Best of Washtenaw Winners 2018

. May 31, 2018.
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SHOPPING AND SERVICES

New Business
WINNER: HOMES Brewery | homesbrewery.com
RUNNER-UP: Brick and Mortar Modern General Store

Greenhouse/Garden Store
WINNER: Downtown Home & Garden | downtownhomeandgarden.com
RUNNER-UP: YpsiPlanti Garden and Supply

Home Boutique
WINNER: Rock Paper Scissors | rockpaperscissorsshop.com
RUNNER-UP: The Eyrie

Antique Store
WINNER: Treasure Mart | treasuremart.com
RUNNER-UP: Salt City Antiques

Thrift Store
WINNER: Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop | a2ptothriftshop.org
RUNNER-UP: The Salvation Army

Women’s Boutique
WINNER: V2V | shopv2v.com
RUNNER-UP: Dear Golden

Men’s Clothing
WINNER: Bivouac | bivouacannarbor.com
RUNNER-UP: Today Clothing

Shoe Store
WINNER: Mast Shoes | mastshoes.com
RUNNER-UP: Ann Arbor Running Company

Jewelry Store
WINNER: Abracadabra Jewelry/Gem Gallery | abragem.com
RUNNER-UP: Lewis Jewelers

Natural Food Store
WINNER: Ypsilanti Food Co-Op | ypsifoodcoop.org
RUNNER-UP: Argus Farm Stop

Farmers Market
WINNER: Ann Arbor Farmers Market | facebook.com/a2market
RUNNER-UP: Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace

Caterer
WINNER: Zingerman’s Catering | zingermanscatering.com
RUNNER-UP: Eat Ann Arbor

Party/Wine Store
WINNER: Morgan & York | morganandyork.co
RUNNER-UP: A & L Wine Castle

Hotel
WINNER: Weber’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel | webersinn.com
RUNNER-UP: Graduate Ann Arbor

Florist
WINNER: Enchanted Florist | enchantedfloristinc.com
RUNNER-UP: Chelsea Flower Shop

Auto Dealer
WINNER: Dunning Toyota | dunningtoyota.com
RUNNER-UP: Varsity Ford

Auto Repair
WINNER: Ron’s Garage | ronsgaragea2.com
RUNNER-UP: Ann Arbor Muffler Brakes & Shocks

Alternative Health Care

Castle Remedies | castleremedies.com
2345 S Huron Pkwy | 734-645-1395

Ever wonder what happened to those beautiful old Queen Ann homes on the corner of Packard and Main? They were moved to 2345 S Huron Parkway in 1988, and are home to several medical practitioners and Castle Remedies, formerly Ann Arbor’s best kept secret.

But not anymore. Castle Remedies, available to the public for over thirty years, is a primary source for homeopathic medicines, carrying remedies potentized from 3X to CM and a large variety of topical preparations. In addition, botanicals and nutritional supplements that have been researched and found to be of the highest quality, are available along with a full line of herbal tinctures, flower essences and aromatherapy oils.
Castle invites you to come visit and meet the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Bicycle Shop
WINNER: Wheels in Motion | wheelsinmotion.us
RUNNER-UP: Sic Transit Cycles

Wheels in Motion | 3402 Washtenaw Ave | 734-971-2121

Wheels In Motion is celebrating its 85th year in business serving the Ann Arbor community. Three generations strong with a fourth just starting to pedal, the owner’s grandparents strongly believed in creating a great customer experience, serving, growing, and supporting a local Ann Arbor community. Those values were passed down, and now the entire family rides and loves to participate in events. Wheels In Motion holds a bike ride every day of the week. They don’t sell bicycles, they sell passion, and a lifestyle. Whether you like to ride around the block or ride a century they want to be your bike shop. When you shop here you’re not just a customer you’re family. Bicycles represent health and freedom, giving you the ability to explore the world on two wheels.

