SHOPPING & SERVICES

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Posted October 4, 2012 in Feature Story

BEST AUDIO/ELECTRONICS STORE

JR Audio

If your car needs a serious electronics makeover, then consider taking your set of wheels to JR Audio in Norco where the company’s stock-in-trade includes Bluetooth installations, navigation systems, high-voltage subwoofers and plenty of other gear to make your ride the most entertaining thing on wheels since the Batmobile. Been eyeing that Sony Xplod receiver? The guys at JR Audio probably have a deal for you. (M.T.)

1701 Hamner Ave., Norco, (951) 268-9424; www.jrcaraudio.net.

 

BEST BARBER SHOP

Stay Gold Barber Shop

Look, if you want a regular haircut, there are plenty of regular, corporate shops to go and get something that’s, well, very regular. For those who strive for a look that’s way above average, spots like the Stay Gold Barber Shop are where you’ll need to stop for that special shave, fade or trim. Do you like it tapered or squared up in the back? In either case, your locks will look golden here.  (F.L.A.)

16887 Spring St., Fontana, (909) 356-1663; www.staygoldbarbershop.com.

 

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

Incycle

All right, so you’ve finally pedaled the last mile out of that rusty cycle you bought via Craigslist years ago and you’re ready to step up your game to something a little more serious. Don’t step into a big-box store with mediocre inventory and an absence of customer service. A place like Incycle—with locations in Chino, Rancho Cucamonga and San Dimas—will know exactly how to equip you for your needs. Cruisers, road bikes, mountains and tandems—everything is here in a one-stop shop. (J.C.)

www.incycle.com.

 

BEST CANNABIS COLLECTIVE/DISPENSARY

IE Patients Health & Wellness Center

It can be tough when it comes to finding the best quality and most effective medical marijuana. Questions like: What strain will treat my symptoms? Who can I speak to for advice? And, most importantly, where can I find a reputable collective? all come to mind. The answer, as decided by our readers, is the IE Patients Health & Wellness Center. Open since 2009, this thoroughly professional nonprofit center—“home of America’s First Medical Marijuana Farmers’ Market”—also hosts weekly “How-To-Grow” classes on Wednesday, offers members a newsletter, supports local AIDS and charity groups and carries all the right strains, edibles, concentrates and clones to ease your pain and suffering. (F.L.A.)

647 Main St., Ste. 2A, Riverside, (951) 782-8400; www.iehwc.org.

 

BEST CD/VINYL STORE

Rhino Records

In the past decade, we’ve become unfortunate witnesses to the downfall of both major record store chains and quite a few independent record shops. Yet, amidst the ashes of those long gone stands tall a very alive record store in Claremont that is a pure music lover’s paradise. Now in its 36th year, Rhino Records has become an institution in the community, offering everything from CDs, LPs and other listenables, to accessories, books, videos and wearables. (J.C.)

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

 

BEST CLOTHING STORE

GCS Clothing

Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve last headed into that bedroom closet and cleaned out those threads that have been collecting dust for the past . . . let’s say, decade? Well, now’s the time to update and re-stocking can be made easy with the trip to GCS. Featuring street and urban labels for men and women such as Quality Control, Dissizit, Akomplic and Villany. Oh, this place has cred—The Psycho Realm did a meet-and-greet at this Pomona storefront just a few months ago. Get that bag of donations ready! (J.C.)

168 W. Third St., Pomona, (909) 620-2772, www.gcsclothing.com.

 

BEST COMIC BOOK STORE

IE Comics and Games

Honestly, if you’ve ever caught yourself fantasizing about wandering alone inside a comic book store during a re-run of The Big Bang Theory, you might consider yourself a hopeless addict to all things Batman and blister packs and all things brave and bold. Thankfully, IE Comics and Games—which will buy, sell and trade you comics, collectibles, figures, video games and more—has got the fix for all your four-color jonesin‘. Situated in the heart of Hemet, this shop will dazzle any generation of comic book fans for years to—hey, hands off that Iron Man figurine! (F.L.A.)

3603 W. Florida Ave., Hemet, (951) 392-3193; www.facebook.com/I.E.ComicAndGames.

 

BEST DAY SPA

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa and Day Spa

Just think: Whenever you feel like relaxing and getting away from the hubbub of Corona, you’ll head to . . . Corona? That’s right, situated against the hillside of the Santa Ana Mountains and Coldwater Creek, Glen Ivy has been soothing the minds and bodies of its patrons since—get this—1860. There’s an assortment of treatment options, including massages, baths, pools and saunas. In fact, the entire Glen Ivy complex is a blissful getaway that isn’t far away. (J.C.)

