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Current's Readers Choice 2012

You, the reader, have once again spoken. And what we got from the 2012 Best of Wastenaw County: Readers Choice is a healthy mix of newbies and perpetual champions; showing that new lifeblood is always flowing through our community, yet a backbone of venerable establishments still stands strong.

Local Color

Best New Slogan for Ann Arbor
Buy local        
Runner Up:
We got A2tude
Summer Year Round

Local Non Profit
Food Gatherers
1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor Township
734 761-2796
www.foodgatherers.org
Runner Up:
Growing Hope

Do Gooder
Priscilla Fisher
Runner Up:
Avalon Housing

Politician
Mayor John Heiffe
Runner Up:
State Rep. Jeff Irwin

Tourist Attraction
The Big House/ U of M Stadium
1 E. Stadium Blvd.
www.mgoblue.com
Runner Up:
Hands on Museum

Place to See Someone Famous
Zingerman’s Deli
422 Detroit St.
734 663-3354
www.zingermans.com
Runner Up:
The Big House/U of M Stadium

Ann-Arborite in Need of a Reality Show
Pete Thomas, Biggest Loser Winner and Motivational Speaker
Runner Up:
Current Magazine downtown distributor Mark Frisch

College Course
U of M’s Woody Plants
Runner Up:
U of M’s History of Oceans

Shopping Services

New Business & Locally Owned Women’s Boutique
Wendy
5 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor
734 327-9001
www.shopwendy.com
Wendy has been moving fast. The high-end women’s boutique, which carries venerable brands such as Eileen Fisher, has only been open a little over a year, but is already expanding — both in size and selection. While Wendy features mainly professional, formal attire, the owners have opened another branch called Johnny for those looking for a more casual, unstructured outfit with the same unbeatable quality. Check them out on the web too — they have deals on their Facebook page and a web shop is coming this month.

New Business, Runner Up:
Babo

Green Oriented Business
People’s Food Co-op
216 N. 4th Ave.
734 994-9174
www.peoplesfood.coop
Runner Up:
Seva

Shopping Center
Kerrytown Market & Shops
407 N. 5th Ave.
 734 662-5008
www.kerrytown.com
Runner Up:
Arborland

Furniture Store
Art Van
425 E. Eisenhower,
3550 Washtenaw Ave.
734-747-7170
www.artvan.com
Runner Up:
Three Chairs

Garden Supply
Downtown Home and Garden
210 S. Ashley St.
734 662-8122
www.downtownhomeandgarden.com
Runner Up:
English Gardens

Hardware Store
Stadium Hardware
2177 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-663-8704
Runner Up:
Ace Hardware

Appliance Store
Big George’s
2023 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-669-9500
www.big-georges.com
Runner Up:
Stadium Hardware

Home Boutique
Downtown Home and Garden
210 S. Ashley St.
734-662-8122
www.downtownhomeandgarden.com
Runner Up:
Treasure Mart

Natural Food Store
People’s Food Co-op
216 N. 4th Ave.
734-994-9174
www.peoplesfood.coop
Runner Up:
Arbor Farms

Produce market
Produce Station
1629 S. State St.
734-663-7848
www.producestation.com
Runner Up:
Ann Arbor Farmer’s market

Super Market
Busch’s Market
2020 Green Rd.
2240 S. Main St.
734-994-7200
www.buschs.com
Runner Up:
Plum Market

Caterer
Zingerman’s Deli
422 Detroit St.
888-636-8162
www.zingermans.com
Runner Up:
EAT

Party/Wine Store
A & L Wine Castle
2424 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-665-9350
www.thewinecastle.net
Runner Up:
Beer Depot

Place to Throw a Party
Corner Brewery
114 E. Washington St.
734-480-2739
www.arborbrewing.com

Runner Up:
Hathaway Hiding

Apartment Complex
Meadowbrook Village
1550 Brookfield Dr.
734-761-7700
Runner Up:
Spruce Knob

Hotel
Weber’s Inn
3050 Jackson Ave.
734-769-2500
www.webersinn.com
Runner Up:
Bell Tower

Florist
Tom Thompson’s
504 S. Main St.
734-665-4222
www.tomtompsonflowers.com
Runner Up:
Chelsea Flowers

Auto Dealer
Howard Cooper Honda
2575 S. State St.
734-761-3200
www.howardcooperhonda.com
Runner Up:
Dunning Toyota

Trustworthy Auto Repair
Convenience Auto
2280 W. Liberty St.
734-769-0170
www.convenienceauto.com
Runner Up:
Fawzi’s

Bicycle Shop
Two Wheel Tango
3162 Packard St.
734-528-3030
www.twowheeltango.com
Runner Up:
Great Lakes Bicycle

Computer Repair
Beagle Brain
2 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor
734-623-9000
www.beaglebrain.com
Beagle Brain has again snagged the Reader's Choice for this category, proving that the pro's here provide quality work and customer satisfaction. They offer free estimates and a variety of services that can fix what seems impossible including liquid damage repair, cracked screen replacement and data recovery. At Beagle Brain they also offer on-site service and they will recycle your old computers.

