The people have voted, and have chosen the following as the winners of the second Best of West Hartford contest sponsored by We-Ha.com and West Hartford Magazine.
By Joy Taylor
Best of West Hartford contest finalists, town officials, business leaders, and residents anxiously awaited the revealing of the results of West Hartford’s second annual people’s choice contest Thursday night as they enjoyed cocktails, mingling and great food as well as a magician, chair massages, and more at the awards show at Town Hall.
Mayor Shari Cantor, who is traveling in Bavaria, prepared some pre-recorded remarks and, thanks to David Chmielewski of Direct Line Media, was able to kick off the evening on the video screen.
The winners were kept secret, under lock and key in the office of Filomeno & Company by Kathryn Plourde. Kathryn was the only one who knew the winners prior to Thursday evening.
The winners were chosen from among 277 finalists in 49 categories. The businesses were nominated this spring and from June through Aug. 31, votes were cast for the winners. The people nominated (one vote per email address) and the people voted (one vote per email address). It was a true people’s choice contest.
Thank you to all who voted. Thank you to the businesses that promoted this event. Thank you to the committee members who orchestrated the event.
Thank you to NBC Connecticut’s Brad Drazen for serving as the emcee for the awards ceremony. Brad was assisted by the title sponsors, including: Lux Bond & Green, The Mercy Community, JPCarroll Construction, William Raveis. Other title sponsors include: Sanditz Travel/Spa Soli and Saint Francis Hospital.
Watch Monday’s Business Buzz for photos and more from this community event.
And now, the winners are …
Camp 2016 Camp Shalom
Park 2016 Elizabeth Park
Preschool/Daycare 2016 Mandell JCC
Recreation 2016 Elizabeth Park
Bakery 2016 Hartford Baking Company
Breakfast Restaurant 2016 Effie’s Place
Burger Restaurant 2016 Max Burger
Coffee/Tea 2016 J. René Coffee Roasters
Ethnic Restaurant 2016 Arugula
Family Restaurant 2016 A.C. Petersen Farms
Fine Dining 2016 Restaurant Bricco
Grocery Store 2016 Whole Foods, Raymond Road
Dessert 2016 The Cheesecake Factory
Ice Cream Shop 2016 A.C. Petersen Farms
Pizza 2016 Harrys Bishops Corner
Business Lunch 2016 Restaurant Bricco
Wine Shop 2016 The Wise Old Dog
Liquor Store 2016 Maximum Beverage
Exercise/Fitness2016 Mandell JCC Greater Hartford
Personal Trainer2016 D’Mario Sowa from Akua Ba Fitness
Hair Salon2016 Salon Medusa
Barber Shop2016 Degras Barber Shop
Manicure/Pedicure2016 Silk Nails
Spas2016 Massage Envy
Satellite Medical Facility2016 AFC Urgent Care
Home Health Care2016 Jewish Family Services
Bank/Financial Institution2016 Bank of America
Garden/Florist2016 Moscarillo\’s Garden Shoppe
Home Improvement Contractor2016 Bartlett Brainard
Lawn/Landscaping Contractor2016 EcoTurf
Law Firm/Lawyer2016 Owen Eagan/Eagan,Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey
Pet Services2016 Veterinary Specialists of CT
Real Estate Company/Realtor2016 William Raveis Real Estate
Wealth Management/Financial Planning2016 Fidelity Investments
Entertainment2016 Blue Back Square
Happy Hour2016 Barcelona West Hartford
Tavern2016 Corner Pug
Late Night Spot2016 bartaco
Mens National2016 JoS A. Banks
Womens National2016 Nordstrom
Eye Wear2016 Central Optica
Womens Accessories2016 Charming Charlies
Gift Shop2016 Ten Thousand Villages
Specialty Retail2016 Toy Chest
Home Improvement2016 Larsen’s ACE Hardware
Jewelry Store2016 Lux Bond & Green
Sports Retail2016 Fleet Feet
Mens Fashion Local2016 Daswani Clothiers
Womens Fashion Local2016 BK & Co