West Hartford Reader's Choice

Article by West Hartford Lifestyle Staff

Photography by Ira Nozik, Connecticut Headshots, Nadine Zuchorski, Gwen O'Donnel

Originally published in West Hartford Lifestyle

The votes are in and we have the winners of West Hartford Lifestyle Magazine's Reader's Choice Survey. 

Best Bakery

Spruce & Rye Baking Company

Best Accountants

Cowen Tax Advisory Group Inc. Cowen Tax Advisory Group provides financial services, including tax preparation, retirement planning and wealth management.

Best Womens Clothing Store

Bodytalk. Bodytalk is a women’s fashion shop, a unique, enthusiastic, welcoming environment with a high level of personal service and a marvelous assortment of fashion.

Best Wealth Management

Longmeadow Capital Management Inc.

Best Casual Dining

The Mecha Noodle Bar

Best Pizza

Luna Pizza

Best Fine Dining

Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant

Best Jewelry

Armeny Custom Jewelry Design.  A customer jewelry store featuring the finest jewelry, masterfully created and affordably priced to bring you years of joy.

Best Grocery Store

Whole Foods

Best Italian Food


Best Coffee

J. Rene Coffee Roasters

Best Bar


Best Bagels

Lox Stock & Bagels

Best Liquor Store

The Wise Old Dog

Best Mexican Food

Ocho Café Tacos & Tequila

Best General Practitioner

Murray Wellner, MDPC

Best Pre-School

Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford

Best Burgers

Max Burger

Best Real Estate Agent

Suzanne Schumann – William Raveis

Best Boutique Fitness


Best Brunch

Avert Brasserie

Best Veterinarian

Petcare Veterinary Services

Best Sushi

Koma Japanese Steakhouse

Best Tapas

Barcelona Wine Bar

Best Auto Service Center

Elmwood Automotive LLC

Best Home Organizing

NEAT Method Hartford

Best Wine Shop

The Wise Old Dog

Best Performing Arts Theater

Playhouse on Park. Playhouse on Park is Greater Hartford’s own renowned, award-winning professional theatre. 

Best Nail Salon

Charming Nails & Spa

Best Craft Cocktail

Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant

Best Brewery

New Park Brewing 

Best Gym

Anytime Fitness

Best Mens Clothing Store

Bards Clothing

Best MedSpa

Refreshed Medical Aesthetics

Best Home Builder

Early New England Homes by Country Carpenters, Inc.

Best Steakhouse

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Best Private School

Renbrook School. Fueled by a tradition of innovation, self-discovery, and the pursuit of excellence, Renbrook is a co-ed private day school serving students in preschool - Grade 8 atop Avon Mountain.

Best Womens Health

Dr. Kristine P. Macomber

Best Mall/ Shopping Center 

Westfarms Mall

Best Dermatologist

Refreshed Medical Aesthetics

Best Bank

American Eagle Financial Credit Union

Best Eye Doctor

Peter Pegolo, Optometrist

Best College/University

University of Hartford 

Best Acupuncturist

Wholeness Acupuncture. Wholeness Acupuncture Center promotes holistic healing based on the principle of the body as a system, utilizing the powerful benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Best Car Dealership

Hoffman Honda

Best Other Food

Playa Bowls

Best Insurance Agency

Cowen Tax Advisory Group

Best Fitness Instructor

Michelle Hollander (Total Fit Studio)

Best Hotel

Delamar West Hartford

Best Caterer

Russells Creative Global Cuisine

Best Landscaper

Winterberry Gardens 

Best Art Gallery/Frame Shop

Jerry’s Artarama. From paints and brushes to frames and easels Jerry’s Artarama has been supplying the region’s art needs since 1961.

Best Pet Store

Green Tails Market

Best Commercial & Residential Design 

Colp Design & Consulting. Colp Design is a commercial interior design business, with emphasis on owner representation and commercial interiors.

Best Home Décor

NEAT Method Hartford

Best Interior Design

Kathryn Hunt Studio. The Kathryn Hunt Studio is a full-service interior decoration and design firm specializing in high end residential and full build projects.

Best Junk Removal

Junk Bear. Junk Bear offers estate & office cleanouts, junk removal services, dumpster rentals, dump runs and more.

Best Pediatrician

Dr. Leo Distefano

Best Music Concert Venue

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

Best Furniture Store

Crate & Barrel

Best Pet Boarding Facility

Wagging Tails

Best Local Professional Sports 

Hartford Yard Goats Baseball 

Best Full Service Salon

Cardon’s Hair Design

Best Vineyard

Brignole Vineyards

Best Wedding Event Venue

Farmington Polo Club. A Historic equine facility and venue space in the heart of Farmington Valley offering Hunter / Jumper and Polo disciplines.

Best Law Firm

Goetz Law LLC

Best Childrens Clothing Store

Lemon Llama Kids Boutique. Conveniently located in the heart of historic Avon Village, this unique children’s boutique provides stylish alternatives to the “usual” kid’s clothing lines.

Best Dance Studio

Terpsichore Dance and Theatre

Best Lash & Brows

GBS Threading Salon

Best Replacement Windows

AA Glass Inc. With over 40 years of experience AA Glass provides superior residential and

commercial glass services.

Best Blow Dry Bar

Blo Blow Dry Bar

Best Architect

Wolfworks Inc. Wolfworks designs and carefully crafts homes of lasting beauty that produce as much energy as they use.

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

Jonathan Schreiber, MD

Best Rug Store

Kaoud Rugs

Best Lighting Store

Connecticut Lighting Centers

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