Welcome to 2021 edition of The Times Media Company’s Best of the Region.
It's been quite a year, but as we emerge from the pandemic I’m happy to say that he Region is thriving!
Thanks to local entrepreneurs who adroitly shifted gears and the dedication of our readers, we are presenting our annual look at the best businesses, restaurants, services, places to live and more in the Region.
This contest is the culmination of another year of interacting with our readers, telling stories about people and places that make a difference in our communities and championing the local businesses that serve as the backbone of the Region.
This is a process our readers take seriously. More than 21,000 registered users cast 437,915 votes, up 27% from 2020 — impressive numbers while the Region was emerging from the limitations imposed by the coronavirus.
What accounts for the staying power of Best of the Region? Perhaps it's how we recognize the value of hard work and the chance to applaud businesses that respect our time and resources and consistently exceed our expectations. A Best of the Region nod is not only a well-deserved “thank you” to those who truly care for their customers, but it also reinforces those efforts.
These pages contain a number of first-time winners, including GQ Granite, Region Escape Room and A Positive Approach to Teen Health, in addition to stalwarts such as Centier Bank, Schillings and Strack & Van Til that annually show us their mettle. But whether the business is big or small, time-honored or new to this list, all have excellence in common.
So on behalf of The Times, I’d like to thank the readers who took the time to thoughtfully complete the ballot and offer our congratulations to the winners. Here’s to another year of “the best” in the Region!
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