Best of Toledo 2019

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For motorsport racers, speed begets glory. But, in Toledo, prestige is more than a matter of velocity. To truly go the distance in the Glass City, you need a solid reputation, adoring fans and the votes of Toledo City Paper readers. This year’s winners have all that and more, with over 708,000 votes speeding them past the blistering competition to cross the finish line and secure their title of Best of Toledo. Ready to see who landed in victory lane? Read on. It’s lights out and away we go!

Shops & Stores | Services & Places | Professionals | Beauty/Health & Wellness | Food | Media | Art | Drinks | Music | Community

Shops & Stores

New Store

Whole Foods Market
wholefoodsmarket.com
Runner-up: Buff City Soap Co.

Floral Shop

Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts
bartzviviano.com
Runner-up: Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Greenhouse/Nursery

Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping
hoensgardencenter.com
Runner-up: Whiteford Greenhouse

Home/Gift Shop

Fiddle Stix Boutique & Gallery
fiddlestixboutique.com
Runner-up: Handmade Toledo

Flooring Store

Carpets by Otto
carpetsbyotto.com
Runner-up: Harms Carpet One Floor & Home

Furniture Store

Appliance Center
shopac.com
Runner-up: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

Thrift/Resale Store

Toledo Area Humane Society ReTail Shop
toledohumane.org/tahs-retail-shop
Runner-up: Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Mall/Shopping Area

The Shops at Fallen Timbers
theshopsatfallentimbers.com
Runner-up: Franklin Park Mall

Place to Buy a Piece of Toledo

Libbey Glass Factory Outlet
libbey.com
Runner-up: Jupmode

Antique Store

The Vault Antiques & Treasures
1583 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-478-4926.
Runner-up: 2 Guys From Philly Consignments

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique

You-nique Bou-tique
youboufashion.com
Runner-up: Blue by Atlas Bridal Shop

Locally Owned Men’s Boutique

Diamond’s Men’s Shop
diamondsmensshop.com
Runner-up: Szar’s Mens Shop

Bridal Shop

Atlas Bridal Shop
atlasbridalshop.com
Runner-up: Belle Amour Bridal

Optical Shop

Optical Arts Inc.
opticalartsinc.com
Runner-up: Pinnacle Eye Group

Sexy Business

Pleasure 365
pleasure365.com
Runner-up: Lindsay Nicole Studio Boudoir Photography

Meat/Butcher Shop

House of Meats
houseofmeats.com
Runner-up: Frobose Meat Locker

Spiritual Shop

Reger’s Church Supplies & Religious Gifts
regers.com
Runner-up: Kingdom Christian Bookstore

Jewelry Store

Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers
jeffreymannfinejewelers.com
Runner-up: Harold Jaffe Jewelers

Liquor Store

Joseph’s Beverage Center
josephsbeveragecenter.com
Runner-up: Pauken Wine & Liquor

Retail Wine Selection

Joseph’s Beverage Center
josephsbeveragecenter.com
Runner-up: Walt Churchill’s Market

Candy Store

Boyd’s Retro Candy Store
boydsretrocandy.com
Runner-up: Christie’s Candies & Mints

Vape Shop

Wild Bill’s Tobacco
wildbillstobacco.com
Runner-up: The Crave Cave

Cigar Shop

The Cigar Affair
thecigaraffair.com
Runner-up: Third Street Cigar

Tech Repair Shop

Maumee Geeks
maumeegeeks.com
Runner-up: Virtual PC’s

Gaming/Comic Store

Replay of Toledo
facebook.com/ReplayAlexis3816
Runner-up: Dragon’s Roost Coffee and Games

Services & Places

Landscaper

Hoen’s Garden Center and Landscaping
hoensgardencenter.com
Runner-up: A & J Landscape

Handyman

Blair Johnson (BMJ Enterprises)
bmj419.com
Runner-up: Handy Andy Handyman Services

Home Builder/Remodeling

Dunright Building Services
dunrightbuildingservices.com
Runner-up: Mavillino Custom Homes

