Best Of Palo Alto

Best Of Is Coming Soon

A very special edition of our most popular annual publication that honors our local businesses, the heart and soul of our communities, hits mailboxes, our websites and newsstands on November 27.

This year, we've redesigned our Best Of special publications to better honor the beloved institutions that have fought to stay open for staff and customers. For the first time, the issues won't include public voting — instead, we'll be publishing inspiring stories about how local businesses have taken positive steps to respond to the pandemic and highlighting all they do — and have done — for the community.

'It was like the whole town was in the store'
Bianchini's Market adjusts to operating during a pandemic

When news of the pending shelter-in-place order was announced, Bianchini's Market found itself in the center of a whirlwind. The pandemic has pushed sales above last year's, but being an essential business has come at a price… Find out how the family market has adjusted to new health mandates and unreliable supply chains while trying to maintain business as usual.

'My first reaction was: No way, how are we going to do that'
Studio pirouettes to a new format during pandemic

When the coronavirus forced a statewide shutdown in March, Laura Santora couldn't imagine bringing her barre classes online — at least not the ones at her Palo Alto studio, which are physically demanding and often require hands-on help from instructors … Find out how Santora and Noreen Dante, co-owners of The Bar Method, ultimately ended up creating a new way to bring their studio classes to members.

Keep a lookout for your special edition and/or check our websites on November 27.