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8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, announcing the 2022 Best of West Hartford winners in more than 50 categories.

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

By Ronni Newton

A crowd of more than 150 gathered, mingled and networked with other area business owners and representatives, as the annual Best of West Hartford event returned to in-person format for the eighth annual celebration.

Cheers rang out as, near the end of the evening, as winners, as well as first and second runners-up, were revealed during a slide show – a surprise to all involved. Many of the winners were in the audience and share excited hugs.

Thousands of votes were cast, and in some categories it took more than 1,000 votes to be named winner, event organizer Tom Hickey, president of event producer 2020Media said.

From left: Tom Hickey, Paul Gregory, Dennis House. 8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

Comedian Paul Gregory served as emcee of the event, and WTNH anchor and reporter Dennis House announced the winners.

A complete list can be found below and in the PDF of the slideshow which follows.

Best Outdoor Dining DORO Marketplace Effies Flemings
Best Bakery Hartford Baking Co Elmwood Pastry Shop Donut Crazy
Best Breakfast Restaurant Sally & Bob’s Effie’s Place Blue Plate
Best Tea Cafe Sofia Green Teahouse Tea Break
Best Coffee WeHa Brewing J.René Coffee Roasters DORO Marketplace
Best Brunch Pond House The Place 2 Be A’vert
Best Family Restaurant Effie’s Place A.C. Petersen Farms Fernwood
Best Fine DIning Artisan @ Delamar Treva Flemings
Best Grocery Store Hall’s Market Big Y The Crown Market
Best Ice Cream A.C. Petersen Arethusa Milkcraft
Best Pizza Harry’s Bishops Corner Luna Pizza Zephyr’s Street Pizza
Best Business Lunch Bricco Max’s Oyster Bar Beachland Tavern
Best Power Lunch Zohara Rockledge Grille Artisan @ Delamar
Best Wine Shop Wise Old Dog Total Wine Maximum Beverage
Best Burger Restaurant Rockledge Grille Max Burger Plan B
Best Ethnic Restaurant Zohara Black Bamboo Nummy
Best Food Truck GastroPark Craftbird Fuego Picante
Best Preschool/Daycare Mandell JCC, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Early Childhood Center St. Joseph School for Young Children Quaker Lane Cooperative
Best Camp Camp KO Renbrook School Summer Adventure Camp Shalom
Best Eyewear Harvey & Lewis Central Optica West End Eye Care
Best Specialty Retail Jerry’s Art-a-Rama Park Road Shoe Repair Black Diamond Body Piercing
Best Fine Jewelry Lux Bond & Green Becker’s Fine Jewelry Store 52
Favorite Non-Profit Friends of Feenery Visions/Voices Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Ron’s Run for the Roses
Best Sports Retail Fleet Feet Play It Again Sports REI
Best Men’s Clothing JT Ghamo Bards Clothing CT Custom Clothing
Best Women’s Clothing BK&CO Kimberly Boutique Hope & Stetson
Best Home Decor Good Cause Gifts John Boyle Home Decorating Kaoud Oriental Rugs
Best Exercise/Fitness Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford Orangethoery Fitness WIP
Best Hair Salon Salons by JC Matthew Philips Off Center Salon & Spa
Best Barber Shop Bristle & Blade Final Cuts Sports Barber Shop Fifth State Barber
Best Spa Float Forty-One Face It The Fix
Best Home Health Care Hartford Healthcare Care at Home by JFS Juniper Homecare
Best Assisted Living The McAuley Duncaster Hoffman Summerwood
Best Happy Hour Barcelona Ocho Cafe Flemings
Best Late Night Spot Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen World of Beer Artisan @ Delamar
*Best Physician Dr. Genser Dr. Pointek Dr. Fromson
Best Lawn/Landscaping Contractor Jeff Hodges Landscaping John Begley Landscaping James Scully Envision
Best Pet Services Uberdog Pet Supplies PLus Woof Gang
Best Vetrinarian Vet Specialists of CT CT Veterinary Center Petcare Veterinary Services
Best Real Estate Company – Commercial Udolf Properties RLM Figure Eight
Best Real Estate Company – Residential Berkshire Hathaway William Raveis Coldwell Banker
*Best Real Estate Agent – Commercial Mark Zweifler Adam Cannon Robert Udolf
Best Real Estate Agent – Residental Robin Gebrian Kara Flanagan Kevin Eagan
Best Wealth Management/Planning Firm Chalres Schwab Merrill Lynch Northstar Wealth Partners
Best Wealth Management/Planning Individual Robert Laraia Michael Keating Gerald Goldberg
*Best Physical Therapist Jackie Oates/CTPTS Select Physical Therapy Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
Best Home Improvement Contractor Bartlett Brainard Liljedahl Brothers Walbridge Design Builders
Best Bank/Financial Institution Westfield Bank NBT Bank PeoplesBank
Best Garden/Florist Moscarillo’s House of Flora Lane & Lenge
*Best Walk-In Medical Clinic Hartford Healthcare GoHealth Urgent Care Physician One PM Pediatric Care
Best Law Firm Goff Law Group Eagan & Donahue Cummings & Lockwood
Best Event Venue Delamar Mandell JCC University of St. Joseph’s
*Best Performing Arts Kingswood Oxford Dance & Theater Playhouse on Park Capital Classics Theater Company
Best WeHa Cheerleader – Individual Ronni Newton Shari Cantor Patti Albee
Best WeHa Cheerleader – Business Sheehan Hilborn Breen Noah Webster House Westfarms
*Best Dentist Tori Saferin Blue Back Dental Dr. Oscar Gonzalez
“Best” Write In West Hartford Cleaning FWJ- Fitness Studio Small State Provisions

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

8th Annual Best of West Hartford celebration was held Nov. 7, 2022 at the Mandell JCC. Photo credit: Todd Fairchild

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