Brand New Categories in Best of Our Valley 2017 Contest

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If the 2016 election season has you down don’t worry, brighter days are ahead because AZ Foothills annual battle for the best is right around the corner with some brand spanking new categories for 2017! Get ready to rock the vote in fresh categories like ‘Best Restaurant Group’ where Valley heavyweights including Fox Restaurant Concepts, Upward Projects, and Square One Concepts will duke it out. The popular Social Media category returns for a second year with categories like Best Pet Instagram (cue the aww’s) and Best Hair/Makeup Instagram Feed (aka Slay-gram). The Valley’s sister to the south, Tucson, gets its very own category featuring everything from Best Frozen Treat (hello Eegees) to Best College Bar (Maloney’s vs. Dirtbags).

The annual contest featuring the very best people, places, and things will commence on October 1st which means there’s still time to nominate your faves! Check out the list below for all the main categories and subcategories included in the 2017 contest.

To nominate a business for the contest please e-mail by September 23, 2016. Each e-mailed nomination must include the following to be considered:

– Business name and description

– Contact info, including business owner, agency or PR representative name, address, URL, phone number, e-mail address, and social media accounts.

– Categories you believe the business would fit into (Examples: Best Burger, Most Fashionable Female Under 30, Best Florist, etc).


Arts & Entertainment


Best Acting Studio

Best Annual Charity Event

Best Annual Fashion Event

Best Annual Gala

Best Annual Valley Event

Best Art Gallery

Best Automobile Auction

Best Children’s Theater

Best Civic Organization

Best Concert Venue

Best Dance Studio

Best Haunted House

Best Improv Group

Best Local Artist – NEW

Best Local Band/Musician

Best Museum

Best Record Store

Best Rooftop For Events

Best Special Event Venue

Best Tattoo Artist

Best Theater


Companies & Professionals

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Best Advertising Agency: Boutique

Best Advertising Agency: Large

Best Alterations/Dry Cleaning/Laundry

Best Alternative Personal Driver Service

Best Auctioneer

Best Bankruptcy Law Firm

Best Car Wash

Best Catering

Best CEO

Best Data Center

Best Divorce Attorney – NEW

Best Estate Planning & Trust Administration Law Firm

Best Event Design & Decorations

Best Family Law

Best Florist

Best Graphic Design

Best Intellectual Property Law Firm

Best Investment Firm

Best Modeling Agency

Best National Valley-Based Company

Best Photographer- Boudoir

Best Photographer- Commercial

Best Photographer- Events

Best Photographer- Family & Portraits

Best Photographer- Fashion & Beauty

Best Photographer- Real Estate & Interiors

Best Private Banking

Best Private Jet Company

Best Public Relations or Marketing Firm: Boutique

Best Public Relations or Marketing Firm: Large

Best Real Estate Law Firm

Best Realtor in the Valley

Best Real Estate Group – NEW

Best Social Networking and Online Media Firm

Best Valet

Best Web Design, Programming or Management Firm

Most Philanthropic Company




Best Arizona Lake Escape

Best Arizona Ski Resort

Best Sedona Resort or Hotel

Best Southern Arizona Winery

Best Northern Arizona Winery

Best Arizona Mountain Escape

Best Northern Arizona Adventure

Best Southern Arizona Adventure

Best Sedona Spa

Best Northern Arizona Hike

Best Southern Arizona Hike

Best Northern Arizona Annual Event

Best Southern Arizona Annual Event


Food & Restaurants

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Best Asian Cuisine

Best Baked Goods or Sweets

Best Barbecue

Best Breakfast

Best Burger

Best Business Lunch Spot

Best Chicago Deep Dish – NEW

Best Comfort Food

Best Country Club Chef – NEW

Best Culinary Event

Best Cup of Coffee

Best Cupcake

Best Date Spot

Best Dining with Live Music

Best Dining with a View

Best Doughnut

Best Farmers Market

Best Food Photography

Best Frozen Treat

Best Gluten-Free Menu

Best Grocery Store

Best Health or Vegetarian Food

Best Health Food Store

Best Hot Dogs

Best Italian

Best Locally Owned Drive-Thru

Best Macaron

Best Mexican Food

Best New Restaurant

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Best Pizza

Best Place to Watch the Big Game

Best Private Dining Room

Best Restaurant Group – NEW

Best Restaurant to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Best Resort Restaurant

