It’s not luck, it’s not chance, and it’s not
easy. It takes rolling up your sleeves and
getting a little dirty. It takes energy,
time, money, and sometimes blood. It
takes drive, commitment, focus, and
passion. It takes belief. It takes talent. And it
The businesses, organizations, and people
who appear in the pages of New Times’ 23rd
annual readers poll didn’t just happen to get in.
They put in the effort, and they were rewarded
with votes of confidence, appreciation, and love
from the community.
Find out how success tastes with Dining
End a hard day with some After Hours fun.
Locals show off their crafts in Arts Scene.
Spend some well-earned cash in Burnin’
Learn what’s going on somewhere About
Leave the tools behind for a while and Get
And keep your eyes open for Community
Putting this special publication together
takes hard work, too, so thank the next writer,
reader, photographer, voter, editor, graphic
designer, sales rep, ballot counter, advertiser,
delivery driver, publisher, or printer you see.
Finally, if you want to know more about our
hard-working models and their shops:
Ben Riddering (Cover, Dining Out, After
Hours) makes custom furniture and doors primarily
from local reclaimed materials: benriddering.
West Fletcher (Arts Scene): westzoom@
Nathan Balent (Burnin’ Money, Community
Ben Brigham (About Town): benbrigham.com
J.R. Jennings (Get Out): retired farrier of