Hotel
Weber's Inn
3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
734-769-2500
www.webersinn.com
The Weber family has been running this boutique hotel, restaurant, banquet & conference facility since it was founded in 1937 by Herman Weber. One of the most popular features is the Four Seasons Pool and poolside rooms with balconies and spiral staircases which creates an illusion of being outside while covered by a grand atrium. The Hotel is home to a fine dining restaurant as well as a contemporary nightclub, The Habitat Lounge, which features live bands and dancing on weekends. Weber’s Inn also offers free wireless internet access and great getaway packages.

Motorcycle Shop
Café Racer
10 Cross St., Ypsilanti
734-879-1201
www.caferacerypsi.com
Runner Up:
Nicholson’s

Independent Book Store
Nicola’s Books
2513 Jackson Ave.
734-622-0600
www.nicolasbooks.com
Runner Up:
Crazy Wisdom

Used Book Store
Dawn Treader
514 E. Liberty St.
734-995-1008
www.dawntreaderbooks.com
Runner Up:
West Side Books

Comic Book Store
The Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main St.
734-998-1413
www.vaultofmidnight.com
Runner Up:
Fun 4 A

Golf Course
Leslie Park
Leslie Park Circle
www.a2gov.org
734-794-6245
Runner Up:
Huron Hills

Outdoor Store Gear
Bivouac
336 S. State St.
734-761-6207
www.bivouacannarbor.com
Runner Up:
REI

Non-Chain Music Store
Encore
417 E. Liberty St.
734-662-6776
www.encorerecordsa2.com
Runner Up:
Wazoo

Musical Instrument Store
Herb David
302 E. Liberty St.
734-665-8001
www.herbdavidguitarsstudio.com
Runner Up:
Oz

Most Knowledgeable Music Store
Encore
417 E. Liberty St.
734-662-6776
www.encorerecordsa2.com
Runner Up: Herb David

Friendliest Store Staff
Encore
417 E. Liberty St.
734-662-6776
www.encorerecordsa2.com
Runner Up:
Acme Merchantile

Computer Repair
Beagle Brain
2 Nickels Arcade
734-623-9000
www.beaglebrain.com
Runner Up:
Bulldog

Thrift Store
Salvation Army
100 Arbana Dr.
3660 Packard St.
734-668-8353
www.salvationarmy.org
Runner Up:
Value World Village

Ad Agency/Design Firm
Frog Island
6 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti
734-330-2511
www.frogislandcreative.com
Frog Island is a new-age one-stop shop for all your marketing needs. They create slick, user-friendly web pages; eye-catching, even edgy pamphlets and direct-marketing postcards; fitting logos and signs of all shapes and sizes. They even have in-house copy writers to tackle all your business’ technical writing needs. Oh, and they do video, too. With numerous creative minds under one roof, you're getting a whole bundle of outsourced brains for the price of one.

Cool Pros

Real Estate Agent
Linda Lombardi
323 Braun Court
734-302-3011
www.lindalom.com
Runner Up: Vance Shutes

Bank/Credit Union
U of M Credit Union
333 E. William St.
734-662-8200
www.umcu.org
Runner Up:
TCF

Ad Agency/Design Firm
Frog Island
6 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti
734-330-2511
Runner Up:
Wagner Design

Website Design
Igadea
815 Wildt St.
2232 S. Main St.
734-929-6082
Runner Up:
Frog Island

Lasik Eye Surgeon
Dr. Wu 2 Rebecca A. Wu/ Briarwood Health Associates
325 Briarwood Circle
734-647-9000
Runner Up:
Dr. Louis Gago M.D. TLC center

Dentist
Dr. Tim Mcintosh
3250 Plymouth Rd., Suite 301, Ann Arbor
734-769-2707
Runner Up:
Santine Indricon (Empire Dental)

