Best of Santa Barbara® 2022

Here Are the Results of Our Annual Reader Survey

Best of Santa Barbara® 2022

Here Are the Results of Our Annual Reader Survey

By Leslie Dinaberg • Photos by Ingrid Bostrom • Illustrations by Ben Ciccati

Illustration by Ben Ciccati

Far and away, the best thing about writing Best of Santa Barbara® is how awesome it is to be the bearer of GOOD NEWS for so many of our local businesses. Even the people that are getting the award for the zillionth time are super excited to know that Santa Barbara Independent readers are taking the time out of their busy lives to cast their votes and support their favorites.

With more than 200 categories (208 to be exact) of “bests” to choose from, there are loads of great people and places to discover or revisit. We’ve even got new categories for you to ponder this year, including mocktail and cider (both in the Drinking section), place to make art (in Out & About), place to adopt a pet (in Little Creatures), outdoor gear store (in Sporting Life), and gourmet grocer and vegan food (both in Eating); as well as your other favorite sections: Looking Good, Romance, Living Well, Housing, Driving, and Media

As anyone who reads the Letters section knows, Indy readers are a very opinionated bunch, so when they cast their carefully considered votes for the winners — which includes a mix of our historic, and often family-owned operations, as well as nods to some newcomers — being named Best of Santa Barbara® means more than just bragging rights; it’s a meaningful vote of confidence from the community. A big thanks to all who voted, and a huge congratulations to all of the winners!

Crushcakes owner Shannon Gaston has been sweetening our lives since 2008. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Grassini Family Vineyards team | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

The mighty Santa Barbara Symphony staff is ready for their close-ups. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

The CorePower Yoga team in front of the Downtown Santa Barbara studio. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Lovebird offers stylish clothes for everyone from teens to grandmothers. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

The team at Paradise Found finds their own kind of joy in being voted Santa Barbara’s best gift shop. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Chicken Little | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Garret and “Mattress Mike” Gustason at Mattress Mike Furniture Gallery’s new La Cumbre Plaza headquarters. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

Santa Barbara Auto Group | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom

The Angry Poodle himself, Nick Welsh, looking anything but angry after being voted best columnist once again. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom


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