Recipients of the Chestnut Hill Business District’s Outstanding Experience Award shown with their certificates are (from left) Bruce Hoffman, executive director Gravers Lane Gallery; Lindsey Pete, Market at the Fareway; Martha Sharkey, executive director Chestnut Hill Business District; Neil Jacob, Neil’s Sharpening Service; Melissa Fendleman, Kitchen Kapers

by Emerson Max

In a survey of the many stores in Chestnut Hill, residents and patrons have picked their favorites in several categories for the Chestnut Hill Business District’s Outstanding Experience Award.

The survey, held on the Chestnut Hill Local’s website in May and sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Business District and the Chestnut Hill Community Association, allowed participants to nominate their favorite businesses and then vote on the chosen nominations. Voters were also given the option to comment on their choices.

In the Professional Services category, Kitchen Kapers and Neil’s Sharpening tied for first place with 27 votes. Stagecrafters took second with 26 votes, and Balance Chestnut Hill took third with 24. There were 209 total responses in this category.

In the Retail category, Gravers Lane Gallery won with a resounding 64 votes. One commenter explained that, “The director, Bruce Hoffman, is very innovative and community-oriented.” Evergreen Cheese took second with 43, and Weavers Way Co-op placed third with 39. A total of 253 people responded.

In the “Foodies” category, Market at the Fareway took the top spot with 55 votes. They were followed once again by Evergreen Cheese with 42 votes, and Brendenbeck’s Bakery came in third with 27 votes. 267 people voted in this category.

For those businesses that were nominated but did not place in the top three, it is important to note that residents of Chestnut Hill support all of the wonderful businesses that help to make this community great. As another commenter aptly said, “The Chestnut Hill business community is thriving and enhances the lives of residents. There are so many great businesses on the Avenue and Bethlehem Pike. It was hard to choose just one in each category. Live Local, Shop Local!”




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