Doctor
Dr. Amy Cooke
3055 Plymouth Rd.
734-769-3896
Runner Up:
Dr. Cheryl Strzoda

Plastic Surgeon
Paul Izenberg, Center for Plastic Surgery
5333 McAuley Dr.
734-712-2323
www.cprs-aa.com
Runner Up:
Michelle Hardaway, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center

Veterinarian
Dr. Bill McArthur, Affordable Vet Services
611 S. Ashley St.
734-926-0114
www.affordablevetservices.com
Runner Up:
Dr. Monica Turrence, Washtenaw Vet

Travel Agent
Boersma Travel
12 Nickels Arcade
734-424-3985
www.boersmatravel.com
Runner Up:
Regency Travel

Local Animal Rescue
Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill Rd.
734-662-5585
www.hshv.org
Runner Up:
Waggs and Wishes

Doggy Day Care
Breed Above
2281 W. Liberty St.
734 214-3900
www.breedabove.com
Runner Up:
Arbor Dog

Best Alternative Healing Center
White Wolf Healing
P.O. Box 8237, Ann Arbor
734-277-7347
www.whitewolfhealing.com
At White Wolf Healing Virginia June is dedicated to keeping people happy and healthy using the age old techniques of acupuncture, one of the world's oldest sciences. She is registered with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and is trained in auricular acupuncture, targeting the sensitive points in the human ear which affect areas of the whole body. Virginia makes individual house calls. Schedule an acupuncture session for small parties or for your office! White Wolf Healing also conducts monthly trainings in the NADA auricular acupuncture protocol.

Best Alternative Healing Center, Runner Up:
Bio Medical Center

Chiropractor
Kim Jackson, Ann Arbor-Saline Family
4825 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
734-930-6990
www.annarborchiro.org
Runner Up:
Tom Klapp/Ann Arbor Chiropractic

Local Blog
Damn Arbor
www.damnarbor.com
A first-person, in-depth and informal look into everything Ann Arbor — politics, music, simply being out and about — Damn Arbor is exactly what you want out of a blog. With energy and wit they are in the loop and I like how they describe themselves: “A blog about life, Ann Arbor, and life in Ann Arbor. We are grad students, townies, and derelicts. We are to be feared.”

Looking good, feeling good

Place to get a Haircut
Orbit Hair Design
334 1/2 State St.
734-663-0393
www.orbithair.net
Runner Up:
Arcade Barbers

Massage Therapist
Julia, Relax Station
734-623-1951
www.relaxstationmassage.com
Runner Up:
Stacee Shelly, Orbit

Day Spa
Bellanina
201 N. 4th Ave.
734-327-1000
www.bellaninadayspa.com
Runner Up:
Fran Coy

Facial/Skin Care
Douglas J. Aveda Institute
333 Maynard St.
734-929-0453
www.douglasj.com
Runner Up:
Bellanina

Place to Play Tennis
Liberty Athletic
2975 W. Liberty Rd.
734-665-3738
www.libertyathletic.net
Runner Up:
Veteran’s park

Yoga/Pilates
The Yoga Room/Christy DeBurton
765 Archwood Dr.
734-761-8409
www.yogaroomannarbor.com
Runner Up:
Ann Arbor Yoga

Fitness /Health Club
The YMCA
400 W. Washington St.
734-996-6622
www.annarborymca.org
Runner Up:
Liberty Athletics

Cool Eyewear
See Eyewear
308 S. State St.
734-622-8056
www.seeeyewear.com
Runner Up:
D.O.C.

Best Piercing Studio
Pangea
211 E. Liberty St.
734-929-6226
www.pangeapirecing.com
Runner Up:
Lucky Monkey

Best Tattoo Parlor
Lucky Monkey
308 S. Ashley St.
734-623-8200
www.luckymonkeytatto.com
Runner Up:
Name Brand

Tanning Salon
Tanfastic
627 S. Main St.
734-213-2279
www.annarbortans.com
Runner Up:
Campus Tan

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique
Wendy
5 Nickels Arcade
734-327-9001
www.shopwendy.com
Runner Up:
Orchid Lane

Locally owned Men’s Boutique
Van Boven
17 Nickels Arcade
734-665-1355
www.vanboven.com
Runner Up:
Sam’s

Vintage Store
The Getup
215 State St.
734-327-4300
www.thegetup.com
Runner Up:
Star Vintage