Used Books
WINNER: Dawn Treader Book Shop | dawntreaderbooks.com
RUNNER-UP: Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop

Independent Books
WINNER: Literati Bookstore | literatibookstore.com
RUNNER-UP: Nicola’s Books

Comic Store
WINNER: Vault of Midnight | vaultofmidnight.com
RUNNER-UP: Fun 4 All Comics & Games

Golf Course
WINNER: Leslie Park Golf Course | 734-794-6245 | a2gov.org
RUNNER-UP: Eagle Crest Golf Club

Doggy Day Care
WINNER: Camp Bow Wow | campbowwow.com
RUNNER-UP: Karnik at Maple Village

Pet Salon
WINNER: Groom n Go | Facebook
RUNNER-UP: Rox’s Ruff Cuts

Record Store
WINNER: Encore Records | encorerecordsa2.com
RUNNER-UP: Underground Sounds

Dispensary
WINNER: Bloom City Club | bloomcityclub.com
RUNNER-UP: Depot Town Dispensary

Wedding Venue
WINNER: Matthaei Botanical Gardens | mbgna.umich.edu
RUNNER-UP: Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Local Pet Shop
WINNER: Humane Society of Huron Valley | hshv.org
RUNNER-UP: The Pet Emporium

Smoke/Vape Shop
WINNER: Bongz & Thongz | Facebook
RUNNER-UP: Wild Bill’s Tobacco

Tattoo Shop
WINNER: Lucky Monkey Tattoo | luckymonkeytattoo.com
RUNNER-UP: Depot Town Tattoo

Architectural Salvage
WINNER: Habitat for Humanity Restore | annarborrestore.org
RUNNER-UP: Materials Unlimited

DINING AND DRINKING

Seafood
WINNER: Real Seafood Company | realseafoodcoannarbor.com
RUNNER-UP: Monahan’s Seafood Market

Steakhouse
WINNER: Knight’s Steakhouse | knightsrestaurants.com
RUNNER-UP: The Chop House Ann Arbor

Chinese
WINNER: TK WU | tkwurestaurant.com
RUNNER-UP: Evergreen Restaurant

Japanese
WINNER: Yotsuba | yotsuba-restaurant.com
RUNNER-UP: Ichiban

Korean
WINNER: Tomukun Korean BBQ & Noodle Bar | tomukun.com
RUNNER-UP: Miss Kim

Thai
WINNER: Tuptim Thai Cuisine | tuptim.com
RUNNER-UP: No Thai!

Vietnamese
WINNER: Pho House | phohouseypsi.com
RUNNER-UP: Dalat Restaurant

Italian
WINNER: Mani Osteria and Bar | maniosteria.com
RUNNER-UP: Paesano Restaurant

Middle Eastern
WINNER: Jerusalem Garden | jerusalemgarden.net
RUNNER-UP: Palm Palace

Indian
WINNER: Cardamom | cardamoma2.com
RUNNER-UP: Shalimar

Mexican
WINNER: MAIZ Mexican Cantina | maizmexican.com
RUNNER-UP: Chela’s Restaurant &Taqueria

BBQ
WINNER: Red Rock Downtown Barbecue | redrockypsi.com
RUNNER-UP: Ricewood

Vegetarian
WINNER: The Lunch Room | thelunchrooma2.com
RUNNER-UP: Seva

Local Farm
WINNER: White Lotus Farms | whitelotusfarms.com
RUNNER-UP: Dawn Farm

Deli
WINNER: Zingerman’s Delicatessen | zingermansdeli.com
RUNNER-UP: Dimo’s Deli & Donuts

Diner
WINNER: Fleetwood Diner | thefleetwooddiner.com
RUNNER-UP: Northside Grill

New Restaurant
WINNER: Ollie Food + Spirits | ollieypsi.com
RUNNER-UP: Buddy’s Pizza

Fine Dining
WINNER: Logan Restaurant | logan-restaurant.com
RUNNER-UP: The Chop House

Coffee House
WINNER: RoosRoast Coffee | roosroast.com
RUNNER-UP: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House

Breakfast Place
WINNER: Bomber Restaurant | bomberrestaurant.net
RUNNER-UP: Northside Grill

