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THE RESULTS ARE IN!

T S BELEDO

2012 of

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C O N K

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.

★★★★★ Rub elbows with the winners,

! S T U KO

enjoy free swag and imbibe at the cash bar during our annual Best of Toledo party! When: Friday, March 1 @ 6:30 pm Where: The Premier Banquet Complex 4480 Heatherdowns (across from Stranahan Theater) Tickets: $20 per person/ $300 table of 10 at the door or in advance; to purchase, contact Robin at 419-244-9859

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ROUND 1: THE RINGMASTERS TOPS OF THE TOWN

★ 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

★ Institution to Show Off The Toledo Museum of Art

Sick of Hearing

★ Charity

Runner up: No employment opportunities

★ Best New Job

★ Politicians/Public Servant

Plumber

Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative, Ohio’s 9th Congressional District

★ High School Central Catholic High School

www.centralcatholic.org Runner up: Whitmer High School

★ College The University of Toledo

www.utoledo.edu Runner up: Bowling Green State University

★ Suburban Downtown Perrysburg Runner up: Sylvania

★ Festival German-American Festival

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 www.liveprestongardens.com

Runner up: Chelsea Place

B E S T P OW E R C O U P L E

Sara & Shaun Sara Hegarty, www.925kissfm.com Height: 5’3” Job: Co-host of 92.5’s Morning Rush AM show Years Married: 7 Taunt: “You don’t scare me, I have kids!” Claim to Fame: “An ordinary couple that happens to have two jobs in the spotlight.” Children: 2 Hometown: Rochester, New York Alma mater: Syracuse University

Hegarty

Height: 6’ 1/2” Job: Investigative reporter at 13 ABC Action News Taunt: [In his best Muhammad Ali impersonation] “I’m a pale man!” Claim to Fame: “We’re just two people who do what we do, fortunate enough that people listen to us.” Hometown: Shaun Hegarty Langhorne, Twitter handle: @Shaun_Hegarty Pennsylvania Alma mater: Runner up: Allan Block, chairman of Block Syracuse Communications Inc., and his wife, Susan Block

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Runner up: Historic Old West End Festival

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Runner up: Sylvania

Cherry Street Mission Ministries

www.cherrystreetmission.org Runner up: Toledo Area Humane Society

Runner up: Garbage man

Old West End

Nothing to do

Runner up: Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo

for Joe the Plumber

★ ‘Hood to Grow Up In

★ Gripe You Are Most

www.toledomuseum.org Runner up: Toledo Zoo

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ROUND 2: THE HEAVYWEIGHTS ★ ★★ ★ AREA PROFESSIONALS BEST PLASTIC SURGEON

JEFF

KESSLER

www.arrowheadsurgeons.com Height: 5’10” Job: Cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon; chief of plastic surgery at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center Taunt: Kessler is too modest for trash talk. Claim to Fame: “I tend not to be a braggadocios guy.” Hometown: Boardman, Ohio Alma Mater: Medical College of Ohio. Runner up: Dr. Frank Barone, M.D., FACS plastic surgeon

★★★★

★ Doctor

★ Orthodontist

Dr. Roger Kruse, sports medicine,

Drs. Eugene Simon, Andre Haerian and Jennifer Ludwig, Orthodontics

ProMedica Physicians www.promedica.org/ regenerativedoctorskruse 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

★ Lawyer Beau Harvey, attorney at law, Harvey Law Office www.facebook.com/HarveyLawOffice 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

★ Dentist Dr. Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S., Jon Frankel Dentistry, www.jonfrankeldentistry.com Runner up: Dr. Nadeem Khan, D.D.S., Great Smiles Family Dentistry

www.perfectbraces.com Runner up: Dr. Robert Julius, D.D.S.

