Best Art Gallery 2014

First place: Coda Gallery

It’s easy to experience sensory overload when you first walk into Coda Gallery, with the bright bursts of color from paintings, sculptures, glass and all manner of imaginative art. Founder David Katz assembled an extraordinary collection of feel good art that continues to be anything but intimidating. 73-151 El Paseo, Palm Desert, (760) 346-4661,

Second place: Christian Hohmann Fine

Art, 73-660 El Paseo, Suite 2, Palm Desert, (760) 346-4243,

Third place: A Gallery Fine Art 73-956 El Paseo, Palm Desert, (760) 346-8885,

-Lea Goodsell

Best Florist 2014

First place: J Ballow Signature Florist

“The florist to the stars” has been offering European, contemporary and traditional floral designs for more than 20 years featuring fresh flowers from Holland, tropical, orchids and plants as well as fruit and gourmet baskets and silk flower arrangements. 69-930 Hwy. 111, Suite 106, Rancho Mirage, (800) 810-4567,

Second place: My Little Flower Shop, 861 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 778-7111,

Third place: Bungalow Rose Florist, 170 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, (760) 322-5030,

-Lea Goodsell

Best Home Accessory Store 2014

First place: The Upper Crust

It’s hard to find more unique home decor accessories when Upper Crust carries such curated lines like Carrol Boyes, J. Fleet, Suki Diamond, Jan Barboglio and Frannie’s Gourds, hand painted and finished with a gloss in vibrant colors that exude a wood-like shell and make a wonderful statement. 73-540 El Paseo, Suite C, Palm Desert, (760) 568-1998,

Second place: Jill Home Accents and Gifts, 515 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 778-8819

Third place: Bed Bath & Beyond, 79-110 Hwy. 111, La Quinta, (760) 777-4637; 72-459 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert, (760) 341-7971; 5200 E. Ramon Rd., Bldg. B, Palm Springs, (760) 325-7513;

-Lea Goodsell

Best Kitchen Shop 2014

First place: The Upper Crust

Start with Viking cutlery and cookware and then move on to Lodge, Emile Henry, Oxo and so many more that look great and make meal preparation an even more enjoyable experience. Owners Doug Lawellin and Steve Rohlin have done a wonderful job finding items you won’t want to leave without. 73-540 El Paseo, Suite C, Palm Desert, (760) 568-1998,

Second place: Kitchen Kitchen, 74-945 Hwy. 111, Indian Wells, (760) 773-9464,

Third place: Savory Spice Shop, 73-399 El Paseo, #103, Palm Desert, (760) 346-4372,

-Lea Goodsell

Best Place to Buy A Lemon Tree

First place: Moller’s Garden Center

The Moller heritage has its roots in the desert from the mid-’50s when they began as a sprinkler irrigation company, then grew into landscape contracting, and finally a wholesale/retail nursery since 1973, so this second generation family knows the desert and can provide plants that not only do well, but can’t always be found anywhere else. 72-235 Painter’s Path, Palm Desert, (760) 346-0545,

Second place: Home Depot, 79-900 Hwy. 111, La Quinta, (760) 347-8722; 5200 E. Ramon Rd., Bldg. A, Palm Springs, (760) 322-0424; 34-249 Monterey Ave., Rancho Mirage, (760) 324-0100;

Third place: Bob Williams Nursery, 48-575 Madison St., Indio, (760) 347-6397,

-Lea Goodsell

Best Pet Store 2014

First place: Cold Nose Warm Heart

Plentiful, practical and unique items for your pet as well as great gifts for dog lovers like breed specific shirts, prints, note sets, rugs, mugs, hats, socks with exclusive lines like Ruffwear, Sandicast, Dogla, Puppia and more. Now celebrating their 16th anniversary in the desert. 189 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-7747; 73-399 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, (760) 340-0900; 77-920 Country Club Dr., Suite 6-8, Palm Desert, (760) 345-8494;

Second place: PETCO, 42-700 Jackson St., Indio, (760) 347-7326; 78-720 Hwy. 111, La Quinta, (760) 564.3869; 72-453 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert, (760) 341-3541; 2465 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 864-1393;

Third place: Ambrosia Pet Deli, 73-131 Country Club Drive, #C3, Palm Desert, (760) 568-1177,

-Lea Goodsell