Accountant/tax preparer

1st Place
Vance, Thrift & Biller
181 S. Ash St., Ventura
648-6061

1st Place
Danielle Brinkman
Brinkman & Company
300 E. Esplanade Dr., Suite 520, Oxnard
485-7194

2nd Place
Linda Wall
Evans Tax & Accounting
1141 E. Main St, Ventura
340-8822

 

Bank/Financial Institutions

1st Place
Ventura County Credit Union
6026 Telephone Rd., Ventura
477-4000

2160 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard
711 Daily Dr., Suite 100, Camarillo

1800 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
2680 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi

2nd Place
Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union
761 Daily Dr., Suite 100, Camarillo
384-1100

1950 N. C St., Oxnard
3366 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
6633 Telephone Rd., Ventura

1651 E. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard

3rd Place
CBC Federal Credit Union
2151 E. Gonzales Rd., Oxnard
988-2151

300 Arneill Rd., Camarillo

Port Hueneme Naval Base
Building 1336 located at 23rd and Harris St
Point Mugu Base
Building 16-NEX, 8th and Mugu Rd.

 

Best letterpress printers

Lettre Sauvage

1310 Forest Drive, Santa Paula, 794-0167, www.lettresauvage.com

Nestled at the foot of the mountains in Santa Paula, there’s a funny sound coming from a building on the rustic rural street. Husband-and-wife team Fiona Rachel Spring and Cameron Leggett’s Lettre Sauvage vintage printing presses chunk and hum in a workshop beneath a vast and sprawling tree in the idyllic east end of the city, making limited edition books, often one-on-one with like-minded artists. The press, founded in 2003 with the donation of a small table-top press salvaged from Fillmore High, was a godsend for Spring’s poetic ambitions.

“Nobody used it to make real books, so it was really frustrating,” she admits.

Partnering with author Genevieve Yue, they knew they wanted to make books as well as experiment with everything print-related. Eventually, they published broadsides by Pulitzer-winning author Stephen Dunn (In the Open Field), classicist Anne Carson (Fourth Choral Ode from Euripedes’ Hippolytus), and Erin Bertram’s Windfall, a chapbook of poems with a woodcut by local artist John Charles Shippey.

Leggett cannily networked with old printmakers who had equipment sitting in the backs of warehouses, gaining several antique presses in the process. The presses are in use regularly, but in keeping with the love of all things handmade, Lettre Sauvage manufactures only two to four books a year. Meanwhile, the crew teaches people to make whatever they want to make on the presses – mostly stationery, wedding invitations or business cards – but the press also teaches simple bookbinding, and students can use the studio for a low rental fee.

The next big project for the Lettre Sauvage team is a book by their 7-year-old daughter Yma, a surrealist farce called The Even More, which promises, “If you read it, you’ll be able to catch an owl!”

“I want to network with the people in the world who do this kind of thing. There’s not many of us,” Fiona sighs. “I just want to keep on doing what I’m doing – I like the process of making the book, designing. You know how people teach children in a kinesthetic way? There’s something about holding each letter, and there’s something incredibly tactile about learning language this way – it’s a big consciousness shift.”

— David Cotner
 

 

 

Body shop

1st Place
Tony’s Body Shop
497 Lambert St., Oxnard
485-5514

2nd Place
Avenue Body Shop
378 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura
653-6021

3rd Place
Bodytech
2920 Seaborg Ave., Ventura
644-4004

 

Car accessories

1st Place
BFD Bodyshop Supplies:
1507 Callens Rd., Ventura
644-3008

2nd Place
Audio Experts Home & Car Stereos
3059 E. Main St., Ventura
642-4722

3rd Place
Jalopy-Joe’s
1225 E. Main St., Ventura
643-7418

 

Car wash

1st Place
Five Points Car Wash
2912 Telegraph Rd., Ventura
643-7715

2nd Place
Auto Scrubber Hand Wash & Detailing
2076 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura
643-6281

3rd Place
Ojai Spring Car Wash
11502 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai
640-9923

 

Car detailer

1st Place
Final Details
558-1618

2nd Place
Five Points Car Wash
2912 Telegraph Rd., Ventura
643-7715

3rd Place
Steve’s Detail
821 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai
640-1555

