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In March we once again invited you — our readers — to name your favorite local businesses and service providers for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, the special section you are now reading. As in past years, we were pleased by the volume of reader response. You submitted hundreds of votes. This year, we’ve tabulated your top choices in 94 categories, ranging from best restaurant to best supermarket. Although every business nominee received a healthy number of votes, today’s special section lists only the top three vote-getters in each category. In recent years we’ve seen this section mature from a fun feature to something that local businesses take very seriously and an award that can drive business and validate a company’s customer service and mar-

keting efforts. These awards give our readers the opportunity to help shine a spotlight on the local people, services and vendors they use and trust. While the voting is not scientific and can sometimes resemble a popularity contest, that’s absolutely fine with us. We believe that businesses and professionals who’ve earned a positive reputation and have customers who are eager to voice their praise are probably deserving of greater recognition. If you have a Delaware County favorite you don’t see here, write in and tell us why they rank at the top of your list. In the meantime, here are the 2012 winners — and if you haven’t visited them yet, you’re missing out on the best Delaware County has to offer. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

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BEST All AROUND RESTAURANT I BEST FINE DINING I BEST STEAK

The winner in three categories this year, 1808 American Bistro is fast becoming a major draw to downtown Delaware. Classy is the word that comes to mind upon entering the doors of this restaurant. Situated in the heart of downtown Delaware at 29 E. Winter St., the bistro features an upscale yet laid-back atmosphere.

1808 AMERICAN BISTRO 29 E.Winter St. 740-417-4373 1808americanbistro.blogspot.com Named after the year the building was constructed, the restaurant’s name change from D’s Steakhouse to 1808 American Bistro also reflects a revamped menu that includes pastas, entrees, sandwiches, salads, soups and breads. It’s the steaks and variety of adult beverages (48 varieties of craft beer on tap) that make this eatery among the most popular in the city.

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BABY CAKES BAKERY 47 N. Sandusky St. 740-417-4677 babycakescupcakes.com Baby Cakes General Manager Doug Baki was “surprised, of course,” at being selected by our readers as the area’s best bakery; the establishment has only been in business since January 2011. Nevertheless, it has quickly become a favorite place for Delawareans looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. “Its been great,” Baki said of the reception Baby Cakes has received. “Everyone likes it and we enjoy doing it.” Customers seem to like Delaware’s namesake cupcake — The Jug — most, the store’s website describes as “A decadent chocolate, chocolatechip cupcake topped with a rich chocolate butter cream icing and 2280946

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chocolate chips (For the TRUE Chocolate Lover!)” And what, besides chocolate, does Baki attribute the success to? “Honestly, when we opened our goal was to make the best cupcake you can get and that’s what we’ve try to do,” he said. With a menu based solely on cupcakes — eight flavors daily — the bakery sells out maybe half the days it is open, said Baki, who operates the bakey with his wife Kelly, owner of the establishment. Baby Cakes is located at 47 N. Sandusky St. Delaware. Hours are 10 a.m. until they sell out on Tuesdays through Saturdays. The store is closed Sundays and Mondays. I

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BEST BBQ

Assistant manager Jim Gaines has been with Dickey’s since it reopened under new management six months ago. Upon reopening, the restaurant saw returning regulars from day one, and many customers are known by name, Gaines said. Gaines attributes Dickey’s success to hard work and good training. The barbecue chain got its start in Dallas in 1941, where the original restaurant still operates. “The barbecue stands out because it

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DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT 820 Sunbury Road 740-417-4373 dickeys.com is a great smoked barbecue. The ribs are top notch,” Gaines said, adding it is a Texas-style hickory-smoked sauce. Other customer favorites include the baked potato casserole and fried okra. “Over here at Dickey’s we are passionate about the art of great barbecue,” Gaines said. Dickey’s is located at 820 Sunbury Road, Delaware. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 740-363-2400 or visit dickeys.com.

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BOB EVANS Various Locations • bobevans.com In business for more than 50 years, visitors to Bob Evans can get breakfast at any time of the day. Of course, the restaurant also serves lunch, dinner and desserts — but it is the breakfast that Delawareans are particularly fond of. The company was founded in 1948 by Bob Evans, who made sausage at his southeastern Ohio farm for the 12-stool, a restaurant in Gallipolis. General manager at the U.S. 23 location, Ken Kerr, was pleased to hear the

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news that Bob Evans retained the title of best breakfast in town. “We were hoping to keep it,” Kerr said, adding that Bob Evans was founded on breakfast items. Customers come in for breakfast and then see other items and then come back for those, he said. “Our value and quality brings them in and keeps them coming back. The friendly staff and sense of community foster a family atmosphere,” he added.

KFC Various Locations • kfc.com KFC, with its original recipe, extra crispy and grilled chicken, serves more than 12 million customers worldwide. The fried chicken joint operates more than 5,200 restaurants in the U.S. and is known for its original recipe fried chick-

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en, made with a secret blend of 11 herbs and spices Col. Harland Sanders perfected more than a half-century ago. Sanders opened his first restaurant in the front room of a gas station in Corbin, Ky.

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There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee to get the day under way. For Delaware resident’s the most popular place to get that coffee is the Tim Horton’s on West William Street. The doughnut shop’s coffee is so popular, in fact, that many customers purchase the canned coffee to take home, management said. They also attribute the popularity of the restaurant to the atmosphere. To keep Delaware’s coffee drinkers

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TIM HORTON’S Various Locations • timhortons.com happy, Tim Horton’s uses a timer to help get every drive-through customer out in 25 seconds between 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays. The drive-thru is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, closing only for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Dining room hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cold Stone Creamery items can be purchased either inside or in the drivethru. I

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Tian Fu, a 5,000-square-foot buffetstyle restaurant, has earned best buffet, an honor that the establishment has won in the past. The restaurant is under the ownership of Susan Wu, who also owns En Super Buffet at 1139 U.S. 23 in Delaware. “It’s very exciting,” Wu said upon winning the best buffet category again ”We really appreciate that.” Tian Fu has been open for about two years and offers a wide variety of foods

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TIAN FU/EN SUPER 850 U.S. 36/Ohio 37 740-363-3200 on its buffet line, including bourbon, peanut and sweet and sour chicken, sushi, snow crab legs and salmon. Wu said the most popular items are crab rangoon (a deep-fried cheese-filled dumpling) and General Tso’s chicken. The lunch buffet is $6.49 and dinner, $9.99. Friday and Saturday buffet prices are $10.39. The location offers a tea room, hibachi barbecue and sushi rolls. Sushi and can ordered to go, and the restaurant offers catering. I