25000 Glen Ivy Rd., Corona, (888) 453-6489; www.glenivy.com.

 

BEST FARMER’S MARKET

Redlands Farmers Market

Redlands sort of wins by default—it’s got a cooler and hipper downtown area than most IE-based cities and its entertainment offerings are always totally enjoyable. It attracts tons of people and the Thursday night market night has been a serious tradition in the city for nearly a quarter-century. Need we say much more?  (F.L.A.)

www.cityofredlands.org/Market%20Night.

 

HAIR SALON

Trendsetter

Touting itself as “complete beauty center” Trendsetter is totally comprehensive. Serving men, women and the little ones too, this salon and day spa offers all the services and trimmings of a top-notch facility, including waxing, nails, make-up, facials, massages, tanning and—oh yes—the hair stylings, too. Want the complete pampering package? This place offers everything that will revitalize the body and mind. Although appointments are preferred, feel free to walk in with your beautification needs—Trendsetter will be very happy to turn you into pretty. (J.C.)

1454 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino, (909) 882-3878;www.trendsettersalon.net.

 

BEST HOTEL

The Mission Inn

The Mission Inn is a California National Historic Landmark that hosts six dazzling restaurants, a complete day spa, gorgeous works of museum-worthy art and a high-class hotel worthy of the rich and famous. Built in 1876, The Mission Inn has been the City of Riverside’s finest vacation spot for nearly a century. It features more than 200 rooms and a wedding center for those who like to tie the knot in old-school California style. (J.D.)

3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-1342; www.missioninn.com.

 

BEST HYDROPONICS STORE

Greenmile Hydroponics Garden Supply

Greenmile Hydroponics Garden Supply is the premier place to go for whatever gardening needs you have. Whether it’s books, videos, fans, blowers, soil, lighting, botanicals, cloning, seed-starting or even nutrients and additives . . . this place has what you are looking for. What’s your pleasure? Dutch Master? Advanced Nutrients? FoxFarm? They got it all here. Greenmile enjoys friendly questions, so feel free to chat up the staff. (J.D.)

1480 S. E St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5919.

 

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Ozel Jewelers of Redlands

Ozel Jewelers of Redlands has been the premier high-quality jewelry store for more than 30 years. Family owned and operated, you know you are dealing with a name you can place your faith in when you buy from Ozel. If you aren’t there to purchase all of those diamonds, gold and jewels, you can get your own wealth professionally cleaned and painstakingly repaired by its trained staff if your precious treasure needs loving care. (J.D.)

2 E. State St., Redlands, (909) 793-7986; www.ozeljewelersofredlands.com.

 

BEST LIQUOR STORE

La Bodega

Whether it’s hard drinking, heavy partying or fine dining, the place to go for spirits, beer and wine is Riverside’s very own La Bodega; a liquor hub that sets the standard for what to expect when you are thinking about a fully-stocked alcohol selling establishment. With a selection so awesome they divide it up according to region. Now you can drink your way from Tobago to Anguilla in style. (J.D.)

3512 Central Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-3307; www.labodegawine.com.

 

BEST MIXED MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Riverside Submission

If you enjoy watching mixed martial arts then you know by now that if a fighter doesn’t know how to wrestle, he is going to get destroyed (or at the very least embarrassingly mangled). You can avoid a similar fate by going to Riverside Submission, a mixed martial arts studio that specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a grappling art that is perfect for taking the opposition down and putting them out. Call ahead for class schedules. (J.D.)

4650 Pine St., Riverside, (951) 250-7689; www.riversidesubmission.com.

 

BEST NAIL SALON

Victoria Nails & Spa

Victoria Nails & Spa in Yucaipa provides manicures, pedicures and other personal care services for the ultimate beauty-enhancing experience. You can choose from a wealth of luxurious options including moisturizing, waxing, repairs and enhancements in a friendly, clean and professional environment.  Service is brisk but the place is popular, so you can either call to schedule an appointment or walk in if you are willing to wait a little bit for a lot of quality. (J.D.)

33527 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa, (909)790-4276.

 

BEST PIERCING/BODY MODIFICATION STUDIO

Tattoo Revolution

Tattoo Revolution offers tattoo and piercing services in an age where going to a hot nightclub without one or more of either is like wearing a bland badge of cardboard-flavored banality. Regardless of how much ink or metal you need implanted in you, Tattoo Revolution is truly the sterile, professional and friendly environment to do it in. A visit to its blogspot is worth it so you’ll know what’s offered and/or what to ask for once you go. (J.D.)

724 Tennessee St., Redlands, (909) 793-6661; www.tattoorevolutionredlands.blogspot.com.

 

BEST SEX SHOP

Le Sex Shoppe

Le Sex Shoppe is a fine establishment for anyone who wants to maintain, embellish or explore their sex life in an environment that is clean, respectable and professional. Regardless of gender, preference or whatever else you fantasize about, Le Sex Shoppe—sort of a fixture in Downtown Riverside—has it in stock for you. From toys to movies to books to lubes to games to, ahem, inflatable companions; this is the place to spice up the party, personal or otherwise. (J.D.)

