Best of Washtenaw Winners 2018

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New Business
RUNNER-UP: Brick and Mortar Modern General Store

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

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

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

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

Women’s Boutique
RUNNER-UP: Dear Golden

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

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

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

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

Farmers Market
WINNER: Ann Arbor Farmers Market |
RUNNER-UP: Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace

WINNER: Zingerman’s Catering |
RUNNER-UP: Eat Ann Arbor

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

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

WINNER: Enchanted Florist |
RUNNER-UP: Chelsea Flower Shop

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

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

Alternative Health Care

Castle Remedies |
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 |
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 |
RUNNER-UP: Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

RUNNER-UP: Evergreen Restaurant

WINNER: Yotsuba |
RUNNER-UP: Ichiban

WINNER: Tomukun Korean BBQ & Noodle Bar |

WINNER: Tuptim Thai Cuisine |

WINNER: Pho House |
RUNNER-UP: Dalat Restaurant

WINNER: Mani Osteria and Bar |
RUNNER-UP: Paesano Restaurant

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

WINNER: Cardamom |
RUNNER-UP: Shalimar

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

WINNER: Red Rock Downtown Barbecue |
RUNNER-UP: Ricewood

WINNER: The Lunch Room |

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

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

WINNER: Fleetwood Diner |
RUNNER-UP: Northside Grill

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

Fine Dining
WINNER: Logan Restaurant |
RUNNER-UP: The Chop House

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

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

RUNNER-UP: Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

WINNER: GO! Ice Cream |
RUNNER-UP: Blank Slate Creamery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: Aut Bar |

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


WINNER: Pura Vida Color Studio |
RUNNER-UP: West End Hair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cool Eyewear
RUNNER-UP: Bennett Optometry

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

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

Local Farm

White Lotus
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.


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

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

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

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


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

New Artist/Band
WINNER: Little Traps |
RUNNER-UP: Funkwagon

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

WINNER: MC Yoda | (aka DJ Knowledge) |
RUNNER-UP: Nicole Myint

WINNER: The Ragbirds |
RUNNER-UP: Matt Jones

WINNER: Duke Newcomb |
RUNNER-UP: Flower Child

WINNER: Laith Al Saadi |
RUNNER-UP: Dani Darling

WINNER: Scissor Now! |
RUNNER-UP: Stormy Chromer

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

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

Dance Club
WINNER: Necto Nightclub |

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

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

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


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

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

Suburban Downtown
WINNER: Ann Arbor | |
RUNNER-UP: Ypsilanti

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

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

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

WINNER: Ralph Williams (Professor in the Department of English, Language and Literature at the University of Michigan) |
RUNNER-UP: Shelly Schreier (Professor in the Psychology Deparment at the University of Michigan)

WINNER: Nik Lulgjuraj |
RUNNER-UP: Susan M. Kornfield

WINNER: U-M Kellogg Eye Center |
RUNNER-UP: Bennett Optometry

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

WINNER: IHA Family & Internal Medicine – WestArbor |
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 |
RUNNER-UP: Dr. Pramit Malhotra MD of Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

WINNER: Humane Society of Huron Valley |
RUNNER-UP: Affordable Vet Services

Travel Agent
WINNER: Conlin Travel |
RUNNER-UP: Wanderlark

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

WINNER: Melanie Reyes Photography |
RUNNER-UP: BPrice Photography

WINNER: Ganger Dermatology |
RUNNER-UP: Ann Arbor Dermatology

Art Gallery
WINNER: University of Michigan Museum of Art |
RUNNER-UP: Riverside Arts Center

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

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

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

Dance Company
WINNER: Department of Dance at U-M |
RUNNER-UP: Ballet Chelsea

Movie Theater
WINNER: Michigan Theater |
RUNNER-UP: Emagine Saline

WINNER: David Zinn |
RUNNER-UP: Helen Gotlib

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

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

WINNER: Eve Silberman, Senior Writer at the Ann Arbor Observer

WINNER: Ann Arbor Chiropractic Wellness Center |
RUNNER-UP: Synergy Chiropractic Center

WINNER: Bloom City Club |
RUNNER-UP: Patrick Shepard of Arbors Wellness

Natural Food Store
Ypsilanti Food Co-Op |
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 |
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!



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