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This is always an exciting time for 209 Magazine, as our Best of 209 feature continues to grow in reach and popularity. With the recent closings due to the pandemic, we were uncertain of the response our annual Best of 209 survey would receive. We were amazed that not only did we receive just as many votes as last year, but exceeded that number by 50,000!

This response shows how much support local businesses and organizations continue to have throughout all the communities represented in the 209 area. Please congratulate all the winners the next time you patronize their business.

Along with the Best of 209 winners, this issue features a number of businesses that are thriving despite the recent adversity and ideas for fun and safe summer activities, keeping fit and creating a relaxing outdoor space.

We welcome your comments, calendar events and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine