.Good Times Best Of Santa Cruz County Awards Ballot

You’ve arrived at the virtual voting booth of Good Times’ Best of Santa Cruz County Awards, where the pen, paper, and “I voted” sticker are all imaginary, but the results are the real thing.


 Remember: Vote for a minimum of 25 categories to have your ballot counted.

Voting ends at midnight on Sunday, January 21, 2018. 

Some guidelines:

1. We appreciate the creativity of local, independent business, and these are the businesses that Best Of celebrates. Therefore, we consider Think Local First guidelines when selecting winners: businesses that have majority ownership based in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara or San Benito. We make an exception for chain stores that were founded in Santa Cruz County, and are proud to include them.

2. Votes for businesses with multiple locations are divided among the total number of locations.

3. There are a few categories in the food section that are so popular we offer a vote by city. Voters don’t always know where city lines are drawn, so we place the total votes according to where voters tend to ascribe them. For example, Pleasure Point winners are included in Capitola because most voters associate Pleasure Point with Capitola (it’s in Santa Cruz).

4. We reserve the right to eliminate a category with so few votes that it’s imprudent to assign “best” status.

It’s a privilege and an honor, this voting thing. And remember, you only get to vote once.The results will be announced on March 23 in our Best of Santa Cruz County issue. Thanks for playing!

If you are experiencing difficulties filling out the survey, email our Web Editor, Lily, at lily[at]goodtimes.sc for help. 


    • Hi Mike, Can you describe your issue a little more? The ballot is compatible with several different browsers, including Chrome. You can reach out to me directly at lily[at]goodtimes.sc. Thanks! – Lily, Web Editor

  1. Hey Lily,
    when I clicked through to start the survey it says bad error. I’m currently using safari. Let me know if you have any pointers for me.

  2. Hello,
    I’m a local business owner and am quite frustrated that there isn’t even a category listed that would allow someone to vote for us. We fall under both Health and Retail (Optometry) and would love to be able to participate in this. I contacted someone about this last year as well and am sad to see that it wasn’t addressed. Can we get that fixed?

    Thanks! I know it’s difficult to think of every field but hopefully, eventually, all will be represented.

  3. I was at the airport is the best restaurant for having a great view and great food in Watsonville! Do you feel like you are somewhere else but don’t know where but don’t care because it is so relaxing ! The food is amazing and the wood-burning pizza oven is superb !

  4. Salon Santa Cruz off 41st is one of the best Salon’s in SC with the best people to represent the business and Santa Cruz alike. The people cut, color, wax, facials, nails, and give eyelash extensions to name of few Of what the Salon has to offer. Doing so in a professional and fun environment making each client and guest feel important and look great! Thx!!!

  5. Hey there! Thanks for doing the Best Of again! I received a Good Times newsletter that shows polls close January 14th, but can’t find when the polls close in the description above. Just wanted to point that out in case some people are planning to vote but didn’t get the newsletter with the deadline.

  6. I used their Service as a Patient and Customer Satisfaction is not their Priority once they have your MONEY! There are plenty of other shops in Santa Cruz that are very willing to help if there is a problem with a Product!

  7. Dear Good Times Best of Team, I am a new transplant to SC county (18 months ago) and I absolutely love living among a community that is so supportive of local businesses! Its truly refreshing to be in an environment where everyone does really think local first. I have so enjoyed placing my votes and look forward to the results!

    As a small local business owner myself, I wonder would you ever consider adding a Best Travel Provider category?

    Nicola Balmain

  8. I put my vote this year in for Santa Cruz Naturals. I have been really impressed with how knowledgeable their staff are. You get the feel of hands on management. Big shout out to D, Steve, Jennah, Beca, and Journee for being patient. I had a brain injury before so most of the time I struggle making basic decisions and just feel like crap about it. These amazing people provide a rush free feeling and very attentive to what you are looking for.

    • Joshua! Thank you SO much for your kind words and vote! We are honored and humbled.

      I’ll be sure to share the kind words with the crew!

      Much love and healing to you!


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