2012 Los Banos Reader's Choice Top 10 Nominees

October 9, 2012 

2012 Los Banos Enterprise/Los Banos Chamber of Commerce Reader’s Choice Awards.

Sponsored by: Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Century 21 M&M and Associates and España’s Southwest Bar and Grill.

Here are the Top 10 Nominees from each category. Awards will be hand-delivered to each winner by November 2.

Best Attorney

Ed Amaral

Phil McMurray

Gene Vierra

Don Germino

Andre Margain

Diane Rathman

William Vaughn

Alfred Whitehurst

Scott Jordan

Dominic Falasco

Best Bakery


Donut Nation


Iniguez Bakert

Save Mart Supermarkets


Los Banos Donut Shop

Best Bank


Wells Fargo


Bank of America


Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union

Best Bank Teller

Elsie at Bank of America

Barbara at Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union

Nicole Gaxiola at Wells Fargo

Wendy at Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union

Caitlin at Westamerica

Pam Olendick at Westamerica

Michelle at Chase

Lyn Barton at Rabobank

Sara at Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union

Patsy Marques at Rabobank

Best Bar

Shiners Bar and Grill

España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Chili’s Grill and Bar

Club Azul

M&M Italian Restaurant

Lucky Strike




Best Barbershop

Pete’s Barbershop


Glady’s Barbershop

Joe’s Barbershop

Jim’s His &Hers

Mary Jane’s Klassy Cuts

Morfin’s Barbershop

D&M Barbershop and Beauty Salon


Trendy Salon

Best Beautician

Janelle Caropreso at Tangel’s

Crystal Martinez at Sheen Riah

Irene Greet at Trendy Salon

Grace Govea at Glady’s Barbershop

Norma Blackwood at Glady’s Barbershop

Oralia Sanchez at Trendy Salon

Sue Copp at Sue & Company

Sara Kirk at Impressions

Edith Salinas at Hot Spot

Olga Aguilar at Hot Spot

Best Boss

Steven Soares at Soares Dental Office

Bill Patel at Best Western

Joe McCullough at Westside Union Elementary School

David Parreira at R-Pac

Larry Lewis at Eddie’s Famous Café

Brenda Latham at Merced College Los Banos

Tom Kaljian at Coldwell Banker

Norma Blackwood at Glady’s Barbershop

Dr. K. Devireddy at APEX Medical Group

Michael Amabile at España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Best Breakfast in Town

Los Banos Drugs

Sixth Street Diner

Eddie’s Famous Café

Ryan’s Place

Country Waffles




Burger King

Jack in the Box

Best Burger

Burger King

Sixth Street Diner


Country Waffles

Carl’s Jr.


España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Eddie’s Famous Café


Chili’s Grill and Bar

Best Business with the Most Efficient Service

Merced College Los Banos


España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Country Waffles

A&A Metals

Steven Soares Dental Office

Los Banos Drugs

Glady’s Barbershop

Los Banos Property Management

Best Western Executive Inn

Best Business with Overall Friendliest Employees

Coldwell Banker Kaljian and Associates

Save Mart Supermarkets

APEX Medical Group

España’s Southwest Bar and Grill


Merced College Los Banos

Los Banos Drugs

Los Banos Property Management

A&S Metals

Steven Soares Dental Office

Best Cars Salesperson

Benny at Santos Ford

Tony Dutra at Santos Ford

Phil Coleman at Santos Ford

Gonzalo at Santos Ford

Best Cellular Phone Store



Radio Shack




RP Communications


Best Chriopractor

Dr. Charles J. Calcagno

Dr. Gregory Smith

Dr. Anthony M. Parolise

Dr. Alejandro Magana

Best Club President

Dr. Brenda Latham with Los Banos Rotary Club

Erin with the Girls Scouts

Gary Roberts with the Los Banos Arts Council

John Spevak with Friends of the Library

Mike Medrano with Wildcats Football Team

Pauline Young with Los Banos Arts Council

Haley Simmons with FFA

David Santos with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Ned Ryan with Habitat For Humanity

Tina Accardo with Native Daughters of the Golden West

Best Community Organization

Los Banos Chamber of Commerce

Los Banos Rotary Club

Police Activities League (PAL)

Young Ladies Institute (YLI)

Soroptimist Club


Los Banos Arts Council


Los Banos Golden Agers

Habitat For Humanity

Best Computer Repair Business

Computer Doctor

Computer Geeks

Office Supply Express

Best Cup of Coffee in Town

España’s Southwest Bar and Grill


Los Banos Drugs

Eddie’s Famous Café

Sixth Street Diner

Country Waffles

Crave Time

Rooney’s Liquor

Ryan’s Place

Burger King

Best Dentist

Dr. Ronald A. Carter

Dr. Steven D. Soares

Dr. William K. Rapp

Dr. Carolyn Alyanakian Smith

Dr Andrew A. Smith

Dr. Benjamin J. Seaton

Dr. Edward Stoddard

Sierra Dental Group

Golden Valley Health Center

Best Doctor

Dr. Julian Y. Yip

Dr. Wan Chan

Dr. Michael B. Deldin

Dr. Liautaud M. Prophete

Dr. Jason R. Mevi

Dr. K. Devireddy

Dr. Daniel E. Hardy

Dr. Jeanette Paz

Dr. Pete Peraiah

Dr. Vemireddy

Best Firefighter

Eddie Vierra

Mark Simmons

Eric Gallichio

Josh Houtekamer

Robert Strauch

Zach Sawyer

Chet Guintini

Roger Hughes

Mason Hurley

Tim Marrison

Best Fitness/Health Club

Los Banos Fitness and Racquet Club


CrossFit Valley View

MMA Combat Fit

Positive Changes

Body Transformations

Best Florist

Simply Unique

Save Mart Supermarkets

Flowers For You

Los Banos Flower Shop and Gifts

Best Food Server

Violet at Ming’s Restaurant

Manuel Villanueva at España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Shannon at M&M Italian Restaurant