Shoe Store
Mast Shoes
2517 Jackson Ave.
734-662-8118
www.mastshoes.com
Runner Up:
Footprints

Jewelry Store
Abracadabra
205 E.Liberty St.
734-662-8118
www.abracadabrajewelry.com
Runner Up:
Ten

Best Local Farm
Sunseed Farm
2886 W. Joy Rd.
734-224-4228
www.farmsunseed.com
At Sunseed Farm their mission is "to be the best example of professional, educational and community-enriching ecological vegetable production in southeast Michigan." Sunseed is a year-round vegetable farm with a CSA program to benefit the community. CSA means community supported agriculture, and the public can join by paying up-front for 16 weeks of veggies during three share seasons, Winter, Summer and Fall. Each week members pick up a share of the crop — enough to feed the whole family with varieties of more than 70 different vegetables depending  on what's in season. Get ahold of Tomm, Trilby or Jae. They will also offer expert farming advice and large scale consulting.

Dining & Drinking

New Restaurant
Mani Osteria
341 E. Liberty St.
734-769-6700
www.maniosteria.com
Runner Up:
Raven’s Club

Chinese
Evergreen
2771 Plymouth Rd.
734-769-2748     
www.evergreen-restaurant.com
Runner Up:
Panda House

Japanese
Miki
106 S. 1st St.
734-665-8226
www.mikirestuarant.com
Runner Up:
Yotsuba

Korean
Arirang
3135 Oak Valley Dr.
734-222-5959
Runner Up:
Be Won

Thai
Marnee Thai
414 S. Main St.
734-929-9933
www.marneethai-restaurant.com
Runner Up:
Old Siam

Greek
Mr. Greeks
215 S. State St.
734-662-6336
www.mrgreeka2.com
Runner Up:
Ali Baba

Italian
Gratzi
326 S. Main St.
888-456-3463
www.gratzirestaurant.com
Runner Up:
Palio

Middle Eastern
Jerusalem Garden  
307 S. 5th Ave.
734-995-5060
www.jerusalemgarden.net
Runner Up:
Star’s Café

Mexican
Tio’s
401 E Liberty St.
734-761-6650
www.tiosmexicancafe.com
Runner Up:
Sabor Latino

Local Farm
Sunseed Farm
2886 W. Joy Rd.
734 224-4228
www.farmsunseed.com
Runner Up:
Dawn Farm

Deli
Zingerman’s Deli
422 Detroit St.
734 663-3354
www.zingermans.com
Runner Up:
Amer’s

Fine Dining
West End Grille
734-747-6260
www.westendgrillannarbor.com
Runner Up:
The Earle

Coffee House
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
3393 Plymouth Rd.
407 North 5th Ave.
123 W. Washington Ave.
734-769-2331
www.sweetwaterscafe.com
Runner Up:
Comet Coffee

Breakfast
Northside Grille
1015 Broadway St.
734-995-0965
Runner Up:
Angelo’s

Diner
The Fleetwood Diner
300 S. Ashley St.
734-995-5502
Runner Up:
Frank’s

Brew pub/Micro brewery
Jolly Pumpkin
311 South Main Street
734-913-2730
www.jollypumpkin.com/annarbor
Runner Up:
Arbor Brewing Company

Locally Produced Food
Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit St.
734-794-6255
Runner Up:
The Grange

Food Cart
The Lunch Room
211 W. Washington
734-224-8859
www.thelunchrooma2.com
Runner Up:
Mark’s Carts

Food Blog
Kitchen Chick
www.kitchenchick.com
Runner Up:
Provinceannarbor.worldpress.com

Best Local Farm
Sunseed Farm
2886 W. Joy Rd.
734-224-4228
www.farmsunseed.com
At Sunseed Farm their mission is "to be the best example of professional, educational and community-enriching ecological vegetable production in southeast Michigan." Sunseed is a year-round vegetable farm with a CSA program to benefit the community. CSA means community supported agriculture, and the public can join by paying up-front for 16 weeks of veggies during three share seasons, Winter, Summer and Fall. Each week members pick up a share of the crop — enough to feed the whole family with varieties of more than 70 different vegetables depending  on what's in season. Get ahold of Tomm, Trilby or Jae. They will also offer expert farming advice and large scale consulting.