★ Chiropractor Runner up: Dr. Mickey Frame, D.S., Frame Chiropractic and Acupuncture

www.huntington.com Runner up: Fifth Third Bank

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

★ Veterinarian Dr. Bob Esplin, SylvaniaVET

Runner up: Dan Cummins, WTOL 11

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

★ Anchor Duo Lee Conklin and Diane Larson, 13 ABC

www.13abc.com Runner up: Sashem Brey & Jeff Smith, 13 ABC

★ Local TV Station 13 ABC

www.13abc.com Runner up: WTOL News 11

★ Radio Station

Twitter handle: @ DianeLarson Height: 5’7” Job: News anchor and managing editor at 13 ABC Action News Taunt: “I wouldn’t taunt anybody — I want peace, love and kindness.” Hometown: Canton Alma Mater: Bowling Green State University Runner up: Chrys Peterson, news anchor, WTOL News 11

92.5 KISS FM www.925kissfm.com Runner up: 101.5 The River

★ Morning Show

The Morning Rush, 92.5 KISS FM www.925kissfm.com/pages/themorningrush Runner up: Bob and Tom Show, 104.7 WIOT

★ Local Blog Moms in Heels

www.momsinheels.net Runner up: BCSN, Buckeye Cable System

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★ Local Facebook Page AnVa Spa & Salon

www.facebook.com/anvasalon Runner up: Help Save Lola!

★ Local Twitter Handle @Toledo_Tweets

www.twitter.com/Toledo_Tweets Runner up: @UT_Problems

Sara Smith, Inner Decor www.inner-decor.com Runner up: Bob Miller Interiors

★ Design Firm Madhouse www.madmadmad.com Runner up: Hart

★ Real Estate Agent www.sulphurspringsrealty.com Runner up: Ray Henderson, ReMax

BEST-DRESSED NEWSCASTER

LARSON

★ Interior Designer

Barbara Jacobs, Sulphur Spring Realty, Inc.

★ Locally-Owned

★ Greenhouse

Neil’s Men’s Shop

www.neilsmensshop.com Runner up: V Couture

www.whitefordgreenhouse.com Runner up: Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping

★ Resale Shop

★ Mall

Clothes Mentor

ROUND 4: SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP ★★ ★ WHERE THE FASHION-FORWARD FLOCK

David Holmes, 13 ABC

Huntington

www.sylvaniavet.com Runner up: High Point Animal Hospital

Men’s Boutique

DIANE

★ Sportscaster

Runner up: Joni Mihura, professor of psychology, The University of Toledo

★ Bank

★ Print Journalist Runner up: Dave Hackenberg, sports writer, Toledo Blade

Clinton Longenecker, professor of leadership and organizational excellence in the College of Business and Innovation, The University of Toledo

Dr. Nickalis Dumas, D.C., Rapid Relief Chiropractic Center, www.rapidrelieftoledo.com

ROUND 3: THE NEWSMAKERS ★★ ★ MEDIA DARLINGS Mary Helen Darah, columnist, Toledo Area Parent

★ Professor

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www.clothes-mentor.com Runner up: Savers Thrift Stores

Whiteford Road Greenhouse

Westfield Franklin Park www.westfield.com/franklinpark Runner up: The Town Center at Levis Commons

★ Thrift Store Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio www.goodwillnwohio.com Runner up: The Salvation Army

★ Tailor Sew-N-Such www.sew-n-such.com Runner up: Pepe’s Men’s Wear & Tailor Shop

★ Jewelry Store Harold Jaffe Jewelers www.haroldjaffe.com Runner up: David Fairclough Fine Jewelers

★ Eyewear Optical Arts Inc. www.opticalartsinc.com Runner up: Pinnacle Eye Group

★ Greenest Business

Phoenix Earth Food Cooperative www.phoenixearthfoodco-op.com Runner up: The Green Boutique

BEST NEW STORE

BOLIVEU OILMCOMPANY BLE Owner: Stephanie Harmon www.bumbleoliveoilcompany.com Height: 5’9” Job: Owner of Bumble Olive Oil Taunt: “We’ll crush you with our freshness.” Claim to Fame: “The quality and freshness of our oil and vinegar.” Bumble sells fine extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars in Westfield Franklin Park Mall. Hometown: Toledo Alma Mater: DeVilbiss High School

Runner up: Angel & Co.

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n w o T T- ables NSoOtUND OFF! We surveyed notable T-towner’s (and one BG native) to find their picks for the 2012 “Best Of.”

