Best of Retail 2019

Best Pawn Shop
Humboldt Bay Trade And Pawn

Chances are you’ve seen the sign for Humboldt Bay Trade and Pawn (aka Humboldt Pawn) soaring over one of Eureka’s main thoroughfares. And, perhaps, you’ve been a bit curious. Maybe it’s time you went inside.

Carrying on a service of short-term loans and cash for goods that its website describes as dating back to ancient China and the Greek and Roman empires, pawnbroking is gaining a resurgence in the modern age with the popularity of TV shows like Pawn Stars.

Having garnered a solid reputation over the last 20 years, local bargain hunters have also long known that this family-owned business is a must, whether you’re looking for a certain tool to finish that do-it-yourself project or a new guitar because you’re getting the band back together. Then, of course, there’s the jewelry. Don’t forget the jewelry.

— Kimberly Wear


Owner Dante DiGenova and Max. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Owner Dante DiGenova and Max.
Best Bookstore
Northtown Books


In the weeks before every Christmas of my childhood, my dad would gather me and my three siblings into the family van and we’d head to his favorite bookstore, Cody’s in Berkeley. He’d turn us loose, letting us each pick out a few books that he’d then wrap up and give us for Christmas. We’d make a day of it, spending hours combing the shelves and sitting in the aisles to page through our finds. And into adulthood, books remained the primary gifts my father and I exchanged. When my partner and I first moved to Humboldt County, my dad would visit and take us to Northtown Books, where we’d take over the large sofa chairs, pet the dog, peruse the offerings and compare finds. (He always bought us a few books, too.) My dad died seven years ago but I still think of him every time I walk into Northtown Books, as does my daughter when I bring her every December to pick out a few books she’d like for Christmas.
— Thadeus Greenson


WINNERS:

Antique Store
Old Town Antiques
318 F St., Eureka; 442-3235
Second Place: Many Hands Gallery
Third Place: Fortuna Art & Old Things

Bicycle Shop
Revolution Bicycles
2811 F Street, Eureka; 443-9861
1593 G Street, Arcata; 822-2562
revolutionbicycle.com
Second Place: Adventure's Edge, Eureka
Third Place: Pacific Outfitters

Bookstore
Northtown Books
957 H St., Arcata; 822-2834
northtownbooks.com
Second Place: Booklegger
Third Place: Eureka Books

Children's Clothing Store
Lots 4 Tots Plus/ The Clothing Closet
3008 Broadway St., Eureka; 445-3477
lots4totsplus.com
Second Place: Recycled Youth
Third Place: Otto + Olive

Craft Store
Scrapper's Edge
728 4th St., Eureka; 445-9686
scrappersedge.net
Second Place: SCRAP Humboldt
Third Place: Art Center

Feed Store
A and L Feed and Pet Supply
2308 Central Ave, McKinleyville; 839-3265
humcoaandlfeed.com
Second Place: Nilsen Company
Third Place: Three G's Hay & Grain

Furniture Store
Plaza: Be Inspired
808 G St., Arcata; 822-2250
plazaarcata.com
Second Place: Living Styles
Third Place: Furniture Design Center

Gift Shop
Plaza: Be Inspired
808 G St., Arcata; 822-2250
plazaarcata.com
Second Place: Many Hands Gallery
Third Place: S.T.I.L.