 

Dry cleaner

1st Place
Four Seasons Cleaners
1746 S. Victoria Ave., Suite A, Ventura
654-8181

4020 E. Main St., Suite B/3/2, Ventura
658-0286

2051 Rose Ave., Suite 300, Oxnard
485-0799

2nd Place
Unique Cleaners
2307 E. Main St., Ventura
643-8497

3rd Place
Dry Clean Safari
2855 Johnson Dr., Suite R, Ventura
642-1163

 

Electrician

1st Place
Schaefer Electric
2910 Windward Way, Oxnard
984-9400

2nd Place
Associated Electric
2500 Knoll Dr., Unit C, Ventura
658-1047

3rd Place
Bryan McCord

 

Event DJ

1st Place
Bruce Barrios

2nd Place
DJ PJ

3rd Place
Marty Glassman

 

Mechanic

1st Place
Williams Automotive
6027 Ventura Blvd., Ventura
656-1026

2nd Place
AWS Automotive
720 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura
643-2032

3rd Place
Bill Hahn Automotive
3737 Transport St., Suite A, Ventura
644-1037

 

Music teacher

1st Place
Jodi Farrell
Jodi Farrell’s Music Studio
1926 E. Main St., Ventura
643-3103

Phil Salazar
Phil Salazar’s Fabulous Fiddle Shop
921 E. Main St., Ventura
701-2508

2nd Place
Bruce Kimmell
Guitar Planet
1822 E. Main St., Ventura
340-8546

3rd Place
Joe Baugh
Guitar Planet
1822 E. Main St.., Ventura
701-6043

 

Oil change

1st Place
Auto Lube Care
1875 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura
643-0963

2nd Place
AWS Automotive
720 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura
643-2032

3rd Place
Big Brand Tire & Service
578 S. Dawson Dr., Camarillo
383-3108

3850 E. Main St., Ventura
650-3290

1313 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard
487-7883

621 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,
494-4200

Neighborhood Car Care
1838 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura
641-2302‎

 

Pet groomer

1st Place
Aloha Dog Grooming
1076 E. Front St., Suite A, Ventura
643-4852

2nd Place
Vickie’s Pampered Pet
6324 Bristol Rd., Ventura
656-6999

3rd Place
Paula and Veronica’s Bark Avenue
1995 E. Main St., Ventura
643-0868

 

Psychic

1st Place
Ventura Psychic
1474 E. Main St., Ventura
643-2500

2nd Place
Tracey Boyer
Akashic Bookshop, Gallery & Café
1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 103
Thousand Oaks
495-5824
www.traceyboyer.com

Christine Kratavil at Journey Home
2950 Johnson Dr., Suite113, Ventura
650-8272

3rd Place
Laura Stinchfield
305 E. Matilija St., Suite 201 B, Ojai
895-5968
www.ThePetPsychic.com

 

Real estate agent

1st Place
The Fairchild & Ridgway Group
1500 Palma Dr., Ventura
339-3585

2nd Place
Ariel & Karen, Coldwell Banker
Karen Stein
824-2004

Ariel Palmieri
746-2070

3rd Place
Paige Akrop
Prudential California Realty
4574 Market St., Ventura
677-7300

 

Recording studio

1st Place
Goldmine Recording Studios
1393 Callens Rd., Ventura
644-8341

2nd Place
Brotheryn Studios
Ojai
www.brotherynstudios.com

3rd Place
Rock City Studios
2258 Pickwick Dr., Camarillo
383-3555

 

Shoe repair

1st Place
Pop’s One Stop Repair Shop
1437 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura
639-9296

2131 Pickwick Dr., Camarillo
388-0700

2nd place
Lee’s Shoe Repair
1806 E. Main St., Ventura
643-1416

3rd place
Bart’s Shoe Repair
317 Borchard Dr., Ventura
643-7502

 

Veterinarian

1st Place
Buena Animal Hospital
3986 E. Main St., Ventura
642-2191

2nd place
Anacapa Animal Hospital
5380 Ralston St., Ventura
644-5521

3rd Place
East Ventura Animal Hospital
10225 Telephone Rd., Ventura
647-8430