Brewpub/Brewery
WINNER: HOMES Brewery | homesbrewery.com
RUNNER-UP: Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

Dessert
WINNER: GO! Ice Cream | goicecreamgo.com
RUNNER-UP: Blank Slate Creamery

Burger
WINNER: Sidetrack Bar & Grill | sidetrackbarandgrill.com
RUNNER-UP: Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger

Bartender
WINNER: Giancarlo, The Last Word | thelastwordbar.com
RUNNER-UP: Megan Ewing, Dan’s Downtown Tavern

Happy Hour
WINNER: Sidetrack Bar and Grill | sidetrackbarandgrill.com
RUNNER-UP: Bar Louie

Cocktail Bar
WINNER: The Last Word | thelastwordbar.com
RUNNER-UP: Ollie Food + Spirits

Tea Shop
WINNER: TeaHaus | teahaus.com
RUNNER-UP: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

Sports Bar
WINNER: Wolverine State Brewing Co. | wolverinebeer.com
RUNNER-UP: The Session Room

Pre-Game Hangout
WINNER: Fraser’s Pub | fraserspub.com
RUNNER-UP: Wolverine State Brewing Co.

LGBTQ Bar
WINNER: Aut Bar | autbar.com
RUNNER-UP: Tap Room

Trivia Night
WINNER: Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center | tinylions.org
RUNNER-UP: Wolverine State Brewing Co.

LOOKING GOOD, FEELING GOOD

Salon
WINNER: Pura Vida Color Studio | mypuravida.com
RUNNER-UP: West End Hair

Barber Shop
WINNER: Arcade Barbers | arcadebarbers.com
RUNNER-UP: Coach & Four Barber Shop

Massage Therapy
WINNER: RelaxStation Massage | relaxstation.com
RUNNER-UP: Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary

Day Spa
WINNER: Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary | jessicasapothecary.com
RUNNER-UP: Bellanina Day Spa & Gift Boutique

Skincare
WINNER: Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary | jessicasapothecary.com
RUNNER-UP: Lily Grace Cosmetics

Yoga
WINNER: Tiny Buddha Yoga | tinybuddhayoga.com
RUNNER-UP Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Fitness Center
WINNER: Ann Arbor YMCA | annarborymca.org
RUNNER-UP: Level 10 Fitness

Trainer
WINNER: Daniel Roth, Blue Lion Fitness | bluelionfitness.com
RUNNER-UP: Mike O’Brien, Wolverine Strength and Conditioning

Cool Eyewear
WINNER: SEE | seeeyewear.com
RUNNER-UP: Bennett Optometry

Nail Salon
WINNER: Diva Nail Spa | divanailspaannarbor.com
RUNNER-UP: Bebe’s Nails & Spa

Late Night Grub
WINNER: Fleetwood Diner | thefleetwooddiner.com
RUNNER-UP: The Wurst Bar

Local Farm

White Lotus Farmswhitelotusfarms.com
7217 W. Liberty Rd | 734-707-1284

White Lotus Farms thanks Ann Arbor for voting them Best Farm in Current’s Best of Washtenaw three years in a row! It means so much to know Current’s readers appreciate the work they do. Once again, White Lotus is up to new and exciting things on the farm. New this spring is White Lotus Botanicals—a new line of handcrafted lip balms, lotions, body bars and more, infused with botanicals from the farm that brings you skincare the way nature intended.

Stop by the Farmcart, open Saturdays from 9:30-1:30 at White Lotus Farm, to shop items like grass-fed meats and cut flowers from other local, like-minded farmers. This summer find berries and fruits that supplement their certified organic specialty produce. In addition, shop bakery items and dairy goods from their creamery, sourced from local grass fed cows and their herd of goats that live right next next to the dairy. Everything is of premium quality. Creating with mindfulness is their joy.