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BEST DELI

Chelley Belly’s co-owner Michelle Runyon was surprised and “very honored” to receive the Readers’ Choice award. The downtown Delaware delicatessen has been in business for six years, only recently moving from Winter Street to its new location on North Sandusky Street on Jan. 9. Husband Randy Runyon attributes the deli’s success to “not being just another deli style restaurant.” “Our breads take on a whole new meaning to artisan breads,” Randy Runyon said. “Our ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough and demi’s are baked fresh every day. And our soup is to die for. We also attribute our success to making all our bakery items such as cup-

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McDONALD’S

59 N. Sandusky St. 740-369-5792 facebook.com/ChelleyMyBelly

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cakes, cookies, bars, brownies and blondies in house.” The Runyons also make sure their employees are polite and friendly and that the establishment is always clean. Michelle is hands-on every day making sure the place represents her and her husband’s hospitality. The community has welcomed Chelley Belly as unique and not just another carbon copy of some other place. “Its all about comfort food,” Runyon said. Chelley Belly’s is located at 59 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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With a number of McDonald’s restaurants here, it is not hard to find a location for the best french fries in the county. Rod Boester has owned five of the local franchises since Jan. 1, 2001 — three are in Delaware city, one is in Sunbury and one is located at the U.S. 36/Ohio 37 and Interstate 71 interchange. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Boester said of the readers’ selecting McDonald’s as the place with the best french fries in town. He attributed the selection to McDonald’s attention to quality and detail. “That’s a big part of it,” he said. “McDonald’s french fries in Delaware County are the same quality of french fries anywhere in the country.

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Anywhere in the world, for that matter. It’s the consistant quality and attention to detail, which all starts with a good raw product and a good recipe.” Boester said McDonald’s is very consistent in how french fries are made. “We have very strict standards and expectations,” he said. “That’s a big part of it, and obviously, a taste people like.” Boester has worked almost 40 years for the brand. He started as a crew person in Columbus, working for McDonald’s in a variety of management positions “It was always a dream of mine to own my own business. It’s been very rewarding,” he said. “It’s a great brand a great company to work for. I’ve made a lot of good friends.”

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Whit’s Frozen Custard’s Delaware location, owned and operated by Dan and Julie Huprich, has won the award for best dessert. “I’m honored and so excited that Delaware gave me the award,” Julie Huprich said. “I haven’t been here that long, so I’m very honored and very humbled by it all.” On its opening day, customers waited two hours for Whit’s custard, which is made with 10 percent butterfat, a small amount of pasteurized eggs and the blending of very little air during produc-

WHIT’S FROZEN CUSTARD 31 N. Sandusky St. 740-362-0715 • whitscustard.com tion. The recipe creates a smooth and creamy texture with a rich flavor. The store always has vanilla and chocolate custard — made fresh daily and throughout the day — in addition to a weekly flavor. Customers can also purchase a custard treat blended with their favorite topping, sundaes, banana splits, strawberry shortcakes, shakes and malts. The custard can be purchased in a quart, as a custard cake or in a variety of novelty types, such as a cookie and custard sandwich or chocolate nut custard bar.

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The hometown favorite for hamburgers, the Hamburger Inn Diner, is indeed known as being the place “where everybody knows your name.” The hamburger joint remains a popular choice among its many faithful customers. The owner, Bill Michailidis, understands how iconic the Hamburger Inn is to downtown Delaware. Michailidis purchased the Hamburger Inn Diner from its former owner Beverly King. Michailidis, who also owns the BP gas station at 17 E. William St., said he understands and respects the landmark eatery and what it represents to its many regulars. “I like the history of the town,” Michailidis said. “The Inn is really a

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BEST HOT WINGS

With its specialty right in its name, it would be difficult not to vote for BW3 as the best spot for hot wings, right? BW-3 offers sauces ranging from the tame “Sweet BBQ” to “Blazin: Keep Away from Eyes, Pets, Children.”

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Offering pasta-based dishes, The Warehouse Italian Dinners opened its first location in Marion in 1994 and brought its second location to Delaware in 2010. The interior has a rustic Italian feel

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social network and is packed with all the local people throughout the day.” The new owner has recently made some alterations and additions — the restaurant even had a slight name change from Hamburger Inn to Hamburger Inn Diner. The menu also features some newer offerings, including barbecue beef and pork and salads, as well as the ability to order take-home lunches and dinners. Established in 1932, many credit the popularity of the establishment to its atmosphere. The restaurant is also offering expanded hours. It is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. I

Five Guys

The dining room of one of Delaware’s favorite restaurants is often filled with a mixed crowd: families, small groups holding meetings over dinner and folks

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similar to the Marion location, which is housed inside a 1920s-era train station. Menu items include toasted ravioli, mozzarella marinara, bruschetta, lasagna, Italian wedding soup, pizza and flatbreads.

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HAMBURGER INN 16 N. Sandusky St. 740-369-3850

THE WAREHOUSE 1003 U.S. 23N 740-369-4650 thewarehouseitalian.com

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EL VAQUERO’S 259 S. Sandusky St. 740-362-0919 elvaquerosrestaurants.com entertaining out-of-town guests. No matter the occasion, readers raved about the fast service, authentic Mexican food and grand margaritas at El Vaquero’s.

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BUFFALO WILD WINGS Various Locations buffalowildwings.com Included on the readers’ lists of favorite things about BW3 are the 99 cent kids meals on Wednesdays, Wing Tuesdays and Boneless Thursdays. Readers seem to like “B Dubs” as much for its big screen TVs and draft beers as its well-known wings. I

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CANTON 191 S. Sandusky St. • 740-363-5034

BEST CHINESE FOOD

Canton Chinese Restaurant is family owned and operated and offers both dining room and carry-out services. Alcohol is also featured. While most customers come from the Delaware area, assistant manager Vi Truong said they get numerous customers

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that travel from Sunbury, Powell and Columbus for the home-cooked cuisine. Among favorites, Truong said, is General Tso’s chicken and the fried rice. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and is open Mondays through Saturdays.

