49er Cleaners

Best Dry Cleaners: Being taken to the cleaners is a good thing, when your goal is our readers’ favorite, 49er Cleaners. Quality dry cleaning with service from friendly, helpful staff obviously counted when it came time to vote this year. 765 Pacific St. Placerville 530-621-4946

Dr. Ike Rahimi

Best Dentist: Known for his charitable works in third world countries, helping with dental needs of poor children and adults, Dr. Ike Rahimi obviously has impressed those closer to home as our readers named him the Best Dentist for 2010. Rahimi has traveled to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia and Guatemala, along with European venues, to help […]

Schools Financial Credit Union

Best Credit Union: Credit unions are often the way to go to solve certain financial needs, and it appears that Schools Financial Credit Union knows how to get the job done, if you go by our readers’ picks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. […]

Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores

Best Consignment/Thrift Store: In several locations throughout the community, there’s no excuse to deny yourself the surprise pleasure of shopping for clothing, furniture, tools … just about anything you need … at Snowline’s thrift shops. Donators are quite generous, because the quality of the secondhand goods is topnotch. Call for locations and hours. 530-621-1802

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Bean Barn

When it’s time for that extra little boost to get your day going, head to our readers’ favorite choice for a piping hot cup of coffee. While you’re at it, pick up a biscotti or pastry for dunking after you get to the office. In addition to a wide array of coffees, the Bean Barn […]

McGee Christmas Tree Farm

Bet you can hardly wait until the day after Thanksgiving so the family can cruise out to our readers’ top choice in Christmas tree farms and cut down that beauty that will grace the home during the holidays. McGee has been growing Christmas trees since 1952 on the 20 acre plantation located in Apple Hill, […]


What a fun experience to shop at Annieberries, where kids are kings. The store carries unique clothing for infants and youngsters, with gorgeous gift baskets for baby showers. 320 Main St. Placerville 530-626-1444

Carter’s Carpet Restoration

It’s time to move from that rental and you want to get your deposit back … but the four cats you love have done a number on the carpet. It’s not bad, but you know it needs help. So call Carter’s Carpet Restoration and don’t worry about that deposit. Not only can they take care […]

Candy Strike

If there’s a way to blend unique flavors into mouth-watering fudge, the folks at Candy Strike in Placerville have probably already figured out how to do it. And that’s just where the fun begins for those who cherish their sweet tooth. Old fashioned flavors can be found throughout the charming store, with customers frequently overheard […]

Waterfall Buffet, Red Hawk Casino

The slot machine is hot, spilling coins out into your bucket, but take a moment to leave the game and check our readers’ choice for the best brunch by visiting Red Hawk Casino’s Waterfall Buffet. You’ll come out a winner. The great service and consistently high quality fare there — with all you can eat […]

Placerville Brewing Company

On every day except Tuesday, beer lovers can treat themselves to the best with a visit to this multiple-winning Readers’ Choice pick called Placerville Brewing Company. The comfortable surroundings ease the customer into a sense of well-being accented by the vast variety of tasty brews. See why our readers chose this brewery to be the […]

Sweetie Pies

If you’ve never had a stack of Sweetie Pies pancakes smothered in butter and maple syrup … what on Earth are you waiting for? If that’s not your favorite, then get ready for melting cheese and fluffy eggs in one of their famous scrambles. The breakfast staples are accented with side dishes that are nearly […]

Auto Analyst

You know those brakes need replacing, but going to a mechanic, he’s bound to find all kinds of other things wrong, right? Not at Auto Analyst, where they pride themselves on repairing only what’s necessary and vow never to pressure the customer. Give them a brake … or two! Open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 […]

Steve Stymeist Auto Body Repair

Your little beauty just got crunched in a parking lot, and you know she’ll never be the same … unless you treat her to a trip to our readers’ favorite, that is. There is never a charge for an estimate, and rental vehicles are available on the premises while your car or truck is being […]

Placerville Bike Shop

With all the wonderful trails and country roadways, why not take up a healthy sport that will allow you to enjoy the scenery. Taking up bike riding, and take it up with the best at Placerville Bike Shop. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. […]

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Camino Bed & Breakfast Inn

The old Camino Hotel is steeped in history, and guests at the converted bed and breakfast will get goosebumps when they hear of its heyday as they enjoy modern amenities in the charming setting. The 1888 loggers’ barracks has been wonderfully restored, with a rustic country parlor, old fashioned front porch and a second level […]

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Back Forty Texas BBQ

Sometimes you just have to indulge in the hot, sweet, spicy flavors that only barbecuing can bring to your favorite foods. If you want it done to perfection, check out Back Forty Texas BBQ and see why it’s a repeat favorite of Mountain Democrat readers. And of course the hearty meals come with all the […]

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El Dorado Savings Bank

After 52 years in business, it’s no wonder our readers count on El Dorado Savings for all their banking needs, where each customer is treated like a friend with personal, efficient service offered to all. Several branch locations make banking a breeze. Call for the one nearest your home or office. 4040 El Dorado Road […]

Beyond Baked

It’s not just that irresistible cinnamon roll that’s dripping with promise that grabs your senses as you walk into Beyond Baked — it also could be the scent of all those breads coming freshly from the oven. Our readers have followed their noses to what has become their favorite place to purchase breakfast pastries and […]

Auto Analyst

For all your auto repair needs, count on the professionals at Auto Analyst, where the customer will find no pressure and a staff that takes time to fully explain needed work. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 5850 B Mother Lode Drive Placerville 530-621-4591

