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Readers' Choice Winners 2012 Announced

Who has the best pizza in town? How about the best customer service? Here are your picks for Readers' Choice.

All this summer you've nominated and voted for your favorite local businesses in categories ranging from Best Hot Dogs and Best Casino to Best Grocery Store and Best Place to Buy Shoes.

We've tallied all the poll votes and now it's time to announce the winners.

Joliet, Channahon, Minooka and Shorewood voters had two catagories in which one business scored 100 percent of the vote. There were two ties and one was a three-way tie.

See below for our complete list of Readers' Choice winners. The first listed business won the catagory and the second listed business took second place.


  • (40 percent)
  • (33 percent)


  • (22 percent)
  • (17 percent)


  • (25 percent)
  • (18 percent)


  • Walt's Ice Cream
  • , Oberweis Dairy and Frosty Tips (17 percent each)


  • (66 percent)
  • Harrah's Casino (33 percent)


  • Family Fun Zone (75 percent)
  • YMCA (25 percent)


  • Kids Crossroads Preschool (50 percent)
  • Kids Connection (20 percent)


  • (29 percent)
  • (29 percent)


  • (46 percent)
  • (30 percent)


  • (40 percent)
  • Food 4 Less, Mitchell's Meat Market (30 percent each)


  • (85 percent)


  • (67 percent)
  • Kohl's (28 percent)


  • Karen's Pet Groomer (52 percent)
  • The Dog Wash (44 percent)

  • (66 percent)
  • in Joliet, and (11 percent each)


  • (83 percent)

Best Barber Shop

  • (50 percent)


  • Zolpers Auto Restoration, Lockport (66 percent)
  • Lawson Auto Rebuilder (33 percent)


  • Walt's Automotive, Crest Hill (40 percent)


  • , Midas Joliet or Integrity Automotive (Minooka), all tied for first place. (33 percent each)


  • D&A Landscape in Joliet (100 percent)

 

  • Kim Noonan, ReMax and Bridgette Laux-Stewart at Zip Realty tied for first place (50 percent each)


  • C R Leonard Plumbing & Heating (66 percent)


  • Lockwood Furnace (100 percent)
Patrick Pendergast August 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
"Catagories"???? Come on Dawn.
Cry me a river August 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Seems like a free add or plug rather than truth with most establishments. Just saying!
Emily February 27, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Scam these places such as Karens grooming are horrible establishments I would not ever step foot in there again.

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