The 116 businesses and individuals selected by Mountain Democrat readers as their best choices were honored and feted at Cielo Estate Winery on Oct. 29. The Great Hall at Cielo’s was filled with honored guests enjoying the beautifully presented and delicious food catered by Carrie Nave, who also poured estate wines for guests.
Some businesses, like Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, had been Readers’ Choice winners before. “We’ve been the Reader’s Choice for all three of the years I’ve been with Chapel of the Pines,” said Catherine Wheat. “Placerville is such a tight-knit community. People read the Mountain Democrat and even though they may not need our services at the moment, they remember us from the paper when they do.”
Other businesses were first time Readers’ Choice winners. “We’ve been in business about a year, so it’s really momentous to already be chosen the best,” said Drew Cano, artist at Royal 6 Tattoo. “I think it has something to do with our dedication to our clients and Jaime’s (owner) giving back to the community. Giving back helps us be more a part of the community.”
Another first time Readers’ Choice winner was Anytime Fitness. “We’ve been open for three years,” said Cathy Dudley. “It’s so nice to win this award. We put up our Readers’ Choice banner today and we’ve posted thank you to our members on Facebook for choosing us.”
The Readers’ Choice Awards aren’t just nifty plaques to hang on a wall. “It gives businesses bragging rights for a year,” said Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito. “Our readers get to choose what they think is the best in each category, so it’s a prestigious award, one that makes a great marketing tool.”
El Dorado Irrigation District Recreation Manager Cheri Jaggers agreed. “This is a great endorsement. We use it on our Website and in our literature to attract more customers to Sly Park, Silver Lake, Caples Lake and Forebay, our recreation facilities,” she said.
“We’ve been doing the Readers’ Choice Awards for 19 years,” said Esposito. “It sends a strong statement of customer support and we hold this gathering to congratulate the winners and show them our appreciation.”
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