You voted and the results are in! From the best breweries to leading real estate agents, here are your 2021 Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits Red Hot Best winners. Explore the top three in each of the 46 categories to find Red Hot Best winners near you.

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards. Red Hot Best recognizes winners across seven Northern Michigan regions in 47 unique categories. These categories include restaurants, wineries, front line workers, home healthcare, golf courses, trails and so much more. Through Red Hot Best we recognize Northern Michigan’s top businesses, entrepreneurs, events and places.

Read on to see who took home first, second and third place in all of Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits 46 2021 Red Hot Best categories.

Searching for the full winner’s list? From Benzie and Leelanau to across the bridge in the Upper Peninsula, here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.


  1. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Harris PC, Petoskey & Harbor Springs
  2. Nelson Deegan Forster & Stikovich PC, Petoskey
  3. Patrick, Kwiatkowski & Hesselink PLLC, Cheboygan

Auto Dealer

  1. Dave Kring, Petoskey
  2. Brown Motors, Petoskey
  3. Fletch’s GMC Buick Audi, Petoskey

Auto Repair

  1. Harbor Springs Car Care, Harbor Springs
  2. Bill’s Standard Auto Repair, Petoskey
  3. Brown Motors, Petoskey

Bank/Financial Institution

  1. 4Front Credit Union, US-131, Petoskey
  2. Citizens National Bank, Drive-Thru & Walk-In, Petoskey
  3. Huntington Bank, Petoskey


  1. Sturgeon Bay Beach, Carp Lake
  2. Petoskey State Park, Petoskey
  3. Duncan Bay Nature Preserve, Cheboygan


  1. Petoskey Brewing, Petoskey
  2. Beards Brewery, Petoskey
  3. Cheboygan Brewing Company, Cheboygan

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  1. Kathryn C. Morley, Indian River Family Dentistry
  2. David Ellsworth DDS, Harbor Pointe Dental, Petoskey
  3. Tie: David K. Miller Jr. DDS, Petoskey & Scott Eaton DDS, Petoskey


  1. Pond Hill Farm Fall Fest Weekends, Harbor Springs
  2. Blissfest, Petoskey
  3. Art in the Park, Petoskey


  1. Instagram: @downtownpetoskey
  2. Instagram: @sweetwaterfloral
  3. Tie: Facebook & Instagram: @bearcuboutfitters & Facebook & Instagram: @petoskeyarea

Family Physician

  1. Todd E. Decker MD, Bayside Family & Sports Medicine, Petoskey
  2. Wendy Walker MD, Harbor Springs
  3. Todd Sheperd MD, Bayside Family & Sports Medicine, Petoskey

Financial Service Advisor

  1. Tim Knapp, Edward Jones, Harbor Springs
  2. Chad Owens, Edward Jones, Harbor Springs
  3. Dan Ledingham, Edward Jones, Petoskey

Fishing Charter

  1. Second Wind Charters, Harbor Springs
  2. Plumber’s Helper Charters, Bay Harbor
  3. Diabolical Sportfishing, Cheboygan

Floor Covering

  1. Petoskey Flooring
  2. Contractors Supply, Petoskey
  3. Kiss Carpet Design Center, Harbor Springs

Food Trucks

  1. Happy’s Taco Shop, Petoskey
  2. Mim’s Mobile Grill, Petoskey
  3. Petoskey Farms Wood Fired Pizza Truck

Front Line Worker

  1. Emilee Kennedy MSN, Little Traverse Primary Care
  2. Hillary Taylor, RN, McLaren Northern Michigan
  3. Carl Powers, Optometrist

Golf Course

  1. BOYNE Golf
  2. Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, Brutus
  3. Chestnut Valley Golf Course, Harbor Springs

Happy Hour

  1. The Back Lot, Petoskey
  2. Legs Inn, Cross Village
  3. Palette Bistro, Petoskey

Heating & Cooling Business

  1. Ballard’s Plumbing and Heating, Petoskey
  2. W. W. Fairbairn & Sons, Alanson
  3. MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, Harbor Springs

Hiking Trail or Area

  1. Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs
  2. Little Traverse Wheelway, Petoskey to Harbor Springs
  3. Petoskey State Park

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Hotel, Inn or Resort

  1. Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey
  2. Inn at Bay Harbor
  3. Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs

