Best of TimesOC: Shopping and Services

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Your winners, and favorites, for 2019’s Best of TimesOC shopping and services choices.

Best Appliance Store

Winner: RSSA Home Improvement, Inc.

481 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim 92804

We are honored to be named OC’s Best Appliance Store! As one of the few remaining family-owned and operated plumbing and appliance showrooms, we truly value the community we have served for 40 years. Our design team works hard to keep the most up-to-date styles on display. From traditional to ultra-modern, economical to extravagant, there is something for everyone! RSSA combines small business family culture with the abundance of choices big business offers! I 714.399.0930

Howard’s Appliance
Multiple locations

Howard’s was founded in 1946 when Howard Roach began repairing radios in Southern California. Due to Howard’s focus on customer satisfaction, the business has grown over the past 70 years to become Southern California’s largest and most trusted independent retailer of appliances, TVs and more.

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom
655 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa 92626

Not an ordinary shopping trip, but an immersive experience to help you realize the possibilities of your future kitchen. A no-pressure environment where you can discover what your kitchen might feel, look, and taste, guided by helpful and knowledgeable consultants whose sole focus is catering the visit to your needs. I 657.269.5874

Best Bank

Winner: Bank of America
Multiple locations

Bank of America is a multinational investment bank and financial services center. With locations across Orange County, a branch is always nearby for all of your banking needs. Bank of America’s goals are to ensure that their customers can control their financial picture. This is why the first question for anyone who banks with the company is, “What would you like the power to do?”

Opus Bank
19900 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine 92612

At Opus, we’re focused on you and the acceleration of your business. Our bankers believe in your business’ potential to achieve more. Whether it’s to expand, increase working capital or beyond, they listen to you in order to craft a strategy that aligns with your vision. I 855.678.7226

Poppy Bank
611 Anton Blvd. Ste. 110, Costa Mesa 92626

Since opening our first branch in 2005, Poppy Bank has grown to over $2 billion in assets with branches across the San Francisco Bay Area, Roseville and Southern California, with loan production offices in multiple states. We exist to meet the banking needs of our clients and to make a positive difference in the communities we serve. I 714.551.5448

Camera Store

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Winner: Fullerton Cameras
809 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton 92832

Fullerton Cameras is thrilled to receive the TimesOC best camera store award. We have been in business for over 20 years and are a family owned small retail store. We are a full-service camera shop, offering new and used photographic gear for pros and amateurs alike. We also offer a personal digitalization of old photos, movies and video tapes. If you have any kind of photo need, we can handle it. I 714.441.2443

Best Buy
Multiple locations

Best Buy has a large selection of top name-brands. Come in to experience our expanded selection of cameras, lenses and accessories. Plus, get photography advice from our experts.

Figge Photography
250 Newport Center Dr. Ste.104, Newport Beach 92660

We are so blessed to be entering our 75th year in business and couldn’t have done it without our amazing clients who made it all possible. Thank you for your loyalty and for voting us Best in OC for three years in a row! I 949.644.6933

Samy’s Camera
3309 S. Bristol St. B, Santa Ana 92704

For over 40 years, Samy’s Camera has led in sales of high quality imaging products for professional and amateur photographers. Our exceptional customer service and an impressive inventory give Samy’s Camera its loyal following. I 714.557.9400

Best Charity

Winner: CHOC Children’s Foundation

1120 W. La Veta Ave. Ste. 500, Orange 92868

At CHOC Children’s Foundation, we drive a dynamic culture of philanthropy by connecting individuals, families, foundations and corporations with CHOC Children’s mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children. We are dedicated to helping CHOC, a nonprofit pediatric healthcare system, reach its vision to be the leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care. I 714.509.8690

Goodwill of Orange County

Multiple locations

2019 marks Goodwill of Orange County’s 95th year of service. That’s 95 years of changing lives, providing independence and creating brighter futures. We are committed to our mission: helping people facing barriers find and keep jobs, providing purpose, pride and dignity.

Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire

3230 El Camino Real Ste.100, Irvine 92602

Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire is a local nonprofit that creates life-changing wish experiences for children battling critical illnesses. Since 1983, more than 6,600 wishes have been granted to children living in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. I 714.573.9474

Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center

7035 Stanton Ave., Buena Park 90621

The Salvation Army is an international charitable organization doing global and community work through a faith-based approach and a donation and service model. I 714.521.7390

Best Credit Union

Winner: SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
2115 N. Broadway, Santa Ana 92706

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union has been privileged to serve school employees and their families since 1934. We are committed to providing our members with world-class personal service and financial security through products and services designed specifically for them, from savings* and loans to insurance and retirement plans.**

*This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. **May not be NCUA insured, may lose value, no financial institution guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. I 714.258.4000

