This month we are proud to bring you the results of the second annual 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.

I want to congratulate everyone on the success of this years’ Readers’ Choice Awards as 845 businesses received nominations this year, which is an average of almost 34 per category—four times the number from last year. Furthermore, 84 businesses were nominated this year that did not participate last year, representing more than three new nominated businesses per category.

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.

I believe the tremendous increase in participation in this years’ Readers’ Choice Awards is indicative of the momentum West Knoxville Lifestyle is gaining, and hopefully, of the impact we are having in the community. Let’s continue to make a difference!

If you missed out on the voting this year, don’t forget to look for this annual event to begin again this 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 demonstrate to 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. They are tasked each issue to deliver content that you will find fresh and relevant, and I couldn’t be prouder of the job they have done or have greater anticipation of what’s to come.

As we celebrate excellence in this issue, I would like to thank you, the readers, for making our Readers’ Choice Awards such a great success. And as we congratulate our winners, let’s not forget to also honor all that were nominated. Given the volume of voting, this was no small accomplishment.

As always, I look forward to seeing you around!