Best Sandwich Shop – NEW

Best Seafood

Best Spa Cuisine

Best Steakhouse

Best Sunday Brunch

Best Sushi

Best Taco

Best Tea Spot

Best Teppanyaki

Best Valley Food Truck

Best Dining with a View

Favorite Local Food Blog or Website

Most Amazing Restaurant Interior

Most Fun Lunch Spot

Old Favorite

Spiciest Dining


Health & Self

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Best Alternative Exercise Option & Personal Training

Best Alternative Spa Treatment

Best Barre Studio

Best Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon: Female

Best Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon: Male

Best Bootcamp

Best Cosmetic Dentist

Best Day Spa or Nail Salon

Best Dentist or Dental Team

Best Dermatologist

Best Facial

Best Family Doctor

Best Fertility Doctor

Best Gym

Best Hair Extensions

Best Hair Stylist

Best Hospice

Best Hospital Group

Best Hot Yoga

Best Hotel Gym

Best Interval Training

Best Mani/Pedi

Best Massage

Best New Gym/Fitness Studio (Opened Within the Last Year)


Best Orthodontist

Best Pilates Studio

Best Spin Class

Best Psychiatrist

Best Resort Spa

Best Salon

Best Spa Boutique

Best Spray Tan

Best Trainer

Best Veterinarian

Best Waxing

Best Yoga Studio


Home & Design

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Best Appliance Store

Best Architect

Best Condo Development

Best Custom Cabinets

Best Custom Homebuilder

Best Interior Designer

Best Design Firm/Store

Best Flooring Company

Best Locally Owned Furniture/Home Store

Best Home Accessory Store

Best Home Theatre

Best Homebuilding Company

Best Interior Designer

Best Landscaping

Best Luxury Management Company

Best Luxury Rentals

Best Master-Planned Community/Development

Best Pool Company

Best Rug Company

Best Rug Company

Best Retirement/ Senior Living Community



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Best Academic Tutoring Service

