Best of Santa Barbara® 2022 Little Creatures
At Mr. Rob’s
“This award is especially special given that we not only had to try to survive as a business through COVID; more importantly, we were responsible for trying to keep our children safe. We never closed during the pandemic. We changed direction and became a provider for families who needed to work,” says owner Rob Lauderdale. “We are all back in school now and better overall after coming through these tough times. Regardless of our best plans, we wouldn’t be in business if the Hope School District didn’t allow us to rent our room, our amazing families who trust us every day with their children, and the amazing team at Mr. Rob’s Place. ”
Finalist: InterAct Theater School
“Because we were considered a necessary business, we never closed at any time during the pandemic,” shares Eric Smith, Founder/CEO of K-Nine Solutions. “In fact, my team grew from 6 to 11 people and we went from a 1,000 square foot space to a 6,000 square foot facility in order to meet the demand for our services. We worked tirelessly to accommodate everyone who needed us. My team is the reason we’ve been voted Best of SB year after year. They deserve this level of recognition from our community and I couldn’t be more proud of them and what we have built.
Finalist: Elite Puppy Training
Providing quality child care to families since 1998, Rainbow School in Goleta offers a wide variety of child care programs for infants through pre-kindergarten, as well as after-school care for children. primary school children. Already a multiple winner and runner-up in this category, it’s no surprise that Rainbow School is once again the top daycare, with parent testimonials like this: “We are so grateful to have had the Rainbow school. … The teachers are attentive and caring. They find a good balance between structure and learning, as well as the freedom to play and just be kids. Hours are convenient for working parents.
Finalist: Little Angels Preschool
Children’s summer camp
Zoo Camp at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Asked if this award has special meaning for the Zoo Camp team after all they have been through with the pandemic, Director of Education JJ McLeod said: “This award has significant meaning. for us after these last years. Providing children with the opportunity to connect with animals and nature is a privilege for us here at the zoo. Creating a fun, engaging and safe camp where children can develop their curiosity about our natural world is what we aim for.
Finalist: Lobster Jo’s Beach Camp
Dr. Daniel Brennan
Santa Barbara native, Dr. Dan Brennan is the epitome of the hometown boy who makes us all proud to once again be our readers’ top pick for best pediatrician. “Growing up in Santa Barbara, it has always been a dream of mine to return to my hometown and give back to my community. I feel very fortunate to be able to care for the children and families in my community for the past 21 years” , says Brennan, “Thank you to my patients and my community for this wonderful recognition. I am so grateful.”
Finalist: Dr. Jerold Black
boarding for pets
Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club
“We love serving Santa Barbara County,” says Jeannie Wendel, owner of Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club. “People here truly love their pets and want the best for them. We’re happy to offer a different kind of boarding experience for family dogs: a home away from home where puppies can run around , playing and swimming all day and snuggling up to a human at night, never being caged or isolated Thank you for voting us the best pet boarding house for the past 15 years!”
Finalist: Camp Canin
The little dog’s house
The year 2022 marks 22 years of being the top dog in the Best Of pet grooming category for The Little Dog House. Offering a host of services for our four-legged friends since 1975, The Little Dog House offers pet grooming services (dogs and cats), dog daycare and expertise in providing rare breeds with the specialist treatment including they need. Now run by Tyrelle Leger, it’s been our readers’ choice for several years in a row as the go-to place to keep your pets looking their best.
Finalist: SB Paws and Claws
La Cumbre Veterinary Clinic
“The team at La Cumbre Animal Hospital is honored to be recognized for their compassionate work and dedication to our patients and the local community,” said CEO Beverly Holmes, DVM, who owns the business with Eve Kuesis. , DVM. “Since the pandemic, so many things have changed, but our love for our work has not changed. Many local veterinary clinics have recently been purchased by large corporations. We will continue to strive to support our local community and environment in any way we can as a local, woman-owned small business. We look forward to seeing more patients experience all that our new, fearlessly designed facility has to offer. »
Finalist: St. Francis Pet Clinic
Lemos Pet Food and Supplies
It all started 50 years ago, with Mike Lemos delivering hay and other ranch products to his neighbors, starting Lemos Feed & Pet Supply in 1972. All these decades later, Lemos’ customer service ethos always rings true. Staff always carry every large bag of pet food in every customer’s car, and they undergo ongoing training to ensure they know which products will work best for your pet. A Best Of for many consecutive years, India readers constantly comment on the helpful staff and great selection of essentials and treats for their feathered, furry and scaly family members.
Finalist: Pet House
Place to adopt a pet
Humane Society of Santa Barbara
Founded in 1887, the Santa Barbara Humane Society was one of the nation’s first animal welfare agencies, getting its start 67 years before the national organization was founded. The purpose of the organization was “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals in Santa Barbara County”, a mission that still rings true for this venerable organization. In our first year of being recognized as the best place to adopt a pet, the need for these services has never been greater – as a result of the pandemic, there has been a 300% increase in requests for financial support of the communities served in the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, and the Santa Barbara Humane Society continues to evolve and adapt to meet growing needs.
Finalist: Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP Cats)
Toy store • Children’s clothing store
Jennifer Bouma of Chicken Little helps carry on the family legacy of excellent customer service. | Credit: Ingrid Bostrom
This charming, family-run shop has been delighting locals and visitors alike since 1981 (Chicken Little opened in 1979 as “Chicken Lips”) with a tantalizing selection of stuffed animals, intriguing games and all things baby loot. you can imagine, from strollers to sleepers and bottles to breast pumps, all manner of onesies, toddler togs and a plethora of practical items. Eternal recipients of the Best Of award for Toy Store and Children’s Clothing, founder Paula Bouma’s children, Jennifer and Gregory, now carry on her legacy of exceptional customer service, community spirit and a hands-on approach.
Finalist (children’s clothing store): Happy Little Hippo
Finalist (Toy Store): Bennett’s Toys and Educational Materials
“Thank you all; it is an honor to be recognized by the community and cherished by the families who have gone through our program,” say the owners of Kumon, which has centers in Santa Barbara and Goleta. “We are thrilled to see the fruits of our labor every day, as our students continue to apply what they learned at Kumon to succeed in school and beyond. It’s amazing the educational independence and confidence your kids have built throughout the Kumon series, and it couldn’t have been done without your help as family support!”
Finalist: California Learning Center