American First Credit Union
700 N. Harbor Blvd., La Habra 90631

For more than 60 years, American First Credit Union has remained focused on the financial well-being of our members and our community, offering competitive products and personal service. I 800.290.1112

Eagle Community Credit Union
24336 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest 92630

For many years we exclusively helped postal employees and then federal employees build their financial futures. Today, we’re a community credit union. That means that anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Orange County can become a member at Eagle. I 800.324.5328

Multiple locations

San Diego County Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with five locations in Orange County and offers free checking with eStatements, auto and home mortgage loans, an array of eServices and much more. Anyone who lives or works in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties is welcome to open an account. | 877.732.2848

Domestic Auto Dealer

Winner: Theodore Robins Ford
2060 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa 92627

On Feb. 23, 1923 Theo Robins Sr. signed a contract for the Ford Franchise. Theodore “Bob” Robins began working at his father’s dealership after college. Theodore Robins Ford has been family owned and operated ever since. The company has been honored by Ford with distinguished achievement awards in recognition of progressive management and quality standards of service. 949.642.0010

Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Orange County
32881 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano 92675

We are very excited to serve our Southern California community. Our family-oriented approach to our employees and customers have spanned six decades, and our flagship store was opened in Phoenix in 1955. We pledge to build a relationship with you that is built upon trust, integrity and professional service. I 949.373.0100

David Wilson’s Ford of Orange
1350 West Katella Ave., Orange 92867

David Wilson’s Ford of Orange is proud to serve Orange County. We are located in the City of Orange. We have devoted ourselves to helping and serving our customers, whether you need service, or a new or used car. We look forward to doing business with you. I 844.736.0208

Best Golf Shop

Winner: Roger Dunn Golf Shops
421 Village Way, Santa Ana 92705

Roger Dunn Golf Shops in Santa Ana has served SoCal golfers for over 50 years. Our store offers a full range of equipment, accessories and apparel, and has major brand fitting carts on the premises. We are certified fitters for all top brands. We also offer Launch Monitor club-fitting technology, an indoor putting green, hitting stalls, and club repair. We look forward to meeting you! I 714.558.0074

Anaheim Hills Golf Course
6501 Nohl Ranch Rd., Anaheim 92807

The tree-lined fairways of Anaheim Hills Golf Course are a local favorite for some of Orange County’s most dedicated and accomplished golfers. Located just minutes from Disneyland, we welcome visitors and locals, alike, to enjoy the incredible value of daily tee times, pristine golf course conditions and professional golf instruction in the heart of Orange County, I 714.998.3041

Steve Carfano’s Newport Beach Golf Shop
3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach 92660 (@ the Newport Beach Golf Course)

Family owned and operated golf shops are the best! You get one-on-one attention, award-winning, friendly service, great prices, a well thought out selection and people who have the know-how to take care of you right away. Shop local! I 949.250.1900

Best Import Auto Dealer

Winner: Fletcher Jones Motorcars

3300 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach 92660

At Fletcher Jones Motorcars we set the standard by consistently producing outstanding results through a commitment to continuous and never-ending improvement. That is why we pursue dynamic change and drive it by encouraging creativity and individual initiative. Our team thinks, communicates, and acts in a manner that exemplifies personal and professional excellence. I 949.718.3000

Crevier BMW
1500 Auto Mall Dr., Santa Ana 92705

As one of the most awarded BMW dealerships in the United States, Crevier BMW has built a reputation on providing courteous, honest service. From the very beginning, we’ve made a commitment to support the Orange County community and to treat everyone who visits Crevier BMW like family. I 657.213.3493

South County Lexus
28242 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo 92692

Here at South County Lexus, it is our mission to be the automotive home of drivers in the Mission Viejo, CA area. We provide a vast selection of new and used vehicles, exceptional car care and customer service with a smile. We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience. We look forward to serving you! I 949.347.3400

Independent Grocer

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Winner: Sprouts Farmers Market
Multiple locations

Some say natural is the new normal, but at Sprouts, there’s nothing new about natural foods! Back in 2002, we opened our first store in an effort to make natural foods available to everyone. Today we have grown to more than 320 stores and over 30,000 team members. It’s these individuals who are the key to our success. I 949.698.1094

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Costa Mesa
1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa 92627

Extreme-value retailer Grocery Outlet offers big savings on groceries, deli, and beer and wine. Founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet stores are all independently, locally operated. Alan and Jan Kumura are Costa Mesa’s owner-operators. I 949.642.5800

Mother’s Market & Kitchen
1890 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa 92627

Mother’s Market was founded in 1978 by a group of yoga enthusiasts who couldn’t find the vegetarian foods and related lifestyle products they wanted. They joined resources and talent to offer with a natural foods market. I 949.631.4741

Northgate Market
2030 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim 92806

Our rich history is strengthened by our dedication to our customers, and to one another. We are a family at Northgate. We are warriors of flavor, champions of innovation, and protectors of the kitchen and your family’s table. I 714.507.7640

Best insurance Agent

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Winner: Mercury Insurance
Multiple locations

Since we first opened our doors in 1962, we’ve provided comprehensive coverage options ranging from personal auto insurance to homeowners insurance to mechanical breakdown protection. Dedicated managers and enthusiastic employees work hand-in-hand with our network of independent agents to make Mercury the leading insurer in California.

