The Reader’s had a Choice, and They Chose…

The Reader’s had a Choice, and They Chose…




Each year, the Globe Gazette polls the masses to find their Reader’s Choice in about every category imaginable.

This year, the Clear Lake Area Chamber was on the winning end for three of our major events.  THREE!  That’s absolutely incredible and such an honor.  In fact, it almost sparks a bit of a Sally Field moment of, “You like us, you really like us!”

The events who received this honor were the 4th of July Celebration, Harvest Festival, and Christmas by the Lake.  Given how much I love each of these, it still gives me that warm, squishy feeling to know that other people love them just as much!  I mean, not to toot our own horn, but Clear Lake totally rocks it when it comes to hosting these events.

*Toot! Toot!*

That’s actually a big horn-tooting shout out to our special events director, Trish Funderman, and all the committee members who work their tails off to make these events not only happen, but such an incredible success year after year.

BUT – we are not the only winners in town.  Holy smokes, it seems that Clear Lake Chamber Members made quite a showing.  Listed below, in no particular order, are the winners.  And oh gosh, I’m super-duper sorry if I missed someone.  I swear I looked over the listing of winners about 673 times.  Still, if I missed your business, give me a shout.

Rookies: Best Place to meet singles, Best Bar/Lounge to Socialize, Best Bar Burger, Friendliest Bar Staff, and Best Happy Hour.

Sevens: Best Breakfast (Mmmmm…. Bacon)

Woodford: Best place for Paint/Wallpaper

Clear Lake Bank & Trust: Friendliest Bank

Clear Lake Laser Wash:  Best Automated Car Wash

VFW:  Best Bloody Mary (I can vouch for this one… they are DELISH) and Best Mixed Drinks!

Cabin Coffee:  Best Coffee House (hands down!)

Casey’s: Best Convenience Store

Cookies Etc:  Best Cookies (Must.  Have.  Cookies)

Surf Ballroom:  Best Dancing/Night Club and Best Live Music Venue

Starboard Market:  Best Deli

South Shore Donut Co: Best Donuts (It’s the breakfast of champions!)

Culvers: Best Drive Thru & Best Fast Food

McDonalds: Best French Fries, Most Kid-friendly

Fareway: Best Grocery Store, Best place to buy Meat

Kramer Ace Hardware: Best Hardware Store

CL Tel: Best Internet provider

Lake Time Brewery: Best Brewery/Craft Beer (True story!)

Other Place: Best Onion Rings, Best Restaurant for Take Out


Congrats!  Each and every one of these recognition's is SO well-deserved.  And kudos to the Globe Gazette for organizing and collecting votes for the Reader’s Choice each year! This is added proof that we truly live in an amazing community.  These businesses need YOU in order to be successful, and they appreciate your loyalty to helping them grow and thrive in Clear Lake.

Thanks for all your votes.  We’ll see ya at the Lake!

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