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Every year at the Bohemian, we put on our thinking caps to come up with a new and novel way to present our annual Best Of issue, our biggest of the year. The issue celebrates what we think are the best people, places and things in Sonoma and Napa counties. And it's not just what we think, it's what you think. The issue reveals the results of our annual readers' poll, who and what you think makes the North Bay so great.

This year, we settled on the theme of "Heroes," in the classic Greek sense of the term. Our fantastic cover art and inside illustrations were painted by Shotsie Gorman, an enormously talented Sonoma County tattoo artist. The cover image depicts Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, the arts, civilization, courage and inspiration. Since our Best Of issue is a celebration of all the creative people and inspirational places and businesses in our corner of the world, we thought Athena was perfect for the cover. Inside, Shotsie drew gods and goddesses to represent our six Best Of categories—Culture, Food and Drink, Recreation, Romance, Family and Everyday. With a nod to the late David Bowie, congratulations to everyone who won a Best Of award this year, and thanks to everyone who voted. You're the heroes who make the North Bay what it is. And thanks, too, to our writers for this issue, Tom Gogola, James Knight, Charlie Swanson and Flora Tsapovsky.

Stett Holbrook, editor

If you're an award winner, click here for a printable PDF of your award.