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Best of Manteca opens nominations
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Who is the best aerobics instructor or personal trainer in Manteca?

If someone needs a plumber, who is the best as far as you’re concerned?

Who is the best waiter or waitress in Manteca and which grocery store is the best?

Which dance studio is best?

You can nominate someone to answer those questions as well as up to 90 categories that range from the best taco to the best volunteer as part of the seventh annual Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Best of Manteca. Those nominated – businesses or individuals – must be within the 95336 or 95337 ZIP codes.

All nominations are being done on-line this year by going to either www.visitmanteca or www.emanteca and click on the “Best of Manteca” button.

Nominations open today and close Feb. 28.

Voting on the top three nominations in each of the 90 categories will start March 15 and end April 16.

The awards show, sit down dinner, and celebration will take place on Thursday, May 6, at a rural Manteca Victorian garden setting.

Tickets are $35 each.

Tickets are available at the Manteca Visitors Center, 1422 Grove Avenue, in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call 823-7229.

The benefits the winners will receive include marketing through the local media and at the event, a profile in over 25,000 CVB visitors’ guides, a plaque for their business and a window sticker, and a website advertisement on the CVB page for one year.

This year’s categories are:

YOU’VE BEEN SERVED: (Service- Related Businesses) Auto/ Recreational, Vehicle Repair, Bank/Credit Union, Car Wash, Dry Cleaners, Hospital/Clinic, Hotel, Non-Profit Business, Pharmacy, Retirement Community, Service Club, Tow Service

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: (Retail) Floral Shop, Furniture Store, Grocery Store, Mattress Store, Meat Department, Auto/Recreational Vehicle Dealer, Place to Buy Athletic Supplies, Place to Buy a Bike, Retail Store

SUPER HEROES: (Individuals) Bartender, Boss/Supervisor, Caterer, Chiropractor, Dentist/Orthodontist, Financial Planner, Insurance Agent, Local Chef, Loan Officer, Local Columnist, Local Singer, Mailman/Woman, Massage Therapist, Number Crunchers (accountants, Tax Prep, CPA), Optometrist, Physician, Photographer, Realtor, School Administrator, Volunteer Youth, Volunteer Adult, Waiter(tress),

: (Kid’s & Pets), Dance Studio, Local Youth Sports Team, Pet Groomer, Private School, Public High School, Public Elementary School, Youth Organization

(Hair, Massage, Spa) Aerobic Instructor/Personal Trainer, Barber/Hairstylist, Beauty Salon, Day Spa, Health/Fitness Center, Manicure/Pedicure, Martial Arts Studio

Agribusiness, Customer Service, Family Entertainment, Local Attraction, Local Band, Local Event, New Business (less than 1 Year) Large (Over 25 employees), New Business (less than 1 Year) Small (under 25 employees), Product Made In Manteca

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY: American Food Restaurant, Asian Food Restaurant, Bakery, Burger, Dessert, Dining Establishment, Drinking Establishment/Bar, Ice Cream Cone/Sundae, Italian Restaurant, Margarita, Martini, Mexican Food Restaurant, Milkshake, Nachos,
Omelet, Pizza, Pub Grub, Sandwich Shop, Specialty Coffee Shop, Taco, Take-Out, Waffle

LET’S TRADE: Electrician, painter, contractor, plumber, roofer, and handyman.