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Best of Services 2019 

click to enlarge Marcello Daflon and Monty Martin of Humboldt Jiu Jitsu.

Mark McKenna

Marcello Daflon and Monty Martin of Humboldt Jiu Jitsu.

click to enlarge Joe Gosselin of Tony Gosselin & Sons. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Joe Gosselin of Tony Gosselin & Sons.

Best Tire Shop
Tony Gosselin & Sons' Tire

It was about a year ago that a flat on my partner’s car took me into the local storefront of a national tire chain. The tire was unfixable, as I’d suspected, but the sales clerk told me that we wouldn’t need just one new tire. Instead, because the car is an all-wheel-drive vehicle, he said we’d need four new ones, as all the tires would need the same amount of tread. I walked away stunned and daunted at the prospect of finding somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000 because I’d gotten a flat. Then I went to Tony Gosselin & Sons Tire in Eureka hoping for better news. “Not to worry,” a helpful sales rep told me, explaining that the shop had a machine that would shave tread off tires, so the new one would be exactly the same size as the other three. I expressed my gratitude and explained what that other shop had said. He said that was strange because that particular national chain sends tires to Gosselin’s to be shaved down and so damn well knew that was an option. It was in that moment I decided Gosselin’s would be my first call for all future tire needs.

— Thadeus Greenson

Best Martial Arts Studio
Humboldt Jiu Jitsu

“I saw jiu jitsu early on when I was a surfer,” says Monty Martin, who took over ownership of Humboldt Jiu Jitsu last year. That was back in the 1990s and aside from its practical self-defense applications, the martial art stuck a chord with him, specifically “the need to have something to push my limits.” Since then, he’s been at the dojo, training and teaching.

Head teacher and second-degree blackbelt Marcello Daflon, who hails from the Carlson Gracie-Ari Galo team in Rio de Janeiro, has been right there with him since 2017, schooling folks in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Some of them travel to his hometown in Brazil as part of the international Carlson Gracie team. The school’s more than 150 students range from age 2 in the Tiny Rollers (squee!) class to, well, whatever age somebody is still down to tumble and grapple, kickbox or do kung fu.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

click to enlarge Nicole Bradley of Sequoia Humane Society. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Nicole Bradley of Sequoia Humane Society.
Place to Adopt an Animal
Sequoia Humane Society

Before these furry friends find a forever home, they live their next-to-best lives in the safety and comfort of the Sequoia Humane Society’s no-kill shelter, which is dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation through adoption, spay and neuter programs and education.

While in Sequoia’s care, cats big and small live in a communal living space that — according to the shelter’s website — has an enclosed outdoor room where the felines can bask in the sun, as cats do.

The dogs, meanwhile, enjoy pampering as well, including walks three times a day and occasional fieldtrips to the beach or other local sites with their volunteer companions.

But, in the end, nothing can replace a home to call their own. So if your home has some extra room for a new family member, you know who to call.
— Kimberly Wear


Accounting Firm
Jamie Corsetti, CPA
815 7th St., Eureka; 445-3078
Second Place: Plaza Professionals LLC
Third Place: Wyatt & Whitchurch

Alyssa Melody Acupuncture
791 8th St., Arcata
Second Place: Stacey Small, L.Ac.
Third Place: Stacey Kett, L.Ac., Acupuncture and Herbs

Thomas Hjerpe
350 E St 1st Floor, Eureka; 442-7262
Second Place: Zach Zwerdling
Third Place: Kathleen Bryson

Auto Body Shop
Quality Body Works
949 W Del Norte St., Eureka; 443-7769
Second Place: Fred's Body Shop
Third Place: California Body Shop Inc.

Auto Repair
Leon's Car Care Center
929 Broadway St., Eureka; 444-9636
Second Place: Eureka Brake & Automotive
Third Place: Foreign Auto Specialist

Bank/Credit Union
Coast Central Credit Union
Multiple locations in Arcata, Crescent City, Eureka, Fortuna, Hoopa,
McKinleyville, Weaverville, Willow Creek
Second Place: Redwood Capital Bank
Third Place: Compass Community Credit Union

The Trim Scene
930 Samoa Blvd., Arcata; 630-5067
Second Place: Teri The Hellbetty Barber
Third Place: Rocky's Barber Shop

Bed & Breakfast
Riverbar Pharms Bed & Breakfast
355 River Bar Rd, Fortuna; 726-1170
Second Place: Inn at 2nd & C
Third Place: Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast Hotel

Caregiving Organization
Hospice of Humboldt
3327 Timber Fall Ct., Eureka; 445-8443
Second Place: Visiting Angels
Third Place: Seaview Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Carpet Cleaner
A-1 Cleaning Service, LLC
12 W 7th St., Eureka; 442-3229
Second Place: Restif Cleaning Service Cooperative, Inc.
Third Place: Daisy Fresh

Chiropractic Office
King Chiropractic
3134 H St., Eureka; 445-2570
Second Place: Active Care Chiropractic
Third Place: Humboldt Back & Neck Pain Center

Cleaning Service
A-1 Cleaning Service, LLC
12 W 7th St., Eureka; 442-3229
Second Place: Restif Cleaning Service Cooperative, Inc.

