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shopping and services Best Oil Change Midas 1543 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside, (831) 264-8768 227 John St., Salinas, (831) 296-2719 So that a car doesn’t have a winter of discontent, it needs regular oil and filter changes. Midas provides this quick and easy service in central locations. All Midas franchises are owned and operated by local families, which means the staff are invested in serving your car’s needs and gaining trust— they’ll probably see you out on the road. These local branches are known for not pushing needless repairs just to make a buck. They also specialize in brake and tire services. Best Plumber Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repairs Inc. 1112 Phoenix Ave. Unit B, Seaside (831) 241-5801, chriswilsonplumbing. com The best plumber is one whose work does not require return visits. That is what Chris Wilson and his team do, they fix and they vanish (unless you eventually need them again). They’ll replace piping in an entire home, fix clogged toilets and repair both slab leaks and other leaks without needing to dig a trench. Since plumbing issues seem to arise at the most inopportune times, they have a 24/7 service number for emergency issues. Best Solar Installer Best Roofer Scudder Solar Energy Systems & Roofing Company 3342 Paul Davis Drive, Marina (831) 384-3900, and Shelter is near the foundation of the Hierarchy of Needs, which is one of the reasons paisanos shuffle through Danny’s three houses in the woods above Monterey in Tortilla Flat. But they were struggling for rudimentary shelter. Meanwhile, Scudder provides this security that many of us might take for granted. Not only do they tackle all types of roof installations, they are experts at improving a property with a solar power array whether on a home or at a larger scale. All estimates are free and they are on call for emergency repairs with fully licensed and bonded guarantees on their work, backed by industry leading warranties. Best Electrician M. Bruno Electric 720 Dias Ave. Unit B, Sand City (831) 375-9643 M. Bruno has no website. Need electrical work, you’ll have to call the old-fashioned way. This speaks volumes of his work’s quality and efficiency. Running a successful business nowadays without a website would be like John Steinbeck writing Grapes Of Wrath on stone tablets: While the practice seems archaic, it is still a work of art. If a critter chews through some wiring, a new circuit or fuse needs to be installed or your home needs an electrical upgrade, please don’t YouTube “how-to” videos. Pick up your grandparents’ rotary phone and dial M. Bruno. (Note: You can also dial with a cell phone.) Best Tree Trimmer Tope's Tree Service 115 Highway 68, Salinas (831) 373-7765, One rough winter will show you just why trustworthy, observant tree trimming is critical to protecting life and property. Or one bad fire season will show you just how critical clearance is. Tope’s Tree Service has been around for over 47 years, earning that community trust and learning to look closely at trees to see just what needs to be done. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for tree trimming—it depends on the tree, the landscape and a client’s vision. In addition to cutting trees, Tope’s mulches it, bringing everything full circle through its landscape supply business. Best Gardener & Landscaper PM Landscaping Services 2611 Garden Road, Monterey (831) 324-0637, PM Landscaping isn’t just a company looking to make a profit. While their 78 BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY® 2023 Thank you for voting Blink Optometry Monterey County’s Best Eye Doctor every year since 2016! We are so grateful for all of your support. Come visit us in the Crossroads! We offer full service vision care and boutique optical to fit every style. OPTOMETRY•CARMEL Dr. Telma Barseghian, OD + Dr. Trevor Fogg, OD 217 Crossroads Blvd. | Carmel, CA 93923 | | (831) 250-6999 2016– 2023 1992– 2023 FEDERICO’S DRIVE-IN SHOE SERVICE Celebrating our 84th year • Winner of 29 national awards for workmanship 542 Abrego • Downtown Monterey • 649-3322 Open Monday–Friday 8am–5:30pm THANK YOU Monterey County Weekly Readers for voting us Best Shoe Repair 31 years in a row! 20% OFF All Shoe Repair With this coupon • Not valid with any other offers • Expires 11/30/23 CLEANING AND DYING MOST COLORS ~ LEATHER OR FABRIC LADIES’ HANDBAGS ~ SUEDE SHOES BRING YOUR OLD SHOES BACK TO LIFE REPAIRS WHILE YOU WAIT ~ FREE PARKING ~ DRIVE-THRU WINDOW LUGGAGE REPAIR