Riebes Auto Parts

Need auto parts … just think Riebes, and you’re bound to find what you need at one of their three convenient local locations. Call for hours as they vary. 2885 Placerville Drive, Placerville 530-626-1927 6339 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines 530-644-2305 2650 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park 530-677-4301

Shon’s Affordable Auto Glass

Windshields, back sliders, sun roofs, door windows … there’s nothing that can’t be fixed here, and to make it easy, Affordable Auto Glass staff will deal with your insurance company for you. There’s even a senior discount. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturday. 126 Forni Road Placerville 530-295-9200

Vic DiMattia

For 20 years, Pollock Pines attorney Vic DiMattia has been earning the respect of his clients for his expertise in living trusts. By offering exceptional service (yes, he makes house calls) and affordable prices, it’s no wonder DiMattia was named Best Attorney. 1-800-775-2698.

Eskaton Village Placerville

Tucked among pine trees in Placerville, residents enjoy hiking trails that dart off the secluded hilltop where the facility sits, permanently buffered from other residences. In addition to delightful views, residents can enjoy strolling into the historical downtown area or catch Highway 50 to more adventures. The care includes memory care, respite care and other […]

Hong Kong Inn

Try it once and you’ll understand why our readers chose Hong Kong Inn for the best in Asian dining. Not only is the food scrumptious and tantalizing, but you get healthy portions that won’t leave you less than satisfied. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. […]

Gold Country Artists’ Gallery

Every month on the third Saturday, Placerville has the Placerville ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m., during which the gallery features one or two artists. It makes for a fun and entertaining evening to share with that special someone, friends and relatives. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Pick up some […]


For the fourth straight year, Sears has impressed our readers with its commitment to quality appliances and attention to customer service. Now in two locations, stop by Sears for all your appliance needs. 384 Placerville Drive, Placerville 530-622-6620 3000 Green Valley Road, Cameron Park 530-677-9920

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Edwards A-1 Appliance

That favorite old toaster just doesn’t brown the bread the way you remember, but you don’t want to get rid of it. Go to Edwards and chances are they have all the parts you need to make that little beauty as good as new. Edwards also carries a complete inventory of top-name appliances and if […]

Window Box Antiques

El Dorado County is known for its quality antique stores, and to be named No. 1 by our readers is no small accomplishment. Check out the wonderfully eclectic selection and spend an afternoon browsing and buying. You know you’ll love what it does for that parlor you’ve wanted to finish. 460 Main St. Placerville CA […]

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Apple Hill

One of the most charming settings on the planet is in El Dorado County’s own back yard, where Apple Hill has flourished and become a destination for tourists and locals alike. Whether you prefer to pick your own apples, berries, pumpkins and other natural treats or to sit back and enjoy a freshly baked confection […]

Sly Park

This jewel of the Sierra is a frequent winner with our readers, and once again is named as the best place to get away from it all and enjoy fine scenery, fishing, skiing and swimming, in a stunning setting that inspires wonder at nature’s beauty. El Dorado Irrigation District owns the park that includes Jenkinson […]

Evenings in the vineyard (or Jedediahs Zinfandel)

By Barbara Schoener Special to the Democrat The red tinged fog blanketed the old zin vines with its unearthly pall. Thick, ripe dew, mixed with the blood from a fresh kill, silently stained the dusty ground below the leafy canopy. The decades old vintner surveyed the ripening fruit as he looked with disgust at the […]

My gruesome dance with Barry The Chopper Evans

By Chris McClorgSpecial to the DemocratCold, fluorescent bulbs hung above my head as I placed a sleeping bag onto the frosty wooden floor next to my backpack. The old house sighed at my intrusion and cried out as I walked across the floor. Even the tattered portrait above the mantel told me that I wasnt […]

Senate candidates talk money, reform

By Noel StackMother Lode NewsEL DORADO HILLS The four candidates on the ballot to replace the late Sen. Dave Cox doled out plenty of criticism and fighting words at a debate last Thursday evening,Ted Gaines, R-Roseville; Roger Niello, R-Sacramento; Barbara Alby, R-Folsom; and Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, met at the Four Seasons community room in […]

A truly scary story …

By Fred CisnerosSpecial to the DemocratAnother day at Independence High School. Im sitting at class minding my own business, when the teacher starts yelling at me to pay attention. I dont get why she always picks on me. At least Im not talking or throwing things around the classroom. I think its because she hates […]

Two recent fatals keep CHP busy investigating

By Jim RatajczakDemocrat staff writerTwo separate car accidents recently led to two motorist deaths in El Dorado County.The first occurred 10 a.m. on Oct. 16 on Latrobe Road, north of Sun Ridge Meadows, said California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark.Chuong Van Pham, 42, of El Dorado Hills, was driving northbound on Latrobe on a Honda […]

Poltergeist in the spare bedroom

By Doug NobleSpecial to the DemocratI am sure everyone has set something down and, when returning to pick it up, cannot find it. Then it later appears in the place where it was left in plain sight. These mysteries, along with the things that go bump in the night, are explained by some as the […]

Black Oak Mine Unified has 3 candidates for 2 seats

By Connie ClarkMother Lode NewsDarcy Knight is running for her fourth term on the Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees. She said she looks forward to financial solvency and turning around the problems faced by the district. I would like to see what has been lost (programs and personnel) reinstated, she said.The […]

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