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Best of Toledo

We tallied thousands of votes to bring you the Toledo City Paper’s Best of Toledo 2012. Our readers think they’re knockouts — we can’t help but agree with them.

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★Local Style Icon
Chrys Peterson, news anchor, WTOL News 11
Runner up: Diane Larson, news anchor, 13 ABC

★Local Hipster
Brandon Doriot, owner of The Pour House and comedian
Runner up: Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo

★Best New Job for Joe the Plumber
Runner up: Garbage man

★High School
Central Catholic High School
Runner up: Whitmer High School

The University of Toledo
Runner up: Bowling Green State University

★Suburban Downtown
Runner up: Sylvania

German-American Festival
Runner up: Historic Old West End Festival

★Institution to Show Off
The Toledo Museum of Art
Runner up: Toledo Zoo

Cherry Street Mission Ministries
Runner up: Toledo Area Humane Society

★Politicians/Public Servant
Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative, Ohio’s 9th Congressional District
Runner up: Michael Bell, mayor of Toledo

★Local Innovator
Clinton Longenecker, professor of leadership and organizational excellence in the College of Business and Innovation, The University of Toledo
Runner up: Robert Croak, founder of BCP Imports

★Apartment Community
Preston Gardens, Levis Commons
Runner up: Chelsea Place

★Gripe You Are Most Sick of Hearing
Nothing to do
Runner up: No employment opportunities

★‘Hood to Grow Up In
Old West End
Runner up: Sylvania

★Best Power Couple
Sara and Shaun Hegarty
Allan and Susan Block


★Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Jeff Kesler, Arrowhead Surgeons
Dr. Frank Barone, FACs

Dr. Roger Kruse, sports medicine, ProMedica Physicians
Runner up: Dr. Deborah Guntsch, M.D., Family Practice of Toledo Inc.

★Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor
Dr. Oliver Jenkins, M.D. and Dr. Christopher Perry, M.D., Toledo Clinic ENT
Runner up: Dr. Allan Rubin, M.D., ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital

Beau Harvey, attorney at law, Harvey Law Office
Runner up: Owen Dunn Jr., attorney at law, Law Offices of Owen Dunn Jr.

★Eye Doctor
Dr. Michael Cooper, O.D., Westgate Vision Center
Runner up: Dr. Rick Cherry, O.D., Dr. Cherry & Associates

Dr. Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S., Jon Frankel Dentistry,
Runner up: Dr. Nadeem Khan, D.D.S., Great Smiles Family Dentistry

Drs. Eugene Simon, Andre Haerian and Jennifer Ludwig, Orthodontics
Runner up: Dr. Robert Julius, D.D.S.

Dr. Nickalis Dumas, D.C., Rapid Relief Chiropractic Center,
Runner up: Dr. Mickey Frame, D.S., Frame Chiropractic and Acupuncture

★Alternative Health Provider
Dr. Bryan Royer, D.C., chiropractor, Harmony Chiropractic Center, Inc.
Runner up: Dr. Nickalis Dumas, D.C., Rapid Relief Chiropractic Center

Dr. Bob Esplin, SylvaniaVET
Runner up: High Point Animal Hospital

★Real Estate Agent
Barbara Jacobs, Sulphur Spring Realty, Inc.
Runner up: Ray Henderson, ReMax

Clinton Longenecker, professor of leadership and organizational excellence in the College of Business and Innovation, The University of Toledo
Runner up: Joni Mihura, professor of psychology, The University of Toledo

Runner up: Fifth Third Bank

★Interior Designer
Sara Smith, Inner Decor
Runner up: Bob Miller Interiors

★Design Firm
Runner up: Hart


★Print Journalist
Mary Helen Darah, columnist, Toledo Area Parent
Runner up: Dave Hackenberg, sports writer, Toledo Blade

★Best-Dressed Newscaster
Diane Larson, 13ABC
Chrys Peterson, WTOL11

David Holmes, 13 ABC
Runner up: Dan Cummins, WTOL 11

Jay Berschback, 13 ABC
Runner up: Bill Spencer, 13 ABC

★Anchor Duo
Lee Conklin and Diane Larson, 13 ABC
Runner up: Sashem Brey & Jeff Smith, 13 ABC

★Local TV Station
13 ABC
Runner up: WTOL News 11

★Radio Station
92.5 KISS FM
Runner up: 101.5 The River

★Morning Show
The Morning Rush, 92.5 KISS FM
Runner up: Bob and Tom Show, 104.7 WIOT

★Local Blog
Moms in Heels
Runner up: BCSN, Buckeye Cable System

★Local Facebook Page
AnVa Spa & Salon
Runner up: Help Save Lola!

