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Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington contest is here again. Each year, King 5 and Evening Magazine ask viewers and fans to nominate and cast votes for their favorite businesses around the Puget Sound, such as restaurants, coffee shops, salons, fitness centers, shops, boutiques and much more. There are 178 categories to choose from with over 5800 nominees.

Best of Western WashingtonMaking nominations and voting is easy. Simply go online to http://best.king5.com and sign in, or create an account for free if you do not have one. Browse the different categories to find your favorites, or even nominate one that has not been suggested. And yes, you can and should nominate your own company and it is okay to campaign for votes.

All votes will be tallied and the winners of The Best of Western Washington will be announced in an upcoming episode of Evening Magazine. The top five companies in each category are recognized. The contest is widely recognized and it’s great exposure for the effort. One voter says, “I know when I walk into a shop or restaurant with the sign ‘Best of the Northwest 2008’ I already have an assumed trust that it will be a good experience.” And one candidate says, “Ask your clients to vote for you at point of sale and let them know how meaningful it is to the success of your business.”

Some of our favorites that have already been nominated are Smart Service Independent Subaru Expert, www.smart-service.com in the auto repair category, Poggi Bonsi & Cucina, www.poggibonsigifts.com in the housewares category, and C’est la Vie, www.clvcatalog.com for best gift shop.

This contest ends October 11th, so get online and vote for your favorites today.