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Published 03/1/2020
7:47pm

A-LIST: More Than 65,000 First Round Votes Tallied

Quest to Honor County's Best Businesses Continues; Owosso's Planet Fitness, Young Chevrolet Cadillac, Gilberts Hardware and Appliance and Greg & Lou's Among Most-Voted-For During Prelims

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2020 marks the fourth year for Uplift Shiawassee's A-LIST contest; an annual quest to discover the county's best businesses. The Shiawassee A-LIST is called "the definitive 'Best of' directory of Shiawassee County businesses," and with more than 65,000 votes cast in just the first round, it's easy to understand why.

Among the Owosso area businesses that received the most votes in their respective categories in the 2020 prelims is 2019 Attraction category winner, Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts (formerly Owosso Community Players), 2019 Dance Instruction & Performance category winner, Ashleigh's Dance Shack, and 2017 and 2019 Hardware category and 2017 Home Appliance Repair category winner, Gilberts Hardware and Appliance.

Thanks to a new "A-LIST twist" this year, one Owosso business might not have made it into the final round of voting except that a new rule this year promises a spot in the final round to any business that has previously won in a specific category more than once in the first three years of the contest.

Shiawassee Spinal Center won the Chiropractor/Spinal Health category in both 2017 and 2018.  This year, Shiawassee Spinal Center has the chance to reclaim its A-LIST crown even though there weren't enough votes this year in the preliminary round to push it into the final round of voting.

Several other Owosso businesses captured wins in their respective categories in two or more past year contests, including Jade Buffet, winner of the Asian food category in 2017 and 2019, and Aquarius Massage and Wellness Center, which has won the massage category in all three previous A-LIST contests.

While these businesses were also guaranteed a spot in the final round of voting thanks to this year's new rules twist, both garnered enough votes in the 2020 prelims to secure a spot in the 2020 finals.  In fact, both lead their respective categories after the preliminary round of voting.  Other category leaders include Planet Fitness, Gilberts Hardware and Appliance, Greg & Lou's Family Restaurant and Young Chevrolet Cadillac, who won the Auto Sales category in 2017 and 2018 and have a chance to reclaim their A-LIST crown as well.

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In the two week preliminary round of voting, a total of 65,262 votes were cast, and multiple-dozens more local businesses were written in for consideration in the final round of voting.

The prelims ran two weeks, beginning February 10th and ending February 21st. The final round of voting begins, tomorrow, Monday March 2nd and ends Friday March 13th. The results of the 2020 contest will be revealed on March 30th.

Get complete A-LIST contest information, including rules and tools, by visiting the Uplift Shiawassee website here.

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