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BUEHLER’S 800 W. Central Ave. • 740-363-6667 buehlers.com Buehler’s Fresh Foods has been a part of the Delaware community for more than 40 years and was recently voted Best Small Business by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Gazette readers helped bring Buehler’s more recognition by voting it as having the best salad bar and being the best supermarket in the county.

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George Wisener, manager of the Buehler’s Food Market, was pleased that Delawareans recognize his store with multiple Readers’ Choice awards. Buehler’s was founded in 1929 and is a family-owned Ohio company with 13 supermarket locations and 6 ACE hardware locations in Ohio.

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AMATO’S 6 S. Sandusky St. 740-369-8797 amatoswoodfiredpizza.com

Brad Hampu, one of Amato’s owners, was pleasantly surprised to hear of the pizzeria’s Readers’ Choice award. Hampu attributes the success of the establishment to “our staff working hard to take care of our customers. It keeps them coming back.” The restaurant has been in its new space for more than two years now and has a growing loyal customer base. One of the partners owned the building when it used to be a carryout, Hampu said, so Amato’s has been a Delaware staple for the past six to seven years. Since 2010, the restaurant has offered a dine-in option and an outdoor patio. A recent expansion and a liquor

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license allowed the owners to build upon what they began, and has allowed for occasional live band performances. “I’d like to thank the people of Delaware for coming out and supporting us,” Hampu said. “We appreciate everything they do, and we are very excited to be a part of downtown. We try to have as much community involvement as we can, and appreciate everyone in turn supporting us.” Amato’s is located at 6 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. I

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BEST RIBS

Henry Banks and Banks Farm Market is an institution in Delaware County. Banks not only draws business from long-time customers who come regularly but he also sees new customers from points both in and outside the county. Banks notes he has even drawn raves from visitors from South Carolina and Georgia, areas well-known for barbecues. “They have nothing on you,” he has been told. Selling his well-known barbecues for 24 years now, Banks attributes his success to consistency. He began operating out of a small tent before he retired working for the county and PPG, progressed to a small shed, then came inside once he began expanding his menu. “My ribs are no different than they’ve been when I started,” he said,

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304 London Road 740-368-9577 adding that he makes his own sauce. While Banks says he may not be getting rich, he really enjoys the work and even has his grandchildren working with him. He especially enjoys working with both his kids and grandkids. “I just believe in treating people right,” Banks said. “You have a relationship with your customers.” In addition to the ribs, Banks pulled pork is another local favorite. The market also offers a variety of other meats as well as produce, homemade pies and sides such as macaroni and cheese and cheesy potatoes. He also prepares food for events. Bank’s is located at 304 London Road, Delaware. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

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Delaware is home to one of the more than 750 Hibbett Sports stores nationwide. The store offers a wide selection of brand name men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, athletic apparel and sporting equipment. This year, readers voted the store as offering the best athletic apparel in the area. The manager of the Delaware location said the store’s customer serv-

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ice sets it part from others. “It’s what we pride ourselves on in the store. We try to get the best selection as possible that’s also tailored to the area,” she said. The store offers “a little of everything,” from footwear to sports-specific apparel, such as baseball, softball, soccer, football and lacrosse, as well as large sports manufacturers like Nike, Reebok and Adidas.

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Kohl’s, the department store encouraging shoppers to “expect great things,” as its slogan states, opened at its Delaware location in the Glenwood Commons Center in October 2009. The store stocks a wide selection of

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merchandise. Whether it’s clothes for the kids, shoes for you or jewelery for that special someone, Kohl’s has it. And that’s just the beginning. From bedding to furniture, luggage to electronic and games, the store sells it, and does so at competitive prices.

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READERS’ CHOICE 2012 THE STRAND THEATRE 28 E.Winter St. • 740-363-4914 thestrandtheatre.net Perhaps Delaware’s brightest gem, a trip to historic downtown Delaware is not complete without a visit to the Strand Theatre. The Strand has it all — the ambiance of a historical theatre, current cinematic features and cheap eats. The theatre has seen upgrades this year with more to come, including new modern screens, a redesigned website and

THE JUG

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An extensive happy hour running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily makes the Jug Grill and Patio stand out from others bars in the area, said owner Don Long. Regular drink prices are $2.25 or $2.75 for well drinks. During happy hour, the drinks are half-price. Also from 4 to 7 p.m., appetizers are halfprice. In addition to the fish, the bar cooks up tasty burgers, priced from $7.99 to

837 N. Houk Road 740-369-3267 $8.95. The half-pound sirloin with a variety of toppings offered feature horse race-themed names, such as “Blue Ribbon,” “Deadheat,” “Filly” and “Pacer.” Long said the “Post Time” is the most popular burger, a plain patty with lettuce, tomato and onion, followed by “Stacked Up,” a patty with cheddar cheese, onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

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improved amenities that are being called “game changers.” Whether it follows an afternoon of browsing at the antique shops or precedes a dinner at one of the downtown eateries, a night on the town in Delaware is not complete without a trip to the Strand.

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OAKHAVEN 2871 U.S. 23N • 888-504-6281 oakhaven.com

BEST GOLF COURSE

Gazette readers chose the rolling hills of Oakhaven Golf Club as the best place to swing your clubs. The 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course is open year-round. The course was purchased by new owners in 1996, when it was a nine-hole course. The back nine was built shortly after. Oakhaven boasts one of the best short-game and practice facilities in the area. The club offers a 50-acre lighted

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driving range with 33 heated covered tees and 60 grass tees, two practice chipping greens with a sand bunker, a 5,000-square-foot putting green and an indoor putting facility. In addition to golf, Oakhaven offers a pro shop, banquet facility for up to 200 guests, on- and off-site catering and an on-site bar for kicking back after playing the course.

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Part of Delaware since 2005, Old Bag of Nails customers voted the pub as having the best happy hour in town. The atmosphere and people make the cold beverages that much better, and the ability to order great food with your drink is a nice bonus. “We are known for our fish and chips, made from cod,” said Don Goodwin, Old Bag of Nails manager.

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“We provide a higher quality fish and deal directly with the suppliers to ensure the quality of the product.” The restaurant also offers sandwiches, steaks, shrimp, scallops, potato cakes and beer-battered pickles. “I appreciate people’s business and hopefully we’ll keep being able to provide what’s making people happy,” Goodwin said.

