It’s time to vote for Safford’s best

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: From left, Randy Hawkins and Danny Smith bring in the barbecue beef and ranch potatoes for lunch during the 2021 Appreciation Luncheon. Voting is now open for this year’s Best of Safford Awards.

Staff Reports

SAFFORD – It’s time to recognize your favorite businesses and vote for the Safford Downtown Association’s annual Best of Safford Awards. 

This year, the Best of Safford Awards has six separate categories and the nominations from the numerous businesses have now been whittled down to multiple finalists in each category. 

The categories include • Best Dining Experience • Best Customer Service • Best Business Remodel • Best Business Newcomer, and the two overall awards • Best Business Excellence – Retail • Best Business Excellence – Service. 

The nominees are: 

Best Dining Experience – The Branding Iron, Ginaveve’s Market Place, Casa Mañana, Dug’s Blow’n Smoke BBQ, El Charro, and The Red Oven Pizzeria

Best Customer Service – Dug’s Blow’n Smoke BBQ, Safford Builder’s Supply, Gila Valley Made, Ginaveve’s Marketplace, Kempton’s Chevrolet Buick Ltd., and Misfit’s Vapes and More

Best Business Remodel – 5th and Main Office Suites, Gila Valley Made, Los Jilbertos, and Thriftee Food & Drug

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Perrenial nominee Casa Mañana co-owner Adam Hoopes, left, receives the 2021 Best Dining Experience Award for Casa Mañana from Taylor Banks.

Best Business Newcomer – Tine Bean Coffe Co., Gila Valley Made, The Red Oven Pizzeria, and Bargain Bin

Business Excellence – Service – Big O Tires, Copper Hills Dental, Kempton’s Chevrolet Buick Ltd., Palmer/Johnson Family Dentists, Rustic Lace Wax Bar & Salon, Top Notch

Business Excellence – Retail – Gila Valley Made, Marcia’s Garden Soap Shop, Dug’s Blow’n Smoke BBQ, Enchanted Boutique, Ginaveve’s Marketplace, and The Wear 

Click right here to vote now, and hurry, because the voting will end on April 21. Winners will be announced Wednesday, April 27, starting at noon during the Safford Downtown Association’s 17th annual Appreciation Luncheon to be held at the Safford Theatre on Main Street. 

Jon Johnson File Video/Gila Herald: Best of Safford Awards video from April 2021.