Access NEPA's Best Of winners announced

Feb. 24—The people of Northeast Pennsylvania know a good thing when they see it.

They cast more than 161,000 votes in this year's Access NEPA Best Of fan favorites poll, choosing the top spots for dining, music, shopping, events and more as well as the superstars in jobs ranging from doctors and social media influences to coaches and photographers. The contest, now in its second year, also included some new categories this year, such as best virtual event and best virtual graduation, in response to the coronavirus pandemic's impact on local life.

Click here to view the list of winners of Best Of

Congratulations to this year's winners, and remember to check every day for lifestyles and entertainment news along with a comprehensive regional events calendar.

Love & Romance

Baby Shower Venue: Constanino's Catering & Events

Bridal Shower Venue: Constanino's Catering & Events

Flower Shop: McCarthy Remick Flowers

Limo Service: Gilbride Limousine

Place for a Bachelor Party: Mohegan Sun Pocono

Place for a Bachelorette Party: Maiolatesi Wine Cellars

Place for a First Date: Cooper's Seafood House

Place to Buy a Bridesmaid Dress: Tunis Bridal Shoppe

Place to Buy a Wedding Dress: The Blushing Bridal Boutique

Place to Buy an Engagement Ring: Steve Pronko Jewelers

Place to Buy Lingerie: Boscov's

Place to Pick Up Someone: Mohegan Sun Pocono

Place to Propose: Nay Aug Park

Place to Rent a Tux: Tuxedo by Sarno

Wedding Registry: Live with It by Laura Hobbs

Wedding Venue: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple

Arts & Entertainment

All-Ages Venue: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Art Venue: AFA Gallery

Brewery Tour: Susquehanna Brewing Co.

Casino: Mohegan Sun Pocono

Concert Venue: Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Dance Company/Studio: Dave Ragnacci Dance Studio

Drive-In Theater: Circle Drive-In

Escape Room Venue: Electric City Escape

Fundraising Event: Rally For Restaurants

High School Marching Band: Tunkhannock Area High School Marching Band

High School Musical: Pittston Area Drama Club

High School Play: Wyoming Area Drama Club

Holiday Light Attraction: Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Course

Local Festival: La Festa Italiana

Local Theater Troupe: Act Out Theatre Group

Local Theater Venue: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple

Movie Theater: Cinemark 20 & XD

Museum: Everhart Museum

New Event: Ballet Theater's "The Nutcracker" at Circle Drive-In

New Local Album: "Missed Opportunities," Modern Ties

New Virtual Event: "Flat Stanley," Act Out Theatre Group

Ongoing Cultural Event: Pittston Tomato Festival

Open Mic: Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple's Underground Microphone

Orchard: Lakeland Orchard & Cidery

Original Band: University Drive

Parade: Scranton St. Patrick's Parade

Parking Lot Event: Scranton Co-op Farmer's Market

Party Cover Band: Flaxy Morgan

Place to Shoot Pool: Idle Hour Lanes

Pumpkin Patch: Roba Family Farms

Theater Production: "Beauty and the Beast," Phoenix Performing Arts Centre

Twirling Group: Lynnette's Twirlerettes

Virtual Event: Garth Brooks Drive-In Theater Concert Series

Virtual Graduation Ceremony: North Pocono High School

Virtual Performance: "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley: Online Edition," Act Out Theatre Group

Eat & Drink

Ambiance: AV Restaurant & Lounge

Asian Restaurant: Thai Rak Thai, Scranton

Bagels: National Bakery

Bakery: Lynn Sandy's Bakery

Beer Menu: Sabatini's Bottleshop & Bar

Boneless Wings: Nina's Wing Bites & Pizza

Breakfast: Henry's on Clay

Brewery: Susquehanna Brewing Co.

Brewpub: Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.

Brunch: State Street Grill

Cheesesteak: Steve & Irene's

Chinese Restaurant: China Palace

Chocolate: Dunmore Candy Kitchen

Church Picnic: Mary, Mother of God

Coffee Roaster: Electric City Roasting Co.