★Local Twitter Handle
Runner up: @UT_Problems


★Best New Store
Bumble Olive Oil Co.
Angel & Co.

★Best Locally-Owned Women's Boutique
Elegant Rags
Sophia Lustig Shop

★Locally-Owned Men’s Boutique
Neil’s Men’s Shop
Runner up: V Couture

★Resale Shop
Clothes Mentor
Runner up: Savers Thrift Stores

★Thrift Store
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio
Runner up: The Salvation Army

Runner up: Pepe’s Men’s Wear & Tailor Shop

★Jewelry Store
Harold Jaffe Jewelers
Runner up: David Fairclough Fine Jewelers

Optical Arts Inc.
Runner up: Pinnacle Eye Group

★Greenest Business
Phoenix Earth Food Cooperative
Runner up: The Green Boutique

Whiteford Road Greenhouse
Runner up: Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping

Westfield Franklin Park
Runner up: The Town Center at Levis Commons

★Place to buy a car
Yark Automotive Group
Runner up: Taylor Kia of Toledo

★Antique Store
Maumee Antique Mall
Runner up: Leffler’s Antiques

★Furniture Store
Ashley Furniture Store
Runner up: Value City Furniture

★Paint Store
John’s Color Concepts, Inc., Benjamin Moore Paints
Runner up: Sherwin-Williams Paint Store

★Place to Buy Gifts
Fiddle Stix Boutique & Gallery
Runner up: Lily’s at Levis

★Home Boutique
C’est La Vie
Runner up: Lily’s at Levis

The Loonar Station
Runner up: The Shed

Hilton Garden Inn Toledo Perrysburg
Runner up: Belamere Suites Hotel

★Wedding Venue
Nazareth Hall
Runner up: Toledo Botanical Garden  

★Liquor Store
Joseph’s Beverage Center
Runner up: Cork’s Wine and Liquor

★Smoke Shop
The Cigar Affair
Runner up: La Casa de La Habana

JEM Photography
Runner up: Nick Amrhein, 3BYONE Media

Hafner Florist
Runner up: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts, Inc.

Premier Catering
Runner up: Michael’s Café & Bakery

★Romantic Getaway
Belamere Suites Hotel
Runner up: Maumee Bay State Park

Janet Amid
Runner up: Kimmie Rose

★Pet Supply
Rover Come Over Doggy Day Care
Runner up: SylvaniaVET


Local Body
Paulette of Paulette’s Studio of Dance
Runner up: Extreme Results by Vince

Women’s Salon
Reve Salon and Spa
Runner up: Beauty Bar

Men’s Barber Shop
Roosters Men’s Grooming Center
Runner up: Golden Razor

Day Spa
Pyure Salon & Spa
Runner up: Reve Salon and Spa

Nail Salon
AnVa Spa & Salon
Runner up: J J Nails Pedicure & Tanning

Bikram Yoga Toledo
Runner up: Hot Yoga With Joe

Dance Studio
Paulette’s Studio of Dance
Runner up: Inspire Dance Company, LLC

Massage Therapist
Meaghan Alexander, Simply Massage, LLC
Runner up: Alex Smith, Massage Envy

Personal Trainer
Jeff Degraff
Runner up: Maria McKeand Fitness

Athletic Club
YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo
Runner up: Urban Active/LA Fitness

Tattoo Parlor
Infinite Art Tattoo
Runner up: Permanently Scarred & Perfectly Pierced


New Bar
Star Bar & Grille
Runner up: Ye Olde Cock N’ Bull Tavern  

Sports Bar
Nick & Jimmy’s Bar and Grill
Runner up: Fricker’s

College Bar
Runner up: Bar 145

Gay Bar
Bretz Nightclub
Runner up: Outskirts

Trivia Night
Ottawa Tavern
Runner up: The Distillery

Karaoke Bar
Bier Stube Bar & Grill
Runner up: Delaney’s Lounge

Country Bar
Hazard County Bar & Grill Facebook page: Hazard County Bar Grill
Runner up: Sneaky Pete’s

Taxi Service
Black & White Transportation
Runner up: Checker Cab Company


Burger Joint
Bar 145
Runner up: Burger Bar 419

Mancy’s Steak House
Runner up: Rockwell’s at The Oliver House

Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill
Runner up: KotoBuki Japanese Restaurant

