Presenting the Best of the Capital 2021 Winners...

It’s a popular theme, this side of the pandemic, to say “welcome back.” But like most of us in the Capitol City… we never left. Through it all, our local businesses have maneuvered through federal, state, and local guidance. We could not be more excited to share with you all the people and places our audience has voted BEST!

This was our first year to hold a contest of this magnitude. Our contest started with us asking our audience to nominate individuals and businesses. Between April 5th and April 16th, we received nominations from business owners and their fans.

Those businesses that qualified were part of our voting ballot, which was open from May 3rd through May 21st. There were over 1,500 individuals and businesses competing and we are excited to present 348 individuals and companies, awarding 418 gold and silver winners in the 209 categories.

This year, the top ten categories represented 20% of the votes. In ranking order, they were Auto Dealership - New, Hair Salon, Auto Dealership - Preowned, Bakery, Dentist, Specialty Store, Yoga/Pilates, Bar, Mexican Restaurant, and Heat & Air Company.

The Springfield area continues to be a mobile engaged market. Of the votes cast, 77% were from a mobile device and 23% from desktop. Reaching our digital mobile market has never been more important. Combined with our seven stations, we deliver!

We know that this has been a challenging year, and we also recognize that some of our business friends and contemporaries made the tough decision to close. Others have reimagined how business will be accomplished, and several have opened for the first time. The pandemic has forever shaped how we all approach business.

Producing a contest this size takes a dedicated, local team and committed businesses. We are humbled and honored that MARX Fireplaces & Lighting was our presenting sponsor for our inaugural year. They, along with all our advertisers, make this possible.

We could not be prouder to salute and pay tribute to the great businesses that were voted Best of the Capital in their individual categories. Thank you to all the folks that took the time to vote. We encourage you to explore the new BestoftheCapital.com and engage with our winners. Some may be familiar, and some may be new to you. All will welcome your business. Please congratulate them for being voted Best of the Capital.

All The Best!

Chris Bullock
General Manager
Capitol Radio Group

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