Best of Toledo 2016 – Community

. February 21, 2017.


Local Least Likely To Want To Be Called A Hipster

Sam Melden
Finalist: Rachel Richardson


Will Lucas
Finalist: Josh Cooper, partner at White Label

High School

Notre Dame Academy
Finalist: Whitmer High School

Private School

Notre Dame Academy
Finalist: St. Ursula Academy


University of Toledo
Finalist: Lourdes University

Higher Education For Nontraditional Students

Lourdes University
Finalist: Owens Community College

Suburban Downtown

Finalist: Perrysburg

Best Neighborhood

The Old West End
Finalist: Old Orchard

Best Festival

German-American Festival
Finalist: The Old West End Festival

Institution We’re Proud Of

Toledo Museum of Art
Finalist: Toledo Zoo & Aquarium


Cherry Street Mission Ministries
Finalist: Make-A-Wish Foundation

Place To Volunteer

Toledo Area Humane Society
Finalist: Cherry Street Mission Ministries

Non-Profit Event

Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure
Finalist: Taste of the Nation – Toledo

Toledoan We Love To Hate

Carty Finkbeiner, former Mayor of Toledo
Finalist: Opal Covey, Toledo mayoral hopeful

Toledo Prom King and Queen

Jason Finn and Jeni Belt
True love overcomes obstacles, no matter how large. For Toledo Prom King and Queen Jason Finn and Jeni Belt, true love conquers all. Last year, a freak accident caused Jason to become paralyzed from the chest down. Since then, the couple’s story of overcoming obstacles has caught the attention of Toledoans outside of their Old West End neighborhood (where they served as King Wamba and Queen Sancha of the annual OWE Festival Parade last summer). The community has come together for Finn and Belt, hosting fundraisers to help defray his significant medical expenses. With that community support, it’s obvious why these two are crowned King and Queen of Toledo’s Prom.
King: Mike Bell
Queen: Chrys Peterson

Toledo Class Clown

Carty Finkbeiner, former mayor of Toledo
Finalist: Opal Covey, Toledo mayoral hopeful

Redheaded Boy and Girl

Boy: Shaun Hegarty, Investigative Reporter for 13abc Action News
Girl: Alexandra Martin, Sommelier at Revolution Grille

Toledo’s Guidance Counselor

Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools
Finalist: Adrian Meier, counselor at Notre Dame Academy

Toledo’s Life Coach

Dr. Deitra Hickey, motivational speaker and owner of Serenity Health & Wellness
Finalist: Coach Doug Pearson, former head football coach at St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy and Start High School

Toledoan To Send To Space

Opal Covey, Toledo mayoral hopeful
Finalist: Carty Finkbeiner, former Mayor of Toledo


Mike Bell, career politician at large
Finalist: Representative Marcy Kaptur

Best Thing To Happen To Toledo This Year

The opening of Hensville
Finalist: ProMedica moving downtown

Work Environment

Kingston Healthcare
Finalist: Yark Automotive Group

Men’s Barber Shop

Barber Lounge Toledo
Tucked inside both the Perrysburg and Sylvania locations of the men’s boutique V Collection, the Barber Lounge Toledo is a relaxing, sophisticated place for a man to discover the best version of himself. Established in 2009 by Kevin Clay, the Barber Lounge’s motto is “Boy by birth, man by age— a gentleman by choice,” and Clay’s trained staff give clients the tools to become a gentleman. Whether you need a hot shave, a shape up or a full cut, the Barber Lounge invites you to relax, unwind and await the transformation.

Finalist: Roosters Men’s Grooming Center

Place To Kayak

Middlegrounds Metropark
Finalist: Farnsworth Metropark

Toledo Made: Hometown Point of Pride

Finalist: Libbey Glass


Wildwood Preserve Metropark
Finalist: Side Cut Metropark

Favorite Free Thing To Do In Toledo

Visit Any Metropark
Finalist: Toledo Museum of Art

House Of Worship

CedarCreek Church
Finalist: Church 3TwentyOne

Professional Networking Group

Business Network International of Northwest Ohio
Finalist: Women’s Entrepreneurial Network

Boat Club And/Or Country Club

Toledo Country Club
Finalist: Inverness Club

Thinkpiece About Toledo By Someone Who Doesn’t Even Live Here

“10 Toledo Stereotypes That Are Completely Accurate” by Alan Woods
A list of completely inaccurate stereotypes created for the real estate website
Finalist: “These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Toledo: We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Toledo are the best of the best.” By Brandon Mariotti for

Best Place To People Watch

Franklin Park Mall
Finalist: Downtown Toledo

Reason To Move To Toledo

Finalist: Friendly, great people

Reason To Not Move Away From Toledo

Our low cost of living
Finalist: Family

Best Ballet Company

Toledo Ballet
Since the company first opened in 1939, the Toledo Ballet has stood at center stage in our region’s performing arts community. The Toledo Ballet maintains its reputation as the premier institution for cultivating a love of dance, providing high quality education, outreach and performance opportunities, with creative new programs by artistic director Michael Lang. With the oldest continuously running annual Nutcracker performance in the nation, the commitment to excellence is why the Toledo Ballet is named the best.
Finalist: Daryl Jervis Dance Studio