The Good Times Best Of Santa Cruz awards are a local tradition and a badge of honor—you’ll find them displayed at the top businesses around the county.
How can you make sure your favorite businesses win? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
With all of the challenges our local businesses have been through in 2020, this recognition means more than ever. Whose takeout got you through the pandemic? Where did you most enjoy dining outdoors? Which business did the most to make you feel safe while shopping? Those are some of the categories we’ve added in this extremely unique year.
Remember: Vote for a minimum of 25 categories to have your ballot counted. Voting ends at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.
1. We appreciate the creativity of local, independent business, and these are the businesses that Best Of celebrates. Therefore, we consider Think Local First guidelines when selecting winners: businesses that have majority ownership based in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara or San Benito. We make an exception for chain stores that were founded in Santa Cruz County, and are proud to include them.
2. Votes for businesses with multiple locations are divided among the total number of locations.
3. There are a few categories in the food section that are so popular we offer a vote by city. Voters don’t always know where city lines are drawn, so we place the total votes according to where voters tend to ascribe them. For example, Pleasure Point winners are included in Capitola because most voters associate Pleasure Point with Capitola (it’s in Santa Cruz).
4. We reserve the right to eliminate a category with so few votes that it’s imprudent to assign “best” status.
It’s a privilege and an honor, this voting thing. And remember, you only get to vote once.
The results for Best Of Santa Cruz 2021 will be announced in March.
Thanks for voting!