Coffee Shop: Zummo's Cafe

Deli: Abe's Deli

Delivery: Pizza Bella

Desserts: Minooka Pastry Shop

Diner: Glider Diner

Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme

Farm-to-Table Restaurant: Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

Food Truck: Hooked

French Fries: Downtown Deli

Frozen Yogurt: Manning's

Hamburger: The Barrel Restaurant

Hoagie: Hank's Hoagies

Hot Dogs: Coney Island

Ice Cream: Josie's Frozen Custard & Italian Ice

Italian Food: Cafe Rinaldi

Italian Ice: Rita's

Japanese Restaurant: Kyoto

Kielbasi: Trovato's Meat Market

Liquid Lunch: Roosevelt Beer Garden

Long Lunch: The Loading Dock

Lunch on a Budget: Catalano's

Lunch on the Go: Caravia Fresh Foods

Mexican/Southwestern Restaurant: Chicano's

New Restaurant: Avenue Pizza

Organic Menu: Alter House

Patio Dining: Cooper's Seafood House

Pierogies: The Pierogi Cafe

Potato Pancakes: Jones's Potato Pancakes, Harveys Lake

Restaurant: Alfredo's Pizza Cafe

Romantic Restaurant: Bar Pazzo

Round Pizza: Rosario's

Salads: Scanlon's

Sandwiches: Cara Mia's Gourmet Delicatessen & Pizzeria

Seafood: Hooked on State Street

Service: Alfredo's Pizza Cafe

Soup: Zuppa Del Giorno

Square Pizza: Maroni's Pizza House

Steakhouse: Frank's

Stromboli: Fratelli's Pizza & Pasta House

Sushi: Sushi Thai

Takeout: Pizza by Pappas

Thai Restaurant: Thai Rak Thai

Vegetarian/Vegan Menu: Eden — A Vegan Cafe

Wine Menu: Lucchi Family Wine Cellars

Wings: Kelly's

Goods & Services

Barbershop: Loyalty Barber Shop

Bicycle Shop: Cedar Bicycle

Boutique: New Laundry

Candy Store: Port Clinton Peanut Shop

Car Dealership: Matt Burne Honda

Car Wash: Northeast Auto Reflections Detail Spa and Mobile Wash LLC

Carpet Cleaner: Stanley Steamer

Cigar Shop: Summit Cigar Bar

Comic Book: Store Comics on the Green

Curb Appeal: The Daisy Collective

Curbside Pickup: Gerrity's

Customer Service: Head to Toe Salon & Spa

Decor: Jerry's for All Seasons

Dry Cleaner: Eagle Cleaners

Farmer's Market: Scranton Co-op Farmer's Market

Garden Store: Corky's Garden Path

Hair Salon: RD Salon & BlowDry Bar

Health Food Store: Everything Natural

Jewelry Store: Boccardo Jewelers

Kids' Birthday Party Venue: Bee's Backyard

Landscaper: DJ2 Lawn Care

Library: Scranton Public Library

Men's Clothing Store: Boscov's

Mom/Pop Grocery Store: Malacari's Produce & Deli

Perfume Store: Noteology

Pet Supply Store: Stately Pet Supply

Pipe Shop: Pied Piper Pipes

Place to Buy Beer: Cadden Brothers Beer Distributors

Place to Buy Music: Gallery of Sound

Place to Get a Wax: Sapphire Salon

Second-hand/Thrift Store: On&On

Shoe Store: Runway

Ski Shop: The Ski Corner

Spa: Woodhouse Day Spa

Store for Music Equipment: Magdon Music

Tailor/Seamstress: Alterations by Liza

Tanning Salon: Tanfastic

Tattoo Parlor: Native Stray Tattoo

Tree Service: Titan Tree Service

Unique Gift Shop: Over the Moon

Vape Shop: Vape Dragons

Veterinarian: Dr. Emily Gillette

Vintage Clothing Store: Esther's Consignment

Winery: Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery

Women's Clothing Store: Burlap & Bourbon


Bar in a Restaurant: Alfredo's Pizza Cafe

Bar You Can Smoke In: The V-Spot

Best-Looking Bar Crowd: Backyard Ale House

Bike Night: Thirst T's Bar & Grill

Cocktails: AV Restaurant & Lounge

College Bar: Ale Mary's at the Bittenbender

Corner Bar: Roosevelt Beer Garden

Drink Specials: Cooper's Seafood House

Happy Hour: Honeychilds'

Happy Hour Food: The Down Pour

Karaoke: The V-Spot

LGBTQ-Friendly Bar: 12 Penny Saloon

Live Music Venue: River Street Jazz Cafe

Margaritas: La Tonalteca

Martinis: Fireside Martini Grill

New Bar/Club: The Down Pour

Pet-Friendly Restaurant/Bar: Abbiocco

Place to Shake It: The Woodlands

Pub Trivia: Benny Brewing Co.

