Best of the City 2014

Winners in the 13th annual Nanaimo News Bulletin Best of the City supplement were chosen by Nanaimo readers.

  • Jun. 26, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Best of the City 2014

Best Auto Servicing

1.     Bavarian Auto2.     Kal-Tire3.     Nanaimo Toyota

Best Banking Institution

1.     RBC1.     TD Canada Trust2.     Coastal Community Credit Union3.     CIBC

Best Pet Supply Store

1.     Bosley’s2.     Pet Smart3.     Oliver’s

Best Bike Shop

1.     Oak Bay Bikes2.     Arrowsmith Bikes3.     Pacific Rim Bicycle

Best Carpet Cleaners

1.     Citrus O2.     Classic Care3.     Sears3.     Terry’s

Best Catering Business

1.     Spice O Life Catering2.     2Chefs Affair3.     Mrs. Riches

Best Customer Service

1.     Home Hardware2.     Thrifty Foods3.     Costco

Best Day Care

1.     Jolly Giant2.     Katie’s Korner3.     Boys and Girls Club

Best Furniture Store

1.     The Brick2.     Dodd’s Furniture2.     La-Z-Boy Furniture3.     Flying Fish

Best Electrical Contractor

1.     Den Mar Electric2.     Mazzei Electric3.     Houle Electric

Best Financial Planner

1.     RBC2.     Investor Group3.     Sun Life

Best Floor Covering Store

1.     End of the Roll2.     United3.     Home Depot

Best Second-Hand Store

1.     Value Village2.     Salvation Army3.     Funk Your Fashion

Best Gas Bar

1.     Mid-Island Co-op2.     Chevron3.     Superstore

Best Home Building Supply Store

1.     Home Depot2.     Slegg Lumber3.     Home Hardware

Best Insurance Agency

1.     Hub City Insurance2.     BCAA3.     Western Financial

Best Lighting Store

1.     Mclaren Lighting2.     Home Depot3.     Illuminations

Best Flower Shop

1.     Turley’s Florist2.     Thrifty Foods3.     West Coast Classic Floral

Best Sewing Notions Store

1.     Fabricland2.     Snip ‘N’ Stitch3.     Serge and Sew

Best Outdoor Garden Centre

1.     Art Knapp Plantland2.     Green Thumb Garden Centre3.     Long Lake Nursery

Best Marine Supplier

1.     Harbour Chandler2.     West Coast Marine3.     Anchorage Marina

Best Massages

1.     Breze Salon2.     Knead Massage Therapy3.     Maffeo Salon

Best Music Store

1.     Fascinating Rhythm2.     HMV3.     Long and McQuade

Best Housewares/Linen Store

1.     HomeSense2.     Flying Fish3.     Home Outfitters

Best Paint Store

1.     Home Depot2.     Benjamin Moore3.     Cloverdale Paint

Best Travel Agency

1.     Flight Centre2.     Around the World Travel3.     Marlin Travel

Best Place to Buy a Used Vehicle

1.     Galaxy Motors2.     Nanaimo Toyota3.     Steve Marshall Ford

Best Place to Get a Tattoo

1.     Black and Blue2.     Tranceformations3.     Electric Umbrella

Best Place to Get Tires

1.     Kal-Tire2.     Cedar Tire3.     Big O Tires

Best Place to Shop

1.     Woodgrove Centre2.     Downtown Nanaimo3.     Costco

Best Plumbing and Heating Business

1.     Archie Johnstone2.     Norm’s Mobile Service3.     Marshall Plumbing

Best Roofing Company

1.     Blake Erickson Roofing2.     Milne Roofing3.     Vanderleek Roofing

Best Sporting Goods Store

1.     Sport Chek2.     Canadian Tire3.     Kirby’s

Best Place to Buy Books

1.     Chapters2.     Literacy Nanaimo3.     Coles Books

Best Store to Buy Tools

1.     Midland Tools2.     Home Depot3.     Canadian Tire

Best Vitamin/Health Food Store

1.     Island Naturals2.     Charlie Brown’s3.     Fuel

Best Wine-Making Store

1.     Wine Kitz2.     Urban Wine Cellar3.     Rainy Crick U-Brew

Best Tile Store

1.     City Tile2.     Cornerstone Tile3.     Home Depot

Best Toy Store

1.     Kool N Child2.     Toys R Us3.     Treehouse Kids

Best People-Watching Spot

1.     Swy-a-lana Lagoon2.     Maffeo Sutton Park3.     Woodgrove Centre

Best Place for Birthday Parties

1.     Brechin Lanes2.     Jumping Jiminy’s3.     4 Cats Art Studio

Best Place for Kayaking

1.     Newcastle Island2.     Long Lake3.     Departure Bay

Best Place to Meet for Coffee

1.     The Buzz Coffee House2.     Starbucks3.     Tim Hortons3.     Serious Coffee

Best Place to Mountain Bike

1.     Doumont Road2.     Mount Benson3.     Westwood Lake

Best Fitness Centre

1.     V.I. Fitness2.     Nanaimo Aquatic Centre3.     Nanaimo Athletic Centre

Best Place to Walk Your Dog

1.     Westwood Lake2.     Colliery Dam Park3.     Neck Point Park

Best Place to Watch Birds

1.     Buttertubs Marsh2.     Morrell Sanctuary3.     Neck Point Park

Best Romantic Parking Spot

1.     Departure Bay2.     Piper’s Lagoon3.     Westwood Lake3.     Neck Point Park