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Michael Wharton, drummer, was pleased by the news that his band was selected as Delaware’s best. While the original band began six years ago, today’s performers have been together two years. Other band members include Chris Steberl on guitar, Kyle Rayburn on vocals and Scott Wood on keyboards and bass. “We play a little bit of everything — rock, country, new stuff, old stuff, dance,” Wharton said. Locally, the band plays at The Final Score, Roop Brothers and Amato’s, but also will be at Red, White and Boom on July 4, where they have headlined for the past five years, Zoofari at the Columbus Zoo, and will play at Put-inBay on Memorial Day weekend, performing as far away as Indiana and West Virginia. They will also be at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus for New Year’s Eve.

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Wharton attributes the band’s success to its ability to relate to people. “We don’t think we’re better than anyone else. We just try to have a good time,” he said. Wharton, 44, has been playing since he was 7 and was in his first band in Delaware when he was 12. “We all have day jobs,” said Wharton, the facilities manager at an area medical company. Wood works for Honda, Steberl works for a lawyer and Rayburn is a cook at The Jug. Three Olives Vodka is the group’s national sponsor and allows them to give away items to those that come to see them perform. “We look at it as something fun, not a job,” Wharton said of playing with the band. “It’s nice to get paid at doing something you like to do.” For more information on the band, visit thedivideband.com online or The DiVide Boyz on Facebook. I

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Leaf Chiropractic is not just a place to get adjusted when your back hurts, but rather takes a holistic approach to chiropractic medicine, said wellness coordinator Rachel Andrews. “We try to let people know that there’s an important component to making sure you have your regular checkup,” she said. Leaf is not only a chiropractic center, but also offers massage therapy, exercise rehabilitation, clinical nutri-

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tion and lifestyle wellness and weight management services. Leaf, owned by Dr. Brian Leaf, has been in its current location since June 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Leaf had a downtown location. Andrews said Leaf Chiropractic appreciates the distinction of being selected as the best by Gazette and Sunbury News readers. “We’ve tried to make a difference in the community, so hopefully that’s what we’re doing,” Leaf said.

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The recently opened Delaware YMCA has been selected as the Readers’ Choice favorite fitness center. Tina Badurina, with the marketing and communications department with the YMCA of central Ohio said that because the YMCA is new to the community, we are thrilled at being selected. The center opened in December 2011 with what Badurina said has been a “tremendous partnership” with the City of Delaware. “It’s really brought something so wonderful to the community,” she said. “We go into a project with a lot of anticipation and excitement, then we open the doors and see families come in. It creates a synergy that is wonderful.” Badurina said other Y’s have been chosen for similar awards in the past

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and attributed that to the YMCA’s community involvement. “People see us as part of the community, not just a service to pay for,” Badurina said. She added that whether people come for youth sports, parent and child programs or programs for seniors, they see the YMCA as more than the obvious gym. The YMCA’s agreement to manage the city’s parks and recreation department is unique in the state, Badurina added. “We thank the community for supporting us and hope to continue to make folks happy,” Badurina said. The Delaware YMCA is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. The center is also open on some holidays.

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SERVICE IN DELAWARE COUNTY. Dr. Andrew MacDowell tries to foster a team-based relationship with his patients that is more like a partnership than the traditional doctor-patient relationship. “I will go into a room, introduce myself with my first name,” MacDowell said. “I tell them my job is to educate them, and that I see my role as an educator. And I give them pros and cons so that they can make their decisions.” Delaware’s favorite doctor said he thinks this approach, in the age of WebMD.com and other Internet resources, appeals to his younger patients. “They don’t just want to be told what 2280306

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to do. They’re going to listen to what I have to say, go back home to use the Internet and decide what their best option is,” he said. MacDowell, 39, has practiced in Delaware since he finished his pediatric residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in 2002. He stayed there to establish his practice before relocating to his current location at the new Delaware Health Center. “With how healthcare costs are rising … I see a physician’s job, and my job now, as not only taking care of people’s health, but helping them create good lifestyles and make positive health choices,” he said.

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Dr. Stephen Schuler was surprised to learn of his being selected as the best pediatrician in Delaware. “I was aware of your contest but didn’t know there was a category for pediatricians,” he told the Gazette. In practice since 1978, the office includes care for newborns through age 21. “I have a large number of parents

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DR. DAVID ZEHNDER 1832 Castleton Way • 740-363-2015 myadvancedeyecare.com Dr. David Zehnder, a warm and caring optometrist, is driven by the desire to correct vision problems and protect patients’ eye health. Zehnder’s office is a leader in the eye care profession with its technology services providing the latest equipment to detect ocular disease at its earliest stages. His specialties include treating glaucoma, diabetes and Ortho-K vision reshaping. His office is an external site for The Ohio State University to teach fourth-year optom-

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Sarah Moore has a long community history of taking care of the elderly. Administrator Ron White said the home was founded in 1892 by civic leaders in the Delaware area. The home is named for a women who, with a group of other women, began the home so elderly ladies could live out their lives. “It’s quite a history. Quite a tradition,” White said. “We’ve always been small, so we’re more family-oriented. More hands-on care. That’s the kind of people we hire.” In 1999, the nursing home comI

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etry students clinical skills and optometric business management prior to graduation. Zehnder earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1986. Advanced Eyecare Associates’ hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; closed Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays by appointment Saturdays.

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who were my patients as newborns,” he said. Schuler said he has been busy since day one. “I was the first pediatrician in Delaware County. I didn’t need Delaware County growth to build my practice, ” he said. Schuler attributes his success to his wife Nancy, his loyal staff and a “wonderful group of patients.”

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SARAH MOORE 26 N. Union St. • 740-362-9641 saramoorehome.com pleted a $3.5 million dollar addition to the health care center and remodeled the assisted living area. At that time, the by-laws were also changed so men could live there as well. Then in May 2009, additional upgrades and additions were completed including 44 assisted living suites.The home is run by a nonprofit, volunteer governing board. There is also a 50-member service board where ladies of the community provide special projects for the residents. This is the same board that ran the home until 1979. I

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Providing high-quality dentistry in an honest environment is what makes Dr. John Sexton’s practice stand out from the others, he said. Sexton has owned Delaware Dental since 2007 and strives to provide a great customer service experience while taking care of his patients. “We’re a family practice, specializing in high-quality dental care,” Sexton said. “My staff and I are really dedicated to giving a great experience to the patient. We spend time talking to them, explaining their options and educating them, so they can make their own decisions for their healthcare.” Sexton earned his undergraduate

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degree from Miami University in Oxford and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He did a general practice residency in hospital dentistry in Charlotte, N.C., for a year following graduation, then moved back to Ohio in 2002, he said. “It’s flattering that our patients see the value and hard work in what we’re doing,” Sexton said. “The patients are what makes our practice great. They trust in us and voiced their vote for us. The staff and I are really excited.” Delaware Dental’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 7 a.m. to noon Thursdays and closed Fridays.

