Voting starts for Best of the Heights

Heights residents can vote for their favorite local businesses in FutureHeights’s annual Best of the Heights awards survey. Residents have an opportunity to cast their ballots through Aug. 31, when FutureHeights will tabulate the results and select the winners in each category.

“There are 21 award categories this year,” said Richard Stewart, Best of the Heights committee chair, “Some are the same as previous years, such as Best New Business, and others are new, such as Best Place for a Sandwich. We try to keep the program fresh and create opportunities for all types of businesses to be considered for an award.”

Since 2005, FutureHeights—a nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant and sustainable future for the Heights through civic engagement and innovative ideas—has conducted this public opinion survey to recognize the unique attributes of locally owned businesses in Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and their contributions to the local economy.

“Independent businesses help define the unique character of the Heights,” said Lloyd Bell, FutureHeights board president. “Together, they represent diversity and choice. Shopping with them strengthens our local economy. And local owners, having invested much of their life savings in their businesses, have a natural interest in the sustainability of our community. They give back, and support numerous Heights causes.”

FutureHeights will announce the Best of the Heights winners at an awards ceremony in the fall, at a date and time to be determined. The name of one lucky survey respondent will be drawn at random at the awards ceremony, to receive a FutureHeights gift package.

A Best of the Heights award ballot is printed on the back page of this issue of the Heights Observer, and ballots are also available at the many Heights independent businesses or online at For more information, call FutureHeights at 216-320-1423.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 1:23 PM, 05.30.2012