Do you guys vote for your favorite local businesses in the Best of Slo poll every year?
This is the 26th year that the New Times has put on the event. I have mixed feelings about it, but I do vote. I feel like anything that increases awareness and traffic for local businesses is a huge plus. The poll itself is a little daunting- I think they could really edit down the bazillion categories, and perhaps add some new, updated ones.
Best blog? Hmmm...
Thankfully, you only need to fill out 30% of the poll in order for your vote to count. That's 45 quick, easy, fill-in-the-blanks. Even I have time for that! I have to leave some categories blank, because... well, I can't pick a favorite mechanic because I don't drive. And I still can't tell Oceano, Pismo, and Shell Beach apart. I know. I'm not proud of it- but that's the truth. So I can't really pick a favorite restaurant in any of those towns. Actually... I don't really get out of my downtown bubble very often, so a lot of those surrounding town categories are lost on me.
But I kick all kinds of ass at the Best of (downtown) SLO! Anyway, here's a shortlist of the businesses getting my vote:
Best Vegetarian Fare
LINNAEA'S! Their lunchtime soup is a staple in my life.
Best Thai Restaurant
THAI CLASSIC! I know the others are fancier, but this is our go-to for a yummy Thai fix.
KREUZBERG! Best breakfast burrito in town.
Best SLO Restaurant
NOVO! I experiment with others, but always go back to them. My favorite.
PALM! Nothing makes me happier than an Indie movie & a huge apple juice. :)
Best Local Artist-Visual
JEFF CLAASSEN! Mostly because he's super sexy.
Best Local Bookstore (used)
PHOENIX! I love finding old children's books for the kiddos, that I had when I was little.
Best Women's Clothing Store
Best Antique Shop
RUBY ROSE! It's a huge weakness- and I don't even feel a little bit guilty about it. Pure love.
Best Flower Shop
Best Jewelry Store
BAXTER MOERMAN! The Matts!
Best Local Bank/Credit Union
FOUNDERS COMMUNITY BANK! They've been good to me for 6 years!
Best Home Remodel Company
Best Place To Take The Kids
I hope this list helps you, and gets you in the mood to VOTE!
Polls close at 5pm on March 19th.