Pacific Palisades Best Businesses Of 2020: Reader Picks

Kenan Draughorne

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA — 2020 has challenged all of us in ways we never could have expected. Through all the roadblocks, these Palisades businesses were some of the many who managed to not only persevere, but deliver a rewarding experience to their customers, time and time again.

Find out why readers loved these seven Palisades businesses in 2020.


Gift Garden Antiques

Location: 15266 Antioch Street

Phone: 310-459-4114

From the readers: “Can’t walk by without wanting to pop in and see what is new! Great selection of gift and home items, always welcoming and helpful. They all make you feel that we are a community, known and respected."


Groza Learning Center

Location: 881 Alma Real Dr, Suite 115

Phone: 301-241-7078

From the readers: "We all know it’s been a tough year with businesses being shut down intermitanly. Groza has managed to fight through this difficult time by being flexible and pivoting their business model. They continue to support students academically with amazing education specialist who are not just teachers but are coaches, cheerleaders, and mentors."

"Every staff member knows the student's name, which school they attend, and even their hobbies. They make everyone feel important."

"The owner Tatyana Yukhtman is the most positive person I have ever known. Even through the toughest times she had a smile on her face and assured her staff that they would be taken care of. She kept her promise. In fact, she managed to grow the business and she has hired many more teachers."

"The staff are truly God sent! They have helped my son to go from failing several of his classes to rebuilding not only his grades to As and Bs, but they've also rebuild his self-confidence and made me and my husband a VERY happy parents. Every staff member have been so thoughtful and helpful. They definitely deserve recognition. They have changed the trajectory of my son's life."


Cinque Terra West

Location: 970 Monuments Street Suite 110

Phone: 310-454-1196

From the readers: “Great restaurant serving great food during the pandemic.”


Erewhon

Location: 15285 W. Sunset Blvd.

Phone: 310-561-8898

The products & displays are beautiful & delicious , customer service has been very helpful & staff courteous. My visits are always a wonderful experience / outing during the Covid shutdown days. I learn about new healthy food items every time I visit!


Casa Nostra

Location: 1515 Palisades Dr.

Phone: 310-454-8889

From the readers: “Consistenly excellent food and service. They care for you and greet you with your name.”


Pure Energy Cafe

Location: 17383 Sunset Blvd #380c

Phone: 310-573-4105

From the readers: "As always, and especially during this pandemic, Pure Energy serves the most delicious, healthy and often creative meals. I can always count on enjoying my chicken arugula salad, chicken pear, or date salad. Breakfast, lunch or dinner my family is always happy with our order. The staff is also truly deserving of this award as they are kind and happy to alter certain dishes or prepare off-menu items. The chef is my hero and I feel lucky to have this restaurant here in the Palisades. Oh and being able to dine outdoors is a plus!"


Black Ink

Locations: 869 Swarthmore Ave.

Phone: 310-573-9905

From the readers: "This is the type of business every town would like to have - the selection and quality of their merchandise is fabulous, and reasonably priced. If I ever need a gift, I know I can go in and be out of there in 20 minutes max with a perfect item beautifully wrapped (complimentary) . Their stationery selection is so nice - whatever level of custom invitations or paper products you need can be ordered. They provided the invitations and all paper products for my daughter's wedding - we received so many compliments! This darling shop stands out in our town... We're lucky to have them!"



This article originally appeared on the Pacific Palisades Patch