Junk Removal Service

A+ Junk
130 Oakdale Ave., 419-243-3796
Runner-up: Jeff’s Hauling & Cleanup

Exterminator/Pest Control Company

Frame’s Pest Control
framespestcontrol.com
Runner-up: DelRoy

Cleaning Service

Molly Maid of NW Ohio
mollymaid.com/nw-ohio
Runner-up: Carissa’s Green Cleaning Service, LLC

Heating & Air Service

M&M Heating and Cooling Inc.
mandmheating.com
Runner-up: Wojo’s

Place to Buy a Car

Yark Automotive
yarkauto.com
Runner-up: Dave White Chevrolet

Place to Buy Tires

Tireman
thetireman.com
Runner-up: Tri County Tire

Car Wash

Russ’s Auto Wash
russautowashtoledo.com
Runner-up: Expresso Car Wash

Car Detailer

Details by Sino
detailsbysino.com
Runner-up: Jackman Laskey Car Wash

Limo Service

Childers Limousine Service
childerstransportation.com
Runner-up: Team Johnson Limo

Caterer

Shorty’s BBQ
mancys.com/shortys
Runner-up: Michael’s Gourmet Catering

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

Jenna Knott Photography
jennaknottphoto.com
Runner-up: Love is Greater Photography

Wedding DJ

DJ T.O. (DeeJay to Music)
deejaytomusic.com
Runner-up: DJ One Tyme

Wedding Venue

Toledo Zoo
toledozoo.org
Runner-up: The Stables @ Wheeler Farms

Romantic Getaway

Belamere Suites
belameresuites.com
Runner-up: Mill House Bed & Breakfast, Grand Rapids

Event Planner

Bee For The Day
beefortheday.com
Runner-up: Your Perfect Day

Professional Framing Service

Frameworks
frameworksartandframe.com
Runner-up: We’ll Frame It

Dry Cleaner

Lasalle Cleaners
lasallecleaners.com
Runner-up: Twin Oaks

Tailor/Seamstress

Sew N Such
sew-n-such.com
Runner-up: Szar’s Mens Shop

Best Laundromat

Super Suds
supersudslaundry.com
Runner-up: Duds N Suds Dryclean & Laundry

Marina/Boat Club

Toledo Sailing Club
toledosailingclub.com
Runner-up: Toledo Yacht Club

Pet Adoption Service

Toledo Area Humane Society
toledohumane.org
Runner-up: Lucas County Pit Crew

Pet Grooming

Grateful Pet Grooming
gratefulpet.myonlineappointment.com
Runner-up: Sheri May Meyers Pet Styling Salon

Pet Day Care/Boarding

Karnik Pet Lodge of Toledo
karnik.us
Runner-up: Rover Come Over

Psychic/Astrologer

Janet Amid
janetamid.com
Runner-up: Medium Sirena La Point

Tattoo Shop/Studio

Needle Masters
needlemasters.com
Runner-up: 4 Nineteen Ink

Tattoo Artist

Theresa Alvarado, 4 Nineteen Ink
facebook.com/TAlvaradotattos
Runner-up: Leo Olivarez, Brass Monkey

Best Piercer

Piercings by Caitlin, 4 Nineteen Ink
facebook.com/PiercingsByCaitlin
Runner-up: Whitey Stachowiak, Needle Masters North

Professionals

Acupuncturist

Dr. Mickey Frame, Frame Chiropractic and Acupuncture
getwelltoledo.com
Runner-up: Tamara TCM Acupuncture and Herbs

Chiropractor

Dr. Shawn Brohl, Spring Meadows Chiropractic
springmeadowchiropractic.com
Runner-up: Innate Health Chiropractic

Audiologist

Dr. Clint Keifer, Great Lakes Audiology
glaudiology.com
Runner-up: Dr. John Reno, Toledo Clinic

Dentist

Dr. Jon Frankel, Frankel Dentistry
jonfrankeldentistry.com
Runner-up: Drs. Howard, Nicholas and Baburek

Orthodontist

HLS Orthodontics
perfectbraces.com
Runner-up: Carl Wheeler, Wheeler Orthodontics

Dermatologist

Dr. Christy Lorton, Dermatology Associates
daohio.com
Runner-up: Dr. Matthew Molenda, Bravia Dermatology

Doctor

Dr. Matthew Molenda, Bravia Dermatology
braviaderm.com
Runner-up: Sarah Stierman MD, Dermatology Associates

Nurse

Julie David, evolv Medical Aesthetics
evolvmedicalaesthetics.com
Runner-up: Katlyn Calandra

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Dr. Christopher Perry, Toledo Clinic
toledoclinic.com
Runner-up: Dr. Vincent Toma, ENT Physicians Inc.

