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You voted and the results are in! From the best restaurants with outdoor dining to frontline workers making an impact across the city, here are your 2021 Traverse City Red Hot Best winners. Explore the top three in each of the 47 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 Traverse City’s 47 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.

Attorney

  1. Lawrence R. LaSusa, LaSusa Law Offices PLC, Traverse City
  2. Kuhn Rogers PLC, Traverse City
  3. Bethany C. Warner & Associates, Traverse City

Auto Dealer

  1. Bill Marsh Buick GMC, Traverse City
  2. Serra Subaru, Traverse City
  3. Fox Grand Traverse Ford, Traverse City

Auto Repair

  1. Car Repairs Inc., Traverse City
  2. Dave’s Garage, Traverse City
  3. Sonny’s Body Shop, Traverse City

Bank/Financial Institution

  1. 4Front Credit Union, Hastings Street, Traverse City
  2. TBA Credit Union, Traverse City
  3. Caliber Home Loans, Traverse City

Beach

  1. Mission Point Park, Old Mission Peninsula
  2. Haserot Beach, Old Mission Peninsula
  3. Clinch Park Beach, Traverse City

Brewery

  1. The Filling Station Microbrewery, Traverse City
  2. Rare Bird Brewpub, Traverse City
  3. Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City

The Filling Station in Traverse City, MI

Dentist

  1. Chad L. Beers DDS, Beers & Stilwill Family Dentistry, Traverse City
  2. Brooke Chapman, Schulz Chapman Dentistry, Traverse City
  3. Tim Wentzloff DDS, Rose Street Dental, Traverse City

Event

  1. National Cherry Festival, Traverse City
  2. National Writers Series, Traverse City
  3. Traverse City Film Festival

Facebook/Instagram

  1. Facebook: Grand Traverse 911
  2. Facebook & Instagram: @lakesandgrapes
  3. Instagram: @glendale.ave

Family Physician

  1. Debra Graetz MD, Brookside Family Medicine, Traverse City
  2. Tie: Robert Kuhn DO, Northern Michigan Medicine and Pediatrics, Traverse City & Tobin J. Fraser DO, West Front Primary Care, Traverse City
  3. Angela Pohl DO, Traverse Bay Internal Medicine, Traverse City

Financial Service Advisor

  1. Andrew Maniaci, TBA Credit Union, Traverse City
  2. Beth Melcher, Moneyfit, Traverse City
  3. Dennis Prout, Prout Financial Design, Traverse City & Bill Collin, Edward Jones, Interlochen

Fishing Charter

  1. Central Coast Angling, Traverse City
  2. Storm Hawk Sport Fishing, Traverse City
  3. Showtime Xtreme, Traverse City

Floor Covering

  1. Bay View Flooring, Traverse City
  2. Floor Covering Brokers Carpet One, Traverse City
  3. Carpet Galleria, Traverse City

Food Truck

  1. Happy’s Taco Shop, Traverse City
  2. Bergstrom’s Burgers, Traverse City
  3. Glendale Ave., Traverse City

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Front Line Worker

  1. Munson EVS 3rd Shift Covid Team *The entire Munson COVID team received high praise*
  2. Rachel Stone, RN, ED, Munson Medical Center
  3. Nathan March DO, West Front Primary Care

Golf Course

  1. Bay Meadows Family Golf Course, Traverse City
  2. The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme
  3. Interlochen Golf Course, Interlochen

Happy Hour

  1. The Little Fleet, Traverse City
  2. The Parlor, Traverse City
  3. Firefly, Traverse City

Heating & Cooling Business

  1. Team Bob’s, Traverse City
  2. Precision Plumbing and Heating Systems, Inc., Traverse City
  3. D&W Mechanical, Traverse City

Hiking Trail or Area

  1. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City
  2. TART, Traverse City
  3. Brown Bridge Quiet Area, Traverse City

Home Health Care

  1. Munson Home Health Care, Traverse City
  2. Just Like Family, LLC, Traverse City
  3. AdvisaCare Home Care, Traverse City

Hiking Trail or Area – Traverse City: The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City

Photo by Dave Weidner

Hotel, Inn or Resort

  1. Hotel Indigo, Traverse City
  2. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme
  3. Cambria Hotel, Traverse City

