Rockin' with the Winners!
Almanac readers salute their favorite restaurants, shops, services and places to have fun
For 25 consecutive years, ever since it opened in Menlo Park in 1992, The Pet Place has won the Readers' Choice Award for favorite pet store. It is one of many longtime local institutions, such as Flegel's and Draeger's, that have received our readers' votes of confidence year after year.
Other Readers' Choice winners are newer businesses and more recent discoveries of our readers. In either case, they are being recognized for exemplary products and services that make the restaurant, shop or service stand out.
The Readers' Choice poll is an opportunity for readers to cast their ballots for their local favorites. Balloting is open for six weeks and is exclusively online.
Each ballot must contain votes for at least five businesses in five categories. Voters confirm their selections by clicking on a link in an email we send after a ballot is submitted.
We encourage businesses to actively campaign with their loyal customers to get votes, and many do. But we prohibit multiple votes from the same person, email address or IP address. We have many ways of discovering cheating or ballot-stuffing, and each year we disqualify ballots that we determine came from illegitimate email addresses.
This year more than 13,000 votes were cast. We allow a business in a neighboring city to win if it receives the most votes, which occasionally occurs. We populate the initial ballot with obvious businesses and those that did well in the voting the previous year. Watch for our 2018 contest next April.