Tobin Klinger, associate vice president for University of Toledo communications

Best festival Black Swamp Arts Festival “It’s a fantastic way of melding music, art and food. The musical lineup is always just fantastic; the juried art show is really extremely high quality, easily rivaling Ann Arbor [Street Art Fair]. And the collection of food vendors that they bring in are always interesting.”

Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, physician/author

Best ethnic grocery store Spice Bazaar “While I have been to many ethnic grocery stores in our town, I think Spice Bazaar tops the list. The personal appeal is they’re very friendly. And their ‘halwa poori’ — you would die satisfied after eating that.”

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ROUND 4: continued ★ Place to buy a car Yark Automotive Group www.yarkauto.com Runner up: Taylor Kia of Toledo

★ Antique Store Maumee Antique Mall www.maumeeantiquemall.com Runner up: Leffler’s Antiques

★ Furniture Store Ashley Furniture Store

BEST LOCALLYOWNED BOUTIQUE

ELEGANT RAGS

Owned by: Cindy Witzler Facebook.com/ElegantRags Height: 5’9” Job: Owner/manager of Elegant Rags Taunt: “Can’t beat our style!” Claim to Fame: “You don’t see our clothes anywhere else.” Elegant Rags has been selling designer ladies apparel in downtown Perrysburg since 2001. Hometown: Bowling Green Alma Mater: Bowling Green State University

www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com 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 www.fiddlestixboutique.com Runner up: Lily’s at Levis

★ Home Boutique C’est La Vie www.facebook.com/pages/ Cest-La-Vie/355502363589 Runner up: Lily’s at Levis

★ Headshop The Loonar Station www.loonarstation.com Runner up: The Shed

★ Hotel/Motel Hilton Garden Inn Toledo Perrysburg Runner up: Sophia Lustig Shop

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ROUND 4: continued ★ Wedding Venue

★ Photographer

Nazareth Hall

JEM Photography

www.nazarethhall.com Runner up: Toledo Botanical Garden

www.momentsbyjem.com Runner up: Nick Amrhein, 3BYONE Media

★ Liquor Store

★ Florist

Joseph’s Beverage Center

Hafner Florist

www.josephsbeveragecenter.com Runner up: Cork’s Wine and Liquor

www.hafnerflorist.com Runner up: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts, Inc.

★ Smoke Shop

★ Caterer

The Cigar Affair www.thecigaraffair.com Runner up: La Casa de La Habana

Premier Catering www.premiercateringtoledo.com Runner up: Michael’s Café & Bakery

★ Romantic Getaway Belamere Suites Hotel www.belameresuites.com Runner up: Maumee Bay State Park

★ Psychic Janet Amid www.janetamid.com Runner up: Kimmie Rose

★ Pet Supply Rover Come Over Doggy Day Care www.rovercomeoverdoggydaycare.com Runner up: SylvaniaVET

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ROUND 5: THE HEAVYWEIGHTS ★ ★ BEAUTY AND BRAWN ★ Women’s Salon

★ Men’s Barber Shop

Reve Salon and Spa

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center

www.revesalonandspa.com Runner up: Beauty Bar

www.roostersmgc.com Runner up: Golden Razor

★ Day Spa

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OF

BEST LOCAL BODY

PAULETTE’S DANCE STUDIO

www.paulettespassions.com Height: 5’6” Job: Owner, instructor and artistic director of Paulette’s Dance Studio Taunt: “I’ve got legs and I know how to use them.” Claim to Fame: A stint as a Las Vegas showgirl with Siegfried and Roy; an appearance in the Dennis Quaid film “Great Balls of Fire.” Hometown: Toledo Alma Mater: Ohio State University.