Fairbanks Insurance Brokers, Inc.
7545 Irvine Center Dr., Ste. 200, Irvine 92618

Fairbanks Insurance Brokers is the nation’s leading source for discount contractor’s insurance & surety bonds. With savings up to 65% on General Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Commercial Auto and Bonds, you can count on us to provide you the most competitive quote with all the discounts for which you qualify. I 949.595.0284

Favorite: First American Property and Casualty
4 First American Way, Santa Ana 92701

At First American, our mission and promise to you is to provide you with comprehensive insurance solutions that provide security, protection, peace of mind, and superior customer service at value pricing. I 888.546.5118

Favorite: Jason Starkman State Farm Agency
4425 Jamboree Rd., #280 Newport Beach 92660

With almost a decade in the industry, Jason and his team pride themselves on helping clients make sure they are properly protected from the unexpected. Licensed in all of California, they can help with any insurance needs, providing customized protection plans. I 949.209.0090

Best Law Firm

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Winner: Easton & Easton, LLP
650 Town Center Dr. Ste. 1850, Costa Mesa 92626

We are a family of personal injury attorneys (father and sons) with over 100 years combined experience representing serious injury and wrongful death victims. With more than $100 million in client verdicts and settlements within the last ten years, our firm is recognized among Southern California’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report. We’ve been honored as Southern California’s “Super Lawyers”, the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” and “Best Lawyers in America.” Let our family help yours. I 714.850.4590

Accident Lawyers Firm
2901 West Coast Highway Ste. 200, Newport Beach 92663

Joseph Nazarian is a complete professional: In bringing together his expertise in negotiations, business solutions and client relations, he has managed to succeed where few are willing to venture. I 949.354.6718

Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
19 Corporate Plaza Dr., Newport Beach 92660

The law firm of Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. has built a national reputation for providing high quality legal representation and obtaining substantial jury verdicts, judgments and settlements. The firm represents plaintiffs in cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and consumer rights. I 888.348.8855

17901 Von Karman Ave. Ste. 500, Irvine 92614

SMTD Law LLP is a boutique law firm serving California and Arizona in construction, surety and business litigation. Our experienced attorneys handle disputes unique to the construction and surety industries, and understand their rigors and challenges. I 949.537.3800

Best Pet Clinic

Winner: Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic
5799 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim 92807

Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic is proud to serve Anaheim and neighboring cities. It is our goal to treat your pets as if they are our own, providing them with quality care, comfort and love. We offer a wide array of services including acupuncture, chiropractic care, boarding, grooming, cold-laser therapy, ultrasound, surgery and much more. We look forward to welcoming you and your pet to the Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic family! I 714.779.2101

All Creatures Care Cottage
601 W. 19th St. Ste 200, Costa Mesa 92627

Thank you Orange County for your votes. We meet your pet’s specific needs throughout their lives. Pets that are ill or injured are examined with the most up-to-date diagnostics and given a healthy dose of TLC from our loving staff. I 949.642.7151

Huntington Pet Vet
20032 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach 92648

At Huntington Pet Vet, we are a family-oriented, full-service practice. We offer routine office visits, dental care, acupuncture, boarding, grooming, in-house diagnostic testing and more! I 714.969.0211

Mariners Mile Pet Clinic
2630 Avon St., Newport Beach 92663

Dr. Karla Stephanie Nichols and her husband Christian Cory Day proudly serve Newport Beach and surrounding areas. They provide high-level veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. I 949.515.0991

Best Pet Boarding

Winner: Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic
5799 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim 92807

Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic is proud to serve Anaheim and neighboring cities. Our goal is to treat your pets as our own, providing them with quality care and love. We offer a variety of services and we look forward to welcoming you to our family! I 714.779.2101

Julie’s Pet Grooming and Boarding29821 Aventura Ste. G, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688

For over 20 years, we have diligently served Orange County. Our commitment to quality grooming and boarding of dogs and cats has set the standard in our community. Many thanks to our family of pet lovers for partnering with us in our continued success of maintaining healthy fur-babies! I 949.858.6687