Eye Care Professional

Dr. Preston Linley, ProMedica
promedia.org
Runner-up: Pinnacle Eye Group

Plastic Surgeon

evolv Medical Aesthetics
evolvmedicalaesthetics.com
Runner-up: Arrowhead Plastic Surgeons

Drug Rehab Treatment Facility

Zepf Center
zepfcenter.org
Runner-up: Arrowhead Behavioral

Therapist/Counselor

The Willow Center
willow-center.com
Runner-up: Harbor Behavioral Health

Veterinarian

Dr. Bob Esplin, VCA SylvaniaVet
sylvaniavet.com
Runner-up: West Toledo Animal Hospital

Bank

Huntington
huntingtonbank.com
Runner-up: Fifth Third

Credit Union

Directions Credit Union
directionscu.org
Runner-up: Glass City Federal Credit Union

Financial Planning Firm

Savage & Associates
savageandassociates.com
Runner-up: Edward Jones

Real Estate Office

The Danberry Co., Realtors
danberry.com
Runner-up: RE/MAX Preferred Associates

Insurance Agent

Carl Welch, Evolve Insurance Consultants
evolveinsure.com
Runner-up: Jackelyn Lee, Liberty Mutual

Attorney

Bruce Boerst
legaltoledo.com
Runner-up: Seneca Weirich Harden

Bail Bonds

Sarah Stuart, Mobile Bonds
mobilebondsllc.com
Runner-up: Tina Butts, A-1 Bail Bonds

Ad Agency

Hanson Inc.
hansoninc.com
Runner-up: Cooper-Smith

Web Design/Developer

J Woods Digital Marketing
jwoodsdigitalmarketing.com
Runner-up: Madhouse

Beauty/Health & Wellness

Women’s Salon

Soto Signature Salon and Spa
sotosalonspa.com
Runner-up: Rêvé Salon and Spa

Men’s Barber Shop

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men
ladyjanes.com
Runner-up: The Barber Lounge

Day Spa

Serenity Health & Wellness
serenitywellness1.com
Runner-up: Soto Signature Salon and Spa

Medi Spa

Ada Aesthetics
adaaesthetics.com
Runner-up: evolv Medical Aesthetics

Hair Stylist

Abby Goldsmith, The Salon Uptown
facebook.com/TheSalonUptown
Runner-up: Ashley Braatz, Studio 101

Nail Salon

Jonathan Khoi Nail Spa
jknailspa.com
Runner-up: Sandals Nail Spa

Beauty School

Summit Salon Academy
summitsalonacademyperrysburg.edu
Runner-up: Paul Mitchell the School Toledo

Aesthetician

Jarrod Del Vecchio, Dermatology Associates
adaaesthetics.com
Runner-up: Amy Hudik, evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics

Makeup Artist

Jess Sparks, Ada Aesthetics
adaaesthetics.com
Runner-up: Jordan Briones, Bless the Blend

Massage Therapist

Joani Donovan, 3D Wellness
3dwtoledo.com
Runner-up: Back to Basics Massage Therapy

Holistic Health Center

Serenity Health and Wellness
serenitywellness1.com
Runner-up: Lava Wellness Spa

Boutique Fitness Studio/Classes

TrvFit Perrysburg
trufitstudio.com
Runner-up: Redline Circuit Training

Yoga Studio

Essence Mind Body Studio
essancembs.com
Runner-up: Hot Room Toledo

Gym/Athletic Club

TruvFit Perrysburg
trufitstudio.com
Runner-up: LB’s Circuit Training

Personal Trainer

Lindsay Bowman, LB’s Circuit Training
lbs419.com
Runner-up: Matt Temby, TrvFit

Physical Therapy

PT Link Physical Therapy
ptlinktherapy.com
Runner-up: Wildwood (ProMedica)