Pyure Salon & Spa www.pyuresalonspa.com Runner up: Reve Salon and Spa

★ Nail Salon AnVa Spa & Salon www.anvaspaandsalon.com Runner up: J J Nails Pedicure & Tanning

★ Yoga Bikram Yoga Toledo www.bikramyogatoledo.com Runner up: Hot Yoga With Joe

★ Dance Studio Paulette’s Studio of Dance www.paulettespassions.com Runner up: Inspire Dance Company, LLC

★ Massage Therapist Meaghan Alexander, Simply Massage, LLC www.simplymassagetoledo.com Runner up: Alex Smith, Massage Envy

Runner up: Extreme Results by Vince

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★ New Bar

Jeff Degross, Team Toledo

Star Bar & Grille

www.teamtoledo.com Runner up: Maria McKeand Fitness

www.starbarandgrille.com Runner up: Ye Olde Cock N’ Bull Tavern

★ Athletic Club

★ Sports Bar

YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo www.ymcatoledo.org Runner up: Urban Active/LA Fitness

★ Tattoo Parlor Infinite Art Tattoo

www.iatattoo.com Runner up: Permanently Scarred & Perfectly Pierced

6: PUNCH DRUNK LOVE ★ ★★ ★ ROUND WATERING HOLES

★ Personal Trainer

Nick & Jimmy’s Bar and Grill www.nickandjimmys.com Runner up: Fricker’s

★ College Bar Chasers www.toledochasers.com Runner up: Bar 145

★ Gay Bar Bretz Nightclub www.facebook.com/bretz.bar Runner up: Outskirts

★ Trivia Night Ottawa Tavern otavern.com Runner up: The Distillery

★ Karaoke Bar Bier Stube Bar & Grill www.toledobs.com 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 www.blackwhitecab.com Runner up: Checker Cab Company Contd. on p18

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ROUND 7: EAT TO WIN

★ ★★ ★

RESTAURANTS

★ Burger Joint

★ Sushi

Bar 145

Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill

www.bar145toledo.com Runner up: Burger Bar 419

www.spicytunasushi.com Runner up: KotoBuki Japanese Restaurant

★ Steakhouse

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

RI T AOL I SA N IGER I’L LSE

Co-owner, Phil Barone www.rosiesitaliangrille.com Coach: 93-year-old Sicilian powerhouse Rosie Barone. “Mom is Sicilian,” Barone says. “Quiet and tough.” Taunt: “Once a Sicilian gets on top, he’s going to stay on top — that’s our tradition.” Claim to Fame: Hot Mama Bread Hometown: Montelepre, Sicily Alma Mater: St. John’s Jesuit High School Runner up: LaScola Italian Grill

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Mancy’s Steak House www.mancys.com Runner up: Rockwell’s at The Oliver House

★ Hotdogs Tony Packo’s www.tonypacko.com Runner up: Rudy’s Hot Dog

★ BBQ Deet’s BBQ www.deetsbbq.com Runner up: Po Mo’s Ribs

★ Soup Chowders ‘N Moor www.chowdersnmoor.com Runner up: Grumpy’s

★ Wings Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar www.buffalowildwings.com Runner up: Wing Station

★ Gyro The Grape Leaf Diner www.grape-leaf.com Runner up: Rumors Restaurant

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ROUND 7: continued ★ Pizza

★ Tea Shop

The Original Gino’s Pizza

Elaine’s Tea Shop

www.originalginos.com Runner up: Marco’s Pizza

www.thetealady.com Runner up: Dragonfly Tea Cottage

★ Bakery

★ Diner

Wixey Bakery www.wixeysbakery.com Runner up: Tiger Mediterranean Bakery & Deli

★ Independent Coffee Black Kite Coffee & Pies

Star Diner Runner up: Schmucker’s Restaurant

★ Fine Dining Mancy’s Steak House www.mancys.com Runner up: Registry Bistro

www.facebook.com/BlackKiteCoffee Runner up: Plate 21

★ Seafood

★ Sandwich

Real Seafood Company

Grumpy’s

www.realseafoodcorestaurant.com Runner up: Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

www.grumpys.net Runner up: Barry Bagels

BEST ETHNIC GROCERY STORE

MIDDLE EAST M A R K E T Co-owner: Baha Hariri www.middleeast-market.com Height: 5'8" Job: General Manager Taunt: “I’ll beat you down like a Falafel.” Claim to Fame: Secret-recipe cheese

Runner up: Sofo Foods

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“fatayer” known to weaken an opponent’s dietary discipline; “unique Lebanese cuisine in a niche grocery store you won’t find anywhere else.” Hometown: Saida, Lebanon Alma mater: University of Toledo