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Delaware City School officials say the district’s history of forward progress has increased the community’s happiness with the school district. The district has more than 5,200 students among five elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school and a high school. It was awarded an “Excellent with Distinction” status last year by the Ohio Department of Education, a continuation of a long and steady pattern of improvement over the course of the last decade. Superintendent Paul Craft said the district is honored to be selected as the

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OHIO WESLEYAN 61 S. Sandusky St. • 740-368-2000 owu.edu Ohio Wesleyan University has approximately 1,800 undergraduate students; its class of 2011 had 383 graduates. It also has a distinct international presence; 10 percent of its students are from among 50 countries worldwide. OWU prides itself on the quality of education provided.

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As Delaware County has grown, the Delaware County District Library has grown along with it. Founded in 1899, the library expanded this year thanks to a voter-approved bond issue passed in 2009. It opened its fourth branch, located at 7171 Gooding Blvd. in

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OWU was recently named one of the top U.S. business accounting schools. It’s graduates can expect an average net return on their investment of $354,800, after ducting the cost of earning their diplomas and adjusting for graduation rates, according to a recent study.

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ORANGE BRANCH 7171 Gooding Blvd. • 740-549-2665 delawarelibrary.org Orange Township. The new library is approximately 33,000 square feet, boasts close to 100 parking spaces, houses more than 90,000 items, and 39 public computers. Special spaces include four study rooms, a glass enclosed quiet study area and a community meeting room. I

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Home to 382 students, St. Mary School works with its families to provide the best education to its students. The school, which is accredited by the state through the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association, was founded in 1885 and occupied a small house adjacent to the church. The present school was built in 1925 and expanded in 1959 and 2005. St. Mary offers grades kindergarten through eight and a preschool program of about 50 students. “I think the Readers’ Choice award is a tribute to our parents, staff and parishioners for all of the support they give the school,” school principal Ryan Schwieterman said. “Whether it be financially, volunteering within the school or the extra effort to help students succeed, these groups deserve the credit. “Our school staff and parish priests are one of the great strengths we have at St. Mary. The staff has more than 260 years of combined teaching and has a good mix of newer and veteran staff who build off each other for the benefit of the students. Our parish priests are also an integral part or our mission in providing a Catholic education for our students. It is wonder-

ST. MARY CATHOLIC 66 E.William St. • 740-362-8961 stmarydelaware.org ful, and we are lucky to have priests who are so involved with our students’ education.” The average class size is about 25 students. The faculty has 15 classroom teachers, four full-time aides, a librarian, a computer teacher, a physical education teacher, a reading teacher, an intervention specialist, a music teacher and a band teacher. The school also has a part-time nurse, educational psychologist and a speech therapist. St. Mary began offering a full-day, five-day kindergarten program this year, which has been a success, Schwieterman said. The school also started its school-aged child care (SACC) program in the 2009-10 school year where children attending the school grades kindergarten through eight can participate in the after-school care program. “While our students do not take the Ohio Achievement Assessment testing like public schools, I’m very confident our school would be ‘excellent with distinction.’ This award helps to reaffirm this belief that St. Mary is a great faith and academic option for students in the Delaware area,” Schwieterman said.

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Little Sheep’s Childcare has been around for about two years, but open about a year and a half, after a fire gutted their first building at 92 N. Sandusky St. in downtown Delaware. White, who owns the business with her husband Zyrone White, said taking care of the community’s children every day is the reward. Forty-four children are enrolled with an average attendance of about 35 children per day, White said. The center offers day care for children ages 18 months to five and a half years, while also offering an education. The children participate in a formal cap and gown graduation in August with nine graduating last year. Christian

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The Delaware Area Career Center offers a variety of programs for high school students and adults alike at its two campuses. Superintendent Mary Beth Freeman said DACC has a total of 870 students. Thirty different programs are available for high schoolers, and adults have “just

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learning is also incorporated into the curriculum. Each child’s birthday is celebrated at the center with a small party. The children get breakfast, lunch and an evening snack, White said. Work continues on the old Delaware County Juvenile Court building at 11 E. Central Ave. in downtown Delaware, which will become a second location for infant care, White said. The projected finish date is June 1. “That’s where we wanted to be,” White said. “I love the business district. It’s a good area to be in, and we want to bring it back to life.” White is also considering an after-school care program. Little Sheep’s hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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DACC South: 4565 U.S. 23 • 740-548-0708 North: 1610 Ohio 521 • 740-363-1993 delawareareacc.org about limitless” options to choose from in online programs. Since opening in 1974, DACC has added another campus and several new programs. The Powerline Program, which started last year with support from local companies such as AEP, is one example.

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READERS’ CHOICE 2012 ADVANCED AUTO 489 S. Sandusky St. 740-369-6111 advancedautoparts.com

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A family-owned business, Leroy’s Service Center has offered all automotive repair and mechanical services in downtown Delaware since 1976. Owner Leroy Rease reflects a particular passion for the automotive arts, coming from generations of auto workers. He has always lived in Delaware and started the company himself. Rease said he tries to stay on the

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cutting edge of technological developments by updating his equipment every year. He is currently preparing to revamp his diagnostic technology, which reads the computers in the cars so as to best diagnose the problem. With a conveniently accessible location, the shop gets 3,500 to 4,000 visits a year, Reese said.

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The locations may change for those taking their cars to Bauerle, but the service and the name have remained the same for the past 26 years. Larry Bauerle, now the owner of the business, comes from a family of auto mechanics. He learned the trade at the age of eight by following his father, who worked for years at the Marshall Pontiac dealership. In fact, Larry believes he and his father were the first two mechanics to become

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Advance Auto Parts, a leader in the automotive aftermarket, sells affordable parts at four locations in Delaware County. The company has more than 3,300 stores nationwide.

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Shirley and the team at Robinson's Flower Shop want to thank you, our loyal customers, for voting us as "Best Florist in Delaware County"!