Best Birthday Party Spot

Best Children’s Hospital

Best Children’s Stylist

Best Day Summer Camp

Best Holiday Experience for Children

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

Best Kid’s Clothing

Best Kid’s Entertainment Indoors

Best Kid’s Entertainment Outdoors

Best Kid’s Restaurant

Best Master-Plan Community for Children

Best Nanny Agency

Best Overnight Summer Camp

Best Pediatric Dentist Office

Best Pediatrician

Best Place For Kids Haircuts

Best Private High School

Best Private or Charter School

Best Splash Pad

Best Toy Store

Best Water Park

Most Entertaining Dinner Spot for Kids



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Best Anchor- Weekends

Best Country Radio Station

Best Local News Web site

Best Local Radio Talk Show or DJ- Afternoon Drive

Best Local Radio Talk Show or DJ- Midday

Best Local Radio Talk Show or DJ- Morning Drive

Best Local Radio Talk Show or DJ- Evening

Best News Station

Best Radio Station

Best Rock Radio Station

Best Talk News Radio Station

Best Today’s Hits Radio Station

Best Variety Station

Best Traffic Personality

Best TV Station GM/Producer – NEW

Favorite Afternoon or Evening Show

Favorite Anchor Team

Favorite Local Blog or Web site

Favorite Local Morning Show

Favorite Meteorologist or Weather Personality

Favorite Nightly Newscast

Favorite Sportscaster

Favorite TV Personality- Afternoon or Evening News- Female

Favorite TV Personality- Afternoon or Evening News- Male

Favorite TV Personality- Morning or Daytime- Female

Favorite TV Personality- Morning or Daytime- Male

Most Fashionable News Anchor

News Anchor of the Year


Nightlife & Cocktails


Best Arizona Brewery

Best Bar to Feed Your Inner Child

Best Bartender / Mixologist – Female

Best Bartender / Mixologist – Male

Strongest Drink

Best Bloody Mary

Best Blues/ Jazz Bar

Best Cocktail Waitress

Best Craft Cocktails

Best Comedy Club

Best Cougar Bar

Best Country Music Bar

Best Craft Beer Bar

Best Dance Floor

Best Dance Music Scene

Best Day Drinking Spot

Best Dive Bar

Best Gay Bar

Best Happy Hour

Best Hipster Bar

Best Karaoke Night

Best Late Night Munchies

Best Local DJ

Best Lounge

Best Margarita

Best Mimosa

Best Nightlife Photographer

Best Party Bar

Best Place to Discover New Music

Best Place to Spend a 21st Birthday

Best Place to Spend a 21st Birthday

Best Places to Buy Booze

Best Pub

Best Rooftop Bar

Best Saloon

Best Trivia Night

Best Wine Bar



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Best Female PR

Best Male PR

Best Marketing Professional

Best Matchmaker

Best Worship Leader

Favorite Couple in the Valley

Favorite Valley Mom

Favorite Valley Dad

Favorite Local Lifestyle Blogger

Fittest Female

Fittest Male

Most Fashionable in the Valley Over 30- Men

Most Fashionable in the Valley Over 30- Women

Most Fashionable in the Valley Under 30- Men

Most Fashionable in the Valley Under 30-Women

Most Influential in Valley Business

Most Influential in Valley Education

Most Influential in Valley Food

Most Influential in Valley Nonprofit

Most Influential in Valley Politics

Most Influential Man in the Valley

Most Influential Woman in the Valley




Best Antique, Vintage or Secondhand Store

Best Athletic Gear

Best Boutique- Local

Best Boutique- National or International

Best Cosmetics and Skincare

Best Denim

Best Department Store

Best Discount Store

Best Emerging Fashion Designer

Best Fragrance Selection

Best Gift Shop

Best Eyewear

Best Handbags and Accessories

Best Local Fashion Designer

Best Local Jewelry Store

Best Local Jewelry Designer Female

Best Local Jewelry Designer Male

Best Local Watch Selection

Best Local Apparel Designer – NEW

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Best National Jeweler

Best Outlets or Discount Shopping Center

Best Personal Shopper

Best Pet Shop

Best Place to Purchase a Bike

Best Shoe Shopping

Best Shopping Center- Indoors

Best Shopping Center- Outdoors

Best Swimwear Shopping

Best Saturday Shopping Market – NEW

Best Technology & Gadgets

Best Year-Round Resortwear


Social Media

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Best Arizona Sorority Instagram – NEW

Best Branded Instagram

Best Celeb Twitter

Best Fashion Feed on Instagram

Best Fitness Instagram

Best Food Feed on Instagram

Best Hair Feed on Instagram – NEW

Best Local Celeb Instagram

Best Makeup Feed on Instagram – NEW

Best News Twitter

Best Pet Instagram – NEW

Best Travel/Adventure Instagram

Cutest Kids Instagram

Most #MCM Worthy Instagram

Most #WCW Worthy Instagram

Most Motivational Instagram – NEW



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Best 19th Hole

Best AZ Cheerleaders or Dance Team

Best Clubhouse Spa

Best Custom Golf Clubs

Best Golf Clothing & Shopping

Best Golf Community

Best Golf Instructor

Best Private Golf Club

Best Pro Shop

Best Pro Sports Team

Best Public Course

Best Sporting Event

Best Sporting Goods Store

Best Sports Venue

Best Spring Training Field

Most Scenic Course

Favorite Arizona Coach

Favorite Arizona Pro Athlete – NEW

Favorite College Athletics

Most Challenging Course

Most Philanthropic Athlete


Stay & Play

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Best Best Pet Resort/Boarding Facility

Best Casino

Best Downtown Phoenix Hotel

Best Lobby Bar

Best Movie Theatre

Best Movie Theatre: Dine in

Best Place to Discover Your Inner-Artist

Best Pool Party

Best Relaxing Resort Pool

Best Resort

Best Valley Adventure Experience

Best Valley Hike

Most Luxe Accommodations


Tucson – ALL NEW

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Best Boutique

Best Breakfast Spot

Best College Party Bar

Best Craft Cocktails

Best Cup of Coffee

Best Custom Homebuilder

Best Dance Floor

Best Date Spot

Best Fashion Designer

Best Frozen Treat

Best Golf Course

Best Gym

Best Lunch Spot

Best Margarita

Best Mexican Food

Best Museum

Best News Station

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Radio Station

Best Ranch Escape

Best Resort

Best Resort Restaurant

Best Salon

Best Shopping Center

Best Spa

Best Special Event Venue

Best Taco

Best Tucson Lifestyle Instagram

Best Wedding Venue

Best Wine Bar

Favorite Couple in Tucson

Most Fashionable in Tucson – Men

Most Fashionable in Tucson – Women

Most Influential Tucson Man

Most Influential Tucson Woman



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Best Engagement Ring Store

Best Wedding Cakes – NEW

Best Wedding Catering Company

Best Wedding Dress Shop

Best Wedding Florist

Best Wedding Hair & Makeup

Best Wedding Photographer

Best Wedding Planner

Best Wedding Rentals – NEW

Best Wedding Venue

Best Wedding Videographer – NEW


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