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ROUND 7: continued ★ Indian Restaurant The Indian Jewel of Toledo

★ Mexican Restaurant El Camino Real

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

www.elcaminorealoh.com Runner up: San Marcos Taqueria

★ Chinese Restaurant

★ Local Grocery

New Empire Restaurant Runner up: QQ Kitchen

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

★ Middle Eastern Restaurant

Beirut Restaurant www.beirutrestaurant.com Runner up: Byblos

Walt Churchill’s Market www.waltchurchillsmarket.com Runner up: Andersons Food Market

★ Natural Food Store Health Foods by Claudia www.healthfoodsbyclaudia.com Runner up: Bassett’s Health Foods

★ Live Music Venue The Village Idiot www.villageidiotmaumee.com Runner up: Huntington Center Contd. on p 26

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ROUND 8: MUSIC TO MY EARS SOUNDS AROUND TOWN

★ ★★

★ Blues/Jazz

★ New Act

Buck69

The Rivets

www.buck69.net Runner up: Jesse Coleman & the JAMM Band

Runner up: Charles Lane

★ Band

★ Hip Hop

Chris Shutters, musician, Chris Shutters Band

Great Lakes Crew

www.facebook.com/ChrisShuttersFanPage Runner up: Neon Black

www.facebook.com/pages/Great-LakesCrew/60117263391 Runner up: C-Fifth

CHRIS

BEST LOCAL SINGER

SHUTTERS

www.myspace.com/chrisshutters Job: Singer/songwriter, rock guitarist, flutist, and general multiinstrumentalist Taunt: “Two hits: I hit you, and then you hit the streets.” Claim to Fame: Chris started playing music in bars and clubs at the age of 13. He is the musical director for Nathan Osmond (nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond). He has toured with Kofie Baker, son of Cream bassist Ginger Baker. He has won the Runner up:Jeff Stewart

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OF THE CHriS SHUtterS BAND

2007 Black Swamp Blues competition and was the 2009 and 2010 Best Artist of the Year according to Uncommon Grounds. His new album, Laugh and Roll the Moon, will be released this spring. Hometown: Sylvania Alma Mater: Northview HIgh School

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ROUND 8: continued ★ DJ

DJ Big Trav Grant

Culture Clash Records

www.facebook.com/djbigtrav Runner up: DJ A-Dubb

www.thecultureclash.com Runner up: Allied Record Exchange

Music Teacher

Micah Graber, music director, Toledo School for the Arts www.ts4arts.org Runner up: Jean Holden, Jean Holden’s Studio of Vocal Expression

Local Music Store

Local Musical Instrument Shop

Heights Guitars www.heights-guitars.com Runner up: Richards Music

Recording Studio

Little Elephant Recording www.facebook.com/LittleElephantRecording Runner up: Media Masters

BEST MUSIC GURU

M A R K

M I K E L

www.myspace.com/markmikel1 Job: Producer/songwriter Taunt: “I like my boxers to be brief....” Claim to Fame: “I’ve made a lot of music for a long time.” Mikel’s newest album, Dark Ocean Colors 2, will be released this year. He plays guitar, bass, piano and drums. Runner up: Chris Shutters

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Hometown: Toledo Alma Mater: “I had six months of drum lessons.”

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ROUND 9: ART TITANS

★ ★★

Supporter of the Local Arts

Toledo School for the Arts

www.leslieadams.com Runner up: Michael and Mark Kersey, Mr. Atomic Studio & Gallery

www.ts4arts.org Runner up: The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo

★ 3-D Artist

Independent Gallery

Copper Moon Studio Gallery & Gifts www.coppermstudio.com Runner up: Bozart’s Art & Music Gallery

2-D Artist

Leslie Adams, artist

Local Art Event

Steve Kaminsky, artist and jewelrymaker, Artforms Perrysburg www.artformsperrysburg.com Runner up: Adam Goldberg, glass artist, Gathered Art Gallery and Studios

★ Street Artist

Black Swamp Festival www.blackswamparts.org

Runner up: Crosby Festival of the Arts

Matt Taylor, designer and illustrator, Mr. Taylor www.hellomrtaylor.com Runner up: Streetspun Yarnbombing