Head Shop
S.T.I.L.
2940 Broadway St # E, Eureka; 269-0210
stilhumboldt.com
Second Place: Humboldt Glassblowers
Third Place: Pacific Paradise

Hobby Shop
S.T.I.L.
2940 Broadway St # E, Eureka; 269-0210
stilhumboldt.com
Second Place: Humboldt Beer Works
Third Place: Seamoor's

Jewelry Store
Holly Yashi
1300 9th St., Arcata; 822-5132
hollyyashi.com
Second Place: Primal Decor
Third Place: Plaza: Be Inspired

Liquor Store
Myrtlewood Liquors & John's Cigars
1648 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka; 444-8869
Second Place: Arcata Liquors
Third Place: Beverage Plus

Mattress Store
Moore's Sleep World
Multiple locations in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville
mooressleepworld.net
Second Place: Furniture Design Center
Third Place: Arcata Exchange

Men's Clothing Store
Pacific Outfitters
1600 5th St., Eureka; 443-6328
737 G St., Arcata; 822-0321
pacificoutfitters.com
Second Place: Humboldt Republic
Third Place: RMI Outdoors

Music Store
Mantova's Two Street Music
124 2nd St., Eureka; 445-3155
mtsmusic.com
Second Place: The Works
Third Place: Wildwood Music Co

New Car Lot
Mid-City Motor World
4800 N US Hwy 101, Eureka; 443-4871
midcitymotorworld.com
Second Place: McCrea Subaru
Third Place: McKinleyville Chevrolet Buick

Nursery/Garden Supply Store
Pierson's Garden Shop
4100 Broadway St., Eureka; 441-2713
Second Place: Miller Farms Nursery
Third Place: Mad River Gardens

Outdoor Gear Store
Pacific Outfitters
1600 5th St., Eureka; 443-6328
737 G St., Arcata; 822-0321
pacificoutfitters.com
Second Place: Adventure's Edge
Third Place: RMI Outdoors

Pawn Shop
Humboldt Bay Trade And Pawn
1435 5th St., Eureka; 442-7777
humboldtpawn.com
Second Place: Bob's Humboldt Pawndemonium

Pet Store
Fin-N-Feather
2931 F St., Eureka; 443-4914
fin-n-feather.com
Second Place: Arcata Pet Supply
Third Place: Myrtle Avenue Pet Center and Nor-Cal Pet Supply McKinleyville

Screen Printer
Fatbol Clothing, Inc.
1063 H St., Arcata; 840-6035
fatbol.com
Second Place: Humboldt Republic Clothing & Print Co.
Third Place: Lotus Mountain

Shoe Store
Plaza Shoe Shop
699 G St., Arcata; 822-1125
plazashoeshop.com
Second Place: Annie's Shoes
Third Place: Abraxas Shoes and Leather

Soil Company
Foxfarm Soil & Fertilizer Co.
1900 Bendixsen St., Samoa; 443-4369
foxfarmfertilizer.com
Second Place: Local Worm Guy
Third Place: Royal Gold Soil

Solar Company
Greenwired Renewable Energy
1150 Evergreen Rd # 1, Redway; 923-2001
greenwired.com
Second Place: Six Rivers Solar
Third Place: Westhaven Solar & Electric

Sporting Goods Store
Sport & Cycle
1621 Broadway St., Eureka; 444-9274
475 N. Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna; 725-9405
sportandcycle.com
Second Place: Pacific Outfitters
Third Place: RMI Outdoors

Thrift Shop
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
2942 F St., Eureka; 443-2155
cancer.org
Second Place: Rescue Mission Thrift Store
Third Place: Angels of Hope Thrift Store

Used Car Lot
Roy's Auto Center
10 W 5th St., Eureka; 443-7697
roysautocenter.com
Second Place: Bob's Fine Cars
Third Place: Ray's Used Cars

Vape Shop
S.T.I.L.
2940 Broadway St. # E, Eureka; 269-0210
stilhumboldt.com
Second Place: BigFish Vapor Lab
Third Place: Riverwalk Vapors

Vintage Clothing Store
Little Shop of Hers
416 2nd St., Eureka; 441-9078
Second Place: Vintage Avenger
Third Place: Bang Bang Vintage

Women's Clothing Store
Blue Ox Boutique
325 2nd St., Suite# 102, Eureka; 798-6104
blueoxboutique.com
Second Place: Vintage Avenger
Third Place: Humboldt Republic Clothing & Print Co.