3945 Market St., Riverside, (951) 788-5194; www.romantixonline.com.

 

BEST SHOE STORE

Designer Shoe Warehouse

Designer Shoe Warehouse is where your feet should go if they’re tired and sore from wearing those old kicks. In addition to a variety of shoes for women, men, kids and athletes of any age or gender, Designer Shoe Warehouse—with stores in Ontario and Redlands—also offers handbags and other luxury items to give your personal style what it needs to make a scene looking the best you can be. And don’t even let me get started on their clearance section . . . (J.D.)

www.dsw.com.

 

BEST SHOPPING CENTER/MALL

Victoria Gardens

More than just a lot of stores in one convenient location, Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga is the place to go for shopping, exploring the cinema, dining fine or enjoying a host of other special events including live performances and outdoor concerts. Services also include stroller rentals, photocopy services, complimentary wheelchairs, transportation assistance and free parking. From JC Penny and Williams-Sonoma to Vans and Zumiez, whatever you’re looking for is here and more. (J.D.)

12505 N. Main St., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 463-2830; www.victoriagardensie.com.

 

BEST SKATE SHOP

Active Ride Shop

One of the latest Active Ride Shop openings is in Corona. It’s a swank spot to hand over cash for all things related to skateboards. With an awesome selection of clothing, parts, gear and other accessories so you can roll, slide or grind in style. The Fallen, Zero and Deathwish skate teams showed up for its grand opening, and the people who work there are so cool you won’t want to wait for them to get off work so you can party with them. With a Chino hometown, the company has expanded with numerous locations. (J.D.)

www.activerideshop.com.

 

BEST SNOWBOARD/SKI SHOP

LeRoy’s Boardshops

LeRoy’s Boardshops provides clothing, gear and other accessories to sports enthusiasts that like competitive prices to go with a large selection. In addition to sunglasses, jewelry, hats, skis and (of course) snowboards, it also provides rentals at fair prices for the weekend warrior that doesn’t want to own it all just yet. And it’s conveniently located in seven different locations: Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead, two in Redlands and two in Big Bear Lake. (J.D.)

www.leroysboardshops.com.

 

BEST SMOKE SHOP

Smoke Shop Outlet

Whether you puff to the beat of your own Drum (tobacco) or you need to stock up on rolling papers, Smoke Shop Outlet in Redlands is fully equipped to furnish any and all tobacco lovers with the finest accessories and conversation starters. They’ve got a huge selection of pipes and glassware, plus all the accessories to give your next puff-puff pow-wow the panache it deserves. The patient and helpful staff enjoys giving friendly answers to all of your probing questions, so ask away before you pay. (J.D.)

119 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, (909) 798-4669.

 

BEST TANNING SALON

Sunset Tan California

Sunset Tan California in Upland offers clean, comfortable, safe tanning technology for those who seek the perfect hue. It offers a rewards program for repeat customers and convenient hours for anyone’s schedule. Its tanning beds are stylish, high-technology devices that look sleek to chill on, so you won’t feel like a hot dog at a 7-Eleven. Its friendly staff is dedicated to your health, looks and safety, so talk to them if you have any questions. (J.D.)

1655 N. Mountain Ave., Ste. 105, Upland, (909) 946-9910; www.sunsettanupland.com.

 

BEST TATTOO STUDIO

Empire Tattoo Studios

For more than 20 years, Empire Tattoo Studios has been the place to go to get great ink (and/or quality piercings) with establishments in Redlands, Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga. Hosting a trained cadre of artists operating in a professional, sterile environment, this is the place to go whether it’s your first tattoo or your fiftieth. You can even visit their website to see samples or make appointments online, too. (J.D.)

www.empiretattoostudios.com.

 

BEST THRIFT/VINTAGE STORE

La Bomba Vintage

Don’t call La Bomba a thrift store. It’s a place where gently used clothing comes to live again (at reasonable prices), and where bohemians, hipsters, punks, rockabillies, rivetheads and standard-issue, alternative types come to look stylish and unique. La Bomba’s selection includes obscure band pins, swank sunglasses, cool boots, retro and modern jackets plus hats of all styles, so you’re covered from head-to-toe in fashion that can’t be found at the shopping mall, and remember . . . it’s always cool to roll old school. (J.D.)

195 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 629-4247; www.labombavintage.com.

 

BEST USED BOOK STORE

Magic Door IV

When the iPad needs recharging and the hard drive on your laptop has once again died, you can always pick up a good book. Print isn’t always cheap so the Magic Door IV in Downtown Pomona is the perfect place to purchase science fiction, mystery, pulp, romance, horror, fantasy or whatever it is your eyes like to take your mind to. If you need the extra space (and cash) the place buys books, too. (J.D.)

155 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 472-2991; www.magicdoor4.com.


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