Food

Natural Food Store

Health Foods by Claudia
healthfoodsbyclaudia.com
Runner-up: Whole Foods Market

Ethnic Grocery

Sofo’s Italian Foods
shopsofos.com
Runner-up: Tiger Bakery

Local Grocery

Walt Churchill’s Market
waltchurchillsmarket.com
Runner-up: Sautter’s

Diner

Mayberry Diner
mayberrydiners.com
Runner-up: Schmucker’s

Coffee Shop

Maddie & Bella
maddieandbella.com
Runner-up: SIP

Donuts

Holey Toledough
holeytoledough.com
Runner-up: Wixey Bakery

Pizza

Original Gino’s Pizza
originalginos.com
Runner-up: Village Idiot

Burger Joint

Bergers
bergersbarandgrill.com
Runner-up: Mason Jar Tap & Grill

Seafood

Real Seafood Co.
realseafoodcotoledo.com
Runner-up: Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

Hot Dogs

Rudy’s
rudyshotdog.com
Runner-up: Tony Packo’s

BBQ

Shorty’s True American Roadhouse
mancys.com/shortys
Runner-up: Deet’s BBQ

Indian Restaurant

Tandoor
tandooroftoledo.com
Runner-up: Star of India

Italian Restaurant

Rosie’s Italian Grille
rosiesitaliangrille.com
Runner-up: Inky’s

Mediterranean Restaurant

Beirut
beirutrestaurant.com
Runner-up: Grape Leaf

Mexican Restaurant

Te’kela
tekelacocina.com
Runner-up: San Marcos

Asian Restaurant

Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse
nagoyaohio.com
Runner-up: QQ Kitchen

Steakhouse

Mancy’s Steakhouse
mancys.com/steakhouse
Runner-up: Benchmark

Media

Local TV Station

13abc WTVG
13abc.com
Runner-up: WTOL 11

Best Anchor Duo

Lee Conklin & Diane Larson , 13abc WTVG
13abc.com
Runner-up: Sashem Brey & Jeff Smith, 13abc WTVG

Sportscaster

Jordan Strack, WTOL 11
wtol.com
Runner-up: Joe Nugent, 13abc WTVG

Meteorologist

Jay Berschback, 13abc WTVG
13abc.com
Runner-up: Robert Sheils, WTOL 11

Radio Station

K100
k100country.com
Runner-up: 92.5 KISS FM

Radio Show

Lyn and Cliff, K100
k100country.com
Runner-up: The Denny Schaffer Show, WRQN 93.5

Local Podcast

Eric Chase
ericchase.podbean.com
Runner-up: Girls Girls Podcast

Print Journalist

Rebecca Regnier
rebeccaregnier.com
Runner-up: Mary Bilyeu, The Blade

Art

Visual Artist (Painting & Drawing)

Art by Mingo, Domingo Herrera
See “Art by Mingo” on Facebook
Runner-up: Chris Rodriguez

Visual Artist (Glass, Sculpture & Installation)

Copper Moon Studio
coppermstudio.com
Runner-up: Art by Mingo

Art Photographer

Lindsay Nicole Studio
lindsaynicolestudio.com
Runner-up: Rebecca Trumbull Photography

Independent Gallery

Fire Nation Glass
firenation.com
Runner-up: Fuller Art House

Place to Buy Local Art

Handmade Toledo
handmadetoledo.com
Runner-up: Toledo Museum of Art Gift Shop

Art Classes

Toledo Museum of Art
toledomuseum.org/education/classes
Runner-up: Board & Brush Sylvania

Dance Classes

Positive Image Dance Studio
danceatpids.wixsite.com/positiveimage
Runner-up: Company C Dance Club

Filmmaker

Josh Nagel
joshnagelproductions.com
Runner-up: Ellen Dziubek

Local Author/Writer

Laurence St. John
laurencestjohn.com
Runner-up: Rebecca Regnier

Local Theater Group

Toledo Repertoire Theatre
toledorep.org
Runner-up: Actors Collaborative Toledo

Local Actor/Performer

Chris Stack
Runner-up: Dylan Coale

Comedian

Corey W. King
Runner-up: Kool Keith

Drinks

Neighborhood Bar

Inside the Five
insidethefive.com
Runner-up: Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room

