East Southland: New winners and old favorites love 'Best of' contest

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Terrific Tires:Tire tech Cody Blair works on a Mercedes Benz at Scott's U-Save Tires Inc. in Steger, a 2011 Best of Chicago Southland winner. | Staff photo

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East side residents, we know the quest for the tastiest burger, best manicure, or perfect dentist is endless. Why waste any more of your time? The 2011's SouthtownStar Best of Chicago's Southland will help make the search easier in dozens of categories recommended to you from the people who know best, its residents.

The SouthtownStar got the ball rolling last month by prompting readers to let us know their favorite places to shop, eat, go dancing, golf, get their nails manicured, and dozens of other choices — and boy did they respond. Ballots cut out from the SouthtownStar or done online poured in, keeping the staff busy tabulating the winners. But that’s nothing new, the popular contest has been going on for 15 years and for good reason, according to the SouthtownStar’s advertising manager John Doolin.

“All the feedback we receive year after year is positive and all businesses look forward to the results,” Doolin said.

“It makes me proud as an owner,” said Sheri Templin of Scott’s U-Save Tires, winner in the eastern region. “All the hard work pays off. The fact that customers take time to complete the survey and vote for us means we made an impact on them. Thirty years in business this November and we haven’t lost touch with treating customers right.”

Others are enjoying their first experience of being named one of the most liked businesses in the Southland, such as The Cone Cottage in Crete, named in the Best Ice Cream/Candy Store category.

“It’s pretty cool to think that people thought enough of us to vote for our business,” said Georgiann Timmerman, who owns The Cone Cottage with her husband, Jim. “We approach it customer by customer. This (recognition) gives us a broad view of how we’re doing.”

In addition to being listed in this special section, those named in the contest receive a framed certificate and a window cling proclaiming them winners in the “SouthtownStar Best of Chicago’s Southland - 2011” to place at their business location.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the SouthtownStar readers who participated by casting their votes.