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Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified in Delaware County. “To begin with, I’m really honored — that’s a given,” he said of owning this year’s best auto repair shop. Bauerle fields a staff of nine employees and says everyone works as a team. “We’ve been at it for a long time” he said. “Everybody works well together, works hard and we try to take care of everybody.” I

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Besides the Sandusky Street location, Advance Auto has shops at 525 N. Houk Road (740-362-2369), 8531 Owenfield Drive (740-549-4979) and 400 W. Cherry St. (740-965-0835).

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Scroggins said. Specializing in new and used tires, the store also offers full automotive repair, including brakes, shocks, struts and tuneups, and is working toward expanding its offerings in the spring with alignments. “We credit our success to caring about our customers,” Scroggins said. “We won’t sell you something if you don’t need it. In these tough economic times, it is even more important to put the consumers’ needs ahead of our own. We also pride ourselves in taking time

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with our customers on both a professional and personal basis. We enjoy getting to know the people who come to us for service. Just About Tires is more than a tire shop.” Scroggins, whose father was in the tire business in the ’70s and ’80s, said that as manager, he was pleased with the honor of being chosen as best tire store. “We look forward to continued success in Delaware and the surrounding area,” Scroggins said. “A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the readers of The Delaware Gazette.” I

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Offering entertainment, sports and more, WNCI is located on the dial at 97.9 FM and is home of the popular Morning Zoo radio program. With a

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When you trust someone else to help you with your taxes, it’s good to know they have your best interest in mind. That’s what you can expect from George Klepec. Klepec runs an accounting and tax services business with his wife, Keisha. He has been in accounting since 1996.

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both syndicated and local programming. Leading the news team are anchors Andrea Cambern, Jerry Revish, Chris Bradley and Dom Tiberi. The station has won this award for two consecutive years.

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LARRY WIGTON 20 W. High St., Ashley./740-362-0007 wigtonauctions.com Auctioneering and The Ohio State University. Wigton said he thinks his fair and honest dealings have helped him be selected Delaware’s best auctioneer for another year running. “I just try to treat people the way I like to be treated,” he said.

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Klepec said he feels his dedication to his clients and his attention to detail have served him well in his career and contributed to his selection for best accountant in Delaware. Klepec also attributes his success to the partnership he enjoys with his wife. “She’s the backbone to making this all happen,” Klepec said.

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JoAnn’s customers are so loyal in fact, that she not only sees them, but also their kids and grandkids now. “She’s the only place in town for me,” said Harvey, a loyal customer. “If I can’t get her and she’s busy, my hair just grows and grows. I’ll turn into a hippie if she ever quits.”

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O. Ross Long of Heald-Long Law Offices said his success has come from his 40 years of experience. He said his hard work has evidently paid off, since he’s done little advertising outside the company’s website and he meets clients primarily through word-ofmouth recommendations. “Practicing law is not easy. That’s why they call it a practice,” Long said. “You’re always working, always trying to stay up on things.” Born in Delaware, Long has deep roots in the community. He grew up mostly in Worthington, but returned to Delaware to earn his Bachelor of Arts

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degree at Ohio Wesleyan University. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati three years later with his Juris Doctor degree, then served as a Judge Advocate in the US Air Force for the next five years. He has worked at his current law offices ever since. Long said he covers a wide range of cases, from civil litigation to probate, but tends to have an emphasis on criminal law. He considers himself lucky to be able to work in the Delaware justice system. “Practicing law in Delaware County is one of the best places you can practice,” Long said.

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TIM @ PAYNE’S PIZZA 400 W. Central Ave. 740-363-9040 Tim Lilly began working at Payne’s Pizza & More for the extra cash, then found the work too enjoyable to quit. Lilly, who primarily works in the remodeling industry, applied for evening delivery shifts to save money for a house. He said he earned the money and bought the house within a year, but found his delivery job more exciting than reclining in his new living room. Lilly is now approaching his six-year anniversary at Payne’s, describing it as

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his “fun job.” That positive attitude, as well as taking time to speak with the customers, is what Lilly suspects sets him apart from other delivery people in the area. “A lot of our customers are repeat customers, so I know them,” he said. “A lot of times, you look at the names, not the address.” Lilly works Mondays through Fridays, from about 5:30 to 10 p.m. For more information about Payne’s Pizza & More, visit paynespizza.net.

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TAMMY DAVIS @ THE JUG 837 N. Houk Road • 740-369-3267 To serve the perfect drink, Tammy Davis said one must blend bartending skills with a bubbly personality. Davis has been a bartender for 15 years, citing her friendly, outgoing, talkative nature as the main reason for her longevity and success. When she began working at the Jug Grill & Patio about six months ago, she said her regulars remained more loyal to her than to her former place of employment. Her local residency may also play a role. “I live right downtown, so I know

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quite a few people in the Delaware area,” Davis said. This year’s favorite bartender can return the love with her signature drink, Tammy’s True Love Martini, which is a blend of Grey Goose vodka, Razzmatazz liqueur and a splash of Sprite. Her personal favorite, however, is the Juicy Fruit cocktail — a concoction of bubblegum-flavored vodka, orange juice and Red Bull energy drink. Davis works Monday, and Thursday through Sunday until about 7 p.m.

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Affordability and good service keeps clients coming back to Dr. Tom Garey of the Oakside Animal Clinic. Garey was selected for the honor of best veterinarian by readers in the community. “I’m just appreciative,” Garey said. “It’s an honor to be recognized by clients throughout the Delaware area. Taking the time to put the name

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Cheryl Felton’s creative, personal and patient approach to physical fitness has led to her loyal following at EZ-Fit. Felton has been a personal trainer for 22 years and the owner and sole trainer at EZ-Fit for the past three. Her decision to open her own workout facility was born out of her desire to provide clients with more than a cardio workout. EZ-Fit offers weight training as well as aerobic workouts, and Felton continually adds more programs as they became popular. Piloxing, a cross between boxing and pilates, is one of the latest additions to the EZ-Fit schedule. She also teaches Zumba Plus dance fitness classes and the popular multimuscle walking course. The best part about being a personal trainer, Felton said, is watching

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clients meet their goals. She remembered one woman who could barely do a sit up when she enrolled in Felton’s classes, and now is “far beyond that.” “It’s very rewarding to see people whose goals are met,” she said. Felton also offers nutritional and healthy lifestyle coaching. She plans to hire another certified trainer soon, too, so she can expand programing even further. Class start times run from 9:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:15 a.m and 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One 9:15 a.m. class is offered Fridays and Sundays, and the two Saturday classes begin at 8:30 and 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit EzFitDelaware.com or email Felton at rfelton@columbus.rr.com.

