The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

July 1, 2014
Readers Poll / Winners

2014 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll

We asked, you voted! Here are the winners of the 2014 Best of the Shoreline Reader’s Poll.


Best Hair Salon

1. Salon Pure, Old Lyme
2. Essence Center for Wellness and Beauty, Old Saybrook
3. Timothy Pamment Salon, Madison


Best Day Spa

1. The Spa of Essex, Essex
2. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme
3. The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich


Best Massage

1. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme
2. The Spa of Essex, Essex
3. Sanno Spa, Old Saybrook


Best Mani/Pedi

1. Cozy Nail & Spa, Old Saybrook
2. Oasis Nails, various locations
3. Villa Nail Spa, Guilford


Best Med Spa

1. Yolo Med Spa, Guilford
2. FUZION Medical Aesthetic Boutique, Branford
3. Essex Dermatology, Essex


Best Facial

1. The Spa of Essex, Essex
2. It’s a tie!  Essence Center for Wellness and Beauty, Old Saybrook and Faces Aesthetics-Skincare, Old Lyme

3. Vitality Spa, Old Lyme


Best Restaurant

1. River Tavern, Chester
2. Whitfields on the Guilford Green, Guilford
3. Cafe Routier, Westbrook


Best Food To Go

1. Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook
2. Bufalina, Guilford
3. Bradley and Wall, Madison


Best Family Dining

1. Red House, Deep River
2. Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tail, various locations
3. Penny Lane Pub, Old Saybrook


Best Pizza

1. Bufalina, Guilford
2. Otto Pizza, Chester
3. Red Tomato, Madison


Best Ethnic Food

1. Dar Bar, Branford
2. Tissas Le Souk du Maroc, Old Saybrook
3. Son Siam, Old Saybrook


Best Ice Cream

1. Ashley’s Ice Cream of Guilford and Madison
2. Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe
3. Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream, Salem


Best Bread/Bakery

1. Simon’s Marketplace, Chester
2. Hen and Heifer, Guilford
3. Farm to Hearth, Haddam


Best Cake/Cupcake Bakery

1. Sugar Bakery, East Haven
2. Cupcakery, Chester
3. Hen and Heifer, Guilford


Best Breakfast/Brunch

1. Hidden Kitchen, Guilford
2. It’s a tie! Cristy’s, Westbrook and J.A.M.S.S, Old Saybrook
3. Morning Glory Cafe, Old Lyme


Best Caterer

1. Cloud Nine Catering, Old Saybrook
2. The Mad Gourmet, Guilford
3. Coffee’s Country Market, Old Lyme


Best Cocktails

1. River Tavern, Chester
2. Cafe Routier, Westbrook
3. Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook


Best Vegetarian/Vegan

1. Six Main, Chester
2. G-Zen, Branford
3. Shoreline Diner, Guilford


Best Local Grocery Store

1. Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford
2. FoodWorks, Old Saybrook and Guilford
3. Guilford Food Center


Best Gourmet or Cheese Shop

1. Fromage Fine Foods, Old Saybrook
2. The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook
3. Star Fish Market, Guilford


Best Health/Fitness Club

1. Shoreline Fitness, Old Saybrook
2. Squared Circle Studio, Deep River
3. IFoundFitness, Deep River


Best Pilates Studio

1. Shoreline Fitness, Old Saybrook
2. Pilates for Life, Essex
3. Athenas Fitness Synergy, Guilford


Best Farmers Market

1. Chester Sunday Market
2. The Lyme Farmers’ Market
3. Madison CT Farmers’ Market


Best Yoga Studio

1. Ava Tyler Yoga, various locations
2. The Yoga Shop, Old Saybrook
3. Mystic Yoga Shala, Mystic


Best Outdoor Dining

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


Best Coffee/Tea Cafe

1. Ashlawn Farm Coffee, Lyme and Old Saybrook
2. Cilantro Coffee, Guilford
3. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea


Best Personal Trainer

1. Donna Scott – IFoundFitness, Deep River
2. Edie Spadacenta – E~fitness Personal Trainer, Guilford
3. Katie Papoosha – Shoreline Fitness, Old Saybrook


Best Specialized or Boutique Gym

1.  Squared Circle, Deep River
2.  E~fitness Personal Trainer, Guilford
3. IFoundFitness, Deep River


Best Women’s Clothing

1. Flutterby, Guilford
2. Ella Where She Shops, Guilford
3. Grace Coastal Lifestyle Shop, Niantic


Best Men’s Clothing

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


Best Outdoor Outfitter/Sporting Goods

1. Trailblazer, Branford
2. SoundRUNNER, Branford and Old Saybrook
3. It’s a tie!  Guilford Sporting Goods, Guilford  and Olympia Sports, Old Saybrook


Best Antique Store

1.  Treasures, Old Lyme
2. Maximus Antiques, Old Saybrook
3. Clinton Antique Center, Clinton


Best Vintage or Consignment Clothing Store

1. Fantasia Consignments, Old Saybrook
2. Cinderella’s Attic, Guilford
3. Tova’s Vintage Shop, Old Saybrook


Best Jewelry Store

1. Deep River Design, Deep River
2. bellaPerlina, Madison
3. Nyman Jewelers, Old Saybrook


Best Book Store

1. R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison
2. Breakwater Books, Guilford
3. Book Barn, Niantic


Best Gift Store

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


Best Furniture Store

1. Saybrook Country Barn, Old Saybrook
2. Madison Furniture Barn, Westbrook
3. Treasures, Old Lyme


Best Lingerie Store

1. Lulu’s  Chichi Boutique, Guilford
2. Beneath the Gown, Branford
3. Zoe & Co., Westerly


Best Shoe Store

1. Trudy’s European Shoes, Guilford
2. Clinton Bootery, Clinton
3. Robertson Madison, Madison


Best Hardware Store

1. Page’s Hardware, Guilford
2. Essex Hardware, Essex
3. Laysville Hardware, Old Lyme


Best Florist

1. Ashleigh’s Garden, Deep River
2. Madison Flower Shop, Madison
3. Guilford White House Florist, Guilford


Best Wine Shop

1. Frank’s Package Store, Guilford
2. Madison Wine Shop,  Madison
3. Shoreline Discount Liquors, Deep River


Best Toy Store

1. Jordie’s Toy Shoppe, Guilford
2. Deep River Toy Co.,  Deep River
3. Toy’s Ahoy, Essex


Best Children’s Clothing

1. Just Hatched, Guilford
2. The Red Balloon, Essex
3. Celebrations, Deep River


Best Gallery

1. Greene Art Gallery, Guilford
2. Lori Warner Studio/Gallery, Chester
3. Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme


Best Live Theater or Music Venue

1. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook
2. The Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton
3. Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam


Best Place for Kid’s Birthday Party

1. Stay And Play, Old Saybrook
2. Bounce Fun Center, Clinton
3. Flip Flop Gymnastics, Deep River


Best Seamstress/Alterations

1. Angie Lu Tailors, Madison
2. Lucy’s Tailors, Branford
3. Colin’s Tux Shop, Old Saybrook



share this page
Share Button