Computer Repair Service
Renaissance Computing
1309 11th St #104, Arcata; 822-7591
Second Place: Cornerstone Computers
Third Place: CADNY

Construction Company
Alchemy Construction
330 S G St., Arcata; 822-8013
Second Place: New Life Services Co
Third Place: Danco Builders

Customer Service
Coast Central Credit Union
Multiple locations in Arcata, Crescent City, Eureka, Fortuna, Hoopa,
McKinleyville, Weaverville, Willow Creek
Second Place: S.T.I.L.
Third Place: HealthSPORT and MikkiMoves Real Estate

Dance Studio
Dance Scene Studio
1011 H St., Eureka; 502-2188
Second Place: No Limits Dance Academy
Third Place: Trillium Dance Studios

Dentist Office
Gregory T. Mellon, DDS
1737 Central Ave, McKinleyville; 839-3262
Second Place: Richard F. Wolven, DDS
Third Place: Teresa N. Kosmac, DMD

Doctor's Office
Open Door Community Health Center
Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, McKinleyville and Willow Creek; 269-7073
Second Place: Courtney C. Ladika, MD
Third Place: Fortuna Family Medical Group

Doggie Daycare
It's All About the Dogs
449 W Clark St., Eureka; 444-9663
Second Place: Happy Dog

Finanical Advisor
Premier Financial Group
725 6th St., Eureka; 443-2741
Second Place: Mark Gorge at Coast Central Credit Union
Third Place: Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Sara M. Goodwin

Pocket of Posies
5709, 4050 Broadway St., Eureka; 496-5146
Second Place: Flora Organica Designs
Third Place: Country Living Florist & Fine Gifts

Miller Farms Nursery
1828 Central Ave, McKinleyville; 839-1571
Second Place: Born to Dig Collective
Third Place: Lawn Care Plus

Graphic Designer
Visual Concepts
820 N St., Arcata; 633-5087
Second Place: Jason Brandi
Third Place: Haiikuu Design

Multiple locations in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville; 822-3488
Second Place: Body Tuners
Third Place: Body Works Fitness Club

Hardware/Lumber Store
Pierson Building Center
4100 Broadway St., Eureka; 441-2700
Second Place: Almquist Lumber
Third Place: The Mill Yard

Holistic Medicine
Dr. Pepper Hernandez
791 8th St., Arcata; 840-6056
Second Place: North Coast Naturopathic Medicine
Third Place: Redwood Naturopathic Family Medicine

Mad River Community Hospital
3800 Janes Rd, Arcata; 822-3621
Second Place: St. Joseph Hospital Eureka
Third Place: Jerold Phelps Community Hospital

The Inn at 2nd & C
124 C St., Eureka; 444-3344
Second Place: Benbow Historic Inn
Third Place: Blue Lake Casino Hotel

Insurance Office
Scott Hammond State Farm Insurance Agent
537 7th St Ste 1, Eureka; 444-2504
Second Place: Lisa Fryrear, State Farm Insurance Agent
Third Place: Shaw & Petersen Insurance

Law Office
Zwerdling Law Firm, LLP
937 6th St., Eureka; 798-6211
Second Place: Law Offices of Hjerpe & Godinho
Third Place: Law Offices of Kathleen Bryson

Local NonProfit
Food For People
307 W 14th St., Eureka; 445-3166
Second Place: CASA of Humboldt
Third Place: Spay Humboldt!

Mailing Center
Post-Haste Mail Center
600 F St #3, Arcata; 825-8295
Second Place: Scrapper's Edge
Third Place: Horizon Business Products

Martial Arts Studio
Humboldt Jiu Jitsu
1041 F St., Arcata; 822-6278
Second Place: Lost Coast Kenpo & Martial Arts and Sun Yi's Academy of Tae Kwon Do

Massage Therapist
Gabrielle C, HealthSPORT
Multiple locations in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville
822-3488 ;
Second Place: His Glorious Rub
Third Place: Maralana Fulton Go Do Be

Midwifery Practice
Moonstone Midwives Birth Center
4677 Valley E Blvd #2, Arcata; 633-3009
Second Place: With Open Arms Reproductive Health Care Services
Third Place: Welcoming Dawn Midwifery

Mortgage Company
Humboldt Mortgage Company
2037 Harrison Ave, Eureka; 445-3027
Second Place: Coast Central Credit Union
Third Place: Briton Mortgage Inc.