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But the lifelong Delaware County resident and employee at the county engineer’s office sometimes finds it hard to feed his passion because of his responsibilities as a father. But when he does find time, he excels. Last year, he took the top photography prize at the Delaware County Fair in the advanced class. “I just absolutely love capturing the moment,” he said.

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Eight years ago, Clint Matlack took a hobby and turned it into a part-time profession. After years of taking amateur photographs, he decided to begin taking professional photos. In recent years, he has done seniors pictures, weddings and sporting events. “It’s something that I just have a love to do,” he said. “It’s my release. It’s what I love doing.”

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area residents may recognize her from her time as a waitress at Buehler’s. A Delaware County resident since 2001, Rivera said that her favorite part of being a waitress is “the people.” “I just make sure to take care of my tables and smile and make sure that they leave happy,” she said.

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Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan Association has earned the top billing as best bank in Delaware two years running. “We’re really excited for the second year in a row to be nominated,” said Greg Roy, Fidelity Federal president. Fidelity Federal specializes in mortgage and home improvement loans and has been doing that since 1887, but also offers traditional bank services, such as car loans and a Fidelity Federal Visa card. “We’re small enough to offer per-

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Excellent customer service and great equipment sets South Sandusky Street’s Touchless Express Car Wash apart from other area car washes, said owner and president Brian Long. “I think it’s a combination of good equipment and good customer service,” Long said. “We are very hands-on. If people do have problems, we try to send them a refund. We don’t put them off. You’re not going to keep them as a

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about selling product, we’re about building relationships.” The business has grown in its nine years in downtown Delaware. About a year ago, the shop opened an adjunct business, Pet Town, which Mitchell said has been very popular. The boarding facility provides a place for dogs to play with each other during the day, and sleep in their own unique dog houses at night. Pet Town is located at 435 B&C Dunlap St., Delaware, and can be reached at 740-417-4824. Store and grooming hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit delawarepetstuff.com.

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The listed phone number for Dry Step Carpet takes you to owner Laurie Mooney’s cell phone. Dry Step is run out of Mooney’s west side Delaware home. When you call to make a cleaning appointment, Mooney herself shows up. “I think we really take the time to

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make sure we always do our best,” Mooney said. “We always put forth a 100 percent effort to make sure the job is done right.” Dry Step has been in business for 12 years and has been operating in Delaware for six. Husband Jim is also heavily involved with the business.

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TRACTOR SUPPLY CO. 2621 U.S. 23N/740-369-3024 tractorsupply.com The company offers a variety of items, including seeds for animals, mower parts, tractor parts, sprayers for farm lands, solar lights, canopies and clothing. Essentially, everything except tractors, according to the company website. Receiver Betty Emmons says that the

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READERS’ CHOICE 2012 21 TIME WARNER CABLE 800-934-4181 timewarnercable.com For nearly 20 years, Time Warner has offered cable TV service, highspeed Internet access and home phone services. A company well

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For more than 100 years Rodman Neeper Funeral Home has offered a full array of services to meet people’s endof-life needs. Formerly Bennett Brown Funeral Home, the owner recently announced the merger of Rodman Neeper with Snyder funeral homes, now named the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center. Each of the funeral homes’ facilities will continue to operate as normal, DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home

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President Clay Snyder said. The funeral home offers the only onsite crematory in Delaware, an on-site floral arranger. It also provides its services in a single-floor building with a chapel that can seat up to 370 people. “I’m just humbled that we were again voted best funeral home,” said George Rodman, funeral director and co-owner of Rodman Neeper, who has been in the funeral business since 1975.

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32 Spring St. 740-368-9981 The Delaware Paint Co. attributes its 11 years of success to its local charm, customer service and affordable prices. “The customers that come to us are the ones avoiding the big boxes,” said Phil Hopkins, who shares ownership of the shop with Pete Newton. Together, they have about 40 years of paint experience, Hopkins said. That experience shows in terms of the number of loyal customers and the

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shop’s growth. Hopkins said business increases about 10 to 20 percent every year, and the services have expanded into providing for more industrial paint and expoxy flooring projects. Delaware Paint Co. also offers custom color matching, interior and exterior stains. The shop is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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Administrator Kay Shroyer relates that Shroyer’s Manufactured Housing Community is a place to call home, offering a country setting not far from the city with schools, shopping, restaurants, hospital and recreational facilities all within a 5-mile radius of the community. Shroyer believes that one’s life should be lived in a fun, safe, convenient and healthy environment. Shroyer’s community possesses regulations designed to provide optimum

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lifestyle enjoyment. The majority of community residents are seniors and semi-retired, and they enjoy the peace and quiet, along with fishing and nature, said Shroyer. “They do have occasional friends, such as raccoons, rabbits and geese invading their flower beds, which becomes a challenge sometimes,” Shroyer said. “I’m very proud of the pride our residents take in their property and I’ve always said I have the best residents in Delaware County.”

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Open for more than five years, the Common Ground Free Store is a nonprofit that helps people in need by supplying household goods, clothing and shoes. “A free store is a store where everything is free,” said Lori Falk, Common Ground Free Store director. First opened by former director Bonnie Ristau in September 2006, Ristau saw the work being done at free stores in Columbus and wanted to bring the same to Delaware County. The Common Ground Free Store in Delaware is open three times a week, and people can come in to shop for any clothing or household supplies they need. A meal is also offered during their shopping experience. Last year alone, 4,000 families were served. The Free Store does not have any “hoops to jump through,” Falk said. The store doesn’t ask for income requirements or proof of residency. Delaware’s Free Store does service some homeless shoppers, she added. “I am just wonderfully surprised and pleased,” Falk said of the award. Falk attributes the success to its volunteers and shoppers. “We are truly a volunteer-driven organization,” Falk said. “We have just wonderful volunteers committed to our

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mission — ‘Welcoming the Community to Share in God’s Love and Gifts.’ It’s truly a place where people can come together and build relationships.” The Free Store also hosts a monthly Bingo game where shoppers can win prizes, such as paper goods and detergents that couldn’t otherwise be purchased with food stamps. A monthly message, music and meal is also offered where a lay person or preacher comes in to share a spiritual message. The meal is catered by Ohio Wesleyan University, Falk said. Other special events include Christmas shopping at the Free Store and the Christian Praise Jam concert put on every summer at Mingo Park. The Free Store also puts on a vacation Bible school in partnership with the Delaware City Vineyard Church. A “mommy and me” play class is also being hosted. Community donations can be made during the store’s regular hours. Financial donations can be mailed to the store at 193 E. Central Ave., Delaware 43015. The Common Ground Free Store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays; and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. The store also has an active Facebook page.

