Get ready to nominate your favorite businesses in the Observer-Reporter’s Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards! The nomination period runs Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, August 1.

In 2017, the Observer-Reporter introduced the Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards to celebrate the best businesses, organizations, people and more that the residents of Washington and Greene counties and the South Hills thought deserved the distinction of best in their respective category.

The response from the community and nominees was overwhelming. More than 400,000 votes were captured from 11,000 unique voters, validating the vitality of the communities that comprise the Observer-Reporter’s coverage area.

“Best of the Best has turned into a brand of honor for distinguished businesses in our community.  It's a deeply deserved reward for all their hard work running their business and we're glad to be the ones to hand it to them,” Matt Miller, vice president and chief revenue officer of the Observer Publishing Company, said.  

New this year is an updated category list and a larger venue for the awards gala.

“We're very excited to launch Best of the Best 2018 and are confident that it will be bigger and better in every way,” Miller said.

Community members can help their favorites maintain or claim the Best of the Best title in more than 150 categories. Nominations can be made daily. The nomination period ends on Wednesday, August 1. In mid- August, the top five businesses in each category will be released. Voting is scheduled to begin in September to narrow down the top three. The top three from each category will be recognized at the Best of the Best Awards Gala on November 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe in Canonsburg.

Many local organizations and businesses are looking forward to defending their titles and are grateful for the support of their communities.

“Washington Health System was honored to have received first place in so many categories last year,” Stephanie Wagoner,  marketing and community relations manager at WHS, said. “It gave our staff a sense of pride to know that the patient they care for everyday holds them in such high regard. We hope our patients again voice their opinions so that we can hold titles in the same categories, as well as add a few new ones to the list.”

Alisha Deluca, owner of Studio Seven in Washington, agreed.

Since the voting is done by clients and the community, you know it’s authentic. It was rewarding to get noticed for all of our hard work and dedication at Studio Seven. We truly love what we do and have such an amazing team,” Deluca said.

Since securing the 2017 Best of the Best title for Best Hair Salon, Deluca said Studio Seven has experienced in influx of new business.

“We’ve had significant growth with first time clients,” she said. “They heard about us through BoB and wanted to try us out. Seeing the familiar BoB logo in businesses throughout the city makes you want to try it out. It’s like a society you want to be apart of!”

The nominees aren’t the only one who benefit from this contest. Community members who nominate businesses in a minimum of 25 categories will be qualified to enter the $250 cash sweepstakes.

A full explanation of the contest rules can be found at Vote for your favorite businesses, organizations and more at


This article is sponsored by the Observer Publishing Company.