We’ll give you credit for enthusiasm.
The response to this year’s Readers’ Choice poll was overwhelming, and it’s clear that some of you were so excited about the balloting that you worked hard to get votes for your favorite people and places. Some of those efforts succeeded, some fell short, but there were so many close races this year that we felt it was necessary to institute “honorable mentions” for candidates that were definitely in the running.
And the winners are: For best auto mechanic it was Rick Kurilla in Archbald. For best auto parts store, the winner was Manasek Auto Parts in Dickson City, with an honorable mention to the Autozone in Blakely. Best bank was won by the Community Bank & Trust branch in Eynon. The nod for friendliest bar went to Tiffany’s in Eyon, with honorable mention going to Schooners in Olyphant.
Big Daddy’s in Archbald won for best barber, and Ray “Bubba” Tolerico at A.J.’s Club Soda in Peckville won for best bartender (with Toby Trezzi at Schooners getting an honorable mention). Joe’s Beerman in Dickson City won for best beer distributor.
Brown’s in Dickson City won in two categories: best cheesesteak and best breakfast. Best brunch was won by The Eatery by Jessica in Jessup. Barrett’s Pub in Archbald won the most awards this year, winning three categories: best burger, best wings and best place to dine with kids. Cafe Soriano in Peckville won honorable mention for best burger.
Joe Gaughan’s Auto Sales in Eynon won the best used-car-dealer category, while best new car dealer was won by Gibbons Ford in Dickson City. The hotly contested best caterer category was won by Fiorelli’s in Peckville, with DeLeo’s in Peckville getting an honorable mention. Best Chinese restaurant went to Wah Mei in Jessup. Best community park went to Mellow Park in Blakely, with Archbald’s new High School Plaza getting an honorable mention.
The best contractor award went to Bear Owens Paving in Archbald for the second consecutive year. The best cup of coffee was found at Dunkin Donuts in Dickson City, with an honorable mention to Cozy Corner in Carbondale. Quinn’s Supermarket in Peckville received two nods this year, for best grocery store and best customer service.
Best professional party deejay went to Dom Perini of Jessup’s Jus 4 Fun DJ service. Peckville’s Alpine Swirl won best ice cream (with an honorable mention to Brown’s in Dickson City). Best diner was won by Dickson City’s Six East. Best drug store went to Family Pharmacy in Archbald.
For the second year in a row, best electrician went to Rick Mellow of Richard Mellow Electrical. Kevin English of Peckville was named best fix-it guy.
Rabel’s in Dickson City won for best furniture store, with an honorable mention to C&O in Eynon. Best flower shop honors went to Peckville’s Lavender Goose, with an honorable mention to Childs’ Petal Pusher.
Johnnie’s in Dickson City won for best gas station, while Ann’s Hairstyling in Archbald was named best hair salon, with an honorable mention to Eynon’s Holiday Hair.
For the second year, best hoagie went to Steve & Irene’s in Mayfield, with the Subway in Peckville getting an honorable mention.
Rossi’s in Archbald got the coveted best Italian food nod, and also won for best romantic restaurant. Best lunch went to Peckville’s Cafe Soriano. Master Kovaleski’s Karate USA in Dickson City won again for best martial arts studio.
Best nail salon went to L&B in Peckville. Coccetti’s in Peckville won for best new restaurant, with an honorable mention for Station Square in Olyphant. It was a repeat win for Santarelli Oil in Peckville for best oil company. Colarusso’s in Jessup won the best pasta category, with an honorable mention to Archbald’s Rossi.
The coveted best pizza category went to Andy’s Pizza in Peckville, with honorable mention to Barrett’s Pub. Winning again in the best place to buy an engagement ring category was Steve Pronko Diamonds in Dickson City. Best place to work out was won again by Peckville’s Planet Fitness. Best plumber was won by Mike Martarano of Throop.
The big best restaurant trophy was taken home by Tiffany’s in Eynon, with an honorbale mention to Barrett’s Pub. Tiffany’s also got an honorable mention for best romantic restaurant.
Another repeat winner was in the best travel agency category. where Peckville’s Around the World Travel topped the votes again. Valley View High School’s Jamie Addly was also a repeat winner in the best high school teacher category. In the best elementary/middle school teacher category, Valley View Middle School’s Holly Chorba was the winner.
In the best waiter category Wayne Nelson of Pietro’s in Jessup was a repeat winner, while the best waitress prize went to Debbie Salansky at Sebastianelli’s in Eynon. In best family fun night out, Idle Hour Lanes was the winner. Clem’s in Peckville won for best shoe store (with Payless in Eynon winning an honorable mention).
And, last but not least, Pete N Reenie’s in Archbald won for best dessert, with an honorable mention going Cafe Soriano.