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June 29, 2012
Readers Poll / Winners

2012 Best of the Shoreline

I absolutely love the Annual Reader’s Poll. After doling out my two cents all year long, it’s great to find out what you think AND I always discover some new “bests” to check out. Most fun of all is reading the answers to “anything we’ve forgotten”. Beach Donuts (Clinton) got so many votes it warrants its own category. Apparently Jessica Berthiaume is the best Shoreline psychic and East Haven High School has the best marching band. I omitted best indie bookstore, because there are only two left (I think), and I LOVE them both (as do you): R.J. Julia (Madison) and Breakwater Books (Guilford). Lots of you are fans of Atlantic Seafood and Coffee’s Country Market (me, too!). Here are the winners. Congrats to all!

Best Restaurant:

1) River Tavern, Chester
2) Liv’s Oyster Bar, Old Saybrook
3) Cafe Routier, Old Saybrook

Best Massage:

1) Spa of Essex
2) Vitality, Old Lyme
3) Rituals, Guilford

Best Hair Salon:

1)  Timothy Pamment Salon, Madison
2)  Essence, Old Saybrook
3)  Echo, Guilford

Day Spa:
1) Spa of Essex
2) Rituals Spa, Guilford
3) Vitality Spa, Old Lyme

Mani/Pedi:

1) Oasis, Madison
2) Hands Down, Clinton
3) Cozy Nails, Old Saybrook

Med Spa
1) Fuzion, Branford
2) YOLO, Guilford
3) Rituals Spa, Guilford

Facials:
1) Spa of Essex
2) Rituals Spa, Guilford
3) Essence, Old Saybrook

Take Out:

1) Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook
2) Zhang’s, Old Saybrook
3) Bradley & Wall, Madison

Outdoor Dining:

1) Bill’s Seafood, Westbrook
2) Blue Oar, Haddam
3) The Place, Guilford

Pizza:

1) Da Vinci’s
2) Bufalina, Guilford
3) Pizzaworks, Old Saybrook

Ethnic Food:

1) Som Siam, Guilford & Old Saybrook
2) Darbar, Branford
3) Hanami, Clinton

Bread/Bakery:

1) 4 & 20 Blackbirds, Guilford
2) Howard’s Bread, Farmer’s Markets and Fromage
3) Tied: Vanderbrooke’s, Old Saybrook and  Simon’s, Chester

Family Dining:

1) Lenny & Joe’s, Madison
2) Chip’s Pub, Clinton
3) Pizzaworks, Old Saybrook

Cafe:

1) Paperback Cafe, Old Saybrook
2) Perk on Church, Guilford
3) Ashlawn Farm, Lyme

Ice Cream:

1) Ashley’s
2) Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe
3) Main Street Sweet Shoppe, Deep River

Breakfast/Brunch:

1) Christy’s, Westbrook
2) Hidden Kitchen, Guilford
3) Whistle Stop, Deep River

Caterer:

1) Cloud Nine, Old Saybrook
2) Coffee’s Country Market, Old Lyme
3) Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook

Cocktails:

1) River Tavern, Chester
2) Cafe Routier, Westbrook
3) The Griswold Inn Wine Bar, Essex

Fitness:

1) Shoreline Health and Fitness, Old Saybrook and Clinton
2) Squared Circle, Deep River
3) Inshape, Branford

Specialized Gym:

1) Squared Circle, Deep River
2) Shoreline Health and Fitness
3) Athena’s Fitness Synergy

Pilates:

1) Essex Pilates & Yoga
2) Pilates for Life, Essex
3) Athena’s Fitness Synergy, Guilford

Personal Trainer:

1) Danielle Graham, Synergy Health and Fitness
2) Kati Papooshka, Shoreline Health and Fitness
3) Athena Thompson, Athena’s Fitness Synergy

Women’s Clothing:

1) Ella Where She Shops, Guiilford
2) Flutterby, Guilford
3) Third place tie: Swish (Guilford and Branford) and Azul (Old Saybrook)

Men’s Clothing:

1) Anchor & Compass, Deep River
2) J. Alden Clothiers, Essex
3) Flutterby, Guilford

Outdoor Outfitter/Sporting:

1) Trailblazer, Branford
2) Soundrunner, Old Saybrook and Branford
3) Guilford Sports

Antiques:

1) Treasures, Old Lyme
2) Gather, Ivoryton
3) Maximus Antiques, Old Saybrook

Vintage/Consignment:

1) First place tie: Tova’s, Old Saybrook and Peonies, Centerbrook
2) Cinderella’s Attic, Guilford
3) Fantasia, Old Saybrook

Jewelry:

1) BSK Design, Guilford
2) Deep River Design
3) Taken for Granite, Stony Creek

Gift:

1) Bowerbird, Old Lyme
2) Flutterby, Guilford
3) Mix Design Store, Guilford

Furniture:

1) Saybrook Country Barn, Old Saybrook
2) Venetucci Home, Westbrook
3) Madison Furniture Barn

Lingerie:

1) Lulu’s, Guilford
2) Beneath the Gown, Clinton
3) Fripperies, Mystic

Shoes:

1) Trudy’s European Shoes, Guilford
2) Clinton Bootery, Clinton
3) Shoetique, Branford

Hardware Store:
1) Page Hardware & Appliance Co., Guilford
2) Essex Hardware
3) Laysville Hadware, Old Lyme

Florist:

1) Ashleigh’s Garden, Essex
2) Madison Flower Shop, Madison
3) White House Florist & Greenhouse, Guilford

Cheese:

1) Fromage Fine Foods, Old Saybrook
2) The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, Centerbrook
3) Foxglove and Madison Cheese, Madison

Wine:

1) Coastal Liquors, Branford
2) Frank’s Package Store, Guilford
3) Shoreline Discount Liquors, Deep River

Gallery:

1) Greene Art Gallery, Guilford
2. BSK Design, Guilford
3) The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme

Movie Theater:

1) Madison Art Cinemas
2) Westbrook Marquee
2) Niantic Cinemas

Live Theater:

1) The Kate, Old Saybrook
2) Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam
3) Ivoryton Playhouse

Kid’s Store:

1) Red Balloon, Essex
2) Tied for second:  Deep River Toy Company and Jordie’s Toy Store
3) Just Hatched, Guilford

Kid’s Parties:

1) Stay and Play, LLC, Old Sabyrook
2) Bounce U, North Branford
3) Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam

Seamstress/Alterations:

1) Lucy’s Tailors, Branford
2) Angie Lu, Guilford
3) Ideal Cleaners, Essex

Dog Groomer:

1) A Hair of the Dog, Guilford
2) Tied for second: Dogs to Dragons and Pet’s Choice
3) Pampered Pets

Furniture Refinisher:

1) Benchmark
2) The Madison Stock Exchange
3) Furniture Doctor

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