CYCLING – The region’s top companies and service providers were recognized as the best at what they do on Wednesday night based on a vote by readers of local newspapers.
The Best of the Ohio Valley Readers Choice Awards were presented during a ceremony at Wheeling Country Club.
The event was sponsored by The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register and Times Leader newspapers. Readers first nominated their local favorites in areas such as restaurants, medical providers, hair and spa specialists, and home improvement providers through online submissions.
After finalists were determined in each category, a second online voting process determined the winners in 138 categories.
An estimated 85,000 votes were tabulated, according to John McCabe, editor of The Intelligencer.
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At the end of the evening, Cloud Nine Salon and Spa took home a $1,500 door prize. This included four quarter-page ads in their newspaper of choice, gift cards for Sheetz and Olive Garden, and a Christmas gift basket.
Cloud Nine previously took home the award for best hair salon.
Other top winners included Abbey’s Restaurant and Lounge. The popular eatery received top awards for Best Overall Restaurant, Best Atmosphere and Best Service. It was also a finalist in the Best Steak category.
Owner Joey Maroon seemed happiest about the Best Service award.
“We want to thank the valley, number one, and we want to thank our employees,” he said. “We couldn’t do anything without our employees.”
WVU Medicine took home numerous awards in the Health and Medical category at its Wheeling Hospital and Reynolds Memorial Hospital campuses.
WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital was awarded Best Hospital and Best Hospital for Sports Medicine and Home Nursing. It was also a finalist in the physical therapy facility and home hospice categories.
WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital was recognized for Best Assisted Living Facility and was a finalist in the categories of Audiology Practice, Home Nursing, Best Overall Hospital, Pediatric Practice and Physical Rehabilitation.
In addition, Howard Long Wellness Center won Best Fitness Center; and the Center for Pediatrics WVU Medicine for pediatric practice.
“What’s special is that each of these voices represents someone that we’ve cared for,” said Tony Martinelli, COO of Reynolds Memorial Hospital. “They have trusted us to take care of their loved ones and their families and that really means a lot to us.”
Readers voted Bordas & Bordas best law firm.
“It is an honor to receive these awards,” said Managing Partner Jamie Bordas. “When the people here in the valley recognize our work, it means a lot to us. We thank all the people who voted for us and the newspapers who gave us this award.”
Zambito Dental Practice was voted the best dental practice in the Ohio Valley.
“It’s great to win awards from the audience,” said Dr. Ricardo Zambito. “It means so much that they care about what we do. Our employees will be so excited tomorrow. Thank you and thank you to our patients who voted for us.”
The awards are a recognition of companies for what they do for the community, said Pam Bennett, director of advertising at The Intelligencer.
“Our Best Of The Valley Readers Choice Awards mean a lot to our companies,” she said. “It’s a way for our readers to show their appreciation for our companies that make our Ohio Valley the best.”
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