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The nominations were made, the votes were cast and tallied and now the much-anticipated Best of 209 is here.

Every summer we ask our readers to rate what they consider the “best” in everything from academics to dining to real estate and recognize the winners in this issue and at All the local businesses in the 209 should be very proud of their loyal customers who cast more than 150,000 votes to support the businesses they frequent and have trust in. That’s 20,000 more than the previous year.

As a locally-owned company, we also appreciate your continued readership and hope you will support the businesses and organizations that partner with us in this and every issue of 209 Magazine.

Additionally, this issue has some great ideas on how to stay cool during these last hot days of summer, from secret swimming holes to the fun that can be had at Don Pedro.

This issue also has some great information about the restaurant at Hotel Sutter, the newest exhibit at the Carnegie Arts Center and the upcoming Relay for Life event.

We welcome your comments, calendar events and stories for upcoming issues and we look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher/Owner 209 Magazine