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Best of Canyon Country 2019

| Canyon Country Magazine | October 21, 2019

The winners are:

Breakfast: Crazy Otto’s

Lunch: Dickey’s
18742 Soledad Canyon Road
661-251-0840.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

For nearly five years, Dickey’s has been serving up BBQ to Canyon Country residents, sometimes on their way to the movies next door or after they look around at a car show.

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It opened in January of 2015 drawing hungry customers who want the popular brisket or pulled pork meals, which are smoked between 12-14 hours.

“The mac and cheese are awesome,” said Pauline Robles who owns the local Dickey’s with her husband. “And our BBQ beans. The ribs have become popular too – St. Louis style pork.”

Soft-serve ice cream is always free with the purchase of a meal, and children eat free on Sundays.

“I have a lot of regulars from church and school,” she said, adding that there are members of many churches who come by on Sundays – not just from the church around the corner.

Some of their customers show up when their favorite meals are the “Deal of the Day,” such as pulled pork on Mondays and three-bone ribs on Tuesdays, etc. Deals come with two sides and a drink.

“My favorite is brisket and ribs. I make sure it’s cooked, smoked to the right texture,” Robles said. “I work seven days a week to make sure the store has the same quality.”

Dickey’s is open every day 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and they only close on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
18742 Soledad Canyon Road
661-251-0840.

Dinner: Chi Chi’s Pizza
27117 N. Sierra Hwy
661-252-4405, ChiChisPizza.com.

While Canyon Country residents have a favorite Chi Chi’s here in town, there are four Chi Chi’s locations in a franchise that began more than 60 years ago. The Miccolis family is still making customers happy with fresh egg pastas, salads and pizzas.

The Chi Chi’s Choice Pizza is a customer favorite (sausage, mushroom and bell pepper) and antipasto salads always get rave reviews. What residents may not know is that there are a number of seafood dishes on the menu, including the fresh and authentic cioppino with crab, mussels and shrimp.

Chi Chi’s regulars love the cream sauces, such as the fettuccine Alfredo, but the main staple – Chi Chi’s meat sauce – is the secret to their success. (Chi Chi’s continues on page 22)

While the restaurant stays current, adding items to the menu – from business lunches to sliders – it’s the fact that you can still sit down and order up the wholesome Italian dishes you count on that make it a community favorite.
Chi Chi’s
27117 N. Sierra Hwy
661-252-4405, ChiChisPizza.com.

Chiropractor: Ron Bittle at Peak Performance

Car Wash: Canyon Car Wash
18727 Soledad Canyon Rd
661-250-0399

Always giving 100 percent to their customers, Canyon Car Wash is a hometown favorite because of their standout service to Canyon Country residents. With rising popularity, they are washing and detailing more and more cars for locals every year. Canyon Car Wash uses state-of-the-art tunnel equipment and completes the process faster and more thoroughly than ever before. The facility is also built for servicing the RV customer.Managers and staff are experienced and they live here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Canyon Car Wash
18727 Soledad Canyon Rd
661-250-0399

Dentist: Terri Nguyen (owner of) Canyon Country Dental Group
26877 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita.
661-251-2002, CanyonCountryDentalGroup.com.

When Dr. Terri Nguyen opened Canyon Country Dental Group more than 15 years ago, she brought a fresh approach and a modern practice to the area. Her hard work has focused on maintaining a friendly staff and she remains accessible to patients.

There are currently three general practice dentists and four specialists who work for the group. There are two dental hygienists and patients have access to orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery at the location.

“We welcome all new patients and accept most major insurances,” says operations manager Keneisha Sellers. “And if you don’t have insurance, we offer an exam and cleaning for $59.”

While making small-town friendliness a priority, Canyon Country Dental Group has also sought to stay current where technology is concerned. The practice will soon have a Cone Beam Panoramic machine, which can take CT Scans and other 3-D imaging.

And there’s another new development – the office is now taking appointments on Saturdays.
Canyon Country Dental Group
26877 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita.
661-251-2002, CanyonCountryDentalGroup.com.

Hairdresser/Salon: Bob’s Canyon Country Barber Shop
18234 ½ Soledad Canyon Road,
661-252-9888.

For 50 years, Bob’s Canyon Country Barber Shop has been offering good, old-fashioned barbering to the community. Bob Ruiz has been working at the chair since then, and became the owner in 1973. About 75 percent of the barber shop’s customers are regulars who have stayed with Ruiz and the four other barbers for 20-25 years.

There are no appointments – you walk in and take your pick of haircuts, shaves and you even get a head massage. “We give them good service and we take care of them,” the owner said. Right now they’re creating a lot of short fades, plus they still do a lot of flat tops, mostly for police officers.

Bob Ruiz has lived in Piru and driven in to Canyon Country daily since 1968. And the schedule at Canyon Country Barber Shop is one reason he has succeeded.

Open just five days a week, the barbers are happier because unlike some shops, no one is working Sundays or Mondays. That means everyone has the same days off and there are two in a row, as opposed to barbers who have to cover seven days a week by taking different days off.

Ruiz believes it eliminates friction and keeps the atmosphere peaceful and smooth. “It keeps the barbers a little happier,” he said, explaining why all five of them have been at the shop at least 25 years. “If barbers are happy, they aren’t going to move.”

Bob’s Canyon Country Barber Shop
18234 ½ Soledad Canyon Road
661-252-9888.

