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Best of the City 2014

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Best Auto Servicing

1.     Bavarian Auto
2.     Kal-Tire
3.     Nanaimo Toyota

Best Banking Institution

1.     RBC
1.     TD Canada Trust
2.     Coastal Community Credit Union
3.     CIBC

Best Pet Supply Store

1.     Bosley’s
2.     Pet Smart
3.     Oliver’s

Best Bike Shop

1.     Oak Bay Bikes
2.     Arrowsmith Bikes
3.     Pacific Rim Bicycle

Best Carpet Cleaners

1.     Citrus O
2.     Classic Care
3.     Sears
3.     Terry’s

Best Catering Business

1.     Spice O Life Catering
2.     2Chefs Affair
3.     Mrs. Riches

Best Customer Service

1.     Home Hardware
2.     Thrifty Foods
3.     Costco

Best Day Care

1.     Jolly Giant
2.     Katie’s Korner
3.     Boys and Girls Club

Best Furniture Store

1.     The Brick
2.     Dodd’s Furniture
2.     La-Z-Boy Furniture
3.     Flying Fish

Best Electrical Contractor

1.     Den Mar Electric
2.     Mazzei Electric
3.     Houle Electric

Best Financial Planner

1.     RBC
2.     Investor Group
3.     Sun Life

Best Floor Covering Store

1.     End of the Roll
2.     United
3.     Home Depot

Best Second-Hand Store

1.     Value Village
2.     Salvation Army
3.     Funk Your Fashion

Best Gas Bar

1.     Mid-Island Co-op
2.     Chevron
3.     Superstore

Best Home Building Supply Store

1.     Home Depot
2.     Slegg Lumber
3.     Home Hardware

Best Insurance Agency

1.     Hub City Insurance
2.     BCAA
3.     Western Financial

Best Lighting Store

1.     Mclaren Lighting
2.     Home Depot
3.     Illuminations

Best Flower Shop

1.     Turley’s Florist
2.     Thrifty Foods
3.     West Coast Classic Floral

Best Sewing Notions Store

1.     Fabricland
2.     Snip ‘N’ Stitch
3.     Serge and Sew

Best Outdoor Garden Centre

1.     Art Knapp Plantland
2.     Green Thumb Garden Centre
3.     Long Lake Nursery

Best Marine Supplier

1.     Harbour Chandler
2.     West Coast Marine
3.     Anchorage Marina

Best Massages

1.     Breze Salon
2.     Knead Massage Therapy
3.     Maffeo Salon

Best Music Store

1.     Fascinating Rhythm
2.     HMV
3.     Long and McQuade

Best Housewares/Linen Store

1.     HomeSense
2.     Flying Fish
3.     Home Outfitters

Best Paint Store

1.     Home Depot
2.     Benjamin Moore
3.     Cloverdale Paint

Best Travel Agency

1.     Flight Centre
2.     Around the World Travel
3.     Marlin Travel

Best Place to Buy a Used Vehicle

1.     Galaxy Motors
2.     Nanaimo Toyota
3.     Steve Marshall Ford

Best Place to Get a Tattoo

1.     Black and Blue
2.     Tranceformations
3.     Electric Umbrella

Best Place to Get Tires

1.     Kal-Tire
2.     Cedar Tire
3.     Big O Tires

Best Place to Shop

1.     Woodgrove Centre
2.     Downtown Nanaimo
3.     Costco

Best Plumbing and Heating Business

1.     Archie Johnstone
2.     Norm’s Mobile Service
3.     Marshall Plumbing

Best Roofing Company

1.     Blake Erickson Roofing
2.     Milne Roofing
3.     Vanderleek Roofing

Best Sporting Goods Store

1.     Sport Chek
2.     Canadian Tire
3.     Kirby’s

Best Place to Buy Books

1.     Chapters
2.     Literacy Nanaimo
3.     Coles Books

Best Store to Buy Tools

1.     Midland Tools
2.     Home Depot
3.     Canadian Tire

Best Vitamin/Health Food Store

1.     Island Naturals
2.     Charlie Brown’s
3.     Fuel

Best Wine-Making Store

1.     Wine Kitz
2.     Urban Wine Cellar
3.     Rainy Crick U-Brew

Best Tile Store

1.     City Tile
2.     Cornerstone Tile
3.     Home Depot

Best Toy Store

1.     Kool N Child
2.     Toys R Us
3.     Treehouse Kids

Best People-Watching Spot

1.     Swy-a-lana Lagoon
2.     Maffeo Sutton Park
3.     Woodgrove Centre

Best Place for Birthday Parties

1.     Brechin Lanes
2.     Jumping Jiminy’s
3.     4 Cats Art Studio

Best Place for Kayaking

1.     Newcastle Island
2.     Long Lake
3.     Departure Bay

Best Place to Meet for Coffee

1.     The Buzz Coffee House
2.     Starbucks
3.     Tim Hortons
3.     Serious Coffee

Best Place to Mountain Bike

1.     Doumont Road
2.     Mount Benson
3.     Westwood Lake

Best Fitness Centre

1.     V.I. Fitness
2.     Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
3.     Nanaimo Athletic Centre

Best Place to Walk Your Dog

1.     Westwood Lake
2.     Colliery Dam Park
3.     Neck Point Park

Best Place to Watch Birds

1.     Buttertubs Marsh
2.     Morrell Sanctuary
3.     Neck Point Park

Best Romantic Parking Spot

1.     Departure Bay
2.     Piper’s Lagoon
3.     Westwood Lake
3.     Neck Point Park

Best Local Campground

1.     Living Forest Oceanside Campground
2.     Brannen Lake Campsites
3.     Nanaimo Lakes

