Friday, July 6, 2012
What's Maplewood's top gym? Favorite mechanic? Tastiest fries? Give a shout out to the best local businesses. Deadline to nominate is July 9.
On July 23, come back to vote on which nominee is the best. Whoever gets the most votes will be named the Readers' Choice winner. Mobile users can make their nominations by clicking on the categories below and filling in the comments. Food and drink • Best Burger • Best Chicken/BBQ • Best Romantic Restaurant • Best Diner • Best French Fries • Best Pub/Bar • Best Coffee • Best Chinese • Best Steakhouse • Best Bakery • Best Sandwich Kids and Family • Best Pediatrician • Best Dentist • Best Nursery School Shopping • Best Supermarket • Best Gift Shop Services • Best Veterinarian • Best Bartender • Best Dry Cleaners • Nail Salon • Best Mechanic • Best Car Wash Health and Beauty • Best Hair Salon • Best Barber • Best Nail Salon • Best Gym
Monday, June 25, 2012
Tell us your local favorites so we can include them in our Readers’ Choice 2012 poll.
Where can you find the best burger in town? Patch is relaunching its Readers’ Choice program and we’re asking you, your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who knows burgers to nominate the best spots in Maplewood. We’ll keep accepting nominations through July 9. After that, nominations will be closed and we’ll start the voting, so make sure to get in your favorites now. All you need to do to nominate a business is to add it in the comments below. If you already see the business you want to nominate, make sure to add your comment about why it should be included. We may not be able to add all businesses to our poll and we want to make sure our readers' favorites make the cut. Thanks in advance for your participation. Be …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Voters chose Lotus Petals as their favorite florist.
Lotus Petals Floral Design won our weekly Readers' Choice poll. When Patch asked for your favorite florist, a whopping 82 percent of those who voted chose Lotus Petals. Owner Peggy Excell-Stone was pleased and gratified. "This is what I strive for," said Excell-Stone. "I'm gratified to know that my customers appreciate flowers and the customer service that I provide. It's a priority." Voters agreed. One poster commented, "Lotus Petals on Baker Street in Maplewood has a selection of essential oils and some groovy accessories. There's the sound of water moving within an interesting selection of reasonably priced plants. The owner and her employees are down to earth and really know their stuff." Another wrote, "Lotus Petals Floral Design (…
Monday, April 16, 2012
New Jersey residents love their bagels with a passion. Where do you get your favorite bagels?
Some people think of a bagel as just a plain old bread product in the shape of a circle and that every bagel is the same. However, New Jersey residents know that is just not true. A staple food of the state, bagels can come in all different types, sizes and shapes. Some people like to have seeds on their bagel, such as sesame or poppy or the ever popular “everything bagel” which includes a mixture of it all. Some people like their bagels to be sweet with chocolate chips or raisons or even blueberries. Some like their bagels with a kick and buy the types with onions or garlic; a few places even make them with jalapenos. Then there are the old classics such as pumpernickel and egg bagels. Then there is the size and density of the bagel…
Friday, April 13, 2012
This Vauxhall store has everything you could ever need for soccer or lacrosse.
When it comes to sporting goods stores, voters love Kicks N Sticks in Vauxhall. The store won handily in our poll this week. Other local stores that garnered votes were were High Gear Cyclery and Sneaker Factory in Millburn and Bill's Army Navy in Short Hills. Kicks N Sticks, which specializes in soccer and lacrosse gear (hence the name), has been around since 1987. It's owned by Larry Martelli and Don Santora. Manager Rich Doherty has worked at the store for more than ten years. In fact, he used to get his sports equipment there when he was young. "I think what makes us successful is our credibility with the customer," said Doherty. "We make people feel comfortable and have a good time." The store draws customers from all over Essex …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Tell us which is your favorite store in this week's Readers Choice poll.
Spring sports season is well underway and athletes of all ages are heading out doors to hit baseballs and softballs, try out lacrosse sticks and kick soccer balls. For those not on teams, it's wonderful weather to ride bikes or play a pick-up game of football with some friends. So where do you go to get your sporting goods? Your spring running and tennis shoes, your warm-up pants, your golf clubs, your summer swimsuits? Essex County has lots of stores to choose from and Patch would like to hear about the ones you like the best. Take a minute to vote for your favorite sporting goods store. We'll announce the winner this Friday. Encourage your friends to vote. And if we've forgotten a store, be sure to recommend it in the comments sections. …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Readers choose favorite tax preparers just in time for April 15 deadline.
After a week of voting, Patch readers have recommended their favorite accountants and tax preparers - something good to know with the April 15 tax deadline a little more than a week away. Here are your recommendations: Stay tuned for next week's poll when readers will weigh in on their favorite places to buy sporting goods.
Monday, April 2, 2012
April 15 looms. Which local accountant or firm is going to get you to the finish line?
- READERS' CHOICE
- Mary Mann
Monday, April 2, 2012
There are a few dates in life that we dread, but none more than Tax Day, April 15 (unless, of course, you're filing for an extension — but that's another story). If you're not firing up the Turbo Tax software or shipping your W-2s, 1099s, financial statements and receipts to Uncle Morty to prepare and file your annual personal taxes, you're probably using someone local. Local accountants abound — from the independent CPA hanging out his or her shingle in town to the big national firms with a local office on the main drag. Who will you be using for your 2012 tax preparation? Vote below or tell us in the comments!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Excellent restaurant choices are recommended for Readers' Choice poll.
From one end of Essex County to the other, diners can get a great sushi meal wherever they go. Patch readers weighed in last week and chose their favorite sushi restaurants. The results were as follows: In Montclair, Dai Kichi tops the list for readers’ favorite sushi in town, followed by Toro and then Nori. Dai Kichi at 608 Valley Road in Upper Montclair offers authentic Japanese food and sushi with a classic Japanese ambiance. There is a sushi bar and accommodations for a large group with reservations. The place is great for couples and families and the restaurant now boasts a liquor license.Nori is on Bloomfield Avenue and Toro Sushi in Upper Montclair Plaza. Sakura in Millburn scooped up the top spot in Patch's poll for the best sushi …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Readers voted on the best sushi in Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange.
With 27 percent of the vote, Sakura in Millburn scooped up the top spot in Patch's poll for the best sushi in Millburn, Maplewood and South Orange. Sakura won out with its consistent and tasty traditional sushi — as well as its Japanese noodle dishes, teriyakis and tempuras and fusion entrees. Sakura was followed by Ariyoshi in South Orange — which is well known for its giant, room-dividing fish tanks as well as special rolls with names like Superman and Dynamite — and Sapporo in Millburn which serves everything from bento boxes to boats of sushi and sashimi. Samurai Sushi in Millburn and Mt. Fuji in Maplewood tied for fourth. But a few wild fish jumped into the net: Several readers wrote in Zen in Livingston. "Salmon sashimi and the fat …