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Best of Rochester 2013: Goods & Services


New Retail Store Little Bleu Cheese Shop. 684 South Ave., 730-8296, littlebleucheese.com. (Runners up: Bartertown Collectibles | Dichotomy Rochester | Hot Rod Bettie's)

Best Jewelry Store Mann's. 2945 Monroe Ave., 271-4000, mannsjewelers.com. (Runners up: Blueground | Cornell's | The Source)

Best Local Car Dealership Dorschel. Many area locations. dorschel.com. (Runners up: Hoselton | Van Bortel | Vision)

Best Auto Repair Shop Nu-Look Collision. Many area locations. nulookcollision.com. (Runners up: East Avenue Auto | Schrader's Garage | Vesa's Automative )

Best Bike Shop Park Ave Bike Shop. 2900 Monroe Ave., 381-3080; 600 Jay Scutti Blvd., Henrietta, 427-2110; parkavebike.com. (Runners up: Full Moon Vista | Towners Bike Shop | Towpath Bike)

Best Fitness Trainer Jeff Rice, Flower City Crossfit. 3543 Winton Place, 708-9348, flowercitycrossfit.com. (Runners up: John H., Downtown Fitness Club | Kerry S., Roc the Barre | Rob Saeva, Downtown Fitness Club | Charlene Teague, IronWorx Gym)

Best Yoga Instructor Carly Weis, Breathe Yoga. Many area locations. breatheyoga.com. (Runners up: Abby Kraai | Francois Raoult, Open Sky Yoga | Tom Somerville, Downtown Fitness)

Best Massage Therapist Danielle Cowley, Shear Ego. 3349 Monroe Ave., Pittsford, 586-1781, shearego.com. (Runners up: Michele Cunningham, Healing Haven | Colin Coffey, Renewing Massage | Victoria Duel, Sue's Finishing Touch)

Best Wellness Practitioner Roc City Wellness. 1598 Penfield Rd. Suite #103, Penfield, 210-2412, roccitywellness.com. (Runners up: Healing Haven | Natural Alternatives | Rochester Community Acupuncture)

Best Spa Spa at Del Monte. 43 N. Main St., Pittsford, 419-3000, delmontespa.com. (Runners up: Scott Miller | Massage Envy | Shear Ego)

Best Salon Scott Miller. 3340 Monroe Ave., 264-9940, scottmillerstyle.com. (Runners up: Fusion | The Men's Room | World Hair)

Best Stylist/Barber Jason Ripple (Rock Paper Scissors) 788 University Ave., 730-8118, rockpaperscissorssalon.com. (Runners up: Andrea Bonawitz (Fusion) | Heather DeMars (Gel Salon) | Philip Monacelli (Salon 113))

Best Florist Arena's. 260 East Ave., 454-3720, arenasforlife.com. (Runners up: Kittelberger Florist | Rockcastle Florist | Stacy K Floral)

Best Garden Store Garden Factory. 2126 Buffalo Rd., Gates, 247-6236, gardenfactoryny.com. (Runners up: Bristol's Garden Center | Gro-Moore Farms | Van Putte Gardens)

Best Clothing Store Thread. 654 South Ave., 232-7110, threadonline.bigcartel.com. (Runners up: A Step Apart | Dado Boutique | Hot Rod Betties | Peppermint)

Best Thrift/Secondhand Store Far Out Vintage. 633 Monroe Ave., 530-7139, faroutvintage.tumblr.com. (Runners up: Lu's Back Door | Panache Vintage | Utter Clutter)

Best Record/Music Store House of Guitars. 645 Titus Ave., 544-3500, houseofguitars.com. (Runners up: Lakeshore Records | NeedleDrop Records | Record Archive)

Best Musical Instrument Store House of Guitars. 645 Titus Ave., 544-3500, houseofguitars.com. (Runners up: Bernunzio Uptown Music | Echo-Tone | Sound Source)

Best Tattoo Parlor Love Hate Tattoo. 217 Alexander St., 262-6440, lovehatetattoo.com. (Runners up: Physical Graffiti | Steadfast Tattoo | White Tiger)

Best Tattoo Artist Gooch (Physical Graffiti) 374 ½ W. Ridge Rd., 262-4444, physicalgraffiti.com. (Runners up: Adrien Moses Clark (Love Hate) | Jet Diprojetto (Love Hate) | Adam Francey (White Tiger))

Best Local Coffee Roaster Java's. 16 Gibbs St., 232-4820, javascafe.com. (Runners up: Boulder | Finger Lakes | Joe Bean)

Best Regional Winery Dr. Konstantin Frank. 9740 Middle Rd., Hammondsport, 1-800-320-0735, drfrankwines.com. (Runners up: 3 Brothers | Bully Hill | Casa Large)

Best Regional Brewery Rohrbach's. 97 Railroad St., 546-8020, rohrbachs.com. (Runners up: Genesee Brewery | ROC Brewing Co. | Three Heads)

Best Farmers Market Rochester Public Market. 280 N. Union St., 428-6907, cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket. (Runners up: Brighton Farmers Market | Fairport Farmers Market | South Wedge Farmers Market)

Best Bakery Savoia. 2267 Clifford Ave., 482-1130, savoiapastry.com. (Runners up: Baker Street | Flour City Bread | Leo's)

Best Candy/Chocolate Shop Stever's. 623 Park Ave., 473-2098, steverscandy.com. (Runners up: Chocolate & Vines | Encore Chocolates | Hedonist Artisan Chocolate)

Best Caterer Dinosaur BBQ. 99 Court St., 325-7090, dinosaurbarbque.com. (Runners up: Madeline's | Manicotti's Catering Company | Orange Glory)

Best Pet-Related Business Lollypop Farm. 99 Victor Rd., Fairport, 223-1330, lollypop.org. (Runners up: Bark Ave Dog | Park Ave Pets | Pet Saver)

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  • Best of Rochester 2013

    Here's the deal
    Normally I start out the introduction to City Newspaper's annual Best of Rochester issue by blathering about the awesomeness of Rochester and making terrible puns based around that year's theme. I'm taking a different tactic this year — although there will probably still be puns.

  • Best of Rochester 2013: Food & Drink

    Best Pizza Mark's Pizzeria. Many area locations.

  • Best of Rochester 2013: Local Color

    Best Local Politician Louise Slaughter. @louiseslaughter (Runners up: Lisa Jacques | Tom Richards | Joe Robach)

  • Best of Rochester 2013: Arts & Entertainment

    Best Local Band Something Else (Runners up: Bogs Visionary Orchestra | Cherry Bomb | Sirens & Sailors) Best Solo Musician Mikaela Davis (Runners up: Johnny Bauer | Hieronymus Bogs | Ted Nicolosi)

  • Best of Rochester 2013: Nightlife

    Best New Bar TRATA. 145 Culver Rd., 270-5460, tratarochester.com.

  • Best of Rochester 2013: CITY Critic Picks

    Best Way to Fool Others Into Thinking You Cooked From Scratch Newbury Park Pastries' Chicken Pot Pie

  • Best of Rochester 2013: Best Answers

    Off-the-cuff, sometime off-color responses to our Best of Rochester 2013 Primary Ballot
    Spelling bee "La Petite Pouting"; "La Petite Pouring"; "Pouting Truck"; "Me Petite Poutine"; "Poutite Poutine"; "Poutine: Have fun sorting through all of the spellings of that" (Best Food Truck)