Area businesses are recognized for their efforts
WINTERSVILLE — As he welcomed those attending the presentation of the Best of the Best Readers’ Choice Awards Wednesday at St. Florian Hall, Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, said the many recipients earned their honors through hard work.
“Everyone whose name you will hear tonight works hard every day to provide the best goods and services and the best shopping experience to each and every customer,” Gallabrese said.
He told the assorted business owners and professionals in attendance they may feel at times that their efforts have gone unnoticed, but 14,895 votes and 1,830 nominations submitted by the newspapers’ readers prove otherwise.
They were invited to name their favorite businesses among 181 categories, from seafood and appliances to chiropractors and car dealers. A second round of voting determined the top three announced for each on Wednesday.
Gallabrese noted the many businesses do more than striving to provide the highest quality goods and services.
They also support their communities, he noted.
“Local businesses always are willing to step up and help — whether it’s donating a gift card or basket to an auction or helping to support a youth sports program,” Gallabrese said.
He said the awards presentation serves to celebrate the determination displayed by businesses, particularly in the last 18 months, when they were forced to adapt to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and delays in the shiping of vital supplies and materials.
Gallabrese offered congratulations to the many honorees.
Among them were a number who ranked among the top three in multiple categories.
They included Basil’s Sports Bar and Grill, which placed first in tavern/bars, hamburgers, wings and value among food and dining establishments and second for best lunch and best menu.
Pete Basil, owner of the 8-year-old family run restaurant, said, “I think our customers are just outstanding. They’ve supported us through the pandemic and shortages. We’re very grateful to them for supporting our business.”
His wife, Cathe, remarked, “It makes us feel we’re doing something right.”
Pete added he’s also thankful for his hardworking staff and others who have aided the restaurant in various ways.
Other winners in multiple categories included:
Theo Yianni’s Greek Restaurant, which placed first for atmosphere, salad and menu; Mario’s Restaurant, which placed first for Italian food and homestyle cooking and third for value; Chico Fiesta, which placed first for lunch, Mexican food and service; the Dragon Palace, which placed first for Chinese/Japanese and carryout; Steve’s Fish and Chips, which placed first for seafood and fish sandwiches; Gus’s Goodies, which placed first for bakery, doughnuts and cookies; Frederico’s, which placed first for convenience store and subs; Granato’s Deli, which placed first for deli and caterer and second for subs.
Lowe’s, which placed first for appliance dealer and repair, second for door sales and repair and third in several categories; Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration, which placed first for duct cleaning, fire and water damage restoration and carpet and rug cleaners; Economy Lawn Care, which placed first for landscaping and second for snow removal; M&M True Value Hardware, which placed first for rentals and friendliest employees and second for paint supplies.
The Plaza Theatre, which placed first for entertainment and theaters; Attorney Michael G. Simon, who placed first for malpractice cases and oil and gas leasing; First Choice Community Federal Credit Union, which placed first for credit union and bank; Hancock County Savings Bank, which placed first for financial planning and mortgages and second for bank;
McDonnell Chiropractic, which placed first for chiropractors and third for friendliest employees; Crow Dental Associates, which placed first for dentist and orthodontist; Weirton Medical Center, which placed first for hospital and magnetic resonance imaging; Gary W. Cain, which placed first for auctioneer and appraiser; Howard Hanna Mortimer Realty, which placed first for real estate company while its agent, Tony Viola, placed first among real estate agents;
Aldi, which placed first for grocery store and produce; Borden Office Supply, which placed first for office supplies and janitorial supplies; J. Jones Bridal, which placed first for formal/wedding gowns and tuxedos; and Lyle’s Auto, which placed first for used car dealer while its owner, Dave Lyle, placed first for car salesman.
A complete list of the award recipients appears in today’s issue.
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