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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 10:05 am, Thu Mar 28, 2013.

Sheryl Kocher - Receptionist

Best Active Living

SaddleBrooke

"Put on your hiking boots, tennis shoes, or dancing shoes and join us at SaddleBrooke. There are activities and clubs that appeal to nearly eveyr interest imaginable. Are you a computer geek? Aspiring thespian? Seamstress or quilter? Card player? Basket weaver? Gamer? Tennis or pickle ball enthusiast? Keep fit, expand your mind, and add a new dimension to your retirement at SaddleBrooke.”


Jim McClure - Advertising

Best Shoe Store

Sketchers Outlet

 "I’m not a shopper at all but I do know how important it is to have good shoes. Sketchers is a store that I like to go to because it’s like a one stop shop for me. They have a variety of shoe styles to meet my needs and they are always comfortable as soon as you put them on; any shoe salesman that says, “You just need to break them in,” tell them you break it in I’m going to Sketchers!”


JD Fitzgerald - Graphic Designer

Financial Advisor

David Hoefferle - United Financial Center

 I don’t think anyone can say that they had a great experience doign their taxes. Daniel Hoefferle from from United Financial Center prepared my taxes this year after being recommended by a well trusted friend. Daniel is extremely knowledgeable and quick on his feet. He helped me get the most out of my tax return and answered all of my questions right away. I would recommend him for any person, couple, or small business. David Hoefferle is a Financial advisor offering securities and advisory services through United Planners Financial Services, Member FINRA/SIPC.”


Brandon Hays - Production Manager

Best Pediatrician

Beth Sachrison (Orange Grove Pediatrics)

"We enjoy taking our twin boys to see Dr. Sachrison. She not only gives us current medical advice and takes great care of the boys, but she is funny and always happy to see us. She is very professional and always very easy to get along with.”


Kate Long - Business department

Best Hiking Trail

The Loop

"The Loop bike trail is just a short ride from my neighborhood of Continental Ranch. Once on The Loop trail,I can ride my bike for miles with no worry of car traffic. It’s also a short distance to parks in my area such as

Crossroads at Silverbell Park and numerous parks in the area. If you are taking just a short ride with the family or a hard core work out, this is a great trail.


Bobbi Paley - Advertising

Best Family Dining

Oregano's

"Oregano’s is a happy habit for the whole family. 

The atmosphere is upbeat, with lots of retro décor and Frank Sinatra tunes crooning in the background.  Large selection of consistently tasty lunch and dinner items brought to you by a friendly knowledgeable wait staff. They’re famous for generously topped pizzas, hot  sandwiches, humongous salads, my favorite the ‘vino bambino,’ and to die for signature “Original Pizza” Cookie Desserts.  Don’t miss this one, it’s a freshly baked chocolate chip, peanut butter or macadamia nut cookie topped with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Enough for the whole family to share.

Oregano’s is a friendly class act.


Thelma Grimes - Managing Editor

Best Deli/Sandwich

Firehouse subs

"I always love to throw support behind organizations that open with plans to give back to the community, and make great food. Firehouse subs opened in Marana last year, and has been a great place for lunch. Whether the sandwich is served hot or cold, they are fantastic.”


Ryan Kedzierski - Publisher

Best Movie Theater

Century at Oro Valley Marketplace

"As a parent, you always want a place where you can send your children and not worry too much. When it comes to the theater at Century at Oro Valley Marketplace, I can’t stress enough that it’s not only a top-notch theater to see one of the Box Office hits, but it’s also safe for your children because of its location and the fact that Oro Valley is a very safe community. When it comes to seeing movies, this is really the only theater I go to.”


Jason Bolton - Advertising

Best coffee house

Roadrunner Coffee

By far the best Coffee House in NW Tucson is Roadrunner Coffee. They not only offer the typical coffee house blends you might find in chain stores but you will also find a nice variety of wraps, baked goods and gelato to compliment your coffee. The staff is always courteous and helpful and you can tell they have an unsurpassed love for what they make. “


Randy Metcalf- Photographer/Writer

Best Mexican Food

Nana’s Kitchen

"My wife and I stumbled upon Nana’s Kitchen and have found ourselves returning over and over, continuing to have wonderful experiences.

The food, which comes from family recipes, is fantastic. The margaritas and beers are great. And the staff is very kind and friendly. 

Each time we have gone, the place is packed, but yet a table is quickly available and the food comes out in a timely manner. There is a wonderful family vibe in the air, where I have felt like giving a friendly nod to the tables nearby and a handshake to the staff when I leave.”


Chris Flora - Reporter

Best Pizza

Mama’s Famous Pizza and Heroes

"Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heroes combines Tucson’s tastiest pizza with a calming dining atmosphere – a recipe that continues to make it one of the city’s most desirable pasta joints. 

Whether going with family or a group of friends, Mama’s offers a wide range of choices, from the standard pepperoni pizza to salads to chicken wings – all made with high quality, fresh ingredients. Along with typical fountain drinks, Mama’s also has a wine and beer selection for the thirsty patron. 

Local or visiting, give Mama’s a try if you haven’t already – you’ll be glad you did.”


Katherine Nelson - Advertising

Best Veterinary Clinic

Twin Peaks Veterinary Center

"What I like about Twin Peaks Veterinary Center is that their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They take great care of my dog and they even have full service grooming available. It is nice to have a one-stop option for all my pet care needs.”


Jaime Hood - Business Manager

Best Hair Salon

Imagen Salon and Day Spa

"I don’t know how long I went without a “professional” haircut. Even if I did, I’m not sure if I’d want to admit it. That said, I finally decided that my hair wasn’t going to fix itself - nor did I feel like I could tolerate my long locks even one more day. I called first thing in the morning and had an appointent in two hours. I explained that I wanted to donate my hair, and promised to cry. She made great suggestions and quickly got down to business. Despite tears,  she was kind and patient and I got a great, fun cut. You can tell she loves what she does and she’s fun to chat with. I’ve been to the salon before for other services - a massage, manicure/pedicure, which were all pleasant experiences. It’s cool salon without pretension. Their prices are very reasonable and everyone is friendly and professional.”

 

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