Local Artist/Maker

  1. Trisha Witty, Painter, Harbor Springs
  2. Mallory Shepler, Jewelry/Metalsmith, Harbor Springs
  3. Tie: Mary Bea McWatters, Petoskey & Mary Lou Peters, Mackinaw City

Locally Made Cider or Seltzer

  1. Tunnel Vision Hard Cider, Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs
  2. The Sauce, Beards Brewery, Petoskey

Local TV Person

  1. Melissa Smith, 9&10 News
  2. Lauren Scafidi, 9&10 News
  3. Xavier Hershovitz, 9&10 News


  1. Ashley Rossman Eye Care, Petoskey
  2. Carl F. Powers OD PLLC, Petoskey
  3. Tie: Tess Sobczak OD, Infinity Eye Care, Petoskey & Riley J. Turcott OD, Petoskey

Outdoor Dining

  1. The Back Lot, Petoskey
  2. Legs Inn, Cross Village
  3. Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs

Pet/Wildlife Nonprofit

  1. Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, Harbor Springs
  2. Cheboygan County Humane Society

Place for a Wedding

  1. Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs
  2. Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey
  3. Gabriel Farms & Winery, Petoskey

Place to Buy a Book

  1. McLean and Eakin Bookstore, Petoskey
  2. Between the Covers, Harbor Springs

Place to Buy a Gift

  1. Grandpa Shorter’s, Petoskey
  2. Sturgeon River Pottery, Petoskey
  3. Cutler’s, Petoskey

Place to Buy Jewelry

  1. Ward & Eis Gallery, Petoskey
  2. Hanni Gallery, Harbor Springs
  3. Arlington Jewelers, Petoskey

Place to Buy Pet Items

  1. Ruff Life Pet Outfitters, Petoskey
  2. Tractor Supply Co., Petoskey
  3. Pet Pantry, Harbor Springs

Place to Buy Windows

  1. Skip’s Petoskey Glass
  2. Straits Area Glass, Cheboygan
  3. Pella Window & Door Showroom, Petoskey

Place to Get Active/Outdoor Wear & Gear

  1. Bearcub Outfitters, Petoskey
  2. The Outfitter of Harbor Springs
  3. Boyne Country Sports, Petoskey

Place to Get Global Food

  1. Legs Inn, Cross Village
  2. Thai Orchid Cuisine, Petoskey
  3. Mim’s Mediterranean Grill, Petoskey

Place to Get Takeout

  1. Mim’s Mediterranean Grill, Petoskey
  2. Cormack’s Deli, Petoskey
  3. Parkside Deli, Petoskey


  1. Ballard’s Plumbing and Heating, Petoskey
  2. Hotshots Drain Cleaning, Petoskey
  3. MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, Harbor Springs

Radio Personality

  1. Tim Nixon, Lite 96.3
  2. Susan Melton, Big Country 102.9
  3. Mark Elliott, Lite 96.3

Real Estate Agent

  1. Pat Leavy, Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, Petoskey
  2. Wally Kidd, Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, Petoskey
  3. Pete Platte, Gaslight Group Properties, Petoskey

Residential Cleaning

  1. Two Glass Gents, Petoskey
  2. Harbor Shores Cleaning Company, Harbor Springs


  1. Legs Inn, Cross Village
  2. Moose Jaw Junction, Pellston
  3. Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse, Harbor Springs

Legs Inn


  1. It’s About You Salon, Cheboygan
  2. Vogue Salon & Spa, Petoskey
  3. Polished on Main, Harbor Springs

Tattoo Artist

  1. Skinny Ben Dratnol, Ninja Monkey Tattoo, Cheboygan

Tax Prep Service

  1. William R. Kanine PC, Petoskey
  2. Tim Beardsley CPA, Petoskey
  3. Markiewicz & Co., Petoskey


  1. Robin Crane, Concord Academy of Petoskey
  2. Tim Tippett, Lincoln Elementary, Petoskey
  3. Liz Dunn, Shay Elementary, Harbor Springs

Veterinarian Practice

  1. Bay Pines Veterinary Clinic, Harbor Springs
  2. Maple River Animal Clinic, Alanson
  3. Jensen’s Animal Hospital, Petoskey


  1. Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs
  2. Walloon Lake Winery, Petoskey
  3. Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery

Find this article and more in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.

Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski