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award winning food and beverage in a relaxing atmosphere where no problem was ever so large that it couldn’t be solved by a simple martini or three. Seating areas include the main dining room, indoor cocktail areas and bar as well as the outside Overlook Lounge and bar.


Our food menu ranges from mouth watering entrees to bar bites or deep discount happy hour specials. MA4’s Specialty Martini Menu recipes are all created in house and are just about as powerful as a straight martini, without tasting the bite.


Visit MartinisAboveFourth. com for our happy hour, late night luxury specials and our entertainment & events schedules. You may also learn more about our community involvement on-line. We invite you to dine with us on Thursday, April 28 during Dining Out For Life and to join our AIDS Walk San Diego Team.


Second place: The Prado Third place: C Level


FIRST PLACE FOR FINE DINING


Martinis Above Fourth I known for its casual fine dining, famous martinis, superb cocktail area and chill lounge. Its talented bartenders create in-house recipes after profiling liquors to ensure a unique and uncontested taste.


3940 Fourth Avenue, Suite 200 T (619) 400-4500 www.martinisabovefourth.com


Second place: Red Door Third place: Farmhouse Café


FIRST PLACE FOR BEST DRINK- ING ESTABLISHMENT


Martinis Above Fourth Is known for its casual fine dining, famous martinis, superb cocktail area and chill lounge. Its talented bartenders create in-house recipes after profiling liquors to ensure a unique and uncontested taste.


3940 Fourth Avenue, Suite 200 T (619) 400-4500 www.martinisabovefourth.com


Second place: Kensington Grill


Third place: Wellington Steak House


FIRST PLACE FOR BRIDAL BOUTIQUE


Something Blue


This lovely bridal boutique is closing, but customers may still purchase beautiful bridal gowns, veils and hair accessories during its April 10 inventory sale.


2802 Juan Street, Suite 10 (619) 294-2583


http://somethingbluebridalbou- tiquesd.com


Bridal & Veil


Their ample designer showroom displays more than 2000 dresses from quality designers. They are attentive to the needs of the bride, her mother, bridesmaids and flower girls.


1233 Camino Del Rio South T (619) 295-0820 www.brideamerica.com


Second place: Third place:


FIRST PLACE FOR SMOOTHIE


Jamba Juice Its fresh fruit and healthy food choices include smoothies and juices; iced, organic and hot teas; oatmeal, wraps, salads, sandwiches and many baked goods and snacks.


510 Robinson Ave T (619) 683-2582 F (619) 683-2584 www.jambajuice.com


Second place: City Babel


FIRST PLACE FOR BOOKSTORE Obelisk


Sells guide, photography and comic books, as well as shirts, watches, jewelry, and men’s cosmetics and fragrances.


1029 University Ave T (619) 297-4171 www.obeliskshoppe.com


Second place: Blue Stocking Books


Third place: Barnes and Noble


FIRST PLACE FOR FAMILY RESTAURANT


Brian’s American Eatery [or Brian’s 24?] Offers fried chicken, pot roast, chicken Parmesan, prime rib, fish fry, BBQ ribs, turkey and more. Also serves beer and wine.


1451 Washington Street Tel (619) 296-8268 www.americanfoodsandiego.com


Second: Hob Nob Hill Third: R Gang Eatery


FIRST PLACE FOR OPTOM- ETRIST


Urban Optiks


Uses advanced equipment guided by computerized technology to examine patients and give them correct prescriptions and referrals.


3788 Park Blvd, Suite 5 T (619) 683-2020 F 619-683-2111


http://urban-optiks.com


Urban Optiks Optometry has one of the most impressive and unique collections of fashion-for- ward and retro-inspired eyewear in San Diego. Whether you are looking for ultra-light minimalis- tic frames or memorable frames that make a statement, Urban Optiks has the perfect eyewear to fit your prescription and style. State-of-the-art comprehensive eye examinations, performed in a comfortable yet profes- sional environment, are the cornerstone of Dr. Gary Klein’s practice. Their expert opticians, Kristy Cambone, Holly Linden and Nathan Caracter, who have a combined 30 years of experi- ence, will make sure you find the perfect frame for your face and prescription using the lat- est optical lens technology in the industry. Urban Optiks is the only boutique in San Diego where you can design your own frame and lenses, creating a completely customized and per- sonal piece of eyewear. Because they know how much your eye health and appearance can mean to the quality of your life, they are committed to excellence in serving your complete eyecare needs. Stop by their optical bou- tique and discover the difference between seeing and being seen.


Second: Unoptical Thirds: Steve Larson


FIRST PLACE FOR BICYCLE SHOP


Mission Hills Bike Shop Has savvy mechanics who can fix multiple bike problems and build new wheels to make the city- riding experience pleasant.