Cheryl at Sixth Street Diner

Rosa at Sixth Street Diner

Roxie at Eddie’s Famous Café

Nicole at Woolgrowers

Nicki at España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Charlotte Wilson

Javier at M&M Italian Restaurant

Best Furniture Store

The Farm House

V&S Furniture



LaBodega Bay Furniture


Fantastic Furniture

Best Gift Shop

Trendy Salon



Los Banos Flower Shop

Country Duck


Fleur De Lis

Simply Unique

Save Mart Supermarkets

Los Banos Drugs

Best Grocery Store


Save Mart Supermarkets

Sante Fe Market

La Morenita Totillera

Best Hair Salon


Sue & Company


Mary Jane’s Klassy Kuts

Jim’s His and Hers


Una Bella Salon and Spa

Modern Cuts

Trendy Salon

Shen Riah

Best Hotel/Motel

Best Western Executive Inn

National Lodge

Motel 6

Vagabond Inn Executive

Sun Star Inn

Los Banos Motel

Best Insurance Agency

Fieta Auto Insurance

MVP Premier Insurance Agency

Farmers David Gould




Cost U Less

State Farm Joe Gutierrez

State Farm Andrea Brandt

Western Valley Insurance Associates Inc.

Best Laundromat

Prince of Tides

Downtown Laundrymat

Johnnie’s Cleaners

Best Law Enforcement Officer

Gary Brizzee

Noah Jones

Serina Gonzales

Gene Mena

Ray Reyna Jr.

Eduardo Soliz

Chet Styger

Steve Schnucle

Craig Wilson

Mark Pazin

Best Lawn & Yard Service


Sierra Landscape


Joe Ventura

Joe Avila

Longino Sanchez


Ronny’s Landscape



Best Meal for Seniors

Country Waffles


Los Banos Drugs


Ryan’s Place

Sixth Street Diner

España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Eddie’s Famous Café


Best Mechanic/Auto Shop

Rick’s Auto Body

A&A All Pro Auto Repair

Young’s Automotive

Sams Tune-Up Center


Figueroa Auto Service Repair

Tire World

Clyde’s Auto Repair Service

R&J Auto Repair

Fabian’s Auto Body

Best Mexican Restaurant

El Rodeo

Cecilia’s Mexican Deli

España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Junior’s Taco Truck

El Cutija

El Grullense

Jesus Mexican Restaurant

Best Nail Salon

Nail Now

Una Bella Salon and Spa

Impression Beauty Salon

KK Nails

Sue & Company

Tip and Clip

Hot Spot Salon


Elegant Nails


Best New/Used Car Dealership

Express Motors

Santos Ford

Best Nurse

Teresa Henson at Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

Debbie at Dr. Devireddy

Julie Carreira at Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Terri Rharbi at Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Samari Rivera at Los Banos Elementary School

Elizabeth Hart at Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Christina Jelen at Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Sally at Dr. Deldin

Yolanda at Dr. Mevi

Marlene Corbin-Hollyfield at Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Best Optometrist/Eye Care

Dr. Scott Emerson

Dr. Trajan J. Soares

Best Pizza

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria

Little Caesar’s Pizza

Pizza Hut

Best Place of Worship

United Methodist Church

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Salvation Army


St. Alban’s Anglican Church of Los Banos

Evangelical Free Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Mercy Springs Church of the Nazarene

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

New Canaan Baptist Church

Best Property Management Company

Los Banos Property Management Services

Blossom Valley Realty

PMZ Real Estate

Prudential California Realty

Ranchwood Homes

Home Sweet Home

Century 21 M&M and Associates

Best Real Estate Agent

Shayna Orr

Robert Ramirez

Nancy Soares

Don Guerra

Jarret Sagouspe

Toni Marques

Maria Pina

Christine Kinsley

Cathy Powers

Caryn Cox

Best Real Estate Company

Coldwell Banker Kaljian and Associates

Blossom Valley Realty

Prudential California Realty

Candlelight Realty

Century 21 M&M and Associates

PMZ Real Estate

Aldina Real Estate

Ranchwood Homes

Westhill Real Estate


Best Restaurant

M&M Italian Restaurant

España’s Southwest Bar and Grill

Sixth Street Diner


Eddie’s Famous Café

Chili’s Grill and Bar

China Garden

Ming’s Restaurant

China’s #1 Buffet

Ryan’s Place

Best School

Los Banos High School

Westside Union Elementary School

Miano Elementary School

Los Banos Elementary

Our Lady of Fatima

Falasco Elementary School

Pacheco High School

Charleston Elementary School

Merced College Los Banos

Volta Elementary School

Best Teacher

Tisha Blackwood Freitas

Beverly Garst

Mrs. Valadeo

Kathy Nerell at Our Lady of Fatima School

Terry Amabile

Tom Faria

Reagan Sagouspe

Taylor Roloffs

Elsa Fernandez

Mr. Duffy

Best Tire/Auto Accessory Store

O’Reilly Auto Parts


A&A All Pro Auto Repair

Figueroa Tire

Carlo’s Tire

Bruce’s Tire

Tire World

Big O Tire

Best Veterinary Hospital/Clinic

Pacheco Veterinary Hospital

Los Banos Veterinary Clinic

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