STUDENTS

Delivery Food
WINNER: Pizza House | pizzahouse.com
RUNNER-UP: Insomnia Cookies

Student Hangout
WINNER: Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse | cultivateypsi.com
RUNNER-UP Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Place to Study
WINNER: Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse | cultivateypsi.com
RUNNER-UP Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

21st Birthday Spot
WINNER: Good Time Charley’s | charleysannarbor.com
RUNNER-UP: MAIZ Mexican Cantina

MUSIC

Street Musician
WINNER: Violin Monster | violinmonster.com
RUNNER-UP: Eddie Powell

New Artist/Band
WINNER: Little Traps | facebook.com/littletraps
RUNNER-UP: Funkwagon

Local Album
WINNER: ‘Pee on these hands’ – Platonic Boyfriends | platonicboyfriends.bandcamp.com
RUNNER-UP: ‘Stagefright’ – Wild Savages

DJ/Electronica
WINNER: MC Yoda | (aka DJ Knowledge) | facebook.com/BassDaddyOfficial/
RUNNER-UP: Nicole Myint

Folk/Country
WINNER: The Ragbirds | theragbirds.com
RUNNER-UP: Matt Jones

Hip-Hop
WINNER: Duke Newcomb | dukenewcomb.bandcamp.com
RUNNER-UP: Flower Child

Jazz/Blues
WINNER: Laith Al Saadi | laithalsaadi.com
RUNNER-UP: Dani Darling

Rock
WINNER: Scissor Now! | scissornow.bandcamp.com
RUNNER-UP: Stormy Chromer

Open Mic
WINNER: The Ark | theark.org
RUNNER-UP: Pointless Brewery & Theatre

Live Music Venue
WINNER: The Ark | theark.org
RUNNER-UP: The Blind Pig

Dance Club
WINNER: Necto Nightclub | necto.com
RUNNER-UP: LIVE

Pick-up Bar
WINNER: Necto Nightclub | necto.com
RUNNER-UP: Rick’s American Cafe

Karaoke
WINNER: Blue Karaoke | bluekaraoke.com
RUNNER-UP: Circus Bar & Billiards

Bowling Alley
WINNER: Revel & Roll | revelandroll.com
RUNNER-UP: Bel-Mark Lanes

LOCAL COLOR

Local Non Profit
WINNER: Humane Society of Huron Valley | hshv.org
RUNNER-UP: Food Gatherers

Public Servant
WINNER: Beth Bashert (Gay Rights Activist and Ypsilanti City Council Member) | bashert.us/beth
RUNNER-UP: Mayor Christopher Taylor

Suburban Downtown
WINNER: Ann Arbor | visitannarbor.org | a2gov.org
RUNNER-UP: Ypsilanti

Annual Event
WINNER: Ann Arbor Summer Festival | a2sf.org
RUNNER-UP: Ann Arbor Art Fair

Real Estate Agent
WINNER: Hinton Real Estate Group | teamhinton.com
RUNNER-UP: Tyler Weston: Ypsilanti Real Estate Guy

Bank/Credit Union
WINNER: University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) | umcu.org
RUNNER-UP: Bank of Ann Arbor

Professor
WINNER: Ralph Williams (Professor in the Department of English, Language and Literature at the University of Michigan) | www-personal.umich.edu/~fiesole/
RUNNER-UP: Shelly Schreier (Professor in the Psychology Deparment at the University of Michigan)

Lawyer
WINNER: Nik Lulgjuraj | washbar.org/members/nik-lulgjuraj/
RUNNER-UP: Susan M. Kornfield

Optometrist
WINNER: U-M Kellogg Eye Center | umkelloggeye.org
RUNNER-UP: Bennett Optometry

Dentist
WINNER: Ann Arbor Smiles Dental Group | annarborsmiles.com
RUNNER-UP: Dr. Lindsey Wurtzel, DDS of Wurtzel Family Dentistry

Doctor
WINNER: IHA Family & Internal Medicine – WestArbor | ihacares.com
RUNNER-UP: U of M Health

Plastic Surgeon
WINNER: Dr. Charles M. Boyd. M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S. of BOYD Beauty | boydbeauty.com
RUNNER-UP: Dr. Pramit Malhotra MD of Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