Entertainment

Annual Event
Ann Arbor Art Fair
www.artfair.org
Runner Up:
Ann Arbor Summer Fest

Festival
Ann Arbor Summer Fest
www.annarborsummerfestival.org
Runner Up:
Festi Fools

Pre-game Hangout
Buffalo Wild Wings
205 S. State St., Ann Arbor
734 997-9143
Runner Up:
Pioneer High Parking Lot

Sports Bar
The Arena
203 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
734-222-9999
Runner Up:
Buffalo Wild Wings

Bowling Alley
Colonial Lanes
1950 S. Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor
734-665-4474
www.coloniallanescubsac.com
Runner Up:
Bel Mark Lanes

Gay & Lesbian Venues
Aut Bar
315 Braun Court., Ann Arbor
734-994-3677
www.autbar.com
Runner Up:
Necto

Place for 21st Birthday
Necto
516 E. Liberty St.
734-994-5835
www.thenecto.com
Runner Up:
8 Ball Saloon

Media

Radio Station
88.3 WCBN
Runner Up:
89.1 WEMU

Website
annarbor.com
Runner Up:
www.whitewolfhealing.com

Local Blog
www.damnarbor.com
Runner Up:
www.markmaynard.com

Local Youtube video
Bros. Vs. Hipsters
Runner Up:
The Walk of Shame Shuttle

Company FB Page
Adorn Me
Runner Up:
Reincarnation Resale

Music

New Artist/Band
Thunderbuck Ram
Runner Up:
Thrill$train

Local Album
Get Bucked
Runner Up:
Rockin Apart the Past

Band Name
Thrill$train
Runner Up:
Thunderbuck Ram

DJ/Electronica Artist  
Thrill$train
Runner Up:
Chuck Hampton

Folk/Country Artist
Chris Bathgate
Runner Up:
Dragon Wagon

Hip Hop Artist
MC Kadence
Runner Up:
Thrill$train

Jazz/Blues Artist
Laith Al Saadi
Runner Up:
Paul Keller

Rock Band
Laith Al Saadi
Runner Up:
Thunderbuck Ram

Open Mic
Blue Tractor
207 E. Washington St.
734-222-4095
www.bluetractor.net
Runner Up:
The Ark

Club to See Live Music
The Blind Pig
208 S. 1st St.
734-996-8555
The stories about Kurt Cobain playing there are great tales of rock n roll. But, The Blind Pig isn't a past-its-prime, live-in-the-old-days type of venue. Every month they showcase kick-ass live music. Take a little look at coming months: Ypsiarboroo, featuring Washtenaw County's finest acts, on June 8; alt-rock scrappers Nada Surf on June 22; the highly anticipated Summer/Fall tour of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit on September 25. The point: Always keep the Pig on your radar screen. —SR

Club to See Live Music, Runner Up:
The Ark

Dance Club
Necto
516 E. Liberty St.
734-994-5835
www.thenecto.com
Runner Up:
The Millennium Club

Pick up Bar
Necto
516 E. Liberty St.
734-994-5835
www.thenecto.com
Runner Up:
Circus

Arts

Live Theater venue
Performance Network
120 E. Huron St.
734-663-0681
www.performancenetwork.org
Runner Up:
Michigan Theater

Theater Troupe
Performance Network
120 E. Huron St.
734-663-0681
Runner Up:
Geppetto Files

Dance Company
Ann Arbor Ballet Theater
548 Church St., Ann Arbor
734-668-1001
www.annarborballettheatre.org
Runner Up:
Peter Sparling

Film Maker
Andy Kirshner
www.andykirshner.com
Runner Up:
Joe Moorehouse

Movie Filmed in Ann Arbor
Ides of March
Runner Up:
Answer This !  

Movie Theater
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St.
734-668-8463
www.michtheater.org
Runner Up:
Quality 16

Artist
Karin Coron Wagner
www.wagnercoronart.com/wagner
Runner Up:
Barbara Melnick Carson

Place to See Local Art
Gallery Project
215 S. 4th Ave.
734-997-7012
www.thegalleryproject.com
Runner Up:
U of M Art Museum

Museum
U of M Art Museum
525 S. State St.
734-764-0395
www.umma.umich.edu
Runner Up:
Hands On Museum

Fine Art photography
Robin Gailbraith Vincent
www.robinvincent.com
Runner Up:
Mike Hulsebus

Fine Arts Gift Shop
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 West Liberty St.
734-994-8004
www.annarborartcenter.org
Runner Up:
Selo Shevel

Place to Hear the Spoken Word
Neutral Zone
310 E. Washington St.
734-214-9995
www.neutral-zone.org
Runner Up:
Crazy Wisdom

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