Brewery

Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
mbaybrew.com
Runner-up: Earnest Brew Works

New Bar

Bellwether at Toledo Spirits
toledospirits.com/bellwether
Runner-up: Whisky & The Wolf

Winery

Mon Ami Winery
monamiwinery.com
Runner-up: Benfield Winery

Sports Bar

Sidelines
sidelinessportseatery.com
Runner-up: Shawn’s Irish Tavern

College Bar

Tin Can
tincanbar.com
Runner-up: The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar

Irish Bar

The Blarney
theblarneyirishpub.com
Runner-up: Shawn’s Irish Tavern

LGBTQ+ Bar

Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits
facebook.com/GeorgjzToledo
Runner-up: Mojo’s and Legends

Music

Band (covers)

The Skittle Bots
skittlebots.com
Runner-up: Grizzly Grits

Band (originals)

Amelia Airharts
ameliaairharts.com
Runner-up: Oliver Hazard

Blues/Jazz Artist

Abbigale Rose
abbigalerose.com
Runner-up: Hector Mendoza

DJ

DJ T.O. (DeeJay to Music)
deejaytomusic.com
Runner-up: DJ One Tyme

Hip Hop Artist

She Speaks
whoisshespeaks.com
Runner-up: Tony Patrón

Karaoke Night

Georgjz419 Fun, Food, & Spirits
facebook.com/GeorgjzToledo
Runner-up: Bier Stube

Singer

Abbigale Rose
facebook.com/abbigaleroseofficial
Runner-up: Natasha Salazar

Music Venue

Village Idiot
villageidiotmaumee.com
Runner-up: Centennial Terrace

Record Store

Culture Clash
cultureclashrecords.com
Runner-up: Allied Records Exchange

Music Lessons

Forte Music School
fortemusicandarts.com
Runner-up: Durdell’s Music

Community

Best Neighborhood

Sylvania
cityofsylvania.com
Runner-up: Perrysburg

Suburban Downtown

Sylvania
cityofsylvania.com
Runner-up: Perrysburg

Nonprofit Event

ZOOtoDO
toledozoo.org/zootodo
Runner-up: Acoustics for Autism

Festival

German-American Festival
germanamericanfestival.net
Runner-up: MacQueens Apple Butter Festival

Charity/Nonprofit

Toledo Area Humane Society
toledohumane.org
Runner-up: Nature’s Nursery

College

University of Toledo
utoledo.edu
Runner-up: Lourdes University

Country Club/Private Club

Brandywine Country Club
brandywinecc.com
Runner-up: Sylvania Country Club

Institution We’re Proud Of

Toledo Zoo
toledozoo.org
Runner-up: Toledo Museum of Art

Place to Show Off Toledo to Out-of-Towners

Toledo Zoo
toledozoo.org
Runner-up: Toledo Museum of Art

High School

Sylvania Southview
sylvaniaschools.org
Runner-up: Notre Dame Academy

Private School

St. Francis de Sales
sfstoledo.org
Runner-up: St. John’s Jesuit

Vocational School/Community College

Owens Community College
owens.edu
Runner-up: Penta Career Center

House of Worship

St. Joseph Maumee
stjosephmaumee.org
Runner-up: CedarCreek

Politician

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
kaptur.house.gov
Runner-up: Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz

Union

UAW Local 12
uawlocal12.org
Runner-up: Toledo Federation of Teachers

Police Officer

Lt. Kevan Toney
toledopolice.com
Runner-up: Andre Antoine

Firefighter

Amanda Lyons
toledofirerescue.com
Runner-up: Chris Hartford

Best Dressed Man

Jason Mercurio, Red Line Circuit Training
redlinecircuittraining.com
Runner-up: Tyler Urbanski, Titus & Urbanski Inc.

Best Dressed Woman

Laura Edgell, Red Line Circuit Training
redlinecircuittraining.com
Runner-up: Kelly Latz, Howard Hanna