Tony Packo’s
Runner up: Rudy’s Hot Dog

Deet’s BBQ
Runner up: Po Mo’s Ribs

Chowders ‘N Moor
Runner up: Grumpy’s

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Runner up: Wing Station

The Grape Leaf Diner
Runner up: Rumors Restaurant

The Original Gino’s Pizza
Runner up: Marco’s Pizza

Star Diner
Runner up: Schmucker’s Restaurant

Wixey Bakery
Runner up: Tiger Mediterranean Bakery & Deli

Runner up: Barry Bagels

Tea Shop
Elaine’s Tea Shop
Runner up: Dragonfly Tea Cottage

Fine Dining
Mancy’s Steak House
Runner up: Registry Bistro

Real Seafood Company
Runner up: Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

Independent Coffee
Black Kite Coffee & Pies
Runner up: Plate 21

Italian Restaurant
Rosie’s Italian Grille
Runner up: LaScola Italian Grill

Indian Restaurant
The Indian Jewel of Toledo Facebook page: The Indian Jewel of Toledo
Runner up: Tandoor Cuisine of India

Middle Eastern Restaurant
Beirut Restaurant
Runner up: Byblos

Mexican Restaurant
El Camino Real
Runner up: San Marcos Taqueria

Chinese Restaurant
New Empire Restaurant
Runner up: QQ Kitchen

Thai Restaurant
 Bangkok Kitchen Facebook page: Bangkok Kitchen
Runner up: Rose Thai

Local Grocery
Walt Churchill’s Market
Runner up: Andersons Food Market

Ethnic Grocery
Middle East Market
Runner up: Sofo Foods

Natural Food Store
Health Foods by Claudia
Runner up: Bassett’s Health Foods


Live Music Venue
The Village Idiot
Runner up: Huntington Center

New Act
The Rivets
Runner up: Charles Lane

Chris Shutters, musician, Chris Shutters Band
Runner up: Neon Black

Runner up: Jesse Coleman & the JAMM Band

Hip Hop
Great Lakes Crew
Runner up: C-Fifth

Chris Shutters, musician, Chris Shutters Band
Runner up: Jeff Stewart

DJ Big Trav Grant
Runner up: DJ A-Dubb

Recording Studio
Little Elephant Recording
Runner up: Media Masters

Local Music Guru
Mark Mikel, musician, Mike Mikel Hallucination
Runner up: Chris Shutters, musician, Chris Shutters Band

Local Music Store
Culture Clash Records
Runner up: Allied Record Exchange

Local Musical Instrument Shop
Heights Guitars
Runner up: Richards Music

Music Teacher
Micah Graber, music director, Toledo School for the Arts
Runner up: Jean Holden, Jean Holden’s Studio of Vocal Expression


Supporter of the Local Arts
Toledo School for the Arts
Runner up: The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo

Independent Gallery
Copper Moon Studio Gallery & Gifts
Runner up: Bozart’s Art & Music Gallery

Local Art Event
Black Swamp Festival
Runner up: Crosby Festival of the Arts

Art Photographer
Tina Gionis, freelance photographer, Tina G. Photography
Runner up: Jeff Camp, photographer, 10k80 Media

2D Artist
Leslie Adams, artist, Butler Institute of American Art
Runner up: Michael and Mark Kersey, Mr. Atomic Studio & Gallery

3D Artist
Steve Kaminsky, artist and jewelry-maker, Artforms
Runner up: Adam Goldberg, glass artist, Gathered Art Gallery and Studios

Art Classes
Toledo Museum of Art
Runner up: The Art Supply Depo

Street Artist
Matt Taylor, designer and illustrator, Mr. Taylor
Runner up: Streetspun Yarnbombing

The Toledo Ballet
Runner up: Cassandra School of Ballet

Literary Artists
Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
Runner up: Douglas Lutman, poet and literary artist

Local Theatre Group
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre
Runner up: The Village Players Theatre

Live Theatre Venue
Valentine Theatre
Runner up: Stranahan Theatre and Great Hall

Place to Buy Local Art
Copper Moon Studio Gallery & Gifts
Runner up: Gathered Art Gallery and Studios


Local Athlete
Erik Kynard Jr., track and field athlete, graduate of Rogers High School
Runner up: Tyler Fahrer, wrestler, Delta Wrestling Club

Local High School Coach
Jerry Bell, football coach, Whitmer High School
Runner up: Greg Dempsey, football coach, Central Catholic High School

High School Team
Whitmer High School
Runner up: Central Catholic High School

Bowling Alley
Timbers Bowling
Runner up: Southwyck Bowling Lanes

Martial Arts Studio
Kempo Martial Arts
Runner up: USA Martial Arts

Bike Shop
Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop
Runner up: Reggie’s Bike Shop

Mountain Man Sports
Runner up: Red Sky Surf and Snow

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