Best Local Campground

1.     Living Forest Oceanside Campground2.     Brannen Lake Campsites3.     Nanaimo Lakes

Best Place for a Picnic

1.     Neck Point Park2.     Piper’s Lagoon3.     Newcastle Island Provincial Park

Best Place to Swim Outdoors

1.     Westwood Lake2.     Nanaimo River3.     Piper’s Lagoon

Best Place to Walk, Jog or Hike

1.     Westwood Lake2.     Waterfront3.     Neck Point Park

Best Playground

1.     Beban Park2.     Oliver Woods3.     Maffeo Sutton Park

Best Yoga Studio

1.     Moksha Yoga2.     Om Town Yoga3.     Red Door Yoga

Best Asian Food

1.     Huong Lan2.     Blue Ginger2.     Nori Sushi3.     Kasira

Best Bakery

1.     Nanaimo Bakery2.     Columbia Bakery3.     Cobbs Bread

Best Breakfasts

1.     Ricky’s All-Day Grill2.     Tina’s Diner3.     Tania’s

Best Chicken Wings

1.     Oxy Pub2.     Simon Holt3.     Old City Station

Best Deli

1.     Nesvog’s2.     Thrifty Foods3.     Nellie’s Dutch Deli

Best Desserts

1.     Nanaimo Bakery2.     Mon Petit Choux3.     Dairy Queen3.     Mrs. Riches

Best Place to Buy Produce

1.     Thrifty Foods2.     Save-On-Foods3.     Country Grocer

Best Place to Buy Seafood

1.     Seadrift Market2.     Thrifty Foods3.     Superstore

Best Family Restaurant

1.     White Spot2.     Ricky’s All-Day Grill3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Fish and Chips

1.     Trollers2.     Pirate Chips3.     Mrs. Riches

Best French Fries

1.     Pirate Chips2.     McDonald’s3.     New York Fries

Best Hamburgers

1.     Mrs. Riches2.     White Spot3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Restaurant Overall

1.     Frankie’s Modern Diner2.     Asteras3.     Simon Holt

Best Lunches

1.     Delicado’s2.     Gabriel’s3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Steak

1.     The Keg2.     Bold Knight3.     Beefeater’s Chop House

Best Martini

1.     Acme Food Co.2.     Modern Café3.     Firehouse Grill

Best Mediterranean Food

1.     Asteras2.     Zougla’s3.     Aladdin’s Café

Best Nachos

1.     Gina’s Mexican Café2.     Baby Salsa3.     Delicado’s

Best Kids’ Restaurant

1.     White Spot2.     Montana’s3.     Mrs. Riches3.     McDonald’s3.     Ricky’s All-Day Grill

Best Fast Food

1.     Wendy’s2.     A&W3.     Delicado’s3.     Subway

Best Sunday Brunch

1.     Longwood Brew Pub2.     ABC Country Restaurant3.     Frankie’s Modern Diner

Best Sushi

1.     Nori Sushi2.     Firehouse Grill3.     Tomo Sushi

Best Pasta

1.     Milano’s2.     New York Pizza3.     Boston Pizza

Best Patio Restaurant

1.     Cactus Club2.     Simon Holt3.     Penny’s Palapas

Best Vegetarian Food

1.     Thirsty Camel2.     Rambas3.     Powerhouse Foods3.     Gabriel’s Café

Best Pies

1.     Frankie’s Modern Diner2.     Columbia Bakery3.     Costco

Best Pizza

1.     Mambo’s2.     New York Style Pizza3.     Pizza Hut

Best Place to Buy Meat

1.     Nesvog’s2.     Piper’s Meats3.     Thrifty Foods

Best Romantic Restaurant

1.     Asteras2.     Mahle House3.     Zougla’s

Best Seafood

1.     The Keg2.     Bold Knight3.     Trollers

Best Beauty Salon

1.     Maffeo Salon2.     Rich 1 Beauty3.     Kiyo Salon and Day Spa

Best Estheticians

1.     Maffeo Salon2.     Breeze Salon3.     Rich 1 Beauty

Best Jewelry Store

1.     Peoples Jewellers2.     Bastion Jewellers3.     Keller’s Jewellers

Best Kids’ Clothing Store

1.     Old Navy2.     Pumpkin Pie3.     Children’s Place

Best Lingerie Shop

1.     La Senza2.     My Undies3.     La Vie En Rose

Best Ladies’ Wear Store

1.     Quintessentials2.     Catwalk Fashions3.     Winners

Best Optical Store

1.     Iris2.     Vision Arts3.     Costco

Best Shoe Store

1.     Buckle My Shoe2.     A Step Ahead2.     Aldo Shoes3.     Payless Shoes

Best Store for Men’s Wear

1.     Tip Top Tailors2.     Moores Clothing3.     Hudson’s Bay

Best Tanning Salon

1.     Divine Glow Tanning Studio2.     Spanish Sol Tanning Studio3.     Coco Cabana

Best Art Gallery

1.     Nanaimo Art Gallery2.     Barton Leier Gallery3.     Yellow Bird Arts Gallery

Best Live Theatre

1.     Port Theatre2.     Nanaimo Theatre Group3.     Theatre One

Best Place for Live Bands

1.     The Queen’s2.     Port Theatre3.     Simon Holt

Best Place to Dance

1.     The Queen’s2.     Level 23.     Club 241

Best Sports Bar

1.     Old City Station2.     Piper’s Pub3.     Boston Pizza

Best Pub

1.     Longwood Brew Pub2.     Crow and Gate3.     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.