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Announcing the ‘Best of West Hartford’ Finalists!

More than 100 finalists in 32 categories have been selected in the first ever ‘Best of West Hartford’ contest, and readers can now choose the winners for the Sept. 10, 2015 celebration.
By Joy Taylor and Kiki Dlugos
Kiki, Mishaal and Erin notify the finalists for Best of West Hartford. Photo by Tom Hickey

Kiki, Mishaal and Erin notify the finalists for Best of West Hartford. Photo by Tom Hickey

You may have seen bunches of balloons appearing around town over the past few days as an incredible number of “Best of West Hartford” (BOWH) finalists were notified. When all the tallying was done, we were shocked at the many close and tied races!

We have 152 Finalists in 32 categories, and while there are a few duplicates (for example, Effie’s Place Restaurant is in the running for Best Breakfast, as well as Best Family Restaurant), we were overwhelmed by the great representation of businesses from throughout our wonderful town.

The finalists were collected via a people’s choice nomination process, and selection of the winners begins on Wednesday, June 3. Residents and friends of West Hartford are invited to vote for their favorite coffee shop, nursery school, happy hour spot, and lots more by coming back to we-ha.com and clicking on the banner to cast a vote. Votes will be automatically verified via email to ensure that each vote is authentic.

The results of the winners will remain confidential and revealed live at the celebration event on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

The “Best of West Hartford” event will be a unique opportunity for everyone to celebrate favorite businesses, restaurants, bakeries, parks, etc! Guests will enjoy food and drink, while eagerly anticipating the reveal of the winners that will be selected by the people. Tickets will be available for purchase online, so please watch We-Ha.com for details.

Thank you to the BOWH sponsors: Bouvier Insurance, Cunningham Supply, Doctors Express Urgent Care, Jeff Hodges Landscape Contractor, Lux Bond & Green, The Mercy Community, StangerLaw.com, Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, Town of West Hartford, NBC Connecticut, First Church West Hartford, and St. Brigid School/YMCA.

By the end of Friday, all finalist businesses in all sections of town will have received their notification and “Finalist Packet.”

Best of luck to all of the finalists. Now is the time to share the good news!

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Category……….. Finalist

BAKERY……….. A Little Something Bakery

BAKERY……….. Crown Market

BAKERY……….. Elmwood Bakery

BAKERY……….. Hartford Baking Company

BAKERY……….. La Petite France

BREAKFAST……….. A.C. Petersen Farms

BREAKFAST……….. Blue Plate Kitchen

BREAKFAST……….. Effie’s Place Restaurant

BREAKFAST……….. Goldberg’s Bagels

BREAKFAST……….. Quaker Diner

BREAKFAST……….. Sally & Bob’s

BURGER……….. Five Guys

BURGER……….. Max Burger

BURGER……….. Mooyah

BURGER……….. Plan B

CAMP……….. Camp KO

CAMP……….. Mandell JCC Camp Shalom

CAMP……….. Renbrook Summer Adventure

CAMP……….. Summer Place @ UofH

CAMP……….. Westmoor Park

CAMP……….. YMCA

COFFEE/TEA SHOP……….. Cafe Sofia

COFFEE/TEA SHOP……….. Green Tea House

COFFEE/TEA SHOP……….. J. René Coffee Roasters

COFFEE/TEA SHOP……….. Starbucks, West Hartford Center

ENTERTAINMENT……….. Blue Back Square Events

ENTERTAINMENT……….. Bow Tie Cinema

ENTERTAINMENT……….. Playhouse on Park

EXERCISE/FITNESS……….. Akua Ba

EXERCISE/FITNESS……….. Anytime Fitness

EXERCISE/FITNESS……….. Excel Fitness

EXERCISE/FITNESS……….. Fleet Feet Sports

EXERCISE/FITNESS……….. New York Sports Club

EXERCISE/FITNESS……….. Work In Progress Fitness (WIP)