Sports Bar: Happy Valley Sports Bar

St. Patrick's Day Parade Bar: Andy Gavin's

Strip Club: Grandview

Young Professionals Bar: Trax Bar + Kitchen


Afternoon Radio Show: Hoover, Rock 107

College Radio Station: WVFM, Marywood University

Morning Radio Show: Prospector, Rock 107

Radio Station: Rock 107

Health & Recreation

Bowling Alley: Idle Hours South (South Side Bowl)

Gym/Health Club: NEPA Fit Club

Ice Rink: Revolution Ice Centre

Local Park: Nay Aug Park

Martial Arts School: Fifth Dimension Martial Arts Academy

Pilates: The Salt Barre

Place to Go Camping: Knoebels Park Campground

Place to Go Hiking: Ricketts Glen State Park

Place to Go Running: Lake Scranton

Place to Picnic: Frances Slocum State Park

Pool: Lackawanna State Park

Running Event: Steamtown Marathon

Skiin:g Montage Mountain Resorts

Sports Venue: PNC Field

State Park: Lackawanna State Park

Tubing: Montage Mountain Resorts

Waterpark: Camel Beach

Yoga: Rhythm Yoga

Zumba: Gianna Muracco


Barber: Toxic at Loyalty Barber Shop

Bartender: Olivia Romano at Big House Tobacco

Boudoir Photographer: Lynsey Noel Photography

Caterer: Constanino's Catering & Events

Chef: John Tabone, Bar Pazzo

Chiropractor: Complete Chiropractic and Rehab

College Coach (Female): Tara Maccaccio

College Coach (Male): Mark Duda

Colorist: Katie Franko, Sapphire Salon

Dentist: Dr. Jason Hanyon

DJ: EJ Dougher (EJ the DJ)

Doctor: Dr. Michael Gilhooley

Esthetician: Nicole at Sapphire Salon

High School Actor: Nate Scullion

High School Actress: Hannah Danielowski

High School Coach (Female): Kathy Healey, Hanover Area

High School Coach (Male): Mark Seitzinger, Scranton Preparatory School

Librarian: Mrs. Nicolas, Diocese of Scranton Virtual Academy

Licensed Acupuncturist: Jackie Stefanski

Local Actor: Jovon Barnes

Local Actress: Sarah Neel

Local Author: Christopher Vernon

Local Blogger: NEPA Pizza Review

Local Comedian: Sergio Marzitelli

Local Dancer: Lindsay Sherrick

Local Filmmaker: Scranton Films

Local Instagrammer: Gia Mazur (@miss.gia.m)

Local Podcaster: "Sons of the Hunt"

Local Radio Personality: Prospector, Rock 107

Local Social Media Influencer: Gia Mazur

Local Theater Director: Chuck Yarmey

Local TikTok Personality: Heather B. (@handittoheather)

Local TV News Personality: Joe Snedeker

Local Tweeter: @sportsTT (Times-Tribune sports department)

Local Visual Artist: Autumn Granza

Local YouTube Star: NEPA Pizza Review

Makeup Artist: Sarah Karpowich

Massage Therapist: Tori Siconolfi

Mechanic: Paul at Gibbons Ford

Medium/Psychic: Inner Harmony Tarot

Nail Technician: Just Jess

Naturopath: Juanita

Newspaper Columnist: Chris Kelly

Newspaper Reporter: Jim Lockwood

Nip/Tuck: Dr. Scot McKenna

Personal Trainer: Mike Marcinek

Pet Groomer: Hair of the Dog

Photojournalist: Christopher Dolan

Physical Therapist: Allied Services

Piercer: Amy Jones, Marc's Tattooing, Pittston

Solo Musician: Jovon Barnes

Stylist: Jessica Stein Perechinsky

Tattoo Artist: Dez Del Rey

Therapist: Amanda Rosentel

Travel Agent: John Madden

Wedding DJ: EJ Dougher (EJ the DJ)

Wedding Singer/Band: Daddy-O & the Sax Maniax

Wedding/Portrait Photographer: Ruby Tree Photography

Wedding Planner: Desirae Risse Weddings & Events

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