Richard Habib, owner of Alexander’s Artisan Rugs in Mill Valley, just celebrated his 42nd year in the rug business, as well as his fourth year at his location along the landmark brick walkway at 1 El Paseo Lane and Sunnyside Avenue.

​That anniversary came with a cherry on top, as his longtime local shop was named Best Rug Shop in Marin from the Pacific Sun’s lauded annual “Best of Marin” awards, unveiled late last month.

Habib says he’s thrilled to receive the honor, especially considering that it’s the eighth time he’s received it, having garnered the honor every year between 1998 and 2005. “It came as a surprise as I’ve tended to keep a rather lower profile, yet been very active serving the rug needs of Marin Counties more discerning clientele,” he says. “It’s taken a lot of twists and turns, and I’m so grateful to my friends, family and customers for being with me through it all.”

Here are some of the other Mill Valley winners:

Best Comedy Night
Throckmorton Theatre

Best Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival

Best Music Venue &
Best Place to Dance
Sweetwater Music Hall

Best Outdoor Art Event
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

Best Performing Arts Company & Best Theatre Company
Marin Theatre Company

Best Breakfast
Kitchen Sunnyside

Best Burger
Super Duper

Best Dining After 10pm, Best Food Delivery & Best Latin American 
Sol Food

Best Wine Bar
West Coast Wine • Cheese

Best Fried Chicken
Bungalow 44

Best Frozen Yogurt
Mill Valley Swirl

​Best New Restaurant

Best Pizza
Pizza Antica

Best Vegan Menu
BOL Superfood Cafe

Best Assisted Living Facility & Best Senior Living Facility
The Redwoods

Best Family Practitioner
Curtis Robinson, MD

Best Home Health Care Provider
Brightstar Care

Best Health Club
Body Kinetics

Best Personal Trainer
John Hoeber, Body Kinetics

Best Hiking Trail

Best Skate Shop &
​Best Surf Shop
Proof Lab

Best Florist
Mill Valley Flowers

​Best Dog Park
Mill Valley Recreation

Best Pet Boutique
Woodlands Pet Food & Treats

Best Business Bank & Best Consumer Bank
Bank of Marin

Best Credit Union
Redwood Credit Union

Best Eco-Conscious Business & Best Natural Foods Store
Good Earth Natural Foods

Best Event Production Company
Team Pro Events

Best Fine Jewelry Store
Sofia Jewelry

Best Gift Shop
Poet and/the Bench

Best Optical Store
Marin Optometry

Best Record/CD Store
Mill Valley Music

Best Rug Shop
Alexander’s Artisan Rugs