Top of the Town
Welcome to the 10th annual City Pulse/Fox 47 Top of the Town awards. When we announced the winners of our first-ever best of Lansing contest on May 7, 2008, Hillary Clinton was locked in a fierce Democratic presidential primary with a young upstart named Barack Obama, and America was just beginning to feel the effects of the Great Recession. The first installment of Marvel’s “Iron Man” film franchise dominated box offices, and hits by Flo Rida, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey topped the charts.
The big winner in our inaugural contest, then called the Best of Greater Lansing, was Bonnie’s Place, which took home 13 awards, including wins in Best Place To Be Seen, Best Burger and our short-lived Best Looking Bartenders/Waitstaff category.
Like previous years, the contest is broken up into two rounds. In the first round, which runs from now through April 11, you can write in your own choices or choose people/places/businesses that have already been submitted. We started the contest this year by automatically adding the Top Five from the 2016 contest.
IMPORTANT: If the business you are nominating has more than one location, be sure to indicate as specifically as possible which location, such as “Cedar Street” or “West Lansing.” In categories like Best Bartender or Best Hairstylist, be sure to list the person and the business he/she works for.
On May 10, we whittle the list down to the top five in each category, and those five battle it out in a Final Five runoff contest through May 23.
Winners are announced in the June 7 issue of City Pulse!
There are seven main categories and 124 subcategories. You must vote in at least 15 subcategories to have your votes count. You may spread your 15 votes through multiple main categories. You can only submit one entry per email address, so don’t hit that submit button until you’ve voted in all the categories you wanted to.
Winning a Top of the Town award means major bragging rights for local businesses, people and places, so be sure to support your top picks through both rounds.