It's time again to honor the best of the best that Pleasanton has to offer. The 2017 Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice contest was another popular one, garnering thousands of votes — 18,494 confirmed and authenticated votes, to be exact — this spring as our devoted readers revealed which Pleasanton businesses, professionals and places are their favorites for arts and entertainment, food and drink, restaurants, retail and services.
The winners are located all over Pleasanton and their local roots range from brand new to decades-old. Some are familiar names and some are first-time honorees, but all earned the respect and adoration of our readers.
Some interesting storylines developed in this year's balloting.
Fit Style (Best Fitness Center/Gym) and Rosewood Cleaners (Best Dry Cleaners) each won by a nose in two of the closest races we've ever seen.
Rita's Italian Ice took the prize for Best Ice Cream/Yogurt about a month after it first opened on St. Mary Street. And for the first time ever, a write-in nominee won -- Maggie and Me, in the new category of Best Pet Sitter.
We also introduced Best Caterer and Best Specialty Store as new categories, and resurrected former awards for Best Financial Planner, Best Insurance Agent and Best Carpet/Flooring.
Once again, we've honored some of your longstanding favorites in the Readers' Choice Hall of Fame, which recognizes winners who took first place in their categories for five or more consecutive years.
Now, kick back with your Weekly in-hand (or online) and enjoy reading about your 2017 Readers' Choice winners and Hall of Fame class.
Readers' Choice Contributors
Editor: Jeremy Walsh
Writer: Amanda Su
Photographers: Daniel Kim and Julia Reis