RV Sales/Service

Winner: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach 92660

Located in the heart of Newport Beach, and with extensive RV parking, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is known for its unparalleled waterfront views, delicious cuisine served at Back Bay Bistro, laid-back luxe accommodations and immersive entertainment and events. I 949.729.1100

Dennis Dillion RV
5400 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster 92683

Our store’s journey started back in 1973, when Dennis Dillon opened his first GMC Motorhome Center; back then, we were just a small family-owned business, and over 40 years later we continue to be family-owned. I 714.890.1444

El Monte RV
12818 Firestone Blvd., Santa Fe Springs 90670

At El Monte RV, we’ve helped people across the nation experience the joy and freedom of recreational vehicles for nearly 50 years. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or an epic road trip, we’ll offer a great RV at an affordable price. I 800.337.4075

Mike Thompson’s RV Super Store
10480 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley 92708

Since 1972, Mike Thompson’s RV Superstores is a family owned and operated company. We sell and service RV’s in Southern California with four locations serving Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino. I 714.716.2350

Best Motorcycle/Off-Road


Winner: Del Amo Motorsports of Orange County

2401 Pullman St., Santa Ana 92705

Del Amo Motorsports of Orange County is the biggest and most exciting powersports dealership of Orange County carrying Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and Polaris motorcycles, ATV’s and UTV’s (side by sides) and now we are the exclusive Vanderhall dealer in Southern California. We provide exceptional customer service to our patrons in our sales, service and parts departments everyday through out the year. If you are looking for a new or pre-owned toy, stop by to see our one-of-a-kind showroom today. I 949.642.4343

Favorite: Ducati Newport Beach
1601 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa 92627

Ducati Newport Beach is the destination European motorcycle dealership in Southern California. No other dealer provides a more convenient, easy-to-access facility with 8,400 sq. feet of sales, service, apparel, accessories and parts one-half mile from the ocean. I 949.7061616

Pet Store

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Winner: PetSmart
Multiple locations

Founded in 1986, PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. I 714.731.1106

Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic
5799 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim 92807

We are proud to serve Anaheim and neighboring cities. Our goal is to treat your pets as our own, giving them quality care and love. We offer a variety of services and we look forward to welcoming you to our family! I 714.779.2101

Multiple locations

Our Costa Mesa location is your one-stop destination for pet supplies and premium pet services. Find high-quality products, grooming, training and veterinary services, and knowledgeable, helpful partners in-store. I 949.722.6316

Zoom Room Dog Training
19069 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach 92648

Welcome to the Zoom Room. Here you’ll find a fun, sporty place to play with your dog, classes to develop communication and deepen your enjoyment of your dog. The perfect place to host a dog party. I 714.794.9663

Best Surf Shop

Winner: Jack’s Surfboards

101 Main St., Huntington Beach 92648

Since opening its doors in 1957 Jack’s Surfboards has been a Southern California favorite for surfboards, wetsuits, apparel, footwear and accessories. Jack’s Surfboards flagship store in Huntington Beach is a destination spot for surfers and surf fans from all over the world. The 17,000 square foot surf shop is located just steps away from the Huntington Beach pier. With six other coastal locations, Jack’s Surfboards offers the best customer service and surf products on the market. I 714.536.4516

Frog House

908 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach 92663

This beachside location offers everything you need to tackle the waves. 949.642.5690

Best Thrift Store

Winner: Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
7035 Stanton Ave., Buena Park 90621

The Salvation Army is an international charitable organization doing global and community work through a faith-based approach and a donation and service model. I 714.521.7390

Charity’s Closet
134 Bradford Ave., Placentia 92870

Charity’s Closet opened in March 2006 to provide financial support to H.I.S. House. The shop was created as a unique boutique thrift shop to provide a pleasant shopping experience for our customers. We offer clean, quality merchandise with new inventory arriving daily. I 714.993.4687

Goodwill of Orange County, Goodwill Boutique
Multiple locations

2019 marks Goodwill of Orange County’s 95th year serving our community. That’s 95 years of changing lives, providing pathways to independence, and creating a brighter future for Orange County. We remain committed to our mission: Goodwill helps people facing barriers find and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride and dignity.

Tire Store

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Winner: America’s Tire
Multiple locations

America’s Tire offers a huge selection of tires for cars, trucks and SUVs. Part of the nation’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer, America’s Tire operates more than 1000 stores in 35 states, so you’ll never be without help if you need it.

Morrison Tire Inc. Garden Grove Auto Repair
12045 Valley View St., Garden Grove 92845

Morrison Tire is a family owned-and-operated auto repair facility that also has an eighty year history of serving Garden Grove and its surrounding cities with dependable, trustworthy car repair. I 714.898.9405