EYE WEAR……….. Central Optica

EYE WEAR……….. Harvey and Lewis

EYE WEAR……….. New England Eye Care

EYE WEAR……….. Sight

EYE WEAR……….. Solinsky

FAMILY RESTAURANT……….. A.C. Petersen Farms

FAMILY RESTAURANT……….. Beachland Tavern

FAMILY RESTAURANT……….. Blue Plate Kitchen

FAMILY RESTAURANT……….. Effie’s Place Restaurant

FASHION ACCESSORIES……….. BK & Co

FASHION ACCESSORIES……….. Blue Moon @ Westfarms

FASHION ACCESSORIES……….. Charming Charlie

FASHION ACCESSORIES……….. Kimberly Boutique

FASHION ACCESSORIES……….. Silver Dahlia

FINE DINING……….. Bricco

FINE DINING……….. Flemings Steak House

FINE DINING……….. Grants Restaurant

FINE DINING……….. Max Oyster Bar

FINE DINING……….. Treva

GARDEN/FLORIST……….. A Special Place Floral Design Studio

GARDEN/FLORIST……….. Butler Florist & Garden Center

GARDEN/FLORIST……….. Lane & Lenge Florists

GARDEN/FLORIST……….. Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe

GARDEN/FLORIST……….. Patrissi Nursery LLC

GIFTS……….. Giftology

GIFTS……….. Kimberly Gift

GIFTS……….. Spin Monograms

GIFTS……….. Ten Thousand Villages

GROCERY STORE……….. Hall’s Market

GROCERY STORE……….. SHOP RITE

GROCERY STORE……….. Trader Joes

GROCERY STORE……….. Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner

GROCERY STORE……….. Whole Foods Market WH Center

HAPPY HOUR……….. Besito

HAPPY HOUR……….. Cuvee

HAPPY HOUR……….. Flemings Steak House

HAPPY HOUR……….. Grants Restaurant

HAPPY HOUR……….. Rizzuto’s

HAPPY HOUR……….. Treva

HOME IMPROVEMENT……….. Bartlett Brainard

HOME IMPROVEMENT……….. Budget Blinds of West Hartford

HOME IMPROVEMENT……….. Home Depot

HOME IMPROVEMENT……….. Kaoud Oriental Rug Gallery

HOME IMPROVEMENT……….. Pfau’s

HOME IMPROVEMENT……….. WH Home Design District

ICE CREAM……….. A.C. Petersen Farms

ICE CREAM……….. Abby Dabby

ICE CREAM……….. Ben & Jerry’s

ICE CREAM……….. RITA’S

ICE CREAM……….. Sweet Frog

JEWELRY STORE……….. Armeny Custom Jewelry Design

JEWELRY STORE……….. Becker’s

JEWELRY STORE……….. DeRobertis Jewelers

JEWELRY STORE……….. Lux Bond and Green

JEWELRY STORE……….. Philip David

LAWN & GARDEN……….. Begley Landscaping

LAWN & GARDEN……….. Butler Equipment

LAWN & GARDEN……….. Gledhill Nursery, Inc.

LAWN & GARDEN……….. Petals and Paws

MEN’S FASHION……….. Daswani

MEN’S FASHION……….. Dressed to the Nines

MEN’S FASHION……….. Jos A Bank

MEN’S FASHION……….. Men’s Warehouse

MEN’S FASHION……….. REI

PARKS……….. Elizabeth Park

PARKS……….. Fernridge Park

PARKS……….. Westmoor Park

PETS……….. Cats Limited

PETS……….. Pet Supplies Plus

PETS……….. Petals and Paws

PETS……….. Petcare

PETS……….. Uberdog

PIZZA……….. Backstage Pizza

PIZZA……….. Harry’s Bishop’s Corner

PIZZA……….. Harry’s Center

PIZZA……….. Joey’s Pizza Pie

PIZZA……….. Luna Pizza

PIZZA……….. Park Lane Pizza

PIZZA……….. Pepe’s

PRESCHOOL/DAYCARE……….. First Church Nursery School

PRESCHOOL/DAYCARE……….. Lollipop Tree

PRESCHOOL/DAYCARE……….. St. Brigid School

RECREATION……….. West Hartford Resevoir

RECREATION……….. WH Leisure Services

RECREATION……….. YMCA

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Blo Bar

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Bristle & Blade

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Face Rx MD

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Fringe

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Matthew Phillips

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Nelson

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Salon Medusa

SALONS/PERSONAL APPEARANCE……….. Sugar

SPAS……….. Body & Sole

SPAS……….. Massage Envy

SPAS……….. Per Se Aveda

SPAS……….. Victorian Day Spa

SPECIALTY RETAIL……….. Bella Gusta

SPECIALTY RETAIL……….. Crate & Barrel

SPECIALTY RETAIL……….. Penzey’s

SPECIALTY RETAIL……….. Toy Chest

TAVERN……….. Beachland

TAVERN……….. Corner Pug

TAVERN……….. McLaddens

TAVERN……….. Plan B

WEALTH /FINANCIAL PLANNING……….. Edward Jones – Sue Banville

WEALTH /FINANCIAL PLANNING……….. Fidelity

WEALTH /FINANCIAL PLANNING……….. Northstar Wealth Partners- Bob Laraia

WINE SHOP……….. Harvest Wine & Spirits

WINE SHOP……….. Maximum Beverage

WINE SHOP……….. The Wise Old Dog

WINE SHOP……….. West Side Wine and Spirits

WOMEN’S FASHION……….. BK & Co

WOMEN’S FASHION……….. Chicos

WOMEN’S FASHION……….. Kimberly Boutique

WOMEN’S FASHION……….. Nordstrom

WOMEN’S FASHION……….. Ohh La La Boutique

WOMEN’S FASHION……….. White House Black Market

 

 

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