Businesses named Simply the Best | Business

TRAVERSE CITY — Tom’s Food Markets earned top honors in the grocery store category of the Traverse City Record-Eagle’s Simply the Best contest. Oleson’s and Meijer were runners-up in the category.

The number of nominations in the annual contest leaped from 1,800 in 2020 to 8,300 this year. The number of votes hopped from 7,000 in 2020 to 11,000 in 2021.

Winners were announced Wednesday in a special print section of the Record-Eagle and in a virtual awards ceremony broadcast on Facebook. The ceremony was presented by multi-Emmy Award winner Louis J. Horvath.

The 2020 virtual awards ceremony totaled more than 57,000 views on Facebook.

“We were thrilled to see our community come out and support all these businesses and professionals, especially with the tough year and half…

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