Local Artist/Maker

  1. Glenn Wolff, Traverse City
  2. Alyssa Shea Photography, Traverse City
  3. Memories by Andy, Interlochen

Locally Made Cider or Seltzer

  1. Cinnamon Girl, Left Foot Charley, Traverse City
  2. Cherry Apple Cider, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Old Mission Peninsula
  3. Semi-Sweet Hard Cider, Nomad Cidery, Williamsburg

Local TV Person

  1. Joe Charlevoix, WPBN
  2. Melissa Smith, 9&10 News
  3. Adam Bartelmay, 9&10 News

Optometrist

  1. Edward Scarbrough OD, Scarbrough Family Eye Care, Traverse City
  2. Rebekah Noss Lynch OD, Full Spectrum Eye Care, Traverse City
  3. Daniel D. Thuente MD, Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic, Traverse City

Outdoor Dining

  1. The Little Fleet, Traverse City
  2. The Filling Station Microbrewery, Traverse City
  3. Boone’s Long Lake Inn, Traverse City

Pet/Wildlife Nonprofit

  1. Cherryland Humane Society, Traverse City
  2. AC PAW, Traverse City
  3. H.A.N.D.D.S To The Rescue, Traverse City

Place for a Wedding

  1. The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City
  2. Chateau Chantal, Old Mission Peninsula
  3. Cobblestone Farms, Kinglsey

Place to Buy a Book

  1. Horizon Books, Traverse City
  2. Brilliant Books, Traverse City
  3. Blue Vase Book Exchange, Interlochen

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Place to Buy a Gift

  1. Nifty Things!, Traverse City
  2. Cherry Republic, Traverse City
  3. The Cheese Lady, Traverse City

Place to Buy Jewelry

  1. Miner’s North Jewelers, Traverse City
  2. Becky Thatcher Designs, Traverse City
  3. James C. Smith Fine Jewelry, Traverse City

Place to Buy Pet Items

  1. Pets Naturally, Traverse City
  2. PetSmart, Traverse City
  3. McGough’s, Traverse City

Place to Buy Windows

  1. Twin Bay Glass, Traverse City
  2. Old Mission Windows, Traverse City
  3. Pella Windows & Doors, Traverse City

Place to Get Active/Outdoor Wear & Gear

  1. Backcountry North, Traverse City
  2. Boyne Country Sports, Traverse City
  3. Running Fit, Traverse City

Place to Get Global Food

  1. Spanglish, Traverse City
  2. Red Ginger, Traverse City
  3. The Good Bowl, Traverse City

The whole spread of delicious Mexican food from Spanglish.

Place to Get Takeout

  1. Slabtown Burgers, Traverse City
  2. Spanglish, Traverse City
  3. Mama Lu’s, Traverse City

Plumber

  1. Roto-Rooter, Traverse City
  2. Precision Plumbing and Heating Systems, Inc., Traverse City
  3. Team Bob’s, Traverse City

Radio Personality

  1. Mikey & Brendan, BOB FM 104.5
  2. Ron Jolly, WTCM 103.5
  3. Christal Frost, WTCM 103.5

Real Estate Agent

  1. Amber Cyman, Real Estate One, Traverse City
  2. Holly Hack, Exit Realty Paramount, Traverse City
  3. Jennifer Edson, Five Star Realty, Traverse City

Residential Cleaning

  1. Love Clean, Traverse City
  2. JennyClean, Traverse City
  3. Immaculate Home, Traverse City

Restaurant

  1. Red Ginger, Traverse City
  2. PepeNero, Traverse City
  3. Trattoria Stella, Traverse City

Salon

  1. Studio 415 Salon, Traverse City
  2. Salon Verve, Traverse City
  3. QT Nails, Traverse City

Tattoo Artist

  1. Rex Rector, Blue Heart Tattoo, Traverse City
  2. Jessica Harrigan, Truth Seeker Tattoo, Traverse City
  3. Aaron York, Ohana Tattoo Parlor, Traverse City

Tax Prep Service

  1. Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth, Traverse City
  2. Traverse Tax & Accounting, Traverse City
  3. Katie Myers CPA, PC, Traverse City

Teacher

  1. Chandra Fles, Traverse Heights Elementary, Traverse City
  2. Liz Hague, Old Mission Peninsula School
  3. Tak Ready, Traverse City West Senior High School

Veterinarian Practice

  1. Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital, Traverse City
  2. Oakwood Veterinary Hospital, Traverse City
  3. Bay Area Pet Hospital, Traverse City

Winery

  1. Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Old Mission Peninsula
  2. Left Foot Charley, Traverse City
  3. Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Old Mission Peninsula

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 Dave Weidner