Nail Salon
Polished Nail Salon
637 F St., Arcata; 822-1399
Second Place: Soul To Soul Spa & Foot Bar
Third Place: Redwood Nails Spa

Oil Change
Premier Oil Change
135 W Harris St., Eureka; 445-5823
Second Place: Lube Central
Third Place: The Lube Rack

Optometry Office
Cole Family Eye Care Optometry
2773 Harris St., Suite H, Eureka; 445-4126
Second Place: A to Z Eye Care
Third Place: McKinleyville Optometric Center

Howard L. Hunt, DDS
707 I St., Eureka; 443-1390
Second Place: Humboldt Orthodontics

Outdoor Guide Service
Pacific Outfitters
1600 5th St., Eureka; 443-6328
737 G St., Arcata; 822-0321
Second Place: Kayak Trinidad
Third Place: Center Activities

Painting Company
Hamanaka Painting Company
1805 2nd St., Eureka; 444-3340
Second Place: CDH Painting
Third Place: Sandman Painting

Personal Trainer
Shane Larson
Multiple locations in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville
822-3488 ;
Second Place: Sydney Jensen, HealthSPORT
Third Place: Laura McNulty

Pet Grooming Service
Muddy Paws
2288 Central Ave, McKinleyville; 840-0798
Second Place: Deb's Bark Avenue Grooming
Third Place: BarkyDogz Bath House

Cloney's Prescription Pharmacy
Multiple locations in Eureka and McKinleyville
Second Place: Barnes Arcata Family Drug
Third Place: Lima's Professional Pharmacy, Inc.

Sandi Petersen Photography
989 Milton Ave #2D, Ferndale; 845-9472
Second Place: Briar Parkinson, Parky's Pics
Third Place: Haley Gallagher Photography

Place to Adopt an Animal
Sequoia Humane Society
6073 Loma Ave, Eureka; 442-1782
Second Place: Miranda's Rescue
Third Place: Companion Animal Foundation

Plumbing Business
MAPLEService Plumbing & Heating
317 W Cedar St., Eureka; 445-9671
Second Place: John the Plumber
Third Place: The Plumber Man

Real Estate Agent
Tracy Shumard
1807 Central Ave, McKinleyville; 845-2448
Second Place: Joshua Cook, Realtor
Third Place: Victoria Fosterling

Real Estate Company
MikkiMoves Real Estate
805 7th St., Eureka; 515-6683
Second Place: THE KEY Real Estate Group
Third Place: Coldwell Banker Cutten Realty

Roofing Company
Alves Inc.
4200 West End Rd, Arcata; 825-4725
Second Place: Sanders Roofing
Third Place: T & T Roofing

554 N Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna; 725-6341
Second Place: The Trim Scene
Third Place: Forever Young

The Spa at Personal Choice
130 G St., Eureka; 445-2041
Second Place: Platinum Studio
Third Place: Chumayo Spa

Storage Center
Rainbow Self-Storage
Multiple locations in Eureka, Arcata and McKinleyville
Second Place: Hide-Away Mini Storage
Third Place: Airport Road Storage

Tire Shop
Tony Gosselin & Sons' Tire
525 Commercial St., Eureka; 443-7081
Second Place: Les Schwab Tire Center
Third Place: Tetrault Tire Center

Tree Trimming Service
That Tree Guy
PO Box 5608, Eureka; 725-2609
Second Place: Coastal tree service
Third Place: Dan Collings tree service

Veterinary Office
Sunny Brae Animal Clinic
900 Buttermilk Ln., Arcata; 822-5124
Second Place: Myrtle Avenue Veterinary Hospital
Third Place: Redwood Animal Hospital

Volunteer Organization
Food For People
307 W 14th St., Eureka; 445-3166
Second Place: PacOut Green Team
Third Place: Soroptimist International of Eureka

Web Designer
HumWeb Marketing
10 W 7th St., Eureka; 633-8150
Second Place: Patrick Ryan
Third Place: Allie Illuminates

Yoga Studio
Pali Yoga
117 F St., Eureka; 601-5659
Second Place: Vibes Yoga
Third Place: Old School Hot Yoga


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