms of autism dealing with controlling body movements. With so many courses rolled into one dojo, this place makes The Karate Kid look amateur. (LL)

Combined Martial Science, 13611 Twelfth St. Unit A, Chino, (909) 628-3310; www.combinedmartialscience.com.

BEST NAIL SALON

Happy Nails and Spa

Sometimes going to a nail salon is like going to a hair salon; it’s important to find a place that isn’t going to make you pay for something you don’t even like—Happy Nails is that place. Even though the price is a little steep, it’s worth it. The manicurists here listen to what you want. The place is clean and comfortable. Sometimes nails aren’t important and sometimes a girl can build a whole career on her nails. Just ask Kid Sister. (LL)

Happy Nails and Spa, 3809 Grand Ave., Chino, (909) 464-0330.

BEST PLACE TO BUY CDs

Rhino Records

Really, Rhino’s one of the coolest record shops in an area that expands well past the Inland Empire. Serving the region for well over 30 years, you’ll be able to snag all sorts of music-related goodness sorted under one roof. The employees are super knowledgeable about all things music (quite a few of them are musicians, too) and if compact discs are what you seek, there are plenty available in both used and new selections. (FLA)

Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) 626-7774; www.rhinorecords.cc.

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL

Dr. Strange Records

Bill Plaster loves his vinyl—that’s records we’re talking ’bout. He’s pressed some of the best punk platters via his excellent label and ran a mail-order operation through his famed catalog for over 20 years. And since opening doors over a decade ago, his stellar Dr. Strange Records store (perched up in Alta Loma) has been the site of countless bountiful punk rock LP and 7” hunting expeditions. Yes, your stylus and ears will thank you. (WR)

Dr. Strange Records, 7136 Amethyst Ave., Alta Loma, (909) 944-1778; www.drstrange.com.

BEST SEX TOY SHOP

Toy Box

Selection, selection, selection. That’s what it’s all about in the sex toy store world. Location? Not so much. Not far from Spearmint Rhino sits the hot-pink neon lights of the illustrious, tri-county-famous Toy Box. The store has a wide selection of DVDs, mags and, of course, sex toys—and it’s all available 24-7, whenever the mood strikes. It’s also relaxed enough for bachelorette party planners with the staff at your service. (AOT)

Toy Box, 1999 W. Arrow Rte., Upland, (909) 920-1135. 

BEST SHOE STORE

O’ My Sole

We always knew we had a strong hippie-granola contingent vibing on our free-lovin‘ ways, but now we know for sure through your votes for O’ My Sole in Claremont. Not only do you demand your Birkenstocks, you want to take a stroll in historic downtown Claremont near the Ivy League college crowd. After you pick up a couple pairs of red flowery Pikolinos and pewter Alegria clogs, Taos sandals and Uggs, take a stroll around the village to try those puppies out. (AOT)

O’ My Sole, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd. C-101, Claremont, (909) 621-7653; www.omysole.com.

BEST SHOPPING CENTER/MALL

Victoria Gardens

Ah, the fresh air! That’s not something most mall goers can say after entering massive, enclosed spaces that oftentimes don’t seem to have much space to begin with. But Victoria Gardens’ pedestrian-friendly layout encourages you to browse around, while their plazas and courtyards offer more than your standard shopping experience. Plus, with a performing arts center and library adjacent to the rows of stores, you’ll regularly forget that you’re actually at an outdoor mall. (GD)

Victoria Gardens, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 463-2830; www.victoriagardensie.com.

BEST SKATE SHOP

Crooks

Crooks is always good for new kicks, as well as myriad skate supplies. Skater owned and operated since opening in 2001, the core shop hosts demos and signings, video premieres and local contests. With a logo that bites Newcastle beer labels and vintage skateboard decks lining the walls, the place has personality that goes beyond the staff. They offer a good selection of Nikes, Vans and DVS, along with clothing and gear by Baker, Krooked, Real, Alien Workshop and Matix, Independent, Vans, Toy Machine and more. It’s not uncommon to see some of the guys on the shop’s roster like Mike Davis, Joe Sanchez and Forrest Edwards hitting up the asphalt and rails outside. (AOT)

Crooks, 9352 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 354-7540; Facebook Crooks Skateboard Shop.

BEST SKI/SNOWBOARD SHOP

Sports Authority

Really? Way to support the moms and pops. Sports Authority is in all but five American states, but apparently nothing in the Inland Empire tops it. It has locations in Corona, Fontana, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Palm Desert, Riverside, San Bernardino and Temecula. So really, if you crunch the numbers, it makes total sense that they won. Way to go IE—way to totally prove every stereotype ever perpetrated on The O.C. (AOT)

www.sportsauthority.com.

BEST SMOKE SHOP

Monster Trading Co./Smoke Shop Outlet

Who are we kidding here? Cali’s just been getting more and more anti-tobacco over the years. Heck, Loma Linda’s basically outlawed cigarettes within city limits. Almost. So, with this in mind, it’s great to know that places like Monster Trading Co./Smoke Shop Outlet in Redlands are going strong and long to provide the perfect products for people who puff. They offer wholesale deals to the public and they’ve got a crazy-mad selection on all different types of glassware. Plus, where else can you also pick up—as an impulse, naturally—four adult DVDs for $4? Nice. (GD)

Monster Trading Co./Smoke Shop Outlet, 119 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, (909) 798-4669.

BEST THRIFT STORE

Hobo’s Vintage

Hobo’s Vintage is downtown Redlands’ first stop for ’80s parties, mod garb, rockabilly pill skirts and vintage cowboy shirts. The salespeople double as stylists upon request, helping out by giving feedback on your fab find. The prices are reasonable and their attitude doesn’t suck. The owners bring the estate sales to you in one little storefront with mellow grooves for your enjoyment while you set yourself up in style. (AOT)

Hobo’s Vintage, 127 Cajon St., Redlands, (909) 792-3961; www.hobosvintage.com.

BEST USED BOOK STORE

Renaissance Book Shop 

This bookstore doesn’t mess around. This place isn’t about teen vampire bullshit, and Eat, Pray, Love puke-fests. This is a serious bookstore for serious readers with formidable sections in science, philosophy and economics, a great sci-fi section and a healthy dose of foreign language books. The owner, Gene B., grew up in the ’60s and his socially engaged Libertarianism is on full display here. So if you are tired of the vapid chain-stores and tired of paying full price, this is the place for you. (DP)

6639 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 369-8843; www.renbook.com.


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