Veterinarian
WINNER: Humane Society of Huron Valley | hshv.org
RUNNER-UP: Affordable Vet Services

Travel Agent
WINNER: Conlin Travel | conlintravel.com
RUNNER-UP: Wanderlark

Alternative Health Care
WINNER: Castle Remedies | castleremedies.com
RUNNER-UP: People’s Choice Alternative Medicine

Photographer
WINNER: Melanie Reyes Photography | melaniereyesphotography.com
RUNNER-UP: BPrice Photography

Dermatologist
WINNER: Ganger Dermatology | gangerdermatology.com
RUNNER-UP: Ann Arbor Dermatology

Art Gallery
WINNER: University of Michigan Museum of Art | umma.umich.edu
RUNNER-UP: Riverside Arts Center

Museum
WINNER: Detroit Institute of Arts | dia.org
RUNNER-UP: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Live Theatre
WINNER: The Purple Rose Theatre Company | purplerosetheatre.org
RUNNER-UP: Pointless Brewery & Theatre

Theatre Troupe
WINNER: Neighborhood Theatre Group | ntgypsi.org
RUNNER-UP: Young People’s Theater

Dance Company
WINNER: Department of Dance at U-M | smtd.umich.edu/departments/dance
RUNNER-UP: Ballet Chelsea

Movie Theater
WINNER: Michigan Theater | michtheater.org
RUNNER-UP: Emagine Saline

Artist
WINNER: David Zinn | zinnart.com
RUNNER-UP: Helen Gotlib

Place to Buy Local Art
WINNER: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair | artfair.org
RUNNER-UP: The Eyrie

Poet
WINNER: Kyndall Flowers | Two-time winner of the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam
RUNNER-UP: Laura Kasischke

Writer
WINNER: Eve Silberman, Senior Writer at the Ann Arbor Observer
RUNNER-UP: A.M. Dean

Chiropractor
WINNER: Ann Arbor Chiropractic Wellness Center | annarborchiropractic.com
RUNNER-UP: Synergy Chiropractic Center

Budtender
WINNER: Bloom City Club | bloomcityclub.com
RUNNER-UP: Patrick Shepard of Arbors Wellness

Natural Food Store
Ypsilanti Food Co-Op | ypsifoodcoop.org
312 N River St. | 734-483-1520

The Ypsilanti Food Co-op, along with hundreds of other co-ops around the country, have been trail blazers in bringing awareness and making changes to our food system and how it’s grown. Our interest in food has many facets including the effect it has on eaters, on the environment and on the workers in all aspects of its growth and distribution.

The terms have become common: Organic. Local. Community. Fair Trade. Those terms are used everywhere by many businesses… but our roots in them are what has made us sustainable in our community for over 40 years. We sell good food, but we are also involved in other aspects of our community, supporting and participating in several area Farmers Markets, local festivals, and school events. We welcome community volunteers through various youth programs and support other organizations doing great work in our community! Come visit us and try real food… from locally grown produce to fresh baked bread in our wood fired oven, it’s an experience worth checking out!

Student Hangout
Place to Study
Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse | cultivateypsi.com
307 N River St, Ypsilanti | 734-249-8993

Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse, located in the heart of Depot Town is a business committed to social good in the city of Ypsilanti. Cultivate works to use their space and their team to serve house roasted coffee, delicious and fresh sandwiches & snacks as well as a full lineup of seasonally crafted cocktails.

They recently began brewing their own beer through collaboration with breweries around the state and are proud to offer over a dozen Cultivate Brews on rotation.

Come visit their open air beer garden, perfect for gathering with friends and checking out their on site donation garden. All produce grown in their raised beds is donated to Food Gatherers, one of their many community impact partners along with folks like Ypsi Meals on Wheels, Growing Hope, Hope Clinic and many others. Over 75 free meetups, groups, concerts and events take place each month at this gem in Ypsilanti so come check them out today!

 

THANKS FOR VOTING, WASHTENAW!

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