Best Place for a Picnic

1.     Neck Point Park
2.     Piper’s Lagoon
3.     Newcastle Island Provincial Park

Best Place to Swim Outdoors

1.     Westwood Lake
2.     Nanaimo River
3.     Piper’s Lagoon

Best Place to Walk, Jog or Hike

1.     Westwood Lake
2.     Waterfront
3.     Neck Point Park

Best Playground

1.     Beban Park
2.     Oliver Woods
3.     Maffeo Sutton Park

Best Yoga Studio

1.     Moksha Yoga
2.     Om Town Yoga
3.     Red Door Yoga

Best Asian Food

1.     Huong Lan
2.     Blue Ginger
2.     Nori Sushi
3.     Kasira

Best Bakery

1.     Nanaimo Bakery
2.     Columbia Bakery
3.     Cobbs Bread

Best Breakfasts

1.     Ricky’s All-Day Grill
2.     Tina’s Diner
3.     Tania’s

Best Chicken Wings

1.     Oxy Pub
2.     Simon Holt
3.     Old City Station

Best Deli

1.     Nesvog’s
2.     Thrifty Foods
3.     Nellie’s Dutch Deli

Best Desserts

1.     Nanaimo Bakery
2.     Mon Petit Choux
3.     Dairy Queen
3.     Mrs. Riches

Best Place to Buy Produce

1.     Thrifty Foods
2.     Save-On-Foods
3.     Country Grocer

Best Place to Buy Seafood

1.     Seadrift Market
2.     Thrifty Foods
3.     Superstore

Best Family Restaurant

1.     White Spot
2.     Ricky’s All-Day Grill
3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Fish and Chips

1.     Trollers
2.     Pirate Chips
3.     Mrs. Riches

Best French Fries

1.     Pirate Chips
2.     McDonald’s
3.     New York Fries

Best Hamburgers

1.     Mrs. Riches
2.     White Spot
3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Restaurant Overall

1.     Frankie’s Modern Diner
2.     Asteras
3.     Simon Holt

Best Lunches

1.     Delicado’s
2.     Gabriel’s
3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Steak

1.     The Keg
2.     Bold Knight
3.     Beefeater’s Chop House

Best Martini

1.     Acme Food Co.
2.     Modern Café
3.     Firehouse Grill

Best Mediterranean Food

1.     Asteras
2.     Zougla’s
3.     Aladdin’s Café

Best Nachos

1.     Gina’s Mexican Café
2.     Baby Salsa
3.     Delicado’s

Best Kids' Restaurant

1.     White Spot
2.     Montana’s
3.     Mrs. Riches
3.     McDonald’s
3.     Ricky’s All-Day Grill

Best Fast Food

1.     Wendy’s
2.     A&W
3.     Delicado’s
3.     Subway

Best Sunday Brunch

1.     Longwood Brew Pub
2.     ABC Country Restaurant
3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Sushi

1.     Nori Sushi
2.     Firehouse Grill
3.     Tomo Sushi

Best Pasta

1.     Milano’s
2.     New York Pizza
3.     Boston Pizza

Best Patio Restaurant

1.     Cactus Club
2.     Simon Holt
3.     Penny’s Palapas

Best Vegetarian Food

1.     Thirsty Camel
2.     Rambas
3.     Powerhouse Foods
3.     Gabriel’s Café

Best Pies

1.     Frankie’s Modern Diner
2.     Columbia Bakery
3.     Costco

Best Pizza

1.     Mambo’s
2.     New York Style Pizza
3.     Pizza Hut

Best Place to Buy Meat

1.     Nesvog’s
2.     Piper’s Meats
3.     Thrifty Foods

Best Romantic Restaurant

1.     Asteras
2.     Mahle House
3.     Zougla’s

Best Seafood

1.     The Keg
2.     Bold Knight
3.     Trollers

Best Beauty Salon

1.     Maffeo Salon
2.     Rich 1 Beauty
3.     Kiyo Salon and Day Spa

Best Estheticians

1.     Maffeo Salon
2.     Breeze Salon
3.     Rich 1 Beauty

Best Jewelry Store

1.     Peoples Jewellers
2.     Bastion Jewellers
3.     Keller’s Jewellers

Best Kids' Clothing Store

1.     Old Navy
2.     Pumpkin Pie
3.     Children’s Place

Best Lingerie Shop

1.     La Senza
2.     My Undies
3.     La Vie En Rose

Best Ladies’ Wear Store

1.     Quintessentials
2.     Catwalk Fashions
3.     Winners

Best Optical Store

1.     Iris
2.     Vision Arts
3.     Costco

Best Shoe Store

1.     Buckle My Shoe
2.     A Step Ahead
2.     Aldo Shoes
3.     Payless Shoes

Best Store for Men’s Wear

1.     Tip Top Tailors
2.     Moores Clothing
3.     Hudson’s Bay

Best Tanning Salon

1.     Divine Glow Tanning Studio
2.     Spanish Sol Tanning Studio
3.     Coco Cabana

Best Art Gallery

1.     Nanaimo Art Gallery
2.     Barton Leier Gallery
3.     Yellow Bird Arts Gallery

Best Live Theatre

1.     Port Theatre
2.     Nanaimo Theatre Group
3.     Theatre One

Best Place for Live Bands

1.     The Queen’s
2.     Port Theatre
3.     Simon Holt

Best Place to Dance

1.     The Queen’s
2.     Level 2
3.     Club 241

Best Sports Bar

1.     Old City Station
2.     Piper’s Pub
3.     Boston Pizza

Best Pub

1.     Longwood Brew Pub
2.     Crow and Gate
3.     Fibber Magees

Winners in the 13th annual Nanaimo News Bulletin Best of the City supplement were chosen by Nanaimo readers. The votes were then tabulated and ranked in order to determine the top three finalists.

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