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Owner Lynda Jackson said its her noticeable passion for pets and personal touch that sets Muddy Paws apart from other dog groomers. Jackson and her groomer, Judy Hicks, have been in the business eight years. “We wanted to do something that we knew would help the animals,” Jackson said. “If you’re nice and you really care about your people and your dogs, I think that really pays off.” For example, she said she plans to

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CVS PHARMACY Various Locations/cvs.com CVS has a comprehensive pharmacy, offering prescriptions in addition to items covering the drug store gamut. Delaware Store Manager Jeff Haug believes the best thing about being in a smaller community such as Delaware is

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offer free dog grooming for owners facing financial troubles. As Jackson said, “it’s not the dog’s fault.” The business has expanded in the last few years, moving from Horseshoe Road to its current, larger location on Stratford Road. The shop, which specializes primarily in dogs, grooms about 40 pets a week, Jackson said. Appointments are required for all services except for nail care, and can be scheduled Monday through Saturday.

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After 20 years of service, Price Reality is one of the few local, independent real estate companies still in Delaware, agent Doug Price said. The industry has changed a lot in the past two decades, particularly with the integration of technology, and Price Realty has kept pace. “We’ve kept up with the technology and offer all the same services as the big companies offer,” Price said. For example, its interactive website includes a mortgage calculator, a map of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) listings, and links for areas of interest in Delaware County, among other features.

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In the past year, the company began implementing Quick Response codes, a type of matrix bar code, on its yard signs, Price said. Using this matrix bar code, prospective buyers can call up the listing of that house on their smart phones. The technological evolution has not altered the core business model, which is customer service, Price said. Price Realty is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Appointments at other times can also be arranged.

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READERS’ CHOICE 2012 SUPER WASH & TAN 740-362-8268 The Super Wash and Tan has the schedule and the specials that appeal to Delaware County residents, said Vickie Closson, director of operations. The tanning salon is open seven days a week, 363 days a year, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It offers club memberships, which grant a month of unlimited tanning at a reduced rate and product discounts; features Monday specials for the sunless, spray tan booth; and recently began promoting various daily in-store specials. The salon also has Body by Vi nutritional supplement. Closson said the friendly employees

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have played a major role in the salon’s success, which led it to open a second venue in 2009 at Glenwood Commons. The staff is well-trained in skin care and the tanning process to better assist the customers, she said. Located in the back of the Super Wash laundry, this salon allows multitasking tanners to darken their skin while waiting for their clothes to dry. Closson said the Delaware community “continues to open their arms” to the salon, which strives to “give back to the customers in the community as much as we can.”

EMERGENCY PLUMBING 55 N. Sandusky St. 740-548-5453 delawareohioplumbing.com and gas lines and video camera inspection. Jen Rose said she believes they received the honor of best plumber because of the services they offer and the fact that they are family owned and operated. She also believes the longevity of the business helps with customer satisfaction.

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One reader said of Willow Brook, "I have friends there and they are tremendous. If I were tied up for long and had to spend time resting up, that would be where I'd like to spend my time. It's clean, their staff is great and you won't find better facilities. They have numerous programs for those living there and the food is terrific." I

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Oakland Nursery at 25 Kilbourne Road offers everything gardening for Delawareans from shrubs, trees and perennials to annuals and ground cover. The nursery also offers design and planting services. Paul and John Reiner have owned and operate the nursery along with general manager John Ewing since they opened in 1990. “When we first moved in, it was pret-

25 Kilbourne Road 740-369-5454 oaklandnursery.com ty rural,” Ewing said, adding that now with the development of the mall and the housing, urbanization has changed the look of the area. “People of Delaware County and the city have really supported us, along with the surrounding areas,” he said. Ewing said he was surprised and pleased“ to be chosen as best garden and gift shop. It means a lot to us,” he said.

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Coming to Delaware by way of Dalton, Ga., the “Carpet Capital of the World,” Kelly Belcher knows a thing or two about quality flooring. That could explain why, just five years after opening, his store is thriving. But he attributes the success to the hands-on approach he takes as an owner, his great staff and his loyal area customers. “I’ve got the same guys that have

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been working for me since I opened,” he said. “There’s just a lot of consistency there.” Those “guys” know how to do the job and what is expected of them by the boss, allowing the installation process to run smoothly. “In almost five years of business I’ve never had to go back and re-stretch the carpet,” he said. “If you do it right the first time, you don’t have to.”

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Robinson’s Flower Shop was started as a family business and that tradition carries on. Don and Shirley Robinson started the business in Delaware 30 years ago and it remains in the same location today. In running the business, they are joined by their daughter, Dodie, and,

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ROBINSON’S 60 Lake St./740-363-4768 robinsonsflowershop.net from time to time, their grandchildren. The full-service shop offers an array of colorful flowers, delivery and guaranteed customer satisfaction. “We’re proud of our work and the people who do it,” said co-owner Shirley Robinson. 

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It is a one-stop shop for all your craft needs, and that’s what sets it apart from the rest, according to store leader Michelle Cook. “We’re not only a craft store, we’re a fabric store,” she said. “We have both all in one stop.” But Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store is more than just what the name entails. It is also a place to learn. The store, which opened in 1999, also hosts about 100 classes each quarter. People of all ages can learn how to

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knit, how to decorate cakes or how to sew. Up to 250 people take part in the classes each quarter, according to Cook. Registration for classes can be done in store, online or over the phone. Cook said that earning the recognition of the community is a proud moment for the staff of nearly 65 at the store. “Our staff will feel real good about this because everybody takes pride in the store,” Cook said.

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A mainstay of the Delaware community for more than 20 years, Del-Co is a name that is familiar with more than one generation of Delawareans. Offering both pizza, a drive thru and a car wash, the two locations are easily accessible on both the north and east

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“If you work well with competitors, they’ll work well with you,” he said. The shop has been a family-owned business since 1985, when it was purchased from Farmers’ Exchange.

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