BEST ART CLASSES

TOLEDO MUSEUM

www.toledomuseum.org Team stats: In the past year, 1,620 students have come through the classes, being instructed by 27 teachers, many of whom are artists themselves Runner up: The Art Supply Depo

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Taunt: “Why wouldn’t you want to take art classes from one of the nation’s best art museums?” Claim to Fame: Glass blowing classes in the city where the art glass movement was born. Secret weapon: Van Gogh, Chuck Close, et. al — students are inspired firsthand by the world’s best works of art. Contd. on p 33

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ROUND 9: continued ★ Ballet www.toledoballet.net Runner up: Cassandra School of Ballet

★ Literary Artists Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo www.linkedin.com/in/ryanabunch Runner up: Douglas Lutman, poet and literary artist

★ Local Theatre Group The Toledo Repertoire Theatre www.toledorep.org Runner up: The Village Players Theatre

★ Live Theatre Venue Valentine Theatre www.valentinetheatre.com Runner up: Stranahan Theatre

★ Place to Buy Local Art Cooper Moon Studio Gallery & Gifts www.coppermstudio.com Runner up: Gathered Art Gallery and Studios

BEST ART PHOTOGRAPHER

GIONIS

TINA

The Toledo Ballet

www.tinagiois.com Height: 5’ 4” Job: Documentary photographer and filmmaker; photography instructor at Owens Community College Taunt: “Smell the glove.” Weapon of Choice: “Canon 5D Mark II” Claim to Fame: “Featured in the Arts Commission’s Digital Billboard Project (“It was pretty cool to drive by Central and Secor everyday and see my picture up on the billboard.”); working on a film called The Mazu Pilgrimage, a film about Chinese culture lessons.” Runner up: Jeff Camp, photographer, 10k80 Media

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★ ★ ROUND 10: ATHLETICALLY INCLINED BEST LOCAL ATHLETE

ERIk

KYNARD,JR

Twitter handle: @Erik_Kynard Height: 6’4” Job: Student athlete; Olympian; Twitter personality Claim to Fame: American flag tube socks; oh yeah, and a silver medal in the high jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Hometown: Toledo Alma Mater: Rogers High School

★ Bike Shop Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop www.wersellsbikeandskishop.com Runner up: Reggie’s Bike Shop

★ Skateboard Mountain Man Sports www.mountainmansportsonline.com Runner up: Red Sky Surf and Snow Contd. on p 37

Runner up: Tyler Fahrer, wrestler, Delta Wrestling Club

★★★★ ★ Local High School Coach Jerry Bell, football coach, Whitmer High School www.washloc.k12.oh.us Runner up: Greg Dempsey, football coach, Central Catholic High School

★ High School Team Whitmer High School www.washloc.k12.oh.us Runner up: Central Catholic High School

★ Bowling Alley Timbers Bowling www.timbersbowling.com Runner up: Southwyck Bowling Lanes

★ Martial Arts Studio Kempo Martial Arts www.kempomania.com Runner up: USA Martial Arts

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SOUND OFF!

Kyle Cubbon,

attorney/president of local business consortium Toledo Choose Local

Best institution to show off Toledo Metroparks “I think we have gems, and our Metroparks fall in that category. They’re beautiful — despite our economy, we somehow manage to keep the parks looking pretty darn good.”

Pat O’Connor, owner, Culture Clash Records Best doctor Dr. Cathy Cantor, internal medicine “She has tremendous empathy. She asks the right questions. And primarily, she actually listens. I never feel like when it’s your appointment that she’s just trying to get through it to get to the next person.”

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Sashem Brey, TV reporter, 13 ABC Action News Good Morning Best Mexican restaurant El Vaquero “I go to the location on Secor Road and no matter how packed it is, the service is lightening-fast. Not to mention the salsa — oh, the salsa. I could make a meal of that alone!”

Jenny Cresswell, opera singer, Toledo Opera Best Fine Dining Manos “It kind of has that old world charm, and the food is really great. The red wine list is a little bit off the beaten path, which I like. And it’s downtown, so if we’re going to dine after a performance of some type, Manos is always my first choice.” Contd. on p 38

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