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Vote Now for Your Readers' Choices in TE

The voting ends Friday night at midnight so click on the categories and vote for your favorites in the running to be named TE Patch's 2012 Readers' Choice winners.

There is a lot to celebrate about Tredyffrin and Easttown: great family-friendly activities, great place to eat and great local businesses.

But who do you think is the best? 

Help Patch determine the best of the best by voting for your favorites in each one of the categories below. (Click on the links under each category and vote in the poll attached to each article.)

Cast your vote by August 17. Whichever businesses/places/services that get the most votes will be named the 2012 Readers' Choice winners.

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Joy Marks July 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I agree we should be celebrating all the great places T/E has to offer. However, this T/E Reader's Choice competition is skewed because many of the finalists are not even located within T/E! How is this benefiting T/E Patch readers and local T/E businesses? Are we celebrating Malvern and Radnor or T/E? If Patch wants voters to celebrate the great places in T/E, then Patch should not list a business located in Radnor township as a T/E finalist. I do understand this is all just for fun but I do not understand the logic behind the results. If I sound disgruntled, it's because I've seen several great local T/E businesses close their doors this year. Because of this, I feel Patch's "Best of T/E" should celebrate the many wonderful businesses that still remain in T/E. Malvern and Radnor have many great places too but these places will be listed in the Malvern and Radnor Patch Reader's Choice awards. The best places in T/E should be reserved for places actually in T/E. Otherwise, what's the point?
Bob Byrne (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Hi Joy, I certainly understand your concerns. We had the nominations open for weeks and promoted the categories and encouraged our readers to nominate their favorites. We have tried to listen to our readers and use their nominations. While, as you point out, the poll is not scientific we do hope it reflects the opinions of our readers who understandably don't think about Patch borders when they drive into Wayne or Malvern. As you've seen, Terra Culture (which is a GREAT store that we have featured on Patch in the past) is the first choice in the options for Gift Stores. I would encourage you and every business owner in our surveys to heavily promote the fact that you're in the running to your customers. Patch will be. I hope you'll put the link to the story up on your social media sites, in your newsletters, mention it at the counter. I would be thrilled to help ANY TE business learn to promote your presence on Patch. One of the other best things a business owner can do is claim their business listing here on TE Patch. Simply search for your business' name in the search box located on the right side of the blue bar at the top of the page. Once you click on your listing, look for the big button that reads "Own or Manage this Business? Claim It". Claiming your business unlocks free marketing tools. I invite any business owner/manager who reads this to email me at te@patch.com if you'd like to learn more about using Patch to boost your business in TE!
C. L. Bittner July 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM
It is unclear to me how one votes for our favorite. Please clarify instructions.
Joy Marks July 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Hi Bob! Prior to owning Terra Culture I was a first grade teacher. I guess the teacher in me is getting caught up in your contest wording "in T/E". When I read vote for best ___ "in T/E", I take that to mean businesses located within T/E. Although this contest is just for fun, the teacher in me finds it odd the Patch news team is not following their own directions. I greatly appreciate your support of my store and feel blessed Terra Culture remains strong after twelve years in business. However, I have witnessed wonderful T/E business owners permanently close their doors because people only knew about the great stores in Wayne or Malvern. Naturally, I'm going to support my fellow business owners located in T/E for an "in T/E" contest. Thank you for offering a Best of ___ in T/E to Patch readers!
Bob Byrne (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Hi C.L. Just click on the category in the story. It will take you to an article with the nominees for that category. There is a poll in the article, simply click on your favorite to vote. This round is full of nominees sent in by TE Patch readers. If you don't see your favorite listed among the nominees, feel free to offer a "write-in" candidate in the comments section at the bottom of each article. Hope this answers your question. (?)
Bob Byrne (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The secret to winning it letting everyone know that you're in the running. We spread the word about the contest, but word of mouth in person and on social media will help. Let your friends know that you're in the surveys and send them your links. It's really not magic, it's just math. (that goes for every business owner in TE)... Also let me encourage everyone to "like" Tredyffrin Easttown Patch on Facebook. We are doing a lot with promoting this on Facebook and if you "like" TE Patch you'll get all the updates!

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