The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

June 25, 2013
Readers Poll / Winners

2013 Best of the Shoreline

We asked, you voted! Here are the winners of the 2013 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll.

Best Restaurant:

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

Best Hair Salon:

1) Salon Pure, Old Lyme
2) Timothy Pamment Salon, Madison
3) Essence, Old Saybrook

Best Day Spa:

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

Best Med Spa:

1) It’s a TIE! Fuzion, Branford and Yolo, Guilford
2) Sonas, Madison
3) Shoreline Medical Spa, Old Lyme

Best Mani/Pedi:

1) Cozy Nails, Old Saybrook
2) Oasis, various locations
3) Villa Nail Spa, Guiford

Best Facial:

1) It’s a TIE! Essence, Old Saybrook and Rituals, Guilford
2) The Spa of Essex, Essex

Best Massage:

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

Outdoor Dining:

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

Best Pizza:

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

Best Take Out:

1) Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook
2) Zhang’s, Old Saybrook
3) La Rosticerria, Guilford

Best Ethnic Food:

1) Som Siam, Guilford and Old Saybrook
2) Darbar, Branford
3) Zhang’s, Old Saybrook

Best Bread Bakery:

1) 4 & Twenty Blackbirds, Guilford
2) Simon’s Marketplace, Chester
3) Hen & Heifer, Guilford

Best Cake/Cupcake Bakery

1) The Sugar Bakery, East Haven and Truck
2) The Cupcakery, Chester
3) 4 & Twenty Blackbirds, Guilford

Best Family Dining:

1) Lenny & Joe’s, various locations
2) Pizzaworks, Old Saybrook
3) Penny Lane Pub

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant:

1) Six Main, Chester
2) G-Zen, Branford
3) It’s Only Natural, Middletown

Best Cheese/Gourmet Shop:

1) Cheese Shop of Centerbrook
2) Fromage Fine Foods, Old Saybrook
3) Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford

Best Coffee/Tea Cafe:

1) Cilantro’s, Guilford
2) Ashlawn Farm, Lyme
3) Willoughby’s, Madison

Best Ice Cream:

1) Ashley’s, various locations
2) Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe, Old Lyme
3) Salem Valley Farms, Salem

Best Breakfast/Brunch:

1) Christy’s, Westbrook
2) J.A.M.S.S., Old Saybrook
3) Hidden Kitchen, Guilford

Best Caterer:

1) Cloud Nine, Old Saybrook

2) Coffee’s Country Market, Old Lyme

3) Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook


Best Cocktails:

1) River Tavern, Chester
2) Aspen, Old Saybrook
3) Cafe Routier, Westbrook

Best Health and Fitness Club:

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

Best Specialized Boutique Gym:

1) Squared Circle, Deep River
2) Synergy Health and Fitness, Madison
3) I Found Fitness, Deep River

Best Yoga:

1) Ava Tyler Yoga, Guilford, Madison, and Old Saybrook
2) I Found Fitness, Deep River
3) It’s a TIE! Raven’s Wing, Branford and Riverdog, Old Saybrook

Best Pilates:

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

Best Personal Trainer:

1) Danielle Graham, Synergy Health and Fitness
2) Donna Scott, I Found Fitness
3) Kati Papoosha, Shoreline Health and Fitness

Best Women’s Clothing:

1) Flutterby, Guilford
2) Ella Where She Shops, Guilford
3) Silkworm, Essex

Best Men’s Clothing:

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

Best Kid’s Store:

1) Just Hatched, Guilford
2) Jordie’s Toy Shoppe, Guilford
3) Deep River Toy Company

Best Outdoor Outfitter/Sporting:

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

Best Antiques:

1) It’s a TIE! Treasures, Old Lyme and Clinton Antiques
2) Gather, Ivoryton
3) Maximus Antiques, Old Saybrook

Best Vintage/Consignment Clothing:

1) Tova’s Vintage, Old Saybrook
2) Fantasia, Old Saybrook
3) Cinderella’s Attic, Guilford

Best Jewelry Store:

1) Deep River Design, Deep River
2) Bella Perlina, Madison
3) Paul C. Lirot Jewelers, Madison

Best Gift Store:

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

Best Independent Bookstore:

1) RJ Julia, Madison
2) Breakwater Books, Guilford
3) Bookbarn, Niantic

Best Furniture Store:

1) Saybrook Country Barn, Old Saybrook
2) Fairhaven, New Haven
3) Madison Furniture Barn, Westbrook

Best Lingerie Store:

1) Lulu’s, Guilford
2) Beneath the Gown, Branford
3) Zoe and Company, Westerly

Best Shoe Store:

1) Trudy’s European Shoes, Guilford
2) Clinton Bootery, Clinton
3) Clad In, Mystic and Stonington

Best Hardware Store:

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

Best Florist:

1) Ashleigh’s Garden, Essex
2) Madison Flower Shop, Madison
3) Elements, Old Lyme

Best Wine Shop:

1) Madison Wine Shop, Madison
2) Frank’s Package Store, Guilford
3) Coastal Wine & Spirits, Branford

Best Gallery:

1) Greene Art Gallery, Guilford
2) The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme
3) Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison

Best Movie Theater:

1) Madison Art Cinemas, Madison
2) Niantic Cinemas, Niantic
3) Criterion Cinemas, New Haven 

Best Live Theater:

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

Best Place for a Kid’s Party:

1) Stay and Play, LLC, Old Saybrook
2) Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT, Niantic
3) It’s a TIE! Shoreline Gymnastics, Old Saybrook and Flip Flop Gymnastics, Deep River

Best Seamstress/Alterations:

1) Angie Lu, Madison
2) Lucy’s Tailors, Branford
3) Loreto Custom Tailor, Old Saybrook

Best Furniture Refinisher:

1) Saye-Brooke Strip Shop, Old Saybrook
2) Madison Stock Exchange, Madison
3) Another Look, Guilford

Best Veterinarian:

1) Guilford Veterninary Hospital
2) Chester Veterinarian Clinic and Animal Hospital, Old Saybrook
3) Clinton Veterinary Hospital

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