This month we are extremely proud to bring you the results of our first West Knoxville Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards. 
The process began in October with the nomination round, when we asked our readers to nominate their favorite local businesses in 25 different categories. The top five nominees from each category then moved on to the voting round, when our readers were asked to vote for the best of the best. 
Now, in this special issue, the winners are being shared with you, our readers. Thank you to all who participated in the nomination and voting rounds. One of our missions is for West Knoxville Lifestyle to be a voice for the community, and I can think of no better example than providing a platform for you to honor our best local businesses. 
If you missed out on the voting this year, don’t worry. Our Readers’ Choice Awards are to be an annual event. Look for the nomination round to begin again in the fall. And, for those businesses who didn’t win this year, or perhaps didn’t get nominated, there’s always next year, as you’ve got an entire year to show our readers why they should vote for your business. 
As this issue focuses on excellence in our business community, as identified by you, the readers, I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of the professionals who contribute to our publication. We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented team of editors, writers and photographers. They are tasked each issue to deliver content that you will find fresh and relevant, as well as photographs that place you in the moment, and I couldn’t be prouder of the job they have done so far, or have a greater anticipation of what’s to come. 
Of course, this issue wouldn’t be complete without a fresh look at love. Not just romantic love, but love of friends, family, pets and community. I encourage you to partake—in the article and the sentiment. 
As we celebrate excellence, I would like to thank you, the readers, for making our first Readers’ Choice Awards, such a great success. And as we congratulate our winners, let’s also not forget to honor all that were nominated. Given the volume of voting, this was no small accomplishment. 
As always, I look forward to seeing you around!