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Hot Chicken Takeover Chowing down on Hot Chicken Takeover’s Nashville-inspired fried chicken helps more than just your stomach cravings. The company has been providing jobs to those in need of supportive employment since it opened in 2013.

Capital City Cakes

Shopping & Retail

The Morgan House

Best Cakes/Cupcakes Capital City Cakes It’s another impressive showing for this Grove City bakery, which has won awards for us before, but takes home Best Cakes for the first time this year.

Best Chocolate Treats Anthony-Thomas Candy Company What? You still haven’t gone on a tour of the Anthony-Thomas factory? Well, get on that, then.

Best Retail Wine Selection Best Retail Beer Selection Giant Eagle Market District These two categories are often winners for Giant Eagle Market District, which works hard to offer an impressive selection at all its locations. Pour one out for the dearly departed the Andersons, though, which put on a strong showing in advance of its June closing.

Give credit to Westerville’s Pure Roots Boutique, though, which was within a few votes of the top spot.

Best Hometown Product Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams The new additions for summer at Jeni’s include hard cider sorbet, cream puff ice cream and peach lassi buttermilk frozen yogurt. It was a bad idea to write this section before lunchtime.

Best Locally Owned Boutique

Best Unique Farmers’ Market Experience

The Morgan House We had a lot of nominees for this category, and it was the impressively eclectic gift shop at the Dublin-based Morgan House that captured our readers’ hearts.

North Market Farmers’ Market Being connected to the North Market, and being organized by it rather than by a city or other municipal organization, helped set the North Market’s farmers’ market apart.

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Photos courtesy of Amanda DePerro (Hot Chicken Takeover), Robb McCormick Photography (Dublin Community Recreation Center), Morgan House, Capital City Cakes and Arnold Sports Festival

Best Socially Responsible Business

CityScene Magazine July 2017