Hundreds of happy local business owners received their "Best of Sonoma County" awards Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Friedman Event Center in Santa Rosa.

The event, to honor all the winners of the annual Press Democrat reader poll, had been scheduled for Oct. 10 but was cancelled due to the fires.

The fires added a somber tone to the event and there were standing ovations for Paradise Ridge Winery, Willie’s Wine Bar and Cardinal Newman High School, each severely damaged in the fires.

As PD’s publisher Steve Falk put it: "We are not here for a long time, but for a good time."

See all of the winners and maybe discover your next favorite go-to spot in the gallery above.

Things to keep in mind when remodeling

The Big Picture: “Big Picture” planning, or the lack of it, can make or break a renovation project. Dial down what you are aesthetically trying to achieve. Think about the structure and the setting. When you have the “Big Picture” in focus, individual design decisions become easier to make and the desired result more attainable.

Space Planning: Smart space planning is the soul of a home. Consider your existing floor plan to determine what is and what is not working and why. It is the perfect opportunity to make your space function and flow better.

Prioritize: Once you have your design vision set, decide what is really important to you and prioritize, based on your budget, to determine where you can cut and where you can splurge. A perfect example would be a high end splash in the kitchen where you are working with smaller amounts, and more reasonably priced tile on the floor. Think bang for your buck.

Furnishings and Accessories: Shop smart. Everything doesn’t have to be expensive or brand new. Ready made items such as curtains (think Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware), vintage finds and consignment stores (think Re-Healdsburg) can be wonderful resources. All are part of the “hunt” and make a space timeless and more interesting and original.

Source: Tama Bell,