141 West Washington Street T (619) 296-0618 www.myspace.com/missionhills- bikeshop


Thank you for voting Mis- sion Hills Bikes as the best. We have been serving the commu- nity for over 70 years and are looking forward to taking care of your cycling needs for years to come.


Stop by and check out our


fresh remodel of the bike shop! Don’t forget to drop off your bike for a spring tune-up so that your bike will be in top shape for summer.


Leave your car in the garage


for running errands. With a huge selection of commuter bikes and neighborhood cruis- ers and a wide selection of ac- cessories we can help you ride green this summer. Whatever your reason for riding be it for fun, fitness, rides with family, or high-end performance we have the bike, service and accessories to enhance your riding experi- ence. If you are new to cycling, don’t worry with our years of experience we can help you get started. From children’s bikes and town bikes to custom bicycles we have it all for you.


Second: Adams Ave Bike Shop Third: Cal Coast Bicycles


FIRST PLACE FOR ANTIQUES STORE


Gledhill’s Vintage Furniture Works on 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces, including mantles, armoires, dining sets, dressers, buffets, library steps, commodes and wooden art. Can change pieces, such as turning two headboards into one, or constructing multiple nightstands from one desk.


2610 Adams Ave T (619) 296-8272 www.gledhillsrestore.com


Second: Zac’s Attic Third: Resurrected Furniture


FIRST PLACE FOR REAL ESTATE AGENT


Janna Hernholm


She has been in the San Diego real estate business for almost 30 years. Janna is a member of the Save Our Heritage Organization and the San Diego Historical Society.


810 Washington Street T (619) 299-4272 F (619) 546-0961 http://hernholmgroup.com/janna- hernholm


Second: Garold Wampler Third: Tamara Zyhylij


FIRST PLACE FOR REAL ESTATE OFFICE


Hernholm Group Is a family partnership with 35 years of combined experience, representing buyers and sellers of urban and coastal property in San Diego. The Hernholm Group has ranked number one in Mission Hills for 13 years.


see Choice, page 18


Clients have been receiving a great serving of health and happiness for half of a decade as Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic celebrates their five-year anniversary. They are located at 4060 Adams Avenue, founded by Dr. Joe Merlo, DC and later joined by his wife Dr. Stacey Merlo, DC. This husband and wife team has created a wellness oasis in the heart of San Diego. “Their practice is a hidden gem of Kensington,” says one client who came to see them after suffering for years from headaches. “I wish I would have found them long ago. My headaches are now gone and I come in for regular adjustments because I feel healthier, have more energy and peace in my body. The entire team Elise & Carolyn are so welcoming and friendly, I feel at ease as soon as I walk in the door.”


They have been voted Best San Diego Chiropractor by the Uptown News, 2009 & 2010, the SDGLT, 2010, and Top 2 Channel 8 news/Mojopages, 2010. “We do our best to provide exceptional service to our clients. We really care about people, their health and overall wellbeing and it shows in the results that people receive in our office. We love to see people truly enjoying their quality of LIFE!” says Dr. Joe.


When asked what makes their office unique, Dr. Stacey said, “It is our focus on families. We have several multigenerational families that come to get adjusted, from Great Grandparents to newborn babies. We specialize in adjusting pregnant women and children, as these are important times in a person’s life when their body is going through amazing & rapid changes. The Miracle of health starts in the beginning of life!


Dr. Joe and Dr. Stacey believe the biggest reason people come in to their office is because of stress. “We are at a time in history where the stress levels in a person’s life are at an all time high. This stress, whether it is physical, chemical or emotional, causes tension to be stored in the body. This tension can lead to interference in the nervous system which in turn can lead to a decrease in the overall health of a person,


pain, and symptoms,” says Dr. Joe. “We take care of families to elite athletes to people with a wide variety of illnesses, but our goal is always to support their nervous system to optimally function. A healthy nervous system allows your body a chance to heal itself from the inside out & create optimal health. Your health is the most important thing you will ever have & you will only have one body this lifetime. Therefore it is important to take care of your incredible body the best that you can!”


“Dr. Joe and Dr. Stacey are an awesome combination of professionalism, technical excellence, coming from the heart while taking the time to understand your overall health and goals.” One client shares, “They combine their caring approach and insight with current technology to truly understand your health and provide care that is personalized and focused on you. I have had 30 years of chiropractic experience myself and feel very fortunate to have found Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic.”


We want to say thank you to all the clients and people that voted us BEST San Diego Chiropractor. We are very honored to serve Chiropractic & Massage to Kensington San Diego with our vision of a healthier & happier community! To thank our community for the month of April only we will offer a Chiropractic visit & massage for only $57. See you soon!


For more information about Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic, you can visit their website at www.goodvibrationschiro. com or contact them at 619.281.1234.


Celebrating 5+ years of serving Good Vibrations!


San Diego Uptown News | Apr. 1–14, 2011


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Dr. Joe and Dr. Stacey Merlo and family.


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