Veterinarian: Sand Canyon Animal Hospital
16524 Soledad Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita
(661) 261-8888
SandCanyonAnimalHospital.com

For two years, residents of Sand Canyon have had a veterinary staff and pet hospital just a stone’s throw away. Sand Canyon Animal Hospital is located in the Vons shopping center, offering comprehensive physical exams, parasite prevention, lab work, nutritional counseling, specialized care for senior pets, balanced vaccines, lost pet microchip ID and other services.

More than just a technologically advanced veterinary office, Sand Canyon Animal Hospital staff members are pet owners themselves, as well as experts in surgical care. To streamline the process, the animal hospital has made it easier to get an appointment. You can make a non-emergency appointment request online.
Sand Canyon Animal Hospital
16524 Soledad Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita
(661) 261-8888
SandCanyonAnimalHospital.com

Pet Groomer: Chris’ K-9 Clippery
19413 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 251-0011, Chrisk9clippery.com

The staff members at Chris’ K-9 Clippery treat customers like family, welcoming all breeds of dogs and cats. Professional groomers offer “bath & brush,” as well as complete grooming for your pets. They also offer teeth cleaning and nail clipping. This previous winner of the “Best Groomer in Canyon Country” award has been a go-to resource for the community for nearly 30 years.

“We love our dogs. We love what we do,” said Chris Anderson, owner of Chris’ K-9 Clippery. “We’ve been doing it so long it’s second nature to us. We treat them like they’re ours.”

If a feline needs special attention, the groomers refer them to someone who specializes in the care of certain breeds. “Whatever’s in the best interest of the animal,” Anderson said.

Chris’ K-9 Clippery has three self-service tubs, so you can groom your own animal. While most of the self-serve clients are dogs, there have been a few unusual clients, such as pigs.

One of the business owner’s favorite experiences, she said, is when police officers with K-9 units come in to use the self service.

There is a discount for service dogs, service personnel and military members. Anderson also offers free nail clipping for the pets of senior citizens.
Chris’ K-9 Clippery
19413 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 251-0011, Chrisk9clippery.com

Thrift/Resale/Vintage: Goodwill

Pharmacy: CVS
19424 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 251-5444

It is one of the largest pharmacies in Canyon Country, juggling both the filling of prescriptions and the sale of thousands of goods. The management at CVS Pharmacy credits a dedicated group of employees who do a great job of taking care of their customers’ needs and embracing the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.
CVS
19424 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 251-5444

Dry Cleaners: Rainbow

Auto Repair: Canyon Auto

Hardware Store: Paul’s Paint & Hardware
18597 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 252-1572

When Paul Dell’Olio moved Paul’s Paint & Hardware to its location on Soledad Canyon Road near Vallarta, the store became more central and accessible to residents of the entire Santa Clarita Valley. A longtime resident, Dell’Olio offers his customers personal attention, providing them with both expertise and consistent service.

There’s no big box bureaucracy at this hardware store, which is also a Benjamin Moore paint distributor. Paul’s carries plumbing, electrical, tools, paint and garden/sprinkler supplies, plus you can have keys cut in the store. Paul’s Paint & Hardware makes screens onsite also.

He carries products for DIY projects, and contractors turn to Paul’s for interior and exterior paint. The store carries specialty coatings for paint contractors.
Paul’s Paint & Hardware
18597 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 252-1572

Real Estate Agent: Anthony Bedgood at Kellar-Davis

Grocery Store: Ralphs
19340 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 252-6226, Ralphs.com

There’s a lighter, brighter atmosphere in Canyon Country’s Ralphs, thanks to the store’s latest remodel. There are also new features that boost convenience and freshness.

“New floors, new décor … it looks really great in here,” said Ralphs Store Manager Christine Shipley.

The produce department is the customers’ favorite, resulting in the highest sales among various sections of the store.

“It is always fresh, it’s vibrant, full of colors, fresh and clean,” Shipley said. “Seafood is another high producing department for us. We have a great variety of fresh fish. The same goes for our service meat case – fresh daily.”

The pre-sliced packages at the service deli are freshly sliced throughout the day. Ralphs just installed a new self-service soup bar and a grab-and-go section, where busy moms can find healthy lunches.

“You can pick what you want without having to wait in line. It’s a great addition to the store,” Shipley said. “And we have great, friendly employees.”
Ralphs
19340 Soledad Canyon Road
(661) 252-6226, Ralphs.com

Best DJ: DJ Greg
DJ GREG Barbacovi
661-839-7111
www.djgregonline.com

For several decades, Greg Barbacovi, known as “DJ Greg,” has been sharing his talents with residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. He was the DJ for The Broadway at the grand opening of Santa Clarita’s mall in the ‘80s. He played music and hosted Monday Night Football at nightclub Genesis and was entertainment manager at the former Ranch House Inn during the ‘90s.

He’s also hosted Wednesday night’s dance party at Mabel’s Roadhouse for nearly two decades. But more than just spinning music, Barbacovi’s interest extend to events such as Bark for Life and Red Bull Day in the Dirt.
“I’ve helped plan thousands of live events, ranging from weddings to reunions to dirt bike races,” DJ Greg said. “SCV’s American Cancer Society has made me their ‘voice’ … and I’ve done many events for the Arthritis Foundation, Parkinson’s Moving Day, and the City of Hope. So from backyard BBQs to five-star weddings at the Biltmore, I offer my clients experience and versatility.”
DJ GREG Barbacovi
661-839-7111
www.djgregonline.com

Best Tattoo Studio: Revenant Tattoo

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