Award Winning Members: Best Places to Work & Best of Sonoma County
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:00 pm

We’re proud of our members – the businesses, organizations and people that make Santa Rosa and Sonoma County an amazing community. And apparently, we’re not your only admirers.

Last month, the North Bay Business Journal honored the Best Places to Work in the North Bay for 2018. More than 8,100 employees submitted surveys highlighting what makes their workplace exceptional. We’re proud to say that 40 of the award winners are your fellow members of the Metro Chamber.

And that affinity toward remarkable people, places and things is mirrored in the broader community too. This past weekend, The Press Democrat released the list of winners of their Best of Sonoma County 2018 readers’ poll. One hundred seventeen of the category winners and/or honorable mentions are your fellow members of the Metro Chamber or are events, employees or products of members.

On the horizon, the next opportunity to be recognized in our community is already here: the North Bay Bohemian has opened voting for the North Bay's longest running Best Of contest, asking readers to "vote and choose what they think makes the North Bay so great". We look forward to seeing many more members highlighted next March in the Bohemian's Best Of '19 issue.

Congratulations to the members named Best Places to Work and Best of Sonoma County – view the list of member winners below. And thank you to all our members for your support and engagement, which has made both our organization and our community stronger. Together we will continue to shape the future of living and doing business here, the place we call home.

Best Places to Work in the North Bay - Santa Rosa Metro Chamber members

Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.
Bank of Marin
Becoming Independent
Best Collateral Inc.
Beyers Costin Simon PC
Carlile Macy
Child Parent Institute
Chop’s Teen Club
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (Sonoma 4Cs)
Community Matters
Cornerstone Properties
Costeaux French Bakery
Dal Poggetto & Company LLP
The Engine is Red
Exchange Bank
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Friedemann Goldberg LLP
George Petersen Insurance Company
Hogan Land Services
InterWest Insurance Services
Jackson Family Wines
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa
Keysight Technologies
Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors
Moss Adams
O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP
Pacific Expeditors
Parkpoint Health Clubs
Pisenti & Brinker LLP
Poppy Bank
Redwood Credit Union
Scott Technology Group
Sequoia Senior Solutions
Social Advocates for Youth
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Summit State Bank
Terra Firma Global Partners
YWCA Sonoma County

(view the full list of winners and read the winner profiles at North Bay Business Journal)

Best of Sonoma County (The Press Democrat's Readers Poll) - Santa Rosa Metro Chamber members

(* indicates category winner)

Best Annual Festival:
Country Summer Music Festival - Sonoma County Fairgrounds 

Best Bar for Live Music:
HopMonk Tavern *

Best Casino:
Graton Resort & Casino *
River Rock Casino

Best Day Spa:
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary *

Best Fireworks Display:
Red, White & BOOM - Sonoma County Fairgrounds *

Best Golf Course:
Bennett Valley Golf Course *
Windsor Golf Club 
The Fountaingrove Club 

Best Live Theater Company:
6th Street Playhouse *
Transcendence Theatre Company

Best Movie Theater:
Airport Stadium 12 Cinemas *

Best Music Festival or Music Series:
Montgomery Village Shopping Center - Summer Concert Series
Transcendence Theatre Company 

Best Music Venue:
Green Music Center - Sonoma State University *
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
HopMonk Tavern 

Best Place for Child's Birthday:
Children's Museum of Sonoma County 

Best Place to Take Kids:
Children's Museum of Sonoma County 

Best Attorney:
William Anderson - Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP *
William Hatcher - Hatcher & Rundel
Roger J. Illsley - Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP

Best Auto Dealer:
Hansel Auto Group *

Best Bank:
Exchange Bank *
Wells Fargo 

Best Carpet Care:
Stanley Steemer 

Best Cosmetic Surgeon:
Victor G. Lacombe, MD 

Best Credit Union:
Redwood Credit Union *
Community First Credit Union 
Patelco Credit Union 

Best Dentist: 
Dr. Justin Phillips - Phillips Family Dental Care 

Best Doctor: 
Mary K. Brown, MD - Kaiser Permanente *
James Devore, MD - St. Joseph Health 

Best Electrician:
Jason Krist Electric & Lighting 

Best Funeral Home:
Eggen & Lance Chapel/Santa Rosa Mortuary

Best Hardware Store: 
Friedman's Home Improvement *
Mission Ace Hardware & Lumber 

Best Health Club: 
Parkpoint Health Club 
The Fountaingrove Club 

Best Heat and Air Company: 
Simpson Sheet Metal Inc., Heating and Air Conditioning *

Best Hospital: 
Kaiser Permanente *
Sutter Regional Hospital 
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 

Best Local Jewelry Store:
E.R. Sawyer Jewelers *
Mark Allen Jewelers 

Best Local Shoe Store: 
Sole Desire Shoes *

Best Men's Clothing Store:
Patrick James Inc. *

Best Pet Store:
Western Farm Center *

Best Place to Find the Perfect Gift: 
Corrick's Stationery Store 

Best Private School:
Cardinal Newman High School *

Best Real Estate Agent: 
Sue Bonzell - Terra Firma Global Partners *
Rob Sullivan - Vanguard Properties

Best Real Estate Company: 
Vanguard Properties *
Pacific Union International 

Best Senior Care Facility: 
Spring Lake Village *
Primrose Senior Care 

Best Shopping Experience: 
Montgomery Village Shopping Center *

Best Window Treatments: 
Discount Best Blinds 

Best Bakery:
Costeaux Bakery *

Best Bar:
Perch + Plow *
Front Room Bar & Lounge 

Best Bartender:
Alec Vlastnik - Perch + Plow *

Best Breakfast:
Dierk's Parkside Cafe *
Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe 

Best Brunch:
Dierk's Parkside Cafe *
River Vine Cafe 

Best Deli:
Mac's Deli and Cafe 

Best Food Truck:
TIPS Tri Tip Trolley

Best Happy Hour:
The Front Room Bar & Lounge - John Ash/Vintners Inn 

Best Indian Restaurant:
Yeti Restaurant *

Best Italian Restaurant:
Ca' Bianca Ristorante Italiano

Best Kid Friendly Restaurant: 
Mary's Pizza Shack *
Dierk's Midtown Cafe 

Best Local Brew Pub: 
Russian River Brewing Company *
Bear Republic Brewing Company 

Best Local Craft Beer:
Russian River Brewing Company - Pliny the Elder/Younger *

Best Local New Restaurant:
Perch + Plow *

Best Local Restaurant:
La Gare *
John Ash & Co. Restaurant 
Perch + Plow 

Best Place to Buy Wine:
Wilibees Wine and Spirits 

Best Red Wine:
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery *
Trecini Winery 

Best Romantic Meal:
La Gare *
John Ash & Co. Restaurant 

Best Sparkling Wine:
Korbel Champagne Cellars Guerneville *

Best Tasting Room:
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery *
Trecini Winery 

Best White Wine:
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery *

Best Antique Store: 
Whistlestop Antiques *

Best Bookstore: 
Copperfields Books *

Best Eats at the Coast: 
The Tides Wharf & Restaurant 

Best Fundraising Event: 
Sit, Stay, Sparkle - Canine Companions for Independence *
Social Advocates for Youth Soiree 
Whos Got the Chops? Lip Sync Battle - Chops Teen Club

Best Historic Site:
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens 

Best Hotel:
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa *
Vintners Inn 

Best Local Chef:
Tom Schmidt - John Ash & Co. Restaurant

Best Local Florist: 
Pedys Petal Flower and Event Design 

Best Local Non-Profit: 
Canine Companions for Independence 
Social Advocates for Youth - SAY

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary: 
Alternatives Health Collective

Best Place for Singles to Meet:
Graton Resort & Casino 

Best Place to Play Bocce Ball:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery *
Vintners Inn

Best Summer Camp:
Westminster Woods Camp, Retreat Center, and Outdoor School Occidental *

Best Wedding Venue: 
Vintners Inn 

Best Wine County Inn:
Vintners Inn *
The Inn at the Tides 
Ledson Winery & Vineyards

Best Winery to take Visitors to:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery *
Korbel Champagne Cellars 
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

(view the full list of winners at The Press Democrat)

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